published Monday, April 14th, 2014

5-at-10: Bubba's world, Masters takeaways, spring football rewind, special Rushmore

Glad to be back.

From the "Talks too much" studios, are we prepped for the grand game's best player to be named Bubba? Giddy-up

Bubba's world

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    Spectators applaud Bubba Watson, left, after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. Second right is Jordan Spieth and their caddies.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Bubba Watson is one of 17 golfers to land multiple Masters title. He has won two of the last three, including Sunday's march to par snooze-fest that was more Memorial than Masters. Watson has delivered twice on golf's grandest stage and likely punched his Hall of Fame ticket. Read that again.

Watson even said he was just "trying to hold on" down the stretch. Yep, hold on. At Augusta National. We're going to be ill.

How did this happen? How did we get to the point where golf's slugfest major, a tournament meant to be won in the final nine holes, is like every other event? Not sure.

Maybe it was the vacuum of top names who either missed the cut or WD-ed before the event. Maybe it was the thinning trees that made the wind diabolical all week. Maybe it was our lofty expectations of this tournament, which are so high that a blah Masters seems like a terrible Masters.

We do know this: Jordan Spieth is legit. Kid can golf his ball, but his ability to deliver on Sunday a major is a skill that needs to be collected early on or it will be a cross to carry.

Ask Phil Mickelson, who went 0-for-42 in majors before winning the 2004 Masters. Sure it turned out super cool for Mickelson, who has five major titles and will be a sentimental pick this June at the US Open, as he returns to Waterloo and tries to complete a career slam. More pertinent may be the case of Kuchar, as in Matt, who has been on the scene since the late 1990s and is still major-less.

Time is now Jordan, and the game needs you, too. Sooner rather than later son. Be the ball Danny. Be Heir Jordan.


Masters Short Shots

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    Bubba Watson reacts after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

• Winners of the 5-at-10 Masterfully Mastering the Masters challenge are:

Michael A — Spieth -5, Scott +1, Watson -8; Christopher B — Watson -8, Spieth -5, Scott +1

That's two -12 in the house, unless of course those guys had Tom Watson. Or the man you know better as Joe the Policeman in the 'What's Going Down' episode of "That's My Momma" Mr. Randy Watson.

These results are unofficial. If you have a beef, speak now or forever hold your pitching wedge.

• If you could have a Co-Cola with any of the Masters contenders, who are you picking? We're leaning hard toward Miguel Angel Jimenez. And if he wears the mirrored Ray Bans, we'll pick up the check.

• For the first time since early Tiger, the Masters was won by the guy that hit it the farthest. Bubba bombed away a the course and played a different course than most others. Take No. 13 on Sunday for example: Bubba is hitting his second into the 510-yard par 5 with a gap wedge for crying out loud. Gap wedge. That said, here's hoping they don't start tweaking the course again. It was a down year, nothing more. Let's see how next year plays before we start tinkering, OK.

• What's the one word you would use to describe this Masters?


Spring football recaps

Well that was a busy weekend, no?

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    Tennessee's Justin Pickett dives across the goal line for a score as Lemond Johnson makes the tackle during the the spring Orange and White game Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
    Photo by Angela Lewis Foster /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

We were in Augusta for a small golf get together.

We had spring scrimmages for the Mocs, the Vols and the Bulldogs.

Who has questions? We know folks who will get you answers.

Here's a quick takeaway from each:

At Finely: The usual suspects are going to be every bit as good as advertised. Book that. (JMC, Russ was quite pleased with his offensive line going into the scrimmage. Sorry we did not address your question from last week sooner. As for the linebackers, he said depth has improved, but he has always maintained that the incoming freshmen at that spot could play early.)

At Neyland: Great crowd. Josh Malone sounds like the real deal. The secondary sounds like a real problem.

At Sanford: If he stays healthy, we'll set the over/under on Todd Gurley's rushing yards at 1,250, and we're that low because of the great depth the Bulldogs have at running backs. (Side note: Hutson Mason already has the quarterback-speak down. Good times.)



This and that

— Scanning the Yahoo this morning, we saw Bobbi Brown cosmetics were trending. Who knew Candy Girl and Mr Telephone Man would launch a make-up line? Well, it is his prerogative What's that? A different Bobby Brown. Whatever.

— The Braves blitzed the Nationals, and Freddie Freedman is crushing to the point that we're not even going to make fun of a him sticking with Freddie. Deal? Deal. That said, Danny Struggla is at .195 and we are still set on the under of the Struggla line of .210. Thoughts?

— 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith was arrested at LAX for saying he had a bomb. A bomb at airport, huh. What, they didn't fall for the banana in the tail pipe trick? Smith is the definition of criminally stupid.

— The NBA regular season is almost over. The real NBA season is about to start. Good times.


Today's question

As always Monday is about who won the weekend.

And yes, Bubba won the weekend. Side note: When the Masters ended Sunday evening and Bubba started crying and the memorable shot of his son strolling on the green happened, the Mrs. 5-at-10 started crying. The Lil' 5-at-10 looked at the TV and said, "Did he win a kid for winning the tournament?"

Good times.

What's your Rushmore of Watsons (We could do Bubbas, but there are not a lot of them)?

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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jomo11 said...

Jay- definitely agree with you. Master's lacked drama, almost boring. Do you think course is set up to hard ? and not leading to back nine birdies ? or the players, overall just did not perform ? . . . .And without the T word, it did lack interest as much as I hate to admit it . . . . Funny that the Braves gave Uggla "A Day Off" to rest , seems to me he needs more days "off", or weeks, or months, or seasons . . . .

April 14, 2014 at 10:31 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

Do not think the course is too hard per se, but a sneaky thing we talked about was the fact that the trees were so much thinner so the wind was whipping all over the place.

That said, we think the players did not embrace the moment. In truth all it would have taken was one player putting some birdies on the board and that would have pushed Bubba into who knows what state.

No Uggla = 10 runs.

April 14, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.
chas9 said...

Don't know if other teams get this treatment, but memorable UK teams get nicknames: Rupp's Runts, The Unforgetables, etc. I doubt it'll stick, but one suggestion for v. 2014 is The Tweakables. How about The Tweakable Masters?

  1. Sherlock's Dr. Watson; 2. IBM's Tom Watson; 3. Watson the computer; 4. golf's Bubba. Golf's Tom is 5th. Tom's career is impressive, but being named Bubba earns beaucoup bonus points.

Tybee Island's in the middle of Orange Crush week, so named because the other Big Orange school, Savannah State, parties heartily there on both weekends of their spring break. Here's suggesting that Clemson and UT join them and make it the world's largest cocktail party.

No, Auburn should not join the merriment. That'd be too much havoc.

April 14, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.
chas9 said...

Check that. I'm replacing IBM's Tom with James Watson, who along with Crick first mapped out the structure of DNA. So, that's Sherlock's Dr. Watson; 2. DNA's James Watson; 3. Watson the computer; 4. golf's Bubba.

April 14, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

C-Niner: Havoc is in Richmond [VCU]; Chaos in here in Chatty.

1 way to deal w/ this rainy Monday...Buffet songs/lyrics: "Havana Day-dreamin' " + "I gotta go where it's warm" + "The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful..."


April 14, 2014 at 11:18 a.m.
fechancellor said...

10 Ring, I fell a sleep for most of the back nine. Woke up and saw I didn't miss any back nine heroics. It's like the Chip Beck virus overcame the field.

Maybe the undercard was making sure of the invite for next year, while those in the top five without hope of winning wanted to stay where they were to garner those invites to the other majors, if not invited already. I would enjoy a back nine shootout between Bubba and Tiger, if he recovers fully body and soul, in the future.

Golfer to hang with? I'd travel to Argentina to enjoy great beefsteak downed with excellent indigenous wines while listening to tall tales as told by Angel Cabrera.

I only have blue grass legend Doc Watson to add to the list so far.

April 14, 2014 at 12:16 p.m.
chas9 said...

fec--You're a genius. Doc is #1 in my book. Don't let your deal go down.

April 14, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...


Thank you for the follow-up. Did the DMNs arrive before you left?

Not much for the Masters, or golf in general, minus Steven Fox's UTC for 15. My Rangers appear to be going 50/50 and hopefully I can take in my first game next week.

April 14, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Johnny "Guitar" Watson...and a couple of UT Watsons: Curt + CJ.


April 14, 2014 at 2 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

I don't follow golf and obviously I'm missing something concerning the reaction to Bubba's win at Augusta National. Everyone seems irate that Bubba was "holding on", cruising to victory along the final stretch of competition. Isn't that what you do if you find yourself in a position to win simply by maintaining your current status? Football teams with a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter milk the clock and run the ball. Basketball teams with a lead late in the game run the shot clock down on every possession. If you've done enough early for the win and there is no need for high risk heroics late, just cruise to victory and savor the flavor of that sweet nectar. Of course, in lieu of sweet nectar, a snazzy green jacket and a seven-figure check will suffice quite nicely.

April 14, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.
MocTastic said...

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April 14, 2014 at 2:49 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Hope the pimiento sammiches were good to you, 5.

Don't know about Bubba being a hall of famer. Two green jackets is sturdy. But he doesn't have a lot of other wins to go around it.

Love Kuchar, but ... boy can't close. Let two tournaments slip away already and then twice, albeit briefly, led the Masters this weekend.

And where's the love for what Bernhard Langer did Sunday? He shot 69 and finished tied for eighth. He'll be 57 in August and he was never known as a big hitter even when he wasn't on the Champions Tour. And he shot 69 to tie for eighth at this year's Masters. Maybe that shows that it was a fairly dramaless Masters this year. I can't tell if those birds are real or if CBS is piping those sounds into my head telepathically.

Watson Rushmore? Tom Watson. Good call on Watson of Watson and Crick. Sherlock Holmes' Watson. And of course ...

Raaanndddyyy Waaatttson. I mean, he's both good and terrible.

April 14, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.
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