published Monday, May 27th, 2013

5-at-10: Memorial Day edition with LeBron, NASCAR and our favorite war movies

OK, you know the drill. We normally have five things at 10 a.m. — the 5-at-10, pretty cleve huh?

Anyhoo, we normally do shorter versions during vacations and on holidays. Today being Memorial Day — and if you know a military person — and you do — please remember to thank them for their service to our great nation.

The short version is normally a top 5 list, but there's too much happening right now to limit our horizons.

So, from the "Talks too much" studios, let's bring back a Casey Kasem classic, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."

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    Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) dunks against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April. 28, 2013, in Milwaukee. Giving chase are Bucks' Brandon Jennings (3), Ersan Ilyasova (7), of Turkey, and Heat's Shane Battier.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

LeBron and the Heatles

LeBron James played great Friday night but had two turnovers late in a Game 2 loss. He was brilliant — 14-of-20 from the field for 36 points and eight rebounds — but the Heat lost and the Pacers took home-court.

James and the Heat took it back Sunday. And they did with an exclamation point and a smirk on their collective faces.

James' numbers were more subdued in the Heat's 114-96 waxing in Game 3 Sunday night — 22 points, four rebounds, three assists — but his ability to control the flow from the post offensively and his lockdown effort on Paul George made Game 3 so one-sided we have to wonder how the first two games were so close.

Game 4 becomes huge for the Pacers, and if they do not have an answer for LeBron on the block — same tune as Jenny from the block, but the lyrics are darker — where he creates open shots for teammates and match-up nightmares, good night.

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    Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (9) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) defends during the half in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Grizzlies cooked

Speaking of good-night, let's throw a shout-out to Downtown Patrick Brown's Memphis Grizzlies, who fell into an insurmountable 3-0 hole to the San Antonio Spurs.

The Grizz had a great run — and we thought they were Finals bound after Russell Westbrook was injured — and in some ways Downtown and the rest of Grind Nation may be disappointed this morning since the season is all but done.

Well, to that the Dr. 5-at-10 has two prescriptions. One, start kicking back Co-Colas now. Hey, it's a holiday, and you're way, Way, WAY more fun at the cook out with some pregame hydration. Second, let's pay tribute to the Spurs, who have the most underrated coach of his generation (Greg Popovich), the most underrated superstar (Tim Duncan) maybe of all-time and the mist underrated dynasty in modern sports. Those three things combined to allow the Spurs rally from an 18-point hole to win Game 3 in overtime and quash this series.

Speaking of Duncan, and we've covered this before around these parts, but the Duncan Rushmore — Hall of Fame players who still do not get the credit they deserved for whatever reason (this is also the anti-Scottie Pippen Rushmore) — for us would be Duncan, Stan Musial, Larry Holmes, Eric Dickerson. (Close but no cigar for Hank Aaron, Dan Marino, Super Mario and Moses Malone, which is a pretty stout second-team Rushmore.)

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NASCAR update

The NASCAR boys ran deep into the night in Charlotte on Sunday, going 600 long miles after a delayed start because of a TV cable that fell, hurting fans and damaging cars.

(Side note: Of all the many hurdles facing NASCAR, a sneaky big one that will only be bigger in the future is the aging facilities. Sports franchises around the globe are building bigger and better venues to enhance the fan experience. NASCAR is still running circles at the same ol' joints. And now cables are falling on folks. Less than ideal, huh?)

For the most part it was a good race — we used to love the Memorial circles of Indy and Charlotte, watching those guys turn left at 200 mph was great background noise for Memorial Day cookouts everywhere. In fact, Charlotte was always one of favorites because of the difficulty of starting in the afternoon sun and finishing in cooler conditions.

Sunday, though, the 5-at-10 compound was all about lil' Ms. 5-at-10's 3-year-old birthday party. Call it luck or extremely powerful timing by the Mrs. 5-at-10, but our two tots have late May and early September birthdays, which mean family parties and get-togethers on the Sundays of Memorial and Labor days. It makes for great travel chances for those out of towners, and we had a few. Good times.

Still, as we watched the final laps of the NASCAR race — there was a great Sunday night wind down triple play of NBA, Braves and NASCAR — we realized that Kevin Harvick should have more on his resume than he does. We expected huge things from the kid that handled the toughest replacement job in sports history better than anyone could have expected.

So it goes.

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This and that

— Love our SEC football ace David Paschall's story on SEC attendance in Sunday's paper. If you missed it, here you go .

— Braves reliever Cory Gearrin got roughed up in the eighth last night in a 4-2 loss to the Mets. It happens.

— Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is no longer with the program. After starting 11 games in last year's 12-1 season, Golson was suspended for what he called "poor academic judgement" and yes, we have zero idea what that is. But speaking as someone that routinely exhibited poor academic judgement — you know going to class makes things a LOT easier — this sounds like it could be pretty bad. Maybe he could make up some work online... No, Notre Dame has had way too many headaches with making stuff up online recently. (Thank you, thank you and remember to tip the wait staff.)

— Duke basketball star Ryan Kelly got engaged recently to Lindsay Cowher. Yes, she is the daughter of perma-scowler Bill Cowher. Wow, we don't have a toughest father-in-law Rushmore, but Cowher would definitely be in the conversation. What a chin.

— Reports have Terry Bradshaw in preparations for his one-man show in Vegas. OK, there are too many things to say here, but know that it's supposed to show off Bradshaw's singing and dancing skills. Aye Carumba.

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Today's question

It's been a jammed-packed holiday 5-at-10; hope you have enjoyed your time here.

Let's finish with a Memorial Day flourish:

What's your favorite war movie of all time?

We'll offer our five favorites later this afternoon.

Discuss, and to those of you that have served, we offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you.

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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chas9 said...

After losing their Golden point guard, the roundball Vols needed to pick up the Memphis defection. But I'd hate to go far with a floor general who couldn't break into the lineup in Memphis.

May 27, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Platoon.

Please pause today to remember those who gave all they had to preserve and protect us and our way of life.

May 27, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

With the tarnished version of the former Golden child, The Conz and Co. need options in the backcourt. Barton gives them more options.

JP —

Amen.

Amen.

May 27, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Ten Ring,

First MD off in I think three years. Feels weird, but nice.

Read Paschall's article and even threw in my two cents with Weeds himself (who was kind enough to respond). Nutshell: In Big D, this is nothing new(from said email):

"Not to accuse you of calling the kettle black. BUT the fact the SEC is 'considering' attendance to be low as an issue is all but hilarious!

I'm sure I don't need to explain the difference in budget for a family of four between going up to see mother Knoxville vs. the House that Russ built on Carter St. It's really funny to me personally because of all the letters I run into now and again in the Dallas Morning News basically stating 'why should I forfeit 1/4 of my yearly income (I'm not joking here; do the math) to go to ONE Cowboys game inside Emperor Jones sardine packed Death Star when I can watch it for next to nothing on my 60" at home?'

The SEC is making $$$$ hand over foot in TV revenue that if they really want to get more butts in the seats, they actually will come up with better 'affordable' incentives."

Also, the fact even Haslum commented on it (like it's a state emergency). Seriously, if you're that concerned about football attendance, there's us, Cookville, Martin, the "African-American" school that plays inside Titans Stadium, etc. I'm sure they love some attention from the "state" governor on this.

Anyway, moving on. While I appreciate Blackburn's "glass half full" mentality, it's not going to help us when people look at things like strength in schedule and RPI ratings. I'm still in the camp of "two more years" and then we're gone. But it's Blackburn's show and I'm just a spectator in the Peanut Gallery.

My top four favorite war movies (in no particular order): Full Metal Jacket, Heartbreak Ridge, The Devil's Brigade, To Hell and Back.

May 27, 2013 at 11:24 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Is the one-man Bradshaw show gonna be as Howard Cosell's variety show? Survey says ... um, yeah.

And the Irish head into 2013 without anything at QB. Let's see how good of a coach you are now, Brian Kelly (it really helps if you say it in the Edward G. Robinson role from "The Ten Commandments." OK, maybe not).

Didn't see much of the World 600, but if Harvick hadn't inherited E's seat, how would his career be considered? He's had a good run - not Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon good - but his career has been better than Little E's.

The Indy 500 was fun to watch. Finishing under caution is never thrilling but watching Kanaan douse himself with a bottle of milk, and the Indy winner getting a big ol glass of milk is still one of sports' great underrated traditions, was great.

JMC, glad you remember a great film like The Devil's Brigade. I will submit Hell is for Heroes (James Coburn, Bobby Darin and Bob Newhart), Kelly's Heroes and In Harm's Way.

On this day, remember guys like Paul Ray Smith, who manned a .50 caliber machine gun atop an armored personnel carrier and single-handedly held off an Iraqi advance at the Baghdad airport that threatened to overrun a lightly defended position before he himself was felled by a bullet and guys like Randall Shugart and Gary Gordon, who forced their helicopter pilot to put them down on the ground where certain death awaited them so they could defend a wounded American pilot whose own chopper had crashed in the face of a Somali swarm in Mogadishu.

May 27, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, Happy Memorial Day! I'm thinking Bradshaw will dazzle with his ice skating learned from his former wife Jo Jo Starbuck, which cannot be any more mediocre than the rest of his chops, not withstanding football and his work FOX NFL set. Man, that was one hell of a run-on sentence. This gig is the why Bradshaw dropped an alleged thirty pounds on Nutrisystem?

Favorite War Film? Full Metal Jacket just edging Apocalypse Now.

May 27, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.
chas9 said...

Every man should know what he thinks. I think I'll have another co'cola.

Trae ain't just tarnished. He's moved on.

May 27, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Spy,

Are you kidding? I love the Devil's Brigade. And to think I actually stumbled onto my first viewing of it by accident (channel surfing). I have one friend from Canada and I can't get her to watch it. D:

I was going to add Kelly's Heroes to the list but in all fairness I've never seen it from start to finish (need to).

May 27, 2013 at 2:27 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

JMC,

William Holden, Richard Dawson, Claude Akins ... great cast.

William Holden was also brilliant in another great war film, "Stalag 17."

May 27, 2013 at 2:59 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

Thanks for sharing those hero's stories.

Our favorite war movies:

Glory

Platoon

Dirty Dozen

Red Dawn (you knew it was coming)

Worst war movie: Pearl Harbor, and there's not really a close second

Enjoy the day

May 27, 2013 at 3:25 p.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay - The Sportsfan clan (and one boyfriend...grrr) just returned from the bike race. Good time. Disappointed by lack of local support. Top five war movies for me...Dirty Dozen, Kelly's Heros, The Longest Day (have to include at least one with The Duke), Platoon, and Saving Private Ryan. Will someday visit the beaches of Normandy to try to understand the enormity of human sacrifice for future generations to live in freedom.

May 27, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

Top 5 in no particular order: They Were Expendable with John Wayne Kelly's Heros Platoon Apocalypse Now The Big Red One

May 27, 2013 at 7:39 p.m.
sportsfan said...

A few additional movies that are just outside the top five...Apocolypse Now Redux, Blackhawk Down, Hurt Locker...

May 27, 2013 at 7:57 p.m.
sportsfan said...

MASH, Patton, Schindler's List, and Das Boot. Thank you and good night.

May 27, 2013 at 8:36 p.m.
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