published Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

5-at-10: Masters primer, SEC Network winning and Les Miles kisses a pig

We are taking our show on the road this morning so there's that.

We'll relocate to our satellite office in Richmond County, Ga., just off Washington Rd. Good times.

From the "Talks too much" studios, remember the Friday mailbag and 'Fore please, the 5-at-10 is now driving.' (And let's hope we avoid the speeding ticket we got last year.)

UConn rules the world

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    Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie celebrates while cutting down the net after beating Kentucky 60-54, at the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The basketball programs at UConn are the men's and women's champions. That's pretty impressive.

The UConn women completed the second UConn-ection with a thumping of Notre Dame on Tuesday night. We are at a place that there is no bigger dynasty in all of sports, and with nine titles since 1995, it's time to ask whether the UConn women are on the Rushmore of all-time dynasties with immortals such as Wooden's UCLA teams, Red's Celtics, the Yankees of the 50s-60s.

It's overpowering, and it's also fair to finalize the question that we pondered here yesterday: With his nine titles and a run of dominance capped by a 40-0 mark this season, is Geno Auriemma the best women's basketball coach of all time?



The Masters

We are still taking entries for the Masterfully Mastering the Masters contest. Pick four golfers, your top three count and the lowest combined score of those three will win stuff. Deal? Deal.

So who you got?

We will give line on location updates from Augusta National on the 10s on Press Row today through Friday — 5-at-10 on the 10s? — and we'll be providing live details throughout the tournament here on

Among the fun stories from the course Tuesday was the tale that Phil Mickelson was playing in a group with Dustin Johnson, Jason Dufner and Rickie Fowler. It was Mickelson and Fowler against Johnson and Dufner, and Mickelson says Fowler shot a 30 on the front and added an eagle on 13 and birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to win the match (and safe to say a sizable wager).

Mickelson did lose a $1 bet with a patron about getting up and down after missing the green on No. 6. It's good to be the Phil right about now, no?

Side note: Interesting look here from TFP golf ace David Uchiyama about those in the Masters field that have put a peg in the ground in Chattanooga.


Vols juggle schedule

So UT will kick off on a Sunday to start the season. OK, fine.

Well here are the two things we think about that:

1) UT better be ready because Utah State will have a huge edge at QB with Chuckie Keeton back. And remember, regardless of the profiles of the program, only one of these schools has been a regular bowl team the last few years.

2) The area cable companies better finalize their plans to add the SEC Network, which will show that UT-Utah State opener, in addition to Texas A&M-South Carolina and Arkansas-Auburn on the opening weekend.

Huge props to the SEC Network for having its ducks in a row for the launch. Unlike the Longhorn Network and the Big Ten Network, which did not make the launch of their channels a must-see event, the SEC Network has embraced the value of football broadcasts.

The other networks hoped that the brand and fan loyalty would move cable subscribers and companies to action, but showing coaches' shows and volleyball games did not move the needle or the interest level of those invovled.

The SEC Network has drawn a line in the sand with a Thursday night blockbuster with the Aggies vs. the Spurriers and an opening weekend of big-time action.

Well-played indeed.


This and that

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    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cory Gearrin prepares to throw during the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

— New from the Braves' world, former Rhea County star and all-around good guy Cory Gearrin will have Tommy John surgery. Tough break.

— Are we prepared for a world in which Dork Nowitzki's is a top-10 scorer in NBA history? The names on the list in front of him are pretty familiar: Kareem, Karl Malone, Jordan, Kobe, Wilt, Shaq (did not expect Shaq to be this high), Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon and now Dirk. Is Dirk the second best white NBA player ever behind Bird?

— The Ultimate Warrior, a bona fide wrestling Hall of Famer, died three days after being inducted into the hall. Sad story. There was no cause of death mentioned in the report.


Today's question

OK, everyone's favorite cartoon character/coach Les Miles kissed a pig for charity. Here's the clip.

So that of course leads us to what every other SEC coach would kiss for charity.

What would Nick Saban kiss for charity? How about Spurrier? What about Mark Richt?


Also, there will be a Masters related Rushmore on Press Row today, so listen in with Paschall and the TFP blockheaded sports editor calling in at the 10s.

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...

You may be on to golf and baseball, but I'm still enjoying the afterglow of college basketball.

Glad to hear BWill is an XX basketball fan. We could use more of that here. Yes, UConn is a dynasty. I'll leave the Geno or Pat debate to Vol fans.

Guerrin's not the only Cory who's had a tough break. What about Corey Johnson, who lost out on $100,000 by failing to hit send?

ESPN's Way-Too-Early-Top-25 for next year has 'Zona, Duke and UK at the top. UNC, Florida and Kansas are 6, 8 and 9, respectively. I like that prediction better than Weeds' version. ESPN lists Cuonzo's cagers as one of 15 teams that could crack the top 25.

Shabazz Napier joins Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose and Larry Bird as the only players to score 125 points, pull down 25 rebounds and hand out 25 assists in a single NCAA tournament.

Creighton forward Doug McDermott finishes with 3,150 points to his name -- more than Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson and every other college basketball player ever, save four According to Eamonn Brennan (ESPN) "The Year of the Freshman wasn't the year of anything. It was just another basketball season, capped off by another tournament -- another unpredictable, bewildering, glorious year of this mysterious, wonderful game."

April 9, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Dirk has been a great player for a long time, but he's flown under the radar quite a bit. No question that he is on the starting five of all-time white NBAers. Let's put Stockton at the 1, West at the 2, Bird at the 3, Dirk at the 4, and maybe Bob Cousy at the 5. Thoughts?

Jay, any thoughts on the final play of the Heat/Nets last night? Bron got rejected at the rim, but wanted a foul call. On the replay in slo-mo, Plumlee gets the ball with his fingers before getting LeBron's hand. Played live, it seems like a 50/50 call, and to be honest, I'm surprised LeBron didn't get the benefit of the doubt at home. Now the Nets have swept Miami 4-0 for the year.

I read that Daly will be at his usual spot at Augusta again this year. He smokes 40 cigs a day and is down to 10-12 Diet Cokes (used to be 26-28). It's safe to say that he's still got a ways to go to getting to a healthy lifestyle. Not sure how much more his body can take of crap like this.

April 9, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.
titanic said...

Masters contest: Phil, Westwood, Adam Scott, and Charl Schwartzel

Maybe Saban could kiss the replay offical that gave him the extra second against Auburn.

April 9, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.
jgreeson said...

9er —

Stay in the limelight. It looks good on you.

And Dougie McBuckets had a brilliant career for sure.

We'll go 1) Duke (if Jabari stays); 2) UK; 3) Arizona; 4) UNC and 5) Florida and feel good about it.

Stewwie —

LBJ got fouled but it was 50-50 at full speed and we've always preferred when referees let players decide the outcome.

So it goes. Plumlee made an aggressive play and got rewarded for it.

We like that five of the all White Shadow team, but we'd flip Cousy for Havlicek and our order would be Bird, West, Dirk, Havlicek, Stockton.

Titantic —

You are in. We'll have the complete list in the morning.

April 9, 2014 at 10:56 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Speaking of referees and calling fouls, a little controversy is brewing over in Mississippi We have suspected refs of protecting star players, we now have four high school refs saying they were told to do just that.

April 9, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.
BWill8 said...

A little piece of me died last night watching Geno and the evil empire win #9. I knew they'd win but still...

Is Geno the all-time best? Hard to argue with his numbers. He's been in the National Championship game 9 times. He has 9 titles. Impressive. And he'd be the first one to tell you that.

Followers of the women's game say parity has arrived but it truly has not. In the last 20 years, only 7 teams have won titles. On the men's side, 12 different teams have won titles over the last 20 years. Oh yeah, UConn and UT combined to win 14--yes 14--of those titles in a 20 year span. Parity? We'll you see you a few years down the road.

Sweet kisses:

Saban – Bob Stoops’ chin (or where his chin should be)

Spurrier – Jesse Palmer, holding a rose

Mark Richt – Athens/Clarke County DA

April 9, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.
MocTastic said...

The press went bonkers on twitter this morning when some UMASS basketball came out gay, yet the "public" remained pretty silent on it. When will the press learn that the public really doesn't care, we have accepted it and have long since moved on. Yet, the press in general goes bananas, guess it gives them something to write about.

April 9, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.
Stewwie said...


The reason the press continues to push stories like this is because homosexuality is not fully accepted in our society (and it will never be). So the media takes advantage of every opportunity that it can to try to convince every last person that homosexual behavior is normal. Otherwise, why does the press even bother especially when it's about an athlete that most people don't know or care about?

April 9, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.
jomo11 said...

A football player from LSU just came out that he is a believer in the Easter Bunny . . . . .how brave, He might just get a personal phone call from The President . . . .or Mr. Rodgers . . . I wonder if ESPN will pick up that story ?

April 9, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Second-best white player? Jerry West, John Havlicek and Bob Cousy would like a word with you, 5.

At least UT doesn't have two Thursday games on ESPNU, opposite college football games on ESPN, ESPN2, an NFL game, perhaps a World Series or NBA game and The Big Bang Theory.

And I still think Geno Auriemma is trash.

April 9, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.
MocTastic said...

A lot of the tweets about the UMASS player were like "why it is so important" and then a link to their article. Hey, the public knows what is important. If you have to tell us over and over that something is important, it probably isn't. The public has a brain.

April 9, 2014 at 3:23 p.m.
Stewwie said...

Agreed, MT.

April 9, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.
DCrotty22 said...

Master's Contest: Adam Scott, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker

April 10, 2014 at 12:58 a.m.
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