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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wicked Sweet, Guy...


So, friends. How's your bracket looking? Not that I really care, mind you. I'm just taking this opportunity to boast that, were you smart enough to have taken my advice, and read between the lines correctly. Then you're probably sitting in pretty good shape, right now. Which, with about 7 fiddy and a stylish scarf will get you the large coffee necessary to fit in at your local Starbucks...

No, but I've had a nice run so far. With UCLA moving on, Northern Iowa falling short, and the Big XII looking more or less the big mess it was all year. I'd say I'm bordering on prophetic. You know, if not for the fact that my logic behind all of those picks was less logic and more my modest attempts at tournament game theory. But this blind squirrel loves nuts (no homo), and I'm not about to bite the hand of the gift Ted that happened to have dropped said delicious nuts within my finely manicured reach. Which is really just my way of saying that I was prepared, but I got lucky. I don't really get manicures. At least not that you know about...

But you do know that you wanna take a quick gander at my preview of the action yet to come. So let's get to that. Because it should be a great 4 days. Country's best teams mixin' it up and whatnot. And you want to be prepared. You know, so your drunken ramblings that nobody is going to accurately remember will actually make sense...

Enjoy...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 NCAA Tournament Guide: Headed For a Coin Flip...



It's here, my friends. It's finally here! Well, it's almost here. I mean, it can't officially be here until you've thoroughly prepared yourself with the provided pump up music (skip ahead to :44 if you don't want to see John Dennis), and perused my webspace for some last minute tidbits. And that's what I've got for ya. Some tidbits to help you win a tourney pool. No magic bullets, mind you. But some solid advice on where and when you should take your chances...

Because, let's be honest. You're probably taking Kentucky, and you're probably hedging with Arizona. Which are both smart moves. In fact, that would be my recommended strategy, more or less (And the more tournaments you can enter within your bankroll, the better). It's just that it's gonna be a popular train of thought. Which is why you'll need to win a few coin flips along the way in order to bring those beautiful bracket bucks into your virtual billfold. Taking Wisconsin, Duke, Notre Dame or anyone else? Well, that's easy. Fill out more or less whatever you want until you have those teams in the finals, and you'll make money if you're right. Easy game...

But I'm here to help my fellow the coin flippers, who have confidence that the chalk will hold. Well, at least for the most part. So let's head to the tales, my damies (I think that works). And check out some of these 50/50 type situations that you'll have to donk your way through in order to emerge victorious from the year's ultimate showdown...

Good luck...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

College Hoops Top 25 (3/13)


OK, friends. It's nearly tournament time. But before we get to my final Top 25, I've got a few issues to address. Namely, my quick thoughts on both the Patriots NOT re-signing Darrelle Revis, and my Syracuse Orange being hit with the NCAA ban-hammer. So here they are...

First, we've got Revis. And to me, it appears he was going to New York unless someone blew him away with an extravagant offer. And the Patriots just aren't in the business of blowing people away. At least not off of the field. Now, do I wish that the Pats had gone to the mattresses for the league's best cover corner? I do. He's unique, he's a game changer. Hell, he's the best at what he does! But I also can't argue with their using of similarly unpopular tactics to build their current dynasty. Call in blind, ignorant faith in Belichick if you must. But I call it well informed, and well documented faith. And as unpopular as it may be, I truly believe whatever steps are taken next will result in the Patriots being in their usual position come playoff time...


As for my Orange, well. This is just a case of getting mud on you while you're playing a dirty game, and not cleaning up well enough so that your mother doesn't catch you. The mother, in this case, being the NCAA. More of a whore than a mother, really. But the two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. So there's that...

But I'm not ashamed, and I'm not surprised. It's part of the game, cheating in every conceivable way possible. You're just not supposed to get caught. OR, more importantly. You're not supposed to be so blatant with your cheating that the NCAA is forced to to investigate and make an example of you. And my boys got very, very sloppy. So now they'll serve as the latest sacrificial lamb, proving once and for all to the public that the WELFARE OF THE STUDENT ATHLETES COMES FIRST, GOD DAMMIT! And you know what? They're just as guilty as anyone else, so why the Hell not...

It certainly sucks, having to fork over all of those scholarships. But that's merely the price of doing business at that level. A speeding ticket, if you will. So Syracuse will just buy themselves a radar detector, research the speed traps, and go about their merry way. At least that's what I hope they do. I mean, they didn't take our car, right? OK, maybe they grabbed a cylinder or two. But we still have the whip. Now, it's time to find more efficient ways to speed, and get back to the head of the pack...

As for any Boeheim predictions following this fallout, I have none. He probably won't wanna walk away amidst all of this, but I wouldn't have predicted he throw off his sports jacket in a fit of ref-rage, either. So who knows. I do hold him responsible, though. I mean, he can dance around the words "trusted" and "unaffiliated" all he wants. But he was supposed to be in control, and apparently he wasn't. It's as simple, and as unfortunate as that...

So, in that sense, I'd like him gone because he's lost control. But I also have to think that this will all serve as enough of a wakeup call for him to regain the reigns for the rest of his tenure. I also don't think anyone really has control, over there. I mean, Doc Gross has been a disaster for most of his tenure as AD, and I forget who the chancellor is now. But the fact that their presser addressing these sanctions focused more on the 1918 Black Sox scandal and witchhunt accusations than it did owning up to any transgressions was about as embarrassing as it gets. And it certainly wasn't a glowing endorsement for the school's world renowned public relations and communications programs OR a reassurance that the school understood that there were/are major issues that need to be addressed within it's basketball program. At least in terms of appropriately covering their tracks...

Meh, whatever. Just sucks when you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar. Which is why you have to be sure and grab as many cookies as you can while you're in there. Muaaahahaha.....

OK, now onto the teams that are actually playing this week and beyond. Yep, my final Top 25 of the season. Don't worry, I'll have a tourney primer ready for you on Wednesday. But this is my final look at the nation's best as Championship Week is unfolding before us. GranTed, a lot of perception shifting events will happen between now and Wednesday. But it's still good to get these things down on virtual paper. You know, so you can see just how well you would have done filling out your bracket if you had just LISTENED TO YOURSELF FROM TWO WEEKS AGO! DAMMIT, ROOCH!...

So, yeah. Grains of salt, and whatnot. Enjoy...

Friday, March 06, 2015

College Hoops Top 25 (3/6)


OK, friends. It's time for this year's penultimate College Hoops Top 25. The tourney is right around the corner, and it's almost time to play for all the Marbs. And I'm here to prepare you to keep your bracket from busting. But before we get to my latest take on the nation's best ballers, a few notes. First, the Patriots' release of Vince Wilfork:

This one's as easy to justify as it is hard to accept. Vince is old and expensive, and though he might still be very productive, that combination makes it advantageous for the Patriots to move on. He'll be greatly missed, both on and off the field. And I'm interested to see how they choose to replace his production. But this is the Patriots in a nutshell. It's all about business, and the best business move, is to release Vince Wilfork. At least that's how they appear to see it, and I'm in no position to question their well established expertise...

Now go give that money to Revis and McCourty. At least to Revis. Thanks...


As for Curt Schilling, and his tweets about his daughter, and his subsequent crusade against Twitter? Well, my views on that aren't nearly as rosy and accepting. Curt's a glory hog and a braggart. We all know this. Hell, it's how he got the nickname "Red Light". Because when the camera's on, he loves to chirp away. No matter how controversial the topic may be. So when he tweeted about his daughter's acceptance of a scholarship, is was far from a surprise. However, when he reacted to several sexuallty explicit tweets as if his daughter had been raped, and tried to take the role of some outraged father and Twitter vigilante, what could have been a productive situation, turned yet again into Curt simply clawing at the spotlight he'd been dragged from kicking and screaming so long ago...

To put my thoughts into better perspective, I'll reference a movie. As is my wont. And Cinema Verite, the HBO movie about America's first family of reality TV, the Loud's, is the film I which to invoke. See, at the end of the film, when the actual Louds are shown doing a post show press tour, matriarch Patricia Loud and TV host Dick Cavett have an interesting back and forth. Loud remarks that she and her family had no idea that the footage shot for their show would be manipulated the way it was, and that the family was totally unprepared for the way they were portrayed to the masses. To which Cavett responded, 'Anyone that works in TV would tell you that you're naive to think that the footage wouldn't be manipulated'. And that's where I'm at with Curt and his Twitter crusade...
Lance, Pat, and Bill Loud on the Dick Cavett Show.

Was it wrong for Teds to send veiled rape threats and derogatory declarations to Curt? Of course it was. But the fact that Curt didn't know any better before he sent that tweet out? The fact that he didn't expect at least some of that shit to happen? Yeah, sorry. I'm just not buying it. Not excusing the Teds, and not saying Curt and his daughter "deserved" any of this (She's a complete innocent. Not her fault that her dad is a huge publicity seeking Ted). But this is the price you often have to pay when, not only you're a celebrity in the public eye, but also if you're someone attempting to share a private moment in a public venue. And the ONLY reason I can think of for someone to want to share a private moment publicly, is if they want to show off. We all do it, I'm not saying I'm above all of this or that all messages like this are inherently selfish. But that's what Curt was doing. Bragging. And the fact that he's outraged that his bragging brought about some negative responses (ie essentially what bragging is supposed to do), just goes to point more towards his ignorance and/or desire to be the center of attention than it does any legitimate fatherly outrage or the massive failings of social media...

You know that's why a lot of people stay OFF of these networks, right Curt? Famous or not. Some people just don't want to expose themselves to the negativity that THEY ALL KNOW IS OUT THERE. Sucks that's the case, but it's true. Because social networks are made of people. And sometimes, people can be dicks. Now, you either need to choose to accept that, and act appropriately. Or get the hell off of my airwaves with your self serving propagandus...

So, yeah. Keep your private moments private, Teds. And you should be good. Unless you're looking to do a talk show tour, in which case tweet away. Oh, and you'll probably want to wish a happy Facebook birthday to someone that doesn't have Facebook, while you're at it. Because, ya know. We were all seriously doubting whether or not you love your grandmother, and were all anxiously awaiting confirmation...

But enough about Teds and their Tedd-ish tendencies, let's talk some hoops! OR at least I'll talk, and you can listen. Yeah, it'll be fun. Trust me...