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Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 Final Four: Some Things Could be Finer...

Final Four Picks

 (7) South Carolina Gamecocks (+7) vs (1) Gonzaga Bulldogs

(1) North Carolina Tar Heels (-5) vs (3) Oregon Ducks

So, we're almost done dancin'. And then it will be on to baseball and golf. But first, here are my picks for the Final Four. AKA my last chance at jinxing as many as 3 of the 4 teams still left in the field...

I'm really torn in that Gonzaga/South Carolina game, too. Which is why I'm blatantly hedging and taking the points (though I'll certainly want credit should they pull the upset). I mean, part of me wants to see the Zags finally do what it do. But I really do love me some Frank Martin (that's him up there, presumably when he was still at Kansas St.). And the fact that Frank promised Dan Patrick he'd wear a 'special suit' should his Cocks make the final game? Well, that's what we in the business call 'icing on the proverbial cake' (mmmmm. Proverbial caaaaakes) ...

So, yeah. Give me an all-Carolina Final (winner gets James Taylor & a case of Cheerwine), or let Mark Few and that 47-year-old former strongman he starts at center cut down the nets (who needs a ladder, am I right?). Otherwise...meh, otherwise I'll be moving on to baseball and golf. And putting the second consecutive letdown of an NCAA tournament in my rearview mirror...

Enjoy, my damies! And good luck!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 Sweet 16: Nothin' Bruin...


Freakin' Duke, am I right? Although if having half of my brackets busTed is the price I have to pay for that picture up there of Sad Grayson Allen. Then so be it...

As for the rest of the dance, I'm more than a little underwhelmed. UCLA is great. And watching that region shake out between them, Kentucky, and UNC should make for some good watchin' (don't sleep on Butler). But unless rock fights are your thing (see: Gonzaga, Arizona, West Virginia), then that's pretty much it. And while that's undoubTedly exciting for some, it's slightly more than a little disappointing for me. And I'd imagine I'm not alone in my thinking that this is at least the second straight year that the tournament has failed to meet it's admitTedly lofty bar...

Then again, I'm probably still just bitter because Syracuse didn't make the dance, and now it looks like their basketball program may or may not be falling apart. And besides. I was disinteresTed in last year's Final Four, too. And it turned into one of the best finishes Facebook has ever seen (several of my friends cited the presence of Jesus and/or God). So, there's always that...

But, yeah. Let's go Bruins! It's time to go 'Ball Deep!'. Which just sounds awful and painful and wrong. But could easily be just as fulfilling. I mean, hey. Who am I to judge? After all, I did pick Duke!...

Be good, Teds. And enjoy...


#BAGSMUNMAN

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet

OK, friends. Here ya go!

1-ROUND WONDER = a team that could pull 1 upset, but probably not 2

SLEEPER = a team with a good chance to significantly outplay their seed

WINNER = WINNER

MIDWEST

1-ROUND WONDER: (13) Vermont

SLEEPERS: (5) Iowa St.; (10) Oklahoma St.; (11) Rhode Island

WINNER: (2) Louisville

WEST

1-ROUND WONDER: (14) Florida Gulf Coast

SLEEPER: (7) St. Mary's

WINNER: (1) Gonzaga

EAST

1-ROUND WONDERS: (13) East Tennessee St.; (14) New Mexico St.

SLEEPER: (8) Wisconsin

WINNER: (2) Duke

SOUTH

1-ROUND WONDER: (12) Middle Tennessee St.

SLEEPER: (10) Wichita St.

WINNER: (3) UCLA...OR maybe (1) UNC

FINAL FOUR

(2) Duke OVER (1) Gonzaga

(3) UCLA OVER (2) Louisville

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(2) Duke OVER (3) UCLA


I really wanted to take UCLA. Their being a #3 seed and having a transcendent freshman has all the shades of Melo and Cuse in '03. Especially with Cuse having missed this year's cut (it's a sign!). But I just couldn't pull the trigger. I'll have brackets with them winning it all, don't get me wrong. But when push comes to shove, I'm begrudgingly (yet confidently) picking the Dukies to yet again cut down the nets...

And no refunds when UCLA coughs it up in round #1...

Good luck, my damies!


Friday, March 10, 2017

A Prelude to the Whatnot...


2017 NCAA Tournament Preview coming on Wednesday.

So we've got that goin' for us. Which is nice...

Friday, March 03, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (3/3)

College Hoops Top 16

1. UCLA (27-3) 9

2. Kansas (27-3) 2

3. Kentucky (25-5) 7

4. Gonzaga (29-1) 1

5. North Carolina (25-6) 3

6. Butler (23-6) 14

7. Villanova (27-3) 4

8. Oregon (26-4) 10

9. Florida (24-6) 5

10. Duke (23-7) 8

11. Wichita St. (27-4) NR

12. Louisville (23-7) 6

13. West Virginia (23-7) 11

14. Baylor (24-6) 15

15. Virginia (20-9) NR

16. SMU (26-4) NR

just missed: St. Mary's; Florida St.; Wisconsin; Purdue

dropped: (12) Purdue; (13) Arizona; (16) Cincinnati

What to Watch This Week

3/3
Iowa St. @ West Virginia

3/4
Notre Dame @ Louisville
Miami @ Florida St.
Kansas @ Oklahoma St.
Duke @ North Carolina

3/5
Cincinnati @ UCONN
Minnesota @ Wisconsin



Friday, February 24, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (2/24)

College Hoops Top 16

1. Gonzaga (29-0) 1

2. Kansas (25-3) 3

3. North Carolina (24-5) 11

4. Villanova (26-3) 2

5. Florida (23-5) 5

6. Louisville (22-6) 4

7. Kentucky (23-5) 7

8. Duke (22-6) 6

9. UCLA (25-3) 8

10. Oregon (25-4) NR

11. West Virginia (22-6) 9

12. Purdue (23-5) 13

13. Arizona (26-3) 15

14. Butler (22-6) NR

15. Baylor (23-5) 10 

16. Cincinnati (25-3) 14

just missed: SMU; Wichita St.; St. Mary's; Syracuse 

dropped: (12) Virginia; (16) SMU

What to Watch This Week

2/25
SMU @ UCONN
Florida @ Kentucky
Creighton @ Villanova
Purdue @ Michigan
Baylor @ Iowa St.
UCLA @ Arizona
BYU @ Gonzaga

2/26
Syracuse @ Louisville
Butler @ Xavier
Wisconsin @ Michigan St.
Cincinnati @ UCF

2/27
UNC @ Virginia
West Virginia @ Baylor

2/28
Florida St. @ Duke

3/1
Louisville @ Wake Forest

3/2
Houston @ Cincinnati

Friday, February 17, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (2/17)

College Hoops Top 16

1. Gonzaga (26-0) 1

2. Villanova (25-2) 2

3. Kansas (23-3) 3

4. Louisville (21-5) 5

5. Florida (21-5) 8

6. Duke (21-5) 11 

7. Kentucky (21-5) 10

8. UCLA (23-3) 9

9. West Virginia (20-6) 6

10. Baylor (22-4) 7

11. North Carolina (22-5) 12

12. Virginia (18-7) 4

13. Purdue (21-5) 16

14. Cincinnati (23-3) 14

15. Arizona (23-3) 15

16. SMU (23-4) NR

just missed: Oregon; Florida St.; Wisconsin; Wichita St.

dropped: (13) Wisconsin


What to Watch This Week

2/18
Villanova @ Seton Hall
Kansas @ Baylor
Virginia Tech @ Louisville
Michigan St. @ Purdue
SMU @ Houston
Virginia @ UNC
USC @ UCLA
St. Mary's @ BYU

2/19
Maryland @ Wisconisn

2/20
Miami @ Virginia
Texas @ West Virginia

2/21
South Carolina @ Florida

2/22
Duke @ Syracuse
Butler @ Villanova
Louisville @ UNC
Oregon @ California

2/23
Memphis @ Cincinnati
Wisconsin @ Ohio St.
USC @ Arizona


Friday, February 10, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (2/10)

College Hoops Top 16

1. Gonzaga (25-0) 1

2. Villanova (23-2) 3

3. Kansas (21-3) 2

4. Virginia (18-5) 7

5. Louisville (19-5) 4

6. West Virginia (19-6) 8

7. Baylor (21-3) 6

8. Florida (19-5) NR

9. UCLA (22-3) 13

10. Kentucky (19-5) 5

11. Duke (19-5) 14

12. North Carolina (21-5) 9

13. Wisconsin (21-3) 10

14. Cincinnati (22-2) 12

15. Arizona (22-3) 11

16. Purdue (20-5) NR

just missed: Oregon; Florida St.; St. Mary's; Syracuse

dropped: (15) Oregon; (16) Maryland

What To Watch This Week

2/11
Kansas St. @ West Virginia
Miami @ Louisville
Vilanova @ Xavier
Florida St. @ Notre Dame
Gonzaga @ St. Mary's
California @ Arizona
Oregon @ USC

2/12
Cincinnati @ SMU
Northwestern @ Wisconsin

2/13
Louisville @ Syracuse
West Virginia @ Kansas

2/14
Florida @ Auburn
Tennessee @ Kentucky

2/15
Arkansas @ South Carolina
Duke @ Virginia

2/16
Wisconsin @ Michigan
Utah @ Oregon


Friday, February 03, 2017

Super Bowl LI Picks

Super Bowl Picks

New England Patriots (-3) vs Atlanta Falcons + UNDER 58.5

Official Prediction: 
New England Patriots 27 
Atlanta Falcons 22

Conference Championships: 1-1-0

2016-2017: 134-107-10 (.554)

Props
(odds courtesy of OddsShark)

MVP: LeGarrette Blount (+2000); Julian Edelman (+1200)

Will there be a defensive OR special teams TD?: YES (+160)

If Patriots win, will Brady OR Belichick be caught on TV shaking hands with Roger Goodell?: YES (-150)

How many times will President Trump be mentioned during broadcast?: OVER 1.5 (-120)

Will any player kneel during the national anthem?: NO (-400)

Will the word 'lacrosse' be said during the broadcast?: YES (-250)

Gronk mentions: UNDER 3 (-120)

'Deflate' or 'Deflategate' mentions: OVER 1.5 (-120)

More points on Sunday?: Patriots or Russell Westbrook?: Westbrook (EVEN)

Will someone say 'Houston, we have a problem'?: NO (-400)


College Hoops Top 16

1. Gonzaga (23-0) 2

2. Kansas (20-2) 9

3. Villanova (21-2) 3

4. Louisville (18-4) 4

5. Kentucky (18-4) 1

6. Baylor (20-2) 7

7. Virginia (20-4) 8

8. West Virginia (18-4) 5

9. North Carolina (17-4) 6

10. Wisconsin (19-3) 11

11. Arizona (21-2) 13

12. Cincinnati (20-2) 14

13. UCLA (19-3) NR

14. Duke (17-5) 15

15. Oregon (21-3) 10

16. Maryland (20-2) NR

just missed: Florida; St. Mary's; Purdue; Wichita St.

dropped: (12) Purdue; (16) Butler

What to Watch This Week

2/4
Virginia @ Syracuse
Purdue @ Maryland
Arizona @ Oregon
Notre Dame @ North Carolina
Kentucky @ Florida

2/5
Indiana @ Wisconsin

2/6
Louisville @ Virginia

2/7
Alabama @ South Carolina
Butler @ Marquette

2/8
Baylor @ Oklahoma St.
West Virginia @ Oklahoma

2/9
North Carolina @ Duke
Oregon @ UCLA


Friday, January 27, 2017

College Hoops Top 16 (1/27)


So, it's the week before the Super Bowl. And in an attempt to remove myself from the ouroboros that is my anxiety about the Patriots' upcoming performance  (IE "there's no way Atlanta can hang"...five minutes later..."but what if they score first?...or create an early turnover?!"), I've decided to post my first college basketball rankings of the new year...

And in keeping up with the Teds, I've shortened my rankings from 25 to 16. Mostly because it goes well with my laziness. But mostly because the top 16 will essentially become the new top 25, if for no other reason than the anticipation of its now annual reveal. Little bit of ouroboros going on there, too. But that's a different discussion for a different day...and for Twitter...

So, absorb and enjoy. And I'll catch you all back here next week for all of the Super Bowl whatnot. And maybe even another obscure reference to an ancient and/or mythical snake. Although I'm pretty sure, barring an energized Google search, ouroboros is all I've got. I am quite the avid Internetsman, though. And I do like going down rabbit holes (it's how I found out that Jeff Lynne produced some tracks for Regina Spektor!). So I guess you Teds will just have to wait and see...

But, for now. Here's this...


College Hoops Top 16

1. Kentucky (17-3)

2. Gonzaga (21-0)

3. Villanova (19-2)

4. Louisville (17-4)

5. West Virginia (16-4)

6. North Carolina (19-3)

7. Baylor (19-1)

8. Virginia (16-3)

9. Kansas (19-2)

10. Oregon (19-2)

11. Wisconsin (17-3)

12. Purdue (17-4)

13. Arizona (19-2)

14. Cincinnati (18-2)

15. Duke (15-5)

16. Butler (18-3)


just missed: Florida St.; UCLA; Florida; St. Mary's

What to Watch This Week

1/28
Florida St. @ Syracuse
Baylor @ Mississippi
Kansas @ Kentucky

1/29
Virginia @ Villanova

1/30
Duke @ Notre Dame

1/31
Creighton @ Butler
West Virginia @ Iowa St.

2/1
Baylor @ Kansas
Cincinnati @ Tulsa

2/2
Gonzaga @ BYU


Friday, January 20, 2017

Conference Championship Picks

Conference Championship Picks

Green Bay Packers (+6) @ Atlanta Falcons

New England Patriots (-6) vs Pittsburgh Steelers


Last Week: 2-2-0

Overall: 133-106-10 (.554)



Friday, January 13, 2017

Divisional Picks


Divisional Picks

New England Patriots (-15) vs Houston Texans

Seattle Seahawks (+5) @ Atlanta Falcons

Kansas City Chiefs (-1.5) vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Green Bay Packers (+4.5) @ Dallas Cowboys


Last Week: 1-3-0

Overall: 131-104-10 (.555)


Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers. One of the better
orange uniform-wearing schools in the ACC.
NCAA Top 25 Picks

2016: 71-58-2 (.550)

ALL TIME: 818-582-32 (.582)


Friday, January 06, 2017

Wild Card Picks


National Championship

(1) Alabama (-6.5) vs (2) Clemson


Last Week: 2-0-0

2016 Picks: 71-57-2 (.554)

ALL TIME: 818-581-32  (.583)


Wild Card Picks

Oakland Raiders (+3.5) @ Houston Texans

Seattle Seahawks (-8) vs Detroit Lions

Miami Dolphins (+12.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers

New York Giants (+5.5) @ Green Bay Packers


Last Week: 7-9-0

Overall: 130-101-10 (.560)