published Friday, November 15th, 2013

5-at-10: Friday mailbag

Gang, another money week filled with warm and happy goodness. Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't.

We want your feedback to some of the excellent questions we received this week. Enjoy.

From the "Talks too much" studio, c'mon feel the noise, girls rock your boys.

From a bunch of you

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    UTC tight end Faysal Shafaat (88) dives over Wofford's James Zotto (11) during the Mocs' 20-10 Southern Conference win last Saturday at Finley Stadium. The victory gave UTC a share of the league title and reason to bid for host privileges in the NCAA FCS playoffs.
    Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

How will the Mocs do Saturday?

Gang —

We believe this Mocs bunch now believes, and the difference is tangible.

There's a succession in becoming mentally tough. It starts with hoping to be good, which becomes thinking you are good (dangerous step there, and one that the UT Vols basketball program currently resides), which becomes believing you are good, which becomes knowing you are good. Hi, Nick Saban.

That transition is the second-most important step to developing a winner. Talent is No. 1, and in the great sports conundrum, success and talent are the chicken and the egg.

Saturday against the offensive-minded Samford Bulldogs, however, will be the toughest test for UTC for these three reasons:

1) UTC is dealing with success and the back-slapping for the first time since going viral was treated at the doctors office. That's a difficult handle for 18-to-22 year-olds.

2) The defense has been hammered by injuries. That does not bode well against the league's best offense.

3) Fate. UTC has walked a tight-rope of good fortune since September, and maybe all those good bounces were payback for the last two years of bad breaks, but it still feels like there's something hanging in the air in the 205.

That said, we still believe they can find a way to win because they believe now. And if they believe, why shouldn't we?

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From Stud

How much time do you spend on the 5@10? It must take you an hour a day to look up movie quotes alone.

For the mailbag, what is your favorite topic to write about?

Thanks, and when are you getting back on the radio?

Stud —

Welcome to the show.

We start the 5-at-10 every morning right at 6, after we start the coffee and make the Lil' 5-at-10's chocolate milk. It takes 90 minutes most days, and a big chunk of that is because we talk too much. So it goes.

As far as the movie quotes go, well, about 95 percent of those are off the top of the ole melon. We have wasted a high-quality memory on movie quotes, baseball stats, phone numbers and SEC scores. So it goes. Wouldn't say we missed it, there Bob.

Our favorite sport to cover is high school football. Always has been, probably always will be. It's fun. And magical. And special. And as close to pure as we have left.

For the 5-at-10, it's college football in general and SEC football in particular because that generates the most interest. This is fun because of you yahoos, and when it stops being fun is when we'll stop doing it.

We probably know basketball the best — that's the one we were best at playing.

So it goes.

Not sure of the radio thing, but we're still looking around. We'll pass along any news.

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From chas9

Have you noticed how when people preface an observation with "I don't want to say " something, they really do want to say it?

I appreciated Pasquali's tribute to Nick Marshall. Question for the bag: How does the Auburn wonderboy stack up against other recent SEC running QB's?

9er —

We have noticed that. It's the current alternative to "I'm just saying" which was preceded by the universal clause intro combo of, "Don't get mad but..." "Don't laugh but..." and "Don't tell anyone but..." Which came on the heels of having to promise to not get mad or to laugh or whatever to hear a story. Gang, if you have to preface your thought with insurance, maybe that thought should not be shared. Closed mouth gathers no foot; and a doughnut with no hole is a danish.

Marshall has two great gifts when stacked against other mobile QBs. One, he is running the Mad Running Scientist's offense, which puts the quarterback in an amazing position to succeed. Two, he is faster than the other running quarterbacks.

Marshall has a rocket-launcher of an arm, too, but his accuracy has been less than good. That's the sneaky plus-quality of Johnny Football, is that rascal can really throw it where he wants on the run.

Cam was the total package. Tebow was a metal bull with an iron will and several other metallic attributes. His Indian name would have been Steel Spirit and he would have been the chief. Or the head of the spiritual teepee.

Marshall's only going to get better, and if he starts to complete 55-to-60-percent of his passes beyond the line of scrimmage — he's completing 58.5 percent now, but a huge portion of those are screens — the Auburn offense will be extremely tough to handle. And remember, other than power back/blocker Jay Prosch, Auburn's offense is without a senior starter.

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From sportsfan

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    The Braves christened Turner Field for the start of the 1997 season.
    Photo by AJC

Jay-I too spent 20 years in the ATL and after close to 10 years I still haven't seen traffic in the Noog. I write this from Killarney Rose near Wall St in NYC. I have now witnessed traffic on HGH, steroids, and all things PED. After several cab rides I find find it comforting to just not watch. Now that the Braves are moving, for the Friday mailbag, what is your Rushmore of sports venues that would be sacrilege to move? Happy Tuesday and I'll have another stout, please.

Sportsfan —

Considering the Celtics left the Garden, the Yankees moved to a new home that Ruth (Steinbrenner) built and the Cowboys now play in Jerry's world, there's really very few that can't be moved or rebuilt or forgotten.

Of course Wrigley and Fenway would cause riots in the fan base, but the internal overhauls (hey look sky boxes) happening at each of those places make the address, the ivy and the monster about all that's the same.

Still, they are the icons. We'll add Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke to the list. What a great venue. And likely then Lambeau Field, which also has been overhauled. Still no athletic facility has a better commercial than Steve Sabol's classic "frozen tundra of Lambeau Field."

Somehow "the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field at Bank of America/Progessive Insurance Stadium" does not have the same ring.

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From New Guy

OK, a friend of mine sends me the 5-at-10 because my work computer won't let go to 'non work sites' but I had to ask you something. Don't use my name please.

You have a great format on your blog and almost every today's question is something we talk about over lunch.

But how come you don't answer your questions? Thanks and keep up the good work.

'New Guy' —

First off, good luck with your day job at the Pentagon and hope that matters of national security are not breached around these parts.

Feel free to chime in at any time, you are not the only one that can't log in to our site at work.

More times than not we do not answer the questions we float because we want to generate conversation among the readers. Sometimes if we throw an answer out there that someone else may have, they may think, "Oh well, that's already been said." We know what we think, we want to know what you guys think. But in the spirit of fair play, let's review Thursday's questions:

Who is cooler, Ty Webb or Crash Davis? We'll say Crash. Ty is rich and plays cool, but that was his daddy's money. Remember, his daddy never liked Judge Smails.

Let's say your favorite SEC team was starting from scratch and you got to draft one player from SEC history around which to build for next year, who do you take? And is Johnny Football in that conversation? We take Cam in today's college football. Heck he won a national title with a slew of 8-5 teammates. Twenty years ago when the running back was the BMOC we take Herschel, then Bo.

If you had to pick one snack for life, what's your choice? Tough one. Sweet snack, we're likely going Chips Ahoy. Salty snack, we'll go Cheez-Its, which rank with Timmy Duncan as being underrated as a perennial all-star.

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From Jordan Rules

It's been a while. Hope you and LeBron are happy.

Did you notice MJ picked his all-time pick-up team and your boy Prince James was not on it? Interesting.

Who would be on your all-tim pickup team. Thanks and I still read -- and you still talk too much.

Jordan Rules —

Good to hear from you my man, hope all is well and that the stalking of MJ is still going swimmingly.

We did see that MJ picked his all-time team, and if this is straight pickup rules, then he left some serious holes.

His team was himself, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, James Worthy and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Fine team that would have won a slew of titles, but for the love of goodness, it must have been a long time since MJ has played true pick-up basketball.

MJ would be on any team of course, and we think Hakeem is the most underrated center of all-time. Still, Jordan is the only name that is the same on our pick-up team.

First consider the format: No defensive rules. No free throws. Call your own fouls and look for ways to maximize mismatches. Heck, we think we could put two teams together that could run MJ's bunch.

First team: LeBron, Allen Iverson in his prime (who is stopping him off the dribble), Shaq (not as skilled as Hakeem of course, but in a pick-up game, who stops him), Bird and Duncan.

Second team: Kobe, Kareem, George Gervin, Kevin Durant and Isiah.

Surprising that on Adam Morrison, Kwame Brown, Sean May and Brandon Wright and the rest of those excellent draft picks MJ has made as an executive were not mentioned.

Discuss and enjoy the weekend.

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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JonathanMCook said...

Jay,

Good mailbag today.

Regarding the "Showdown in the 205", knowing the Mocs, I don't feel the team is one of those that are going in there thinking this is going to be a gimmie. Not by a longshot. Especially with two things going into the game 1) Long memories regarding the ones that got away and 2) the come from behinds.

I do feel better about them going in because history has been good to the Mocs in this series. I grant you this is not the same Samford team of old and despite a banged-up defense, the young guns who were playing in high school this time last year have stepped up tremendously. Also, I just learned there is going to be an outpouring of blue and gold support via the Mocs Club caravan and I'm sure several others are planning on making the three hour drive at the campus near the Vulcan statue (The Roman God, not Leornard Nimroy or Tim Russ)on the 459. And with all my bills paid this morning with $600 left over, I think I can splurge for some good food and spirits for my Mocs party of one.

Rushmore of sports venues that would cause riots if they moved: Lambeau, Neyland, Wrigley, Sanford, and Soldier.

Also, no love lost regarding Irving Stadium. What some people tend to forget (which I learned via the Tom Landry exhibit we had at the State Fair three years ago), is the Cowboys played in the Cotton Bowl the first 10 years of existance. Irving Stadium was built in 1971 until the Death Star was finished. So while the Cowboys don't exactly have a legacy as long as say the Packers or Bears, in reality they've had three homes total including this one.

November 15, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, I saw Kwame play in high school and thought for sure he was going to be really, really good in the pros. Never thought that way about Sean May or really Adam Morrison.

And how did MJ leave Charles Oakley off his pickup team? Or is he refereeing it?

The fact that Ty Webb's dad never liked Elihu Smails makes him even better. Besides, Ty plays the piano, knows Chinese acupuncture and has a pool. And a pond. Pool and a pond.

Last night was ugly. As in ... well, ugly.

November 15, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Good info. from Doogie Hargis this morning about the OHS-EHHS playoff FB game tonight. I have no connection to either, but I would consider going if the logistics were better. Late Mail-Bag question: why is this game not being played at Finley? Is the rent too high? It would easily draw over 10,000 there.

Billy-In-Brainerd

November 15, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.
jomo11 said...

This Samford game makes me very nervous. . .I know, Im a worry wart . .Samford's offense is similar Appy and UT-Martin in they like the short passing game. The Mocs need to control the ball on offense. Hope Keon can play and that Jacob is not to banged up from last week. . .

November 15, 2013 at 10:51 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- i would take Lebron, Melo, Chris Paul, Durant and Blake Griffin over MJ,Magic,Worthy,Pippen,Olajawon. . .Lebron's boys would kill them since some of MJ's guys are 50 YEARS OLD !!!!

November 15, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
chas9 said...

Jay--World class riff on the history of how people preface their remarks. You've been paying attention. And the Danes call a Danish Vienna bread.

I always assumed you were more football than roundball. What was your prime basketball playing height and weight? Were you built like Big Baby or Sir Charles?

Love your pickup teams and you even spelled Isiah right, which is to say wrong. What about Pistol Pete? And that's just plain mean to mention MJ's actual picks.

Dawg (from yesterday late)--Good football perspective and analysis.

But I think you missed an essential point about the rumors of snakes in boat chute. (My uncle was one of the first operators of the boat chute, and his father-in-law built it. I know where the bodies are buried.) The point of the snakes (or spiders) fables is to get that sweet young thing to sit close to you for protection. Then you try to see how many bases you can touch.

Spy--(from yesterday late)--Good call on Vandy. Don't think they'll paste UK 40-0 like last year. The 12.5 line sounds right.

Didja know DiNardo at VU was 4-0 against The Cats? He was promoted to LSU where he went 2-3 versus Kentuck.

Heard The Lane Train yesterday on a national sports radio show. Didn't sound like he'd learned much. He said he learned to delegate more. Hmmm…

Couple of weeks ago I suggested comeback coach of the year was between Malzahn and Cutcliffe. Still think so, with Gus having an edge.

And Ashley Judd's ex is retiring fron Indy racing.

November 15, 2013 at 11:02 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, don't forget that the new Boston Garden got built right next to the old one, which didn't have air conditioning, as anyone who watched the 84 NBA Finals or the 88 and 90 Stanley Cup Finals (one of the games had a fog delay on the ice because of the warm building). A great building, lots of memories and history but well past its prime. The Bs and Cs didn't decamp for the burbs or for one of the other neighborhoods, not Southie, the North End, Charlestown or Dahchesstah. Certainly not Roxbury.

November 15, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.
mcpell3 said...

Looks like I picked a bad time to stop drinking, with Mocs v Samford & Auburn v UGA. Both games wont be easy for the Mocs or Gus' War Eagles.

9er - loved the classic line: "Then you try to see how many bases you can touch."

November 15, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jomo-

Quoting from another media source, Huesman said Jacob should be 100% for tomorrow. But T-Rob has supposedly being getting more QB reps just to C-T-A. Keon's ankle was tapped as of Tuesday and was doing live practice. While obviously he's not going to be 100% for the full 60 minutes, I believe he is going to play. However, the heavy lifting will fall on Marquis and that tall white guy (Haas I believe?) from the Wofford game.

The key to winning is simple: Don't get your head in the clouds. Period. The Bulldogs need to feel as though they're playing Alabama with Tom Brady as QB and Vince Lambardi as head coach.

November 15, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, MJ's Team, eh? As much as I enjoyed the "Greyhound," James Worthy, on the run finishing a beautiful pass from Magic, I plug in the Mail Man here. The Ice Man is an inspired choice for Second Team honors.

MJ had to give a nod to Pippen, but that spot should go to Lebron. Yes sir! This leopard changes spots after two rings.

Even more upgrade, Center Wilt Chamberlaim, Sixth Man: Dr. J.

Friday night offers some furious football as Knox Catholic invades the "Eagle's Nest" hoping to stomp on some eggs, thus punching a ticket to round three.

On the Signal side, everyone know Eagles love fish, especially on Fridays. This will be an evening of thrills and chills for both sides. Can Coach Price and his brood protect their eggs to win a close game against fairly equal talent? I'm saying yes this week, Signal 31, Knox Catholic 24.

November 15, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent

Barkely, Shaq, Jordan, Bird.....that's where you start a pick-up team. I'd love Barkley's intensity. Iverson's on it too. Lebron would be right there, maybe ahead of Bird. Kobe would be close too.

Remember- this is not about who the best players of all-time are. I'd take Hakeem in a minute in that discussion.

Regardless, you're right about Cheez-Its.

November 15, 2013 at 12:53 p.m.
jgreeson said...

JMC —

Enjoy the personal tailgate. Try the soup du jour... it sounds good.

The 5-at-10 clan is also having a private tailgate at the compound for the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

The Auburn fan in us is frozen with fear about this one for a lot of reasons:

1) Todd Gurley

2) Aaron Murray

3) Georgia playing with nothing to lose; Auburn playing with a lot to lose

4) Todd Gurley

We think Auburn wins, but it likely will be very close.

Spy —

The Garden was dated for sure, and that they left it downtown was the right decision. But Boston and NYC and even Chicago are different than the new mega cities. The old guard has useful public transit. You've seen Marta. Other than the Forum, L.A.'s stuff is spread out too.

And yes, last night was really ugly. Does PJ need to beat the Bulldogs to feel safe at Christmas?

BiB —

That's the game we have tonight. You can follow along on the Twitter if you'd like — all of the staff tweets with #PrepBlitz from high school football games.

And we said that earlier this week that Finley should have made them an offer they couldn't refuse.

Jomo —

The league is flush with fine talent right now for sure. Good five.

And yes you are a worry wart, but that's OK. You're good enough and smart enough and people like you. In fact, if you were confident about a Mocs game going in, we're not sure we'd know how to react.

9er —

Definitely more Chuck. About 6-4, 200 in the good ole days... a few more lbs now. So it goes with a better half that can really cook and a fondness for the occasional cold Co-Cola.

Yes we have Gus a step in front, too, but if Duke gets to the ACC title game, who knows. And we'd race or quit racing if Ms. Judd asked us to.

McPell —

Looks like we picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue. AU and UGa are going to fight like cats and dogs (see what we did there).

FE to the C —

Wilt is a great call. We likely should have found a spot for Mo Malone, too.

Signal-KC may be as good a game as there is on the board tonight. Enjoy and good luck.

Stuck —

Barkley is a good call, too.

War Cheez-Its.

November 15, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

5, to answer your question, I lean toward no. But if Tech gets boatraced by an injury- ravaged Dogs, then I have serious doubts.

War MARTA being substandard mass transit.

November 15, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

And 5, that was John Facenda who narrated the old NFL films. The Sabols did the filming.

November 15, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Stewwie said...

MJ clearly could have picked a better supporting cast for his pickup team. But he said he wanted a squad that woud allow him to "hold onto the basketball". I take that to mean he didn't want any other alpha males on the team. So he picked a nice good group of guys who would be good teammates and would easily submit to MJ's desire to take most of the shots. That said, LeBron might have fit in on this team. But definitely no Kobe, no Shaq, no Iverson, and certainly no Sir Chuck.

Looking forward to a great game tomorrow between the Mocs and Bulldogs. Interesting that both Sagarin and Steele have Samford ranked slightly higher than the Mocs. I wonder what the line would be for this game. Why are there no lines for FCS football games anyway?

November 15, 2013 at 2:20 p.m.
mcpell3 said...

5- it does seem that Auburn has brought kittens to a dog fight the last year or so, maybe this time they'll upsize. Its going to be a close game if Gurley is truly healthy. I look for Marshall to start passing after a couple of series.

November 15, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

If I can safely include myself in the collective...I am now considered a yahoo. That is an upgrade from riff raff. And all these years later I prove my high school guidance counselor wrong. Sweet nectar!

What's this about computers that will not allow access to "non-work sites"? Talking football, listening to some good jams, and watching videos of waterskiing monkeys is the whole purpose of the interwebs. I understand there is a lot of porn out there as well, but how would I know anything about that?

9er, I nod my head in reverence in your general direction. The legends of snakes in the boat chute, or tunnel de amour if you please, was just an excuse to play grab-ass with the little ladies or big ol' girls depending on preference. The time I wasted trying to impress the ladies with my mad skee ball skills was all in jest.

(Insert obligatory sports reference here.)

November 15, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
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