For what it's worth, ESPN's Basketball Power Index rates Kentucky at No. 4 in the nation this week, saying The Cats are the fourth No. 1 seed. RPI says UK is #10. I'll take that. Gladly.
Yesterday Jay said Cal's cagers are the #2 bracket busting team. Who's #1? Can't be The Vols, because they'll be in the leftover tourney.
No more World Peace. Ukraine and Central Africa are in turmoil.
The Cuonz said yesterday "for us, our goal is to be on top when the smoke clears, that’s the bottom line." Good call, coach.
And from spring training land, B.J. has reportedly rebuilt his swing. It don't mean a thang, if you ain't got that swang.
Current Rushmore: Larry David, Woody Allen, Ricky Gervais, Mike Judge.
Old Timers Division: Bob Newhart, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, all of whom wrote for and with Sid Caesar.
Honorable mention: Monty Python, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Nat Perrin (Marx Brothers and Addams Family).
Ramis is right there with the best.
MocT--My gay friends are plain vanilla, and they would have no problem with you rolling your eyes at Johnny Weir. There are truths to stereotypes, but the key is don't assume stereotypes about any single person. Get to know them. And TV loves spectacles of any kind.
Stuckey--I suspect Lunardi is all alone on that island, and there's a typhoon coming. Also suspect The Vols will have lost faith in themselves and won't hit 10-8. But they are nothing if not unpredictable.
But Davy Crockett's home state will be represented by Belmont, MTSU and Memphis, it appears. Remember the Alamo!
And Tennessee may not have raw milk, but you can easily cross state lines and smuggle it back.
Does it snow in Haiti? Does anything make sense in Haiti? Would Jay lose 23 lbs. to get sexier?
Hot. Cool. Yours. That is all.
UK is happier with its close win than UT is with its close loss, but there's no way a 7-7 LS&U should take the Wildcats to OT at Rupp. Even with Randle and Willie, Kentucky can't handle skilled big men like O'Bryant, and even with all-everything twin guards, they can't handle quick little guards who can shoot.
So The Cats' likely ceiling for The Dance is elite eight. But it's all about the match-ups.
Weeds covered The Vols' story well. He leaves the door open a crack for Cuonzo's cagers, but Jerry Palm's brackets have Mizzou in, with Arkansas among the first four out, meaning they could be the league's fourth team, not UT. Frankly, I think that's nuts. The Hogs will not dance.
Wild stat: After Florida, Kentucky and Gawga, there are 7 SEC teams bunched at 7-7. Can't stir 'em with a stick.
With those assets, why isn't Auburn's Robinson playing defense? Or going both ways? Think how many times he could've sacked AJ in the Iron Bowl.
The combine says Johnny Paycheck is under six feet tall. I thought so, but he'd been listed as six-foot-two. But he has a big heart, biggest hands in camp, and size 15 feet. How would the NFL change if they used a nerf ball?
Wow! Awesome conversation. Loved Mr. John's aplomb. I have an Atlanta friend who has seen the benighted one out and about and apparently he doesn't wear the outrageous glittery glasses when he dashes into the Kangaroo store for jerky and tic-tacs.
Tarheels are surging.
CBS's Eye on College Basketball today lists 15 coaches on the hottest. Among them are Travis Ford and Chocolate Thunder. (An awesome nickname, along with The Rifleman, Pillsbury Throwboy, and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.)
SEC coaches listed are Barbee, Fox, Grant and Martin. I can't agree with Fox. They predict Cuonzo and Grant will survive. Sorry, Volsfan. Do the math: Pearl to The Loveliest Village on The Plain?
How can Jerry Palm's brackets have both Tennessee and Mizzou 11 seeds when the RPI has The Vols #51 and The Tigers #37? Stupid RPI. I think the two teams are about even, with UT a slight favorite.
The balls question is just a thought exercise. Seems to me we'd see more passing with a small ball, which could be fun, but I don't want to change. But I am curious whether the XX game could use a slightly bigger sphere.
If the Braves lineup card looks like this:
Heyward, J. Upton, Freeman, Gattis, Johnson, Simmons, Uggla, B.J. Upton
which are the weak links?
Stuckey--I'd leave off half the SEC bubble teams you included, but I understand your process. Thanks for the analysis.
Boeheim's blemishless boys took an improbable loss, meaning Donovan's dandies will probably be our new #1. But the Gators only won the last 19 seconds of their game against a sorry Auburn squad that managed all of four offensive rebounds. The Tigers have some sharpshooting riflemen.
Bottom line: the Big Dance will be wide open this year.
How about Steve the Visor throwing the big guy under the bus? And others in the know have questioned Clowney's head or character.
After conquering the Lady Vols, the Lady Cats take on the league-leading Lady Cocks this evening. XX Cat Bria Goss is hitting 93% of her free throws. Is it easier with the small ball?
Is it time to let the ladies play with the big boy ball? How would the men's game be different if they used the small ball?
Seven of the SEC’s 14 basketball programs have at least one signee in the Scout Top 100 Class of 2014. UK has four players, Florida has three, Alabama and Missouri have two each, and LSU, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M have one apiece. None for Cuonzo. How's he gonna fill those empty Chuck Taylors?
And just to be clear, are you saying Pamela Anderson's resume is unsoiled?
Bruce to Bama. Bruce to Bama.
MT--How many dog years in a man year?
If Sir Elton and Kanye meet up at Bonnaroo, what'll they say to each other. Jay, can you channel that conversation?
BiB--You're not the only one confused by what I wrote yesterday. I confused myself. What I meant to say is that SEC teams fill their facilities when UK comes calling, and I would think they'd also sell out for a Florida visit (not have 3K empty seats), since The Gators are one of this year's elite teams and fun to watch. And don't Vols fans love to hate UF?
And the game yesterday with a good Gawga team had 7K empty seats.
Both UT (at home) and UK (road) looked good enough to give their fans hope. Stokes and Randle (25/13) got their habitual double doubles; Julius had his at halftime.
On the distaff side, the new AP poll has Tennessee #10, Kentucky #15, and MTSU and Chattanooga among the first six also receiving votes. ESPN has the XX Mocs seeded #12 in their brackets.
No sparkles? God forfend!
Seriously, MT, good points about both.