Friday, December 22, 2006

I Love Technology

by ShagOnSports

I was thinking the other day about the time period we are living in and how this period will be viewed in the future… If you think about my lifetime alone from 1964 through today and tack on a few years before my shiny bottom hit the earth the breakthroughs in technology are incredible for both personal use items and in the medical field… I do not know much about medical so I will stick to the personal use items…

Before my time came TV which to me was the starting point of the technology boom we have gone through in the last fifty years… In my opinion the significance of TV and its impact on society will probably never be topped… I remember a little bit of the late 60’s and then into the early 70’s and how significant TV was from Sports stand point for me (even though I did not realize it at the time)…

Being able to watch the World Series (the first one I truly remember was the 1971 Series, O’s & Pirates), College Football Games (the first one I remember is Nebraska Vs Oklahoma when one Johnny Rodgers was the star), Pro Football Games (the first one I remember is the 1971 Super Bowl) and then came college basketball games… All of this was when we only had three channels and PBS… As I have grown older I appreciate radio more but TV had its impact on me early in my life…

Sometime in the early 70’s (around 73) I remember going to visit my cousin in Florida and they had Cable TV with something called HBO which showed uncut movies all day long… HBO evolved from these early days into not only a movie channel but a very innovative sports programming network… A few years after my family had cable TV and I could watch the Cubs and the Braves play every day if I chose to do so and now I can watch pretty much any game I want any time I want and with VCR’s and now DVR’s… This means that we have come along way since the production team at ABC Monday Night Football invented instant replay…

Music breakthroughs are as just unbelievable… The standard for radio was AM for many years and then came the breakthrough of FM Stereo which was a huge advancement from a sound perspective… I still prefer listening to the radio Vs watching most Sporting events on TV and now with Satellite Radio a person has that option most of the time like they do with TV and with XM radio you can buy a device that records a program that can be listened to at a persons convienance…

The mix and thing I like about TV and Music is the music channels… I am still a MTV head and MTV has made such a huge impact on society in general… You still have MTV and VH1 but if you want pure music you need digital cable which gets you MTVHD (I watched the Foo Fighters and Chili Peppers in concert on their last night), VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, MTV Hits and MTV2,… Where would we be without that “Money for Nothing” video…

Anyone who was born after 1974 takes technology advance and Television for granted as just being there… Not because they choose to but how would they know any different if they did not experience the before… Makes me feel good about when I was born… It is kind of like the first time I went to New York City and being fascinated the entire place and then talking to a native New Yorker about how seeing The City for the first time made me feel… She said she felt robbed because she could never experience that feeling since she was born there and lived there her entire life… As she explained it was not that she could not experience new things but that she could just never experience that one thing of seeing New York for the first time…

Take time to reflect on where we are today and how significant this time period is, where we have been and where we are going… Get with the technology it is good stuff…

I still consider myself a youngster but I did business when there was no email, no spreadsheets, no databases, no fax machines, no word documents and no cell phones… This is Star Trek stuff we are seeing today… When you can drive over top Lookout mountain “Goggling” to me that is kewl stuff…

I love that I have mountains of information at my fingertips and I love how much time it saves… I never go to the bank and never hardly write a check for a bill…

A list to think about:

Eight Track Tapes
Cassette Tapes
Cassette Recorders
Boom Boxes
Walkman
VCR’s
Fax Machines
Compact Disc
Satellite Radio
Cell Phones
Personal Computers
Music on your home computer
The Internet
Email
GPS Systems
DVR’s
Digital Recorders
MP3 Players
Blue Tooths
Air Cards for Internet Access

I read the other day where the government is already starting to design the flyways and airspace that will be used for the personal hover crafts that are being developed… The article I read indicates these vehicles are about 25 to 30 years out from being produced and affordable… Beam me up Scottie!!!

Kentucky Vs Louisville

It is not Red Sox Vs the Yankees, Auburn Vs Alabama or Ohio State Vs Michigan but it is as good a rivalry game as there is in college basketball… I wish it had the class of Army Vs Navy but we are in Kentucky so that will never happen and both sides have fans to blame for this…

I passed up two chances to go to the game at Freedom Hall this Saturday… Why??? Because I like both of the people who invited me and I do not want to put them in a bad position when someone pops off to me one to many times and I do something stupid… So I sparred them the pain and watched the game at home…

To me fan etiquette for people that show up in your team’s house to watch a game should be welcomed by the opposing fan… Two Saturday’s at IU and UK I shook the guys hand that sat beside me and welcomed him to Rupp Arena… That is fan etiquette… Vicious attacks on someone who is just there to support his team are senseless acts and happen everywhere… As a fan I dislike Indiana but I do not hate Indiana fans…

I remember the first UK vs. U of L game… I was in boot camp in Orlando, Florida and missed the game but I did accurately predict the margin of score and outcome of the game in a letter to my parents… I did get to see the next U of L and UK game when Sam Bowie made his triumphant return to college basketball… I have the SI at home with his picture on the cover from that game in my fabled sports collection…

The game I remember the most is the late in 1986 game between U of L and UK due to when in it occurred and the other things going on in my life at the time… The day before this game I was discharged from the Navy and made the long drive from Norfolk, Virginia to Henderson… New life and new experiences were ready to start…

When I arrived in Henderson that night I dropped all of my stuff off at my house (mother’s house) visited with my family and then started the adventure that I am living today… I had high expectations for this adventure and new lease on life and to this point I would say expectations have been met… Timing is always important and when I walked into the local watering hole my timing was perfect… Standing at the bar were three of my best friends who had just walked in the door before me… Shots of bourbon and celebration were the order of the night from that point forward…

That night is a blur but I do remember at the end of the night walking to one of those friend’s houses who lived closed by and crashing… I also remember my friend Sam Nation showing up with 97 Krystal Burgers ready for a feast that I was glad the next day that I did not participate in… I know the next day that Sam wished he would not have gone to Krystals but that is a story for another day...

Anyway after feasting on barbecue at Peak Brothers for lunch that Saturday (Peak brothers became a Saturday tradition for the years I lived in Hendo) we watched Rex Chapman scorch Louisville for 27 points in the game that started Denny Crum’s downfall (Denny refused to embrace the new three point line and never recovered from this mistake)… It was a great day for UK for but there was a dark cloud looming that would bust open a year later (pardon the pun again if you remember the Overnight package busting open with the cash in it to Chris Mills)…

To the game…

I believe the home team should always win rivalry games but of course that is not always the case…

I thought the game set up well for UK because of their experience and their defensive efforts the last two weeks… A blowout by either team was just not in the cards (pardon the pun)… I had watched U of L play UMASS and I could not believe how bad they shot the ball and how bad the team played defense so I liked UK’s chances to stay in the game but as I said the home team should win…

Billy Packer and Vern Lundquist were surprised by Wookash Orbzut, but not me… Woo can play!!! He has great hands, runs the floor well, shoots well and plays good defense… Joe Crawford continued his horrific play but Jodie Meeks stepped up and shot the ball well (play Meeks more)… UK played good defense and was helped out by the horrible shooting exhibition put on by the Ville (I do not think I have seen a team miss so many open shots)… I did not know that breathing on an opposing player was a foul but Randolph M o r r i s got two fouls for this… A foul by rule is when a player’s action gives him an advantage over the opposing player and breathing does not give said advantage… Nice to see the Cats respond in a tough environment with Bobby Perry and Randolph M o r r i s scoring two points between them…

The game was competitive… U of L led most of the first half but never threatened to pull away… UK played a pretty solid second half and had a chance to blow the game open and win by a bunch but had shooting woes also… She Ray Thomas made a big jumper down the stretch (good for him), Bradley made a key three and Derrick Jasper is a star in the making… Jasper’s stat line was not great but I like his effort…

So with a victory what position does this put the Tubby naysayers in and the group who wants Ricky P back at Kentucky… I say “F” Rick Pitino… Tubby has now won three straight against tricky Ricky and four of six since Rick came to U of L… Since Rick has been at Louisville he has only lost five times in the month of December and four of those losses are to Tubby… You cannot like Tubby if you want but there is no way in hell that Tricky Ricky is coming back to UK… Why would want him back now anyway???

Tubby deserves this year and next to straighten out the program… We gave Rich Brooks one more year so let’s do the same for Tubby and see where he takes this team in March and next year… Like Brooksy, I think that next season is going to tell the future of Tubby…

For U of L fans… Three years ago when Tricky Rick came to Rupp and upset a highly ranked Kentucky Team after beating a number one ranked Kentucky Team the year before UK fans thought the apocalypse was upon them… I remember one of the U of L fans I work with told me to get ready because that was going to be what happened almost every year??? He was wrong…

Remember the blowouts that U of L experienced the last year that Denny was there before you jump on Rick’s back…

It is hard for any coach to follow a legend or a highly successful coach at any school… Look at what happened at UCLA after Wooden left, Eddie Sutton after Joe B, Mike Davis at IU, Whoever followed John Thompson at Georgetown and Matt Doherty at UNC just to name a few… Joe B Hall was not truly appreciated by the fan base after he took over for Rupp and the same goes for Tubby after taking over for Rick… Now Rick is in those shoes…

Rick is fine but he has been called Larry Brown on training wheels… Rick to the Knicks at the end of the year??? Not as the coach but as part owner and President… Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

UK Vs Santa Clara

Joe Crawford Sucks!!! I am going to start a band that is going to be the name of the band… His shots are not even close to going in… If I had his size and quickness I would have played in the NBA… This guy is a joke and needs to be on the pine!!! Can anyone say Roderick Rhodes!!!

Bobby Perry has now gone two games in a row with zero points… Why did Orbzut not play more in the second half??? I believe the more Woo plays the better he gets!!! What a nice jump shot he has and he runs the floor well, sets great screens and plays good defense… Come on Tubby!!!

The freshmen are the up tick on this team… All four of them look solid and I think that all four will be there for four years… The fifth freshmen needs to be red shirted!!! He is the mystery recruit who is now eligible and hope Tubby puts the red shirt on him so he has four complete years…

I cannot wait until the first week of April to see how this team ends up!!!

Tonight I am heading up to see the Cats play UMASS…


Barrett State Flash PS2 Football

I have kicked off the new season on PS2 with mine and my nephews Matt’s teams… My Barrett State Flash Team is 7 and 0 out of the gate beating Ohio State in a barn burner the last game… Now that I have learned how to play the computer I have toned my team down a bit so the games are more competitive (I have been blowing teams out)…

My team is running the Navy Spread Offense which is a mix of run and passes with allots of option plays, curl routes and quick slants… On defense I am running allot of nickel packages and Four/Four (four down linemen and four linebackers) with allot of blitzing… Once I am done with this season I am going to switch the team to the Dynasty Mode that will have recruiting, etc…

Matt’s team (Henderson City College Pioneers) runs the Texas offense and to this point his team is 5 and 1 after getting upset at North Carolina… The computer is simulating all of his games… His starting QB had thrown eleven interceptions through five games so I benched him and the new starter came in and threw for a bundle… Our teams meet in the final regular season game of the season in week twelve… My team is currently ranked eighth in the polls and eight in the BCS with and visits #3 Florida State next game…

Next week Matt is going to be spending the week with us so I am going to teach him how to play defense and when to call certain packages on defense based on downs and yards to go… He could be coach in the making… I have never been one who likes having kids play video games but from a sports standpoint I could see how you could teach a kid who likes to play football what all of the formations mean and when/why you use them… How many people know what a nickel or dime defense is or understands a zone blitz, cover 2, cover 3 robber, mad blitz, man zone or what quarterback contain means… I read that college teams are using these football games for teaching there new players how there offense and defense works (even Joe Pa is doing this)…

Random Thoughts

- Paul Horning is whining because Tomlinson broke his single season scoring record for points in an NFL season… Horning’s gripe is that he set this record in twelve games and now the NFL plays sixteen (It took LT fourteen games)… He has a point has said as far he is concerned he is still the record holder!!! Should there be twelve game records, fourteen game records and sixteen game records in Pro Football??? Should baseball have 154 game records as well as 162 game records??? Should college football have twelve game regular season records and eleven game records??? I would like to see all the leagues do this as it adds history to the game that will otherwise be forgotten years down the road… This way names like George Sisler, Paul Horning and Jim Brown live on forever… It is the right thing to do for the history of the sports!!!

- It makes me want to puke when I look at the UK bench and the assistant coaches that nobody wants… Kick Reggie Hanson, David Hobbs and Sean Finney to the curb and bring in Johnny P to coach the offense and groom him for the head coaching job… He would take the job tomorrow if you guaranteed him to be Tubby’s successor!!!

- The fight in the NBA last weekend was bad… I am not sure what the league needs to do but they are losing a demographic that I think they need to continue to grow the game globally… I blame the early out from college for part of the problem… Players have issues with discipline and maturity and it seems that this is getting worse and the media calls them all “thugs” which makes it worse… Players do not seem to understand the concept of team play and that is why the Europeans and South American teams have caught and passed the USA teams…

- Look at Iverson right now… Does anyone care he is not playing??? Did you know that the Sixers are paying him to set at home until they can find someone to make a trade??? Do you care??? AI in Denver!!! That is going to work out well!!! AI thinks he is to good to practice ala his quote of “We are talking about practice”…

- What if Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Ted Williams, Wade Boggs, Albert Puljos or Peyton Manning thought they were to good to practice??? Teddy Ballgame used to take offense to someone calling him a natural hitter because of how hard he worked before and during the season on hitting…

- Baseball has kids play this early but they have to earn their trip to the big leagues through a minor league system which promotes teamwork and high levels of individual responsibility… Baseball also has fights so the fights in the NBA is really not the issue it is the general attitudes and other behavior of both NBA players… The current media attacks on the NBA are racist in nature whether you want to admit it or not… I do not here anyone calling baseball players thugs when they have bench clearing brawls… Why is that???

- I still am not one who has an issue with Ricky P being at Louisville… My wife predicted that would happen long before it did so I saw it coming long before most people… I lost some respect for Ricky P when he let one Marvin Stone attend U of L… I thought he stabbed Tubby in the back by allowing this to happen but Rick I think, “Loves me some me” also… Where is Marvin Stone(d) now???

- The Lexington Paper quoted Orbzut as saying to his teammates at halftime of the U of L game, “This is our state!!!” That a boy Woo… I like that attitude…

- I have a double play coming next weekend… We are going to the bowl game on Friday and then will head to Lexington on Saturday watch the Cats and EKU…

ShagOnMusic

You are here because you want the real thing… Let’s bring on Bob Segar and the Silver Bullet Band Live!!!

Our friend Terri took me to see Bob Segar… Bob put on quite a show… I am not so much a Bob Segar fan now but during the summer that I was fourteen years old I fell in love with the Album “Live Bullet”… It had such great songs as Tavel’n Man, Nutbush City Limit, Get Out of Denver, Little Queenie, Turn the Page and many others… It was our cassette tape of choice for several years… Most of my memories come from listening to this music while riding around in a friend’s Gremlin in the rocky and dusty roads in the river bottoms of horse shoe bend with no air conditioning just jamming…

The sax player in Bob’s band was awesome!!! He stole the show…
It was a great time… I need to attend more concerts!!!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The BCS and Mess

by ShagOnSports


Playoff please!!!

Michigan or Florida??? You can argue all day long for Michigan or Florida… What swayed me on Florida is there body of work over the season… They had some close games that they won and they won the SEC Championship against a good Arkansas team… Michigan finished second in the big ten… Florida playing the last weekend and Michigan not playing hurt Michigan no doubt… Bottom line is the regular season counts, a loss is not just a loss and in the case of Michigan that loss to OSU knocks them out of contention since they did not win their conference…

Louisville did not get the match up they deserved or were looking for… Here is the up and coming program in college football with allot still to prove and they end up with Wake Forest… Louisville will blow Wake out of the Orange Bowl… This could hurt Louisville for next year but I doubt it will... If Louisville goes to the Sugar Bowl and beats LSU or even beats Tennessee or Arkansas in a second tier bowl that would set better then blowing out Wake… No disrespect to Wake but the have a fence (there is no Ah or O there)… Remember West Virginia was ranked really high this year to start due to a win over Georgia last year in a bowl game…

1. Ohio State
2. Florida
3. Michigan
4. Louisville
5. LSU
6. Oklahoma
7. Boise State
8. Wisconsin
9. USC
10. Arkansas

Playoff time...

The playoff has to include the ACC Champion, SEC Champion, Big 12 Champion, Big Ten Champion and Pac 10 Champion so it could not just be the eight teams with the best BCS rating… I think the Big East needs to expand in order to qualify as automatic to at least ten teams… My playoff format would be the five major conference winners and then choose three at large teams based on their BCS rankings… Whether or not they are a conference champions after the first five to me is irrelevant…

Based on seeding we would have had the following match ups this past weekend:

Wake Forest (8) at Ohio State (1)
Oklahoma (6) at Michigan (3)

USC (7) at Florida (2)
LSU (5) at Louisville (4)

The next round would be the 8, 1 winner vs. the 6, 3 winner and the 7, 2 winner vs. the 5, 4 winner and then the big match up after the New Years Day bowls are done…

Playoff please… Last Saturday with these games would be the greatest day in sports period!!!

UK Football is going Bowling

Take the Wildcats Bowling; Take them bowling…

UK is not going to the local lanes as I predicted but an actual bowl game…

To this point UK Football has been successful… Just think a win against Tennessee and a win against South Carolina and this team is nine and three and in the Cotton or Outback bowl… If that was the case would Brooksy have his extension already???

This will be mine and my wife’s first bowl game experience… My parents went to the Peach Bowl with UK in 1976 so that is my closest connection to this point… We are excited to be able to get the opportunity to go to the game and hope this is the start of many bowls to come… This year UK had a favorable schedule and a year that UK should go to a bowl and has a chance to win nine games… This is all I ask as a fan…

Clemson looks to be a tough opponent for UK in the MCB… Clemson runs the ball well and often and that has not been a tough point for the UK defense this year… Kentucky can score points in bunches and the object of the game is to score more points then the other team, right!!! Clemson is rich in football tradition and for a long time were the dominant team in ACC and on the East Coast… They won a National Championship in 1982 but were soon on probation after that year… Something to do with the Tigerettes, grades and recruiting practices…

The extra practice and bowl experience should benefit this young team well… They will need it for next year…

Reminder!!! Next year UK has Louisville, Florida, Tennessee and LSU at home and Vandy, Georgia, South Carolina and Arkansas on the road… That is seven preseason ranked teams and more the likely four or five in the top ten!!! It will take two wins in this pool of games plus win the other four games to win six games… Six or Seven wins against this schedule will be tough…

Middies are going Bowling too……

Navy finished a strong 9 and 3 for the season… They will play Boston College in Charlotte and I would love to be there for that one also…

This team is a great story… Navy is now missing two key components in their offense, the Quarterback and the Fullback… The team overcame the loss of their quarterback, who was the new starter for 2006 in the fourth game of the year and against Army lost their fullback… Goes to show that coach Paul Johnson has an offense that if properly executed will work and the parts are interchangeable…

The Navy offense is usually a one back set (full back), with two wings and two wide receivers and they very rarely uses a tight end… Navy uses the Offense to mainly run but it is a spread offense and meant to be able to pass the ball also… Navy does not have a drop back passer and Coach Johnson has said that if they did Navy would throw the ball more…

I run this offense on the PS2 game and I like all the multiple sets it has to offer and the fact the defense cannot get much of a key off of the formation…. Would this offense work at Alabama or Miami or at a school like Kentucky??? I think so… The option is a college offense meant to key on misdirection and speed at the skill positions… Urban Myer runs a similar offense at Florida and both of these offenses are updated versions of the old wishbone or option offenses that Alabama won most of their National Championships with and both Oklahoma and Nebraska ran for years… Football as it was meant to be played…

Back to the Middies… This will be a great test for this team… BC will be a tough opponent for Navy and a good measuring stick to where this program is in comparison to the larger schools… Go Navy!!!

Navy Coach Paul Johnson has been linked to several job openings… I would like to see him stay at Navy but would accept him moving to Alabama or Kentucky…

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball

The following paragraphs were written before the UT Chattanooga and IU games…

Before you start reading though let me say one thing… If Tubby Smith were to leave UK I do not want Rick Pitino to be the UK coach and his nothing to do with him being at Louisville… I appreciate what Rick did when he was at UK but he is gone and that chapter is over… John Pelphrey should be the next UK coach period!!!

First of all I think Tubby Smith is an outstanding coach and he is a solid recruiter… He has great classes two of the last three years but I agree that something is wrong… The landscape in college basketball has changed in the last ten years due to kid going straight to the NBA and schools putting more of an emphasis on basketball that did not do this before so the talent pool is also more spread… Those two me are two of the issues…

People seem to have an issue with Tubby and his style of play and I can understand that issue but I like good defense… People want to see this team run up and down the floor… This style has hurt is recruiting and all you have to do is read the comments made by North Carolina’s Wright who lit UK up in Chapel Hill… I like good defense but you have to be able to score to win…

People also had an issue with Joe B Hall and his style during his tenure at UK… By the way Joe B gets no credit but he went to three final fours in eleven years as the UK coach which puts him in some elite company… Joe B deserves to be in the Basketball Hall of Fame but I will save that argument for another day!!!

Where has Tubby gone wrong???

When he had team turmoil back in 2001 it all started with one player named Rashad Carruth… Carruth was a cancer and that cancer spread amongst the team… The year after Carruth left the troubles started going away and Tubby went on a four year run of wins that could not be topped by any other school… How we forget???

This turmoil of last year started when Tubby allowed Patrick Sparks to attend UK for the last two years of his career… Sparks was never about anything but Patrick Sparks… He was selfish and appeared to be in his own world… A guy who could have been a leader ala Chuck Hayes was nothing of the sort and his attitude and selfishness impacted the team last year… I believe Chuck Hayes held Sparks and Rondo in check for one year and that is why UK came within OT of going to the final four… After Hayes was gone the two just free wheeled… I fault Tubby for allowing this to happen but I am willing to give Tubby a chance to correct these issues…

Is this team in trouble???

Right now they are… Smooth cannot handle the point and if it were me I would turn the point over to Derrick Jasper and let him learn on the job… I thought Smooth had the skills to handle this position but he cannot be the main ball handler in the Offense… Smooth can fill this role when Jasper is not in the game but he is a better player receiving the first pass in the offense then being the first passer in the offense… (I did not see the game against UTC but sounds like Tubby went with Jasper at the point)…

Bobby Perry cannot shoot (he has an injured hand), Sheray Thomas is still Sheray Thomas and Jared Carter (He is now out for the year) should not get on the floor in my opinion… Orbzut has been over coached to a point that he cannot even function (this guy is a solid athlete, runs the floor well and should be making a solid contribution)… Joe Crawford (aka Derrick Hord) is not a ball handler either (seven turnovers against UNC)… He needs to play off of the third pass in the offense and right now he cannot make an open shot (that is not Tubby out there shooting folks)… Another mistake I believe is Tubby should have let Joe leave when he wanted to leave two years ago and UK would be better off without him… Let Meeks play more minutes in this spot now!!!

Where would Kentucky be without Randolph Morris… He is finally showing what he can do… He outplayed Mr. Everything Tyler Hansborugh at UNC and now has a mean streak in him that he needs to keep…

I wish Tubby would have cleaned house with his assistants!!! David Hobbs has not made any impact that I can see, Reggie Hanson is a great guy but he is not making much of an impact on developing the inside players and I do not understand why Tubby hired Sean Finney back??? I would like to see some young aggressive assistant coaches, ones who can relate to these kids in the recruiting process and someone to come in who could revamp the offensive sets to something that is more effective…

I have a problem when UK laces them up against any team when I do not think they have a chance to win like against UNC… I am not giving up on Tubby but………… He has until the end of this year in my opinion to straighten this out… If the team is showing allot of promise at the end of the year then I believe (if Morris stays) that Tubby and company will make a run in 2007-08 season…

Can Tubby survive the heat??? Let’s talk in April… I do not know but I have missed twice this year… Once about Rich Brooks and once about Tony Larussa (I did not want St Louis to get rid of Tony but I thought it may be time for a fresh face after the way they finished the regular season if they wanted to win a World Series)…

Kentucky Vs Indiana

I have been to the UK Vs IU game 11 of the last 12 years… I have seen UK nine and only loose two… This was my first time seeing a UK and IU game at CoRuppt arena and I was not disappointed… Hats off to the IU fans who represented well at the game yesterday… Next year UK plays at Assembly Hall… I like the UK Vs IU rivalry much more then the UK Vs U of L rivalry and that comes from growing up in Western Kentucky…

If you like knock down drag out basketball then you liked this game… I love defense and I thought both teams played great defense… Kentucky helped out the IU D with some horrible shooting from outside the three point line but the play of Randolph Morris, Bobby Perry, Derrick Jasper and Perry Stevenson carried UK through to victory…

It was a pretty good crowd for most of the game but I am not sure about the booing that occurred when Tubby selected Sheray Thomas to take the place of the injured Bobby Perry late in the game… I am not a Sheray fan but that is tough to boo that kid and I would like to think that people were booing Tubby for the decision and not the player… Sheray did get a big rebound last in the game…

Kentucky is still struggling on offense… I give IU credit for their defense but UK just looks lost on offense… Joe Crawford could not shoot from outside, struggled to handle the ball and seemed afraid to take the ball to the rim… Smooth is now in the right spot but he did not have a good shooting game against IU but looked good with penetration and work on the fast breaks… Bobby Perry played well and had a double double against IU with points and rebounds… Perry Stevenson looked good on the floor in limited playing time against IU… Without one Randolph Morris this team would be in big trouble… Randolph had another great game on Saturday and his shooting touch was solid on both turnarounds and face up shots to the basket…

After the game was over my wife and I were in the lobby of the Hyatt talking about the game with Brad Jarrett and Scott McClure… We ended up talking to the voice of the Reds Marty Brennamen for about a half hour… Marty is a great guy and was very courteous and interested in visiting with us… Most everyone knows what a baseball geek I am so I had a great time talking to him about baseball and sports in general… A couple of things he told us:

- He thinks UK fans should get off of Tubby… He thinks Tubby is a great coach and that allot of the people who dislike Tubby dislike him due to his skin color… He cited sources with some of the local papers and contacts in the UK Athletic office who have described some of the racist letters that they get about Tubby on a daily basis… I believe this is true and unfortunately know people who fill this way about Tubby… Marty would like to see Tubby at UK until he retires…

- Marty used to do allot of basketball games but he just sticks to baseball now… He was at the game on Saturday as a fan and was not on any kind of assignment…

- He thinks that Mark McGwire is not a Hall of Famer not just because of the steroids but he does not like his body of work during his career… I agree... Dave Kingman has similar numbers and he was never considered… Steroids or no I also agree with is assessment that Raphael Palmero is not a Hall of Famer either… I do not think that McGwire would have passed the 500 home run mark without the juice… As far as I am concerned Roger Maris still has the single season home run record because he did it clean…

- He thinks that Pete Rose deserves to be in with his numbers and that if the steroids guys start getting in then Pete deserves to be on the ballot… He thinks that if Pete is ever allowed to be on the ballot he will be elected… ‘

- He has the same opinion about Barry Bonds that most people do…

- Marty said to watch out for pitching prospect Homer Bailey who will be pitching for the Louisville Bats when the season opens next year… He said that Homer is one of the best pitching prospects he has seen come up in years and expects big things from this guy and does not expect him to be in the minors long…

- Marty is excited about the Reds for next year… He likes the moves they have made but wants to see them get another starter and identify a closer before the year starts… He is looking forward to Spring Training this year..

- When we asked Marty about why the Reds traded Jason Larue he stated that Larue was a good player and good teammate until he got benched in favor of David Ross… We asked because my wife loves Jason Larue…

- His son Thom is a closet Ohio State fan and will have a tough time keeping his bias in check when he call the Championship Game in January… He believes that Ohio State will win and he wants to see College adopt a playoff format…

I wished I would have asked him about what he thinks of the wildcard in baseball, possible division realignments and the need for a salary cap but I forgot to ask….

Random Thoughts

- My sister Jayne who live in Germany is getting married so my wife and I will be making a trip over next year... Exciting stuff!!! She is also getting ready to possibly go work in Afghanastan for six months with the new Afghan goverment through the United Nations...

- Jim Tressel got it right by not voting in the coaches’ poll last Sunday… Remember though this is the same Tressel who did not tell the truth earlier in the year about how he had voted in a poll… The coaches’ voting is a joke anyway… I see more games then they do… How can you have them be a part of this debacle???

- I really liked the New Years Day Bowls being on New Years Day… TV got in the way and now they are spread the games out for three days now… College football is not a prime time game… Play the games on a Saturday or on New Years Day when people are off work… They lose fans during this time period with these weeknight games on January 2nd and 3rd…

- Sheets says that if he chooses to do so Randolph Morris could leave UK right now and sign with any NBA team he wants as a free agent… Would that be something if he did!!!

- Has the NBA started??? Does anybody care??? I don’t until the playoffs!!!

- I think the V Foundation is a great thing and has raised 60 million for cancer research… They put Jimmy V up on a platform… Seems like everyone has forgotten that this is this not the same Jimmy V whose NC State program was put on probation for multiple violations and there were rumors the he and his program were tied to organized crime!!! Proof that people can make mistakes and something good can trump the bad…

- I finished in the top 5% on Yahoo picking against the spread on their pick set each week during the season… After blistering the picks the first four weeks I went 95 and 95 over the next ten weeks but better then 65% the last three weeks… My best finish was 11th place in Fans of Navy (out of 500 plus) and then 86th in Fans from Kentucky (over 2400 hundred entries)… Ten bucks a game nets me $300 in a betting scenario for the year…


ShagOnMusic

On my way to Atlanta this week the CD player in the vehicle I rented did not work and I was prepared to listen to Elvis Costello, Sting, Tori Amos and Mercury Rev (things that I though my co-workers traveling with me would listen to)... I did bring my MP3 but there is not a plug for it in the vehicle... Nothing worse then driving in a car with only radio access…