Hey, remember the Friday mailbag. Side note: The 5-at-10 has been picked for jury duty today, so my stops will be at random times, so you guys play nice. And we'll tell Matlock you said hello, Chas9.
From the "Talks too much" studios, let's pour one for our boy Biz Markie... "Baby you, you got what we need, but you say he's just a friend, you say he's just a friend"
When the Atlanta Braves will open the 2013 season on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies, it will be the first opening day without Chipper Jones on the team since 1995.
News this week came down that the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was approached by the Sun Belt Conference about the school's interest in joining Georgia Southern and Appalachian State in defecting from the Southern Conference to the wide-reaching FBS conference that is almost as big as the sun and as expanded as your Uncle Joe's belt on Thanksgiving.
So here's my question. The key factors pointed out for why the Sun Belt has interest in us is sound but one contributing factor is the fact that unlike GSU and ASU, UTC has a lot of boosters both past and present (i.e. Lookout Mountain and Cleveland) with very, deep pockets. Not to bird dog both institutions, but as Spy addressed (and App's history is the same), both schools are technically teacher academies and not known for churning out Fortune 500 CEOs.
Remember the Friday mailbag and that it's an ordinary story about the way things go, round and round nobody knows.
Remember the Friday mailbag and feel free to move about the cabin since Captain Carl has turned off the no-smoking light.
Hope you enjoyed the weekend. It was a flurry of buzzer-beaters and bracket-busters that left everyone checking the scores and re-checking their sheets and wondering, "we should have known FGCU was going to make a run."
Gang, thanks for a great week. It's busy. It's been fun.
Gang, remember our college basketball contest — First 1 out, last dog in. Pick the first No. 1 seed to lose and the double-digit seed that sticks around the longest. We need your entry by noon on Thursday. Easy, peasy, lemon-squeezey. It don't cost nothing and you could win stuff. If you picked MTSU, well, more on that in a moment.
Gang, remember our college basketball contest — First 1 out, last dog in. Pick the first No. 1 seed to lose and the double-digit seed that sticks around the longest. We need your entry by noon on Thursday. Easy, peasy, lemon-squeezey. It don't cost nothing and you could win stuff.
You're welcome to bemoan Tennessee's exclusion if you need to. Fee free to complain about Gonzaga, the little school that has, getting a No. 1 seed. That's the fun of Selection Sunday.
Hope you enjoyed the glorious weekend weather as much as we did.
From UTC hoops to UT's big week to TV comedy brackets
We are committed to continuing Wednesday's trend of addressing commentors with an old-school, street gangster nickname. (Side gangster note: The end of Eric Clapton's Layla is on the Rushmore of popular song-movie connections, meaning when we hear the song we instantly think of the movie. Off the top of our heads, we offer Layla-Good Fellas, Lunatic Fringe-Vision Quest, Tiny Dancer-Almost Famous and Eye of the Tiger-Rocky III. Thoughts?)
The big-boy conferences start their basketball tournaments today. There seems to be more at stake this year as the conference tournament season hits than in previous years.
In today's pass-happy NFL, the pass catchers grabbed the headlines on the first day of free agency.
Gonzaga made its case for a No. 1 seed with a comfortable win over St. Mary's on Monday night. We can not offer much insight to that game because we were neck deep in the hodgepodge and entertaining mess that was J.R. Ewing's funeral. Good times.
Daylight Savings time is great. The day we switch back to daylight savings time stinks.
Gang, it's been a full week. Not sure if it was a true Jimmy V full week, where we laughed, we cried and we thought, as he famously extolled us to do 20 years ago last Monday.
Gang thanks for all the UT football emails. And we concur there are a wide array of questions for the Vols this spring.
With less than two weeks until selection Sunday, here's what we know:
You know who is pretty sharp? Harrison Ford. Dude is in the twilight of a Hall of Fame acting career. He has played the widest array of characters — from iconic action heroes (Han Solo, Jack Ryan and Indiana Jones) to comedies to dramas. From thrillers (The Fugitive, Presumed Innocent) to stinkers (Cowboys and Aliens? Ouch).
Hope you enjoyed the weekend and were able to stay warm.
Great week gang. Hope the weekend is as good as you make it.
Gang, remember Friday's mailbag. From the "Talks too much" studios, let's remember to take a moment to remember the poetry and wisdom in some of the hooks in those great 1980s rock anthems — yes, Bret Michaels, every rose does have its thorns.
Gang, remember Friday's mailbag and some times you win, some times you lose and some times it rains. Think about that.
Gang, remember Friday's mailbag and to tip the wait staff.
Wow, that was a fun Sunday. You had fast, faster and super fast. The NFL Combine to NASCAR to arguably the worst Oscars on record. It's enough to make a family-oriented, interweb-based sports columnist's head spin.
The physical drills of the NFL combine — the carnival-style event where hundreds of hopeful and hypeful former college football players are tested and prodded and quizzed and clocked — starts in earnest today.
Gang, superb week and we are about to enter a really fun time in sports. Remember the Hit and Miss Daytona 500 challenge — we'll post all the entries around lunch. You can still enter by sending us who you think will win and where you think Danica will finish. Deal? Deal.
Remember Friday's mailbag and to get in your NASCAR picks for the contest.
Remember Friday's mailbag and to get in your NASCAR picks for the contest below.
Don't forget Friday's mailbag and we're shooting for a ton of folks in the NASCAR contest.
We're back. Not a Jack Nicholson back in "The Shining" or even a Michael Corleone back in "Godfather III" but more a Cousin Eddie back in Christmas Vacation. "That there is what you call an RV... Now don't go falling in love with it Clark, we're taking it with us when we leave next month."
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Morning, gang. From the Disney Studios 5-at-10 satellite office, let's get to a top-five mailbag. Let's do work on vacation, which means it is a working vacation. Work it. Vacation.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Morning gang. From the Disney Studios 5-at-10 satellite office, let's get two. Or five. Pool, pond... Pond would be good for you.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Morning gang. From the Disney Studios 5-at-10 satellite office, let's make some Magic (Kingdom).
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Morning gang. Nice job playing nice on Monday.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Morning gang, we are live from the 5-at-10 studios here at Disney World. The rent is pretty steep, but the grounds are nice and there are famous folks everywhere.
Gang, we've had an awesome week. Thanks. We're still looking for top-five lists for next week when the 5-at-10 clan is at Disney hanging with Mickey and his gang.
Gang, remember Friday's mailbag, and we hope you had a very Merry ReCruitmas. Let's review.
The 5-at-10 went live early today to celebrate one of college football holidays.
Nick Saban and Alabama have put together a modern day college football dynasty that may be the best in the history of the sport.
Super conclusion to another super season
The Super Bowl has become so big it's actually become a synonym for "grandest." The Super Bowl of meetings or the Super Bowl of Super Bowl parties are not uncommon references.
Maybe it's the influx of new coaching staffs at roughly a third of the football programs in the Southeastern Conference.
Another great week. Thanks gang. And in truth, it's hard to remember a Super Bowl in which the game created less buzz than this one. We got no serious Super Bowl questions — got a few about Beyonce's halftime show, and for what it's worth, we say she kills it come Sunday night around 8:30. KILLS it.
Gang, remember about our mailbag Friday, and if you have any specific recruiting questions, fire away.
If the athletes get to share in the TV money, college sports as we know them will end. Period. The numbers have already been extrapolated and stretched to the point that the big-boy schools already are not willing to share with other institutions that number in the dozens. To share with athletes in men's basketball and football that would total in the tens of thousands — and that's assuming colleges and athletic programs are not forced to back pay the hundreds of thousands of athletes from previous years — could kill the college sports model.