Disagree on Rose, but you knew that.
We've come around to the "Best of their generation..." view of Hall of Famers, and the best of the steroid generation fit that description, like the best of the dead ball era or the best of the segregated era.
So it goes.
And hey, this first-year coach Foster at UTC may be the real thing, huh?
Rushmore of Chucks?
Chuck Norris. Chuckie from Child's Play. Chuck Connors. Chuck Taylor.
From friend of the show StuckinKent —
So much to get to.
--The Vols are not locked and loaded in. They probably need one or two wins in the SEC Tournament to lock it in. I have them as the first of the last four in right now (meaning they are ahead of three teams currently in the dance). That's precarious. Remember you said worse than 12-6 in the SEC and they wouldn't be in. Seems like a long time ago. There is always more room on the bubble than you think there will be in January. That's what I've learned.
--The Mocs matched up with the team that was their second worst match-up in the whole SoCon (behind Davidson) when they played Georgia Southern. It's unfortunate. With Western's win over Davidson, I think the Mocs would have gone to the NCAA Tournament if they could have pulled out the game against Georgia Southern. I think Wofford and Chattanooga are the two SoCon favorites next year.
--I've got 29 teams on the bubble for 14 spots. If Gonzaga and BYU win tonight, they'll both go off the bubble and into the tournament. One would get the automatic bid, so that means 27 teams for 13 spots. Of course, I'm doing the completely idiotic thing of leaving Green Bay and Stephen F. Austin on my bubble. Because I want to. For now. And I haven't clinched Nebraska yet, though by the next time they play, I might.
--Arkansas obviously has to win on Thursday. Who would need to win Friday more- Tennessee or Arkansas? I'm not sure. They are both right on the cut line. I had Arkansas as the last team in as of yesterday afternoon. Like I said, I have Tennessee up a few spots from that.
--I'll spend some quality time this week working on the bubble and figuring out the bracket. Good times.
--I'll play your bracket game, but I must warn you. I did a SoCon bracket, and I have gotten exactly one game right so far. So I am clearly the player to beat. Clearly.
There definitely are hiccups in the regular-season winner vs. tourney winner idea, but something needs to be tweaked. Playing three months of technically scrimmages for three days in the first week of March is fractured.
Not sure about demand or not but we have been told that since it was built before Arena football and after the Flames had burnt out in the ATL the cleared out bottom in McKenzie does not configure for either Arena or hockey dimensions. We could be mistaken there but that's what we have heard.
Fair point. OK, UTC keeps McKenzie and the builds a state of the art facility for those things then. If the Mocs want to play there, great. If not, fine. We were asked to be Chattanooga Sports King not UTC Sports King.
And if Green Bay had not been grandfathered in, they would not have a sniff of an NFL team either.
Well, as for Frank Martin, he may have thought his player was an horticultural transportation major and said he's a "Trucking Grass Knoll."
Or maybe they were discussing fishing and Martin wanted to share a "Bucking Bass Bowl" he knows about on Lake Martin.
He could have been covering some recent TVA issues and wanted to talk about a "Fracking Gas Hole."
Who really knows?
Another day, another solid round of banter around these parts. From the top:
Uch did a nice job with the story and we were pleased with how the artistic folks made it come together. Good times.
Winning games in college hoops is a small part of the equation. You have to Dance.
You think Saban called Slive up to T-Town and hit him with the Michael Corleone speech:
"Mike, you're my older commissioner and I love you but don't ever take sides with anyone against the family again."
FE to the C —
We both know Jordan still thinks he could average 20 a game. Heck he likely could.
Don't know how old he was, but he got his tailed whipped.
Wilt was a freak. And a really good basketball player. There you go.
Royster as Alice, maybe? Thoughts?
You're correct, the TV contracts would never allow the conference tournaments to be stripped of meaning.
Look at you folks, spread the love and the cheer. Not quite to Wilt's standards, but still.
Our Rushmore — Pistol, Alcinder, Manning and (cover you eyes 9) Laettner.
Love the feedback and the back and forth.
Great idea on LBJ Day. But in a way, isn't every day LBJ? Kumbaya.
Yes, that seems like a fair Saban = NFL breakdown. Also, we need to make sure baseball pitchers are throwing under-handed and there are slew of hockey issues that need to be address. Remember, it's about the children.
Here's our Pistol story. Our dentist back in Smyrna played at Georgia when Pistol was at LSU.
So the Tigers come to Athens, and Pistol is being Pistol. Clock's running out before the half and he lofts a half-court hook shot that swishes through. As he's leaving the court, a couple of students are giving him the business about "You're lucky this," and "You're full of that."
So.... first possession the second half, Pistol lofts a half-court hook that naturally swishes, and looks at the student section and says, "Any questions?"
MJ before MJ indeed.
And a big-money mustache.
From Stuck —
For Lunardi (and I won't be able to listen but would love to hear his reponse):
What would it take for a team like Stephen F. Austin to earn an at-large? They only have two losses for the whole year, both out of conference. They lost at Texas by ten and by eight at ETSU. The schedule is terrible other than that, but they've won every game. The best win may be James Madison. If Stephen F. Austin had lost to Texas only and got to their championship game and lost, would a 31-2 mark have been enough to get into the tournament? Would 30-3 this year, since they did lose to ETSU and would lose in the Southland Championship Game? I find their case interesting, because they have obviously been very good and wound up 27-4 last year and heading to the NIT because of an upset loss to Northwestern State. They played two non-D1s this year. Really doubt they get an at-large (RPI of 68 at the moment), but would love to hear what it would take for SFA (or their ilk) to get an at-large.
Was going for for the movie hook. Yes, they are uniforms.
We're talking about PRACT-ice. Not a game. Practice.
And the ChiSox shorts is definitely a Rushmore bad uni. So were those old tri-green Milwauke Bucks. Ouch-Standing.
We'd be inclined to let them both walk as well because as you said each of those teams are built with defense and balance. It will be really interesting if either of those teams look at QBs in the draft in May.
We'd keep Cam over Colin, but we may be a touch biased in that regard. Plus, Cam is a face of a franchise; Humpty? Not so much.
LBJ's 61 is a statement for any and everyone. MJ maybe. KD definitely. Carmelo too — hey nice 62 and 0 assists.
We said back then that Syracuse looked the best and barring injury we're sticking with them. We mean to stick with sticking with them.
Does that make us stubbornly smart or smartly stubborn? We'll let you know in early April.
Love the RPI or eye test question. We'll use that.
From friend of the show StuckinKent
That's where you were wrong about Syracuse. They were never far and away the best team. They have lost three games- only one of them being a bad loss. When you looked at the upcoming schedule, many people thought they'd lose at Pittsburgh, at Duke and at Virginia. I thought for sure they would lose at Duke and at Virginia. They threw a bad loss to Boston College in there, but really have done about what was expected. In fact, they kept the game at Duke much closer than I expected. That's countered by the fact that they got blown out at Virginia by more than expected. Syracuse is who I thought they were, and we let them off the hook, wait- no- I mean, and that's a one or two seed who can get to the Final Four and maybe win the title. This year has a bunch of really good teams and that's going to make the tournament from the Sweet Sixteen on some kind of unpredictable. The first few rounds may be chalk, but the later rounds are going to be brawls.
You know the Academy looks down upon sequels.