If The Vols can't beat A&M in Knoxville, how are they going to manage it on the road?
Regarding Patrick's Get-the-ball-to-Stokes story, has there ever been a greater master of the fine art of stating the obvious than Cuonzo Martin? We know what needs to be done. The trick is knowing how to do it and executing it.
Tennessee and Kentucky have the same number of "signature" wins: one. It's not a good sign for our guys that both (Virginia and Louisville, respectively) came at home and back in December.
If figure skating gets your cold shoulder because of the judging involved, what about boxing? It's taken a while for me to realize it, but what those winter athletes do requires amazing strength, coordination and execution. Still, I haven't watched a lot of it.
Trying to get a basketball team on track without solid point guard play is like trying to keep your car on the pavement with broken tie rods.
I enjoyed what I could catch of Press Row yesterday between my errands. My favorite part was the descriptions offered of Tennessee's offense under The Cuonz. "Predictable' and "McRae-oriented" are certainly accurate, but the best was "dysfunctionally stagnant." And these aren't anti-Knoxville sentiments. Vols fans see it, too.
Probably that's why, as I noted yesterday, 3,000 of Thompson-Boling's seats were empty against UK. The Kentucky game is (normally) when SEC schools sell out and balance the budget.
Losing games is bad enough, but the one thing AD's cannot abide is losing money. And I was surprised by the bitterness of the Big Orange fan who called in reviling Mike Hamilton. Is this a common view in Vol-land?
Also argued on the show was whether a 5-1 finish for UT gets them in. Jay and I say no. And to the observation that the winner of the Tennessee-Mizzou finale will be the SEC's third invite, I say 'taint necessarily so. Could be Ole Miss.
And how come Mizzou is ranked so much higher in the RPI than Tennessee? Stupid RPI.
UT may get in, but they are now a the point I got to last year with Kentucky. It didn't matter much, because if the team's no better than that, they won't survive the first weekend anyway.
fec--I had thought the lovechild born of the union between Navin R. Johnson and Lance Armstrong was a secret.
And you are right that the hockey fight deserves a mention. I wonder if the Rooskies think they were robbed on the no-goal call the way we feel our basketball team was robbed in 1972.
During the slash of the Titans Saturday evening, Dickie V. observed that the SEC may only get two bids. Who's the deserving third, he asked. He has a point. After FloRida and Kentucky, nobody in the middling middle has stepped up to separate from the blah bunch.
After Mizzou beat Tennessee, Jerry Palm moved the Columbia Tigers up to a 10 seed, and the Vols down to last four in.
If we only get three teams in, I'd like to see the third be The Vols. They'll likely finish two games ahead of Mizzou in the SEC race.
Here's how I expect the top half of the conference to finish: Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Mizzou, LSU.
MP3--That rattlesnake said the only good preacher is a dead preacher.
Who gets the most audacious ever new and improved product-launch-crash-and-burn award, New Coke or Underarmor's Olympic speed skating suits?
Did you see that #18 Creighton crushed #6 'Nova? McDermott's team will be a popular dark horse pick in the brackets this year. And he passed Bird. Maybe Dunkmeister John Wall can teach him to do the Dougie.
Florida is one of the three best college basketball teams in the country. Last week, playing at home, UT and UK played The Gators even most of the game, proving that both are NCAA tournament worthy. But The Vols' loss @ Mizzou means that to get in they may have to get to the SEC tournament finals.
Last week I predicted that The Cats would lose to UF because they wouldn't scrap as hard as UT had. Sadly, I was right. (Vegas missed this one.) The Gators won the turnover, steals, and free throw battles. And they scored on their last 13 possessions.
But Kentucky scrapped well enough to encourage BBN, and in the end it was Florida's considerable experience edge that prevailed. I love the TEAM aspect of the game, and five freshmen can't be very good at that. It's silly for pundits to start saying around this point in the season that freshmen are no longer freshmen. The amazing senior Wilbekin was only a two-star recruit.
If it's true as Coach Cal says that the important thing is for his team to keep growing toward the March season, then UK is winning. (Apologies to Charlie Sheen.)
Yesterday, The XX Cats won for the first time ever in Thompson-Boling. It was the #18 deep pink team 75, #8 light pinks 71. If you haven't been keeping up, the SEC XX teams dominate their sport the way XY SEC teams dominate football.
And the XX game drew 15,664, almost as many as the XY UT-UK game. What does it say that only 18K of Thompson-Boling's 20K seats were full for the Kentucky game? Are Johnnyvolsfans just not that into Cuonzo's cagers?
If sports fans are preferring to watch their events on TV rather than showing up live at the venues, should the ATL be nervous about investing in a new stadium? Does the proposed new one seat more or fewer than The Ted?
And is serpent handling a sport?
MT--Have you scaled that wall yet? I'll try their bunny wall.
Big games for UK this weekend. The XY Cats get UF at home and I still think a win is unlikely. The XX Cats will have an even tougher time at Knoxville. In the XX bracketology, UT is a two seed and UK a four seed.
The pink-clad Lady Cats just beat Ole Miss by 30. Shoulda saved some of those baskets for Holly's hellions. Earlier this weeks UConn stomped on Louisville's face, so we know how the XX tournament likely ends, again.
On Saturday, cbssports.com named their Braves all-time single-season team. NOT making the cut are Sid Bream, Terry Pendleton, Brian McCann, Joe Torre, The Lemmer, Furcal, Baker, Murphy, Alou, Chipper, The Crime Dog, and Halle Berry's ex. Stupid Andruw Jones DID make the team.
The starting pitchers are killer: Spahn, Niekro, Glavine, Maddox, Smoltz. Too bad Mad Dog goes into Cooperstown not wearing a Bravo uniform.
Sam's father says he was misquoted. I believe him.
Recently, if I'm not mistaken, Jay opined that figure skating is not a real sport because it uses judges to determine the outcome. So, boxing's not a real sport? Try again, Jay. Maybe it's not a sport if sequins are involved.
On Wednesday, Frank Deford, the Sports Curmudgeon, defined sports as requiring a physical competition. So curling is a sport, chess and mountain climbing, no.
He went on to offer levels of sports. His purest level is head-to-head, mano-a-mano, like wrestling. NASCAR is his lowest level, because it's so dependent on equipment. Discuss.
Hockey is a sport and there's a big game this weekend.
Eiger was good. Also, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
No! Scarlett told me I was the only one.
Stuck--ANY loss this side of the SEC tourney is a bad loss, with the exception of @Mizzou, and even that's not good.