published Monday, April 28th, 2014

5-at-10: Hatred, SEC schedule, Braves excellence, The Boss rocks and sports names Rushmore

Gang, we moving fast this morning. Lots of stuff and Butch Jones will join us on Press Row on ESPN 105.1 FM today at 5 p.m. Good times.

From the "Talks too much" studios,

Hatred and ownership

By now almost everyone knows of the tape that allegedly has Donald Sterling spewing hate speech and insults toward black people.

Sterling is reportedly worth $1.9 billion according to Forbes after a series of real estate investments in Southern California — he has been called a slum lord over the years — and owning the L.A. Clippers since 1981. He paid $12 million for the franchise then, and it is worth almost $600 million today.

And with that, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver is delivered as big a hurdle and potential disaster since MJ 'retired' the first time to play baseball.

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    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sits courtside at the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday. On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the NBA said it is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

How do you handle a wealthy white owner talking to his minority alleged girlfriend — although there was not a lot made of the fact Sterling that his relationship with this women while being married is also very inappropriate — who is being sued by the family for embezzlement? In the NBA too?

In truth, whether the tape was taking out of context or not, the NBA needs Sterling to go away. This can't be fostered or supported, not when your talking about a guy with Sterling's racially divisive past — he won an NAACP award for hiring minorities in executive positions but has been sued for sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination, and for refusing to rent apartments to blacks or Hispanics and preferring Koreans.

The sentences and statements echo. The league's biggest names have taken a stand. And the ripple effects against the Clippers will leave lasting scars and permanent marks as long as Donald Sterling is involved. What players would want to work for the author of those types of hatred? What fans would look to support it?

The choice is simple — either the fallout will end Sterling's Clippers or the league must end Sterling's time owning the Clippers.

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SEC schedule

The SEC moved quickly and decisively and announced it will stay with an eight-game league schedule and keep the traditional cross-divisional rivalries. The 6-1-1 format (divisional games-annual rival-rotating game), means there will be long divides between former great league games like Auburn-Tennessee and Alabama-Georgia, but this makes sense on a lot of levels.

First and foremost, it side-steps the nine-game conference schedule that would mean a guaranteed seven more losses for SEC teams every year. In a time in which there are potentially two teams from the league in line to make the four-team college football playoff system known as the College Football Playoff.

It also rewards the traditional fans of the league that wanted to keep the Alabama-Tennessee series and the Georgia-Auburn series.

The league also headed off any criticism by mandating each team schedule at least one opponent from the other big four conferences by 2016.

Win-win.

Here's our SEC ace David Paschall's view on the matter http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/apr/28/sec-maintains-existing-football-scheduling-format/.

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Braves

This is getting quite ridiculous. The Braves are 17-7. The record is among the best in baseball after a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.

They are a mere 26th in runs scored with 89, but no worries, they have the second-best record in baseball and the second-best scoring margin (+31) in baseball because a pitching staff that has been simply remarkable. And the starters have been better than that.

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher David Hale throws in his baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Braves are tops in the majors in ERA (2.04), quality starts (20 out of 24 games have seen starters go at least six innings and allow three tuns or fewer) and average against (.211). The Braves are second in the big leagues in WHIP (with 1.06 walks + hits per inning pitched).

Here's the rotation numbers in terms of ERA: Aaron Harang (0.85), Julio Teheran (down to 1.47 after eight shutout innings Sunday), Alex Wood (1.54), Ervin Santana (1.95) and David Hale (2.31). And that's with lefty Mike Minor scheduled to return to the big league roster this week.

Here's a look back at the weekend:

The good: We may have to start focusing on stuff other than the pitching because it is almost always good. But David Hale deserves special mention for his eight stellar innings Saturday night in a 4-1 win. It was his first win, and dropped his ERA to the low-2s, but that of course is replaceable in this bunch. Crazy.

The bad: Other than Freddie Freeman's timely hitting the bats are consistently inconsistent. The average was not terrible — the Braves were 25-of-93 this weekend — but the long ball continues to be the main weapon. Seven of the team's 10 runs were generated by homers.

The Uggla: Lil' Danny went 1-for-10 with six Ks in the weekend sweep of the Reds. He's down to .209, right on the Struggla cusp line of .210

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This and that

— Michelle Beadle went to prom with 16-year-old, paralyzed former hockey player Jack Jablonski. Class move.

— Seung-yul Noh won his first PGA title in New Orleans on Sunday. He won by two shots over a leaderboard that generously would be called 'hodgepodgey.'

— Rest in Peace Dr. Jack Ramsay, who for a lot of us in this generation was every bit the voice of the NBA that Dick Vitale is to college hoops.

— Speaking of the NBA, here are the updated standings of the playoffs, which have been excellent so far, even if they were overshadowed by Donald Sterling's ignorance. Atlanta-Indiana even at 2; Miami leads Charlotte 3-0; Brooklyn-Toronto even at 2; Washington leads Chicago 3-1; Dallas leads San Antonio 2-1; Golden State-L.A. Clippers even at 2; Portland leads Houston 3-1.

— Went to Springsteen on Saturday in the A-T-L. Much thanks to those of you who came up and said they read the 5-at-10 and/or enjoy the radio show. The Boss was excellent. Here's hoping you enjoyed it as much as we did. The Boss went for a hair under three solid hours, and here's the set list (courtesy of NJ.com):

1) Clampdown (Clash cover)

2) Adam Raised A Cain

3) The Ties That Bind

4) Jackson Cage

5) She's The One

6) Independence Day (tour premiere, solo piano)

7) High Hopes

8) Just Like Fire Would

9) Tougher Than The Rest (sign request)

10) Cadillac Ranch

11) Trapped (sign request)

12) Point Blank

13) Heaven's Wall

14) Seeds

15) Death To My Hometown

16) Wrecking Ball

17) Shackled and Drawn

18) The Ghost of Tom Joad

19) The Rising

20) Badlands

Encores:

21) Drive All Night (tour premiere)

22) Born To Run

23) Ramrod

24) Dancing in the Dark

25) Tenth Avenue Freeze Out

26) Shout

27) Highway To Hell

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Today's question

Feel free to chime in on any of the variety of topics above, like what should the NBA do to Donald Sterling.

But if you need a lighter topic, we'll go here:

As previously mentioned Seung-yul Noh (pronounced Soong You'll Know) won on the PGA Tour. Apparently, now we know.

Rushmore of best sports names ever? Go.

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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WilliamRscott said...

Jay-G: would love to see a Wiedmer column about Jack Ramsay [PhD], with input from XX Mocs HC Jim Foster, given their St Joe's connection [both alumni + both coached there].

The NBA should make Sterling sell the Clips to someone he would NOT rent to.

Billy-In-Brainerd

April 28, 2014 at 10:33 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Sterling is an idiot, loose-cannon, etc. Making him sell now though at the top of his franchise worth, especially with the Lakers down only helps him....SEC schedule ruling, according to media reports, is a victory for FCS schools as SEC coaches will continue to want to play those gauranteed win games, especially if SEC is mandating at least one game against a Big 5 conference foe.. . . .also Jay, you predicted the UTK football to go 5-7, are you going to have the stones to mention that to Butchy on the air today ? . . .

April 28, 2014 at 10:48 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Dang man, how far is your reach with the 5-at-10 if people in the ATL are coming up to you to make comments? Unless these are Chatty fans who happened to spot Mr. 5-at-10 in the crowd.

Did Miley Cyrus join The Boss for a duet on "Wrecking Ball"? Wait...different song? Ok nevermind.

Each NBA series has been compelling so far except for the Heat-Bobcats. Time for MJ to dust off the sneakers and get ready to help his team in Game 4. Or not.

Not only are Donald Sterling's comments wrong (assuming that is him on the tape of course), but they are also confusing. If he doesn't like blacks, why is he dating a black Mexican woman? If he doesn't like blacks, why is the majority of the Clippers players (and head coach) black? Something doesn't seem to add up. And yes, it is sad that all the backlash is on his racist comments and not also on the fact that he is cheating on his wife.

The NBA has already condemned Sterling's comments. But I'm not sure the NBA can or should do anything else in this matter. Sterling will take a hit when good players will now not want to play for him. And if the team slips back into mediocrity where they were for many years before, the value of his team will decrease. Agreed with Jomo that he shouldn't be forced to sell the team right now for that reason. Let him (literally) pay for his mistakes.

Waiting for Obama to say that if he had a son, he'd look like Chris Paul.

April 28, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.
fechancellor said...

Baseball Addition:

Charlie Hustle, The Say Hey Kid, The Yankee Clipper, Dizzy Dean.

Honorable Mention: Stan "The Man," Catfish Hunter.

April 28, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.
jgreeson said...

FE to the C —

Not nicknames. Actual names like Wonderful Terrific Monds or World B Free (although that was changed, so maybe not). Maybe Scientific Mapp or I-Perfection Harris, the former GT defensive back.

Stewwie —

If baseball can force Marge Schott to sell, then we'd have to think the NBA can force Sterling to sell. And while forcing him to sell would be a selling at an all-time high, the man is 80 and worth almost $2 billion. It's not the money he wants but the action and activity of being an NBA owner.

The NBA can't have a franchise that will die on the vine because no player will go there.

Jomo —

Fair point that the schedule is a good deal for SoCon folks. Although it will be interesting to see how many of the big six SEC schools will keep scheduling FCS schools.

BiB —

If you have not seen it, Dr. Jack's son wrote a very touching story about his death on ESPN.com.

April 28, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Wow. Adam Raised a Cain (great, great semi-autobiographical song), the incredibly underrated She's the One and Trapped (a Spy favorite. It's not Thunder Road or Backstreets, but it's still a great one). Badlands also is a great selection and it's amazing the songs that band can do off a sign request.

From the end of Friday's radio show ... other bosses ... Loren Roberts, boss of the moss on the PGA Tour .... Terence Stamp, the titular boss in "My Boss's Daughter," the Ashton Kutcher/Tara Reid vehicle also starring Carmen Electra and the pride of Albertville, Ala., Angela Little (look her up ... if you dare to go all NSFW).

And it was Danny Pintauro who played the son on "Who's the Boss?" We were looking for Danny Pintauro. Danny Pintauro. No match, the board goes back.

April 28, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

You say Danny Pintauro, we say Danny Pituitary. Tomato. Tomato.

And it was an excellent show — for Boss junkies and newcomers alike — that was very well summed up by the Mrs. 5-at-10: "I don't know a lot of these songs but this concert is awesome."

Boss of the Moss is pretty stacked.

April 28, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Jay-G is world-wide...he is touring this summer w/ Beyonce. What? Oops...Jay-Z is touring this summer, not Jay-G...

Spy: is Albertville more proud of Angela Little or the Hannah boys that played at bammer + in the NFL? I vote for Angela...

Billy-In-Brainerd

April 28, 2014 at 1:37 p.m.
Stewwie said...

[The NBA can't have a franchise that will die on the vine because no player will go there.]

Why not? One owner's loss would be another owner's gain. This case might be a little different though since L.A. is the #2 media market. But the Clippers have been historically bad anyway and the NBA was just fine throughout it.

At the end of the investigation, Sterling needs to apologize and reiterate his support for his players and coaches. After some damage control, maybe the backlash will die down a bit. Bonus points if he can convince Jackson and Sharpton that he's sincere. Otherwise, let him deal with his own consequences. The rest of the league will be fine. Sterling is a scumbag either way, but I still don't think the league needs to force him to sell.

April 28, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.
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