published Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

5@10 -- Top five greatest debuts

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. Again. Side note: Watching the joy of youth and its uncomplicated pleasures and intentions is magical. And a treasure.

From the sun-splashed veranda of the "Talks too much" studios, whose house... Run's house.

Greatest debuts

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. The Mrs. 5-at-10 has us on the clock. Hey, on the clock is a draft term and we love the draft. You know this.

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    Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire are shown in a scene from the 1976 film "Rocky."
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

So we do top 5 lists (and if you have any suggestions/requests, fire away). We loved sportsfans' idea late Monday, and we have one stored from last week. But we are always in the market for good ideas. Leave the car, keep the cannoli.

Today, in honor of the fast start UTC AD David Blackburn has enjoyed -- two major hires that have been universally embraced by the masses is high cotton for any AD, never mind someone who has been on the job about a month -- we're going to look at our top five coolest debuts. Enjoy and feel free to comment below (we will be back around noon to play along).

1) Mario Lemieux -- dude was a hot shot since pee-wees, and he did not disappoint in his first NHL game. On his first shift, he stole the puck from Hall of Famer Ray Bourque and skated in and scored on a breakaway in the first seconds of his career. Welcome to the show kid.

2) Rocky -- Sly Stallone was an unknown. He held onto his script rather than selling it because he wanted to be the lead in the movie. Wise move and a big time splash debut.

3) Jason Heyward -- In his first big-league at-bat, Heyward launched a three-run homer at Turner Field before a frenzied home crowd.

4) Orson Wells -- At 26, without ever directing a movie, the rookie stepped to the plate and delivered a haymaker to Randolph Hearst (no relation to Garrison). Not many folks make an all-timer like Citizen Kane in their first swing.

5) Beastie Boys -- License to Ill... Do we need to say more? MCA, get on the mic my man.


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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MocTastic said...

Sly Stallone had a sizeable role prior to Rocky, The Lords of Flatbush. Rocky would be his writing debut though. We choose not to discuss his first time on the silver screen beyond stating the title, The Party at Kitty and Stud's where he showed much more than writing ability. Sly also was one of the writers of the arm wrestling movie Over the Top, so I think that sorta balances out Rocky as his debut.

May 14, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- still cant beleive you are on vacation, after getting a vacation last year ? . . .you cant leave us 5-at-10ers alone this long . . . .especially with the huge news about Will Wade and the Chattanooga "Chaos" defense

your thoughts on the hire ?

May 14, 2013 at 10:18 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

MocTastic we must forgive JG his age how was he to know Sly was in several films prior to Rocky..Lords of Flatbush also starred a pre Fonz Henry Winkler...we must give him credit however for his mention of what is considered the greatest motion picture of all time, Citizen Kane...lets throw the debut bit to music lest we forget Guns and Roses "Appetite for Destruction"

May 14, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.
jgreeson said...


We were referring to the writing debut, but we could have been more clear.


You are having a big May, huh. Well played indeed.

OG --

Great GnR call. It was tough to leave off for sure.

Saw Axl and Co. In the Omni many moons ago as an opening act. Good times.

May 14, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
chas9 said...

Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, Susan Boyle in Britain's Got Talent, Hershel Walker, Anthony "Uniblocker" Davis, "Crime Dog" McGriff's first at bat in the ATL.

May 14, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

Good one's Chas - how about Cam Newton in his first game at Auburn. Even if it wasn't as memorable as Hershel bowling over Bill Bates. Auburn vs. Arkansas State, Cam rushed for 171 yards, accounted for five TD's and amassed 357 yards total offense

May 14, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jay wrote

"Saw Axl and Co. In the Omni many moons ago as an opening act. Good times"

Now that's back in the day. Kinda funny though. I can actually lay claim to the fact I actually saw Tobi Keith as an opening act as well (junior year of high school) "Should Have Been a Cowboy" was still a brand new song which he sung at the end of his set.

May 14, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.
jgreeson said...

9er --

"My God a freshman."

McPell --

Cam is on the short list with Herschel and Freddie Lynn for best first season. (Yes, he had JuCo and others, but still his first/only season at AU was incredible.)

JMC --

GnR was only the second-best opening act we have seen. Best opening we ever saw -- Public Enemy opened for U2 at the Georgia Dome.

Yeah, Boyyyyyzzzzzzzz. Tell 'em about it Chuck D.

May 14, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.
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