Let’s Talk Tourney!

My thoughts as I watch the brackets get revealed:

West Virginia should’ve been a #1.

The Gouchos might be my new favorite team.  Great name.

The 3 seed seems high for Georgetown.  They were incredibly inconsistent so a 4 feels better to me.

Already some excellent first round match ups with UNLV, Maryland, and basically all the 8/9 games.  First round will be fun.

Why do the smaller teams like Ohio and Murray St. freak out when their name is revealed when they already had the auto-bid locked up?  This never makes sense to me.

A 10 seed is way too high Florida when they were supposed to be on the bubble.  Not sure they should be in, but whatever.

With both Florida and Minnesota in, I have to believe my Illini are out.  Crap.  Stupid UTEP losing to Houston.

Quick thought during the break: The #1 I’m almost positive won’t reach the Final Four: Syracuse.

How is Texas an 8?  Didn’t the committee watch them collapse like the rest of us did?

If I don’t see Ed Helms in character as the Nard Dog at the Cornell-Temple game, my world will be shattered.

A 4 seems a bit high for Wisconsin.  Good team, but I had them no higher than a 5.  Then again, I hate them so, you know, I downgraded.

I agree with Greg Anthony.  Morgan St.: you are toast.  Sorry.

I’m a bit stunned that the ACC has 5 teams in.

After seeing Steve Alford and New Mexico get the 3 seed, the entire state of Iowa stabbed themselves with pitchforks.

After seeing the bracket, I would now say that the second #1 who won’t make the Final Four: Kentucky.  Brutal road to get there.

That’s how you want your team to react on national TV.  You stay classy Washington.  (Note: sarcasm)

I’ve never understood why the #1 overall doesn’t automatically get the winner of the play-in game.

Wow, 6 teams out of the Big East already.  Sorry Notre Dame, I don’t think they’ll take 7.

Ouch for Purdue.  That match up with Siena will be tough.

What’s a Gael?  Can someone from St. Mary’s answer that for me?

Whoa, Baylor is a 3???  They’re good, but I’m not sure they’re that good.

Ok, guess they will take 7 from the Big East.  Notre Dame goes from on the bubble to a 6 seed.  Yeah, that makes sense.  I guess the NCAA selection committee decided to make up for the Charlie Weiss years.

I rarely agree with Seth Davis, but he’s right about the surprising love for the Pac-10.

Again, how does this make sense?  The last 6 teams in are no lower than 12 seeds.  If you’re one of the last teams in you have to be in the teens I think.  What does it hurt to put a smaller school that clinched an auto-bid as a higher seed for doing the work they needed to do?

Thanks Greg Anthony for putting the “s” on the end of Illinois.

Overall, no complaints about who got in and who didn’t.  I agree with the studio guys that Illinois and Virginia Tech both probably deserve it, but you can’t make a lot of noise about a screw job with both teams because ultimately they didn’t do what they needed to.  I think VT got hurt a bit by a bad year for the ACC, but that’s just me.  Then again, I think the ACC got like 4 or 5 in, so it wasn’t that down.

I don’t get the seeding personally.  I think that prior to the conference tourneys they had already decided the #1’s which is dumb.

Ok, hold on, the guy that’s the head of the selection committee while explaining the process for picking the #1’s just said “we put West Virginia in the discussion…but we looked at the entire body of work and Duke finished really strong.”  Um…ok.

I love when Greg Anthony gets a hold of the head of the selection committee because he doesn’t pull punches and he just went right after him on the #1’s.  Get him Greg.

Apparently if you’re within 5 feet of Clark Kelogg you are required to say “indicated” and “peel back the onion” at least as many times as he does.

Once again, after Seth asks about VT, Illinois, and Mississippi St. the guy says that it’s the whole body of work, but the sites the end of the season and conference tournaments.  This guy has got be getting ready to run for Congress.

Don’t like Seth Davis, but glad he called out the committee chairman for double talking about whole body of work and then putting emphasis on the end of the year.

I hate “One Shining Moment”.  Seriously.  Hate it.  Pick a new song.  It’s awful.

I’ll do picks later after I get a hard copy of the bracket, but this should be fun.  I don’t agree with Seth and Greg of taking the 1’s and 2’s to the Elite 8.  Someone will get knocked off.  Consider that a tease I guess.

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Olympic Hangover

I meant to get this up earlier, but I’ve been way busy. Also way lazy. At least I’m honest. Without further ado, my thoughts (that you don’t care about) on the Olympics (that you might not have cared about):

1. Every winter games it never ceases to amaze me: the Curling Phenomenon. We become flippin’ obsessed with this thing. It’s all people talk about. We make fun of it, but be honest, you were like me and couldn’t stop watching it. I think I know why. First, it’s weird. Curling is some weird, on ice version of shuffleboard (which is another game I don’t understand). Because we don’t fully understand it, but it’s new and different, we watch. I have no clue how Curling works, but you better believe I watch that shit! I’m stunned Versus hasn’t picked up the World Curling Championships yet (you KNOW that exists). Second, I think we watch it because of this reason:
At one point during the USA vs. China match (in which we apparently got slaughtered but I don’t know how or why) the woman doing color commentary said that the U.S. needs to develop more elite curlers. I immediately said: “I bet I could be an elite curler…like tomorrow.” I think that’s why we watch. We feel like we’d be really good at it…unlike every other sport where, if you’re like me, you tried and failed (not bitter at all by the way).

2. That was some of the best hockey I have ever watched in my life. Holy hell. I’m not just talking the super awesome USA vs. Canada games, but the tournament as a whole was great. Hope you enjoyed it though as the NHL will most likely not allow their players to play in the 2014 games in Russia (some cold war blow back perhaps?). Seriously though, those two games the US and Canada played were absolutely amazing. Canada was a real life fantasy team…I know this because several of them are indeed on my fantasy team (yeah I have a fantasy hockey team…don’t judge me). Then you had a US team that most experts were calling a dark horse team, but weren’t really getting a lot of serious consideration to medal. The US had the “nobody believe in us!” card, Canada was insanely talented, that makes some fine hockey! Hope they can do it again in 2014, but I doubt it. Also, I hope you enjoyed seeing Alex Ovechkin while you could because everyone thought it would be Russia vs. Canada for the gold and Russia didn’t even medal, so Ovie, bad news bud, the KGB will by soon to take you to the Kremlin.

Russia still does that right? Let’s pretend they do, it’s more fun that way.

Luckily based on the record shattering ratings, most of you saw the hockey game and that’s good. As the great Eddie O. said (I think it was Eddie anyways): “hopefully we got some new hockey fans.”

Other than the Curling and super awesome hockey, I didn’t watch poop from the Olympics. I don’t care about skating, skiing (except Lindsey Vonn…so hot), and that other junk. Maybe it’s just me but I have a hard time getting up for the Olympics in general, but especially the winter games. I think it’s because the summer games are much more accessible for most people. We’ve all played basketball, or at least seen a game, most of us have been in a pool, we’ve all run, etc. How many people do you know that have ski jumped? You see my point I think.

So there you go. That’s all I got on the Olympics, we now return you to the regularly scheduled nonsense about stuff.

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Holy Crap!

I mean…did you SEE THAT?!?  Congrats to team USA on their upcoming ESPY win.

Photo by the AP

Skynet is now self aware

Ok, first off let me say that it’s my goal to post more stuff.  No one reads this anyways, but I want to do it for me.  I feel like it could be good for me to write more.  Or not.  We’ll see.  On to the news of the day…

Oh Tiger.  Tiger, Tiger, Tiger.  Full disclosure time, I did NOT watch the “press conference” today.  I didn’t see any reason to.  I knew what he would say, and he said exactly that.  Which is to say, he said nothing.  He apologized.  Shocking.  Here’s my problem with it, he controlled the environment.  That just won’t do it.  The way he’ll beat all this is to show that he is actually human.  Cry.  Show fear over the thought of losing your family.  Show remorse.  But DO NOT stand in a room in the PGA headquarters surrounded by hand-picked friends and family members with no reporters and read a prepared statement.  The guys on PTI (whom I love by the way) drank the Kool-Aid.  Wilbon said he was moved and Kornheiser made the claim that we wouldn’t hear any more questions about this ever again.  C’mon guys.

Let’s start with Wilbon.  You’re better than that Mike.  You know as well as I do that this was written by a team of P.R. guys.  You need look no further than the fact that Tiger apologized to his business partners before his own wife and children.  There was nothing moving in the statement.  There was no genuine emotion.  Do I think he’s sorry?  Hell yes.  Do I believe him when he says that he believed he could live by a different set of rules?  Absolutely.  But I still don’t believe he’s human.  He’s the first wave of Terminators.

Oh and Tony?  You KNOW damn good and well he’ll get asked about this again.  You’re smarter than that.

So the obvious question that one would ask is “well smart guy what would you have had him do differently?”  Glad you asked.

1.  Have a REAL press conference.  Face the firing squad.  Answer the tough questions from reporters because you’ll have to eventually.  They wrote their questions down and they’ll ask them at the first tournament you play in because all golfers are required to talk to the media then.  Oh they’ll ask, and Tiger if you do your best Mark McGwire impression and tell them you don’t want to talk about the past, they’ll eat you alive.  Get in front of it now.  Own up to your mistakes like a man and show us that you’re really trying to be better.  Think of what Kobe did.  He sat there with his head down and answered every question.  It paid off in the long run for him.  There’s nothing wrong with sitting there and saying “I’m an idiot.  I deserve every joke, every insult.  I’ll do whatever it takes to make this better, but yes, I’m human and I’m a dumbass.”

2.  Admit your faults.  Don’t simply say you were wrong, explain why you did what you did.  This is where I always thought Kobe messed up.  Remember that Kobe Bryant took Brandy (who at the time was still REALLY famous) to his prom because he had just been drafted.  From that moment on, the world belong to Kobe.  Same for Tiger.  He began getting ESPN attention in college.  You think co-ed’s didn’t immediately line up for the attractive phenom?  Of course they did.  After he won his first tournament, he could have any woman he wanted, never had to wait in line, etc.  Keep in mind, this all happened before he was 25 (I think).  Wouldn’t that go to your head?  I know it would’ve gone to mine.  We always see it.  Dozens of athletes who are living paycheck to paycheck because they can’t handle having money.  Celebrities with major drug problems.  Jay Leno’s car collection.  For Tiger it was women.  Probably would’ve been the same for me.  I’m not saying playing the “too much, too soon” card fixes everything, but it does actually explain a lot.

3.  Change the format of the speech.  Now I realize he didn’t write it, but that’s kind of my whole point.  Whoever set all this up, whoever his team is, are morons.  The speech should have had apologies to his wife, children, and fans – in that order – first thing and last thing.  They’re the most important, not your sponsors, not your business partners.  After his family and fans, he should’ve (and he did do this, but it got buried) apologized for the harm he caused his charity.  He needed to apologize to his deceased father, the man who made sure we knew who Tiger was before he won his first tournament.  The man who Tiger had such a special relationship with.  He needed to do that.  He needed to show how hurt he was by Earl’s death.  It’s totally plausible, and frankly I think this is part of it, that he lost his way when Earl died.

So, ok, he botched the first step, but it’s not completely out of reach yet.  Admitting he’s going to continue therapy and find his center again with Buddhism were excellent admissions, and he absolutely should do that.  His next step needs to be working on his family.  I don’t know if Elin will stay, in fact I doubt she will, but Tiger has to let her make that decision on her own.  Don’t try to pressure her, just let her think her way through it on her own.  If he tries to pressure, as there have been reports he is, it makes him look like a control freak.  And coming off that joke of a press conference, he can’t afford that right now.  But do your work Tiger.  Saying you’ll play golf again, but you don’t know when, was excellent.  Stick to that.  Give it time, let the healing process work, and when you’re ready in 3 months or so, go on Oprah.  If (and that’s a HUGE if) she asks you the tough questions, answer as best you can.  Don’t give cliche answers, don’t give rehearsed statements.  Answer honestly even if the answer is “I don’t know.”  After that, play.  Actually, don’t just play.  Win.  Dominate.  Be Tiger again.  The best thing that happened to Kobe was him not getting traded after he publicly demanded one.  Remember, at that time, he was almost the lost superstar.  Brilliant on the court, but a total ass off of it.  He was despised outside of L.A.  But then the Lakers got smart and built a team around him, got the great Phil Jackson back, and won another title.  Suddenly Kobe was the great teammate because winning fixes everything.  He knew that by being back on the big stage, if he said and did the right things he would win the public back.  Even if it was all an act, which I think it is, it didn’t matter.  He did it right and Nike came back.  His jersey went back to the top of the best sellers list.  You see my point.  But Tiger, learn from that.  You’re all alone on a golf course so you can’t blame anyone if you don’t win.  You can’t really embrace the bad guy image.  Instead, put your head down and be brilliant again.

Oh, and fire your current P.R. team and hire me.  I’ll take 15%.

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Opinions are like…

When you’re single, it seems that literally everyone wants to give you advice on how to remedy this situation.  The one constant that you’ll hear from both the single and coupled alike is this:

“If you stop looking, that’s when you’ll find someone.”

In other words, if you simply accept your singleness, it will almost immediately end according to these people.  I call bullshit.  This, to me, is like the saying “it’s always in the last place you look.”  Of course it is!  If I’m looking for my cars keys and I find them behind the desk, I’m not going to keep looking for them.  I won’t walk all over my house thinking “I know my keys are in my hand right now, I see them there, I feel them there, but I better be safe and keep looking.”  That’s why everything you find was in the last place you looked.  You found it.  The next time someone says that to you, you have my permission to slap them and call them a dumbass.

Back to the B.S. advice above.  Everyone will tell you that they met their significant other as soon as they simply quit looking for them.  They will say that they simply didn’t care if they were in a relationship or not, and then this wonderful human came along and swept them off their feet.  To me, if you really didn’t care, you would’ve told this person that you weren’t interested in a relationship at the moment, but if they wouldn’t mind hanging out for a month or two, maybe it’ll go somewhere.  But you didn’t say that.  You immediately exchanged numbers or whatever.  So it’s not that you stopped looking, you just told yourself you did and most likely you did that well after you started dating this person.

In other words, I see through your lies.

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Another year down…

I don’t usually write (actually I could stop right there) about myself, but I’m feeling introspective lately. My birthday is rapidly approaching and while that’s not a bad thing, the fact is after I turned 21, I stopped caring. It occurred to me that after you turn 21, the only “milestone birthdays” are 30, 40, 50, etc. which really only serve to remind you that you are indeed officially old. That depresses me. Also, I don’t really like calling attention to myself and that’s basically what birthdays do. It’s supposed to be a day where you walk around and say “look at me!” and everyone does. But, like I said, I’m not really comfortable with that. So I’m not a big birthday guy.

Now, a quick confession. I have been single for (gulp!) six years. Yes, there have been a few dates, but really nothing solid or meaningful. I try very hard not to let this get to me, but this seems to be the one aspect of my life that people want to use to define me. Now there are a myriad of other things one could pick. As I’ve stated on here, I’m a radio dork. I’m not yet 30 and am losing my hair. I have a bit of a gut (not fat per say, but a gut none the less…I’m working on getting rid of it). I like to think I’m rather funny. Any of these would be understandable traits to use when characterizing me, but without fail people always go to the single thing first. And they like to point out to me that I’m single, as if I would forget. Anyways, when my last meaningful relationship ended six years ago, it did not end well. She hurt me as deeply as any person ever has, and I readily admit it took quite a while to get over. But I am over it now. Seriously it’s been six years, if I wasn’t that would be pretty sad don’t you think?

So once a friend who was trying to be nice (I think) while chatting about my never-ending singleness asked if I ever miss my ex. I responded with “no, never.” And I don’t.

Except I do.

Lately, as my birthday has drawn closer, I’ve found myself missing her quite a bit. I think I finally know why. For being a rather selfish person, she went out of her way to make me feel special on my birthday. She was notorious for buying me many gifts, most being somewhat expensive. She would use the opportunity to remake my wardrobe of course, but she also would buy things that I would enjoy and were meaningful to me. She did this with very little money, so in truth, while the gifts were nice, the sentiment actually held more meaning to me. But it was more than material. She would cook (or attempt to anyways) for me, and always made sure that we had absolutely mind blowing sex (sorry to be graphic, but you have to admit that really, that’s what we all want on our birthday). Yes, I miss all those things, but I think what I miss more than all of that is just having someone to share the day with. Someone who went way out of her way to make me feel special that day. It was nice.

So now I inch closer to 30 and find myself with questions. Will I meet the fabled “special someone”? Will I ever make the kind of money that would allow me to not have to worry about money anymore? Will I have children someday? Will I ever own the house with the white picket fence and the dogs? Will the Bulls win another NBA title in my lifetime? (I don’t feel particularly good about that one)

I don’t know. But the promise I have made and the gift I’m giving myself this year is that I’m going to stop worrying about it. I’m going to wake up in a few days and I’ll be that much closer to the dreaded 30, but instead of focusing on my impending ticket to the retirement home (yeah, like I’ll be able to retire), I will pause for a moment to remember her and how she made me feel for several years on my birthday. I’ll then resume not thinking about her because she ended up being not very nice.

Where I go from there…well that’s the real fun isn’t it?

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Let’s Pretend…

Last week I read a blog post where someone listed his all time NBA draft. If I could find it again, I’d link to it, but I can’t and I spent at least 45 minutes looking for it. His draft was interesting to say the least. Of what I can remember, his top 3 went:

1. Magic Johnson
2. Larry Bird
3. Michael Jordan

Bill Russell wasn’t even in the top 10. It sparked much debate and it made me think about how mine would shake out, so here it goes…

1. Michael Jordan. I’ll admit, I’m biased. I often refer to Jordan as either The Great One or God. But remember this, he is often called the greatest who ever played for a reason. Often overlooked because of his scoring was his superb defense. Oh and there’s the 6 rings which would probably be 8 if he hadn’t retired after the tragic death of his father.

2. Larry Bird. The Basketball Jesus himself. Bird was, like Jordan, hyper competitive. He simply hated to lose and no one, maybe not even Jordan, was as clutch as Bird was.

3. Magic Johnson. In football, if you ask me what position you build around, I’d say Quarterback. In basketball, I’d tell you Point Guard. So of course we don’t have a PG appear on the list until the 3rd spot. That said, Magic saw passing lanes that no one, I mean NO ONE else saw, and why wouldn’t you take a guy who can play literally every spot on the floor as he proved when he played Center after Kareem got hurt.

4. Oscar Robertson. This is where I start to have internal debates. However, the only player to ever AVERAGE a triple-double should be a top 5 pick.

5. “Pistol” Pete Maravich. A guy who should always be in the conversation for “Best Who Ever Played” but he isn’t. The reason why is simple, he was on bad teams before free agency existed. However, go to YouTube and look for the footage of the game against the Knicks when he dropped 68 points. He fouls out and even the Knicks players shake their head because they wanted to see what else he would do.

6. Bill Russell. The debate between Wilt and Russell will be eternal, but to me, you take the guy with more rings.

7. Wilt Chamberlain. You get the only guy to score 100 pts. in a game at the 7 spot, you’ve done alright for yourself.

8. LeBron James. Yes he doesn’t have a ring, but does anyone really think he won’t get one? He’ll win at least one MVP award (probably this year) and he’s just flat out dominant. Next year, he might be higher on this list.

9. Shaq. First of all, the man only needs one name. That’s gotta count for something. Remember, he’s two Nick Anderson free throws away from having 5 rings. In his prime, he was an absolute force of nature.

10. Julius Erving. I originally wrote Charles Barkley here. Then I thought about Jerry West. Then Kobe. Then Cousy, Walton, Stockton, Karl Malone, Isiah, Moses Malone, hell I even gave some thought to Sean Kemp and Gary Payton. My point is I gave this position a lot of though, but ultimately, I went with Dr. J. He was Jordan before Jordan. He flew, he dominated, he had one of the greatest Afro’s I’ve ever seen.

The rest of the draft goes like this…

11. Kobe
12. Barkley
13. Kareem
14. Isiah Thomas
15. Bob Cousy
16. Jerry West
17. Bill Walton
18. Hakeem Olajuwon
19. Scottie Pippen
20. Clyde Drexler
21. Earl Monroe
22. Walt Frazier
23. Willis Reed
24. Patrick Ewing
25. Karl Malone
26. Dwayne Wade (yep, I’m serious)
27. John Stockton
28. Chris Paul
29. George Mikan
30. Deron Williams (that one’s straight bias from me…hey at least I admit it)

There it is. My list for right now. In a week I might call myself stupid and re-do the whole thing.

Feel free to leave your thoughts.

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A Simple Plea

I’m going to take a break from the not posting for a moment and get a little deep.  As with everything you read here, this is simply my thoughts and no one else’s.  You may agree, you may disagree and either way, you’re right.  See that’s the beautiful thing about America.  Hell, that’s the beautiful thing about being a person, you’re entitled to your opinion.  You have free will and regardless of what anyone tries to tell you, your opinion is, in it’s own special way, right.  So with that said, here is my plea to whomever wins the election tomorrow.

10 years ago, red and blue states didn’t exist.  10 years ago we didn’t really care if you were a republican or a democrat unless you were REALLY in to politics.  There wasn’t the hate and vitriol.  I beg of you, Mr. President-Elect, take us back there.  I’m tired of friends and family coming close to blows over red and blue lines that don’t even really exist.  I’m tired of the talking heads on TV ranting and raving, shouting simply to be heard, not to make a point.  I beg you, unite us again.

As an aside, this is the thing I’m most disappointed by with this campaign.  I believed that with both McCain and Obama, we had two men who could legitimately accomplish this and then the negativity began and I see at least a few more years of “divided we stand.”  Truly sad.

As for policy, I won’t try to advise you as I’m far too uneducated on things like foreign policy and the economy to help.  However, here’s what I would like to see:

1.  Please fix the economy.  I know it won’t happen in one term and it probably won’t happen in two.  But show me something.  Show me some growth.  Show me that I won’t find myself downsized or pay-frozen, struggling to get by on a tiny salary.  Listen to people like Warren Buffet.  There’s a reason he’s the richest man in the country.  He didn’t invent Microsoft, he just made smart investments.  To quote the CEO of the company I work for, “no company has ever gone under because of too little debt.”  This idea can be applied to the country.  Find a way to get us out.  Find a way to bring back the American dream, so that maybe I can own a house someday.

2.  Put some focus on education again.  No Child Left Behind failed.  Everyone admits it.  As we’ve seen here in Illinois, education is the first thing that gets funding cut in the troubled economic times we live.  This is so sad to me.  I know someone who thought for quite a while that Hawaii and Alaska shared a border because of the inset on the map.  You laugh, but it’s true.  This can’t continue.  Educate children so that someday they can grow up and fix the mess we’ve made of things over the last 8 to 10 years.  We won’t survive without them.  They must know where we came from, the good, bad, and ugly of it all.  They must know how to read, write, add, subtract, and so much more.  Let’s make sure that Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking” bits die because he can’t find enough stupid people anymore.

3.  Get us out of Iraq.  It’s time.  If they can’t survive without us by now, they’ll never be able to.  I believe that they can.  Maybe I’m wrong, but we need to find out.

4.  Find alternative fuel sources.  To me, this is pretty simple.  We know how to tap in to solar and wind energy.  Everyday, the wind blows and the sun shines.  Get companies to adopt this and make it widely available.  We must end our dependence on foreign oil NOW.  I believe we must end our dependency on oil in general.  Why not?  It’s better for the environment, and it’s better on our wallet if we can drop gas down to where it once was (I’m talking under a dollar).  Don’t pay it lip service, do it.

5.  I’ve heard so much about change and hope.  Don’t allow these words to become punchlines and campaign rederic.  Become the hope and change you promised to be.  Lead us.  Show us how it can be if we work together.  Show the world that America is still the shining city on a hill that it was, and I still believe, has always been.  Be tolerant when you must, be firm when you must, compromise when you must, but lead us.  Don’t hide behind congress.  Don’t tell me they won’t cooperate with you.  Make them.  Make them believe the way we believe in you.  When it gets hard, and it will, raise your game.  Be like the great men of the past who dug in and stuck to their convictions when times were tough.  If you do, it can work out in the end.  Show us how great we can be again.

That is my plea to you.  We will never fully trust politicians, but show us that our faith isn’t always misguided.  My plea is a simple one…

Lead.

Stupid Thy Name Is Bud

Hurricane Ike has apparently come and gone and while it didn’t cause nearly the destruction that Katrina did, Houston’s still a mess.  It caused plenty of havoc with pro sports.  The NFL had to some schedule adjusting for the Houston Texans and Major League Baseball postponed two Cubs-Astros games.  Now, the folks down in Houston said that Ike didn’t do any damage to Minute Maid Park (where the Astros play) so in theory, they could’ve played the postponed games there like they were originally supposed to.  They’re not, and I understand that.  Frankly it’s the right call.  But that’s the only right call MLB made here.

Yesterday it was announced that the games would be played at a neutral site…in Milwaukee.  Upon seeing that on ESPN, my brother-in-law said “That’s hardly a neutral site.”  Milwaukee is a pretty short drive from Chicago and when the Cubs play there, they always have a ton of fans show up.  It’s a home game for the Cubs.  End of story.  You want to play it at a neutral site, that’s awesome, but play it at an actual NEUTRAL site.  Play at Seattle, New York, Boston, Miami, Tampa, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Kansas City, hell pick one.  Just don’t pick a ballpark that’s a short drive away from either team’s home park.  But of course, Bud Selig did.  Why Milwaukee?  Well, when Selig became the interim commissioner, he was the majority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers.  His daughter ran the team until 2004 when the Selig group finally sold the team.  I’m fine with people being “homers,” but c’mon.  But hey, it’s OK because it’s not like the playoffs could be on the line…oh wait they totally are since the Astros are chasing the wild card birth.

If the Astros lose both games (they lost one tonight) they have a very, very legitimate gripe.

College Football officially makes me happy

Seriously.  I love it.  Here’s what we learned after Day 1:

Michigan…probably not going to be a good year for you.  New coach, new offense, no quarterback to speak of, defense looked so-so against Utah.  Not a good sign.

Ohio State…scary good.  They will be #1 at some point, although we’ll learn a lot about them when they play USC in 2 weeks.  Still though, great offense, great defense, but will still probably manage to choke in the BCS title game.  Sorry, it’s true.

USC…also scary good.  USC/OSU could be your national title game and it would be incredibly entertaining.  Either way, when they play in 2 weeks, it’s gonna be a great game to watch.

Georgia…will also be in the hunt, but something about them today didn’t look quite right to me.  Don’t know what it is, maybe they gave up too many points, I don’t know, but I don’t really see them holding on to the #1 spot for the whole season, and I’m not sure they make the title game.  Then again, stranger things…

People say the Big 10 is down, and during the Illinois-Missouri game they said “kind of a rough day for the Big 10.”  Yeah, about that…

Wisconsin 38, Akron 10

Penn St. 66, Coastal Carolina 10

Ohio St. 43, Youngstown St. 0

Northwestern 30, Syracuse 10

Indiana 31, Western Kentucky 13

Iowa 46, Maine 3

Michigan 23, Utah 25

Minnesota 31, Northern Illinois 27

Cal 38, Michigan St. 31

Missouri 52, Illinois 42

11 teams, 3 lost.  Yeah, definitely a bad day.  Morons

Of course I have to talk about my Illini.  The good news:

Juice Williams: 26-41, 458 yds 5 TD, 1 INT according to the Yahoo box score.  I think it’s actually 2 INT which is crap because the 2nd pick was in Dufrene’s hands and then Witherspoon, the Missouri linebacker just ripped it out of there so it should be a fumble.  I hate that about football.  In baseball they have errors so if a defender botches a ball and it leads to a run it doesn’t count against the pitcher’s ERA since it wasn’t his fault.  Same thing should apply if a quarterback hits his receiver in the hands, said receiver doesn’t catch the ball, and it’s picked off by a defender.  That really wasn’t the QB’s fault.  I digress…

The bad news:  the Illinois defense allowed 568 yards.  Look, I know Mizzou’s a great team.  I know they’re a great offense, but you give up that many yards, you won’t win.  Like at all.  They have to get better.  I saw a lot of sloppy tackling and that must change.

Overall though, I liked what I saw from Illinois on the offensive side of the ball, so that’s good.

And best of all, IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!

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