Happy July 1. Remember the mailbag — it's on July 4th this year — and get ready for a sneaky busy sports day.
Hope your summer travels have been fun and energizing. (Side question: When did we get to the age when we need a vacation to recover from vacation? So it goes.)
And with that, we begin again.
In his first tournament since back surgery earlier this year, Tiger Woods posted a 3-over 74 at Congressional in the Quicken Loans National.
Big day. The draft. The World Cup. Vanderbilt awoke as a national champion in a men's sport.
Gang, we lost our way a little bit Tuesday. We got long-winded and focused on details. It happens. We're a sports writer.
Here we are. A day before the NBA draft, the league is faced with a situation in which the players ultimately are picking and choosing the teams for which they will play. The league is in a peculiar spot of players positioning and team machinations to the point that stars are aligning themselves.
Here we are. The spot of player positioning and team machinations to the point that stars are aligning themselves.
Now that was fun. Thanks soccer folks for including us — much props to the Twitter chat Sunday — @jgreesontfp — and the feedback. Good stuff.
Kirk Herbstreit, the former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst, will highlight Chattanooga's first Man Xpo on Saturday at Finley Stadium.
Great week, and loved the nickname back and forth on Thursday that got the comments into the 30s. Good stuff.
That's a shout out to our man Randy Newman, who had a hit with "I Love L.A." Not as big as his "I Hate Short People" and no where as lucrative as his works with Disney and PIxar, but still a catchy tune none the less.
We had a great interview with Kirk Herbstreit on Press Row on Tuesday. If you missed it, it will be in Sunday's Times Free Press.
Wow, we've been out of the saddle for a while and we appreciate the feedback even if we were not the most responsive over the last 10 days.
We're almost back in the saddle.
We'll be back to the regularly scheduled 5-at-10 next week, meaning we'll get to the back log of mail next Friday. We appreciate your patience.
Wow. It's June 12 — a day after Jomo's 29th birthday — and we have the start of the U.S. Open, the World Cup and a crucial Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
It's raining this morning on the Panhandle, and it leaves us with a handful of sports questions. Let's explore five of them as only we can.
It's June 10, so hear ye, hear ye. It's time for court.
Morning folks. Hope this finds you well, as we embark on another day on the Florida coast.
Gang, we're on Day 1 of the trip to find sand and water (and the occasional fish and the frequent Co-Cola).
And with that, it's done.
Donald Sterling withdraws his lawsuit and his racist rants recorded on tape becomes a curious meter in modern sports.
Hey we dig the new stat wave in sports. The calculations that can size up anything and rationalize everything. It's cool and it's another tool by which we can measure and debate and discuss sports.
Georgia safety Tray Matthews has posted on his Twitter feed that he is leaving the Bulldogs.
The NBA got the NBA Finals it wanted — a rematch of last year's thrilling Heat win over San Antonio.
One of the hanging threads that has been dangling in the sightline of the NCAA has been pulled.
The Spurs and the Heat will play for the NBA title. You know this.
Another great season of high school sports in our area officially ended Thursday night.
It's been a while since I've asked a mailbag question but the Best of Preps banquet made me wonder who you think the best athlete from this area is?
Gang, remember the mailbag — we have some spots open.
Today is the Lil Ms. 5-at-10's 4th birthday. Happy Birthday, sweet girl.
After being called out by Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, LeBron James did not return the interview interchange.
Happy Memorial Day to everyone.
Former UTC golfer and U.S. Amateur champ Steven Fox won the Tennessee State Amateur on Friday.
Gang, thanks again for another excellent week. Doing some math, this is the end of the 186 consecutive work week that we have done a 5-at-10 every Monday through Friday. This is day 933 in a row. Thanks for playing along.
Two of the biggest names of the 1980s finally got Hall of Fame calls this week. Congrats to Patrick Swayze and Molly Ringwald.
We are going to move quickly today. Buckle up — and remember the mailbag. You know you want to.
The NBA finds itself in a bit of a mess. Follow along.
The Pacers popped Miami in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday afternoon. It was the Pacers' most complete game since the All-Star break and left us with two opposing questions:
The Chattanooga Publishing Company has been successful hosting a vast array of events and ceremonies that have targeted everything from seniors to women to teenagers to the best high school athletes in the Tri-State area.
JAY: Barry, with all the hubbub this week about Tommy John surgeries and then a high school kid throwing 194 pitches in a 14-inning appearance, let's talk about pitching arms.
Atlanta is fighting through one of those downward slides that hit every baseball team. The cyclacur nature of the marathon of the baseball season requires good teams to manage rocky times.
Guys, great back and forth Monday about the Donald Sterling situation. Interesting stuff and that type of exchanging of ideas is excellent.
Now that the dust has settled from the NFL draft, what we know and what we believe are strikingly different things.
We love the draft you know this. The draft came and went. Players were picked and picks were panned. Such is life.
JAY: Did you see Kevin Durant's MVP speech earlier this week? It was real and touching and emotional. It should be required viewing for everyone who knows the difference between a basketball and basket-weaving.
Gang, hope you guys had a blessed Draftmas and your team got everything it wanted.
Remember the Drafting the Draft contest. We need who you think will go No. 1, who the Falcons will pick with their first pick, who the Titans will pick with their first pick, how many SEC players go in round 1 and what number selection is Aaron Murray. Enter your picks in the comments below or hit me on Twitter at @jgreesontfp.