published Monday, October 14th, 2013

5-at-10: Columbus Day edition

From the "Talks too much" studios, let's start by saying that yes, that Brass Monkey is a funky monkey.

Boston mania

Are we sure this Columbus Day, and not Paul Revere Day? (MCA, get on the mic my man.)

The city of Boston was the center of the sports world Sunday and it became the comeback capital of universe thanks to the heroics of Tom Brady and David Ortiz.

Brady and the Patriots rallied from a four-point hole to score a TD with five seconds left to beat New Orleans 30-27. Brady marched his team down the field in a minute without any timeouts to escape the clutches of the previously unbeaten Saints. It was a hole made even more difficult by the careless interception Brady threw roughly three minutes earlier, but not unlike Houdini, the added difficulty only added to the legend. Brady made his mess and then he cleaned it up. Did he make a mistake or with more than 30 game-winning fourth quarter or OT drives under his gunslinging holster, did he want more of a challenge.

(Side point I: Yes, we have reached back into the old-school rap files and referenced the Beastie Boys and indirectly the magic of Houdini. Side point, II: Harry Houdini is the Babe Ruth of magicians, right? Dude is considered the best ever and is forever in the conversation of the best ever even if very few of us know the levels of his talent. Name recognition alone Houdini was a master. What's the Rushmore of magicians, all-time?)

Brady's magic act figured to be the high point of the Boston sports day, especially after Detroit Tigers stars Max Scherzer and Miguel Cabrera dominated from the start in Game 2 of the ALCS at Fenway Park.

Scherzer, the game's best right-hander with electric stuff, took a no-hitter into the sixth and left after whiffing 13 in seven dominant innings and carrying what seemed to be an insurmountable 5-1 lead.

Enter Big Papi. David Ortiz, the gregarious Boston DH, who is part teddy bear, part minotaur, and all-world when October comes calling, launched a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the eighth. Boston won in walk-off fashion in the ninth, and the Tigers' certain 2-0 lead heading back to Detroit became a 1-1 series with enough doubt and speculation swirling around, this could be a Steven King novel.

So it goes. Just another day at the ball park, huh?

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College football rewind

As we do around the parts on Monday, we take a moment and review the antics of the college football weekend that was.

Good times. Bad times. Times for pause and time for praise. Giddy-up.

Five things we believe this Monday morning:

• Marcus Mariota is fun to watch. The Oregon quarterback was amazing — as usual — in the Ducks' impressive win at Washington. As high-flying and fast-paced as the Ducks are, do not sell their efficiency short, and that starts with Mariota. Dude has 25 TDs (17 passing, eight running) and as many interceptions as you do. Yep, bagel. How dizzying is the Oregon offense? The six TDs it scored on the road at then-No. 14 Washington was good enough for a 45-24 win. It also was the season's low-point for the offense so far.

• Johnny Football is the coolest cat in college football. Dude exudes confidence, and walks around the field with a permanent thought bubble of, "What, me worry?" He had 470 yards of offense as the Aggies rallied to beat Ole Miss. Yes, the Fab 4-plus-1 picks missed that game, but it was fun to watch.

• Speaking of the Fab 4-plus-1 picks, we missed on a couple that featured late game rallies to cover the number. We also left a couple of correct picks on the cutting room floor. We finished 2-3 and are 21-13-1 against the number on the season.

• Hard not to feel sorry for Grateful Dawg and the rest of the Georgia fans around these parts. Hard, too, not to feel bad for Aaron Murray, who returned for his senior season to take a swing at title, and those hopes seem all-but-dashed because of the overwhelming wave of offense crippling injuries. Saturday's 41-26 loss to Missouri was a combo of the injuries, a defense that could not force a turnover or get off the field and an offense that turned it over too much.

• High times for the SEC. Record eight teams in the AP poll. Anyone have any more questions for Alabama? Yes it was Kentucky, but the Tide put the hammer down. Anyone have any questions for LSU, which is getting better defensively and has a coach who is wearing his heart of his hat — big hat and full heart, can't lose. And on this Columbus Day, the SEC fans in Columbia — both of them — have reasons to smile this morning as Mizzou is 6-0 and South Carolina quieted the drama for the time being in a 52-7 beatdown at Arkansas.

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Monday Stock Exchange

Every Monday in the fall TFP we have a stock exchange reviewing the antics of the Bulldos, Mocs and Vols football teams.

The Vols were off this weekend so they were not included.

We're going to try to tweak that for the 5-at-10. Here our Monday stock exchange will be about who's stock is higher. Deal? Deal.

Whose stock is higher in Boston right now, Big Papi or Big Brady?

Whose stock is higher Marcus Mariota or Johnny Manziel?

Whose stock is lower, Matt Schaub or Rob Gronkowski?

Whose stock has the better future, Alabama's or Oregon's?

Whose stock should be held in higher regard, Columbus or the Pilgrams?

Discuss — and feel free to add some stock options of your own. (See what we did there, stock options... Like the guys on the Guinness comercial used to say, "Brilliant.")

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This and that

— Shoutout to the Mocs, who handled their BID-ness against Furman. Homecoming crowd around 12K was about what we expected last week.

— In case you were wondering, the Jacksonville Jaguars covered the biggest spread in modern NFL history. The Jags were getting 26.5 at kickoff from the 6-0 Denver Broncos, who won 35-19. How do you sell that in the postgame speech. "Way to show 'em guys. We just terrible, rather than historically bad. We're No. 32; we're No. 32."

— Dy-NO-mite. Jimmy Walker won on the PGA Tour, ending a 188-tournament winless streak. Yep, you know what's coming. Wait for it. We're close. Good times.

— Dodgers have to win tonight or it's done. That is all. And if you want to know who we'd look at if we had an assistant GM spot open? How about the Cardinals' chief pitching scout? Dude is finding dudes who can sling it.

Today's question

Discuss where you see fit, and feel free to offer some stock exchange advice.

If you'd like talking points, here are a few:

  • Is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

  • What was the biggest college football story of the weekend?

  • OK, we all know what Columbus back in 1492. Here's a Columbus Day question: Who in today's sports world you want captaining the Nina and Co.?

Discuss.

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...

Morning Ten Ring.

I do miss the Monday Morning Stock Exchange that has been a long-standing staple of the print edition. Personally, I'd don't see how that can be carried over to the Five at Ten but that's just me.

Obviously the big story (regarding back home) would be the mega upset of Murray & Co. between the hedges. I called it close but was not expecting them to go up 15+ points on them. I grant you Georgia was injury-laden to begin with but when it came to heart, the upper hand obviously went to Mizzou. Plus, I'm sure they were itching for some payback after the come from behind loss last year in Columbia. I agree with a lot of the commentators in the fact I'm not about to declare them the SEC East winners, but they are definitely in the running.

Oh, loved the fact they posted at the end of the game showing the last time Mizzou beat a top 10 opponent was in 1981 (When I was no older then 5 at 10 junior).

I knew it had been a while since the Mocs beat Furman back to back. I didn't know that the last home game victory was my senior year...in high school. I wasn't even a Mocs fan back then. My heart was set on going to Norwich Military Academy (Heavy into JROTC at the time; Company Commander, star on the Ranger Team, etc.) When it turned out to be fiscally impossible, I settled for UTC. The rest is history.

I heard the "tonight's attendence: 12 thousand something" in the background while watching the game on the Trey. While Furman is no Georgia Southern (or THE Georgia Southern as that one guy on the Cowboys defense starting line-up said last night on NBC), the win should at least increase the stock status of the Mocs for a better turn out next home game. Grant you Elon is no doormat and nearly upsetted Wofford. but if the Mocs come out with a win, then hopefully there will be an extra 1,000-2,000 at Finley for the Citadel match-up.

October 14, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

As I typed in a text message last night to some other Bostonphiles after Ortiz's homer "OH MY GOD! HAVLICEK STOLE THE BALL!" It's a reference for Boston diehards, but I thought it fit.

Is Papi a Hall of Famer? At DH? Yep. What he's done the last 10 years, average, homers, RBIs, just in the regular season makes him one of the most lefty sluggers of his time. Mix in the postseason heroics and I think he's good to go.

Very, very worried, however, about what's happening on The Flats. The fan base is quite angry.

The Jags, if not for two really stupid plays on Denver's first two drives, would have really put a scare into the Broncos.

And I couldn't care less what Bob Costas thinks about anything. He might be intelligent and nice to the people he meets, but who made him the moral authority of all things sports? Did Olbermann bequeath him that title?

October 14, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.
dawg747 said...

Ten Cup: The dawgs defense got an F on Saturday. That is a F for tackling and a F for the defensive coach. At least with Willie Martinez we knew how to tackle or could tackle a little better even if the defense was bad. They need to go back to fundamentals at practice and learn how to tackle and cover wide receivers and backs coming out of the backfield.

Glad to see my alma mater UTC win one in front of a big crowd. Hopefully they can keep it up.

October 14, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Will Wade was great at the QB Club meeting today...looking forward to the debut of CHAOS on Fri Nov 8.

Billy-In-Brainerd

October 14, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.
jgreeson said...

BiB —

Dude is very energized and engaging.

And speaking with him, you know he believes in what he's doing. Like him a lot.

747 —

Paschall shared a stat today that the Bulldogs defense was statistically better under Willie. Scary stuff.

Spy —

Costas needs to go back to talking sports, especially baseball. Hey Bob, we all have a moral compass, we don't need your interpretation of one.

JMC —

Thanks again for last week's explainer on the inside stand-up stuff. Interesting stuff.

It had been a long while since UTC beat Furman — Frierson was talking about this in the office the other day.

Nice win.

Hugs for everyone.

October 14, 2013 at 2:50 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Jay, I appreciate your concern. And as long as you're feeling sorry for me, my left shoulder is giving me trouble again and I had Mexican food last night that did not agree with me. I've seen better days.

Congratulations to Mizzou. I will not discount their victory between the hedges due to our injuries. The injuries were a part of the equation in a hypothetical sense; If we had this guy and the other guy back, this may have been a very different game. However, our defense is just bad. Healthy, but bad. Mizzou's defensive front won the battle in the trenches as well. Now Missouri sits undefeated, leading the SEC East, and coming off their first signature victory since joining the conference and now they must move forward without the services of James Franklin. That injury bug gets around and he's a nasty little bugger.

Gloom. Despair. Agony on me, ooohhh...

October 14, 2013 at 3:09 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

G-Dawg: Last I checked, the X-rays came back negative. I doubt he'll be back when Florida heads to Columbia this weekend but considering their back-up didn't crumble in the mother of all fear factors (if you think about it), they should be able to hold their own.

October 14, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.
jgreeson said...

GD —

True that, and here's hoping Mr. Grantham has saved a big chunk of the 750K salary he gets for coordinating the offensive defense.

That said — and we concur about the injuries — while Georgia may not have stopped Mizzou, that offense is a handful when Mr. Todd Gurley's involved.

JMC —

The other James Franklin has a grade 2 shoulder separation. He's out six weeks at least according to reports.

October 14, 2013 at 3:19 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Reading about Paschall the pigskin professor dropping stats showing that the defensive units of Martinez outperformed the current unit under Grantham was just depressing. Desperate times call for desperate measures. What's Bill Lewis up to these days?

I'm not nitpicking here, but you stated that Grantham should save some money from his 750K salary. Grantham makes 850K per year. That deal you thought was rotten is actually worse than initially believed. Scott Lakatos makes $235,000 per year as the "secondary coach." Entertainment coordinator would be a more appropriate job title as our defensive backs have been standing around watching the action play out much of the season.

October 14, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
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