Tagged with "basketball"
Sunday Musings #142
Category: User Showcase
Tags: CollegeBasketball Jerry Tarkanian BostonCollegeAthletics MLB NewEnglandPatriots HighSchoolSports WNBA MichiganStateSpartans BostonCeltics
 
 
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.
 
Will the BC Eagles Soar or Sink?
Category: NCAA
Tags: CollegeBasketball BostonCollegeEagles
 
 
The Boston College Eagles men's basketball team had what can only be termed as a terrible season. 
 
They finished with an 8-24 record overall and despite their overtime upset of then #1 and undefeated Syracuse, they generally got their heads handed to them during the ACC conference season.
 
After four years, despite initial reports he would return, coach Steve Donahue was fired.
 
The BC athletic director Brad Bates ended the speculation about who would replace Donahue earlier this week when he hired Ohio University's Jim Christian to be the new Eagles coach.
 
Christian spent the last two seasons at Ohio were he went 49-22, but as I wrote in a previous entry about the hire, Ohio is a far cry from the ACC.
 
You can read about the introduction of the new coach as well as view his remarks here: http://www.bceagles.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/040814aae.html
 
 
Even with the hiring of a new coach who comes in with the expected promises of a new day, things haven't exactly gotten off on the right foot for him in regards to team personnel.
 
Forward Ryan Anderson was set to be a senior for the Eagles next year, but that is something that will no longer come to pass. Anderson announced via Twitter a couple of days ago that he would be transferring out of Boston College.
 
Transfers are a fact of life in college basketball, but given that Anderson was the only consistent post player for the Eagles last season (14.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg), the Eagles are even deeper behind the 8 ball than they were from their results of this just concluded hoops season.
 
The post players were either injured and saw their seasons end early (Dennis Clifford), didn't show up until it was too late to make a difference (Patrick Heckmann) or simply never made much in the way of a quantifiable contribution (pretty much anyone else that makes their home down low). And that doesn't even take into account the belief held by some "experts" that the Eagles talent base is not ACC-ready to begin with.
 
(As an aside, I sent out a tweet to Anderson that while stating I wasn't happy about his decision, thanked him for 3 years at BC and wished him good luck in the future. He favorited the tweet.)
 
Rumor has it that he is headed to the West Coast, with UCLA being one of the names mentioned for a future destination.
 
And while he has denied it, rumors say that guard Joe Rahon is also going to transfer to a West Coast school. Rahon was a decent player for the Eagles this year if not exactly a dominant player. But he did provide plenty of minutes and offense for BC and his loss would be bad.
 
If that isn't enough to make you bemoan the status of BC men's hoops, top player Olivier Hanlan has stated he is about a week or so away from announcing if he'll return for his junior year with the Eagles or declare for the NBA draft.
 
Yes, their best player may be headed for the NBA. Personally I don't think he's ready to play as a professional but since it is unlikely he'll be seeking my advice, I can only hope that Hanlan decides to come back. He is/was by far the best player BC had on the roster last season and while he can't do it all alone, the team can't do much without him.
 
The Eagles have already lost 1 player to graduation. Anderson's departure and the possibility of Rahon and Hanlan moving on as well as the fact that BC has ZERO incoming freshman might make even the putridness of an 8-24 record look like a godsend.
 
It isn't like I am realistically expecting Boston College to compete for the NCAA title, but am I the only one who sees that trying and preposterously failing at competing in the ACC has sent the men's basketball program into a deep tailspin? I know that the seemingly endless revenue stream of football money means the school will never leave the conference, but if they have any hope of becoming a medium sized basketball "power" again, someone has to realize they'd be better off in the reconstituted Big East. At least their they'd have a chance to be competitive and not steamrolled like hot tar every night.
 
The Steve Miller Band sang about flying like an Eagle. Soaring may just become a thing of the past if the new coach can't arrest the attrition to the ranks and then turn around and bring in some sort of top flight class of players, it is going to be a LONG LONG season for the next few forseeable years.
 
The school and fanbase deserve far better than that.
Deep Thoughts 4-9-2014
Category: FEATURED
Tags: UConn basketball Derek the RA Gene Chizik Cub Mascot de headed Mets suck Instant replay in MLB

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Before I dig in this week, I must take a moment to say congratulations to the men and women’s basketball teams at U Conn. As Yogi would say… this déjà vu all over again.  The Huskie round ballers took both championships home, just as they did in 2004. The Huskie women went an amazing 40 and 0 to win and honestly, their championship really should not surprise anyone. The Huskie men’s championship is a different matter.  Seeded 8th in this tournament, it is a test to their resilience that they were able to make to the final four, much grab the brass ring. Great job, I only wish I had picked them in my bracket.

I read yesterday that Corey Johnson was set to make $100,000 in the Yahoo bracket contest. There was only one problem…he forgot to save his bracket with UConn. Besides terrific publicity, Johnson got nothing for his well-chosen bracket. One thing I know for sure…he will remember next time to save his winner!

 

 

If you attended college and lived in a dorm, I am sure you have memories of the RA (Resident Advisor). I was very lucky; our RA…”Griff” was a great guy. He kept things from getting out of hand, but let the small stuff slide. Apparently the students at UConn living in the north dorm are not so fortunate. Here is an excerpt of an email that Derek the RA sent out earlier this week:

 

Hey everyone,

Please go to Gampel or somewhere else to watch the game. Midnight quiet hours still apply here, so responsibly go nuts elsewhere. I am on duty tonight and it is going to be stressful, so please don’t push it on our floor. There are going to be a lot of RA’s and police around North, if I wasn’t an RA I would personally stay away from here tonight.

In the end, remember that the only reason you care about the game is:

a) because they’re wearing a UConn uniform

b) you want an excuse to go wild

If it’s the first one, you’re cheering for laundry. Get excited if you want, but it’s not worth getting in trouble for. If it’s the second one, be as far away from me as possible tonight. I will not appreciate getting disrespected over the outcome of a basketball game. I have done all I can to respect you and your privacy since August, please reciprocate this respect and be civil on our floor.

While you might get caught up in tonight, please remember the night will eventually end. And no matter what the basketball team does, I will still be your RA until May.

So have fun, but not too much fun.

Derek

 

 Derek’s email was predictably tweeted out and caused an instant reaction. Under the glare of nationwide criticism, Derek responded with this statement:

So someone took the email I sent Saturday to heart and decided to Tweet it, so I’d like to clarify:

-I was trying to come off on the strict side so our floor wouldn’t be vandalized. That has been a problem here in the past (and was a problem Saturday night again) and could end up in us getting an extra fee. That’s really the only point I was trying to get across, the rest was sarcasm.

-The laundry comment is a joke from Seinfeld. Next time I’ll include a link so you know that I’m kidding. We cheer for clothes

 

I don’t know about you, but when I was in college…I would have headed to the North dorm to party and give Derek a bit of business. UConn is a huge basketball school, and it would seem that the entire student body would be basketball fans. There is at least one student that is a non-fan and certified fun fighter. I suppose that dealing with rowdy students is stressful, but Derek…that is part of the gig.

 


 

 

 

If you have ever sent a daughter to a senior prom, I am sure you can appreciate this photo of Coach Gene Chizik. Hilarious…

 

 

 

 

There always seems to be one guy that does not know when to stop. Here is a video of the “unofficial” Cub mascot. He is hanging out after a Cub game at a Wrigleyville bar when that “guy” began to mess with the mascot. After shoving the mascot, then messing with his tip container, the bar patron crossed the line…the video shows what happened when you mess with a mascot’s head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                      Sometimes it is just not your day…

 

 

 

 

 

Although the baseball season is young, apparently some fans do not like what they see so far. A young fan named Charlie, wrote this message to Jesus…

No word if he has received an answer…

 

 

 

I ran across a great April Fools joke that was too good not to share. This is damn funny…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             If the world’s coolest man is hanging out in Austin, it is only time before Johnny Monkey makes an appearance!

 


 

 

For what it’s worth, I love the idea of instant replay in MLB. But watching a few of replays, I don’t see that they are getting the replays right. I watched a play at 1B, that I was sure replay would overturn the out call, but it did not. I watched Josh Hamilton catch a fly ball and drop the ball on the transfer. It was obvious…but replay overturned the out call. If the idea is to get the call right, why does a manager only get one replay? I like what football did in reviewing every scoring play. I think this would be a good idea for baseball as well. I think that replay will eventually be great, but what we have now needs much revision.

 

The UTPA Broncs made had a nice rebound last weekend by taking 2 of 3 from second place Grand Canyon. Next weekend the Broncs travel to Utah to take on the Utah Valley. I wonder if spring has sprung in Utah?

 

 

 

That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

Children need encouragement. So if a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way, he develops a good, lucky feeling.

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.

 


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own.

 

 

Q-o-t-D 4/7/14 Tags: NCAA Basketball

 

UConn or Kentucky....Who do you got?

 

 

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.
 
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