published Thursday, June 26th, 2014

5-at-10: Soccer hopes, Vandy's title, draft contest and the best non-steroids baseball player of this era

Big day. The draft. The World Cup. Vanderbilt awoke as a national champion in a men's sport.

We're dealing with a lot of stuff. (Candlesticks always make a nice gift; maybe find out where they are registered… Let's get two.)

From the "Talks too much" studios, consider the outcome before coming out of the considerations.

War Vandy

For the first time in its history, Vandy is the national champion in a men's sport.

Congrats, and it's well-deserved considering the baseball powerhouse Tim Corbin and company have built in Nashville.

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    Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez goes against Honduras' Andy Najar during the group E World Cup soccer match between Honduras and Switzerland at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

World Cup

Here's a nice little aid if you need it to watch the U.S. World Cup match today. It's a note from Jurgan, Jurgan, Jurgan Klinsmann excusing you from work to watch the match. Heck, if your boss buys that, tell them the 5-at-10 said you could take the rest of the day.

Enjoy a Co-Cola for us and give us a shout on the radio show. Deal? Deal.

That said, Noah-like floods are wreaking havoc on the World Cup venues. Whether they get the game in is in question at the moment.

For us to continue this joyful soccer ride, the U.S. has to advance. Period. If the U.S. is left in the group stage, our World Cup interest fades like a pour tee shot.

So here's the scenarios:

U.S. beats Germany today, they win the group and advance;

U.S. ties Germany today, they advance as the No. 2 seed;

If Portugal and Ghana tie today, the U.S. advances;

If U.S. loses to Germany and Ghana-Portugal does not end in a tie, the tie-breaker will be goal differential. Right now the U.S. is +1, Ghana is -1 and Portugal is -4.

Here's a very basic soccer breakdown for you: Score early. Kick it hard. Don't use your hands.

Questions?

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Draft and NBA intrigue

Remember our draft contest (first pick, Lakers' first pick, where does Jarnell Stokes go and who has the best suit) for a chance to win a couple Man Xpo tickets this weekend.

As for the actual draft, we are intrigued by the periphery stuff tonight as much as the actual draft, which is saying something considering this arguably the deepest draft in a decade.

The surrounding pieces include which teams will try to move pieces and dump salary to create room for any of the superstars who have or could opt out of their contracts before Monday.

The surrounding pieces include some of ESPN's best voices — hi Jay Bilas — analyzing and breaking down the players and picks.

The surrounding pieces definitely include the suits — here's some of the worst, highlighted by the box suit Drew Gooden donned in 2002.

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This and that

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    Atlanta Braves pitcher Alex Wood delivers to the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

— Alex Wood was razor sharp in seven innings Wednesday as the Braves beat the Houston Astros 4-0. (EDIT) Justin — not Stinky — Upton hit a long homer, so there's that, and Freddie Freeman missed his first innings of the season after being hit with a pitch in the eighth.

— We are scheduled to have Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer today at 3:15 on Press Row. We're excited to chat with Mike about a slew of things, including his background with the Spurs and Gregg Popovich, the Hawks plan with the No. 15 pick and what LeBron James could mean. Listen in at 105.1 FM or right here at timesfreepress.com.

— Tim Lincecum joined some elite company Wednesday, becoming one of four guys with multiple Cy Youngs and multiple no-hitters. He joined Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay after throwing his second no-no at the Padres. WE don't think Lincecum will be a Hall of Famer, but he does have a boss little mustache.

— Georgia and Notre Dame have agreed to play football against each other in 2017 and 2019. We're OK with that.

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Today's question

Remember the mailbag and to send us your draft entries.

As for today's question, well here are but two:

What is your expectation of Tiger today? Over/under 72, whatcha got?

Derek Jeter turned 40 today. Who's the best baseball not linked to steroids of this generation?

Finally, predictions/reactions from US-Germany? Go, and the conversation will continue on all of these and more on Press Row.

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...

IN honnnnnnnnnor of USa sooocer I am nottt using my HAnds today , buttt its HArd to typee andd i almost wreckkked my carrr thios AM

June 26, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.
BWill8 said...

1) Go Yanks! Wait, let's just say "USA! USA! USA!"

2) UGA scheduled a team from north of the Mason-Dixon line for the first time in 50 years??? Someone get the vapors...

They finally branched out (from years of Tech and Clemson matchups) a few years ago to schedule world-beaters Colorado, Arizona State and Okie State and you'd have thought they scheduled the Steelers, circa the 70's.

I guess since the Notre Dame game isn't until 2017, I can expect a weekly in-depth, glowing article from Paschall? That's worth the price of my subscription. Just shoot me now.

June 26, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.
chas9 said...

GD--When you lie down with dawgs, you're gonna get bit. Predictable.

In yesterday's 105.1 discussion, did anybody mention The Good, The Bad & The Ugly? Blazing Saddles? Bridge Over the River Kwai (with its great whistled earworm theme song)?

Of the 60 players drafted by NBA teams, probably six (seven if you count transfer Rodney Hood) will be from the SEC, proof that our Southern-fried basketball lags behind our pointy ball. And baseball. Go 'Dores.

Kentucky's Randle will be the fifth or sixth player taken, and the young Young will be in the top 20. The Vols' Stokes will be among the final first rounders and McRae will be among the final second rounders taken.

Florida's big Young and LSU's nifty O'Bryant will also hear their names called.

Jarnell's short for his position, but the 6'8" forward has an impressively disproportionate 7'1" wingspan. UK's James Young (an NBA guard) is only 6'6" and has an impressively disproportionate wingspan of 7'0". With his quickness, he'll tally some big steals.

If I go to the Man Xpo, do I have to expose my manhood? I'll go Jabari/Smart/28/James Young.

Some think Atlanta will take one or two SEC players, but it seems they lately like the furriners. If the Hawks take Thanasis Antetokounmpo (bro of Giannis), will you learn how to pronounce his name or just give him a nickname?

June 26, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Stinky Upton hit another home run from the lead off spot? JG, you back drinking that Moonpie Moonshine again? Brother Justin went mammo yickity again last night, but Stinky stayed in the yard, albeit he did have a double.

June 26, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.
jgreeson said...

MT —

We never cared for Moonpies — but our miscue there was about getting the Uptons confused. So it goes. Thanks as always for keeping us in the middle.

9er —

Where you been?

And yes, Thanasis Antetokounmpo (brother of Gannis, son of Krull) would need a nickname stat. We'll start with Lightning (as in Go Grease/Greece Lightning, burning up the quarter mile).

And none of those manly movies were selected, but man that was some fun radio yesterday.

BWill8 —

We'll wait a while, but Paschall's breakdown of the Irish-UGA matchup will start with looking at the freshmen — one by one — on each team. Part I of a few hundred starts sometime next year. Maybe.

Jomo —

That's great news. And if the US wins, in honor of the soccer victory, will you start using your head?

Thank you, thank you.

June 26, 2014 at 10:32 a.m.
BWill8 said...

P.S. Pascall is a kick-butt sports journalist. He loves stats and figures. I love stats and figures. His UGA love wears thin. War Damn Bulldawg?

June 26, 2014 at 10:35 a.m.
WilliamRscott said...

Good to have C-Niner back. I was afraid we had lost him to high subscription rates. In the words of Harry Caray + Neil Young, this Bud's for him...and US Futbol. Hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere...

Billy-In-Brainerd

June 26, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.
jgreeson said...

BWIll —

Paschall is aces for sure, and no one — NO ONE — knows more college football stats and figures. Period.

That said, he does not love UGA — he covers them. And the rest of the SEC.

Hold on to your visor, but like the blockheaded TFP sports editor, Paschall went to Auburn.

(SHHHHHH. Don't tell anyone.)

BiB —

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere.

Cheer along: I Believe We Will Drink. (Co-Colas of course).

June 26, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
chas9 said...

WRS--Thanks for the kind welcome.

Where've I been? It's my dead zone. I barely care about the NBA, and I care not at all about hockey, golf, NASCAR, or futbol without pointy ends. (Though if we win today, I'll have to get on board that bandwagon.) And the Bravos have yet to show they're above the middle third.

The six college basketball gurus on cbssports.com have today posted their draft of the 24 best coaches in the game. They chose Calipari, Pitino, Self one, two, three, followed by Sean Miller, Coach K, Billy the Kid, and Izzo. UNC's Williams lags at #19; not mentioned are the current head guys at Knoxville and Auburn.

Is it nil-nil yet?

June 26, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

NBA draft? Yawn. Except for the blinding suits, I'll pass.

World Cup match? NASCAR race yawn. Until my attorney texted me a few minutes ago, I forgot there was a game. There's so many if/thens with the possible results, I feel like I'm back in computer science class, writing BASIC programs (yes, I'm that old.)

Vanderbilt won? Yay smart guys. Moving on.

Tiger already plus-5? Tony the Tiger feels grrr-eeeattt!. Tiger the golfer does not.

Best non steroid user in the steroid era? Might be Larry Jones Jr.

June 26, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

Paschall is a UGA homer? Weird, I never see him at any of the meetings.

BWill8, don't get yourself too worked up over the scheduling at UGA. With eight conference games, one of which is the annual neutral site showdown with Florida, and the annual game against an out-of-conference intrastate rival (Georgia Tech), scheduling a home-and-away series with schools outside the region every year would mean UGA would have to give up a home game almost every other football season. That would be a money losing proposition and athletic directors do not like money losing propositions.

9er, good to see you back...and let's not act like you didn't get scratched up by a few wildcats back in the day. Injuries sustained in a worthy pursuit should be worn like a badge of honor.

June 26, 2014 at 2:39 p.m.
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