LaRussa, Torre and Cox. 6000 wins and 8 World Series
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the locals are still trying to figure out why folks are complaining so much about the snow and ice…its December people!!!!
College Football: The BCS lucks out again
Welllp (long sigh) As much as you and I railed and ragged on the BCS and its foibles, and called for a playoff; as many times as we screamed settle the games on the field, not in computers; as much as we hated the posturing of some teams and coaches for what they felt was their rightful place at the championship dais. We are again down to two and as much as I hate to admit it. The BCS got it right…the chips fell again their way. You had now top ranked Florida State and their electric QB Jameis Winston freed from the specter of a sexual assault charge. 2nd ranked Ohio State who had long carped “What about us?” before top ranked Alabama took a loss in the Iron Bowl. Then you have the SEC teams Auburn who at #3 held the trump card of knocking of then top ranked Tide who themselves lurk at fourth looking for an opening to pounce on and wedge themselves back into the BCS title picture. The question loomed. What happens if all three teams win? Could Auburn jump the Buckeyes if they laid out an impressive win over #5 Missouri and the Bucks struggled against a top ten but unheralded Michigan State? What if the Seminoles struggled against heavy underdog, but plucky Duke? From the cold plains both Missouri and Oklahoma State, good 1 loss teams were also hollering “But Harpo? What about me?” Funny how these things work out just so, yeah?
Let’s go in chronological order, in the game called bedlam. Oklahoma dashed it’s instate rivals BCS hopes with a 33-24 win, the Sooners scored the game’s 13 points in a wild (but not wildest…more on that thought later) 4th quarter. The game winner was a late touchdown pass that you could see the fans in Stillwater openly cursing when Jalen Saunders hauled it in denying the Cowboys a BCS trip and garnering a surprise Sugar Bowl bid for the Sooners. The last score was a needless pile on when the Cowboys tried a desperate multi-lateral move (not the last time we see that move, more on that later) that upset turned the Baylor-Texas game into a defacto Big 12 (minus 2) title game. But the Longhorns came into the game looking like that they wanted to be elsewhere and the Bears, left for finished and a lower tier bowl a week ago were boogieing their way to Tempe after shaking off a slow start and exploding for a 27-7 second half run en route to a 30-10 thrashing of the Horns earning their first outright conference title since 1980 and a nice coda to the final game in Floyd Casey Stadium
So we move to the 4 EST game the SEC title game between Auburn and Mizzou. I saw more than a few wanna be clowns openly predicting that the Tigers would win. In any case it was a wild shootout in the OK corral, both teams throwing haymaker after haymaker, with the score 45-42 Auburn going into the final quarter. I flatly stated first team to 60 would win. Auburn kept scoring while Mizzou came up flat. The final was 59-42 as War Eagle was flying high (Not the only time an Eagle would run wild, more on that, later) So after winning that game the SEC champs openly barked and bragged that they should be headed to Pasadena to play for a national title.
On to the late games, where Florida State looked almost bored with the mundane and ho-hum task of beating Duke in the ACC title game. The Blue Devils, were sporting their first 10 win season and were relishing the fact that they were underdog but playing in their backyard in Charlotte. The Blue Devils had played in fact on that very field just under a year ago in the Belk Bowl. The Seminoles started slow and though the Blue Devils hadn’t got on the board were at least keeping the Seminoles at bay and the first quarter was scoreless.
But let’s turn our collective attentions 573 miles to the northwest in Indy where #2 Ohio State was getting ready to face off against Michigan State. Many pundits felt that the Buckeyes had best put a strong show out to ward off talk of Auburn jumping over them in the BCS standings. The problem was the Spartans won the toss and grinded their way downfield to an opening field goal. Then as the Buckeye offense stalled in the first quarter and part of the 2nd, the Spartans took advantage of the Bucks notoriously weak secondary to gash them for a 72 yard score, a second touchdown pass from Connor Cook this time to Tony Lippett and Sparty was up 17-0 and the collective crowd of 66,000 were either in stunned (Buckeye fan) or delirious (Sparty) silence hoping that this was a dream. And keep in mind 533 miles to the south in the Georgia Dome. Auburn’s players and fans were watching this with baited breath, daring to dream that their BCS title wish would be granted.
But let’s return back to Charlotte where the Seminoles were starting to get annoyed with the Blue Devils fans chant of “Overrated” and “Just like basketball” Jameis Winston went to work and the Blue Devils suddenly looked way out of their league. The Noles treated the Devils like EPMD used to treat sucka MC’s slaying again and again. It was almost like listening to the Strong Island duo’s classic “So What Cha Saying.” Winston threw for three scores, ran for another and the Noles ran off 45 unanswered points in a frightening blitz. The Dukies got a pride saving touchdown with a minute left to spoil the shutout but the verdict was a no-doubt 45-7 tally. Winston is gonna get used to lifting hardware, as he took home MVP honors and the ACC title in what will be a month of accolades for the redshirt freshman.
Back to Indy where the Bucks picked themselves off the mat and cut the 17 point lead to seven by the half. Braxton Miller had a pair of touchdowns on brilliant runs to give the Buckeyes the lead with 24 straight points, they were now writing things and for a while looked as if they would pour it on. But the Spartans held fast, as a late 3rd quarter field goal steadied the Spartans and they would take the lead back early in the fourth with yet another pinpoint throw from Connor Cook, this time to Josiah Price. The Bucks simply put had run out of answers and were just about done, when Miller failed to convert on a short 4th down with 5 minutes left, you could almost hear the late Howard Cosell shouting. They’re getting ready to go!” When Jeremy Langford sprung loose on a dagger-like 26 yard touchdown run to run the lead back to ten, I posted on Facebook to that the Bucks had a fork in em as they were done. I enjoyed the vitriol that I got off that post and the “Where are your Bearcats at?” crackback blasts. The Bucks head to the Orange Bowl to face Clemson, while Sparty knew that they were headed to Pasadena to face Stanford win or lose but now head out as Big Ten Champs handing the Bucks their first loss in the Urban Meyer era 34-24.
So after the recaps what are we left with? Florida State remains #1, Auburn suddenly ascends to #2 with no arguing from anyone as SEC champs and a shitload of street cred. Bama goes to the traditional SEC venue in the Sugar Bowl where one will wonder how interested they will be and if their coach will get another case of wanderlust especially if the Texas job comes open. Ohio State goes to the Orange Bowl to face Clemson. Baylor will face American Champ Central Florida in that schools first and conference’s only BCS trip. Did the BCS get it right or did they get lucky once again. I grow tired of listening to those that used to rail against a playoff saying that this was the real playoff with the high stakes games every week. The BCS got lucky in that there is an unbeaten at the top and the best 1 loss team that is a conference champ…shaddap Bama! is facing them. Had this been next year the debate would have raged not on who was 1 & 2 but who the worthy 3 & 4 teams are. Bama and Michigan State are in those slots now but you could easily hear the carping for Baylor and Stanford. I’m of the thinking that if you don’t win your conference you don’t deserve to get a free pass to the title game or playoffs (again shaddap Bama!)
NFL: Snow games, wild finishes and so much more
I love watching football games in the elements, snow, rain, fog. You name it, if the weather plays a part. It’s all good to me. That’s why I was mildly disappointed when I turned the Colts-Bengals game on and all you saw was the snow banked around the field. Hoodwood got 5 inches of snow and I was hoping hard for a snowy game but those games were further east. The Dolphins-Steelers, Lions-Eagles, Chiefs-Redskins and Vikings-Ravens games were all played in raucously wild conditions and with the exception of the Chiefs getting a much needed 45-10 walkover win on the Redskins who I think have quit on Mike Shanahan and he on the team all were thrilling games . Shady McCoy broke an Eagles rushing record that was set in 1949…that was when the NFL had 12 teams the US had 48 states and Jim Brown was starting high school…he had 217 yards on a snowy Lincoln Financial Field and the Eagles continue to look at lot better than earlier thought with a 28 point 4th quarter to steamroll the Lions 34-20. The box score looked like a junior high one as both teams didn’t make a single extra point kick, heck David Akers only attempted one and that got blocked
And even wilder game was just a piece down on 95, where the Vikings and Ravens slogged through a wintry mess in M&T Bank Stadium, it was a ho-hum 7-6 game into the 4th when things started getting interesting. First an acrobatic catch by Jerome Simpson to give the Vikes the lead and the Vikes were trying desperately to hang on for the upset win, but the Ravens took the lead back on a Dennis Pitta TD catch with 2:05 left, here’s where it gets crazy the Vikes surge back ahead with 41 run by Toby Gerhart in the game only because AP had left due to an injury. Me, I’m watching the game going nuts thinking it was checkmate but when the Vikes tried to pooch kick the ensuing kickoff Jacoby Jones foiled that plan by fielding the short kick on the dead run and barreling 77 yards for another go-ahead score. I slumped back in the recliner. It just wasn’t fair! I said as much on a Facebook post. But here come the Vikings back again, Cordarrelle Patterson catches a short pass, and dodges seemingly Raven defender and scoots 79 yards for what looked to be a backbreaking touchdown with :45 left. I ran screaming through the Hoodwood hideout in ecstasy, I thought this would be checkmate and the Vikes would have the win…but oh no. Joe Flacco had the last word taking the Ravens nearly the length in 41 seconds, helped by a couple questionable pass interference calls, one of which negated an interception that would have iced the game. Flacco found rookie Marlon Brown in the back of the end zone and that catch I thought was questionable because I didn’t think he had got both feet down. But the refs ruled it good and the Ravens pulled out a miracle 29-26 win that keeps them in the #6 position for the 2nd AFC Wild Card. There were an NFL record six lead changes in this game and five of those in the last 2:05, I was spent on the floor at games end, wishing that last lead change hadn’t happened.
But the nuttiest finish was in Pittsburgh where they were getting just as much snow and the Dolphins race out to a ten point lead, saw the Steelers rally to take the lead after a Troy Polamalu pick six. The teams traded scores until a Caleb Sturgis field goal put the Fins up six. The Steelers then on a 4th and forever with time running out did a six person lateral. It was Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders who lateraled it to Jerricho Cotchery who handed it to LeVeon Bell who chucked to offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert who tossed back to Roethlisberger who threw a questionable “lateral” to Antonio Brown…who was in the clear…oh snap! Was this going to be the pro version of “the play”? There was no band on the field but Heinz Field was going nuts. It was a miracle! But hold the phone. The ref was pointing at the 12 yard line. Brown had stepped out of bounds, his footprint clear as a bell in the snow. That was the ball game and the Dolphins were grateful to escape the Steel City playoff hopes still very much alive with a 34-28 win. Wow. I did all my talking about football. To that end
To three managers who know how to win and are going to Cooperstown. The baseball hall of fame announced that Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa were all selected in the expansion era committee voting. All three managers have over 2300 wins and in an interesting quirk are 3-4-5 in wins (LaRussa, Cox, Torre respectively) until they were selected were the only managers in the top 11 in wins that were not in the hall of fame. They were elected unanimously which is nice but no player has ever made it in the as a first ballot unanimous selection. Tom Seaver made it in with 98% of the vote. I still would like to know the 5 chowderheads that left him off the ballot or the 6 that didn’t think Nolan Ryan or the 8 that didn’t think Cal Ripken Jr. were worthy. The nine that left Hank Aaron off their ballots are the ones that I thought should have their heads examined. But in any case dap to three worthy skippers.
To the New York Knicks who after breaking an eight game losing skid with back to back smashings of the Nets in Brooklyn and the Magic at home. Broke out those ugly as sin orange alt unis. It hurt them more than the woeful Celtics who thrashed them 114-73 The Knicks are now 0-6 wearing those monstrosities. They should give those to the charity that supplies clothes to the kids in 3rd world countries, you know the ones that say Oakland A’s 1990 World Series Champs, UK undefeated season, Pats 2007 perfection or Texas Rangers 2010 or 2011 World Series Champs…those seasons never happened and kids have the t-shirts from the would be champions.
A couple more things
Robinson Cano...$240 million to go to Seattle...are they out of their minds?
No Tailgating at the Super Bowl...congratulations Herr Goodell you've made the game totally corporate.
Jameis Winston will win the Heisman and still have that cloud over his head, no matter if he was cleared of the sexual assault charges
Sheriff Roy Halladay calls it a career, a quiet competitor goes out his way
Mike Shanahan is finding out that Dan Snyder is running things in DC and ruining the Redskins.
I want to know who wants to eliminate kickoff returns and further pussify the game I love...
My Beloved Bearcats lost to Louisville in the cold rain in Cincy last Thursday and that really sucks. But they will beat North Carolina in the Belk Bowl on the 28th...believe that!
Thats the view from the Hoodwood, until next post fellow sports fans!
So Monday is here again...Wow, that went fast...Before I get into all the College Football madness, and my own personal madness, I have to talk about the Cleveland Browns game in New England...I was busy all day Sunday, but I kept checking into the game...Each time I was shocked to see the Browns in the lead...The lead was never too big...That will happen when you settle for field goals instead of punching it into the end zone...
Late in the 4th quarter the Browns were still up, but Tom Brady gets the ball back with over two minutes left...TD, Onside Kick, Bad Pass Interference Call, TD, Game Over...Patriots win...The Browns snatch defeat from the Jaws of victory...BRUTAL!
I was reminded of why I gave up my Browns Fan Card...Games like this...Like most of the games they've played this year...
My numerous Ohio State fans had a rough go at it this weekend, and Michigan State's defense handled Braxton Miller and company...And the MSU offense seemed to surprise the hapless Buckeyes defense...The Spartans took down the #2 Buckeyes 34-24, and every Auburn player, coach and fan rejoiced...And all of the SEC had another chance to laugh at Ohio State...
Earlier in the Day Auburn won the SEC title in a no defense allowed battle with Missouri, winning 59-42...Florida State rolled Duke 45-7 in the ACC title game...So it's set...#1 FSU will take on Auburn in the National Championship Game...So how did the other bowls shake out?
I was hoping they would have matched Urban Meyer and Nick Saban's egos in a battle...But instead Saban's Tide will face Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl...Ohio State will take on Clemson in the Orange Bowl...Or the battle of two highly touted teams that fell on their faces!
The Fiesta Bowl will be Baylor and UCF...Oklahoma State and Missouri will play the Cotton Bowl...And in what could be the most fun game to watch, the Rose Bowl, Stanford will face Michigan State...Two hard-nosed teams that like to pound the ball and play defense...Defense! What's that!?! A rarity these days!
My Irish will play Dec. 28th against Rutgers, in the Pinstripe Bow at Yankee Stadium...The Irish better win! That's all I have on that.
As for my life this weekend...Friday night I took the kids skating...My wife and I were suppose to go out to a Christmas party, but our sitter got seriously sick, and our evening out was screwed...
Saturday we took the kids with friends to lunch with Santa...The saw the fat man...Asked him for a specific thing or two...(already have them...Santa already has his shopping done!) Here's Little Beeze thinking hard about exactly what he wants...
Afterwards we took the kids for ice cream...Then back to our friends home...My buddy and I ditched the kids and ladies for a couple hours, grabbed a couple beers, a burger, and watched some football...Lunch with Santa wasn't that good, or filling...
Sunday was work...Lots of work...We did a big switch in the Beeze house...We moved the girls upstairs to our room...and moved us down to their room...Fuck I forgot how heavy that King size bed was...And those sweet bunk beds I put together months ago...I had to take them apart to get them through the doorways, and up the stairs...It was ton of work, cleaning, lifting...Good exercise too...Which will go well with our change in diet...We've gone with organic meat, fruits, and veggies...And we've been juicing in place of one meal a day...We've both felt better and lost some weight in just a week since we got the juicer...
The weekend went fast, and somehow felt long...
Now for this week's Christmas song...It's more of a anti-Christmas song, but I like it...Daniel Mustard's "Since Santa Ain't Coming"
While heading off to see the Boston College women's basketball team play this afternoon...
BOSTON RED SOX
The hot stove season kicks things off this week thanks to a trio of moves involving the Red Sox.
Times flies when you are basking in the glow of a World Series championship don't it? Almost from the minute the final out was recorded, the planning for next season began and it was with the knowledge that more than a few players that helped bring the unlikely title to Boston would not be returning.
The biggest name involved was outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. His departure was not unexpected. In fact it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that he would be leaving the Red Sox. He was looking a huge deal and with the Red Sox being burned once by that 7 year $142 million dollar deal that they gave to Carl Crawford, there was no way they would go down that road again with the sadly oft-injured Ellsbury.
I'm all for players getting as much money as they can in a deal and while I'm disappointed and yes a little mad when players spurn the Boston area teams, I usually handle the disappointment fine. But after signing a 7 year $153 million dollar deal with the freaking Yankees I'm just a big beyond the "irritated" marker on the chart.
The Yankees? The FREAKING Yankees? While most of the people I know via Facebook were chanting that they hope he gets hurt, I dealt with this "betrayal" by Ellsbury not with wishing him physical harm (because that's flat out wrong), but rather a miserable year at the plate.
Another cog in the title team left this week as well. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia agreed to join the major league baseball verson of Dante's Inferno (aka the Miami Marlins) with a 3 year 21 million dollar deal. While is decision making ability might be in question going from a title winner to a team that makes licking the butt crack of a dead rhinoceros look favorable by comparison, it is sad to see him go.
But the news isn't all about watching players leave Boston. The Red Sox signed reliever Edward Mujica to a 2 year deal. He looks to be used as a set up man after spending most of last season as the closer for the St. Louis Cardinals. He had 37 saves but lost the closer's job in September and didn't so much as step on the field of play during the World Series.
Then came last night's news...Mike Napoli is back! The hirsute one signed a 2 year 32 million dollar deal to come back to Boston. This is good news because I figure you need to try to hold on to at least some of the people who made last year both successful and fun.
The town Pop Warner football team, the Wareham Tigers, are currently in Florida as the B Squad is competing for the Pop Warner Super Bowl title. It is only the second time in the history of the Tigers they've qualified for the trip to Disney World, but the very first time they were able to raise the money necessary to make the trip. Through a myriad of donations, including one from Vince Wilfork of the New England Patriots, they raised the money in about 3 days and were on their way.
Their first game was yesterday afternoon against the Gilroy Browns from California. Wareham led 14-12 at halftime and 20-12 in the third quarter. But the Browns rallied back and ended up winning the game 28-20.
The Celtics started the past week with a 92-85 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was a bit of a depressing loss in that the Bucks had lost 11 games in a row heading into the matchup with the Celtics. The loss came despite a huge game from Jared Sullinger (21 points, 14 boards). Jordan Crawford and Jeff Green each finished with 18 points.
But things turned around for Boston in the back end of the home and home series with the Bucks. They took that second game 108-100 behind 25 points from Crawford. Green scored 18 points and Brandon Bass had 16 points and 9 boards. Sullinger, Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee all finished in double figures as well.
The most amazing thing about the win was it gave the Celtics the lead in the Atlantic Division. In terms of the quality of the teams in the Eastern Conference, it is a bit of an embarrassment that a team with an 8-12 record at this point is your division leader but for Celtics fan, first place is first place.
Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets saw the Celtics open up the game with a 14-0 run, score a season high 39 points in the first quarter and then nearly squander a 27 point lead before finally holding off Denver 106-98. They are now 9-12 on the season and continue to surprise with each game. They may have a losing record but this team isn't anywhere near as bad as most thought it would be.
Crawford had 22 points and 8 assists while the barely ever heard from Kris Humphries added 18 points and 7 boards. Avery Bradley added 18 points as well. Jeff Green finished with 15 points while Brandon Bass scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the situation with the Brooklyn Nets grew worse this week. The losing continues apace and with the all but in name only firing of assistant coach Lawrence Frank, the hiring of Jason Kidd is looking worse and worse by the day. You can read my take on the situation here: http://www.yougabsports.com/pt/Are-you-Kidd-ing-me.12-4-2013/blog.htm
By the way, don't forget that next Saturday is the annual Army-Navy game. It's a game that is always worth they hype regardless of what the record for either team is heading into the game. Hell, it is the one football game I can guarantee that my mother will watch beginning to end each year.
As for this week's games, I pretty much skipped the action because there weren't any games I was truly interested in during the afternoon. The SEC title game went to Auburn and Oklahoma upset Oklahoma State (I did see the end of that one).
But the two biggest games of note took place last night after I put this edition to bed and got off the computer. But if Florida State and Ohio State both win, we'll know who will play in the BCS title game and then there really isn't much to write about.
Hartford - The Hawks dropped to 1-7 on the season with a 62-49 loss to Quinnipiac. How they managed to lose this game comes down to free throws. It had to be that because Hartford shot better from the field overall and from three point range. They also won the battle of the boards 44-39. But they shot 9-13 from the foul line while Quinnipiac was 19-24. It doesn't explain everything going wrong with the Hawks, but it certainly covers most of the final margin of victory.
Deanna Mayza led the team with 13 points while Shanise Bultron had 10 points and 7 boards.
I'll be seeing the team play at Boston College this afternoon so hopefully I will gather some in person insight into exactly what is going wrong with their season.
Missouri State - Things are spiraling downward for the Lady Bears as well. Their loss to #7 Louisville wasn't entirely unexpected but I don't think 91-49 as the final score was what anyone was hoping for. Kenzie Williams had 13 points to lead the team in scoring while Tyonna Snow added 12 points. Desiree Phillips (pictured below) finished with a career high 11 points.
Next came Eastern Kentucky and despite playing a much closer game, the Lady Bears lost 65-61, dropping their record to 1-6. Tyonna Snow led the team with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals. Williams added 18 points and Bry Snow scored 11 points to go with 7 rebounds.
I'm not real familiar with the team's in their conference but at 1-6 before conference play, things don't look good so far in the first season under coach Kellie Harper.
I split my two leagues this past week. Thus far I'm 7-6 in both. While one team is still in the regular season, the other league is headed to playoffs this week. I qualified for that despite being in 5th place overall.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
I'm still trying to juggle around the various schedules for the girls basketball teams with ex-players of mine on their rosters. Hopefully I'll get it all straightened out soon.
In the meantime, the area paper announced their selections for the 2013 Girls Volleyball All-Star team. My former player Erica got an Honorable Mention.
The cool thing about that was she didn't know. So when I sent her a congratulatory message, she was very surprised. Of course, the paper did screw things up by leaving the "a" off her first name so it looked like ERIC had gotten the mention.
That's the feel good portion of this section. Now let's get on to the stupid teenagers part.
Have you ever heard of the hand gesture "the shocker"? No? Well, don't feel bad, neither had I. But apparently it is the latest "fad" all the kids are doing these days. I had to look up what the gesture meant. It turns out I knew what it was but under a different name. (If you look it up, be aware that it is a NSFW possibility.)
Three female high school players in Illinois got suspended after they made the hand gesture in their team photos. And the story took off from there...you gotta love social media, NOT.
Anyway, the thing that I have to wonder is why ANY female would be making this gesture as it really isn't all that complimentary towards a woman. I know that I'm a getting older every day guy and the mind of a teenage girl is something that I don't and don't want to fully understand but seriously, who thinks this is something worth doing?
Longtime readers of Sports Illustrated will remember the name Dr. Z. I'm sure. Paul Zimmerman was one of the premiere pro football writers for the magazine for a long time. But a series of strokes have effectively silenced him. This week, there was a nice thank you kind of article by SI.com writer Doug Farrar about Zimmerman. You can check it out here: http://nfl.si.com/2013/11/29/thank-you-dr-z-yours-truly-everybody/
Men's Hockey - The Eagles got back on the winning side of things when they took the first of a home and home series against New Hampshire 6-2. They ended up with a sweep of the two game set by knocking off UNH 2-1 last night.
Women's Hockey - Before heading off to a month long break, the women's hockey team faced off against Harvard on Saturday night. They skated to a 1-1 tie.
Football - While the team now sits and waits to see what bowl game they will be heading off to, the chances of Andre Williams winning the Heisman took an even bigger hit when Florida State QB Jameis Winston wasn't charge in that rape case he was mixed up in. Something seems fundamentally off when the fact you were EVER mixed up in a rape case doesn't disqualify you from winning the top award in college football, but I acknowledge that my opinion means absolutely nothing here.
As for seasonal awards, the Eagles were well represented when the All-ACC teams were announced this week. Williams, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and kicker Nate Freese made the 1st team. Tackle Matt Patchan made the 2nd team. Wide Receiver Alex Amidon, tackle Ian White, center Andy Gallick, defensive end Kasim Edebali and linebacker Steele Divitto all made the third team.
Men's Basketball - The Eagles got blown out by Purdue this week 88-67. The two teams were tied at 20 before the Boilermakers went on a 21-5 run that put the game firmly in their control. Ryan Anderson (pictured below) had 16 points while Olivier Hanlan had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Alex Dragicevich finished with 13 points as the Eagles fell to 3-5.
They face USC tonight.
Women's Basketball - The women's team had an early lead in their ACC/Big Ten Challenge game against Wisconsin but didn't have nearly enough to hold off the Badgers and lost 74-59. Katie Zenevitch led the team with 17 points and 10 boards while Kristen Doherty scored 14 points and grabbed nine boards. Nicole Boudreau added 14 points.
I'll be seeing the team square off against Hartford this afternoon as my ticket finally arrived in the mail on Thursday. I'm hoping that they'll get the win and that I'll be able to talk more in depth about both teams in next week's column.
TV - Just a note that last week's mid-season finale of The Walking Dead was FANTASTIC.
Books - I finished the most recent Janet Evanovich paperback Notorious Nineteen this week. It is the latest in her Stephanie Plum series. The book was entertaining enough and had a couple of really laugh out loud sections, but I don't think I really enjoyed it as much as past installments.
I picked up two new novels this week as well. The first was the Star Trek tie in novel The Fall #4 - The Poisoned Chalice by James Swallow. The second book is a thriller called Pursuit and it is written by author (and Academy Award winning actor) Gene Hackman.
Movies - I watched Red 2 on Friday night via PPV. I loved the original comic series the two movies have been based upon. But the films have almost nothing to do with the comic book's plot. I didn't really like the first movie but the second one seemed like it was going to be better. It really wasn't. If you watched the first movie, you can see the second one a single time and then never have to watch it again. It isn't necessarily bad, just kind of watch and forget it.
Music - If you read last weeks's column, you saw my review of the Benedictum CD Obey. Well, the follow up to that review is kind of interesting. I sent the link to the band's Facebook page and actually got a thank you message back from the singer. She also sent me a friend request from her own personal FB account. Guess she liked the review.
With how things played out Saturday, it looks like we'll see Florida State and Auburn in the National Championship game....that said, would you like to see Ohio State and Alabama square off in one of the other BCS Bowls?