Followed the highlight clips over the weekend in regards to the SoCon tourney. I personally imagined XY Mocs at least making it into the finals by the skin of their teeth, but this was a team that was 100% Shulman and like with Coach H on the pigskin, is going to take a good 2-3 recruiting classes before we start see a more Mac McCarthy type squad. On the flip side of the gender coin, the XX Mocs might as well walk to the Big Dance doing the "Keep On Truck'n" strut. Foster had a good squad going in and can build on that. However, I do have to give humor props to the UTC Athletic Department for the candid shot (on their Facebook page) of Jim and the girls in their sweatpants doing a hotel hallway walkthrough. Red Payne holding a Pom-Pom. XD (Did she bring her Rainbow Dash pony for good luck?) :P
On a sidenote, the "package" should arrive by Wednesday, Jay. Also, next week: Mocs Spring Practice.
May I remind you that Green Bay is smaller then Chattanooga? I'm just saying.
I'm hard-pressed to see McKenzie go. If it was as old as Chamberlin Field was that's a different story. I like the idea but it would need to be built just "slightly" off-campus onto city property. That way, if Chattanooga hosts a minor league NBA franchise or arena football team, they can serve beer-mixed drinks and not run afoul of the "state property = no beer/booze" law.
I agree the conference tournments need an overhaul. There's too much power over the one-bid conferences making the regular season completely useless.
So far I've remained dormant simply because there really isn't anything of interest. I'm sitting on the Mocs until tournament time, Could care less about the campaign to bring Brucey back to Big Orange Country, and so on.
RIP Tim Wilson, did a brief self-orbit on my FaceBook page. Own three CDs, got to watch him live twice , sad he never made it to the national level of Foxworthy, Engvil, and White. ):
Big weekend plans: Seeing Miyazaki's final film (it's a big deal to me).
Big D weather was paradise yesterday. Seventies for both Saturday and Sunday. Nothing of major. Got to go running, some B-B-Q-ing but nothing sexy. Did take a nice drive out to Richardson for some Cabo beer-battered fish tacos at Taco Ocho. It's a big deal because the drive from Irving to Richardson from 635 is longer then Middle Valley to Gunbarrel.
But they're THAT good!
XY Mocs in February is more realistic. Simply because they still have the long stretch to master. While XX Mocs have the conference title on paper, they still hav to win the tournament in order to get the at-large bid. And even after the brackets are decided, will this be the actual year they break into the Sweet 16?
(thumbs up on Russ's extention). Would love for an auto transcript available of the interview but my guess is that's more work then the engineer is willing to do.
Other then that, this whole week has been vanilla as hell.
"Some of the biggest names on the block this week: Dallas defensive end Demarcus Ware"
I rarely pick up a DMN nowadays but if they start reporting some "inside local stuff", I'll be sure to clip and mail them. Right now the Mavs are taking up the most ink although with spring training (game-wise) beginning March 3rd, it won't be long until the all of North Texas will be getting the rust off of our claws and antlers (YUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!)
Regarding the Olympics, I would say this is probably the most I've watched since the Calgery games in 6th grade. I would imagine 6-7 hours combined (mostly sking and speed skating events; did come across US/Canada women's Curling via channel surfing but only watched 5-6 minutes of it).
My favorite team is in the news, but mainly in regards to the schedule for this year (which I'm sure we'll cover on Friday).
Well since MT has yet to post this morning I figured I'll go ahead and get the ball rolling on this: How 'bout that Mocs strength of schedule? O_O I recommend a steady diet of red meat, lifting no less then 500 lbs, and pushing pecan trees down (deep roots).
However, this quote is the one I am the most interested in:
"The excitement that I've already heard throughout the city about our game at UT is just unreal," Mocs coach Russ Huesman said. "There is a much greater interest and excitement in that game than any of our previous games against FBS teams like Alabama."
True that. However, here are some things I would like to address. In fact, we might want to save this for the mailbag on Friday. ;)
What would be the over-under for how much of the entire population of Chattanooga (approx. 500,000) will be wanting tickets and if so how many will actually be wearing blue and gold and rooting for the Mocs? The other question being how much of an effect will this schedule will have on the opportunity to move into the post season?
While I can't listen at work, I hope you have Russ on the show sometime this week regarding this. We got the players, that's no longer the issue. My issue is trying to keep them both healthy (I'm looking at you Keon and Jacob) AND hungry.
While I have no personal bias against Dianca, I just wish she would focus just a little more on her racing as suppose to doing T-n-A spots for GoDaddy.com.
Concur with the congressional baloney regarding the NFL. But unfortunately, there are two bigger problems: One, congressman or senator "X" is not going to tackle "real" issues so long as there is outside influence (PAC groups) as well as direct industrial and private lobbyiests. Two, we are a nation of FUDGING Idiots! We won't vote using simple logic, we vote based on our own "shallow" ideals then what is best for the country. I don't care if my representitive has gone to the same Baptist Church for 30 years or practices Shintoism, or is bi-sexual or happily married, loves cosplaying or NASCAR, etc. etc. Just do two things: Don't shove you personal beliefs in my face, and two, use both common sense and deductive reasoning when lobbying for a bill.
However, the millisecond a congressmen or senator tries to do something radical for the good of the country, some foam-in-the-mouth Tea Partier with some fringe PAC group backing him up is going to go into extreme Red Scare mode with scary stuff like "OBAMACARE" and "DETROIT" and "ELECT A DEMOCRAT AND KRATOS WILL KILL YOUR BABIES!" (Okay, that last part was a bit much you get the idea).
And the sad truth is WE ALL FALL FOR IT EVERY SINGLE TIME! How do you think Ted Cruz got in the Senate. Trust me, I watched the local spots here. There was nothing in there regarding common sense and deduction. u_u
Sorry everyone for the "Clay's Coloring Book" rant. But the Mocs are playing cupcakes and Ranger season is not for two months. Thanks for reading.
In regards to Michael Sam, him coming out is a moot point to be honest. He could have stayed silent his entire career and still no one would care. Unless he did something scandelous like "Sam Does Dallas" and showcases it at the you-know-what convention the media LOVES to clammer over every January in Las Vegas,(that's as clean as I'm putting it), again, a moot point.
Regrding the throwback game concept, I liked it with one exception: the girls were wearing modern uniforms. So I pulled up a random picture off the Internet of women's basketball uniforms from the 1940s (aka the sailor shirts and baggy shorts tied below the knees). Now THAT I would be a throwback game!
And yes, I wrote to the Athletic Department via Facebook and showed them the pic. Have yet to receive a response. I wonder why.
The "other", and more do-able concept, is to have both teams decked out in modern uniforms but with a "vomit-inducing" color sceme (I'm looking at YOU Pittsburg "Bumblebees").
I actually did watch some of the Olympics this weekend thank you very much (mostly the sking and X-games type events; fudge figure skating).
Jay, thanks for the response and the breakdown. You are definitely spot-on regarding the "regional powerhouse" concept. When I was skimming the list of new Bison recruits, one thing that caught my eye was how many of them had the following sentence: "Father played for ND State".
I always said these cats could give Alabama a run for their money in deep rooted fandom, and I still believe it.
For now, I'm in no rush for football to start back up. Two words: Rangers Ballpark YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I am looking forward to seeing the schedule for this year.