published Friday, March 22nd, 2013

5-at-10: Mailbag on college hoops, UTC's next coach, bad announcers and more

Gang, thanks for a great week. It's busy. It's been fun.

From the "Talks too much" studios, let's get to the good stuff.

From scole023

It's about time we had another contest. I like to win stuff.

What's your favorite contest, and what will be the prize when I win the First 1 out... thing?

Thanks, and you still talk too much.

Scole023,

Now seeds to be the perfect time to update the "First 1 out, last dog in" challenge.

5-at-10 — Gonzaga/Oregon

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Indiana/Davidson

Lil' 5-at-10 — Kansas/Oklahoma

OrdinaryGuy — Gonzaga/Ole Miss

OrangeGuy — Indiana/Ole Miss

Dawg247 — Kansas/Belmont

McPell — Indiana/Ole Miss

StuckinKent — Kansas/Oregon

BillyinBrainerd — Gonzaga/South Dakota State

OTWatcher — Louisville/New Mexico State

Fred — Kansas/Cincy

ThatIDoKnow — Gonzaga/Minnesota

Tiger — Kansas/Belmont

Weena — Gonzaga/Oklahoma

TomT — Indiana/St. Mary's

TrueFan — Kansas/Minnesota

Hookshot — Kansas/Oregon

Believer — Indiana/Oregon

AReader — Gonzaga/Harvard

WarEagle — Gonzaga/Oregon

TitleChaser — Gonzaga/California

scole023 — Kansas/Ole Miss

chas9 — Gonzaga/St. Mary's

Rustyvol — Gonzaga/Minnesotas

Deboman — Indiana/Oregon

Sportsfan — Kansas/Bucknell

Titanic — Kansas/Colorado

BackupQB — Gonzaga/Oregon

BIspy4 — Kansas/California

If we missed any or have your pick wrong, speak now or forever hold your peace. Or if you own a firearm, speak now and forever hold your piece. Or if you wear a toupee, speak now while holding your hair piece.

Prize will be a Final Four T-shirt or a Masters lid, winner's choice. As for our favorite contest, either this one or the Draft one. We love the draft. You know this.

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    UTC men's basketball coach John Shulman looks down as he steps to the podium to give his final press conference Wednesday at McKenzie Arena.
    Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

From several of you (compiled with several angles)....

What did you think about the Shulman decision?

and

What would you look for in hiring UTC's next coach?

Gang —

There were so many of these — of the 500-plus emails we normally get, there were roughly 10 percent dealing with this topic — we decided to combine them and go.

As for the Shulman decision, we thought it was time. The program is broken. It can't be fixed with committing to a coach and there's no way UTC could commit to John considering the state of the program.

As we said Thursday, we were very impressed with how this was handled for the most part (high marks for interim AD Laura Herron, especially), and we're very grateful that everyone has for the most part been respectful around these parts sense the decision was announced.

(The one thing we have a hard time buying is John saying "All I ever wanted to do was help young men. Now because I wasn't winning, I can't do that here anymore. How messed up is that?" This is the perfect time for the Hyman Roth "This is the business we have chosen," line from Godfather II. Yes, John tried to helped his players. And yes, there have been a slew of touching tributes about how people liked John. But c'mon, this is college sports. It's about winning. If it was only about helping college basketball players, why did he move up the ladder? Why interview a couple of years ago for other jobs? To help better players and at better jobs? There are a slew of kids out there that need help, and most of them can't dribble, shoot or dunk. This is a business, and the business is winning. Sure, you can lose a coaching job for being a sketchy guy, ask Bobby Petrino. But everyone from the ball boy to the big boys know you have to win.)

As for the next coach, well, we think former UTC coach Mack McCarthy brought up a great point on SportTalk with Quake, Dr. B (he's a doctor after all) and Cowboy Joe. Mack noted that UTC went and landed Murray Arnold, who had small school head coaching experience, and that worked out like a charm. Mack was hired after a successful run as an assistant at bigger schools.

We believe the pedigree is secondary to the person, but we believe the as much experience as possible is a good thing. We think the next coach needs an extreme basketball I.Q. The UTC fan base is a basketball savvy bunch, and they are starving for someone that can win games with a clipboard and a Sharpie. We think that success is not an accident, look for someone that has had a track record of winning.

As for the specific names, well, there's a load of time for that. And we love how the camps have already started circling around their candidate or their guy. (Side note: Be circling around the camps of the AD you want, Johnny or Joanie Mocs Fan. That's the first order of BID-ness and easily the more important hire. And, we completely back Jomo's sentiment that the No. 1-through-5 job requirement for the next AD will be fundraising.)

Above all else — and judging from the response we have received the last two days — we believe the right decision was made for everyone involved, and John may have said it best Wednesday with "It's not fair to me, not fair to our players, not fair to our coaches, not fair to our fans and not fair to the program." We also believe there is real excitement in the fan base for the first time in several years. Even John's backers have shared some feelings of relief that the tug of war and the bickering will stop.

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From JordanRules

I almost didn't write because I think you try to goad me by saying LeBron this and LeBron that. I know what you are doing.

But you know and I know that Jordan is the best ever. LeBron knows it so just deal with it.

You did ask a question that got me thinking... an all-time NBA redraft. I'd go Jordan, Jabbar, Russell, Chamberlain, Magic, Bird then James.

You only gave us your top 2. What's your top 10?

JordanRules,

Rest easy, we're not trying to goad anybody... our day job allows us to irk enough people as it is so when ever possible we look for an easy-listening approach to the 5-at-10. Can you dig it?

That said, James seventh? Really? Who's goading whom here? OK.

Here's our top 10 if the NBA had an all-time re-draft with this disclaimer: We undervalued centers. If you waited until the third or fourth round for a center, is getting Hakeem Olajuwan or David Robinson really all that bad. Center is the deepest position because the difference between a Kareem or Russell and Hakeem or The Admiral is no where as great as the difference between Jordan and say Ray Allen or LeBron James and Alex English.

1) Jordan

2) LeBron

3) Magic

4) Larry Bird

5) Kobe Bryant

6) Oscar Robertson

7) Tim Duncan

8) John Stockton

9) Isiah Thomas

10) and then run on centers starts

Again, this is not the best players, there would be several centers on that list. This is our re-draft board, and we would put heavy value on the differences between the top two or three and then say No. 10 at each position.

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From First Timer 1 (which is the name of unsigned questions)

Maybe you could use this in your mailbag... You like the draft, so who would you take first in fantasy baseball?

Thanks, and I love the 5@10.

First Timer 1,

Thanks and feel free to swing by any time, don't cost nothing. (And even if it did, feel free to swing by anytime.)

We do have an affinity for the draft, this is true. You may have heard about that.

As for fantasy baseball, well, we kicked that habit several years ago. Fantasy sports takes a commitment, and it's a chunk of time that we currently do not have. We could not be one of these casual fantasy guys. You're either in or you're not. You either get better or worse, you never stay the same. This Mr. Miyagi moment was brought to by the TFP. The Times Free Press, where sports are sports and never the twain shall meet.

For those of you who think this question is easy, and that stat-sheet-stuffing super stud Mike Trout is the easy No. 1 overall pick, well, you're 100 precent wrong. Mike Trout is an AL player, the only fantasy baseball recognized around these parts are the NL-only leagues. Sorry, we're elitist like that. (Side note: If you are in a both league league, hard to argue against Trout. He's money.)

As for the NL, well, we'd draft Dan Uggla last. (Kidding, mostly.) Matty Kemp has to be 1. Pick and choose guys that can help in as many categories as possible. The Uptons and Jason Heyward have value but around these parts (i.e. Braves territory) people may overpay for those with the cursive 'A' on their hat. The first pick in truth is not as important as overall strategy. Load up on a single category — steals and saves can be the easiest to monopolize — and use the extra wealth to address weak areas midway through the season.

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From First Timer 2

I love March Madness like you love the draft. What's your Rushmore of March Madness memories. My favs are Jordan's shot, NC State winning and Villanova beating Georgetown. Wow that was some great basketball, huh?

FT 2,

No doubt that was a great time for college hoops. From 1979 (Bird-Magic) to the 1992 tournament when Duke notched back-to-back titles, every year was great for something. Follow along:

79 — Bird and Magic

80 — Louisville and Dr. Dunkenstein (wickedly underrated nickname) Darrell Griffith

81 — Isiah Thomas

82 — Jordan's shot

83 — NC State

84 — Georgetown wins in Seattle

85 — Villanova's huge upset

86 — Never Nervous Pervis

87 — Keith Smart's game-winner over a Syracuse team that was loaded

88 — Danny Manning and the Miracles

89 — Glen Rice goes NUTS

90 — UNLV has arguably the best team ever

91 — Duke

92 — Duke and Laettner's UK dagger

That's big time stuff right there. The only teams in recent memory that could make a dent in that is last year's Kentucky's one-and-done brigade, Florida's back-to-back champs and that supremely talented Carolina team a few years ago.

As for our Rushmore of NCAA tournament moments: Danny Manning winning it was cool (we had Kansas winning that tournament and won the office pool at 5-at-10's Sr.'s workplace. It was for entertainment purposes only of course); Laettner's shot is on that list (sorry 9er); Villanova's unbelievable upset; and as far as stunning, probably Chris Webber's timeout. (The Jordan moment was overshadowed for us by Fred Brown throwing the ball to James Worthy and we were heartbroken when NC State won because we loved, Loved, LOVED that Phi Slamma Jamma Houston team.)

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From Terry

If March Madness is this big, how big will the college football playoff be?

Terry,

March Madness is a monster because of the brackets and office pools (for entertainment purposes only of course). Period. And for those of us who grew up on college hoops and may hate to admit that, well, it's 100 percent true. If you did not have a bracket, how much of the tournament would you watch?

This is not a problem for the January Jamboree that will be the college football playoff.

And when they go to eight teams and then to 16 teams in a college football playoff and incorporate brackets.... HOLY TRINITY OF SPORTS EXPLOSIONS. There's no ceiling on it and the football bracket/title game will eventually make the leftover bowl games into the football NIT and propel college football title game to No. 2 behind the Super Bowl in the American sports culture.

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From Bill T.

Just started reading you column on the computer. It's pretty good.

Wonder why you don't like Bobby Knight? He's one of the best coaches ever so he knows the game.

I like his announcing. I don't like those lingo guys that never stop talking.

Bill,

"Lingo guys that never stop talking" huh? We resemble that remark.

And yes, Bobby Knight was a great coach. He's a dreadful announcer, however. Share your basketball knowledge. Don't breakdown the video like it's a scouting tape. And sweet buckets of throwing chairs, mix in a smile every third broadcast. We've seen more grins and heard more giggles at an insurance seminar.

And why does it have to be one or the other. Serious or silly are not the only two options. As far as basketball goes, we'll take Bill Raftery against the field and we like our chances. In the studio, Bilas is aces. We actually like Doug Gottlieb pretty good too.

They can't all be Vin Scully mind you, but they don't have to act like it's college-level calculus either.

Feel free to discuss any of the topics above or if we missed your question, list it below.

Thanks and thanks for another great week.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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jomo11 said...

Knight is terrible on TV. . . .also Charles Barkley calls for the firing of Bob McKillop for Davidson callapse and leaving 4 timeouts in his pocket . . . .maybe the National bloom is off the McKillop rose ? . . . .Also had to love Marshall Henderson when asked if some of his antics and taunts are calculated. . his answer " i dont know, Im not really good at math " . . .

March 22, 2013 at 10:18 a.m.
hometownhero said...

TFP may delete my account if I post one more thing about UTC hoops lol.. But anyway, JordanRules sounds like a kid in his mid-twenties who was too young to remember Jordan struggle in his first few postseasons. Besides the fact, there were players that could play Jordan tough on defense. To me Lebron is bigger, faster, stronger, and more athletic than Jordan. He's also a better shooter, distributor, and the man plays hard on both sides of the floor (he has to lead the league in chase down blocks). I'm one to wax nostalgic about Jordan myself, but even I can't deny Lebron at this point..

March 22, 2013 at 10:23 a.m.
chas9 said...

Much as it hurts, Laettner's dagger has to be on every list. Seems like it's on every pre-game video clips assemblage too. Another memorable performance at KY's expense was Kemba carrying his UConn team on his back. And Goose Givens' points explosion in the championship game was nirvana for us.

Well said about The General. And in a broadcast booth category all his own, Sir Chuck is fun. Love his new credit card ads with Baldwin. But for the first time I saw UK's King Rex commentating during yesterday's action. His act needs polishing up.

March 22, 2013 at 10:23 a.m.
jomo11 said...

Jay- and also what about Harvard upset of New Mexico ? . . It's about time those poor underdogs at Harvard finally got a break in life !

March 22, 2013 at 10:29 a.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay,

Did I say Bucknell? I meant Butler. I'm still in...right?

Sportsfan

March 22, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Ironic how Gonzaga, more or less still representing the mid major leagues even though they're now a national title contender, was almost the first #1 to get put out by a #16.

Louisville looked like the real deal. What a year for the Cardinals, Sugar Bowl domination, Kentucky missing the dance and laying an NIT egg, and their own team now the ones to beat.

I can't believe I remember this, Kenny Loggins was brought up last week for movies, his song "This is It" was used for the '79 NCAA tournament too. Bo Jackson of themes, indeed. I remember that more than the actual final.

The one shiniest moment has to be NC State. For a tournament, UNLV, 90. Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony, Stacy Augmon were literally laughing at Duke during the final.

March 22, 2013 at 11:14 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Well my letter, which I submitted Sunday to beat the rush, was killed in Shulman crush. Fair enough and totally understandable; was not that big a deal anyway.

Though I have to admit 38 comments on one 5 at 10 has to be a record. Same with Weeds take on this (15 comments I believe but it was the same two yahoos going back and fourth)

Loved this comment: "If you did not have a bracket, how much of the tournament would you watch?"

The answer is none. And really, neither should anyone else. This is not the US lottery as sometimes this makes it out to be where the winning bracket gets a Million Dollars a year for life (Still trying to figure out how Publishers Clearning House can make such a bold statement unless they plan on rigging the contest by having the winner be over 60 and chain smoke).

But yet, somehow, we believe. Now if they're betting at the casinos in Vegas. Different reason.

My opinion on this still stands: No Mocs = No interest. This is not open for discussion.

See you on Saturday at 5:30 CT. ;)

March 22, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.
chas9 said...

JMC--No bracket, no watch, no discussion may be your ethos, but lots of us like to watch good roundball competition. And most of it is very good.

My Gaels came close, but since St. Mary's is out now, I'll swap in Spy's Cal as my double digit team, in the speak now or forever hold your peas loophole. I did go on record before they tipped off that Cal was a great pick.

Is Harvard Crimson hot?

March 22, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Chase-

I agree it is very passionate for those who really love the essance of the game. And with a lot of the "run and gunners" going straight from middle school to the NBA (I'm a comic, these types of comments are second nature to me :P ), it's fair enough to say a lot of the schools that 2-3 years ago couldn't make it past round one are making massive Cindy-runs. Harvard in the mix? Never saw it coming.

March 22, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Jomo —

Saw that comment by Barkley. And like many of Chuck's views and statements — and his plate at the buffet at the Wally's in East Ridge — it's a great deal over the top.

To quote Coach Mack from SportTalk against yesterday (he was in his hoops element and rolling), all a coach can really do is put his team in position to win. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains. Think about that for a while.

That calculated line is a keeper. And you're right. Good to see those underprivileged tykes at Harvard finally get a break. Yes, Jomo, there is a Santa Claus.

HTH —

Not sure of Jordan's age, but we welcome all opinions from all angles as long as no one gets rude or cuss-tastic. (Hey, we're a family-oriented, interweb-based, sports column after all.)

LeBron's season this year would rank likely as MJ's second-best stats-wise, and the NBA is better today than the mid-90s NBA Jordan dominated.

9er —

We'd still watch, too, but the interest would be way, Way, WAY cut back and the billion-dollar TV deals would lose a comma or two.

And Chuck is aces. And you're spot on about the commercials with Baldwin the Elder.

Laughter —

Great call on the "This is it." Great montage song. Well-played indeed sir.

JMC —

We kept your letter and we'll fill a future mailbag with our answer in the weeks ahead.

Not sure what the record was. May have been when the Petrino stuff broke while we were at Augusta last year, but we've gotten in the 40s a few times and into the 50s on occasion. We're not Clay's Animated Playground, but we're happy with the growth.

March 22, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent —

You left off several things, and I have a question. First the question: Didn't I hear that Bobby Knight had been asked to not continue as a broadcaster after this season on ESPN? I really thought I heard that. He is awful. The UK-Vandy game this year will forever stick out in my mind as one of the worst moments in broadcasting ever.

Now the thing you forgot: Tyus Edney for UCLA in 1995. You also forgot Chris Webber in 1993. Arkansas beating Duke in 1994 was something else. UConn beating that unbeatable Duke team in 1999 was pretty special. Arizona shocking three number ones, including Kentucky in overtime in the title game. Those games are at least as memorable as some of those runs in the 1980s. At least to me. Of course, I was a teenager in the 90s and that was when I was glued to the tournament. I wouldn't even rank UK's 2012 team as anywhere close to those memorable moments. And I live in Lexington.

Speaking of which, I was in Rupp yesterday for four games. Here's my observations:

1) Bucknell beats Butler if they knock down open shots in the first half. Butler was double-teaming Muscala every time he touched it, he was finding the open man, and the Bison simply weren't knocking down shots.

2) It's actually fun to watch Brad Stevens coach. I watched eight coaches yesterday. Of all of them, Stevens was the one that I could stop watching the game and just watch him for a few minutes. His was also the only voice I could hear loud and clear over the fan noise. Very good coach. (May the Mocs find one like him.....)

3) Davidson- oh! That hurt. Seeing Cohen walk off the floor having just lost was the most painful thing I saw yesterday. He was the last one off the floor. I truly felt for the kid.

More to come...

March 22, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.
jgreeson said...

From friend of the show StuckinKent (part II)

4) Marquette was probably the 6th best team out of the eight I saw yesterday- just ahead of Missouri and North Carolina A&T. Yet they are advancing because of a hot three minutes shooting, and one terrible mistake. The margin of error in college basketball is razor thin come tournament time.

5) Can't tell you much about UofL-North Carolina A&T, except that Louisville fans were yelling and cussing at their players and the refs up 27 in the second half. Seriously- take a deep breath. It was North Carolina A&T.

6) The most entertaining fans were the North Carolina A&T fans, who every time the Aggies did something, would turn around and start trash talking the nearest Louisville fan. There were about 20 of them....and about 15,000 UofL fans. Yikes.

7) The North Carolina A&T cheerleaders, mascot, and band are part of what makes college sports great.

8) I know I didn't have to stay until the end, but Haith must enjoy torture. Because watching him sub three guys in and out offense for defense and foul on every possession when down 15 with two minutes left was absolutely painful. The worst two minutes of basketball all night.

9) Colton Iverson didn't do much for Colorado State scoring-wise. He was in foul trouble for much of the night. But he was probably the best player not on Louisville that I saw yesterday. When he was in the game, he changed the game more than anyone else. He set great screens, got his teammates open, forced extra attention on him, and covered Oriakhi and the Mizzou big men great. If he stays out of foul trouble, and Green is hot shooting again, the Rams can give Louisville problems Saturday night.

10) The crowd was odd. Yes, there were fans from the schools participating. But there were also quite a few people decked out in Oregon stuff, Michigan stuff, Ohio State stuff, Kentucky stuff (obviously), Miami of Ohio stuff, Air Force stuff, Marshall stuff. It was strange to see such a wide range of fans from other schools (particularly the West Coast schools). Of course, as my wife pointed out, there was one person there wearing Chattanooga stuff, and people probably thought that was weird (that was me, by the way). And the person that sat in front of me for part of the day was from Hixson. Very small world.

March 22, 2013 at 11:51 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Stuck wrote-

"And the person that sat in front of me for part of the day was from Hixson. Very small world."

Did he ask you what did Wally (Witkowski) had to say?*

*Inside reference to a story a man called into JR/Wally's show one day who was reading an Enigma at the Cincinnati airport and a complete stranger walked up and asked him that.

March 22, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Ten Ring-

I didn't think that far back regarding the comments record listings as we average 20-30 a day depending on the topic at hand. I thank God, Budda, and the Shinto spirits we are not Clay's Coloring Book. I prefer quality over quantity anyday...even if I don't agree with the post. ;)

I guess it seemed like a record as it appeared to be tappering off due to that null period of post football.

March 22, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.
chas9 said...

Stuck--Good call on Edney and Webber.

March 22, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.
hometownhero said...

ooh, that did come off pretty harsh to jordanrules.. Rephrase The people that claim MJ to be head and shoulders over Lebron often remember the Jordan of the mid-90s when he had the best team, and best coach. The biggest reason for that is because that's the Jordan hoops fans grew up with. When he started his career, he was struggling in the playoffs.

Also, my personal theory on Jordan was that his teams were rolling off championships when the heavy weights (Bird/Magic) were getting past their primes. A lot of superstar transition in the mid-90s. Lebron began his career in the Kobe/Shaq/Wade era. Now in his prime he's up against the Durant/Paul/Kobe/Carmelos of the game. It's a tough argument.

March 22, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
Todd962 said...

Hey, Greeson, don't think I didn't see that shot you took at soccer yesterday. You're just angry at your two left feet. I forgive you, lets move on. However, that brings me to my next point.

Went home briefly for lunch today and the college playoffs for wrestling were on. It brought me to my question, is there any sport, more so than wrestling, that you can make fun of it for so many things, and then wake up and wonder why you cant wipe your own arse? They wear singlets, funny little shoes, and latch onto other grown men so they can attempt to hump them into submission. Flip side, they are shredded warriors who are trained to mangle people with their bare hands. I would hope for unconsciousness to escape the pain they were hoping to inflict me with. When they catch you snickering at them and ask you what's so funny, the answer is always "nothing, sir."

The quarterfinals were running and there was a perfect bracket storm brewing for a guy that was the National Champ the previous year for that weight class who would meet a guy who was looking to win his fourth National Championship in his fourth different weight class. Say whaaaa? First dude pinned the guy in 24 seconds while I was watching and the second fella had won his first two matches by a combined 25-0. That's some good stuff, the dvr is set for Saturday night.

March 22, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Hotty Toddy!

March 22, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Stuck —

Stout list.

And the 1990s college hoops seem better than we remember. Stupid Bud Light.

JMC —

Definitely the highwater mark since football season. And last Friday's mailbag may have been a mailbag record for comments with 30.

HTH —

No harm, no foul. And we concur with the assessment . Plus LeBron takes some heat about The Decision, and he should have.

But how many titles does MJ win if Seattle doesn't give the Bulls Pippen for Olden Polynice?

962 —

Soccer? Soccer? We're not even mad at her. (Wait for it.... BINGO.)

No doubt about your wrestling dissertation.

Want another one: When we were spending a lot of time at the local watering hole and kicking back a few Co-Colas and occasionally getting into a disagreement here or there, our biggest fear was to run into the 135 Mexican Gold Gloves champ.

First, said little champ (we'll call him Speedy) would hit you 23 times in the ribs before you put your beer down. Second, you would never hear the end of it from your boys.

Not good times. It's not as bad a lose-lose as an actual wrestling match against a girl (lose that and you're cooked, win and you're the guy that beat a girl) but it's definitely not good times.

Laughter —

Question: Any athletic program in the country having a better 6 weeks than the Rebs? Best football recruiting class in the country, SEC hoops title, NCAA tourney win, baseball in the top 10. Roll on Rebel Black Bears, roll on.

March 22, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Perhaps it's my own provincialism or chauvinism (button it, 5) in the classic sense of the word, but I still think the Big East and the Big Integer are overrated this year. Not a lot, but still overrated.

The SEC can't do much complaining, even though Ole Miss did upend Sconsin. When Big Urnge and Big Blue put up debacles like that in the NIT, yeah, you got treated justly by the committee.

Since you brought up Struggla, 5, how long should the Braves wait just in case he gets off to (another) slow start? Without Chipper in the middle of the lineup, with McCann likely not to play for the first month of the season and if the Uptons match homers and steals with whiffs, would that make the cold front coming from Uggla's bat that much more pronounced?

March 22, 2013 at 3:46 p.m.
Stewwie said...

I had picked Gonzaga and Davidson in the contest...not that it matters now. Stupid Davidson. And while we're at it...stupid Southern!

Sir Chuck is wrong about McKillop. A timeout would not have helped in that situation. Give Marquette credit for hitting those late buckets and not giving up.

[...and the NBA is better today than the mid-90s NBA Jordan dominated.]

Absolutely correct. It's a better game overall now and it's more about the teams instead of just the stars. And there are some good teams to watch and cheer for. Other than Jordan and the Bulls, did anybody really care about anybody else in the NBA in the 90s? I watched a lot of Bulls games (thanks, WGN) and was tuned in for the Finals those 6 times. But I don't think I watched a single minute of the '94 and '95 non-Bulls Finals.

Jerry West says the Heat could "very easily" break the 33-game streak the Lakers made in '72. The schedule looks favorable except for a date with the Spurs on 3/31. I think the Spurs will end the streak (unless Coach Pop sits his starters again...haha).

I have to respectfully disagree with your NBA redraft because I think the centers are more valuable than you gave them credit for. Here would be my top 10:

Jabbar, Shaq, Jordan, Wilt, LeBron, Duncan, Kobe, Durant, Malone, Magic. Yes, I said Durant at #8. Dude will end up as one of the all-time greats.

March 22, 2013 at 3:51 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Spy —

We can see that assessment; and after going 15-for-16 on the first round of the brackets, Wisconsin taking a header hurt our sheet.

We'll do more Braves stuff next week, but this is surely a hit or get off the pot six week stretch from Struggla.

Stewwie —

We can see your rankings and have no beef. Good stuff there. And we would have no problem with Durant — we concur he'll be an all-timer.

March 22, 2013 at 4:07 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Hit or get off the pot. Nice touch, 5. That made me giggle.

March 22, 2013 at 4:40 p.m.
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