published Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

5-at-10: Braves rolling, college football scan, and a chance to win Madaris Best of Preps Kickoff tickets

It's go time.

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    Atlanta Braves' B.J. Upton, right, greets Jason Heyward (22) after they scored on a single by Justin Upton in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Pittsburgh.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Braves

How good are the Braves rolling right now? The winners of five in a row, the Braves even got two hits Tuesday from Stinky Upton, which is 50 percent of his total from the previous 10 games.

Atlanta waxed poetically on Pittsburgh on Tuesday, staking an 11-3 win that allowed the Braves to keep pace with the white-hot Washington Nationals, who hold a six-game lead in the NL East because they have won eight straight.

The good: An offense that generated 11 hits and four walks — yes, four walks — was timely (6-for-14 with runners in scoring position) and powerful (four extra base hits).

The bad: Very little, other than the fact that Atlanta has not been able to make up any ground in the NL East because the only team hotter than the Braves is the Nationals.

The Uggla: Nothing new on our guy Danny. So there's that. And we mentioned Stinky getting his week's worth of hits Tuesday. That said, want to know the opposite of Uggla for this team? Where would the Braves be without Aaron Harang?

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    UTC offensive lineman Synjen Herren suffered an injury to his leg in a scrimmage and is recovering.
    Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

College football scan

Here's five quicker items around the college football globe, and considering we are eight days away from UTC dropping the hammer, let's start there:

1) As TFP UTC football ace Stephen Hargis tells us today, UTC has back-up plans. That's a good thing. It also speaks to the transformation of a roster that five years ago was strapped to find competent starters and now has reliable reserves.

2) Braxton Miller is done for the year, and before you think his injured shoulder will derail the Buckeyes' title hopes, know this: Ohio State likely will be favored in every game on its schedule other than a November trip to Michigan State.

3) Notre Dame changed its uniforms for new athletic merchandise partner Under Armour. Here's a link http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81122308/. Thoughts?

4) Not surprisingly, the Iron Bowl tops the Forbes list of most expensive ticket for the upcoming college football season. Here's their list http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2014/08/19/auburn-at-alabama-is-college-footballs-most-expensive-ticket-for-2014/.

5) Interesting look at the role Gus Malzahn plays in his specialized version of the power-spread offense. Quick Rushmore of in-game offensive play callers in college football, and we'd go 1) Bobby Petrino; 2) Gus Malzahn; 3) Chad Morris; 4) Art Briles with a special emeritus spot for Steve Spurrier.

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Contest

We had a tie Tuesday. Jomo's position on the future of college football — as bleak as it is — was well reasoned. Sportsfan's position aptly tied together sports and movie quotes — something that is near and dear to our heart.

Gang, you each have two tickets to Thursday's Madaris Best of Preps Kickoff Classic at the front desk.

Not surprisingly, the Cleveland Browns were not ready to name a starting QB Tuesday as planned because their QB candidates were not ready to grape the job Monday. That decision was delayed until this morning when Brian Hoyer was awarded the job because he was not as unimpressive as Johnny Manziel. In Yoda terms, "A ringing endorsement that is not."

So it goes, and so it shall be. That said, we loved TFP ace columnist Mark Wiedmer's points and quotes about everyone's favorite punk Johnny Finger http://timesfreepress.com/news/2014/aug/20/wiedmer-wheres-manziels-mom-when-he-needs-her/.

Today's contest will be who has the most creative and potentially possible answer to this question:

In 10 years, Johnny Manziel will be _?

Go.

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This and that

— Speaking of TFP ace columnists, we enjoyed David Cook's Ice Challenge column this morning. Read it here. Here's a video of some of the big-name college coaches who have participated.

— Wow, from the "rehab is for quitters" file, there's this. Yes, it's a dude who showed up to serve his sentence for an alcohol-related offense wearing a T-shirt with his mug shot photo on it under the caption "Sponsored by Bud Light and the Somerset County Sheriff." Stay Classy, San Diego.

— The NFL is asking prospective Super Bowl halftime acts to pay them to perform. The only thing truly surprising about this — considering the outlandishness of the NFL being an 11-figure operation working in the tens of billions of dollars and aiming to be in the twenties of billions of dollars and wanting Katy Perry to cover the cost of the roadies and such — is that Rope-a-Dope Roger Goodell did not trot this out there during the Ray Rice fiasco.

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Today's question

Saw news that former American Idol punchline William Hung got married.

Way to go William and Mrs. Hung. We're going to stop right there.

Our question though, is it easier to be famous in today's society for being a side show or being a star attraction?

Go and remember the mailbag.

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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MocTastic said...

in ten years.... "Johnny Who? Oh, him...what has he been up to?"

With respect to the new Mrs William Hung, She Bang?

August 20, 2014 at 10:03 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- awesome on the tickets GO BIG BLUE ! . . . In 10 years Johnny Manziel will have called off his wedding with a Kardashian sister after giving the finger to Bruce Jenner at an autograph show in Duluth , Minn for B-list former athletes. Jenner was making fun of Johnny for getting cut by Edmonton of the CFL after Johhny was filmed by a fan in Edmonton while Johnny was drunk and naked with 2 Eskimo coeds. A fight was avoided between Jenner and Johnny as they were seperated by Vince Young and the recently relased Maurice Clarett. Pete Rose never looked up from his autograph table until he heard that there would be a betting line on who would win the fight between the two. TMZ sports ( a new divison of ESPN ) had exclusive coverage of the ruckus with commentary from Tim Tebow who also interviewed Brian Bosworth who was an eye witness at the time , since no one was at his autograph table. Spokesman for Manziel issued a statement that due to this Johnny would be cancelling his speech the next week at the College Football Players Union Rally during their now 5 week long strike over issues that require players to receive additional royalties every time a college or university receives money from state and federal allocations and disputes over the players recieving a master degree without ever having to attend a class.

August 20, 2014 at 10:34 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

In 10 years, Johnny Football will be sharing a house with Tim Tebow and Ryan Leaf for a very special gird-iron edition called "The Serreal Life" on VH1.

Today, in the who-the-fruit-cares department is the 25th Anniversery of a certain show staring some guy who went to Notre Dame and my alma mater. But he did do a nice interview with JR and the sausage-loving hairdresser this morning via streaming (I know that's borderline. But I still don't see his appeal).

Back to reality, 8 more days until kickoff. I'm hoping no more monkey wrenches now that Herren is out. :(

August 20, 2014 at 12:12 p.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Jomo wins again!

On a more serious note...In 10 years, Johnny Manziel will be in the family biz...selling cars in Texas. When you think about it, he looks + acts like a car guy...

Billy-In-Brainerd

August 20, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.
fechancellor said...

The a drive by on this busy day. How about Johnny Rotten?

August 20, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.
sportsfan said...

In 10 years, Johnny Manziel will be a money whipped steer job three jack give up artist...with all due respect to Mr. Jenkins. PS - Thanks for the tix. I'll take the Mrs. now that the little sportsfans have left the building...

August 20, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.
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