Well, Gabbers, woke up as per usual today and flicked on Good Morning America. Itís becoming routine until I can get regular teaching work. As with most news programs, they have a ticker. You know, they break down news stories in brief sentences, grammar be damned.
This morning on piece grabbed my attention. It read: MLB bans home plate collisions.
My reaction was a pretty standard WHAT!!!??? How could the MLB ban one of the most riveting parts of the game? Realizing a single sentence would hardly be the whole truth I investigated further.
Recently, concussion detection has become far more sophisticated. Itís also gone beyond the usual suspect of football. Studies have shown that concussions are known to happen in most sports. Football just happens to be the leader in men, while soccer is the main culprit among women.
Weíve also learned more about the long-term effects of concussions. The news is grim. Concussions cut down on life expectancy. They impair many key areas of the brain. They are also responsible for startling and sometimes scary behavior challenges including depression, homicidal tendencies, and suicide. To say that people have become more aware is an understatement. The level of awareness has been evident in a decline in youth sport participation (though it is by no means the sole cause) and new rules in professional sports.
Consequently, the owners of many MLB teams and members of the Playersí Union have come together to decrease the risk of concussion in baseball. One big cause theyíve already addressed is the risk of pitchers being hit by a line drive. To combat this risk, pitchers will have the option to don a heavily padded cap. Hopefully this is an option for fielders as well.
The newest preventative measure under discussions was the home pate collision. Itís a thing of beauty to watch. Itís a human train-wreck that harkens back to the gritty, early days of the game. You can practically visualize Ty Cobb going spikes first when you mention plate collisions. While catchers are protected, collisions still represent a danger to both players involved.
The solution is a one-year trial of a new rule. The rule would allow collisions, but only under specific circumstances. In essence, the catcher can only block the plate if a) he has the ball or b) he is attempting to field a throw that he couldnít field without being in the base path.† On the other hand, the base runner would no longer be at liberty to initiate contact with the catcher. The runner must not deviate from the base path to home plate.† The runner must make an effort to touch home plate. He cannot lower his shoulder or push through the catcher. Only a clean slide would be deemed a proper means of reaching home. Other actions would result the runner being called out.
The union, however, worries if adopting this rule so soon gives players enough time to train to adjust the instincts or behavior in these situations. On the other hand, many worry that this rule puts too much say in the hands of umpires. The MLB does say that umpires may use video replay to enforce this rule.
To fans, this is a break with tradition. Like many new rules, people are also worried about how it will be carried out. Fan reaction has been mixed, but leaning towards negative. People now debate over how confusing the exceptions may be as well as whether plate collisions are an integral part of the game.
Meanwhile, back in Sochi, the Dutch have lobbed a blow against American sport. The coach of the Netherlands' speed skating team has been outspoken about the arrogance of the US and their approach to Olympics. He declares that the US wastes time, money, and athletes in ďAmerican footballĒ. He also declares the US should not be upset about losing in the Olympics or soccer.
Reminds me of our unofficial motto at Albion. Fuck the Dutch.
Finally, you guys remember how LeBron James ruined the classic MJ vs. Bird †in HORSE McDonalds' commercial? Well, get ready for James to ruin another 90ís classic in an effort to be like Mike. There are rumors of a sequel to Space Jam that would star LeBron. So much for being your own man.
That is it for me.† Thanks as always for stopping by. Baseball is coming.. Be sure to check in at the following link for an official countdown.
Welcome to the tantrums, where Mrs. B.O.B. had to work a double shift this past weekend and was pissed when she found out it was National Margarita Day 2014 last Saturday (apparently itís an annual event every February 22nd).† Margaritas are something she absolutely loves, and on our vacation next month, we'll ensure she makes up for missing it.† †
NBA.† All of a sudden the media FINALLY is starting to take note of the tanking going on in the WWE (err, NBA) and they are starting to cause a stir.† I donít know if itís because LA Lakers, Boston, New York, and Philly all are sucking all in the same year, but if it leads to the NBA starting to take a look, then Iím all for it.† NBA fans donít deserve this shit, and I keep asking the question, when will fans stop paying for tickets to Junior College Basketball?†
But then again, if they all benefit from tanking this season and all of a sudden these teams are highly competitive next season - I hope all hell breaks loose because it sure as hell looks like a WWE scripting.† Imagine the Northeast all having to root for either Brooklyn or Washington.† Thatíll be funny.
Iíve said this before and Iíll say it again.† NBA players absolutely refuse to play for teams outside of the major markets.† Thatís great Ė that is their choice and Iím all for freedom of choice.† But eventually, there wonít be enough teams to supply NBA player demands for a major media market.† Whatís going to happen is that teams in Milwaukee, Charlotte, and New Orleans just canít or wonít be viable.† They already have a problem with attendance and so how much further away are we from seeing one of these franchises relocated to Seattle, with two others being seriously considered for contraction?† Thatís 26 NBA player jobs Ė gone, NBA options dwindling.†
Unlike the NFL, the NBA cannot sustain that kind of attitude.† Fans are already tired of it Ė just look at attendance.
But then again, there are some positives out of the NBA:
Phoenix Suns.† Now on to a team that ISN'T tanking - the Phoenix Suns are playing .600 ball!††This team was on the scrapheap last season, were ready to run their owner out of town on a rail, and they worked to get out of it and have won 60% of their games.† They have four first round picks in the upcoming draft and already have a talented team, not to mention one hell of a first year coach in Jeff Hornacek, who should be co-Coach of the Year along with Stotts in Portland.†That kid Goran Dragic in Phoenix is solid and when and if Eric Bledsoe comes back, Phoenix will be a scary out if they reach the playoffs.
MLB.† †I had to laugh yesterday because on my Twitter timeline which consists mostly of Sacramento Kings stuff, almost exclusively was about Spring Training.† The NBA might want to take note.†
I really should leave the Detroit speculation to my friends from the Motor City, but I canít see how signing Joba Chamberlain is going to help their bullpen.
NFL.† Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns in a trade?† And now the media fighting each other in the press?† UhÖ
NFL Draft - #1 Pick Ė Houston Texans.† If you are Houston and have the fans breathing down your neck with many questioning the effort of the players last season, you had better be 100% sure of who you take and to be honest, the last thing the Texans need is ANY drama out of whoever their pick ends up being.† The pressure and temptation to take Manziel may be too great and he certainly has natural talent, but what happens to his confidence when his cocky ass starts getting drilled by NFL vets?† My guess is that he will struggle to handle it, lash out, and the team will start circling the drain...AGAIN.
A lot of talking heads talking about Houston taking a hard look at Clowney.† Really?† LB isn't even on their list of needs.†
If I may be so bold, here is my suggestion to Houston Ė either (1) take somebody other than Clowney or Manziel or (2) TRADE DOWN!!!† Go out and find a damn veteran QB.† You have plenty of talent and a coach who should be able to get the players minds right.† The window is closing and they need a proven QB NOW Ė the Texans do not have time to wait on a rookie QB.
Hey Houston, I donít know if you know this, but there are some teams who just might be desperate for a QB and may give up a lot for the #1 pick.† Minnesota, Tennessee, and just for shits and giggles, #20 Arizona who has to start looking for a future QB.† These teams have young talent that they could trade in return.
Metrodome demolition.† Vikings fans have to be happy to see this.† The Metrodome was finally collapsed yesterday.†
College Football Ė Florida State 2014.† I got a look-see at the Seminoles schedule this fall, and I feel pleasantly surprised.† One OOC scrub, and a pretty challenging schedule for a change (for them).† Add in a potential ACC Championship Game and FSU could have an argument to get back to the Championship Game:†
Road:† Oklahoma State (Dallas), NC State (Upset Alert!), Syracuse, Louisville, Miami†
Home:† Citadel, Clemson, Wake Forest, Notre Dame (October 18th Beeze and Shu!), Virginia, Boston College (November 22 Tage!), Florida (my version of the family feud!)
For Florida State, this is a HUGE improvement, though I would love to see FSU schedule either TAMU or more importantly to me Texas in the future!††OK look, I get it, itís mostly the freaking ACC, but Notre Dame, Louisville, Clemson, and OK State are certainly no slouches. †I still believe that Florida and Miami wonít be down for long, and the Seminoles always struggle w/NC State in Raleigh.† Boston College is improving, and whereís Felber to tell me about Syracuse?
Speaking of Syracuse...
College Basketball Ė Jim Boeheim.† Iím not an expert, I just play one here at The Gab, but let me dial the Syracuse Head Coach, and Syracuse fans in general in on a little sumthin sumthin:† Are you truly surprised about this non-call?† Let me clue you in Jim-Bob:† You are in the ACC now - Coach K's turf.† Games at Duke or involving Duke have "interesting" officiating that generally favors the Blue Devils†in crucial situations.† Your whining ain't gonna help your cause and your post-game comments were stupid and will only hurt you down the line.†
Uncle B.O.B.ís Editorial.† I rarely get shocked by bad news in sports anymore, but Sunday Morning, I heard a stat that absolutely floored me Ė 21 of the 32 teams in the NFL have had domestic violence issues recently.† By any measure, that is an unacceptable statistic, period.†††I have to wonder what the NFL and it's union are going to do about it.† This stuff in my mind hurts the NFL brand in some ways - they have to do something.
Thats some twinkie...Hoodwood mourns the loss of Harold Ramis...
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where things are their usual hectic chaotic style and your scribe continues his long running hatred of insurance red tape. The tooth still has yet to be pulled or root canaled (Is that a term?) but as long as itís quiet Iím fine.
US Hockey, not good as gold?
More often than not the US and Canada have a quiet relationship. The US/Canadian border is the longest non-militarized border in the world and until recently a short wait to enter freely from any customs point. I havenít been in Canada in nearly 20 years since I refuse to pay $30 for passport but the parts I saw were nice and the people by and large (except for Montreal) were friendly. The only true rivalry that will get these mostly friendly neighbors up is hockey and the Canadians are relishing the chance to stick it to the Americans. The men roared through their bracket having had trailed in any point in the Olympics for a paltry 7:19. But they met their match in the speedy aggressive Canadians who dominated the game from the opening draw, pressuring goalie Jonathan Quick from the start, but Quick parried 16 shots in a scoreless 1st period, but you knew it would only be a matter of time before the Canadians would cash one in and when Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars slammed home a silky pass from Jay Bouwmeester, you knew it was all over but the shouting. Carey Price made the lone goal stand up and the Americans were handed their 4th loss in the Olympics by the Canadians. The US Women were even more painful a loss. They were steam rolling through the Olympic tourney and for some 56 minutes had their Canadian nemesis shutout, but the Canadians scored with 3:26 left and you got the bad feeling creeping in, and the clock was moving sooooo slow. With a little more than a minute left the Canadians cashed in on constant pressure, getting the equalizer with an agonizing 55 seconds left. The deflated Lady Yanks headed to overtime looking like a prisoner walking the Green Mile, you knew that they were gonna get it sooner or later and they were finally put out of their collective misery with the winner about 7 minutes into sudden death. But at least the women were able to take home a silver, the men after losing the heartbreaker to Canada in the semis looked disinterested and played that way in a lackluster 5-0 thrashing by Finland in the Bronze medal game. Needless to say the American hockey teams left Sochi quite unfulfilled.
NBA: And the fuss over Jason Collins is becauseÖ?
Jason Collins is a journeyman player at best, he has played with six teams over the course of 14 seasons and by the best description is the worker bee, yeoman type player you see come and go in the NBA. It helps that Collins is 7 feet tall and seems to be happy to do the grinder work that every basketball team needs. The fact that Collins is the first openly gay player to play in any of the four major sports has gotten a lot of play over the past weekend frankly puzzles me. Collins came out almost a year ago in an interview with Sports Illustrated, he wasnít playing with an NBA team at the time and many pundits figured that he wouldnít be playing anymore. Of course other pundits said that no NBA team would sign Collins and that it would be blamed on his announcement rather than his advanced basketball age. Collins was 34 when he made the announcement. †When the Nets (the team he played for the longest and was a teammate of current Nets coach Jason Kidd) called and subsequently signed him. I looked at it as a basketball move, the Nets are a team in need of big bodies and the 7 foot Collins looked to be the best fit for the team. Like Michael Sams, I have no concern of the playersí sexuality. Itís none of my business and really no concern of mine. The only thing that annoys me is that the media making such a fuss on this, my question is can he play? Can he contribute? The vitriol that is anticipated by the anti has been largely drowned out by the overly PC people lording his participation. Iím not homophobic, Iím on a live and let live mentality. But Iím still puzzling on the fuss and to be sure, Collins isnt the first openly gay player in the four major sports. That would have been Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke in the late 70s, whos other claim to fame was to be the first to perform the greeting we now know as the high-five. Burke was largely ignored and forgotten and died of HIV in 1995 but he really was the first...
NASCAR: Dale Jr. wins at Daytona..and clinches a playoff spot?
Iím not much of NASCAR maven, I know more people who are into and have enough of a working knowledge of the sport (and it is a sport) to have an appreciation of the drivers. My mom likes Dale Jr. which is ironic since she had zero love for his late father. After a lengthy rain delay the race finally got rolling close to 9p EST and Dale Jr. claimed the checkered flag, ten years after winning his first Daytona, 13 years after his father was tragically killed at that same track that he claimed his long sought Daytona win in 1998. Iíve always understood that Daytona is a prize bull for NASCAR drivers and that with the new format for the NASCAR playoffs that a premium is placed on winning races, but given that why is the biggest race at the start of the year when the playoffs are better than 7 months away? Itís like a football team winning a big game in September and clinching a playoff berth right then, I donít get it.
NFL: Can you regulate speech in the heat of battle?
I have to start this part with a disclaimer, Iím a black man that has used the so-called n-word in conversation with friends and family. Black and white, I do have white relatives by the way. I understand the context that the word can bring and I understand the conundrum that the use of the word can bring. But the NFL is trying to push the political correctness too far, proposing a 15 yard penalty to any player using the term in play. And an ejection for a second offense in a game. Look, Iím not advocating use of the word, though I do understand how and when it could be used. But many find it offensive and I am careful in my use but this is taking legislation too far. How is a ref able to determine who said what?
MLB: No collisions at the plateÖ
MLB history is full of legendary collisions at the plate King Kong Keller bowling over Ernie Lombardi in the í39 World Series (Unfairly called Lombardiís snooze, he was knocked out) Pete Roseís barreling into Ray Fosse in the í70 All Star game.; †JT Snow trying unsuccessfully to dislodge the ball from Pudge Rodriguez in the í03 NLDS clincher.† Or this collision by AJ Pierzynski on Michael Barrett in 2006 that result in a classic belt to the grill.
More infamously the frightening collision by Scott Cousins on Buster Posey that knocked the All-Star catcher out of the remainder of the 2011 season with a broken leg, but collisions are part of the game and Iíve always thought an exciting aspect. But MLB has taken steps to dissuade collisions with its altering of the rules. No longer can a catcher block the plate if they arenít holding the ball, and no longer and the runner cant initiate contact by lower the shoulder or ďpushing through with the arms, elbows or hands.Ē. The collisions is still allowed if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the direct path and the catcher is allowed to block the plate if he is making the move to field the ball. And of course if the runner slides appropriately whether head or feet first and collides with the catcher wonít be in violation of the rule. I think that is the way that the rule should have always been but there is still some gray areas here and it will be interesting to see how the umps call it the first time there is a bang-bang play at the plate.
College Basketball: The Latest and greatest Spec Sheet
Atlantic Coast Conference Class-Power
Solid: Syracuse, Duke, Pitt, North Carolina, Virginia
Work to do: North Carolina State, Florida State, Clemson Skinny on the ACC:†Quick who leads this conference? Duke after their hard fought win over the Cuse? Nope, are the Orange still on top? No they are both looking up to Virginia where the Cavs at 14-1 are the top dog. The solid group is still just jockeying for position though Pitt is the shakiest. New to the list is Florida State who after going to the Oakland Zoo and earning a hard fought win is at least on the fringes. But Iím still sticking fast to the theory that the cut line is at 6
Key Game:†North Carolina at NC State Wednesday 8p (ACC Net) The Pack can really solidify their chances
Projected Bids: 6
Atlantic Ten Conference Class- Major
Solid: Saint Louis, George Washington, UMass, St. Joes, VCU
Work to do: Dayton, Richmond The A-10 Spec is:†The Billikens are still out in front but suddenly charging hard into the picture is St. Joes. The Hawks are closing in on 20 wins but have no margin for error with a pretty soft last four in the regular season skein. Iím really getting doubtful about GW who really didnít give front running Saint Louis much of a fight and now have a solid week to stew. Iím really thinking that Richmond might be the better 5th team coming out.
Key Game:†Dayton at St. Joes Tuesday†7p†(CBSSN) Both teams are on the cusp of 20 wins, if the Flyers get it they make it harder to keep them off the solid list
Solid: Cincy, Louisville, UConn, Memphis, SMU
Work to do: None All-American Spec:†The Cards won a cliffhanger in Cincy but the Bearcats are still in front but both are still way safe. The Mustangs cleared any doubters with a snappy win in Storrs. There is not too much left to see here beyond a shifting of seedings as I think all five teams in the solid category are Ft. Knox safe. †
Key Game: Temple at Louisville Thursday 9p†(ESPN)†Coming off an emotional slugfest will the Cards get caught with the look aheads to a meeting with Memphis?†
Big East† Conference Class-Major
Solid: Creighton, Villanova
Work to do: Providence, Xavier, Marquette, St. Johnís Big East Skinny:†The Bluejays and Wildcats are still on top but like the SEC the chaff is growing fast. The Muskies took an awful beating in DC to a middling G-Town squad and are in serious trouble. The Johnnies blew a golden chance to get a signature win. But incredibly the Muskies still have the inside track of getting the bid as they still have home games against the tourney bound Jays and Wildcats, a win here paired with their earlier win over Cincy might give them all the cred they need in the committees eyes.
Key Games:†Xavier at St. Johns†Tuesday 7p (FS1)†The winner here has more an inside chance at moving solid
Projected bids: 3
Big Ten† Conference Class-Power
Solid: Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa
Work to do: Nebraska The word on the Big Ten is:†The Buckeyes thumped the Gophers and for all intents and purposes are safe (grudgingly so) As much Iowa keeps tottering they are still good. The Michigan-Michigan State game was good TV but the real matchup will be in March. The Huskers are trying to their best to move solid but their resume is spotty at best but they have won 7 of 8 and have pushed their way on to the fringe of the conversation
Key Game:†Nebraska at Illinois Wednesday 8p (BTN)†The Huskers had better not get caught in this trap game if they want to solidify their tourney chances.
Big 12 Conference Class-Power
Solid: Kansas, Texas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma
Work to do: Baylor, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Baylor Skinny from the heartland:††The Jayhawks pounded Texas to reassert their hammerlock hold on the Big 12, they are bulletproof. The Clones, Sooners and Horns are relatively safe themselves and just need to avoid any dumb losses down the stretch. After that its gets dicey, you have four teams trying to snag what I think are two spots. Kansas State is the safest bet though they got housed by the Sooners. I donít trust West Virginia at all and the Pokes got a pair of badly needed wins against weak teams but still need to basically run the table get back to .500 and win once in the Big 12 tourney in Kansas City order to be safer
Key Game:†West Virginia @ Iowa State Wednesday 8p (ESPN3/Big 12 Sports)†The Mountaineers so-so chances get a big boost if they can steal one in Hilton. Baylor at Texas Wednesday 9p (ESPNU/Longhorn Net) The Bears could finally get that get that bona fide signature win with a win in Austin.
Conference USA† Conference Class-Mid-Major
Solid: La. Tech, Middle Tennessee
Work to do: Southern Miss, UTEP, Tulsa
Oh Say Can You C-USA Spec:†Middle Tennessee was happy to escape Huntington with a W and remain in the lead here but things may very well shake themselves out here in the next few days. There are some de facto elimination games ahead of the CUSA tourney in El Paso will be key in snagging a coveted double bye that the top four teams get
Key Games:†Middle Tennessee @ La. Tech Thursday 7:30p†The Blue Raiders will get their stiffest test ahead of the CUSA tourney in Ruston where the Bulldogs still have designs on the regular season title and holding onto their double bye slot Tulsa at UTEP Thursday 9p In another game that could go a long way to determining bye slots the Golden Hurricane and Miners face off.
Missouri Valley Conference Class-Mid Major
Solid: Wichita State
Work to do: Indiana State Missouri Valley Skinny:†The Shockers are #2 in the nation at 29-0, the Sycamores miniscule chances to get notice as an at large dried up with their loss to Missouri State, which means nothing less than a title run through Arch Madness will get them a bid
Key Game:†Wichita State @ Bradley Tuesday 9p (ESPN2). The Braves try to pull their biggest upset as they host the rampaging Shockers
Mountain West Conference Class-Major
Solid: San Diego State, New Mexico
Work to do: Boise State, UNLV, Wyoming
Spec from the Mountains:†The Aztecs seeding may be in serious danger as they were stifled by the Lobos who may have steeled their solidity with the win. The Broncos are charging hard to make their presence known they won a thrilling OT shootout with the Rebels but have only a 1 point win over a then unranked New Mexico to point at, they will need to win out and get to the finals in Vegas to have a real shot. The Rebels and the Pokes are just about done with their respective losses. The latter got housed by the middling Rams and are in need of a miracle run now
Key Game:†Utah State at New Mexico Tuesday 9p (CBSSN)†Letís see how the Lobos deal with being ranked and facing a soft team, a loss puts them right back on the bubble.
Pacific 12 Conference Class-Power
Solid: Arizona, UCLA, Colorado, Stanford, Cal,
Work to do: Arizona State, Utah Spec from the left coast:†The Utes housed the Sun Devils before a gleeful Huntsman Center crowd and stay on the sheetÖfor now. I still donít think that the Pac-12 goes 7 deep, and the Sun Devils and Buffs are looking quite suspect after getting housed. The latter by Arizona. Stanford has gotten too hard to ignore especially after thumping UCLA.†
Key Games:†Stanford @ Arizona State Wednesday 11p (ESPNU)†The Cardinal do the Southwest two step, the Sun Devils are back in bubble trouble but could make the cut line even fuzzier if they hold serve at home
Southeastern† Conference Class-Power
Solid: Florida, UK
Work to do: Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee, Mizzou Spec is Down South:† Give the Bayou Bengals some credit, they fought the Wildcats to the wire and then some in Rupp and stay on the sheet but a sweep of UK would have merited a move to solid. Iím not putting Georgia in even though they are in third and piling up win against weaker teams. There are count Ďem 7 teams at 7-7 in the SEC, which further underscores how weak this league is. Florida and UK are safe, pick two more teams from this league and your guess is as good as mine. †Mizzou and Arkansas are the closest to 20 and might have the most legit caseÖIím just getting ill considering the hot mess this league is.
Key Game:†Missouri @ Georgia Tuesday 7p (ESPN) Iím gonna look awful foolish keeping the Bulldogs off the list at 10 wins in conference, but if the Tigers win they justify me keeping them off the sheet and merit an uptown move at 20 overall wins.
West Coast† Conference Class- Mid Major
Work to do: BYU, San Francisco, Saint Maryís West Coast Spec:†The Bulldogs are having all sorts of trouble closing the deal on their 10th WCC regular season crown in 12 years and the Cougars left almost for dead ten days ago are closing fast but canít win the title outright. The Dons and Gaels are jockeying for position and though this remains to me a one bid league, itís getting interesting on who will get in.
Key Game:††Gonzaga @ Pacific Thursday 10p (ESPNU)†Will the third time be the charm for the Bulldogs? They continue to totter toward the bubble with bad losses and need to right themselves ahead of the WCC tourney.
Projected Bids: 1
There are others in the mix to be sure. Teams from the always dangerous Colonial (Delaware) and Big South (VMI) always are in the mix. Of course the champions from the following conferences get an automatic bid (projected winners in parentheses): Amer. East (Vermont), Atlantic Sun (Mercer), Big Sky (Weber State), Big West (UC Irvine) , Horizon (Green Bay, Ivy (Harvard), MAC (Toledo) , MAAC (Iona) , MEAC (NC Central), Northeast (Robert Morris), Ohio Valley (Belmont) , Patriot (Boston U.), Southern (Davidson), Southland (SF Austin), Sun Belt (Georgia St.) , Summit (IPFW), and SWAC (Southern) and Western Athletic (New Mexico St
Remember that this is still speculation, nothing here is ever solid and we haven't even brought up the possibility of upsets. But those never happen, right?
Phat Dap/Head Slap
To one of my own. Despite my beloved Bearcats taking a tough loss to their despised rivals of Louisville, Bearcat redshirt senior guard Sean Kilpatrick became only the 2nd player in UC history to score more than 2000 points in his collegiate career. The only other player in that club? He only has a statue outside of 5/3rd Arena, a guy by the name of Oscar Robertson. His school scoring record of 2973 points is still very safe. But SK is joining some heady company and has played in a manner that has earned the Big Oís respect and admiration. Congrats to a class act Bearcat.
To otherwise mild mannered Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim who more or less went batshit crazy after a bang-bang call was made late in the Syracuse-Duke game. The resulting double tech gave the Blue Devils just enough extra cushion to hold off the Orange in the second of their titanic battles. Boeheim had never gotten the gate (exhibition game not included) in his coaching career, but he broke that streak. I thought the meltdown was amusing given Boeheimís long standing stature as a mild mannered coach. But it was not needed and a bad exhibit
A Few Other Passing thoughts
NHL whining about losing players in the Olympics (Im talking to you Garth Snow), werent they out front saying that they should be able to represent their countries?
I gave dap to Sean Kilpatrick of Cincy for scoring over 2000 career points, you have to give dap†as well to Doug McDermott of Creighton, the names that he is passing on the scoring list as he closes in on 3000 points are the whos who of college basketball scorers.
Speaking of great scorers could you imagine what Pistol Pete (may he rest) or the Big O would have done with a 3 point line and being able to play as freshmen? Mercy! Maravich scored 3667 points and Robertson scored 2973 points in 3 years at LSU and Cincy respectively but freshmen were ineligible to play up until 1972.†
Wait...was that Melo actually playing tough defense on Dirk's game winner at MSG?†
Kansas won the Big 12 (minus 2) for the†tenth†straight year, that's called dominance there, gang
JaDaveon Clowney needs to stop clowning or he will get the tag of doggin. That will cost him loot and a high draft pick.
If you want to get in a good mood listening to music, I highly suggest "Livin' In the Life" a 1977 track from the Isley Brothers, its an obscure track to be sure but its hard driven bass guitar foundation will put you in a good mood. Highly recommend it for the car.
In Memoriam Harold Ramis 1944-2014
The comic world lost a legend. Harold Ramis passed away Monday at 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis He was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, and by two grandchildren. Before you screw your face up with a ďwhoís that?Ē query.† Go to your movie libraryÖif you have Caddyshack, Stripes, Animal House and/or Ghostbusters then you know who Ramis is. He either wrote or directed these comedy classics. He was the understated Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters. I didnít realize that he had a hand in many of my favorite movies until I looked him up. Thanks for the laughs Harold, you will be missed...
Screw the politics of this:† There isn't one person out there who disagrees that we need to cut the military budget, hell even veterans for the most part agree.† But where the government is screwing up is where they are looking to cut.† In the past year, this is what I know of:
The first step was to cut the Cost of Living Adjustment to Military Retirees such as Scott and myself until we reach the age of 62, so basically any COLA raises for our pensions are held up.
Commissaries (our supermarkets) are having $1 billion cut out of their budgets.
Our medical insurance (TRICARE) premiums have already been raised and no doubt will be again.
Last week a report comes out that many junior enlisted and their families are on welfare.† And now they are talking about cutting housing allowances, and military schools for military kids.
I am also hearing about Disabled Vets, the VA, and many other places looking at being cut.
Look, Iím not bitching about this because it affects me, I am one of the very few lucky ones who can afford to live without the COLA, and I donít shop at the Commissary because its too far away, though I worry about folks who do shop there and those who work there.† I do need the TRICARE.† I complain because there are too many retirees out there who struggle from day to day and they need their benefits.
Hereís another question Ė where (publicly) has the Defense Department cut the fraud, waste, and abuse?† You would think technology alone by using computers (e-mail, Microsoft Office), and computer storage would have cut the need for paper Ė and that would have been a HUGE savings.
The Defense Department keeps saying they donít need all the extra funding Congress gives to build planes they donít need.† Fine, let Congress give you the money then cancel the contract there and put it to funding JUNIOR ENLISTED!!!
Now the military is facing a round of layoffs which will only make it worse on the general economy.† Good kids and their families who wonít be allowed to reenlist because thereís no money.† Here, let me make a recommendations:
Let me be ďcontroversialĒ here:Combine the Army and Marines!!!† In fact if you want to save money, make this the #1 priority and convert the Army into the Marine structure Ė they work with the Navy and have adjusted and have a bit more versatility.† Build a plan to combine the two by 2020 or 2024.I get tradition, honor, and love of service, but they do the same thing.
Cut the payments to the contractors and divert the costs to upgrading the VA.
Cut the recruiting quotas and put the recruiters back to their jobs.† Let the career recruiters remain recruiting but send everybody else back to their original jobs, not make them recruit, a job many don't want to do in the first place.† Also, if there are recruits waffling before they go to Boot Camp, let em go...it's not worth the headaches those in Boot Camp and Advanced Training have to put up with.
Make boot camps and advanced training more stringent Ė anybody who canít adjust after given a fair chance, send them home Ė be it attitude, book study, or inability to adapt physically.
Start enforcing the zero tolerance on drugs and alcohol related incidents like you keep claiming on paper.Drugs should be an automatic Ė pop positive and youíre gone within ten days Ė no courts-martial or non-judicial punishment, just send em home with an other than honorable discharge.† Alcohol?† You get one chance to straighten up, the second time, youíre gone within two weeks.
How many senior officers are shining seats in Washington DC with their butts, and how much do these senior officers make?† You think maybe we can think out the Flag ranks?
Some of you may remember the move ďDaveĒ, where some guy who resembled the President was brought in to impersonate him when the Prez had a stroke.† One line that stuck out at me was a common sense one:
Dave: According to the OMB, we have seventeen defense contractors who are delinquent in their contracts. Is this true, Frank?
Director of OMB: Uh, I believe so, yes.
Dave: So, even though they're late, we keep paying them on time?
Director of OMB: Well, in a sense... yeah.
Hey Washington, Iíll bet this exists.† You think you might want to start here?† Maybe stop paying these fools who are fleecing the government (read: TAXPAYERS) every day?
Sorry I just canít hold it in anymore. While TheBeezer, IhateMillen and other Red Sox fans have outstanding blogs, not just on the Red Sox, but on other topics as well, they should be commended for that. What I am writing about is IHateMillen lit a match in me that was started by TheBeez and other Red Sox fans.
Red Sox fans are very passionate about their team and rightfully so. They play in one of the greatest baseball stadiums of all-time. Their franchise is rich in history, nothing really to be ashamed of.
For those that didnít read it this was reply to the last IHateMillen Blog :
ďI just can't figure why Red Sox fans have it in for the Yankees. I don't want to hear the crap about them spending money for players. Every team has the same chance as the Bronx Bombers to go after players. The organization is playing by the rules that even the Boston Red Sox voted on. I don't give a rats ass about the Red Sox, yet you never hear me bad mouthing the team, in fact on one of my posts I congratulated them. When the Yanks won in 2009, I never once rubbed it in the face of the Red Sox fans. All I did was write a blog about the team winning. Even when your other teams win, you have to rub it in on the Yankees.Ē
ďWhile Red Sox fans have shown class in the Rivera world retirement tour, I know they will do the same for Our Captain Derek Jeter, just as Yankee fans will honor Ortiz when he decided to hang them up.Ē
ďBoston fans. just get over it already with the Yankees. You just making yourselves look like an assĒ
By the way, Red Sox fans and Yankee fans can agree that Jeter is not on the Mount Rushmore of Yankess, or for that matter a top 5 Yankee.Ē
Let me just expand a little. Itís okay to dislike the Yankees, just like I dislike the Red Sox. But I donít vent my venom on Boston fans. But Iíll be demand if I donít go to a Yankee-Red Sox game whenever I go home to Brooklyn, New York and boo the hell at of the Red Sox.
7 World Series, 9 American League PennantsÖImpressive Red Sox fans.
But it really boils down to the fact that Red Sox Fans have a Yankee inferiority complex because that is what it really sounds like to me.