published Monday, May 13th, 2013

5@10: Needle movers from the Panhandle

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. -- The 5-at-10 has taken the show on the road.

We are going to move quicky as the sand, tots and mini-golf are on the agenda.

From the sun-splashed veranda of the "Talks too much" studios, let's make the magic happen.

Needle movers

For the regular readers, you know the drill. The 5-at-10 is normally five things on our mind at 10 a.m. Five at 10, pretty genius, huh?

Well, since we are sneaking up on 700 consecutive 5-at-10s on Mondays-Fridays, we can hardly stop now.

That said, when we're on vacation, we have to adapt and overcome -- i.e. shorten the process.

So we do top 5 lists (and if you have any suggestions/requests, fire away).

Today, we're going with sports' biggest needle-movers of the last 25 years:

1) Michael Jordan -- Biggest sports star globally since Ali

2) Tiger Woods -- Sunday's win at the Players magnified today's pop-culture fact in golf -- whether you love him or hate him, things are infinitely more interesting when Tiger is involved

3) Mike Tyson -- boxing has never been the same since his implosion

4) LeBron James -- OG's going to protest, but the NBA is relevant again because of the King

5) Roger Federer -- if he made us watch tennis, that's an accomplishment on it's own

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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jomo11 said...

Come on Jay, didnt you have a vacation last year ?. . . .So are we expecting another David Blackburn tweet today ?

May 13, 2013 at 10:09 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Waiting a tweet from David Blackburn.....

May 13, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.
jomo11 said...

i have heard that Felton is officially out

May 13, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.
MocTastic said...

And now there is some talk that Tiger Woods once again took an improper drop and should have been DQ'ed:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/golf-devil-ball-golf/did-tiger-woods-improper-drop-en-route-players-124525467.html

May 13, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, glad you and the family get away from it (mostly) for the week. You're in the right place; it's cold up here. If you have the opportunity, please pass along my wonderment at Mr. Young's and Mr. Hargis' extensive knowledge of goings on of Metro high school football.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/may/12/prep-spring-football-has-varied-purposes/?sports

Lebron or Michael? Can Labron play baseball, Can Lebron gamble, Could Lebron come back for a suspension, Can Lebron act?

May 13, 2013 at 11:23 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Will Wade is a great hire by David Blackburn !!!!! UTC is catching a rising star. Great recruiter and co-master mind of the VCU "havoc" defense. . . . SoCon better be ready for the Chattanooga "Chaos" defense !!

May 13, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Welcome to Chattanooga Will Wade! Chattanooga Chaos!

May 13, 2013 at 11:54 a.m.
Todd962 said...

May has become the Month of Mocs-mania. Blackburn has certainly set the bar high for himself for the rest of his career. I havent felt this much buzz in the entire time I have been a UTC follower.

I will see your tennis theory, and raise you swimming. Swimming you say, the fundamental skill acquired through self preservation when one enters a body of water of significant depth? Yes, that swimming, and I would say Michael Phelps rivals R-Fed in the needle moving category despite only being relevant sport-wise every four years. Sure, lots of people like to splash in the pool during the day and then take bong rips and eat Subway at night, but Phelps did it while winning gold medals. And when he was on, we were watching.

May 13, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

First, Tiger does everything he can to give a tournament away (nice fat double there, Eldrick). Then Sergio collapses like the postwar Italian parliament. Yeech. McAvoy played his last hole better.

I don't know that Tyson's problems led to boxing's downfall. He would have had to step aside at some point anyway, and the allegations of rigged bouts and the seaminess and shamelessness of certain promoters really crippled the sport. Now, there hasn't been anyone worth watching to assume Tyson's mantle in the heavyweight ranks. Heavyweights, aside from the Leonard-Hearns-Hagler-Duran era for welterweights and middleweights, have always been the top draw. But it is a division bereft of star power and it has dragged down boxing. I don't know that a Mayweather-Pacquaio fight (come on already) would salvage boxing.

And no one — no one — was more famous in his prime than Ali. No one. He's still more famous now in corners of the world we don't even consider.

May 13, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Well this has been a fun morning. After two week doldrums, I have actual work to do at work (That's a good thing). The other is the Will Wade hire. Now that Blackburn has hired the mid-major version of S.H.I.E.L.D., how will these two take advantage of turning lemons into Avengers via the NCAA rule upgrade*?

*For those head scratching, it's the one where if a student-athlete is enrolled for summer school or in good standing academically, he or she can officially practice with their coach.

May 13, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

I was going to post something else, but Tiger reached for a hybrid in the backswing of my writing and I got distracted. Sorry.

May 13, 2013 at 3:25 p.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay, If you're looking for a topic this week.. Sergio (stupid Sergio) got me thinking about the Top Five (or is it bottom five?) golfers who failed to live up to their true potential. I was thinking Sergio, Daly, Norman, and Michelle Wie, but I couldn't come up with a fifth name. Any suggestions?

May 13, 2013 at 8:06 p.m.
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