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Sunday Musings #142
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While still marveling over Storrs, Connecticut being the center of the college basketball universe...again...
 
COLLEGE BASKETBALL WRAP UP
 
UConn - Monday night saw the rise of the men's basketball team to the top of the heap after their 60-54 defeat of Kentucky. Kevin Ollie did a marvelous job in guiding the team to the title and Shabazz Napier was just awesome.
 
 
Following that up was the UConn women's team completing a 40-0 season with their defeat of Notre Dame, 79-58. As a matter of fact, the game and entire women's tournament went pretty much how I thought it would. I told a co-worker that the women's tourney would come down to a matchup between #1 UConn and #2 Notre Dame and then UConn would win by 20 points. Which is pretty much what happened.
 
 
Speaking of the tournaments themselves, the final breakdown of the four brackets I had going broke down like this:
 
Men's NCAA record -  43-26 (Won the YouGabSports ESPN Bracket Challenge Group)
 
Women's NCAA record - 48-15 (Picked the national title winner)
 
NIT Record - 13-18
 
WNIT Record - 37-26
 
Kentucky - After the Wildcats loss, noise about John Calipari as the front runner for the LA Lakers job started getting louder. SI.com's Pete Thamel wrote that Calipari's coaching job in the final showed how he can never succeed in the NBA. You can read that here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/-college-basketball-mens-tournament/news/20140408/kentucky-wildcats-connecticut-huskies-john-calipari/
 
Manhattan - After it was learned that Steve Masiello did not have the degree he claimed to have received and lost out on a job, he decided to try and stay at Manhattan. But the school put him on leave until they decided what they were going to do.
 
The news this past week was Masiello would keep his job but is on unpaid leave until he completes his degree studies at Kentucky. Associate head coach Matt Grady will run the team in the meantime.
 
UMass - This past Wednesday, sophomore guard Derrick Gordon broke the news that he was gay, thus becoming the first openly gay active player in D1 men's basketball. Reaction to the announcement was initially positive. Here's an article link: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/umass-basketball-player-gordon-comes-141736069--ncaab.html
 
Michigan State - Lacey Holsworth, the little girl befriended by Spartans player Adreian Payne, passed away this week after fighting cancer. You can read more here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/father-girl-befriended-hoops-star-133020625--ncaab.html
 
 
UNLV - Former Runnin' Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian was hospitalized on Thursday. The 83 year old complained of feeling weak and having trouble breathing. His son was quoted as saying his father was having trouble keeping his eyes open as well.
 
It was later reported that Tarkanian is being treated for pneumonia and while improving is still hospitalized.
 
BASEBALL SCUMBAG OF THE WEEK
 
There was an article on ex-major league player Chad Curtis on Sports On Earth this past week. Curtis was one of those holier-than-thou jerks who constantly wore out his welcome on whatever team he played for. And as usual, the most virulently religious are usually exposed as the biggest hypocrites. You can read about how Curtis was revealed to be a major scumbag here via this Sports on Earth article link: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/70575174/how-chad-curtis-went-from-hero-to-convict-for-sexual-misconduct
 
BOSTON COLLEGE ATHLETICS
 
Men's Basketball - There has been a lot of activity with the men's team this week. Between the introduction of the new coach to a flurry of transfer news both real and rumored, it has kept the fan base very engaged.
 
 
Men's Hockey - The Eagles faced off against Union College on Thursday in the Frozen Four.
 
They owned the first period, leading 1-0 at the break. But the start of the second period saw Union dominate the first 9 minutes. They took a 2-1 lead during that time. After that, the Eagles controlled the next 9 minutes allowing just one shot on goal for Union.
 
It was tied 2-2 after the second period. Union took a 3-2 lead. Boston College then got the benefits of a five minute power play. They weren't able to capitalize on it though. Union then took a 4-2 lead and things looked very bleak.
 
BC pulled their goalie with 2:32 left in the third and they managed to score to make it 4-3. Union countered with an empty net goal to make it 5-3.
 
Not to go down quietly, BC's Patrick Brown scored to make it 5-4. But with just 3.2 seconds left in the game, Union prevailed by that 5-4 score to end the Eagles season.
 
Also, while it doesn't reduce the hurt of finishing short of a national title, BC's junior forward Johnny Gaudreau capped his year by being named the 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner.
 
 
BOSTON CELTICS
 
Despite holding a 19 point lead in the 3rd quarter, the Celtics week started off with a 115-11 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The loss featured three Celtics going for more than 20 points apiece and Phil Pressey having a 12 point 11 assist night with Rajon Rondo sitting out.
 
Things didn't get much better on Wednesday night when the Hawks handed Boston a 105-97 loss. Avery Bradley scored 24 points to lead the offense while Rondo had 19 points and 12 assists. Jared Sullinger added 15 points and 11 boards.
 
However, the Celtics did manage to break their losing streak on Friday night thanks to a 106-103 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Bradley again led the offense by scoring 22 points and Sullinger had 20 points. Rondo was out with a bruised shin so Phil Pressey handled the point with 10 points and 13 assists.
 
They followed that up with a 111-99 win over Cleveland on Saturday night. It's been quite a while since they won 2 games in a row and over the first three quarters, the Celtics looked like the dominant team of yore as they built up a 31 point lead. A combination of them slacking off and Cleveland getting hot saw the Cavaliers outscore the Celtics by 19 points in the fourth quarter, making things tighter and the final score more respectable.
 
Kelly Olynyk scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Celtics. Avery Bradley also scored 25. Jeff Green and Brandon Bass also chimed in with 19 points apiece.
 
In other NBA news, Joe Dumars is reportedly going to resign as GM of the Detroit Pistons. He's been with the team for 29 years including a front office job since 2000. It's really too bad because he's been the one Bad Boys era Pistons player that you could actually root for.
 
But the team has been terrible the last few years and I don't think anyone can really argue that a change isn't needed.
 
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
 
Now that he's with the Buffalo Bills, ex-Patriot Brandon Spikes mouthed off on Twitter this week about his time with the Pats. While most of his comments were inconsequential hype, the one comment that is sure to tick off a lot of people was how he termed his time with the Patriots as "Four Years a Slave".
 
Really Brandon? Seriously? You are trying to compare being a well paid pro athlete with the black mark on US history that is slavery?
 
While I'm not in the habit of rooting for ex-players that leave the teams I root for, I generally leave them alone in terms of the booing and such. But with the idiocy of his comments, I'm going to actively root against Spikes during the two games he faces off against the Patriots.
 
WNBA
 
My fandom for the league has hit a downturn with the news on Thursday that the Chicago Sky had cut former Boston College standout Carolyn Swords.
 
She saw her season end early last year with a knee injury but when I saw her a couple of times at BC games this winter, she said rehab had been going well and expected to be back in Chicago for the upcoming season.
 
I don't know what if anything happened to make the team change their mind and release her. But I do know that they are losing out on a decent backup.
 
I don't know what her plans will be now. She could go overseas again or look for another WNBA team. (The Connecticut Sun would be a nice landing spot for my own selfish reasons of being close enough to actually go see her play again)
 
However, with her departure from the team, my interest in the Chicago Sky just went into the crapper. And with Katie Smith retired, there are currently no active WNBA players I have any interest in following. Yes I'll keep track of the New York Liberty because Smith will be an assistant coach there this season but it will be a different experience to not be rooting on a particular player.
 
 
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
 
Wareham Girls Track - The team picked up their first win of the season by beating Bourne 106-30. They won all but one of the individual events in the meet. My ex-player Paige picked up individual wins in the long jump (14 feet 4 1/2 inches) and the 800 meters (2:41.4). She and another of my former players (Kali) were part of the quartet that won the 4 x 400 meter relay event (4:41.4).
 
Wareham Girls Varsity Softball - The Vikings got blasted by Fairhaven on Wednesday, losing 19-4 in a mercy rule shortened game. Rae-Lyn got tagged with the loss on the mound.
 
On Friday, the Vikings lost to Old Rochester 15-5, despite Gina going 2-3 with a home run.
 
They are now 0-4 on the season.
 
Upper Cape Girls Varsity Softball - The Lady Rams are 4-1 on the season after beating Cape Tech 16-0. The Upper Cape pitcher threw a no-hitter.
 
Friday's game against Old Colony saw the Rams take a 14-13 thriller to improve to 5-1 with a 2-0 conference record.
 
MISCELLANEOUS
 
Movies - Pop-topia.com reviewed Captain America: The Winter Soldier here: http://www.pop-topia.com/steve-rogers-squares-s-h-e-l-d-captain-america-winter-soldier/
 
Music - My review of the Lone Justice CD This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983 can now be seen via the following Pop-topia.com link: http://www.pop-topia.com/cd-review-lone-justice-lone-justice-vaught-tapes-1983/
 
 
You can check out the video for the new Winger song "Tin Soldier" below.
 
 
 
Books - I finally finished reading a book this week. It was the Star Trek Enterprise novel Rise of the Federation - A Choice of Futures by Christopher L. Bennett. It was a surprisingly good read and much like the other books based on the Enterprise TV show, far better than anything that came in the first three seasons of the series. I loved the fourth season which was just awesome until the abomination they call the series finale.
 
 
 
I also picked up the Ingrid Thoft thriller/mystery Loyalty. It is the first book in her series featuring PI Fina Ludlow. I read a review of the second book in the series and thought it sounded good so I wanted to read the first book.
 
 
TV - The extended trailer for 24: Live Another Day has been released online. You can see it below. I get more excited as May 5th draws closer.
 
Q-o-t-D 4/9/14 Tags: Sports Records
Which Sports Record do you think will never be broken?

Sunday Musings #141
Category: User Showcase
Tags: BostonCollegeAthletics BostonRedSox BostonCeltics ClevelandBrowns HighSchoolSports CollegeBasketball WakeForestDemonDeacons TennesseeLadyVols
 
 
While chomping at the bit to watch the season premiere of Game of Thrones on HBO tonight...
 
 
BOSTON COLLEGE ATHLETICS
 
Football - The Rookie Journey to the NFL draft continues for running back Andre Williams. You can read the latest installment of The MMQB.com's series on his preparations here: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/04/04/andre-williams-boston-college-nfl-draft/
 
 
Men's Hockey - The Eagles beat UMass-Lowell 4-3 last week and advanced to the Frozen Four. They'll play Union on April 10th in the national semifinals. BC is 28-7-4 on the season and it would be great if they could win another championship.
 
By the way, does anyone know why there is such a long delay before the Frozen Four games?
 
Men's Basketball - For those who didn't see my Coaching Carousel entry this week, the men's basketball team has a new coach in Jim Christian. He spent the last two years at Ohio University where he went 49-22.
 
In demonstration of the fact that I don't actually know EVERYTHING, when I first saw the report of his hiring, my reaction was "Who?!"
 
He seems like he's a pretty good coach, though coaching at Ohio is a bit different than coaching in the ACC. His first order of business is going to be convincing sophomore Olivier Hanlan to stay in school. Rumor has it Hanlan is considering entering the NBA draft.
 
If he's successful in keeping Hanlan in school, he has to recruit ACC ready talent, win with them and re-energize a fan base that has come to expect losing rather than winning. It is a tall order. Here's hoping he can do it.
 
Women's Basketball - While their season is over, preparations for next year are already underway. The women's basketball team's Twitter feed has been covering the workouts the team is going through the past week or so.
 
BOSTON CELTICS
 
The losing has finally started to fray the patience of coach Brad Stevens over the last week or so. He hasn't gone ballistic or anything but his comments in the press after games and such have had a bit of frustration in them.
 
After four more losses this week, it isn't hard to imagine him at least metaphorically pulling out his hair at night. A 23-53 record will do that to you.
 
The week started off with back to back games against the Chicago Bulls. The first game was a 107-102 loss that saw Rajon Rondo score 17 points and dish out 11 assists to lead the team. Jared Sullinger had 16 points and 10 boards. Five others also hit double figures in scoring.
 
Jerryd Bayless scored 18 points in the second Bulls game to lead Boston but they lost 94-80.
 
The Wizards pasted Boston 118-92 despite 25 points from Sullinger.
 
On Friday night, the Sixers knocked off the Celtics 111-102. Bayless scored 23 points and Rondo had a triple double (11 points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists) but Philly's Michael Carter-Williams had 24 points to power the Sixers.
 
The season is winding down and Boston is obviously not headed to the playoffs. I'd imagine Stevens and GM Danny Ainge will be looking at these final few games to see which players continue to play hard despite having nothing to look forward to in terms of postseason play. Those that do will have a good shot at returning, and those that play as if they've given up will find their roles either reduced or recast with someone else.
 
By the way, the question of what the hell is going on with the Warriors reared its head again with the news that they have fired assistant coach Darren Erman. They used the cover all excuse of "violation of company policy", but I wonder what the real story is. Article link: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24515216/warriors-fire-assistant-coach-darren-erman
 
BOSTON RED SOX
 
Four games into the season and the Red Sox are 2-2. Nothing spectacular, nothing horrifying. I saw the end of the opener and was bummed when Jon Lester gave up that homer to Nelson Cruz. I missed the 2nd game but saw the start of Game 3.
 
I was happy to see the Fenway crowd boo the hell out of Milwaukee's Ryan Braun yesterday during opening day in Boston, even though the Brewers won 6-2.
 
Say what you want, but Boston sure does put on a good opening day show, particularly after a World Series win.
 
I know there are those who are already breaking down stuff about these four games and will predict greatness or divine tragedy for the season but for me, it is just far too early to have an opinion on how I think the team will do this year.
 
Plus, I'm a Red Sox fan, my default setting is hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
 
By the way, here's a look at the World Series ring:
 
 
NFL
 
In the latest round of "The Cleveland Browns really suck" coverage, Don Banks of SI.com takes you through the last 20 years of incompetency here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20140403/cleveland-browns-misery/index.html
 
 
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
 
CBI Tournament - The best of 3 series between Siena and Fresno State came down to the final game on Saturday.
 
After splitting the first two games, it was the Siena Saints (the alma mater of one of my cousins) who put the 81-68 beatdown on Fresno State to win the  2014 CBI Championship.
 
 
WNIT - It was Rutgers vs. UTEP for the WNIT championship on Saturday afternoon. Rutgers went up big, but blew the lead. The game was tied with 8 seconds left before they went the length of the floor for a layup with 2.1 seconds left and went on to win the championship.
 
 
Tennessee Lady Vols - The Lady Vols season ended in the Sweet 16 with a loss to Maryland last weekend. They finish 29-6 and lose leading scorer Meighan Simmons to graduation.
 
The two biggest reasons for their loss were the 22 turnovers in the game and the fact that they had no defensive answer for Maryland's Alyssa Thomas. She scored 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
 
Simmons led Tennessee with 31 points but Jasmine Jones was the only other player in double figures for scoring in the game. Bashaara Graves had 14 rebounds and Isabelle Harrison had 10 boards.
 
But with Simmons gone, the question becomes how do you replace her offense? And let's face it, Tennessee is no longer an ELITE team. They are very good and they have a lot of talent, but it doesn't seem to be the same quality as in past seasons.
 
And on the Rebkell message board, one poster even posed the question of whether it was time to move on from coach Holly Warlick or not. This was a ridiculous question in my mind. She's been there for decades of course, but she's only in her 2nd year as the head coach. And she's been reasonably successful. Not as successful as Pat Summitt (very few coaches ever could say that) and maybe not as successful as the fan base wants, but all in all she's done more than enough to stay in charge.
 
But there are things that need to be done. At times this season it seemed as if the team was completely out of synch. They failed to forge a distinct identity. Sure they mostly beat the teams you expected them to, but the wins over the BIG programs were few and far between.
 
They need to find an identity that incorporates the talent they already have and the incoming freshman class. They've got Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison and Cierra Burdick in the post as well as seemingly underused Mercedes Russell. Andraya Carter took over as the point guard when Ariel Massengale just disappeared from the rotation. But their guards are definitely going to have to step things up immensely.
 
And in the recruiting wars, Tennessee simply has to start landing those high level blue chip players again. The ones currently heading to UConn, Stanford, Notre Dame and Baylor.
 
Otherwise, the Lady Vols will end up seeing a coaching change sooner rather than later. And the more you clear the tradition from the program the more the school's AD will be able to put his stamp on the program and he's already demonstrated he's less concerned about the women's teams at the school than he is about the men's teams. 
 
Wake Forest - It's now official. The Demon Deacons have hired ex-Tulsa coach Danny Manning as the new men's basketball coach. In my coaching carousel post this week I noted about Manning being interviewed for the job and how I didn't think it was such a good idea to go to a program that is never really going to compete in the fully stacked at the top ACC.
 
SI.com's Martin Rickman delves into the hiring and the potential effect it will have on the program as well as Wake Forest's AD here: http://college-basketball.si.com/2014/04/04/wake-forest-danny-manning-ron-wellman/
 
Men's Final Four - I won't be able to include coverage of the 2nd national semi-final game, but Kevin Ollie and the UConn men's basketball team just destroyed my bracket.
 
After being down early, the Huskies dominated Florida and advanced to the national championship game. This is one hell of a turnaround for UConn who on March 8th got annihilated by Louisville and for sure looked like they were not even going to make the Sweet 16.
 
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
 
The spring sports season has gotten underway. I'll be keeping track of the Wareham girls track team, the JV and varsity softball teams for Wareham and the varsity girls softball team at Upper Cape.
 
While the track team hasn't started yet, Wareham's softball teams have.
 
The JV team won their season opener against Middleboro 4-3. Gabby is the catcher and she had a hit and a RBI in the game. She also threw out a runner at 2nd base.
 
The varsity team lost to Middleboro 7-0. Breanna had 2 hits. Rae-Lyn pitched giving up 5 hits with 8 K's. In their Friday afternoon game against GNB Voc-tech, Rae-Lyn got the loss on the mound as the Lady Bears rolled 13-2. Breanna had 3 hits in the loss.
 
As for Upper Cape, the girls team won their first two games, including a 22-5 win in Game 2. Unfortunately they lost to Bourne yesterday afternoon 6-5.
 
MISCELLANEOUS
 
TV - This past Monday was the series finale of How I Met Your Mother and it was an so bad that it ruined the entire series for me.
 
This is what I wrote on Facebook about the finale:
 
"How do I feel about the How I Met Your Mother series finale? The show ended at 9:01 pm EST tonight and I was glad that I had never invested in the DVD sets of each season, because by 9:02 pm EST, I would've been listing them on eBay.

It took 9 years for them to tell this story and 60 minutes to absolutely F*CKING DESTROY IT. What a horrifically bad piece of crap final episode.

People should be ...ashamed of themselves and their ability to discern good from garbage if they thought this was a good way to end the show. And I mean both the fanbase and the people responsible for the show.

Much like the reboot Battlestar Galactica show, HIMYM becomes another series where the ending was such a catastrophic travesty, that I can never watch the series again.

And while, yes, it is JUST a TV show, I invested 9 years in it...the return on investment should've been better than what the ending was.

Just an abomination of a series finale."
 
The Walking Dead season finale last Sunday was excellent. Oh and the funny people populating the Net had a couple of good fake photos related to the show this past week. You can see them below. Believe me, if you are fan of the show you will TOTALLY get the meaning to each photo.
 
 
Game of Thrones starts tonight (9pm EST on HBO) and I'm really looking forward to that. Before that though, you can check out this hilarious NSFW Honest Trailer about the first three seasons.
 
 
Movies - I went and saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Friday. It was fantastic. A really great movie that combined all the expected heroics of a comic book movie and infused it with the great drama of both a political and spy thriller. It was extremely well done and one of the better Marvel Comics movies they have made. I'd pay to see it again in the theaters and it will be a must buy when it hits DVD.
 
 
I also saw 47 Ronin on PPV. It was a decent enough movie but I don't feel it was one that I'll end up watching multiple times.
 
 
As for another action flick, my buddy Kayode wrote the following review of the film Sabotage: http://www.pop-topia.com/sabotage-review/
 
 
Oh and I saw the Vince Vaughn "comedy" Delivery Man yesterday. It had moments of funny but the concept of the story doesn't really lend itself to a hour and 45 minute comedy movie. Especially when they try to cram in some relatively dramatic situations as well.
 
 
Comics - I'm a big comic book fan and one of my favorite comic writers is Peter David. I have boxes and boxes of all the comics he's written and even that isn't complete. And now he's returning to one of his previous characters. Marvel Comics is doing another Spider-Man 2099 series! Peter David wrote the first series and they are bringing him back for this one too. This of course means that I will be adding the title to my pull list when it gets solicited next month.
 
 
 
I picked up Volume 5 trade paperback of the series DMZ this week. Entitled "The Hidden War" it tells 6 smaller stories about characters both new and established. Unfortunately I didn't really connect with this round of the story much at all.
 
 
Food & Drink - Do you like to combine your inner geek with your taste in alcoholic beverages? If so, you can check out the new Klingon Ale that is coming out. Read all about it here: http://www.blastr.com/2014-3-24/qplah-today-good-day-drink-klingon-ale
 
 
Books - I picked up the new Faye Kellerman book The Beast this week. It's the latest in her Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery series.
 
 
Music - I'm a reader of Classic Rock magazine and each issue comes with a free CD that has about 15 songs on it from a variety of bands both new and old. Usually, there is one or two songs I like and the rest kind of just leave me feeling EHHHH about them. The latest CD has one particular song on it called "Julie (Hang Out a Little Longer). It's by Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band. I found it to be superb and made sure to mention it on FB. The band saw it and hit the like button on my comment. I thought I'd include a Youtube link to the song for you to hear it as well.
 
 
Also, you can check out the new Red Dragon Cartel video for the song "Shout It Out" below.
 
Sunday Musings #139
Category: User Showcase
Tags: BostonCollegeAthletics CollegeBasketball BostonCeltics NBA HighSchoolSports

While trying to figure out how to watch four different TV shows tonight that all air at 9 pm...

Don't forget, you can follow me on Twitter - @TheOneTrueJay

Today's column is dedicated to my dad. It would've been his 70th birthday this past Friday. We lost him 8 years ago to the scourge that is cancer and my family misses him greatly. He was the one who brought me to my first rock concert and my first Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins games...despite not being a fan of rock music or sports. He made it possible for me to be able to indulge in all my various avenues of interest.

Thanks Dad, love and miss you.

BOSTON COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Football - The third installment of TheMMQB.com's Rookie Journey series on BC's running back Andre Williams NFL Draft preparation can be read here: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/03/21/andre-williams-boston-college-nfl-draft-prospect-journey/

Men's Basketball - Last week in Sunday Musings, I included a link to a Pete Thamel article on SI.com that said head coach Steve Donahue was coming back for a fifth season.

On Sunday morning (long after last week's column had gone up) in the Boston Globe, writer Christopher L. Gasper had an article that called for the dismissal of Donahue. You can read that here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/03/15/gasper-time-for-get-rid-steve-donahue/5Q1F88G4etqzUxGZQGxNyJ/story.html

I don't know what happened between March 13th's Thamel article and the March 18th announcement, but Donahue was fired as the coach of BC men's basketball. It isn't like it didn't come with cause as the team was not very good his last three years in charge. You can read the details of his dismissal and quotes from AD Brad Bates here: http://www.bceagles.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031814aac.html

By the way, I sent a tweet to Pete Thamel asking what had happened between his article and the firing announcement but unsurprisingly didn't get a response.

Now the question becomes who does the school try to hire to take Donahue's place and rebuild the program. The first thing they have to realize is that barring a miracle, competing in the ACC is near impossible. I don't know what they can do about it, but a talent upgrade and maybe actually playing defense would help make them a middle of the pack team...at best. The Eagles have two top flight players in Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson, but the rest of the team just isn't ready made to be the BMOC guys in the ACC.

Before Donahue was fired, there was talk about trying to lure Bruce Pearl to be the coach, but that wasn't going to happen regardless and certainly not after the events of this past week surrounding Pearl (more on that below).

With the success of Harvard's men's basketball team, Tommy Amaker has become a hot name. And after all, Amaker's Crimson team has beaten BC the last five years. But I don't see why in the world Amaker would want to leave what he has built at Harvard for a near to the bottom rebuilding job with the Eagles.

I don't see it happening but I wonder if the success of the Providence College men's team might put coach Ed Cooley into the candidate mix. He used to be an assistant under Al Skinner at BC.

There was also reports saying that ex-UConn coach Jim Calhoun had "significant" interest in the BC job. He's got the pedigree, but at 71 I don't see him as a long haul coach.

Whatever way this new coaching search shakes out, the new guy is going to have to figure out how to raise the team up while re-energizing a fan base that has become accustomed to being downtrodden.

On an unrelated note, the Boston Globe ran an article this past week on the men's basketball point shaving scandal from more than 30 years ago. It made for quite an interesting read: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/03/15/and-goodfellas-sports-scandal-and-its-lingering-toll/nvlXKiXCYsGpUqBUtg9BRN/story.html

Women's Basketball - Coach Erik Johnson is interviewed in the two clips below recapping the season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The annual round of coaching news and moves brought about more than just the Steve Donahue firing. In fact, the ACC conference played a role in three of the bigger coaching news stories of the week.

Virginia Tech was even worse than Boston College this year. Into the abyss comes Buzz Williams.

After quite a run as the coach at Marquette, Williams made a surprise move to leave there and take over the Hokies program. But with a 7 year deal in place, you know he'll have time to build things his way as they try to get in a better position to compete in the ACC.

Then there was the resignation/firing of Jeff Bzdelik at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons used to be a decent ACC program but after four years under Bzdelik, they are just AWFUL. The news of his departure caused the student body to "roll the quad", something usually only done when the teams win a big game. Yes, there was a shortage of toilet paper in the dorms at Wake Forest. Ironic, considering the crappy way the team has played of late.

But the biggest coaching hire news came out of the SEC. Despite still being under a 3 year show cause order from the NCAA for lying to investigators, Bruce Pearl was hired to be the new coach at Auburn. Details: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/bruce-pearl-is-back-and-he-ll-make-auburn-relevant-192559755.html

This is going to pay off down the road for Auburn. Despite a casual relationship with the truth during the investigation that led to his firing at Tennessee, Pearl is a fantastic coach. He's been successful at every stop on his coaching path including winning a national title when he coached in Division 2.

I know it wasn't going to happen but it would've been great if he'd been asked to coach at Boston College, the school he graduated from.

By the way, for those of you who may have entered that Billion Dollar Perfect Bracket Challenge, don't feel bad if you are out of the running. So is everyone else that signed up. Yes, there isn't one bracket left out there that is perfect. Good luck to everyone next year I guess.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

It is hard enough to be a successful program. It is harder still to win a state championship. In order to make things harder than that, try suspending half your team. Then, suspend that half of a team the day of the state title game. What do you think your chances of winning the championship will be?

In the case of a Portland, Oregon team...don't bet against them. They won their state title game with just 6 eligible players. You can read that story here: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/undermanned-portland-team-wins-state-basketball-title-after-half-the-team-was-suspended-145608028.html

By the way, you can check out the Wareham Courier game recap article about the Upper Cape girls basketball team here: http://wareham.wickedlocal.com/article/20140315/SPORTS/140317294/2000/NEWS

And my ex-player Paige got an Honorable Mention for the girls winter track Standard Times All-Star picks.

BOSTON CELTICS

It was a four game week for the Celtics that saw them pick up just a single win. They lost to New Orleans 121-120 in overtime despite a 39 point scoring binge from Jeff Green. The Celtics had no ability to stop Anthony Davis who scored 40 points and grabbed 21 rebounds.

A five point loss to the Mavericks saw Jerryd Bayless score 19 points to lead Boston.

When you see that the Celtics beat the Heat, you might get a little excited. After all, the game they played early in the season when Jeff Green hit a buzzer beater to win, that was EXCITING. And while any win is good, the 101-96 victory this week over Miami wasn't quite the same when you factor in that LeBron James wasn't playing for the Heat in this game. Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points.

Friday night, the Celtics were on the road against the Nets. Despite 28 points from Avery Bradley and a 12 point, 12 assist night from Rajon Rondo, the Nets took the game 114-98.

The loss drops the Celtics to 23-47 on the season. That's bad to be sure, but considering the 76ers have lost 20 plus games in a row, not bad enough for those wanting the Celtics to hit rock bottom to get the highest possible draft pick.

In other NBA news, commissioner Adam Silver stated this week that he foresees sponsor logos on NBA jerseys within 5 years. This to me is horrifying news. With leagues in need of money to stay afloat at all, I can see the need for a sponsor on the uniform.

Heck, the WNBA has a number of teams set up that way, including the newly added Minnesota Lynx (or should I say the Minnesota Mayo Clinic after they unveiled their new uniforms this past week).

And while the NBA is no longer the biggest financial draw of the big four sports, the last thing I want to see is them messing with their uniforms in such a way. It is bad enough they've added sleeved uniforms. But can you imagine rooting for a Boston pro basketball team wearing a uniform that doesn't have Celtics on the front?

I just can't see myself getting excited over a change to a classic Celtics uniform. The Boston Sam Adams or Guinness or whatever business signs up to smear its logo feces all over the best uniform in basketball just doesn't do it for me.

MISCELLANEOUS

Comic Books - I reviewed the first issues of three new comic series recently. It was my first attempt at doing comic reviews and I think it came out pretty decently. You can check it out for yourself here: http://www.pop-topia.com/stack-02-veil-1-moon-knight-1-tales-honor-1/

Food - My favorite season restaurant is open. I've been eating at Kool Kone since I was a little kid and despite the adverse affect their delicious food has had on my waistline, I wouldn't change a thing. For a brief taste of what they have to offer, check out this video clip below.

Other Writing - My buddy J.D. did an article called "Great Moments in Cinematic Profanity". You can check it out here: http://www.pop-topia.com/great-moments-cinematic-profanity-01-f-word/

Books - I picked up a couple of new books this week. The first was the paperback edition of the C.J. Box novel Breaking Point.  The other book was It's One Thing After Another! For Better or For Worse Treasury Volume 4 by Lynn Johnston. It's the latest collection of the For Better or For Worse comic strip. I'm a huge fan of the series and have eagerly collected these hardcover editions. And because I love it so much, I have already finished reading it.

 

I also finished the C.J. Box mystery Nowhere to Run that was published back in 2010. One step closer to catching up all the way with his Joe Pickett series.

TV - Game of Thrones has had what is now the fourth trailer for the upcoming season released. It seems the trailers get more exciting as each new one comes out. You can see the latest one below.

Music - A couple of new videos for you to check out this week. The first is the Chastain song "Evil Awaits Us". I reviewed their new album a while back and while I've always liked the band, I wasn't completely enthused about the new album.

A new band with a good musical pedigree is hitting the literal and metaphorical stage. California Breed features bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, his former Black Country Communion bandmate Jason Bonham on drums and guitarist/vocalist Andrew Wyatt. You can check out their first offering from their self titled debut album due out in May below. The song is called "Sweet Tea".

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 3-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Golden Tate NCAA Hoops NFL Michigan Sports

Hello Gabbers, this is going to be a different type of blog for me this week as I was at the local quick mart grabbing a soda and some smokes for the wife when this caught my eye in the Detroit Free Press "Bad Weather; Golden Deal. NFL free agency started a few days back, and apparently it was good for the Lions that the weather turned crappy Wednesday, because they were able to land Golden Tate to replace Nate Burleson at Wide Receiver. As you know by now, free agency in any of the professional sports is all about the money......

It seemed kind of weird that the Cowboy's let their all-time sack leader in DeMarcus Ware go yesterday and within minutes it seemed he signed with Denver. The Denver defense should benefit greatly from his signing, even though their defense wasn't exactly the reason why Seattle stomped them into the ground during the Super Bowl.....

Tate received 5-years and $31 million, with $13.25 in guaranteed money, Not bad as long as he stays healthy, and helps take some of the heat of of Calvin Johnson.

Ware received 3-years $30 million from the Broncos, not bad for a guy who was hurt last year. I actually feel he is one person who actually deserves his money, after all he was the Cowboys all-time leading sack leader with 117 sacks.

Guess the Beezer's team is going to draft a quarterback with their first choice in the draft in April, as they released both Brandon Wheedon and Jason Campbell. Sorry Beeze another quarterback has bit the dust in the Browns organization.

The Bucs cut Darrelle Revis, god I hope the Lions don't try to sign him.

Tampa signed Josh McCown

​John Beason, Josh Brown and Stevie Brown all decided to stay with the Giants, while they waived LB Marcus Dowtin.

Chris Williams left St. Louis and signed a 4-year deal to play in Buffalo

The Cowboy's also cut WR Miles Austin

The Lions signed RB Joique Bell tp a 3-year deal for around $16 million.

And as always Ndamukong Suh is being selfish by not wanting to renegotiate his contract to free up cap space in order to sign free agents. But if his contract voids, they can still tag him as a franchise player and keep him in Detroit.,,,,, And now for some positive news.......

Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer are done as ESPN's lead prime time NCAA pair being replaced by Rece Davis and Chris Fowler, why? I would rather listen to Brent, then Rece or Chris. Musburger and Palmer are heading towards their new SEC network........

I thought before I closed I would recognize someone from a place you wouldn't think of in Michigan to breed "Miss Basketball." 

Lexi Gussert a Senior from Crystal Falls Forest Park, located in the UP. They are heading to East Lansing to play Athens Thursday night, for a shot at the Class D Girls State Championship on Saturday. Lexi averaged 29.4 points per game and has the state record for 3-point shots made in a season Tuesday at 101. She joins Krista Clement (2003) of St. Ignace as the only other U.P. player to be named Miss Basketball. Hat's off to Lexi, as she has signed a letter of intent to play at Michigan State next season......

March Madness is getting ready to start next week, and along with whatever else Sully wants to talk about next week, he will have a full plate to choose from. It's just kind of odd to see that none of the writers had the balls to pick Michigan or Michigan St to win the Big 10 Tournament. They either pick Indiana to upset Michigan Friday, but as I am typing this blog they are having trouble with Illinois, or Wisconsin to take down MSU and head off to win the Big 10 Tournament. No biggie for either Michigan or Michigan St., they should be seeded rather high in their brackets come Sunday night anyway.

As baseball season approaches, how are your teams doing? Mine finally woke up against the Cardinals and slapped 17 runs against them without Martinez, Kinsler, Hunter and a few others. Then they hit Kuroda and the Yanks for 7 yesterday. I really like the signing of Davis, and if he hits well out of the lead off spot Andy Dirks may be a forgone memory in Detroit. A shout out to Jeff, How is Blake doing.

Well that's all I have for you today, and good luck to all in our upcoming Gab draft. Thank you Sully for setting it up, look forward to competing with all who joined....

 

 

 

 

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