Don't know if other teams get this treatment, but memorable UK teams get nicknames: Rupp's Runts, The Unforgetables, etc. I doubt it'll stick, but one suggestion for v. 2014 is The Tweakables. How about The Tweakable Masters?
Tybee Island's in the middle of Orange Crush week, so named because the other Big Orange school, Savannah State, parties heartily there on both weekends of their spring break. Here's suggesting that Clemson and UT join them and make it the world's largest cocktail party.
No, Auburn should not join the merriment. That'd be too much havoc.
Is that nice?
I mentioned that UK basketball will depend next year on the 5'9" Tyler Ulis. Now hear this: The pointy ball team's big little playmaker will be 5'10" slot receiver T.V. Williams who's 148 pounds soaking wet.
Here's the big number: His 40-yard dash time is 4.31.
Santana needs a nickname. "Ace"? "Black Magic"? "Smooth"?
As an insightful political commentator, Hank's a heck of an athlete. Big, fat Rush Limbaugh is neither.
Hey, Jay. Are the azaleas in bloom?
Some joker called into Press Row yesterday claiming to be you and claiming to have shot an 82 on the course. April's the month for scams, it seems.
Word is Stokes is gone, gone, gone. Which means if UT makes The Dance next year, Cuonzo will deserve to be COY.
Three times since 2006, UConn and UK have met in NCAA Tournament matchups. Three times, Connecticut has won.
The 2011 loss to Kemba's Connecticut team arguably cost UK an NCAA title.
And, of course, Monday night's national championship game loss to Kevin Ollie's Huskies kept the Wildcats from cutting down the nets.
Were it not for UConn, it's possible Kentucky would now have 10 men's basketball NCAA championships and be breathing down the neck of UCLA's 11 all-time titles. The pain UConn has doled out to Kentucky basketball has not been exclusive to men's hoops, either.
In both the 2012 and 2013 women's NCAA Tournaments, Matthew Mitchell and UK Hoops stood one victory from Kentucky's first-ever trip to a Final Four.
And twice Geno's Connecticut women's hoops dynasty put the smack-down on UK's Final Four hopes, winning 80-65 in the 2012 region finals and embarrassing Kentucky 83-53 in the '13 Elite Eight.
In NCAA basketball tournament championship games, the University of Connecticut is now a staggering 13-0 — men 4-0 and women 9-0. Connecticut's nine women's championships exceed the eight claimed by the legendary Pat Summitt at Tennessee.
Now with four titles, UConn has won as many men's NCAA championships as traditional hoops royalty Duke — and has won one more than Kansas and Louisville (three each).
Forget Laettner. Let's all hate UConn.
You may be on to golf and baseball, but I'm still enjoying the afterglow of college basketball.
Glad to hear BWill is an XX basketball fan. We could use more of that here. Yes, UConn is a dynasty. I'll leave the Geno or Pat debate to Vol fans.
Guerrin's not the only Cory who's had a tough break. What about Corey Johnson, who lost out on $100,000 by failing to hit send?
ESPN's Way-Too-Early-Top-25 for next year has 'Zona, Duke and UK at the top. UNC, Florida and Kansas are 6, 8 and 9, respectively. I like that prediction better than Weeds' version. ESPN lists Cuonzo's cagers as one of 15 teams that could crack the top 25.
Shabazz Napier joins Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose and Larry Bird as the only players to score 125 points, pull down 25 rebounds and hand out 25 assists in a single NCAA tournament.
Creighton forward Doug McDermott finishes with 3,150 points to his name -- more than Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson and every other college basketball player ever, save four
According to Eamonn Brennan (ESPN) "The Year of the Freshman wasn't the year of anything. It was just another basketball season, capped off by another tournament -- another unpredictable, bewildering, glorious year of this mysterious, wonderful game."
What's the funniest Rushmore of Braves? Freeway Perez, Bob Horner, John Rocker, and who?
Mr. Bill--BookieTurnersGhost is the best online moniker yet. Do you remember Chickamauga Charlie asking how Chattanooga would ever get straight with a Turner and a Bender? (Both were commissioners at the time.)
From yesterday, regarding the XX Foster connection--I'll take credit for all puns, even Occidental ones. And doesn't he already have a tall Australian brew named for him?
The whiz Shabazz proves the importance of guard play in The Dance, especially point guard.
That's why I was down on The Vols. Yes, they made a nice run, but with better play at the one, they coulda been a contender. Just as the 2013 Cats were dragged down by a millstone named Harrow.
Mickey Rooney (5'3") made up for his stature deficit with abundant talent. Next year's Kentucky point guard will be the 5'9" Tyler Ulis, abundantly talented. The Wildcats have long employed tall guards. How will a Spud Webb type change their game?
Cats fans feared Shabazz would pull a Kemba, and he did. Napier's a supreme go-to sparkplug. We knew the UConn guards were pesky, but the overall team quickness surprised us.
Still, we'd played quick teams before, and adjusted enough to beat them. We beat UofL who decimated The Huskies just three weeks ago.
Bottom line, it looked like Ollie's boys played harder. In the end, experience was better than young, raw talent.
But if UK had hit a reasonable 75% of its FT's, we'd have won. But we were on borrowed time in that category.
And maybe the fashion-forward Cauley-Stein would have helped.
What's up with King Rex tweeting that Cal's going to la-la land? No way. He's gotta come back to coach this bunch, who are all staying another year. He said.
On yesterday evening's telecast, channel 3's Paul Shahen reported that The Vols will sign Tennessee's best prep football player, according to the two-four-seven recruiting service. I thought it was twenty four/ seven, but I'm not as hip as Paul.
Yes, Hammerin' Hank's underrated. I'll take Aaron, Bream, Pendleton and Dirtball Lemke.
Billy--How do you really feel?
Regular season matters because that's when players develop their skills and learn to work together. But I won't argue with you if you say that means some of the games are ugly. It won't change my allegiance, but my favorite kind of team is one like Florida, where experienced players space themselves properly, make good decisions, and pass crisply. And, like Cal, I'd like to see a rule change requiring players to stay longer.
UConn lost its last regular season game to UofL by 33 points. Huh?
At UK, Cal is 18-2 in The Big Dance
Cal's man-crush Alex Poythress says Aaron has the biggest balls he's ever seen. But I don't believe it. He wouldn't be sinking the threes at a sick rate if his balls were bigger than standard. Unless his hoops were also bigger...
This final matchup brings up several past classic touchstones. Eight-seed 1985 'Nova Wildcats won the championship in Rupp. 2011 Kemba-led UConn broke Kentucky's heart; Shabazz is a Kemba clone. Michigan's fab five was all the rage, but youthful inexperience cost them in the semifinals. And they only started four frosh.
With a win, Kentucky would be the first team to start and finish a season ranked No. 1 since North Carolina in 2008-09. That UNC team entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and won six games by double-digits to take the title. UK has only managed double digits by adding all its tourney margins together.
The movie finals are the correct picks for the finals. I'll go with the thinking man's flick, Bull Durham. That gopher was too cheesy. Sorry, Rodney. But I do respect you.
Speaking of golf, Wayne Gretzky's stunning daughter's on the cover of Golf Digest. Women golfers hate it.
Jay says the unprecedented case of a 7-seed and 8-seed in the finals means regular season is meaningless. My take is different. It means, as I said when the brackets were announced, that the seeds didn't matter this year. I think we knew at regular season's end there was no dominant team anywhere.
A month ago I was down on my Cats. I said Young couldn't guard or pass. Willie played hard only a fraction of the game. Randle hadn't learned how to handle the double team. Mostly, I blamed the twin guards for lack of skills and attitude.
Then, the team was tweaked. Which may replace tweaked as the season's trending word.
Here's another timely word: Aarondiculous. Don't think anybody else has won three straight NCAA games on last second threes.
It was looking like UK might have a core of All-Americans coming back next year, but their stock has risen so much now, they'll have to go pro. Kentucky's future pro contracts won the weekend.
Wisconsin hit a record 95% free throws and held their famous discipline, but Kentucky just has better talent than anybody. (Including Jay's fair-haired Gators). They held super-Kaminsky to 8 points and 5 rebounds after he'd gone for 28/11 beating a strong Arizona squad.
The famous "tweak" seems to have been Cal simplifying the schemes, thus freeing up the diaper dandies to improvise. That change may be why The Cats only had four turnovers against the pesky Badgers.
Momentum matters in making a championship run, and UK has it. The players get better each game, and will beat the impressive UConn team this evening. Grab a Co'Cola and enjoy. But the margin will be less than Jay's suggested 13. The UConn guards will challenge the twins.
Sir Charles has been the sole believer in the SEC and especially Kentucky among the TBS crew that includes Clark Kellogg, Greg Anthony and Ernie Johnson. Pretty smart for an Auburn guy.
I know BWill's take, but for the rest of you, judge whether Matt Norlander was over the top in rhapsodizing about #2's cool dagger: "The shot -- ohmygodohmygod the shot -- was of course ridiculous. An all-timer. A shake-you-from-your-seat decision that rocked two states and millions around the country. This game and that ending was that terrific. Go ahead and put that one on the March perma-reel (right alongside Harrison's gutsy make to beat Michigan in the Elite Eight) in CBS and Turner's NCAA Tournament highlight package."
BiB--Coach Foster doesn't usually drink beer, but when he does, it's Dos Exes.