Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 21st 2010

Payton Manning

I could have predicted that a guy like Jim Rome, along with a host of others would start calling Payton Manning over-rated, not as good as we thought, blah, blah, blah… That is just bullshit and an example of these talking heads just wanting to pile on somebody who was not able to do what most everyone thought his team was going to do… Rome is at the top… Hope Payton goes Jim Everett on Rome…


I believe that the interception is the only mistake that Payton made and give credit to the defense for reading that play… A couple of questionable running calls also played in to that mix and I guess you could say that Payton takes the hit for those also… Payton certainly did not drop passes that his receivers should have caught…



I think that Joe Montana is the greatest QB ever because of the Super Bowls he won… Montana was money in the big games but it also had much to do with the support he had and around him during those runs… The Niners roster was littered with Hall of Fame players for each win… I do not see this years Colts team littered with Hall of Famers (maybe Jeff Saturday)…


I put Brady, Bradshaw, Staubach, and Aikman. Elway, Tarkenton and Kelly right up there and Brady, like Payton, has done more with less in my opinion… How can someone not see this??? My guess is it does not make for good radio to recognize greatness but better to tear someone down… That is classic Jim Rome!!!


Mike and Mike (aka Dumb and Dumber part 3) blasted Manning for not seeking out and congratulating Drew Brees and other Saints players… If you go back and look at Championship events this rarely occurs once the event is complete… Just another example of talking heads trying to pile on a guy and tear him down…


Fact is Payton took a good team and made them great, period!!! He is a great quarterback period, end of story!!! Best Ever??? In sports you cannot label a player best ever but you can group them in one of the best ever and Manning qualifies… As for Sportsmanship, arrogance, etc… I just do not get a negative rub from him at all… Great competitor, great teammate and great opponent in the highest regard…



Breaking the Huddle

This is a great documentary on HBO that covers integration of Football at Southern Colleges… The story focuses on Bear Bryant and how he was able to finally bring African American Players to Bama… Really a well put together show and sheds a great light on integration on the football fields…

It also has a great story inside the story about the first SEC Football Team to have African American players… The University of Kentucky!!!

Bama was two time defending National Champions and was undefeated in their run for a
third title but finished 3rd in the polls behind two one loss teams… For sure it had something to do with strength of schedule but the fact that Bama did not have any African American players also played in that vote to send a message according to the documentary…


What Bear Bryant did was schedule a game with USC the next year and USC came into legion field and beat them handily… This was then the final approval for the football programs in the Deep South to get with the program and recruit African American players because of what one Sam “the Bam” Cunningham was able to do on the field that day…


You see the story line goes that up until 1963 the ACC, SEC and Southwest conference did not have any African Americans on any Rosters… Maryland was the first to do it in the ACC and the other schools in the ACC and the other conferences were slow to respond and took several years to do so… These three conferences were not fully integrated until after 1970 (meaning all the schools had African American Players) and several of the schools (Kentucky was NOT one of them) were not fully integrated until 1971… Very good and in depth program about the integration of college football...


Also an update about something that is not getting enough play in the National Media… Name the only state in the United States where all of the division one football programs have African American head coaches??? That would be the Commonwealth of Kentucky…



Coach Cal Leaving UK???

Quote from A CBS Sports Writer:

“Nobody would deny that the Kentucky job is better than the Memphis job, but I'm not sure the UK job is better than the Nets job, particularly if the Nets get the No. 1 pick and have a chance to lure James. What Calipari would be comparing is having to recruit 17-year-olds while opposing fans call him a cheater and columnists raise doubts about the legitimacy of any accomplishments, to perhaps coaching John Wall (possible No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft) and LeBron James (possible Net via free agency) in the New York market for an owner who has deep pockets and is determined to win.”



What I would say to this is bullshit but……. In today’s world anything is possible and there is not loyalty… I am not one who thinks that Coach Cal will be at UK for fifteen years or that this is his last stop in coaching but I also think that it could be depending on the level of success he has over the next five years…



It is to early for him to leave UK (after one season) but for the reasons mentioned above anything and everything is possible…



Is the Nets Job a better job than the UK job??? I would say NO WAY because of how the revolving door of players works for teams in the NBA and how you get such a great level of effort from a portion of your NBA roster while players eight through twelve are usually a combination of underachievers and some over achievers that are still not good enough to crack one through seven in the rotation… If you look at it NBA rosters are filled with players that are one through five players that are underachievers and some over achievers…



My evaluation would be that a job could be a better job than any other job for a period of time but in the sports world as in the private world you have to look at what that job has been historically over long periods of time… For that reason I would say that the UK job is by leaps and bounds a better job than the New Jersey Job…



That is the reason I stay with the company that I work for and have no plans to leave… Historically my company has survived every down turn thrown at it for the last 100 years so why would I choose to go somewhere else… Although not an apples to apples comparison I would say the same for the UK coaching job…



With all that said is coach Cal going to leave for the Nets after one year at UK??? Only time will reveal that answer… If he does there are plenty of people out there who would like to be the CEO of Kentucky Basketball for a period of time…



Mississippi State Game



From KSR:
“Anyone and everyone ever associated in any way with Mississippi State should be absolutely horrified and embarrassed right now. What started as posters all over campus with DeMarcus Cousins’ phone number and turned into racially motivated hate calls, ended up taking the form of bottles being thrown on the court at the end of the game. The administration said they’ve reached out to UK to get the numbers from Boogie’s phone in order to find out which one’s were students, which is a nice gesture, I guess. What they need to focus more on, it seems, is the apparently rampant backwoods buffoonery that is now synonymous with the Bulldog fan experience. What happened this week with that program is an absolute disgrace…” Big Cuz got the last laugh when after a rebound dunk he put is fingers to his face like a phone and said, “Call me” which I am sure they did after the game with more racially motivated voice mails…



I agree 100%… You could see fans walking behind UK’s bench as OT was winding down mouthing to the UK players… They continued to throw water bottles on the court even when the game was over and Cal was being interviewed… When UK Players left the court they apparently left to allot of racial slurs which is just unacceptable behavior for any fan base…



Guess they are still fighting “The War of Northern Aggression” in Starkville, LOL… Sad for their program and for coach Rick Stansbury who is a really good guy and a pretty good basketball coach… There were some questionable calls down the stretch and for sure the fact that Mississippi State got called for the last ten fouls alone (they are the least fouling team in the country) with a few blown calls looks bad on the referees but there is not an SEC conspiracy…



Big Cuz, P Pat and J Wall had monster games and although Wall ended up with some nice numbers his defensive effort was disappointing to me (I re-watched every defensive possession of the 2nd half and he just does not play defense)… He fails to even get in a defensive stance when UK is on that end of the floor and tries to do too much from the weak side… I want him to be Michael Jordanish on defense and play hard like he does on the other end of the court… I still do not think that P Pat is touching the ball enough in my opinion and last night is a game where he should have had 25 or 30… Big Cuz is starting to throw some nice passes from the block and his footwork on offense continues to look very Kevin Mchale like…



Mississippi State fans are complaining loudly that the referees gave UK special treatment and I am just no seeing it… Vanardo’s 5th foul was questionable to me because of where it occurred but the replay shows it was foul… They did miss a goal tending call on John Wall late in OT and Patterson got a call that could have been a charge but the replay reveals the guy just flopped…



I just do not see UK or any team getting favorable treatment on the road but UK did shoot 15 more free throws and State had 11 more fouls called against them than Kentucky Did… Point is who knows???



On to Vandy where we will see another slow down to get a shot late in the shot clock two three zone festival… BIG GAME!!! Win this one and you are on your way to the SEC Regular Season Title, which still means something…




UK and Vandy, Briefly



AJ Ogilvy can now sit down and shut up… He tried to talk trash to Cuz… Funny man really funny… Vandy is a solid team and like UK on this night could not hit the basket… They shot a whopping 9% from the three-point line…



UK did it again and won another ugly game on the road… Is the SEC really weak??? Is Kentucky just that good??? A little bit of both??? I think a little of both… The SEC overall is improved from last year and obviously Kentucky is stacked with talent and that talent is winning close basketball games…



Wall played a great defensive possession on the next to last Vandy possession but on the possession before he left his man and allowed a three point look (contested one but he should have never left his man)… I watch Wall on the defensive end every time and against Vandy he played much better… If he wants to be one of the greatest ever at the next level he will do it through defense and I hope Coach Strickland and Coach Cal continues to push him to play defense…



Ugly game against an NCAA tourney team… A win is a win…



Next up South Carolina and I want to see UK run this team out of the gym…






Can UK Win It All???



- 12 Assists, 15 Turnover and 18 for 30 at the free throw line is not going to win a league championship much less a national championship and that was the final numbers against UT… 14 assists, 12 turnovers and 21-31 at the free throw line against State… 9 assists, 14 turnovers and 17 of 30 at the free throw line against Vandy…
- Value the ball and make clear and crisp passes… Need to have 20 assists and 10 turnovers per game…
- The free throw debacle is very concerning at this point… Have to shoot better than 70% as a team in every game of the NCAA to win it (you may get away with it in the first two rounds but not the last three if you look at history)… Three games in a row UK has shot below 70% at the line (well below)…
- Not understanding how to attack a zone defense although one loss to this point kinds of mutes my point but again if a teams makes it to the sweet 16 this becomes a major factor… Put a shooter in the post in a 2, 1, 2 offense and see what happens… You do not bust a zone by just shooting three pointers…
- Youth my friends, Youth is the major concern… Bledsoe is showing it, Cuz is not, Wall is showing it on defense and although they are winning they are still taking possessions off on defense…
- Close the season with only one additional loss and UK is a number one seed in the big dance and you just build from there…






Tiger Woods



So let’s revisit… Tiger Woods burst on the scene and the PGA Tour explodes to a popularity level never seen before… For the players this means instead of 25 guys making all the money year in and year out the sponsorship money for tournaments and for endorsements goes through the roof and the players at a deep level of players and people around golf become wealthy and the mini tours (like the US Amateur did) explode also… That my friend is the Tiger factor!!!


Like him or not he elevated the tour to a new level and go to a new level world wide… Hell he and he alone is the reason there is a Golf Channel… Like him or not he is still one of the best ever also period even if he never plays again…


Arrogant??? I always appreciated Tigers knowledge of the history of the game and like Jack Nicklaus appreciated Tiger’s competitive nature… He was not out there for top tens but to win and win big… I think his confidence and competitive nature has been mistaken by some people as arrogance or incorrectly labeled that way but for sure there is an air to him that rubs people the wrong way (Jack had that air early in his golfing career also if you know anything about him and he reinvented himself) and Tiger obviously became very full of himself and thought he was invincible and invisible…


As I have always said people do not like winners (sometimes myself included as with golf I was never a big Greg Norman fan in his hey day) and there were and still are people who do not like Tiger because he has an African American bloodline… Lots of people glad to see him fall and fall as hard and far as he has to this point…


Now you have some fans and some media piling on him for something that most of them (media and people) do not understand, Addiction… Like they do not understand taking care of money, having a financial plan, a life plan and making well thought out and good decisions a large portion of the population do not understand addiction, what addiction means, how it relates to character and how one is treated for addiction… I am going to try and make some effort to explain it as I see it (addiction)… If you have not experienced addiction in some way shape or form or have an addiction and do not recognize it than you have very little idea what all of this means at this point for Tiger Woods…


One can be addicted to alcohol, drugs, sex, golf, running, exercise, playing poker, pornography, money, work, physical abuse (giving and receiving), cars, hunting, fishing and a multitude of other things if you think about it and put excess in perspective… Everyone, I mean everyone has excesses and if most people will look within they will see what I mean… I have them, recognize them and make sure that I do things to try and control of them on daily basis…


With that said I do not condone what Tiger Woods did to his family, friends, co-workers, etc… but I will tell you what I saw in his presentation yesterday… I saw a guy who is confused, emotionally and physically drained, full of regret, trying to figure things out, trying to take ownership of his wrong doings and really does not have allot of idea where or what is next which is typical for a person who has chosen the path of character recovery… I saw in his speech a guy who is working the steps listed below and his talk yesterday showed he was for the first time he is at step eight and at the start of step nine…


12 Steps of Addiction:

Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable
Step 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
Step 3 - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God
Step 4 - Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
Step 5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
Step 7 - Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
Step 8 - Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
Step 9 - Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
Step 10 - Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
Step 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out
Step 12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs



He has a long way to go and must live the rest of his life by the moniker of one day at a time… If he can successfully control the excesses in his life and become a person of better character and a person who makes better decisions it will be because he will have a solid support structure and has changed the people, places and things necessary in his life to over come his excesses and addictions …


As a person who fights excesses every day I can understand where Tiger is and truly understand where he was yesterday… I am pulling for him and for anyone who admits their problem and is starting the effort to try and do something about it no matter who that person is and what they are trying to over come… I fully support anyone who is making an effort to make their life better, learn from their mistakes and make better choices in their life and have better character… People who recognize these things and are successful at dealing with these things (the excesses) are in general some of the finest people I know…



Twelve steps programs are not religious in nature… The God references in the steps do not necessarily have to do with a Christian God unless that is the God you understand (in Tigers case his is Buddha)… At one point in my life I was addicted to a stair master exercise machine and later in my life my god was a stair master exercise machine… Some of you will get that and some of you will not and it is to complex to explain…



I find that allot of people are to narrow minded to understand addictions and what they mean and fail to make an effort to understand when this happens to person they know or to a loved one in their life and that is exactly what some people and the media are doing to Tiger Woods… It is a tough one for sure but I am a better person for knowing people in these programs, making an effort to understand these programs and supporting people who are in these programs…



If every person in the world did Step 4 at the end of every day and acted on what they found the world would be a much better place…



I do not see Tiger becoming a spoke person for addiction… That is not what these programs are about but I can see the media down the road piling on him once more for not doing this (sharing his story)… He may decide to do it some day when he has a period of recovery under his belt but he may not and that is his business and no one else period…



Tiger may return to golf this year but he also may not… I believe if he is serious about his recovery and serious about his saving his marriage (I do not see his wife taking him back after what he has done to her) he may not play this year at all but as I said, “One Day at A Time!!!”
Jack Nicklaus was correct several years ago when he said a wife and kids would slow Tiger down but I do not think Jack or anyone else saw this scenario… I wish the man well… He has hurt allot of people and has allot of things to correct…




Random

- Have been watching the Olympics… Saw a little bit of the men’s Luge, some snowboarding and figure skating to this point and allot of Curling…
- NBA All Star Game… I do not know what to even say about this event… I just have no interest in the league at all… I think over time it is a result of I cannot keep up with it all so baseball, college football and UK basketball (not all college basketball I mind you) is where I devote my sporting interests…
- Golf is starting to heat up… As we roll towards The Masters you are going to see interest peak in the sport… Tiger at the Masters??? I am going to say no… I believe it will be later in the year if he plays at all in 2010…
- Scuffletown Country Club Fantasy Golf has heated up… So far this year we have had five different leaders at the top and this week the Rubbersoul team moved up and a little bit away from the field… Hoping for a close race this year all the way through… NCAA Pick’em will be on line soon…
- UK’s football recruiting class looks pretty good and the list of next year’s probables looks even better… Tee Martin gives us another solid assistant coach and it looks like UK is going to hold onto defensive coordinator Steve Brown for another year (he was rumored for the Florida defensive job)…
- Going to miss out on my regular trip to Florida and the Honda Classic this year… Hate to miss but a break was necessary at this time… Hate to fall off that horse but will get back on it next year…


Music

My how times have changed… My favorite music store in Louisville, Ear X Tacy is on the verge of closing… The IPOD generation is just ripping a hole in store sales (and their prices have always been a little high)… Place has a great atmosphere… I think what they need to do is re-invent and put a coffee shop upstairs, have more live music up there on the weekends, drop their prices a bit, etc… Business and people need to re-invent themselves about every five years so they are passed due… Check out the Crooked Vultures...


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

02/09/2010

Kentucky Wildcats

At this point I had really no idea what The Cats record would be… New coach, new system, new players (young players) and some crazy hype surrounding three of the freshmen… I thought UK would have lost some games early that they should have not lost and then the one game they lost they should have won (at USC) to this point…


If you examine the early part of the schedule and put some reality into I figured that 18 and 3 would be pretty good and even 17 and 4 would not be bad… To this point they are 4 and 0 against teams that were in the top 25 when they played which is a testament to talent and some great coaching… They probably should/could have lost the Miami of Ohio game, the Stanford game and I thought that because of youth they would lose to either UNC of UCONN…


With that said we are getting ready to find out just what this team has… The schedule starting today is pretty tough…. Four of the next eight are on the road… All very tough places to play no matter what the talent level is at the schools… Yes only three of eight are against ranked opponents but with two of those three on the road wins will again be tough… They could finish anywhere from win them all (highly unlikely), lose two or three (at UT, at Ms St, at Vandy) which I see as likely or even go 5 and 3 to finish 27 and 4… If you told me 26 and 5 or 27 and 4 as their final record at the start the year I would have said, “book that gain…”


No matter how UK finishes if they win the SEC Tourney they should be at a minimum at two seed… If they finish the regular season at 27 and 4 or 28 and 3 and win the SEC they could be a one seed…


Bama, UT, at Ms State, at Vandy, USC, at UT, at UGA, Florida… Tough stretch…


What I see is this:
- You have to figure out where Patrick Patterson fits in the offense… He is the key to a championship run because of experience…
- Wall has to be a point guard first… He can do allot of things but getting other people involved is a key and that will open things up more for him…
- Wall and Bledsoe have to stop trying to make every pass a spectacular pass or a spectacular play… If these guys play good fundamental basketball they are unstoppable…
- Cousins needs to become a better passer out of the post… As teams collapse on him this will not only help free him up but make teams pay for the double and triple teams… His low post moves are Kevin McHale like at this point…
- Ramon Harris and D’Andre Liggins need more playing time… Harris may be a liability on offense but he can guard any two guard of swing forward in the country… His defensive footwork is awesome… Harris and Liggins both remind me of Billy King who was great defensive player at Duke in the mid 80’s… Liggins does not give away as much on offense as Harris does…
- Perry Stevenson needs more playing time… He has great experience, is a good defender and shoots free throws well… He could benefit greatly from some low post passing by Cousins… Just ten minutes or so a game…
- Team has to shoot better free throws and need more assists per game…
- Play 40 minutes of choke down defense every game, which they are capable of doing…


Without a doubt Cousins and Wall will be top five draft picks in next years NBA draft… Patterson will fall somewhere after that and Bledsoe could go early and be somewhere in the top 15… If Bledsoe and Patterson both stay in school after this year than they will be top five picks in 2011… This is the most talented team UK has had since the 1996 Champs but they are so young and youth is good and youth is bad…


The Era of Technology and the Impact on Fans

A couple of years ago I blogged about how cool technology advancements were and how much I enjoyed being alive in this era to be able to enjoy these items… Allot of the things are “Star Trek” as I like to call them or things you used to see on the Jetsons cartoon when I was a kid…

At work this week we had an issue with an order that was flowing through our automated warehouse… When we tracked down what had happened we determined that the first system (the warehouse management system) had passed some bad information to the second system (the warehouse control system), which caused the order to flow incorrectly… It blows my mind that we have one system talking to another like they are alive and my comment was “wonder which transformer or cyborg this thing is going to turn into one day…”

As for communication I love texting because it is quick and to the point especially during the day in communicating with my wife or my friends… Texting during sports games while you are watching them in your home is great because with my texting circle it is like watching the games with ten or twelve people… The takes, as we call them, are anywhere from funny (like the alien/predator player for Florida basketball, USC;s coach which the comments are censored) to some good in game analogies… Lots of emotions flowing for sure at times also…

I still like to have the occasional phone conversations with people I do not see as often (the ones who live out of town) because you cannot talk in depth when texting or at least that is not what I use it for… I DO NOT TEXT WHEN I AM DRIVING OR TALK ON THE PHONE WHILE DRIVING OR EVEN LOOK AT MY PHONE WHILE DRIVING…

Without going into allot of detail technology and ease of communication has improved doing business in a very positive way… Email, cell phones, texting, file sharing, net meetings and conference calls allow people to do business without sometimes ever even leaving there house… And as mentioned personal communication has improved also…

I think that blogging is a great thing and allows people to have a voice in Sports and other topics they did not have before whether anyone reads what you write or not… However, message boards on blogging sites or comments that can be left after reading columns on line from your favorite writers or on your favorite team or internet sports pages is literally out of control…

These message boards allow a forum for absolutely spewing of ignorance that is unparallel in the age of technology… I have finally decided that reading these comments can only be amusing and any other emotion they stir up within me should just be ignored…

I am guilty of leaving some “emotional” opinions after some articles I have read and from comments that have been left by fans or opposing fans on one of the sites I read but have recently decided that if I am going to make a comment to make sure it is something that is adding intelligence…

As for me I read my teams sites and boards (Kentucky, St Louis and Navy) and never read the sites of other teams… I do read articles about big games that do not involve any of my teams and but hardly ever ready any of the comments left on the message boards after these articles (I have recently and not read anything like what I am going to show below)…

What I am trying to figure out is what type of person sets around and spends a portion of their time making some insane, negative and ignorant comments about another team, another coach or another teams players on a message board after an article that was written… Trust me I know that there are some Kentucky fans who do this and other fans who do this on other teams sites but I have not seen this to the level I have after articles I have read recently about Kentucky basketball…

Just see the comments I pulled below from articles in the last week that were written about a Kentucky game on a popular Internet news site and the subsequent comments that were left behind…

I start out with a couple of items I read after an article about Tiger Woods that are rather amusing… All of these comments lack intelligence…

For sure it is not all fans or even a large percentage of fans but WOW… WOW, WOW!!!

To be fair the last comment is a WTF posted by a Kentucky fan… These comments have not been edited…

- That Sucks! Tiger Woods is a disgrace as a human being. He is even more of a disgrace to the game of golf. The bottom line is always money. Tiger Woods will bring a lot of money to the PGA. Welcome back Tiger, You piece of **** of a human being.


- I am tired of reading about Tigers rehab and his sex life. I couldn't care less. Just like I couldn't care less if his gold digging wife stays married to him.


- To all of you!! Tiger did wrong and will reap what he sowed when judgement day comes for him. None of us are the judge or the jury . GOD, Almighty will be the judge on judgement day!! Let's not forget - We all have sinned and still are! We can not get into heaven unless you learn how to forgive.


- all you cats enjoy the talent this year..wall is gone next year as is the biggest crybaby since big baby from lsu..cousins constantly has a look of utter bewilderment on his face. me? nooooo not me? i didnt foul that guy!!!! thats bull@#$% ref!!!! i cant wait for 5 years down the road to find out wall and cousins were actually academically ineligible and that they accepted money from god knows who..btw ur loving coach wont be at kentucky in 5 years. he is the lane kiffin of college bball and notorious for giving a @#$%..so grats on ur few years untill the ncaa shames you with season forfeitures..there is a reason roy williams didnt want john wall..we all know wall wanted to go to unc but roy snubbed and i dislike unc..what could that reason be? no money was offered is my guess


- Kentucky fans hating Louisville goes back to the racist Adolph Rupp days when Louisville had African-American players and Kentucky didn't. Look how UK treated Tubby Smith.


- Better hope that Kentucky has good lawyers to clean up the mess after he leaves for the NBA.This guy is a climber.....chumps every school he is at. About time people wake up and see the guy for what he is......Can't deny Calipari's past.......seen this garbage before with UNLV's Tarkanian.


- unanimous #1? dont make me laugh. kentucky hasnt been to a final four in ages and they think that all of the suddent they can talk a bunch of sh*t. Hey kentucky fans do you recall what team gave you your worst lost in history ? that would be the kansas jayhawks when we demolished you 150 to 95. We will do it again when we get the chance. Ku will be voted the real number one come monday.


- "The New York Knicks announce John Calipari as the new head coach.""The NCAA has announced forfiture of the 2011-12 basketball season of the Kentucky Wildcats."No amount of short term gain can erase long term shame...........

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- MSU still is better then Kensucky what have they done all year zilch their conference sucks yea they might have beaten a team who beaten a team that beat Kansas but that dont mean they will MSU just had a bad game thats all UK would have more too if they didnt have a cupcake schedule or a cupcake conference


- Don't waste your time talking to UK fans about basketball. UK will do anything to win, they have had a scandal in every decade. UK fans will deny that Rupp was a racist bigot but everyone else in the world knows better. UK fans think that J Cal is clean and innocent when he has had wins erased at two different schools. If J Cal pulled out a damn shotgun and shot the opposing team's best player, UK fans would not think anything about it. Some of the things UK fans deny about their program and their coaches is similar to those people who deny the holocaust took place. UK did have a nice win against an overrated Ole Miss team. I still think UK is unproven given that they have only played 4 road games and have not beaten any premier teams.


- I love how you guys throw John Wall's 3.2 GPA out there like it matters. Truth is I'm a student that goes to a huge basketball school and I know the kinds of "classes" that some of the players take. I guarantee you he's in some classes where there are no tests, no homework, and the only grades he receives are on in class projects (gauranteed A). Not all basketball players take these bs classes but usually the superstars do, only because without a decent enough GPA they can't play. So they need classes that will automatically give them good grades so they can still take the court. The student athlete is an illusion, especially when referring to players that will obviously go to the NBA after one semester in college. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think a player does not actually have to be enrolled in the spring semester in order to still play basketball for the year.


- Wall does not have a 3.2 GPA. Where r u getting your facts at? You must of went to kentucky! Wall does not need to try in his classes because he knows that he it going to the NBA. How can Kentucky as a University let this go on? Here is a fact- Kentucky does so great at home but when they dont play at home in the NCAA tournament, they suck and are normally 2 and done. Here is a fact- John Wall has a 1.0 GPA Here is a fact- the combine GPA on Kentuckys team is a 1.45 Here is a fact- John Calipari has many sanctions against him and he is looked at as a cheater. I think Bob Knight said it best.


- Way to go Kentucky ! Kentucky needs to run the table because only one SEC team will get invited to the Big Dance. With the strength of the ivy league and at least thirteen Big East teams getting in its going to be either Vandy or Kentucky. It would be nice to see Kentucky do well in the NIT if it is the last NIT if they don't make the dance. Go Blue.


My Comments about these Posts

WOW… That is just about all I can say… WOW!!!



Random

- Two weeks to get ready for Peyton Manning is the key… Two weeks for both defenses to get ready at the NFL level really showed in this game…
- The over under in the Super Bowl was 55 and I thought for sure over was the bet… See the comment above…
- The onside kick was a well executed play… When New Orleans went for it on fourth and goal and did not make it that also is a huge play although the Saints recovered and got the three points this way… If these plays work out the other way the ESPN Talking Heads are calling Sean Payton names other than Brilliant this week…
- I think that Payton Manning has to win more than one Super Bowl to be considered the best quarterback of all time, which I still say is Joe Montana… There are allot of really great QB’s who have won just one or played in the game and won none… You will now hear allot of people began to question Payton and the fact that his team has only one won Super Bowl and only been to two… The comparisons will be to Montana, Elway, Brady, Aikman and Bradshaw with Kelly, Staubach and Tarkenton added to that list…
- A portion of U of L Fans are now starting to turn on “The Coach That Came After Eddie”… Fair??? I do think you can criticize him for not winning the whole thing last year but I am not sure if the game has past him by as some people are saying… I think the outside distractions are catching up but still believe he can coach if he can focus… As I have said before the move to the Big East to me hurt U of L basketball because of how tough and brutal that conference is to play in weekend and wee out (like the SEC in football)…
- Does Charles Barkley need money maybe??? The Taco Bell commercials as really bad…
- John Daly needs cash for sure… John does a great job hosing the sports version of talk soup and maybe that should be his career move…
- The NIKE commercial with Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink is fantastic… There were some good ones during the Super Bowl but this one (it was on during golf on Sunday not the Super Bowl) was is great…
- Minnesota basketball fans are getting a little anxious… Will they be labeled racist soon???



Music

Still finishing up loading the IPODS… Nothing really new at this point that I am listening to… We did go see Calexico and then headliner the Airborne Toxic Event both backed up by the Louisville Orchestra… It was and excellent concert and both bands were incredibly complemented by the Orchestra… Calexico has a southwestern sound and A T E is a very different sounding progressive or alternative style band… The orchestra just did a great job of backing both bands up…