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: We believe Navarre Beach is five years from living Yogi Berra's adage that, "it's so crowded no one goes there any more."
From the sun-splashed veranda of the "Talks too much" studios, it's easy to grin when your ship comes in...
Top five underperformers
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.
So we do top 5 lists (and if you have any suggestions/requests, fire away).
Let's take a look at Sportfans' idea from Monday: 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?
We like this concept -- and Sergio and Wie are first-ballot choices here; Norman is debatable; but we think coming from where he did and winning more majors than Couples makes Big John Daly more of an overachiever than a Sergio. (On the golf list, Lee Westwood is in the conversation, too; as is Davis Love III.)
We want to expand the parameters. Who has had a fair amount of success but given their talent and potential, their career feels like a disappointment? Side note: Injuries are a get off this list free card. Yes, Mark Pryor fell miles short of his expected level of success, but injuries can do that. They are cold and ruthless; the great equalizer among all athletes.
Also, any and all kid stars in Hollywood are excluded because, well, that is a whole different list. Lohan, to Culkin, to any number of others.
1) Sergio -- Fifteen years ago, when he appeared to be Tiger's No. 1 adversary, what were the odds that he would still be without a major title in 2013? 1000-to-1? Higher maybe?
2) Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- Sure the name works against him in the expectation category, but the fact that he is more of a popularity side show than title contender certainly has his old man spinning.
3) Eddie Murphy -- This may seem harsh considering the guy owned the late 1980s, but other than landing the role of a Donkey next to a cartoon ogre, he has had a forgettable two decades.
4) The Wallflowers -- Edging The Black Crows in the musical honors on this list, we thought Jakob Dylan's band would have been way, Way, WAY more than one-hit wonders.
5) Andy Roddick -- We defer to Paschall's tennis knowledge -- and we reserve the right to change out this last spot because a lot of Roddick's misfortune was simply bad timing -- but man it feels like Roddick's career sum was far less than the parts or the promise.
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 ...