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Sunday Musings #188
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While trying to get rid of this nagging aching back...


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I don't want to oversell things too much, but with the passing of actor/director Leonard Nimoy this past Friday, I wanted to stop for a moment and remember the man and his portrayal of Mr. Spock on Star Trek.

While it would be facetious to claim that his portrayal of the eminently logical half-Vulcan character is solely responsible for any sense of logic/realism that I display, given that I grew up on the re-runs of the original series, it would also be a lie if a little bit of the credo of the character didn't have something to do with my more rational side.

I was at my job when a co-worker told me that he had died. Oddly enough, I had a Star Trek novel in my work bag that I was planning to read at lunchtime. The title? A Ceremony of Losses. While the story has nothing to do with Spock himself, that's what the family, friends and yes fandom at large will be feeling for a while now, a ceremony of loss as everyone celebrates and remembers the life of Leonard Nimoy.

I posted a comment about his death on my Twitter page that read as follows: "He lived long and we all prospered for it." Actor Nathan Fillion had a great tweet paraphrasing one of the more memorable quotes from Spock: "I have been, and always shall be, your fan. Thank you."

On Nimoy's Twitter page, his final tweet read:

"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

You can read a more complete article about his life HERE.

To everyone reading, may you live long and prosper as well as he did.




I know it is a bit of a shake up in how I normally place my sections but with the state tournament underway here in Massachusetts, I wanted to give a little extra spotlight to the four teams I follow that made said tournament.

But first, I just wanted to weigh in a little on that story out of the Tennessee girls high school basketball tournament. It seems that two teams were thrown out of the playoffs after both were found to be intentionally trying to lose their matchup. This was being done so that they could avoid the top team in the double elimination tournament in the next round.

Yes, you read that right. The coaches of each team were trying (and ordering their players) to throw the game!

I have absolutely no sympathy for either team in this story. When you step on the court, you are supposed to try to win the game. That is the point of keeping score. Not only should both teams have been expelled from the tournament but the coaches should've been immediately fired and banned from coaching in the state of Tennessee (if not everywhere) ever again.

You can read more about this travesty of competition in this Yahoo article.

Bishop Stang Boys - In what turned out to be Jake's last high school basketball game, the Spartans got slaughtered 71-47 by Hanover on Thursday night. Jake had 2 points in the game. Bishop Stang finishes the season at 12-9.

Wareham Boys - The Vikings had a hard time in their opening round game against Abington, but they rallied back from a late deficit to force overtime. In the overtime period, Wareham took over and grabbed a 74-66 victory. None of my players scored in the game, but you can see a photo below (from the Standard Times newspaper) of the Viking bench as the team pulled ahead in overtime. Josh (#22) and Ashantay (the shorter of the two standing players in gold warmup shirts) are in the shot.

You can read the game report HERE.

You can see Mark on defense in this pic by the Wareham Courier's Adam K. Ellis.

On Saturday afternoon, the Vikings were matched up with Martha's Vineyard. This would be the sixth straight year that the two teams met each other in the state tournament. Martha's Vineyard held a 3-2 advantage in the previous five games. However, this day belonged to the Vikings. After the Vineyard led by 3 points at the end of the first quarter, Wareham got rolling and ended up blowing them out 75-56 to advance to the next round of the playoffs.

Mark had 9 points in the game, including 7 straight points during a big Vikings run in the first half of the game. Josh finished with 4 points. The big star of the game was this kid named Jovahn. He's not one of my ex-players but he had a career high 32 points (including 7 three pointers). And he isn't a one dimensional player either as he was tasked with defending the Vineyard's seven foot tall player as well. You can read more about the game HERE.

Wareham (19-5) now moves on to a Wednesday night rematch with down the road rivals Old Rochester, the team that beat them twice this year and ended their run of South Coast Conference regular season titles. The game will be held at Old Rochester and if it is anything like the two games they've already played this season, it will be another instant classic.

By the way, while I generally don't have much use for cheerleaders, the regional paper covering the game had a photo of a few of the Wareham cheerleaders. Two of them played basketball for me when they were in the the youth league. China is second from the left and Heather is second from the right in the Standard Times photo below.

Wareham Girls - The Wareham Vikings faced off against Old Rochester for the third time this season. The first two games ended with each team taking a 1 point victory. In this third matchup, Wareham opened up a big first half lead and then had to hold off a big rally from the Bulldogs. They ended up winning 36-31 for their first playoff victory since 2011.

Tieyanna led Wareham with 13 points. Gabby had 3 points. Erica added 2 points and Kali hit a foul shot in the game.

You can see a few photos from the game below. They are all from the Wareham Courier online gallery by Adam K. Ellis.

Tieyanna and Gabby on the floor for a loose ball.

Tieyanna making a play for the ball.

Kali on defense.

The team celebrates (Gabby #10 is featured prominently in the two pics below)

Wareham's "reward" for winning their first round game was a matchup against top seeded Abington on Friday night. Unfortunately for Wareham, the seeding wasn't a mirage as they just got curbstomped 70-16 to see their season come to a crushing end.

They didn't score more than 6 points in any one quarter and according to the game report got pressed to death even when the game was completely out of hand. The coach was quoted saying "They humiliated us."

Kali had 4 points in the game while Gabby and Tieyanna finished with 3 points each. Wareham finishes the season at 15-9.

Upper Cape Girls - The Rams opened up their state tourney run with their fourth meeting of the season against Old Colony. The game was a blowout from the start and Upper Cape rolled to a 48-24 victory. Michaela scored 4 points in the game and was mentioned in the paper as "sparking the team defensively."

The team went on the road to play Falmouth Academy on Friday night. After a first quarter that found them down just 8-5, the Rams never got closer than that for the rest of the game. Michaela had 3 fouls in the first quarter and when Falmouth Academy went on a 13-0 run to open things up, the game was effectively over.

Upper Cape went on to lose 54-31, ending their season with a 20-4 overall record.

In her last high school basketball game, Michaela scored 2 points.

By the way, I sent a tweet out Friday night making note of the fact I don't think it is right that the catholic schools that can recruit players take part in the same tournament as teams that can't recruit. Well, it struck a little bit of a chord because nearly half of the Apponequet girls team that lost to one of those catholic schools retweeted or favorited my comment.


Since making that Super Bowl clinching interception, life has been a non-stop whirlwind for Malcolm Butler. The appearance on the Grammys, being feted wherever he went, getting the truck from Brady's MVP win. But for a little bit of a look inside his hometown hero parade, you can check out this MMQB.com article.


The Celtics opened up their week with a very disappointing 118-111 overtime loss to the Lakers. The L.A. win ended their 7 games losing streak. Boston got 22 points and 7 rebounds from Jae Crowder.

Newly acquired Isaiah Thomas (pictured below) scored 21 points in the game but was ejected in the latter part of the contest. Avery Bradley also scored 21 points in the game while Brandon Bass finished with 15 points. Evan Turner added 12 points, 12 assists and 6 boards. Tyler Zeller chipped in with 8 points and a team high 11 rebounds.

While that loss left a bad taste in the mouth, the Celtics turned things around in their next two games. Against Phoenix, Boston opened up a 17 point halftime lead but had to hold off a 2nd half flurry from the Suns to capture a 115-110 victory. Thomas scored 21 points and had 7 assists (while not getting ejected), but it was Avery Bradley's (pictured below) 23 points that topped the scoring column for the Celtics. Bradley also grabbed a career high 6 steals.

Bass had 18 points and 6 boards. Tyler Zeller and Jae Crowder combined for 24 points and 13 rebounds while Evan Turner scored 10 points to go with 8 rebounds.

In the team's game against the Knicks, they didn't start out quite as well as they might've hoped, but they got back on track and blew out New York 115-94.

Jonas Jerebko (pictured below, acquired from Detroit in the Tayshaun Prince trade) led the team with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Thomas added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Jae Crowder had 18 points and 6 boards and Marcus Smart hit for 16 points. Bradley finished with 12 points. Turner worked to his first career triple double (12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).

On Friday night, the Celtics trailed the Charlotte Hornets at the break, but they came back to take a 106-98 victory. Now 22-33 on the season, the win is their third in a row and 7th in the last 10 games.

Isaiah Thomas (pictured below) had 28 points to lead the team. Jonas Jerebko added 16 points and 10 boards. Avery Bradley scored 19 points with Jae Crowder finishing with 14 points. Marcus Smart chipped in 10 points.


What the heck is going on with now former Louisville point guard Chris Jones? First he gets suspended, then when he's about to be reinstated, he ends up being kicked off the team. And then on Thursday came the news that he's now being charged with rape

How the hell did the wheels come off his wagon in such a short amount of time?

In a completely opposite end of the spectrum story, SI.com had a story this week about the men's team at Mt. Angel Abbey. The roster is comprised entirely of monks and priests in training. Here's the LINK.

Catholic University - In the semifinal game of the Landmark Conference tournament, the Cardinals knocked off Elizabethtown 52-47. Amber didn't play in the game.

The win gave them a berth in the tournament final against Scranton on Saturday afternoon. Scranton was the favorite. Amber didn't play in the game but her team ended up winning 52-51 in a squeaker. The win clinches them the Landmark Conference tournament and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

Amber is 2nd from the right in the back row of the photo below.

Hartford - The Hawks let their game against UMBC slip away, losing 53-51. Deanna Mayza led the team with 12 points and Morgan Lumb added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Darby Lee (pictured 1st) had 9 points while Christie Michals (pictured 2nd) finished with 5 points and a career high 7 rebounds.


On Thursday night, the Hawks lost to Albany 65-50. The loss drops the team's record to 13-16, with a 7-8 America East conference record. Amber Bepko (pictured below) led the team and had her first career double double with 16 points and 11 boards. The rebounding total is also her career high in that statistical category. 

Cherelle Moore added 11 points and 9 boards while Morgan Lumb tallied 9 points.

Missouri State - Missouri State scored a season high in points as they beat Illinois State 90-78. Kenzie Williams scored 25 points and Liza Fruendt added a career high 21 points. Tyonna Snow had a huge game with a season high 19 points to go with 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals.

Heading into the team's final two regular season games, the Springfield News Leader newspaper had an article on the Bears' lone senior NiJay Gaines.

Friday night's game against Northern Iowa saw the Bears in their Play4Kay pink uniforms. Tyonna Snow (pictured below 1st) scored 25 points, grabbed 5 boards and made 4 steals to lead the team, but it was Kenzie Williams (pictured below 2nd) who made the lasting impression of the night when she hit a buzzer beating left handed layup to set off a big celebration and sent the home crowd into a frenzy. Williams ended the night with 13 points and a team high 8 rebounds. Hillary Chvatal (pictured 3rd) added 13 points for the now 13-13 (10-5 in MVC play) Bears. The win puts them into a third place tie in their conference. You can read the game article from the Springfield News-Leader HERE.


By the way, you can check out a video profile of Kenzie Williams below.

Boston College Men - The Eagles wasted a 39 point outburst from Olivier Hanlan (pictured below), losing to Pitt 71-65 earlier in the week. Hanlan's point total was his new season high and just 2 points off of his career high.

My first thought after seeing Hanlan's stat line and the fact that they still lost the game was that there just seems to be no chance for Hanlan coming back for his senior year. He's proving that he can score against the best teams in the ACC but that the Eagles will almost never actually win any of these games.

Aaron Brown (see below) had 20 points. Dennis Clifford led the team with 8 rebounds.

The Eagles picked up their 2nd ACC win of the season yesterday when they knocked off North Carolina State 79-63. Continuing his amazing run of high scoring performances, Olivier Hanlan scored 24 points and grabbed 8 boards in the game.

But Hanlan (pictured below 1st) had a lot of help in today's win. Patrick Heckmann scored 14 points to go with 7 assists. Aaron Brown (pictured 2nd) added 13 points and Dimitri Batten (pictured 3rd) finished with 11 points (he tied Hanlan for a game high 8 rebounds. Dennis Clifford (pictured 4th) had 10 points and 5 rebounds.



Boston College is now 10-18 overall (2-14 in the ACC). You can see highlights of the game below.

Tennessee LADY VOLS - Tennessee's SEC win streak came to an end to start their week. They ended up losing to #2 South Carolina 71-66 despite a 20 point, 7 rebound performance from Bashaara Graves (pictured below). The loss leaves the Lady Vols at 23-4 (now 13-1 in the SEC). It was the team's first conference loss in more than a year.

Boston College Women - The Eagles found themselves on the wrong end of a beating early in the week. Squaring off against #9 Florida State, the Eagles had just 7 players see time in the game. The final score was 86-68.

Emilee Daley (pictured below 1st) scored a team high 17 points to lead BC. She grabbed 7 rebounds. On the downside for her, she led the team with 7 turnovers.

Kelly Hughes (pictured below) added 16 points and 9 rebounds. Nicole Boudreau also scored 16 points while dishing out 6 assists. By the way, you can check out a profile article about Hughes HERE.

Ashley Kelsick (pictured 1st) scored 12 points to go with 6 assists. Karima Gabriel (shown below 2nd) scored 4 points, made 5 steals and blocked a career high 5 shots.


You can see highlights from the game and the post game press conference in the two videoclips below.

By the way, you can check out an article from the BC student newspaper about guard Martina Mosetti HERE.

The team was on the road on Thursday to play Louisville. A poor first half saw the Eagles down by 15 points. They played marginally better in the 2nd half of the game but it wasn't enough to stave off a 77-60 loss. Their record is now 12-16 (4-11 in the ACC).

Nicole Boudreau's (shown 1st) team leading 12 points put her over the 1,000 point mark for her career. Emilee Daley and Ashley Kelsick (shown 2nd) had 10 points each. Kelly Hughes scored 8 points and had a team high 8 rebounds.



One of the sports columnists for The Standard Times, Buddy Thomas, had a very good piece looking at the Little League World Series scandal. You can check it out HERE


TV - The Pop-topia.com recap article for the latest Arrow episode "Nanda Parbat" can be read via this link.

Books - This week I finished reading the new Jane Lawless mystery by author Ellen Hart. The Old Deep and Dark centered on the death of a country music star and a series of bodies found tucked away in the walls of a theater owned by the main character's sidekick. Once again, Hart crafts a winning tale that ties things together in a neat way without seeming to be forced for the sake of plot convenience.

Meanwhile, I got name dropped by author Sara Paretsky on her Facebook page. She had posted a link about an 11 year old girl that wrote to DC Comic about the lack of female super heroes. I read the letter and found it a bit inaccurate. So I wrote a reply to Paretsky detailing some of the facts that were missed in the letter. The next day, the author wrote a new post mentioning my name, what I wrote and more details about what she thought of the story as well.

Oh and I picked up another new book this week as well. This time it is the Mary Daheim mystery The Alpine Yeoman. It is the latest paperback edition in her Emma Lord series.

Music - The first bit of news this week revolves around the release of new music. Here in the US, most new albums are released on Tuesdays. But in a big bit of uniformity, beginning sometime this summer ALL new music releases WORLDWIDE will come out on Fridays. You can read more about the story HERE.

A new Whitesnake album was announced this week. Due out in May, The Purple Album is a tribute to the songs of Deep Purple during the time in which David Coverdale (the Whitesnake singer/leader) was in the band.

I'm rather disappointed in this news because I was looking forward to some NEW music from the band now that they hired ex-Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra. You can see the video for the band's cover version of the song "Stormbringer" below.

A new album from melodic rock outfit FM is due out in April. You can check out the video for their new song "Digging Up The Dirt" below.

Musings From The Hoodwood 2-23 New Spec Sheet
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Tags: College Basketball

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


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

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

Projected Bids: 6

Atlantic Ten
Conference Class- Mid-Major
Solid VCU

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

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

Projected Bids: 4



Conference Class-Major

Solid SMU

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

Projected Bids: 3


Big East 
Conference Class-Major
Solid: Villanova, Butler

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

Key Game: 

Projected bids: 5

Big Ten 
Conference Class-Power
Solid: Wisconsin, Maryland

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

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

Projected Bids: 6 

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

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

Projected Bids: 6


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

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

Projected Bids: 2

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

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

Projected Bids: 4

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

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

Projected Bids: 3

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

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

Projected Bids: 4

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

Projected Bids: 2

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

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

Next Update: Likely Saturday


Phat Dap

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


Head Slap

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


Sunday Musings #187
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While lamenting more and more storms this winter..."I was born here, I will live here, I will fight here and I will die here. Because this is my home!"...But damn Mother Nature, can you let up a little on all this damn snow?

IN MEMORIAM - It was a sad day of sorts for a little while yesterday as it was the 9th anniversary of the passing of my father. For a guy who really wasn't into sports as an adult, he was the one who took me to my first Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins game. He was there in the stands when a team I helped coach won the first championship I'd ever been a part of.

He was proud of me for my coaching...I'm proud to be the son of George Roberts.

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter - @TheOneTrue Jay

MINI-RANT - I will never understand why someone would so much as try to speak to me when they were a primary player in booting me out of coaching three years ago. It has been three years since I've spoken to any of the three people involved in screwing me over. I have no intention of ever speaking to them again, and you'd think after knowing me for three decades they'd grasp the notion that I don't forgive and I don't forget.


Spring training is under way for Boston and already people are freaking out about the Red Sox. While some of it is well deserved (the lack of an ace in the rotation), the minor brouhaha about Pablo Sandoval coming into camp looking even fatter than usual was annoying.

It isn't like anyone could've expected him to come to camp looking svelte. From what I've read he always comes into camp bigger than usual and then loses weight before gaining it over the course of the season. I'm as much of a freak out guy as the next person when it comes to the Sox, but perhaps we can wait to see how he plays with the weight before signing him up for Jenny Craig, no?

If he doesn't hit, then we can start rending our clothes in frustration..

In some sad news, former 3rd base coach Wendell Kim passed away at the age of 64. He had been dealing with early onset Alzheimer's Disease.

Finally, in a sign of how times have changed with the Red Sox, Robbie Ross Jr. made me chuckle with his comments on being traded to Boston. When asked if he was surprised by the trade Ross said, "It caught me way off guard. But it didn't take long for me to be excited about the new change. I'm excited about being on a team that has a reputation for winning the World Series."

How about that? From 86 years of frustrating futility with trying to win the big one to now having a rep for winning the big one. Just over a decade had brought quite the overall culture change in being a part of the Red Sox.

Of course, with 2 out of the last 3 seasons being some of the worst in team history, let's hope the Red Sox chart their way back to consistent contender before that reputation changes for the worse.

In other baseball news, San Francisco's Tim Lincecum announced this week that he's going back to working with his father in a bid to regain the form that made him a two time Cy Young Award winner. Here's the story. I don't know if this is going to work or not, but you have to kind of feel for the guy. If going back to the guy who helped you on the way up doesn't work, it is likely going to be the end of the road for Lincecum.


The City of Las Vegas paid tribute to former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian this week by dimming their lights. It was one of a number of tributes to the coach after his death. UNLV had a ceremony honoring him. You can read about those two events HERE. In a more permanent show of respect for what Tarkanian had done for them, five players from the 1990 championship team (Larry Johnson, Anderson Hunt, Stacey Augmon, Moses Scurry and Chris Jeter) got matching tattoos in Tark's memory. You can check out that story via this link and see photos of the tattoos.

As I've said in the past, my buddy Brian is a huge fan of Providence College. I had to email him the article link when SI.com posted an article on guard Kris Dunn. You can check it out HERE.

Florida State's Gabby Bevillard is a lesson in perseverance. After four ACL tears, she pulled the plug on her career. Her mom died from bladder cancer three weeks ago. She wanted to play one game, the "Paint It Pink" game, in memory of her mother. You can read more about it HERE.

And you can check out the video of her big shot below.

And you can read this SI.com article on Washington's Kate Collier overcoming leukemia.

Catholic University - The Cardinals beat Juniata 69-50 on Wednesday night. Amber didn't play in the game. On Saturday, the team lost to Scranton 76-49, ending their regular season at 17-8 (11-5 in conference). Amber played 5 minutes in the game and made her first college basket for 2 points in the game.

Missouri State - Last Sunday, the Bears beat Loyola (Illinois) 83-64 with Hillary Chvatal (pictured below) scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the team.

Liza Fruendt had her best game since coming back from an injury. She also finished with 16 points. You can read more about her working back from the injury HERE.

Lexi Hughes added 14 points. Kenzie Williams finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals. Tyonna Snow also scored 12 points.

On Friday night, Missouri State visited Southern Illinois and came away with a 73-57 victory to move into 4th place in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bears got 18 points and 8 rebounds from Kenzie Williams (see below) as they improved to 11-13 overall and 8-5 in conference play. Tyonna Snow had 11 points in the game and Liza Fruendt chipped in with 10 points.

By the way, you can learn more about a couple of the Missouri State players in the video clips below.

First up is Aubrey Buckley:

And we have Lexi Hughes:

Boston College Women - With a snowstorm causing their Sunday afternoon game versus North Carolina State to be pushed back until Monday evening, the Eagles overcame 22 turnovers and a blown 11 point lead with just 6 minutes left in regulation to capture a 64-59 overtime win over the Wolfpack.

Boston College got 16 points and 5 rebounds from Emilee Daley. Kelly Hughes (who was named ACC Player of the Week earlier in the day) also scored 16 points and grabbed 7 boards. Ashley Kelsick added 11 points and 8 rebounds.

You can see game highlights and the post game press conference below.

On Thursday night, the Eagles (12-14, 4-9 in the ACC) got pummeled by #25 Syracuse 73-51. The team's inability to hold on to the ball (26 turnovers, led by 8 from Martina Mosetti) helped derail whatever chance they had to compete in the game. BC was down by 17 points at halftime and while they played a closer 2nd half, it wasn't nearly enough.

Kelly Hughes was the only player in double figures for Boston College. She finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Nicole Boudreau came off the bench with 9 points and 5 boards.

By the way, here's a look at the uniforms (on Nicole Boudreau and Karima Gabriel) that the team wore for the game.

Here's the post game press conference with coach Erik Johnson.

Hartford - The Hawks got 19 points from Deanna Mayza but couldn't pick up the road victory, falling to New Hampshire 55-50. Freshman Darby Lee established her career high with 13 points. Hartford fell to 13-14 (7-6 in the America East conference).

Boston College Men -  The men's team was also affected by the snowstorm in the Boston area on Sunday. Their game against Miami got pushed back until Monday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Miami outlasted 89-86 in double overtime. Olivier Hanlan (pictured below) scored a season high 32 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead BC.  Patrick Heckmann (pictured below 2nd) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.


The Eagles got 10 points apiece from Aaron Brown, Dennis Clifford and Will Magarity (tied his career high).

You can see highlights of the game below.

The Eagles were back in action on Wednesday night when they squared off against Florida State. BC came away from the game with a 69-60 loss, dropping them to 9-16 on the season (1-12 in the ACC). This despite leading by 5 points at halftime.

Hanlan (shown below) tied his season high with another 32 points scoring binge. Aaron Brown (pictured 2nd) added 15 points. Garland Owens had 7 points and 5 rebounds while Patrick Heckmann scored 2 points to go with 7 assists and 7 boards.


Before the game, the school announced that Lonnie Jackson, who is out for the season with a leg injury, will be transferring. He's looking to go to a West Coast school.

Saturday, the Eagles faced #10 Notre Dame and came out on the short end of an 87-70 final score. The loss drops them to 9-17 overall with a 1-13 record in ACC play. Aaron Brown (pictured 1st) had 22 points in the game. Olivier Hanlan (shown 2nd) added 19 points and Dennis Clifford scored 17 points while grabbing 6 rebounds.


Tennessee LADY VOLS - Ariel Massengale (#5, pictured below) came off the bench to give Tennessee a huge lift on a day when they really needed it. She scored 17 points (going over the 1,000 point mark in the process) as the Lady Vols knocked off Kentucky 72-58.

But the win was very costly for Tennessee. Jordan Reynolds went down with an injury 2 minutes into the game (she was in the lineup for Thursday's game though) and then 2 minutes into the second half, they lost Isabelle Harrison for the rest of the season. They had to wait until the next day to confirm their worst fears...Harrison had torn her ACL. This is a huge blow to Tennessee as Harrison was leading the team in scoring and rebounding. For the player, the injury is doubly bad because she's a senior, meaning her college career is now over.

I don't know that anyone was really expecting the Lady Vols to contend for the championship, but a deep run in the tournament was certainly possible. Those chances took a big hit with Harrison going down.

As for the rest of the team in the game, Cierra Burdick had 14 points and 9 boards. Bashaara Graves added 11 points and 9 boards. Andraya Carter scored 11 points and Jaime Nared had 10 points.

On Thursday night, the Lady Vols rolled to their 41st straight win over Alabama. The 77-56 victory gave Tennessee a 23-3 record overall with a 13-0 record in the SEC. The team set a school record with a perfect 18-18 from the foul line. Ariel Massengale (pictured below) once again led the team in scoring with 17 points.

Cierra Burdick (pictured 1st) had 16 points and 9 boards while Bashaara Graves (pictured 2nd) dropped in 14 points.


As for the continuing story about the school's decision to get rid of the Lady Vols nickname, Zac Ellis of SI.com had a good piece HERE.


After an extended All-Star break, the Celtics finally got back in action on Friday night when they played on the road versus the Sacramento Kings.

Before that game, came the NBA trading deadline on Thursday. While there was some sentiment in the press that the Celtics would/should remain out of the trades, Boston did make two deals.

The first deal saw the team send Marcus Thornton and the first round pick they own from Cleveland in 2016 to the Phoenix Suns for point guard Isaiah Thomas. The second deal sent Tayshaun Prince to the Detroit Pistons (where he started his career) for Jonas Jerbko and Luigi Datome.

While the addition of Thomas likely gives the Celtics another ball handler who will go to the hoop, I don't know anything about the two players coming over from Detroit. And there isn't any word as yet on whether either player is even in the plans for Boston to keep around.

Beyond the deals the Celtics made, I can't say that I had much of an interest in flurry of deals (11 in all including Boston's trades) at the deadline.

The return of instability to the playing rotation (because of the trades) was made much worse when it was released that Jared Sullinger is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left foot. UPDATE AS OF 10:30 AM EST SUNDAY MORNING: The Celtics have announced that Jared Sullinger is out for the season.

As for the game against the Kings, Sacramento was playing their first game under new coach George Karl and for one game at least, it seemed to pay off handsomely. The game was tight throughout but the Kings ended up taking the win 109-101, due in large part to the 31 point, 15 rebound effort from DeMarcus Cousins and 28 points from Rudy Gay.  The loss drops Boston to 20-32.

Avery Bradley (pictured 1st) led Boston's offense with 28 points and 6 assists. Tyler Zeller (pictured 2nd), stepping up as the big man down low with the absence of both Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, finished with 22 points and 6 assists. Marcus Smart added 16 points and 5 steals and Brandon Bass had himself a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.


There was a sad bit of news that I thought deserved mention. Former Portland Trailblazer star Jerome Kersey passed away this week at the age of 52. You can read about his career HERE. While that article doesn't list a cause of death, it was later reported that a blood clot had gone from his leg to his lung.

That story was made more harrowing when the news came out of Miami that the Heat's Chris Bosh might miss the remainder of the season. He's been hospitalized with possible blood clots on his lungs. You can read more on that HERE.


Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com had an interview this week with new Falcons coach Dan Quinn HERE.


Before I recap the incredible rush to finish the regular season and other games, I've got some winter track news to share.

The Old Rochester girls track team came in 2nd in the Division 5 state championships. My former player Rachel was part of the 4x800 team that came in 4th at the event. The team is pictured below with Rachel on the far left in the back row. (Photo by Adam Ellis of the Wareham Courier)

As for the high school basketball recap...

Bristol-Plymouth Varsity - Savahna's team finished their season off by losing to Bristol Aggie in the first round of the Aggie's FFA tournament 64-45. The team bounced back and beat Norfolk Aggie in the consolation game. However, Savahna wasn't at either game. In fact she missed the last 3 games of the season in all, meaning her final game was that Senior Night game I went to last Wednesday.

Wareham Boys Varsity - The Vikings started off their week with a 76-48 loss to Sandwich. It was a sweet revenge game for Sandwich, having lost to Wareham in their first meeting. Mark (shown below, in blue in the background) scored 7 points in the game. Ashantay added 2 points.

Josh (#22) had 2 points in the game and was in three photos from the Cape Cod Times photo gallery published online.


Wareham bounced back on Wednesday night to beat Case 80-53. Mark had 5 points while both Ashantay and Josh scored 4 points.

On Friday night, Wareham had a chance to wrap up the #1 seed in the state tournament for their division. All they had to do was beat Old Rochester (the team that snapped their conference title streak). But it wasn't to be as the Bulldogs beat Wareham 66-62 in a back and forth battle for the entire game. Mark had 5 points in the game while Josh added a foul shot. Wareham finishes with a 17-5 record (13-3 in the SCC).

Wareham got the #4 seed in the Division 3 South bracket. They play Abington this coming Thursday.

Wareham Girls Varsity -  The Vikings girls picked up a 51-42 win over Seekonk to start their week. Tieyanna scored 12 points in the game. Kali had 9 points and Gabby had 4 points. Erica added 9 points and 4 assists and got mentioned prominently by the coach in the newspaper recap: “She’s a good spark off the bench,” he said. “She’s a physical presence for us. She played well, hit a couple of jump shots and made a couple of timely passes.”

They followed that game with a 46-31 win over Case. Tieyanna scored 10 points for the Vikings (13-8, 10-5). Erica added 6 points, Kali had 4 points and Gabby scored 3 points.

On Friday night, the girls team closed out their regular season with a 39-38 victory over Old Rochester. It was a nice bit of turnaround since Wareham had lost to them by 1 point in their first meeting. Tieyanna finished with 12 points in the game and hit two foul shots late in the game (see 1st photo, by Bill Whelan of Wareham Week) that helped give the win to the Vikings. Gabby (see second Bill Whelan Wareham Week photo below) scored 5 points, Kali had 4 points and Erica hit for 2 points. The team finishes the regular season at 14-8 (11-5 in the SCC).

Wareham got the #8 seed in the Division 3 South bracket. And they'll get an immediate rematch from the game above (the rubber match actually as it is the third meeting of the season) when they face off against Old Rochester this coming Wednesday night.

Bishop Stang Boys Varsity - The Spartans pulled off a big upset win when they knocked off Old Rochester 76-64. Jake scored 14 points as Bishop Stang improved to 12-7 (5-3 in conference play).

But they fell back to earth on Friday night when they dropped a 59-41 decision to Martha's Vineyard. Jake didn't score in the game.

Bishop Stang got the #8 seed in Division 3 South and will play Hanover on Thursday night this week.

Sturgis East Girls Varsity -  The Storm beat South Shore Christian 34-28 early in the week. Isabella had 5 points in the win. The victory set up a win and their in scenario for the team's last regular season game.

Unfortunately, Nantucket beat them 60-45 in that game and the chances for Sturgis East to go to the tournament went by the wayside. Isabella scored 6 points in the game. Another development for this game in particular was her sister Blossom (another ex-player of mine) got moved up to varsity for the game. She didn't actually get into the game, but it does count as making varsity in my book. Not bad for a freshman.

Sturgis East finished 8-9 on the season.

Upper Cape Girls Varsity - The Rams played their first round State Vocational tournament game against Old Colony on Friday night. Despite a rather lackluster 1st half, they led 21-18 at the break. But their offense got going in the third quarter (a 17-0 run at one point) as they extended their lead to 40-25 after three quarters. They hit cruise control in the fourth quarter and took the win 50-39.

Michaela (pictured below) was 2-12 (2-11 FG, 0-1 3pt FG) and 1-2 from the line for five points. She grabbed 4 offensive rebounds and made three steals. She turned the ball over three times and committed 2 fouls.

(photo by Adam K. Ellis of the Wareham Courier. By the way, that guy in the background wearing the hat is me)

Besides the slow start to the game, the biggest flaw in the game was the school somehow letting four teenagers (at least three who play for the Upper Cape boys team) work the scorer's table for the game. Apparently all the adults who usually work the table were unavailable. It was a really bad idea to let them do it though. They made a ton of mistakes and the refs had to keep stopping the game (particularly in the first half) to fix whatever individual mistake they'd made. Even worse, after looking at the scorebook, they messed that up so bad that the individual scoring stats according to them were atrociously off from those of us who actually know how to keep score in a basketball game.

The win put Upper Cape into the tournament final to defend their title from last year. They faced Norfolk Aggie in the game yesterday afternoon and from the opening tip just blew them out. The final score was 55-26 in favor of Upper Cape. The win makes them back to back State Vocational (Small School) Champions! You can read the article HERE.

Michaela was 1-5 for the game for 2 points. She missed two foul shots, grabbed 2 rebounds, had a steal and forced three jump balls. She added 2 fouls to her stat line has well. Here two state titles go along with the three youth league titles she won playing for me, making her the most successful player overall in terms of winning that I coached.

Here's a pic of her going up for her only basket of the game:

And here's a pic of the team after the win: (both photos by Adam K. Ellis of the Wareham Courier.)

Here's a pic of Michaela and I after the game:

As for the regular state tournament, Upper Cape got the #5 seed in Division 4 South and will play Old Colony (for the 4th time this season) this coming Wednesday night.


Despite the fact that the Jackie Robinson West team is no longer the recognized U.S. champion, the mayor of Chicago is going ahead with plans to give the kids championship rings.

Call me crazy but this insane need to validate the kids by the adults on the periphery of the story is getting to be a bit much. As wonderful as they were to watch, the fact is they are no longer the champions. Now you can kvetch and moan about the adults in charge of the league being the real bad guys in this story. I won't argue with you about that. But I do find it a bit convenient that the notion of "win as a team, lose as a team" gets tossed out the window for the sake of shielding the youth of the world from the consequences of actions taken on their behalf.

THE DAMN RULES WERE BROKEN! That is the teachable moment here. Break the rules, suffer the consequences. The mayor of Chicago giving them championship rings when they are not the champions reinforces the lack of accountability that everyone seems to grow up with nowadays.

Read the story HERE.


TV - One of my all-time favorite comic book series was the Jim Starlin creator owned title Dreadstar. It was a huge science fiction / war title with the group of main characters caught between two warring factions. I've met Starlin and purchased a fully illustrated drawing of the title character from him. So the news that he's signed a deal to develop the book into a TV show really thrilled the hell out of me this week. You can read more details HERE.

You can check out the recap of the "Fallout" episode of The Flash HERE. And the recap for the "The Return" episode of Arrow can be read by clicking here.

Movies - Late last night and into early this morning, I watched the movie The Rewrite. It stars Hugh Grant as a down on his luck former Oscar winning screenwriter who takes a teaching job in Binghamton University. He plans to do as little as possible but soon finds himself actually teaching the class instead.

I found it a rather interesting story, though it had a familiar plot. Hugh Grant did a really nice job selling the character in what was a very low key type of film. And if you know anything about the various actors who appear in the movie and their previous works, the movie was filled with lots of little (I'm guessing) unplanned inside jokes.

Music - I've got a bunch of new music for you to check out this week. But the first thing I wanted to make sure you got a look at was my review of the new U.D.O. album Decadent. Here's the KNAC.com link.

Now...here's the music..First up is the audio stream of the Halestorm song "Mayhem". I can't say I was overly enthused about this track. I liked the first track they released from the upcoming new album a lot more.

Next we have the audio stream for the new Toto song "Holy War". At first listen, I found the song merely okay. But when I listened again, the song stuck with me a lot more.

The new album from Black Star Riders is due out this Tuesday (February 24th). You can check out the official video for the song "Finest Hour" below. I haven't listened to this one yet because I plan to buy the album and do a review of it.

Finally, Beth Hart has released the song "Might As Well Smile" from her upcoming Better Than Home album. Normally I would skip this in favor of waiting for the album to review, but this is Beth Hart and my rabid fandom for her music means I had to listen to it. You can check out the awesome track below.

Musings From The Hoodwood 2-17
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: College Basketball

Get ready for lots more like this...very painful for your humble scribe. I saw it firsthand.

This weeks hoodwood is a spec sheet as Ive barely have had time to look at sports much less bring you a full musings. 

Atlantic Coast
Conference Class-Power
Solid: Virginia, North Carolina, Notre Dame,,Louisville, Duke
Work to do:  Miami-FL, NC State, Pitt
Skinny on the ACC:  The Cavs and Dukies are still way safe but the conference is getting to be a hot mess. Im moving the Irish, Cards and Heels in. NC State and Pitt are close but Im still wanting more wins from these two to move them up...

Key Game: Miami @Louisville Sat 7p (ESPN) The Canes are looking for a signature win, getting one at the Yum! Center would do the trick.

Projected Bids:

Atlantic Ten
Conference Class- Major
Solid: Dayton, GW, VCU

Work to do: Rhode Island, UMass, Davidson, 
The A-10 Spec is: Im still going with 3 teams here though everyone here has been getting a case of the shakes none so mucj more than VCU but their numbers are still so good. I want the Flyers to get a signature win but they are missing opportunites

Key Games UMass @ Rhode Island Wed 7:00 Believe it or not this is a matchup of leaders in the conference, the winner gets a major resume boost.

Projected Bids: 3



Conference Class-Major

Solid Temple, SMU

Work to do: Cincy,Tulsa
All-American Spec: The Mustangs throttled UConn in front of a happy home crowd on Saturday and are getting closer and closer to lock status. Temple has suddenly turned into a shot caller after housing Cincy and whipping a sad sack East Carolina.  THe Bearcats are looking mighty suspect after the aforementioned whipping by Temple and getting zapped on a buzzer beater by Tulane before a stunned collective in Cincy (including yours truly who saw the game at Fifth Third Arena) and have more bad losses to dodge than good wins to collect down the stretch. The Golden Hurricane are teetering dangerously toward falling off this list and I cant defend the Huskies any longer they are off the list

Key Games Xavier vs Cincinnati 7:30p (ESPN2) These two school are separated by about 5 miles and aside from this one game co-exist in the Queen City, but this game has high stakes for a quality win

Projected Bids: 3


Big East 
Conference Class-Major
Solid: Villanova, Butler

Work to do: Xavier, Providence, Georgetown, St. Johns, Seton Hall
Big East Skinny: Nova is still way safe, Butler dodged a  mammoth upset bid by Creighton and I feel good about making them solid, Xavier just keep mucking up every chance that they get to move up. Georgetown and Providence are the two teams that have the best shot at moving up for now. I cant take St. Johns or Seton Hall seriously.

 Key Game: Xavier at Cincinnati Wednesday 7 (ESPN2) The Muskies need this win over their in-city rivals to keep their fledgling tourney hopes up

Projected bids: 5

Big Ten 
Conference Class-Power
Solid: Wisconsin, Ohio State, Maryland
Work to do: Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois
The word on the Big Ten is: Maryland is still safe and ill give Ohio State the benefit of the doubt again after getting zapped by a Valentine in East Lansing which may make the Spartans safe. Illinois wasted a great chance to move more to the solid line but got housed by Wisconsin who is super safe. The Hoosiers are just running out of chances to

Key Game:  Purdue at Indiana Thursday 7p (BTN) The Hoosiers and Boilers both need this win to solidfy their respective resumes

Projected Bids: 6

Big 12
Conference Class-Power
Solid: Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma
Work to do: Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas
Skinny from the heartland:  Ok Mountaineer fans, WVU is up to solid. Stop badgering me about me not saying I thought they were not totally legit. Their thrilling win over Kansas solidifies their chances. Iowa State comes uptown as well. But Ill wait on Baylor and Oklahoma State both having taken bad losses

Key Game: Texas @ Oklahoma Tuesday 9p (ESPN) The Longhorns are getting close, Ill admit it, winning at their hated rival gets them closer

Projected Bids: 

Conference USA 
Conference Class-Mid-Major
Solid: Louisiana Tech
Work to do: UAB, Western Kentucky

Oh Say Can You C-USA Spec: The Bulldogs are in the drivers seat…for now. Im close to moving this conference to the single bid line

Key Game: Louisiana Tech @ Charlotte Thursday 7:00 (CBSS) The Niners are going nowhere but Halton arena has long been a house of horrors for conference leaders.

Projected Bids: 1

Missouri Valley
Conference Class-Mid Major
Solid: Wichita State, Northern Iowa
Work to do: Evansville
Missouri Valley Skinny: Both the Shockers and Panthers are circling each other till warmup showdown at the end of the month.  The Redbirds are off but the Aces are on and need to keep winning to get noticed.

Key Game: Drake at Evansville Wednesday 8:00 (ESPN3) The Aces had better not overlook the Bulldogs in advance of their potential resume making showdown with Wichita State

Projected Bids: 2

Mountain West
Conference Class-Major
Solid: San Diego State
Work to do: Boise State, Colorado State
Spec from the Mountains: San Diego State is in the drivers seat, Boise State is in real trouble, and the Broncos need to get a signature win

Key Game: San Diego State at New Mexico Tuesday 9:30p  (CBSS) The Aztecs had best be careful, a loss in the Pit is a bad one to take this year

Projected Bids: 2

Pacific 12
Conference Class-Power
Solid: Arizona, Utah
Work to do: UCLA, Stanford, Oregon
Spec from the left coast:  Arizona (yawn, snore) is still safe. Yes, Utah. You are safe now. Im not really sold on UCLA and Oregon just flunked their latest test.

Key Games: UCLA @ Arizona State 9p (ESPN2) The Bruins had better watch themselves in Tempe, they have no room for screwups

Projected Bids: 4

Conference Class-Power
Solid: Kentucky, Arkansas
Work to do: Ole Miss, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia
Spec is Down South: Marking time till they head to Indy, the Wildcats are a deadbolt lock. There are still no real bona fide locks in this conference beyond Arkansas who becomes the 2nd ranked SEC team and haven’t done anything to not be included. All the working teams are still needing major work on their respective resume to get anywhere near safe.

Key Game: LSU @ Texas A&M 7p (SECNet) Both teams are needing this win to get closer to lock

Projected Bids: 5


West Coast 
Conference Class- Mid Major
Solid: Gonzaga
Work to do: St. Mary’s, BYU
West Coast Spec:  The Bulldogs (I refuse to call them them the Zags) are #3 in the country and are going to be a tough out in March. They are marking time till then. The Gaels are flunking every big test that the otherwise weak WCC is presenting them. BYU is at 20 wins but may need to win out to get a bid
Key Game: Gonzaga at St. Marys Saturday 11p (ESPN2) As luck would have it the Gaels host the Bulldogs, and the Bulldogs can clinch the WCC #1 seed with a win

Projected Bids: 1

There are others in the mix to be sure. Teams from the always dangerous Colonial and Big South always are in the mix and can send multiple teams. Of course the champions from the following conferences get an automatic bid: Amer. East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big West, Horizon, Ivy, MAC, MAAC, MEAC, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Sun Belt, Summit, SWAC and WAC projected bids from these conferences will be posted here starting February 24st

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

Next Spec Feb 19


Monday Moaning 2-16-15
Category: FEATURED
Tags: The Beeze Life Kids 50 Shades of Grey Terrorists Cleveland NBA Basketball Cleveland Leader Dan Gilbert India Reynolds Art

I hope all had a good week...The first two days I was at work for about 26 hours...Then I was on vacation the rest of the week...Not for anything exciting...The Mrs. had to have some minor surgery, so I had to be around for that and to be Mr. Mom...Something I didn't mind too much...I haven't had a lot of time with the kids lately...Too bad it's in the negative degrees category....But we don't have 8 feet of snow like they do in Boston, so fuck it!

I've spent too much time hearing this fucking 50 Shades of Grey movie/book...From everything I've read it's a story that if it was happening in real life, women would be telling their friend to stay away from this asshole, abusive creep...But it was book that got women moist, so they (generally speaking...Not all of you) are all drooling over it, and calling it a sexy love story...Mind you, if you tried to get your wife/girlfriend to do some of the shit this guy does with his chick, she'd tell you to go to hell...For fuck's sake, how many of these skirts that are all moist over this movie/book, won't watch hardcore porn with you...Most of them right...My wife liked the book...Wants to see the movie...Won't watch hardcore porn with me...Shit, she won't let me tie her up, and whip the shit out of her either....WHAT THE FUCK!

Fuck that movie...You can lick the 50 shades out of my ass!

-Saturday night I was watching the Notre Dame vs. Providence hockey game...And jumping to the Bluejackets vs. Islanders game...You know, 'cause I'm a man!  Then while looking at my phone, I saw something on Twitter about there being a fashion show at the NBA "All-star" weekend...Now I already had no respect for basketball and the NBA, but when I saw that, I knew there was no hope for that silly game...Yeah, I get it...All these guys want to be music and fashion moguls like their idiot hero, Jay-Z...You know they guy that built himself up from being a drug dealer...Fucking dolts!

-And while I'm dogging basketball...Sunday I was given another reason to never support the Cavaliers...Hell, really all pro-sports in this town probably....I have often ripped on this city, and reading THIS article, the whole damn county is full of and run by fucking idiots!

Taxpayers have paid out $154,852,113 for cost overruns for the Quicken Loans Arena and other bullshit in the Gateway area...(Progressive Field and shit)...$88,701,131 came from the "general fund"....I don't know, I would think we would want to use that "general fund" money on important stuff, like our shitty schools, police and fire departments who are always the first to take cuts when their is a budget crunch....Maybe fix a couple of these bridges...Or rehab a shit neighborhood that we've ignored forever...Nope...And Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and city officials think we should continue to do so for another 17 years...17 more years of paying for their cost overruns...NBA teams will share $2.66 billion in TV revenue this year, but aren't expected to pay for any of their buildings costs....And While I'm dumping of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, this shit goes on all over this country...

Dan Gilbert, you won't see me in your Casinos, or at you basketball teams games, or doing anything to put my money in your pockets...That is except for the money you and the county officials are stealing from me...Fucking whores!

-Lastly, I joked about a month ago, that I was going to get out my old art supplies and start working on my career as an offensive cartoonist...Well, Friday the kids and I went to the one art store and loaded up on stuff so we could do some projects and keep them out of  Mom's hair...A kit for making necklaces for the girls...Clay and paper and glue sticks for Molly and Tomas...this and that...And I got a sketch pad, pencils, and a set of drawing pens...I knocked a few things...It was fun to be drawing again...I even did my first stereotypical, Islamic terrorist...Then Saturday another cartoonist had an attempt on his life in Denmark...Then another shooting in Denmark...

So, Sunday I was inspired...I did a quick sketch that would not be liked by certain Islamic assholes...I planned on posting it...But my wife would prefer I didn't...Now me writing this probably doesn't help...I'm sure is some nut-jobs that hate me and want me dead just for typing that I drew some bullshit...Hell, they'd probably want me dead for half the blogs I've written....But out of respect for my wife, for now I won't post it...For now...Maybe I'll work on it...Get it just right!

That said, fuck these assholes...And these ISIS fuck stains...These twats need to all be wiped out...I actually sat and watched the video of the Jordanian pilot being burned alive...Just to be clear, the guy doing their videos could have had a career in Hollywood...that's' how well it was done...You actually forgot what you were watching was real life...That's how well it was shot, and edited...But then I slapped myself, and reminded myself that this shit was real...So I am all for these fuck-sticks being wiped off the face of the Earth...And Initially I was the guy saying, fuck it...They're over there....Let all those bitch-ass countries in the Middle-East handle it...Handle their own mess...Clean up their own damn neighborhood...But the fact of the matter is, is that these assholes have passports...they're from countries all over the world, and they're running around Europe shooting cartoonists...

So, can the dipshits in the Middle-East, and fuckers in Europe, and us, and everyone else with a slight bit of sanity get together and end these pricks, so my wife won't fear for my family's lives because I wrote a blog, or drew a picture that might upset some fucking twat!

Have a week...

The Beeze.


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