Gang, what a great week. Thanks for all your help and input. (And golfgal, we forgot to ask at the UTC game last night about your question, but we're going to get an answer and put it in the comments section before lunch. Deal? Deal.)
After winning eight in a row and rolling up a 6-0 start in the Southern Conference, UTC basketball has our attention.
Gang, hope this finds you warm. Abe Lincoln's beard it's cold. We still live in the South right?
We have talked this year about the two NFL formulas to make a championship contender. We talked about this on Press Row on Monday on ESPN 105.1. It's something that we find interesting, so follow along.
The Seattle Seahawks certainly will be a small underdog according to Vegas and the "villain" team in this Super Bowl matchup for two reasons: (1) the feel-good story that is Peyton Manning, his comeback and his chase for history and (2) the Richard Sherman smack-talk after Seattle's win over San Francisco.
Happy MLK day to everyone. Here's hoping you got the day off. If you didn't, well, here's hoping you enjoy this mid-morning distraction.
Jay - just heard the professor from Gilligan's Island passed away. Reminded me of all those old sitcoms from the 60's and 70's. I'm older than I look. Gilligan, Partridge Family, Beverly Hillbillies, Hogan's Heroes, etc. What's your Rushmore of early sitcom characters?
There is a change on the horizon, and it will make the new College Football Playoff look like a speed bump by comparison.
Morning folks. Remember the mailbag and to listen to Press Row with David Paschall and the boneheaded TFP sports editor on ESPN 105.1 FM and here on timesfreepress.com from 3-6 today.
And then that happened. Dang, and FSU's defensive coordinator done R-U-N-N-O-F-T.
We have a few days to break down the proper logistics of the NFL playoff matchups. In fact, we'll spend a huge chunk of the rest of the week on that.
And we're off. From the "Talks too much" studios, is that a whisper of excitement from Titans land? You bet it is.
Morning. Hope this finds you well rested and giddy after a weekend in which the sun re-introduced itself and there was a ton of fun to be had outdoors. (Hope you enjoyed it as much as the 5-at-10 clan did because the winter stuff is coming back this week. Alas.)
Here we are, longing for college football mere days since the season ended and agonizing months before it begins anew.
Friday question: What Heisman winners played on national champ teams?
Morning folks. Hey, how about that heat wave, huh?
There are as many as 20 guys with Hall of Fame numbers on the ballot for enshrinement in baseball's historic museum. There is an impressive list of first-timers on the ballot, too. It could be a time to discuss the greats of a generation and compare their numbers with those of the greats that our fathers and their fathers followed through the course of baseball history.
Wow. That was amazing. Florida State proved it can handle the moment. Auburn proved it was more than a bag of tricks and last-second high-wire act.
On this day a year ago, the BCS title game was the furthest thing from the minds of anyone involved with the Auburn football program. There was a better chance for the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus to catch the Easter Bunny eating Nick Saban's secret stash of Oatmeal Creme Pies than for anyone in Orange and Blue thinking a new coach could turn the 3-9 mess into a title shot.
From the "Talks too much" studios, stay warm and hydrated, it's going to be a full day.
Connor Shaw may be the best NFL prospect to play quarterback to play for Steve Spurrier.
OK, we've put the holiday hurdles and happiness behind us. Yip-ee. Boo-hoo. Whatever.
Happy New Year, gang. Hope you have cleared the cobwebs and enjoyed food, friends and football on Jan. 1. We know we did. And hey, remember the mailbag, in the holiday shuffle, we have a spot or three open.
Happy New Year. Here's hoping you get everything you deserve in 2014. Well, deserve may be a difficult term for some of us, huh?
On the national scale, the stars will shine in 2014. Peyton Manning will fall short in New York City in the Super Bowl in a foot of snow that will be a TV dream and a halftime-show debacle. LeBron and Miami will win it all in the NBA again.
So long 2013, it feels like we barely got to know you. You were a year of wonder and amazing— hey the Auburn Tigers just pulled another victory rabbit out of their helmet — and a year of perspective.
Gang, hope you enjoyed the merriment that is the Christmas season. Feliz Navidad indeed.
As we told you on Christmas, because we do what we do, we're here for the die-hard regulars, even on post-Christmas-Day 1 morning and on vacation (but don't tell the Mrs. 5-at-10, she frowns on such endeavors like working on vacation).
Want to know why they call it gambling and why we advise to risk entertainment only?
Every Friday in the "5-at-10" at www.timesfreepress.com, I answer questions on a wide variety of subjects. If you want to be included next week, send me an email.
On Wednesday, the University of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga lost men's basketball games. They lost them by differing margins and in differing manners. But all losses are not created equally.
Gang, another great weekend in the books.
Silver bells, silver bells, it's Christmas time in the city.
Did I mention that Ron Burgandy 2 is on tap this week? Sweet Oden's Raven, hopefully Baxter is OK brocephus.
Gang, get to smiling. It's Christmas time.
And it's done. Mack Brown left the University of Texas amid a weeklong storm of speculation and rumor, resigning last weekend under the looming specter of being fired.
And it's done. Mack Brown left the University of Texas amid a week-long storm of speculation and rumor, resigning last weekend.
Jay - I got a few minutes, so here's a mailbag query for you. What's your Rushmore of sports memorabilia that you would like to display in your mancave if money wasn’t an issue?
We are still crafting the bowl contest and we are pledging a 60-percent rate against the spread. So there's that.
As we discussed at length on Press Row on ESPN 105.1 yesterday — give us a listen from 3-6 p.m. — Mack Brown's days appear numbered at Texas.
Neither the Bears nor the Titans are in this week's NFL Power Poll, but the recent developments in Chicago could greatly affect the future of each franchise.
The college football bowl bids have been announced and while there are teams and fans that are less than thrilled with the destination of their teams, the players not involved in the annual Bowl Championship Series title game are equally focused on the swag.
One unlikely finalist made a huge push to get an invite. Four others survived late hiccups to get a trip to NYC. The final invitee — and the overwhelming favorite — became the front runner because he was was not charged with a felony.
So did anyone expect anything other than the BCS nailing its final title game with the matchup of the season's most dominant team and the nation's hottest team, and the BCS did it with its typical flair for the dramatic and inalienable sense of timing.
Title-game ticket packages on ticketcity.com start at $943 for two tickets and escalate into the six figures. Seriously, there is a 20-ticket suite listing at $107,151 — plus the website service charge, which is a touch more than $21K — that runs about $6,000 ticket when the purchase is finalized. Hello big timers like Burt Reynolds and the Yella Wood fella.
Butch Jones' first year was filled with highs and lows. There was the high of beating South Carolina and the continued euphoria around a recruiting class that has rival fans scratching their heads.
Gang, it's been a crazy week, and if you are not listening to Press Row, well, that's your loss. You can listen on the timesfreepress.com main page starting at 3 p.m. today. Giddy-up.