published Monday, June 2nd, 2014

5-at-10: Title tilt set, NCAA athletes get coin, L.A.-bound and R.I.P Alice

Hope your weekend was as good as you deserved — or in Spy's case, way better.

From the "Talks too much" studios, when did June get here.

NBA Finals

The Spurs and the Heat will play for the NBA title. You know this.

How will it play out? Hard to know, unless point guard Tony Parker's ankle continues to be a problem because the Spurs will struggle without Parker, a mercurial quick point guard, which is the type of player that has give the Heat trouble in the past.

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    San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka in overtime of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals NBA playoff series in Oklahoma City on May 31, 2014.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Miami's top two are better than the Spurs top two, but San Antonio's Nos. 3 through 9 are exceedingly better than Miami's.

It's the modern roster debate in salary-capped sports. Pay two or three top stars and hope that they can lift a bad roster or assemble the deepest team in the league and win in waves and with balance.

We saw roster depth over star power in the Super Bowl in February. Will this be a repeat? We'll break this down more on Tuesday.

But we will ask this — Do we really need what seems like a fortnight between the end of the conference finals and the title series? Man, the Heat topped the Pacers on Friday night and Game 1 is not until Thursday.

We'll also ask this: At what point does Kevin Durant start hearing the criticism that shadowed LeBron James? Durant has been in the league seven years now — yes seven — and has made one NBA Finals. James was in Cleveland seven years before heading to South Beach and has been in the Finals each of the last four seasons.

Still, let's cherish this Finals match-up, which includes possibly two of the all-time starting five if you think LeBron is the best 3 and Timmy Duncan is the best 4.



EA Sports has settled with the class action lawsuits brought by Ed O'Bannon and others.

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    former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev., in this 2010 file photo.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The settlement was for $40 million will be divided among three primary suits — 77 percent of the total (after attorneys' fees of course) will go to the group led by former Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller; 12 percent will go to O'Bannon's group and 10 percent will go to another group led by a couple of former NCAA football players.

The settlement will cover players that played Division I football and men's hoops since 2003. Attorneys for the plantiffs estimate that there were between 140,000 and 200,000 players' likenesses used and the varying pay-out to each will be determined by how many players sign up for the retribution.

It appears pretty cut and dried. Here's a portion of the settlement:

"EA's internal spreadsheets show that each avatar was matched to dozens of the real student-athlete's identifying characteristicsFor example, for the NCAA football videogame, EA matched: (1) the name of the real student-athlete; (2) his real-life jersey number; (3) his position played; (4) his hometown; (5) his year of eligibility; (6) his athletic abilities (on at least 22 dimensions, including speed, strength, agility, etc.); (7) his physical characteristics (on at least 26 dimensions, including, weight, height, skin color, face geometry, hair style, muscle shape, etc.); and (8) how he dressed for games in real life (on at least 28 dimensions, including shoes, how they taped, braces worn, undershirts, facemask and helmet styles, etc.)."


So it goes and that may seem low, considering the gaming industry is a $4 billion enterprise today.

Still, this is ground-breaking in that college athletes are being reward — and compensated — for people making money off their likeness. From here, the ripples could be far reaching.


Football back to L.A.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told the Wall Street Journal this weekend that an NFL team certainly will be in L.A. in "five years" if not sooner. He also said it will not be an expansion team.

Wow. So who's headed there?

(Side note: Before we get there, is there a team that surprisingly finds itself in a consistent river of distraction more than the Dolphins? In recent years, it's hard to remember the salad days of Shula and Co. So i goes.)

If there is a leader on the move front it could be the Raiders, who are looking at the greener pastures and new stadium potential of moving to L.A.

You would have to think Jacksonville is in the mix, too. Minnesota is in the process of building a new stadium. Buffalo could be on the move, but the feeling is the Bills would move to Toronto before going across the country.

Here's one: What about the Titans? Could they be headed out West?


This and that

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis, center, celebrates with teammate Freddie Freeman, left, after they scored on Gattis' game-winning two-run home run in the ninth inning with Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis, in the background, during their game in Miami, on June 1, 2014. The Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Marlins with a 4-2 win.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

— Your Atlanta Braves swept the Miami Marlins over the weekend, erasing the memories of a Red Sox whitewash. Everyone's favorite rookie Tommy La Stella had four hits in the series and is hitting .400 in his stint with the big club. In the month of May, La Stella was 4-for-12 before going 2-for-3 Sunday; in the month of May, Danny Struggla was 2-for-25. Viva La Stella.

— Phil Mickelson is part of a federal investigation about insider trading. It's reasonable to believe that fact has played a part in what has been the worst start to a season in his 22 years as a PGA player, including missing cuts at the Players and the Masters.

— Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of Yaisel Puig's call-up to the Dodgers. In 154 big-league games entering Monday night, Puig has emerged as one of the game's best players — hitting .329 with a .407 on-base percentage, 30 homers, 82 RBIs and 16 steals.

— Jimmie Johnson is the man to beat in NASCAR. This is not a news flash. That said, it's worth remembering since he has now won the last two NASCAR races. Best of Preps speaker Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished ninth at Dover on Sunday.

— Florida and Alabama will play in the women's softball national championship series.


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    Ann B. Davis arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., in this April 14, 2007 file picture.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Today's question

As is our Monday staple, who won the weekend?

If you need something off beat and off the path, well, there was sad news this weekend.

Ann B. Davis died. She was 88. She played Alice on the Brady Bunch and launched countless meat-related jokes since she dated Sam the Butcher on the cult classic TV sitcom.

Side question: Mike Brady made some coin right? Family of eight and a live-in housekeeper? Man.

Who's on your Rushmore of housekeepers/maids? Go.

(Side note: We could have a quick Rushmore of folks with the initial B. in their name: Ann B. Davis, Rutherford B. Hayes, Joe B. Hall and World B. Free for starters.)

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...

Rushmore of Butlers/Housekeepers: Jeffrey (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; dude worked for the original Shredder [Uncle Phil]-look it up!), Mr. Bellvadere, Benson, and Alan Napier (the original Alfred Pennyworth).

Love me the dordrumms. Can someone please do a follow-up story on Mocs summer workouts or something?

June 2, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

For the Rushmores: how about the Jetsons' maid 'Rosie'? ... and Johnny B. Goode ...

And someone needs to check on Chas9. After excellent seasons, both the SB + BB Cats were eliminated from the NCAAs this past weekend.


June 2, 2014 at 11:09 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Geesh, I must be old school, but the queen of housemaids is Hazel! Her show was named after her, not the Baxters. Plus don't ever forget Rochester on the Jack Benny Show. Mr French on Family Affair also comes to mind. Also, Peter Tong on Batchelor Father.

JMC, read where some or most or all the new basketball recruits are on campus now.

June 2, 2014 at 11:34 a.m.
fechancellor said...

Let's kick start with the most famous housekeeper of them all--Hazel. This Hausfrau had her own show. The family was renting space. Everybody remembers Buffy and Jody, but where would they be without Mr. French (insert your own pithy comment here).

Raiders to LA? GM Reggie McKenzie makes all the right moves. Owner Mark Davis sits in Mr. Davis's (pbuh) old box on Sunday without the burning need to call down to the side lines with a play or a comment every five minutes.

There's now no Three Ring Circus clouding the franchise, and the lawyers are no longer on speed dial.

Reggie drafted the future in David Carr, the future "California Kid" owned the strongest arm in the draft. Carr will have a couple of years to mature as was the case with Aaron Rodgers. And Carr announced on Draft Day that he's ready to mop the floors, carry the clip board and absorb all his coaches can impart to him.

What the heck, this time I believe it.

Mr. Davis (pbuh) would never have been allowed to return to the promised land, but if this Raider front office remains calm, cool and collected with the focus squarely on the grid iron, I do see this bunch back in the land of milk, honey and money--LA.

June 2, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Hazel, from the old sitcom Hazel, as a housekeeper.

The housekeeper on Family Guy.

Mrs. Garrett on Different Strokes.

MT, Peter Tong and Mr. French weren't housekeepers, per se, but I do like both calls. Peter did more cooking than anything else. Butlers don't often do the grunt work of housekeepers. They make sure someone else does. Like the butler on The Nanny. That dude was cold.

June 2, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.
MocTastic said...

How did we forget Uncle Charley and Bub on My Three Sons?

June 2, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.
dawg747 said...

Ten Cup: No rushmore of house keepers is complete without Hazel. Then there is Hop Sing from Bonanza, Jeffery from Fresh Prince and Rochester.

June 2, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
fechancellor said...

dawg747, didn't they do a two hour special Bonanza when Hop Sing was kidnapped by a wagon train with no cook? It was a race against time, for Hoss after two days was reduced to a skeleton.

Little Joe tried to dish up Hop Sing's famous flap jacks with comedic overtones, but Hoss' body rejected them. Ben and Adam knowing time is short threatened to kill the kidnappers along with the men, women and children of the Wagon Train to get Hop Sing back in the kitchen. They return with Hop Sing in the nick of time to save Hoss.

June 2, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.
dawg747 said...

FE to The C: They may have but I do not recall that one right off.

June 2, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang —

Great stuff. Simply top shelf.

In fact, there's a real chance some of this banter will translate in 90 minutes to radio gold on Press Row on 105.1 FM.

Hop Sing... Good times.

June 2, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

MT, thanks for the heads on Mocs BB. Will definitely read up on this.

June 2, 2014 at 1:42 p.m.
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