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Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend........
13) Kentucky is an 8.5 or 9-point favorite over Louisville; Ohio State is a 2.5 or 3 point favorite over Kansas in Final Four Saturday in Superdome.
12) Kentucky's spread is the biggest in a Final Four game since UConn was an 11-point favorite over Michigan in the 1998 semifinals.
11) The entire golf world and ESPN can all breathe a huge sigh of relief after Eldrick Woods ended his 30-month drought by winning at Bay Hill for the 7th time. Just in time, too; Woods' video game hits the shelves Tuesday.
10) Bay Hill host and golf legend Arnold Palmer was taken to the hospital before the tournament ended with blood pressure issues. He was on TV for a decent length of time during the broadcast. Hopefully he is OK.
9) If FOX has a chance to hire Sean Payton for this season, they have to do it; when else will they have the chance to hire a sitting NFL coach to work on Sundays? Supposedly, they're trying to get it done.
8) ESPN's Greg Cosell, who spends ton of time analyzing film of prospects for the NFL Draft, says the Tannehill kid from Texas A&M is a better QB prospect than Christian Ponder, who played for the Vikings last year.
7) Atlantic 14 is losing Temple to the Big East and Charlotte is probably going to the Sun Belt as its football program starts up, so A-14 is looking to expand, and its looking at Butler/VCU/George Mason. As hoop season is winding down, conference realignment season heats up, unfortunately.
6) Wagner filled its head coaching job, the one left open by Danny Hurley's departure to URI, by hiring from within, the 5th of 27 job openings filled this offseason. There will be more.
5) Jazz lost 139-133 to the Hawks in four OTs in Atlanta Sunday night, the NBA's longest game in 15 years.
4) "More importantly, Kobe Bryant approves. Thats the most important part of this acquisition by the Lakers."
Thats Hall of Famer Chris Mullin on the Lakers acquiring Ramon Sessions; he said it on the air just before the start of Sunday night's Laker game, and sadly, he's right, and thats what is hideous about the NBA. NBA game is all about star players and everything else branches off from there.
3) A's shut out the Yomuiri Giants in Tokyo Sunday; think its too early to order playoff tickets online? Most definitely, since they got spanked 12-6 by some team called the Hanshin Tigers Monday. Terrific.
2) No one looks quite as relaxed as major league managers sitting out in the sun watching spring training games, since winning/losing doesn't matter.
1) 25,304 brackets out of 6.25M entered had the Final Four right; mine was half-right. Really wanted North Carolina but didnt expect the Marshall injury.
How goddamn annoying are those commercials where Greg Anthony tells us that it isn't March Monotony? Those ads are the worst. Anyway, we're down to the Final Four so let's take a few minutes to talk about how we got there.
Out West - Rick Pitino is heading back to the Final Four with his Louisville Cardinals and army of dead babies. This team interests me somewhere between one and zero percent. Although Chris Smith will be there and he is the brother of JR Smith of the Knicks. Why does that matter? Well I coached JR Smith and my son played travel ball with JR and Chris. So I guess I get to see the Smith family at some point in New Orleans. But back to Louisville, I do not care for their style of rugged, physical basketball even if they do play up tempo (my preference). Sure, they are solid. Siva and that guy that spurned UC are both pretty good but, you know, whatever. I'm more intrigued by the delightful choking of Billy Donovan's team who absolutely pissed that game away. Irving Walker has never met a terrible shot with 30 seconds left on the shot clock that he didn't love. In my personal opinion, Louisville did not win on Saturday, Florida lost because they took horrible shot after horrible shot. Anyway, does anybody think that Pitino is going to win a game in NOLA? I do not.
Back East - Well, well, well...Ohio State is traveling down to The French Quarter. Honestly, they are playing great ball right now and they deserve to still be playing. I may want to watch Aaron Craft get raped by a gang of Mayans but you have to give credit when it is due. It is due here. And I'm happy for Thad. He needed this. No, it's not like his job is in jeopardy at all, but he needed to get back to the Final Four just to shut up any critics. There really is nothing more to say about the Fuckeyes because I feel as dirty as hippie hair for the above paragraph. The one good thing about this development is that King Douche Jim Boeheim fell short again. The guy is a cocksucker. Period. I wish nothing but continued failure from him. Good game but the better team won.
Hey, what about Friday? - X, NC State, and IU all lost. That UK/IU game was just amazingly entertaining. You were kidding yourself if you thought that the Hoosiers could possibly win, but it was the most fun game of the year nonetheless. And how about those Bobcats! You know what, fuck them. Those losers. I was rooting against them. Be honest, you thought that DJ Cooper's last second heave was in, didn't you?
Down Souf - Let's be honest, no one can touch Kentucky. The only team that can beat Kentucky is Kentucky. Well, themselves and a terrifying few minutes where Anthony Davis's knee stremph was unknown. Is it just me or is Terence Jones just awful? He has all world talent but a Drew Gooden head. You know, that might be who he becomes eventually...Drew Gooden. He just pumps out good stats on horrible teams.
It's a Midwest Swaaaaaang, yaaaaaawwwww - Kansas and North Carolina put on a classic. Anyway, if you thought that UNC was going to keep winning with no PG, you were foolish. Beating OU was their ceiling. Can you imagine how hilarious it would have been to watch that little white shithead try to start the offense with Craft in his shorts? TOTES LOL! But the sickness of Thomas Robinson prevails and now we get us some rematches.
Prediction time! It really doesn't matter who wins on Saturday just as long as Louisville does not. No one wants to watch them play anymore. I will truly enjoy Kentucky vs. whoever wins the other win. THAT is what we want to see. I like Ohio State and Kentucky to play for it all on Monday night actually. The Buckeyes are just playing too well right now and owe the Jayhawks some payback. And UK isn't going to lose. Period.
Is anyone heading down to NOLA for the Final Four? Either way, I will be there with Bobalou and the Final Four should be incredible next weekend.
Well a couple nights of plays and then off to New Orleans. Nothing crazy this week until we get to the Final Four. And then we get to see King Douche win it all over the weekend.
Not much to choose from tonight and hate to post an NBA since Im not usually that good with them outside of this year. But lets go to my home town team.
Im stupid for even posting an NBA pick. Gotta stick to college and wait for baseball.
-- Frank Martin got a $12M, six-year contract from South Carolina; from what you read, he didn't get along with Kansas State's AD. The AD will be looking for work soon if he doesn't strike gold replacing Martin.
-- Astros pitcher Bud Norris has a sore triceps muscle; he thinks he hurt his arm when he slept awkwardly on it. Outstanding.
-- Nick Saban got a contract extension, will now make $5.62M a year at a job he took because he once chose Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees as the quarterback for the Dolphins, his last job.
-- Sean Payton has talked to Bill Parcells about coaching the Saints during Payton's suspension. Now that would be some good theater.
-- A woman was disqualified from Miss Universe Canada pageant after it was discovered she was born a male. Alrighty now........
-- Knicks fired Mike D'Antoni in large part because Carmelo Anthony did not always give a great effort; Anthony is making $280,584.45 a game this season. Effort should never, ever, ever be an issue.
Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but........
13) What does it say that Tim Tebow did his introductory press conference in New Jersey while the Jets honchos were away at NFL league meetings?
12) MLB Network is tremendous in March; exhibition games most every day. Good stuff. I buy the Extra Innings package, so I won’t watch MLB Network much once the season starts, but it is great in the spring.
11) I’m not thrilled about two teams playing real baseball games in Japan, a week before everyone else starts. Takes a little bit away from Opening Day, especially since my A’s are playing over there.
10) Lakers-Spurs haven’t played yet this season; they meet three times between now and the end of the regular season in four weeks.
9) Think Dick Cheney went through normal protocol for a heart transplant patient, or was he pushed to top of the list? I don’t want to know the answer to that question.
8) Was flipping through channels the other day and saw a clip of Bob Davie addressing the crowd at a New Mexico basketball game; had forgotten that he’s the Lobos’ new football coach. I’ll miss him on TV; he’s a likeable guy.
7) Rough news for the Royals, with closer Soria having Tommy John surgery. Looks like they might put Aaron Crow back in the bullpen to fill that void.
6) NY State parks lowered the prices to play golf on Long Island; anytime the price is lowered on anything these days, it’s a newsworthy event.
5) Someone said the NASCAR race at Bristol two weeks ago only drew 90,000 fans to a track that seats 160,000; is the economy that bad? If I ever go to a NASCAR race, I’d like to see the Bristol night race.
4) Did I read right that The Hunger Games took in $155M at the box office this weekend? Wow; wonder how much overpriced popcorn was sold at all those theaters?
3) I know AJ Burnett is hurt, but if you’re a Pirate fan and you see your Opening Day starter is Erik Bedard, doesn’t that make you a little queasy?
2) Need to read more about this Frank Martin-to-South Carolina story; why the rush to get out of the Little Apple? Last time the Gamecocks were good in hoop was when Eddie Fogler was there and they used to get upset as high seeds in the first round of the NCAAs every year.
1) More than any other year, cannot wait to see the NFL schedule, who they assign the primetime games to, and all that. That will be worth a couple days of material here.
Have a great week BTB players. Heading to airport first thing in the morning. I have a date with Bobalou.
Gonna stick with College Baskets and start up with baseball next week when arrive back home.
"SPOOKY WROTE: Heading to airport first thing in the morning. I have a date with Bobalou."
Can't wait my friend! I spent the day getting my hair cut and my toes painted KENTUCKY BLUE in honor of the occasion! I mean really-how often does a gal get invited to the final 4 and treated to a weekend with Spooky and Mrs H. A rare treat for sure!