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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wicked Sweet, Guy...


Well, friends. The first weekend of the tournament has come and gone. And you know what I learned? That if I fashion more of my "posts" in "list" form, then more of you will continue to enjoy them. I also learned that a lot of people picked Wisconsin because of their middle of the pack defense...or something like that...

But, I'll get to that, recap the incredibly entertaining weekend that was, and likely attempt to throw in all sorts of other tidbits, but settle for snark and a few condescending quips. I'll do it in list form, though. Because, ya know. Apparently that's the jump off. Oh, and I'm going to pick each Sweet 16 game against the spread, too. Because why the Hell not? And, yes. Those picks will also be in list form. So no cause for concern on that front..

Enjoy...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Headed For a Showdown...


Weeeeeee!

That means it's time for the NCAA Tournament. And, no. I'm not channeling that pig from TV. I was saying that long before he was. In fact, I have a theory that they inceptioned me and took that slogan. But there's no time for that. It's time to get ready to fill out your brackets. And we'll start, by watching this video. OR, more importantly, listening to this song. You know, to get us in the mood. OK, I'll give you a minute...


OK, great. Now that my official ALL TIME NCAA TOURNAMENT THEME SONG (not trying to replace the iconic jingle, just seeking to supplement) has gotten us pumped up and primed for action, let's get to some logistics. And I'm going to give them to you a little differently than in year's past. This year, instead of breaking down each region, I'm just going to provide you with a few valuable tips and pointers to help guide you through the rigorous selection process. An "Elite 8", if you will. That way I don't "give away the store", as they say (or at least used to), and I help you come to your own conclusions. You know, so that when you win, you won't have to give anyone any props. Because we all know you'd otherwise be "good like that"...

But enough pleasantries. You came here to pick my brain, and/or mock my arrogance and/or naivete. So I'll leave you to it. Enjoy...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

College Hoops Top 25 (3/10)


So, True Detective limped to the barn. Which is to say, it violated rule #1. A rule I like to call the "the sky is green rule". A rule that I apply to shows and movies, where the creator is allowed to create whichever universe they'd like, as long they stick to their own rules. For instance: IF at the beginning of the movie you tell me that the sky is green, the amazing solution or ending to your film can't be that the sky was actually blue. That the whole world was some sort of dream or Matrix type situation and everything you were shown was either a fabrication of someone's memory or a straight up lie. And, without giving spoilers, that's exactly what True Detective did with their intellectually unsatisfying and inconsistent ending...

And I'm not some fan boy who had overdosed on theories and was convinced that Cohle's head was going to pop open and Satan himself was going to fly out. But if you want to spend a few months telling me that things are happening for reason "A", then your ending better involve a whole lot of that reason "A", and not a whole lot else. Because if it's not, then you basically admit that you've been merely jerking me along for 2 months. And that's not cool under any definition. I mean, movie blue balls? That's like the worst, right there. You know, except for the actual real blue balls. Which, to describe the pain to a woman, probably feels a whole lot like when your female friend doesn't respond to your texts...when you CAN TELL THAT SHE'S ALREADY READ THEM!!!

So, yeah. Endings to things can be disappointing, and this was one of those times. It doesn't mean the overall experience wasn't a pleasant one, because I still contend that it was. But ultimately, looking at the work as a whole, you won't ever be able to recapture the excitement and the intrigue that made the ride so enjoyable. Which makes it a lot like the NCAA Tournament. You know, like if 1 #16 finally beat a #1 but then all of the Final Four games were unwatchable blowouts...

And that, was a segue. Not even a forced one, either. OR maybe it was just a transition? Meh, either way it was better than saying "moving from blue balls to orange...". At least I think it was. Well, whatever. Here we are, the final Rooch Nation College Hoops Top 25 of the year. Next up, will be the bracket preview on Wednesday, after I've returned from the ACC Tournament in Greensboro and likely/inexplicably changed my opinion on virtually half the teams in the field. So, there's that. And there's this! So, enjoy. And I'll catch you Teds again on Wednesday...

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

College Hoops Top 25 (3/4)


Well, my friends. March is finally upon us. And while it comes as no surprise to anyone, the college basketball action has hit it's standard fevered pitch. In 2 weeks, we'll be knee deep in brackets. And 3 weeks later, we'll have nothing left but memories, pool dues, and a eye towards starting the whole thing up again at the end of the Summer. But that's the future. And there's no need for us to be in a rush to get there. You know, unless you're going there in a flying Delorean and coming back with a copy of a certain sports almanac. Which we're not. So, let's savor the flavor, and take one of this season's last looks at what's shaping up to be a very even group of contenders...

Oh, and I was gonna throw in some historic Oscar snub type stuff. You know, with the Oscars just having happened, and whatnot. But I came to the realization that those awards aren't indicative enough of what I would deem a "good movie" to begin with. So it wouldn't really be worth anyone's time. Though I did come up with the idea of treating the Academy Awards like a sports Hall of Fame, and waiting 5 or so years before voting on that year's class. But I know that would be impossible, seeing as the whole reason for the freaking awards are to plug that year's slate of films. But, whatever. I'm pretty sure the results would be more meaningful and representative of that year's crop. But it's a pipe dream. So, whatever...

Meh, it is what it is. Which is why we watch basketball, instead. And sometimes even read some Ted's opinions on the topic. Enjoy...