GD--Edwards was a good 'un.
How in the name of Jimmy the Greek can UNC be favored over Cutcliff's crew? Take Duke and the 5.5 points and bet the farm. And pawn your wedding ring and bet that, too.
Sam Bowie tops my list, too. Could Bo have been any good without the hip injury?
Great predicting mechanism on the crowd for UK-UT. Do the Fighting Butches have anything to play for? OK, pride...
Seriously, why would the Iron Bowl attract more viewers than the Tide v. Johnny Football tilt?
I do expect The War Eagles to get their first offensive TD in forever.
The Cats struggled against the team that the NCAA smacks whenever they get mad at UK (see what I did there?), but it could be a useful lesson that they are only #3 when they play hard. And JR is six for six games with a double double while being doubled.
Gawga's favored by 3 over the North Avenue Trade School. I'll take the Dawgs to beat the 'dogs by more than that.
JMC--In the women's poll UT is #4, UK is #7, and three other SEC teams are in the top 25. Vandy just misses top 25 status. A better way to describe the league is that there's a steep fall off after the top half. I'd say it's thinner at the top on the men's side.
Good line about Luther!
Either the Lady Mocs are really good or Auburn's not ready for SEC-level competition. Where would the Lady Mocs finish in the SEC?
New frontrunner for ugliest uni of the year: The ALL RED Arizona thingies. (See what Oregon started?) But that was a great play an ALL RED player made tipping the ball back inbounds to a teammate for an interception. I've seen that in the basketball arena, but never before in pointy ball.
I hate to dog my boys in blue, but I didn't like the tackle that tore Murray's ACL.
When was the last time a team's stat line read 429 rushing, zip passing? Who's having a worse year, Mark Stoops or Will Muschamp? Florida's AD says he's behind his coach 1,000%. Will should worry. Why not 7,000%?
I'm gonna set the FSU line at 40.
I'll take A. J. for the win.
VU gave up three fumbles and the Fighting Butches still couldn't win. In Knoxville. In gray costumes. Was the fake field goal a good call? (Answer: No.) Jomo's right that Dobbs is not ready for prime time.
We spoke last week about diminishing live attendance, but this is ridiculous. Did you see the empty seats in the Virginia-Miami game? Looked like a crowd of about 117 showed up. Really. I guess potential fans would rather be at the beach.
McCann going to the Yanks and us not caring reminds me of how prolific the Braves system has been in producing really good catchers the last two decades. Fans can't fall in love with 'em because next season it'll be somebody else crouching behind the plate.
Got to thinking about how 'melo is not mellow, and neither is Coach Cal when a player gets off script. And while 'melo is one of the worst, it'd be hard to choose a whole NBA roster of high talent, low maintenance, unselfish players. So maybe Honest John is more suited to the college experience. He seems like a daddy, stern when needed but always loving. I'm not sure daddy works in the pros. Actually, I'm not sure what works there.
And hasn't Mr. Hare been dead long enough that Auburn could drop his name from the stadium sign? Who knows or cares about Hare? Didn't Mr. Tortoise beat him by a field goal?
A judge has sentenced Lindsay Lohan's mother to community service. It's unclear why the judge thinks she has anything to offer in that department.
I once arrived at Neyland on a private train with an open bar. Boy was that fun. Don't remember much of the game, but at least I didn't have to drive home.
The Vandy observation reminds me of a cheer I heard once on the campus of one of our fine local private schools: "That's all right, that's OK. You're gonna work for us some day." Of course that's also the answer to the question: What did the Baylor coach say to the prostitute?
Thoughtful and fun answer to the worst nightmare in the capstone and bluegrass states question. Saban is 62, Cal is 54, so the roundballer has more years to get itchy, maybe more mountains calling his name.
The Naismith watch list is out and they're watching UK's Julius Randle, James Young, and Andrew Harrison, UT's Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes, and two other SEC players. None from Billy Donovan's squad.
On the football front, UK will be without three misbehaving Cats tomorrow, including dangerous receiver/punt returner Demarco Robinson. Looks like UGA will cover the spread.
Remember Signal Mountain's Reese Phillips? "In a way, I'm kind of disappointed I didn't get an opportunity to see him play this year," UK's Mark Stoops lamented on the Southeastern Conference teleconference on Wednesday. He confirmed that Phillips had moved up to No. 2 on the Cats' quarterback depth chart.
BiB--Laugh if you want to, but I think Cal would be as successful if the one-year minimum stay were changed to three or four years. His strength is recruiting, but he coaches 'em up, too. And he's a genius with the chemistry set.
Did you ever have a chemistry set? If so, was blowing things up your first experiment?
Ken Berger, so-called NBA Insider, says The Knicks will go after Calipari. Don't see him leaving the Bluegrass. Do you?
MT--Free tickets? Great deal. But Duke's student section was largely empty for its NIT game vs. UNC-Asheville because college kids can't afford the $70 ticket.
And Rupp's student section was really thin for the Tejas-Arlington game. The announced crowd was only 20,305, smallest in five years. (How many schools can precede 20,305 with "only"?)
It's not just the Cameron Crazies and the BBN. Live attendance is off all over in college basketball, as in football.
I suspect thedifference between six years and nine and a half years is a reflection of the rigor of the respective curricula at the two institutions.
Marriage is a fine institution, but who wants to be institutionalized?