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6)...LMAO...living here in Virginia, which is one of the most gun-friendly states in our great nation one of our congressmen sponsored a bill to make it a felony for someone to buy a gun for an ineligible person (criminal or mentally insane)..currently the penalty is I think less than for littering...how can any sane person not think this is a good idea?
However one of the gun lobbies (not the NRA - believe it or not there are even more extreme folks out there...) is hammering this guy saying he doesn't sound like a republican and they are talking about sponsoring a challenger in his next primary....
I'm sorry to talk politics here but some of these gun folks are absolutely nuts....at gun shows, pawn shops, etc. they can't keep enough guns and ammo in stock - they raise the prices to crazy levels and it doesn't matter because all these people think Obama's going to take their guns....could be a crazy next few years....
Wednesday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud......
13) In case anyone asks you, Winthrop 60, Radford 58 was the first final score of March Madness, in the first round of the Big South tournament.
12) Last year the CAA had four teams ranked in the top 90 in the country; this year, #140 George Mason is the CAA’s top-ranked team, and they finished T5 in the CAA regular season standings (17-13, 10-8).
11) Its only an exhibition game (repeat: its only an exhibition game) but the Dominican Republic had 28 hits and crushed the Phillies 15-2 Tuesday.
10) Pat Haden is AD at his alma mater, USC, and word is out that he recently interviewed UTEP basketball coach Tim Floyd for the vacant Trojans’ hoop job, but there is one small problem- Floyd would be replacing Kevin O’Neill, who was hired to replace Floyd himself four years ago, after the NCAA came down on the Trojans for recruiting violations (Floyd was never directly implicated, which got him off the hook).
9) When Texas Longhorns have their pro day on campus for NFL prospects, an older alumnus will also be working out for NFL teams. Vince Young, one of the best Longhorns ever, is an NFL free agent and is looking to impress an NFL team.
He took classes in Austin this winter and is looking to impress someone. If JaMarcus Russell can get looks from NFL teams, Young should too.
8) Paul Konerko went 3-3 against Team USA Tuesday; now he's one of the candidates to replace Mark Teixeira in the team, after Teixeira sprained his wrist and is out of the WBC.
7) Think about the Bronx infield right now: ARod-Jeter-Teixeira, all hurt. Cano is playing in WBC. Tickets for Bronx spring training games run from $17-33. Who exactly are you paying to see? Francisco Cervelli?
6) Pitch counts in the WBC are as follows:
first round: 65 pitches. second round, 80 pitches, third round, 95 pitches.
If you hit the pitch limit during an at-bat, the pitcher is allowed to finish that at-bat.
5) On Jan 23, Southern Mississippi beat Marshall 103-46 in Hattiesburg; it was 53-17 at the half; Tuesday, the Golden Eagles lost 88-84 at Marshall, which basically kills their at-large hopes. Brutal loss.
4) Excellent ballgame in Las Vegas last night, as Boise State went into the Thomas & Mack and had a 10-point second half lead, but UNLV rallied and beat the Broncos, 68-64. UNLV's last three home wins are by a total of only eight points. MWC tourney is in Vegas next week.
3) Before you rag on Gonzaga's schedule, know that they're 5-0 against Big X teams this season. 5-0, against West Virginia, Baylor, K-State and both Oklahoma teams. Went unbeaten in their league. They're legit.
2) High school game with kid from New Rochelle hitting 60-footer at the buzzer to win the sectional final against perennial power Mount Vernon was great TV, it even made the NBC Nightly News, but I feel horrible for the kid from Mount Vernon who threw the last pass away, after stealing the original inbounds pass.
Kid holds onto the ball, his team wins, but now he’s an Internet sensation for the wrong reason. Mount Vernon has a proud basketball tradition, I just feel bad for the kid. New Rochelle doesn't make a 60-footer, no one notices.
1) Over last four years, Middle Tennessee is 56-14 in Sun Belt Conference games; they’re 33-3 the last two years, but they haven’t won the Sun Belt tournament during that time, which means that there will be just immense pressure on the Blue Raiders this weekend in Hot Springs, AR.
It’s the tough part of being a big fish in a small pond; you still have to win that conference tournament to make the Field of 68. Middle Tennessee will be a team to watch for the next week. If they get to the NCAAs, they can beat someone. Its a lot easier to be the underdog.
-- Ohio State went to Bloomington and beat Indiana 67-58; excellent win for the Buckeyes, who had lost to the Hoosiers at home.
-- All three home teams won in the first round of the Horizon tourney.
-- 8-24 Longwood upset 16-16 NC-Asheville in the Big South tournament, the first fairly big upset of March Madness.
-- Ugly night for St John's, which lost by 26 at Notre Dame in a game with a fight at the end. Red Storm hasn't made much progress under Lavin.
-- Rutgers couldn't hold a 31-21 halftime lead, lost 60-54 to Marquette, as the two Big East teams from New Jersey continue to flounder. Rutgers is going to get pummeled in the Big Dozen for years to come.
-- Boise State deserves to be in the NCAAs; not sure they'll get there, but I'm 100% positive they're good enough. Boise-San Diego State in 4-5 game at MWC tourney next Thursday might be the highlight of the day.
Friday's List of 13: Random stuff with the weekend here.......
13) Brian Cashman makes $3M a year as GM of Bronx Bombers; we’re going to see if he’s worth it, as Bombers have been hit with a rash of injuries to their aging squad, so much so that the Big Apple talk show circuit was abuzz with panic late Wednesday.
ARod is probably out for the year, Granderson-Teixeira are done for at least April, and Rivera-Jeter are still recovering from major injuries. Right now, this isn’t a good team, and the way they rip their fans off for tickets, having a bad season isn’t really an option.
Lets see if Cashman can find replacements at 1B/LF and keep things pasted together until Granderson/Teixeira get healthy; that’s what general managers have to do now and then, when they don’t have a huge stack of cash to hide behind. Right now, Dan Johnson looks to be the Bronx 1B.
12) One jackass in NYC media already declared the Minnesota Twins to be “bums….guaranteed to lose 100+ games this season” and suggested the Twins trade Justin Morneau to the Bronx. That’s the Bronx mentality; the other 29 teams should serve as a farm system to their beloved Bombers, but that’s not reality. If Robinson Cano jumps ship after this season, and this is his walk year, it could be a steep decline for the Pinstripers.
11) Do people in China go to the movies? If they do, wonder what they thought watching Moneyball, then finding out Art Howe was the new hitting coach of their national team?
He was woefully misrepresented in the movie, but still, going from winning 100+ games as a big league skipper to being hitting coach of the Chinese National team is quite a drop down the career ladder.
10) Speaking of hitting, why would anyone bat righthanded? Why? What advantage is there to it? I know batting lefty, there is a 2-3 step advantage because you start off closer to first base.
Notice that most of the Japanese players bat lefty.
9) Asian baseball fans get fired up watching games; lot of chanting, singing, thundersticks, just a lot of noise and vocal support. And that’s before their team scores any runs.
8) If I ran the San Diego Padres, and no one thinks I should, I’d go back to the white uniforms with brown and gold trim, but that’s just me. Always liked those uniforms.
7) San Diego State has a basketball player named DeShawn Stephens who got cut from HS team his senior year at Chatsworth High, then played two years at Santa Monica College before joining the Aztecs, where he is playing an average of 21.6 mpg. Good lesson for kids to never give up; how many kids get cut as a senior in HS and wind up playing for a top 20 team?
6) Duke can’t be too worried about Ryan Kelly’s foot anymore; he played 31 minutes in a 30-point blowout win over Virginia Tech, after playing 32 vs Miami Saturday. Blue Devils visit Chapel Hill Saturday night.
Don’t want to hear TV types whining about Duke’s injury woes; if Kelly plays 31 minutes in a 30-point blowout, he is fine.
5) Atlantic 16 (not sure how many teams they’ll have next year, but it seems to go down every year now) has moved its conference tournament from Atlantic City to Brooklyn. Is this a good move?
Its an NBA arena, but for out-of-town fans, is this a better destination to spend a weekend than Atlantic City? I’m asking, I really don’t know, though off the bat, my first answer would be no.
4) I’m watching the crawl of spring training scores on ESPN and I see HR- Crawford (1) so I figure guys with Crawford on fantasy team are pumped up, figuring Carl Crawford finally batted in a game and hit a homer. Not so fast; turns out it was Brandon Crawford of the Giants. Carl Crawford, the $140M man, has yet to play this spring; he just started hitting off a tee this week.
3) One of my attorneys I had when selling my business a number of years ago told me some great advice once in his office: “Dont sweat the small stuff, cause everything is small stuff” More people should follow this advice, including myself.
2) There are rumors that DirecTV will drop the NFL Sunday Ticket after the 2014 season. That cant be true.
1) I get a text from a friend during the day this week; it says, “In shock …. Bill Moody died.” Now I have no idea who Bill Moody is, but I assumed it was a friend of his who passed away, so I texted him my condolences.
Turns out that Bill Moody was the real name of the guy who played Paul Bearer, the Undertaker’s manager on the WWE telecasts. Alrighty then.
-- Indiana State 51, Evansville 50-- 0:02.5 left, Aces run a perfect full-court play to get a contested layup for the win; lot of contact, ref swallowed his whistle, and the Sycamores advance to play Creighton in the semis today.
-- Steiner Sports, some of the biggest ripoff artists in America, are selling an autographed Manti Te'o helmet for a mere $499. Awesome.
-- Eldrick Woods has 17 birdies thru the first two rounds of WGC Cadillac Open, most birdies he's ever had in first two days of a tournament.
-- Italy is surprisingly 2-0 in the WBC after thrashing Canada 14-4.
-- Deron Williams was 7-7 from arc in the first quarter; he scored 42 points as the Nets beat Washington, 95-78. Williams was making 36.9% on arc for the season before this tremendous exhibition of shooting.
-- LMU 60, Santa Clara 58-- Lions win third nite in row, after going 1-15 in WCC regular season. Run likely ends vs Gonzaga tonight, but you have to admire the Lions' grit, or question how the hell did they go 1-15?
Saturday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud......
13) There was a crowd of 44,256 at Chase Field for US-Mexico, with walk-up crowd of 8,500. From looking at WBC website, cheapest ticket appeared to be $18, so someone made a freakin' fortune on this game.
12) Adrian Gonzalez was doing a lot of fist-shaking as he played 1B for the Mexican team; hopefully he will play with as much enthusiasm for the Dodgers this year as he did in this game.
11) US team is stupidly batting Giancarlo Stanton 7th, apparently they want a lefty (Eric Hosmer) batting between David Wright/Stanton, two righty hitters. How about this? Bat your best hitters higher in the order, so they get more ABs. Simple, yet sensible.
10) Fox Sports 1, which hopes to challenge ESPN as a college network, will television a primetime Thursday Night college football game every week and a football tripleheader on Saturdays. Just what my thumb needs, more exercise working the remote.
9) Gunner Kiel hasn't played a college football game yet; he's already reneged on commitments to Indiana and LSU and now is transferring out of Notre Dame (which makes sense because he ain't beating Everett Golson out, and Golson has three years left to play).
Question is this: What program will take a chance on Kiel to be a leader of their team, when he can't play until 2014, two years after his last game (in high school) action? You have to be able to depend on your quarterback, but over the last two years, Kiel has been anything but dependable.
8) New Jersey Giants kept ticket prices the same for fourth year in row, primarily because they made those same fans pony up big money for PSLs so they could buy new tickets for their new stadium that wasn't needed.
PSLs are legalized form of extortion. Nice to know the Giants feel bad about extorting their loyal fans. Oh, they raised parking price from $25 to $30.
7) Brewers/Twins have most players playing in WBC (13); that includes minor leaguers.
6) San Jose's home basketball game Thursday was rained out; leaky roof. Now Spartans have to hire a new coach and a roofer.
5) Pretty good commercial for CBSSports.com fantasy baseball, with Bobby Valentine poking fun at himself for getting fired several times as a manager. Valentine is the new AD at Sacred Heart, so he gets to fire people now- the baseball coach at Sacred Heart is Nick Giacquinto, who has been there for 25 years and who also played four years in the NFL.
4) Portland 136, San Antonio 106-- Game was tied at half, then Blazers scored 79 points in second half. Don't see Spurs get beat like that too often.
3) Blackhawks lost 6-2 in Denver, their first regulation loss in 25 games this season- they've also lost three games in OT/SO.
2) Atlanta Falcons are getting a new stadium? What? They won't play in the Georgia Dome anymore, the place where the greatest football game ever played (Rams 23, Titans 16) took place? I am appalled.
1) Apparently people who will elect the next Pope aren't college basketball fans, since they're doing it next week, during conference tournaments. Good thing I'm not involved in this process, or else I'd have to text in my vote.
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday.......
13) San Diego State-Boise State was a physical, chippy game; these same teams will play in the 4-5 game at the MWC tourney in Las Vegas Thursday, the midnight game. Both teams deserve to be in the NCAAs, but that midnight game Thursday might be the game of the day.
12) First round of the Sun Belt tournament is weird; everyone is in Hot Springs, AR, but games are played in two different gyms at same time. I'm watching the Troy State game and without a word, they switch to the end of the South Alabama game. I liked that they try to show us everything, but it did confuse me some, which these days isn't all that difficult.
11) Memphis beat UAB by 15, finished 16-0 in Conference USA; it does not matter what league you're in, finishing unbeaten is an accomplishment to be proud of- they had to beat Southern Miss, UTEP twice each.
10) Valparaiso 70, Green Bay 69-- Top-seeded Crusaders trailed 68-64 with 0:10 left, but stuck two treys in last 0:08, including one at the buzzer to send the home crowd home happy. Bitter loss for Green Bay.
9) Kentucky 61, Florida 57-- Gators didn't score for last 7:36, as Wildcats probably got the marquee win they need to make field of 68.
8) CBS showed Florida-Kentucky at noon, UCLA-Washington at 2:00, then Notre Dame-Louisville at 4:00; why make west coast teams play an 11:00 am local tipoff, instead of 1:00? Makes very little sense.
7) Georgetown 61, Syracuse 39-- Orangemen head to their last Big East tournament 1-4 in their last five games, 5-7 in their last twelve.
6) These upsets all happened in the 6-8 timeslot Saturday:
-- Fresno State 61, UNLV 52-- Bulldogs swept the Rebels this season.
-- Air Force 89, New Mexico 88-- Improved Falcons are 17-12.
-- Baylor 81, Kansas 58-- This score defies description.
5) UNLV's loss puts them in the noon local time game Thursday against Air Force, which will hurt the home attendance and get them a much tougher opponent- Princeton offense is a pain to defend, and Rebels didn't fare well against Air Force this year, splitting a pair, with the win in OT.
4) Halftime score: TCU 44, Oklahoma 22-- Sooners rallied, lost by 3; if you are a bubble team, you cannot lose to TCU in March. Hard to defend in a meeting room when your name comes up in front of the committee.
3) I'd be curious to know the politics involved with Italy coming to Arizona to play in the WBC, with the Cuban team going to Asia; did the Cubans not want to come to America, and risk having players defect?
2) Little tired of hearing NYC media types complaining about all the injuries the Knicks are having. This just in: older players get hurt more, and no one has an older roster than New York.
1) They don't move the clocks ahead in Arizona, so on Saturday night it is a two hour time difference between them and the east, but for the next six months, they're three hours behind. Have no idea why that is true, but it is.
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend.......
13) 15-20 Liberty won the Big South tournament and will likely head to Dayton for the First Four next Tuesday/Wednesday; Flames started season 0-8, are coached by former Colorado State coach Dale Layer.
12) Big East wants $2.5M from Notre Dame for the Irish to leave for the ACC a year early. Seeing as those other seven schools are leaving to form their own league next year, not sure why Notre Dame would have to pay.
11) Los Angeles Angels used a designated runner for Albert Pujols when they played the Reds/Royals this week. Not sure if they had a keg on second base or not, but designated runners are highly unusual, even in the spring.
10) When Graeme McDowell double-bogeyed 18th hole at Doral Sunday, it cost him $172,500. Thats an expensive hole.
9) Speaking of the 18th at Doral, Luke Donald played it four times this week, and doubled it all four times. If he pars the hole all four days, he only makes an additional $32,500, thats how far back he finished (T43).
8) Quick question: How much money does Butch Harmon make? Anyone who coaches Phil Mickelson and used to coach Eldrick Woods has to make a small fortune teaching golf, no?
7) Middle Tennessee did it again; despite going 19-1 in Sun Belt regular season, Blue Raiders lost in Sun Belt tourney, this time to Richard Pitino's FIU Panthers, 61-57. Middle is 2-5 in SBC tournament the last five years, 66-20 in the regular season. Not good.
Some notes on upcoming conference tournaments..........
6) Big X-- Kansas is 16-2 in this event last seven years; Texas, which has to win the tournament to make the NCAAs, is just 4-4 last four years and has never won the tourney, going 0-6 in the finals.
5) Conference USA-- Memphis has dominated this event, going 20-2 last eight years, with both losses by a point- its useless to mention anyone else.
4) Big Dozen-- Indiana is 1-6 in this event last six years; Michigan went W-L in each of its last six tourneys. Ohio State is 15-4 last seven years.
3) Big East-- Louisville is 9-2 last four years, Pitt 1-4. Syracuse hasn't won this event since Gerry McNamara carried them in '06. This is the last time we'll see Syracuse in this event, which doesn't seem right.
2) Atlantic 16-- Temple won this event three years in row, 2008-10, but won only one game last two years, despite being 27-5 in regular season. Owls need to win a game or two this week to make the NCAAs.
1) ACC-- Duke won 22 of last 26 ACC tournament games, with two of four losses in OT; Virginia is 1-5 last five years- they might need a win or two to get themselves in the field of 68.