Daily Blog 2.0
Saturday Coffee With The Hoov--February 28, 2015
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: #NASCAR #kurtbusch #racingsuspensions #hoovblog #indycar #formulaone #NHRA

Calling Kurt Busch--Your Fifteen Minutes Are Up

My background in racing is pretty well documented. I held an SCCA national competition license back inthe late 90's and did some Skip Barber and class racing--though I was no great shakes by a long shot.  Because of my engineer Dad, I was also a hard core fan since as far back as I can remember.  I met Mel Kenyon and AJ Foyt when I was five and Bruce McClaren when I was eight.  I was a huge Can-Am and Formula One fan before the age of ten. As a kid my bedroom walls were plastered with magazine pictures and my shelves were filled with models of all of the great drag racers and cars of the time:  the Blue Maxx, Mickey Thompson's Mach 1, The Ramchargers, and Larry Reyes in The Hawaiian.  My first Schumacher was Don, not Michael.  And although my first love was open wheel racing, back when it was “real racin’” I was a huge NASCAR and King Richard fan.


My bigger claim to fame was serving as the fueler on Robby McGehee’s Energizer Motorsports team during the 1999 Indycar season (that's me below, with the big yellow hose, during a live stop in the Indianapolis 500).  Robby was the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year for 1999, but our team is probably more notable for being the reason pit crews wear helmets today.  Our crew chief, Steve Fried was nearly killed in an early race pit accident in the ’99 500 because two cars collided and came into our pit box, knocking Steve down from his right front tire position and splitting his head open in the process.  Steve was actually dead by medical standards; but because it was race day in Indy they kept working on him far beyond the normal timing—and medical standards and practices were subsequently rewritten and protocols questioned because of Steve’s survival. (He actually chiefed a car in the 500 a year or two later)   The next weekend virtually every pit crew in every form of racing was wearing protective headgear on pit lane.

When it comes to NASCAR, today I’m decidedly a non-fan.  In point of fact I refer to it as “WWF on Wheels”—it’s far past the “run what you brung” phase and has become manufactured handicap racing.  I don’t like that.  But credit where it’s due, they’ve been marketing champs while open wheel racing was squabbling amongst themselves, and in addition to that they’ve produced the only true brand of racing Americans really love: high speed ovals.


So all of that said, it’s odd that I find myself weighing in on the Kurt Busch debacle and his suspension because of the alleged “domestic violence” incident with his (by all counts crazy) girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. I don’t like NASCAR, I don’t like him; why would I care?  And the answer is, as with many things that wind me up, it’s the principles at stake and the misconception of many to what is really happening.


First off, I won’t go into the incident—you can google that elsewhere—except to say that a Kent County, Delaware Commissioner ruled in favor of Driscoll’s request for a protective order following an incident last September.  There are claims that Driscoll is some kind of black ops spy who’s trying to set Busch up; and the ruling found that Busch had “committed an act of domestic violence against Driscoll by manually strangling her by placing his left hand on her throat, while placing his right hand on her chin and face and smashing her head into the wall of his motor home, thereby recklessly placing (Driscoll) in reasonable fear of physical injury."  Following this ruling, NASCAR suspended Busch indefinitely from it's top series.

Fast forward to the indignation of the few fans Kurt has left: "He hasn’t been charged!"  "Nothing has been proven!" "Innocent until proven guilty!" ad nauseum.  NASCAR has no right!!!


Well, let’s start there.  Yes they do.  This is not a court of law, your favorite Tuesday night crime drama, or even Judge Judy.  This is American sport as entertainment, in which virtually every participant signs a contract or agreement that includes some kind of morality language; the upshot of which is that if you do anything that in their judgment impairs the marketability or reputation of their private enterprise they may prohibit your participation.  Think along the lines of the rules the various pro league owners live and play by, or Hollywood in fact. It’s a private club so they can create their own rules. 

It’s like the outcry that use to pop up every few years over Augusta and the Masters: you might not have liked the fact that they didn’t admit women, but they were a private club who could invite whomever they wanted.  It was also their tournament, so if you don’t want to broadcast it that’s fine.  In Hollywood maybe you did something stupid (Charlie Sheen); they absolutely have the right to not pick you to be in their next movie or to renew your contract.  And NASCAR has that right too if you’re an idiot deemed outside of their estimation of good taste.  And heaven knows Kurt Busch gave them plenty of material.  More on that in a minute.


So put that to rest.  Moot point.


Now beyond that, we’re not really talking about a choir boy here: Kurt Busch has a rap sheet a mile long, both on track (purposely wrecking opponents both on the track and in the pits, paddock fights) and off (drunken driving offenses, assault incidents) that goes at least a decade back.  Yes, he won a Cup Championship; and was subsequently fired by the guy he drove for, Roger Penske.  Ask around racing circles and find out how hard that is to achieve.  He’s a Cup Champion who in the prime of his career has driven for four different teams, not always those in the mix of competitiveness. For crying out loud, he got into a fight with his brother Kyle--by all accounts one of the few human beings on the planet who can even stand to be around him--and didn’t speak to him for six months.

So you think NASCAR was wrong?  You’re offended that this action has been taken?  I’m offended that it’s taken this long.  He is an arrogant idiot, a jackass who believes his talent—mediocre as it is made by his tantrums and ego—allows him to operate beyond the confines of rules and standards that apply to everyone else.  He’s verbally punched out reporters (no pun intended Dr. Jerry Punch) with profanity laced tirades, sworn at fans, been a sexist jerk, and just generally exhibited the kind of boorish behavior that our society doesn’t tolerate well in most cases, let alone where you’re being paid a gazillion dollars to do what most of us would gladly do for free.

So yeah, I don’t expect a Supreme Court reversal.  A) it’s none of their business, B) it’s not a legal issue, and C) they probably think he’s a jerk too.


America, our growing mindset of entitlement and “rights” does not extend to these circumstances.  I say good riddance.  And just as I thought about Ray Rice, and Adrian Peterson, and Alex Rodriguez, and….dear Lord this list is getting voluminous…anyone else in their circumstance, I say make it permanent.  This is the land of the free and home of the brave, but it does not allow you to dump your trash in the middle of someone's living room—or favorite sport—and expect that they will be forced to allow you to stay.  This was a privilege, and you've pissed it away.

I'd say grow up Kurt; but at the age of 36, 10-plus years removed from his last championship and more years than that into a legend of boorish behavior, I’d say that is unlikely.  Otherwise, get lost.  You’re already on the verge of becoming one of those names I can’t remember; “C’mon, you know who I’m talking about...that guy who won the Cup when he was 25 but was an idiot—caused all those wrecks, got in fights, drunk driving, and remember he beat up his crazy girlfriend…?” 


Apparently my mind has the same rules as NASCAR--I get to pick who I let in--and you’re no longer welcome.  Given your abilities, what a shame.


(PS--kudos to Sully for dealing with all of this BS from our blogsite hosts.  He's the champ, and whether it's here or elsewhere, it's he who's carrying the load of giving us a place to write, and I for one am grateful.  Thank you Sully!)


Weekly Grumble with IHM 2/27
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

  Hello ladies and gents, and welcome to this week's grumble with IHM. This week I started my new job over at the Nut Factory, and so far it's been pretty damn good. My dogs are barking by the end of the day since 90% of my job is walking around looking for inventory, but it's solid exercise and they'll adjust.

  To be honest, I haven't done a lot of sports watching this week. I caught a minute or so of the Clippers-Rockets game last night and saw an interesting stat regarding Clipper C DeAndre Jordan. Jordan has missed fewer field goal attempts so far this season (104) than free throw attempts (159). Not something you see every day, especially when the guy shoots an amazing 70% from the floor, and a career 2nd worst (behind only Ben Wallace) 42% on free throws for his career.

  Also in the news NBA wise... how about that Derek Rose? If Stacy Augman was the "Plastic Man", I guess that makes Rose the "Paper Man"? Honestly though, is this guy ever going to play a full season again? If I'm the Bulls, I think I'm trading that guy to anybody who is willing to take him on at this point... and moving on already. Even when he's been on the court this year he hasn't been anything special consistently.

  Speaking of All-Star point guards not being anything special, how about Kyle Lowry's honest personal critique... going so far as to say "I'm trash" when asked about a current 12-game stretch in which he's shot just 36% from the floor. Things won't get any easier tonight as the Golden State Warriors come to town with the league's best record.

  A U.S. District judge ruled in favor of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson being reinstated this week, which could bring him back to the team he suddenly feels a great deal of animosity towards. Never mind the fact that they still paid your stupid kid beating ass while you were suspended and supported you as much as they possibly could... you've got every right to be mad AP. Is it just me, or does every single athlete out there these days seem to have their heads up their asses? Honestly, I'd love to see this guy try to hold out once he is reinstated, beause I'd love nothing more than to see him fined $50,000 a day for not showing up to work while waiting for a trade.

  Speaking of aging running backs, the Lions cut Reggie Bush this week. Bush only played in a handful of games last season, and Joique Bell/Theo Riddick took over the bulk of the carries while he was out. Apparently he wasn't especially missed, because the Lions decided he wasn't worth the 4 million he was owed for 2015. Other notable vets to get the axe this week included A.J. Hawk, Peyton Hillis, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Jacoby Jones... but you know it isn't over yet.

  Brandon Bostik is a former Packer now, the reserve TE who muffed the onside kick in the NFC Championship Game, and he's also recieved a number of death threats as a result of his decision to go for the ball instead of blocking as he was supposed to on that play. How sad is that, sending a death threat to someone becasue of a fucking football game? Just plain pathetic.

  Pathetic, it doesn't even begin to describe Penn State and their fans, but somehow saying that got Keith Olberman (not exactly a favorite here at the Gab) kicked off his show the rest of the week after he blasted Pedo State and the NCAA for their roles in the cover ups, and Pedo State fan for caring more about football and Joe Paterno than child rape victims... yeah, he called the effort to raise money for pediatric cancer pathetic, but when you look at Penn State's history with kids... can you blame him? Obvious whitewash attempt, and the Twitter war that resulted was pretty good as well. In the end, Pedo State fan won and Olberman was given the rest of the week off... but the lesson we can all take away here is fuck Penn State, fuck Penn State fan, and of course, fuck the NCAA as a whole. What a joke everybody involved in this story is.

  Speaking of jokes... how about Josh Hamilton's sobriety? Apparently he's relapsed... again... and he's facing a suspension from MLB as a result. I'm not sure about any of you, but I'm sick of feeling sorry for fuck ups. How about we celebrate the guys who are doing it right as opposed to idiots like Josh Hamilton and their "tales of redemption". Fuck redemption... how about keep your fucking head straight, make your millions of dollars, and be a fucking dope fiend/drunk/loser whenever you can't make any more money in whatever league you're in.

  Well, that's all I've got for you this week folks... gotta go watch Vikings on History right about now! Thanks as always for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out, and have a great weekend Gabbers.

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Snow David Ortiz Beanpot Old Man Hockey

Here is the Snow Burden Lanz Compound ( That Tree in the forefront is on the sidewalk next to the curbstone)


Thursday is here and the last one in February, with March around the corner warmer Temps on the horizon. Yes, folks we have had only one day over the freezing mark in February that came last Sunday.  We still have a huge snow cover and narrow streets. Snow banks are still high making visibility tough getting out of side streets. I’m not sure how folks who drive big trucks do it. Tractor trailer drivers are have a hard time getting in and out of places. We ma get a break next week with some warm temps.  Saturday we had the threat of run along with snow still on the roofs it meant a lot of shoveling. I cleared my Deck 26 by12. I cleared the roof over the breakfast nook which looks like a Gazebo. The kicker is over the side door the Mrs. Sends me up on the metal ladder, with the metal shovel and says watch the electrical wire has she was reviewing the life insurance policy. Luckily my neighbor Chris was walking by with his roof rake and helped. I gave him the electrical wire side. My ladder and Chris’s roof rake has made their way around the neighbor.

Tuesday the Mrs. Gets up and hears weird cracking in the bedroom. She called a roofing guy who actually had time on his schedule. He sent up a couple of young guys they went up shelved off the dormer broke up the ice and through some anti freeze and rock salt on the roof, $400 bucks later and no worries.

Monday the boys and I my, friend Steve and his son headed into the Beanpot now that public transportation is working again. I met the boys at a transit station close to work. We went in got there at the start of the second period of the consultation game which was Harvard and BC.  It was just a great Hockey game. The Harvard goalie stood on his head. (He is the same kid that made 63 saves in the first round of the Beanpot),Unfortunately, BC one this one in OT.

The Next game was BU and my Notheastern Huskies. BU went up 3-1 Northeastern tied with two quick goals in the third period. Northeastern looking for tghier first Beanpot win since 1988.  It wasn’t to be. An untimely penalty Nine seconds into OT gave BU a power play and they capitalized on it to take the game.

We ended up sitting behind the student section and next to the BU pep Band which was fun for a period. Steve’s son and Lil Lanz weren’t too happy with this arrangement we saw empty seats across from the arena. We sat there for the rest of the game. As we were changing seats I ran into an NFL Official. The guy came up through our organization so I have met him a few times in the past. I introduced Laser and we had just a nice conversation Non Football related... Laser was pumped. We move into the new seats and Lil Lanz says you think there are any scouts here. I just point 3 rows in front of us there are 10 guys spread out writing all kinds of stuff in mote books. I point and say yeah there are a few.

The signs of spring are back and the Red Sox spring training has started. David Ortiz had an interesting take on some of the rule changes at his press conference. I’m not Davis’s biggest fan but the guy is full of personality. He was saying that when they speed up the game they always penalize the hitters and that’s BS. Then he said what about all BS the pitchers do stomping around the mound. I think it was his delivery but I heard on the way home from work. It was pretty funny. He looks like he is better shape than I have ever seen him this year.

A few things on these rule changes keeping one foot in the batters box is in the rules but the language has always been a bit cloudy  something like Umpires are encouraged to not grant a time out to the batter and to have him keep one foot in the batters box at all times. Something they change the rule this year to 20 seconds. The rule has stated that a pitcher has 12 seconds to deliver the ball by the time he receives it. Of course more wide spread instant replay and longer commercial breaks between Innings that 3hour 30 minute game will be 3 hours and 29minutes. Just my take on it.

Lil Warriors

The boys had one game on the schedule last weekend and it was rescheduled due to the other team was in a Tourney. This week Lil Lanz committed to stage crew for the middle school play his game conflicts so he will miss Saturday’s game. He has been skating at skills practice. The boys play in a Tourney Next week they are playing in the Chowda Cup on Cape Cod and yes that his how it is spelled. They will play 5 games in 3 days. Usually, Saturday Night the kids go nuts at these Tourney’s the boys will be tired they are scheduled for 1 Friday 3 Saturday and 1 Sunday.

The moment you have all been waiting for Old Man Hockey. I laced them up and played and signed in for 8 games. I had a friggin blast. I sucked to high haven. The best thing was nobody cared. Come back to the bench Frank you having fun. There was less contact in this game than there is in one of Lil lanz’s games. I forgot to tie my damn Hockey Pants skating hard to fore check and Felt the breeze good thing for damn suspenders. Had a few Helmet problems as it kept slipping down but  hey it was a lot of fun we had 13 guys so I skated just enough to make me happy.3 full lines and two sets of guys on D. Slightly sore on Monday but not bad it was more upper body than the old legs. The guy forgot a game shirt for me so broke out America’s Team shirt an Old Hartford Whalers white shirt with No Logo

Finally, The lovely Ms. Amanda turned 18 on Tuesday. She had a great day with good food and lots of cards and phone calls. She is just an awesome kid. Happy Birthday 

Here are few Pics I tried to post last week.

Here is son Dan with snowman before Blizzard one when we had about 5 inches of snow

Dan's Snowman had enough  and is trying to run to neighbors house to catch a flight to Sunny FLA where hie will just melt in the warm sun

Unfortunately, he din't make it as Storm 3 burried him and his orange hat

Same Day Lil Lanz with his Snowman

Lil Lanz's Snowman Drowning in Snowman quick sand After Storm 2. Mr. Snowman completely drowned after Storm 3

That’s all I have for today.

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome to Wednesday, Gabbers. The temps are crawling up for the rest of the week. Baseball is starting up in the South. It’s also Lent or fish fry season to me.

Speaking of fish, it seems that Jeremy Wade was looking for monster catfish in the wrong part of Europe. European folklore is peppered with tales of Wels catfish growing large enough to swallow people whole. The Wels is the second largest freshwater fish in Europe though it is rare to find specimens larger than 6.5 feet in length. An Italian fisherman landed a new record for rod and reel in the Po Delta. After a 40 minute fight, the man pulled in a 280 pound, 8.8 foot catfish. That would make a fish fry.

Last month, the NCAA decided to give Penn state its wins back following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. We here at the Gab were all over it and many of us mused on the implications when the action was just a vile rumor. Following the ruling, Keith Olbermann took to the airways and laid into Penn State, the NCAA, and its former coach.

A lot of us are against Penn State. Olbermann took this to new limits. When asked about Penn State students raising $13 million for pediatric cancer, Olbermann called it pathetic. When PSU students confronted Olbermann on Twitter, he clarified that his statement was directed not at the action, but at the school and its students. Things went downhill from there, as they are known to on Twitter. As a result, Keith Olbermann has been suspended for the rest of the week.

In that realm of despicable and NCAA football, we find Jameis Winston. Apparently Winston had a strong showing at the combines. What is most surprising is that he scored big points in the interview process. Several executives noted that Winston was one of the smartest players they’d spoken to. Some speculate that he could go number one overall. Winston’s football IQ and play have never been the question. Honestly, if you just focus on the field, this is a great player. You’d love to have him on your team.

The problem is that the majority of his time, he isn’t on the field. He’s out in the real world making stupid decisions. He’s allegedly taking advantage of female classmates. He’s taking crab legs from local super markets. He’s disregarding the fact that he was recently in trouble for rape allegations and yelling stupid remarks in the student union. I’ve heard a lot of people comparing Winston to Vick. Really you could compare him to both Vicks. With luck, he’ll be more like Michael and get something of a career in before bad decisions bring him down. If he stays the course, I see him as more of a Marcus Vick, with a career that ends before it really begins. I wish this kid luck. He has a great skill set, but I really hope he worked on the one area he needs help: his impulse control and decision making. If not, it’s gonna be Tweet Jameis Winston all over again.

As the Beeze let us all know that the Browns are who we thought they were: a disappointment. The new logos and helmets were brought out to comical effect. It’s just like the Lions reworking their logo despite looking horrible in the early 2000s. Here, however, is one graphic designers crack and redesigns for all the teams helmets.


Finally, back to warm thoughts. The MLB offseason has been marked with thoughts on how to change the game. Will instant replay be expanded? How can the game be shortened? The new commissioner has been vocal in his opinion that change is not off the table. Recently he has made ripples about shortening the season. The season hasn’t been shorter than 162 games in 54 years, since the 1961 season. The new commish has alluded to shortening the season back to the ’61 length of 154 games. He mentioned that the league would only cut back to 154 games to keep the record book intact. The question is: will individual teams and cities be ok with letting go of the revenue attached to the 8 games they’d be losing?

That is all for me this week. Thanks as always for stopping in and giving this a read. Stay warm and think baseball.

Musings From The Hoodwood 2-23 New Spec Sheet
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: College Basketball

Coming down the line to the end of February, the cold is still here but the number of games is dwindling, the margin for error gets smaller and smaller for the so-called bubble teams


Atlantic Coast
Conference Class-Power
Solid: Virginia, North Carolina, Louisville, Duke, Notre Dame
Work to do: Miami-Fl, NC State, Clemson, Pitt
Skinny on the ACC:  The question here isn’t about where the solid teams are going. The solid teams are way safe, the working teams really have work to do. A side note, UNC breaking out the four corners to open the game against G-Tech was way way cool.

Key Game: Syracuse at Duke Sat 7p (ESPN) I know, I know the Orange are going nowhere but home in a week but an upset of Duke in Cameron would be a super consolation prize

Projected Bids: 6

Atlantic Ten
Conference Class- Mid-Major
Solid VCU

Work to do: Dayton, UMass, Rhode Island, Davidson
The A-10 Spec is: VCU is safe despite is lurching play, UMass is in ten types of trouble, only their monster numbers (38 RPI, 24 Strength of Sched) keep them on for now. Rhode Island is interchangeable with Davidson in getting in and right now the Rams are closer to the right side of the cut line than the Wildcats. Dayton is at 20 but I think they need a couple wins to firm up their resume

Key Games Dayton at VCU Saturday 2p Both teams are solid but a win here firms up a resume and keeps them on the home side of a tourney bid

Projected Bids: 4



Conference Class-Major

Solid SMU

Work to do: Cincy, Tulsa, Temple
All-American Spec: SMU is just about home free, they will get in this year. Temple is closing fast. Tulsa is coming apart at the seams and while Cincy got a much needed win over a sad sack Houston but need no slipup from here on out to get their resume back on solid ground.

Projected Bids: 3


Big East 
Conference Class-Major
Solid: Villanova, Butler

Work to do: Xavier, Providence, Georgetown, St. Johns
Big East Skinny: Nova is way safe, Butler is too despite the loss to Xavier who has rapidly recovered from their dangerous totter to the back end of the sheet and is maybe a couple wins from getting safe but getting swept by St. Johns hurts them as much as it helps the rapidly recovering Johnnies. Providence is getting closer and closer to safe but I still don’t really know why everyone is so hyped on the Hoyas they have, in my opinion fattened up on a weak schedule. They stay working for the time being.

Key Game: 

Projected bids: 5

Big Ten 
Conference Class-Power
Solid: Wisconsin, Maryland

Work to do: Purdue, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State
The word on the Big Ten is: Wisky and the Terps are the only teams I feel good about. The Bucks shameful loss to the Wolverines makes their weak schedule standout just that much more and Sparty you have no reason to snicker as you have the same problem and that Texas Southern loss still dogging your resume. Purdue thinks its home free after sweeping Indiana but they aren’t. Indiana is running out of time short of winning the whole shooting match to get in. Iowa? If the Hawks keep winning they will be fine but they are too inconsistent to be sure

Key Game:  Illinois at Iowa 9:00 Wednesday (BTN) Is this a bubble play in game? Quite possibly.

Projected Bids: 6 

Big 12
Conference Class-Power
Solid: Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Baylor, Iowa State
Work to do: Oklahoma State, Texas
Skinny from the heartland:  Kansas has been safe since about New Years seemingly but have a bad habit of dumb losses and getting zapped in Manhattan by the weak Wildcats is a prime example. The Sooners and Bears join the Clones on the safe side of the fence. The Mountaineers are safer than the pundits want to give them credit for. Huggins always seems to get the most out of the least and has done it again in Morgantown. The Pokes and Horns still are on the wrong side of the cut line. This conference will NOT send 70% of its membership.

Key Game: Texas at Kansas 5p The Jayhawks are way safe but the Longhorns are running out of time to make a statement, a win in Allen Fieldhouse would do the trick in spades

Projected Bids: 6


Missouri Valley
Conference Class-Mid Major
Solid: Wichita State, Northern Iowa
Work to do: Evansville, Illinois State
Missouri Valley Skinny: The Shockers and Panthers are

Key Game: Northern Iowa @ Wichita State 2p (ESPN2) The regular season title is on the line here, and the coveted top seed at Arch Madness next week.

Projected Bids: 2

Mountain West
Conference Class-Major
Solid: San Diego State, Boise State, Wyoming
Work to do: Colorado State
Spec from the Mountains: Im thinking that this conference will send 4, legitimately. THe Aztecs are safe as are the Broncos and Cowboys. The Rams are almost there but could use another resume firming win

Key Game: Boise State at San Diego State Saturday 8p (ESPN2) Both teams are safe in my view but the Broncos could get a much better seed with a win here

Projected Bids: 4

Pacific 12
Conference Class-Power
Solid: Arizona, Utah
Work to do: UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State
Spec from the left coast:  The solid teams are way safe, but the working teams have so many warts its frightening. The Bruins got housed in Tucson. The Ducks are making their case much stronger by beating Utah but even with 20 wins, Im not real sold on them. The Beavers are on the fringe and needs to keep winning to work their way into the conversation.

Key Games: Arizona at Utah (Pac12 Net) Saturday 9pThe Utes are trying to make their bones in the Pac-12 but face their sternest test with a Wildcat team that wants a #1 seed

Projected Bids: 3

Conference Class-Power
Solid: Kentucky, Arkansas
Work to do: LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Ole Miss
Spec is Down South:  The Cats are playing for 40, the Hogs are safe. Now the ugly morass that is the rest of the SEC are living on rep and history rather than solid play. To be honest if any other conference had these records four teams in would be blasphemy, but instead the SEC gets the benefit of the doubt. Ill try to conceal my abject disgust.

Key Game: Arkansas at Kentucky 4p (SEC/ESPN) This may be the last best chance for an SEC team to get the Wildcats who often play indifferent at home, if the Hogs don’t get ‘em we might not be talking about a possible Wildcats loss for another month in Indy.

Projected Bids: 4

West Coast 
Conference Class- Mid Major
Solid: Gonzaga
Work to do: St. Mary’s, BYU
West Coast Spec:  The Bulldogs are gunning for an unbeaten WCC season and a top seed in the Big Dance, they haven’t loset in this calendar year. The Gales and Cougars are  trying to stay on the opposite side of the bracket in the WCC tourney and catch the Bulldogs sleepwalking to steal a bid.
Key Game: BYU at Gonzaga Sat 10p The Coogs cry they get no respect but they will get ten tons of it (and maybe solidify a bid) if they can knock off the Bulldogs in the Kennel, good luck though as they hold the nations longest home win streak.

Projected Bids: 2

There are others in the mix to be sure. Teams from the always dangerous (Projected winners in Parentheses) Colonial (Northeastern) and Big South (Coastal Carolina) always are in the mix and can send multiple teams. Of course the champions from the following conferences get an automatic bid: Amer. East (Albany) , Atlantic Sun (Florida Gulf Coast), Big Sky (Sacramento State), Big West (Cal-Davis), Conference USA (Louisiana Tech) Horizon (Valpo), Ivy (Harvard), MAC (Central Michigan), MAAC (Iona) , MEAC (North Carolina Central), Northeast (St. Francis), Ohio Valley (Murray State), Patriot (Bucknell), Southern (Wofford), Southland (Sam Houston St) , Sun Belt (Georgia St), Summit (South Dakota St) , and SWAC (Alabama State) WAC (New Mexico State)

Since this is still early spec, nothing here is solid and we haven't even brought up the possibility of upsets. But those never happen, right.

Next Update: Likely Saturday


Phat Dap

Hakim Emmanuel threw a 900 series that’s 3 perfect games. 36 strikes in a row for the first ever 900 series for a Massachusetts bowler.


Head Slap

To Roy Williams who criticized the Smith Center fans for being subdued last weekend against Georgia Tech. Sorry RoyBoy, The sorry Wreck aint Duke and beating them by 29 isnt going to get the adrenaline going…the potshot was unneeded.


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