There definitely are hiccups in the regular-season winner vs. tourney winner idea, but something needs to be tweaked. Playing three months of technically scrimmages for three days in the first week of March is fractured.
Not sure about demand or not but we have been told that since it was built before Arena football and after the Flames had burnt out in the ATL the cleared out bottom in McKenzie does not configure for either Arena or hockey dimensions. We could be mistaken there but that's what we have heard.
Fair point. OK, UTC keeps McKenzie and the builds a state of the art facility for those things then. If the Mocs want to play there, great. If not, fine. We were asked to be Chattanooga Sports King not UTC Sports King.
And if Green Bay had not been grandfathered in, they would not have a sniff of an NFL team either.
Well, as for Frank Martin, he may have thought his player was an horticultural transportation major and said he's a "Trucking Grass Knoll."
Or maybe they were discussing fishing and Martin wanted to share a "Bucking Bass Bowl" he knows about on Lake Martin.
He could have been covering some recent TVA issues and wanted to talk about a "Fracking Gas Hole."
Who really knows?
Another day, another solid round of banter around these parts. From the top:
Uch did a nice job with the story and we were pleased with how the artistic folks made it come together. Good times.
Winning games in college hoops is a small part of the equation. You have to Dance.
You think Saban called Slive up to T-Town and hit him with the Michael Corleone speech:
"Mike, you're my older commissioner and I love you but don't ever take sides with anyone against the family again."
FE to the C —
We both know Jordan still thinks he could average 20 a game. Heck he likely could.
Don't know how old he was, but he got his tailed whipped.
Wilt was a freak. And a really good basketball player. There you go.
Royster as Alice, maybe? Thoughts?
You're correct, the TV contracts would never allow the conference tournaments to be stripped of meaning.
Look at you folks, spread the love and the cheer. Not quite to Wilt's standards, but still.
Our Rushmore — Pistol, Alcinder, Manning and (cover you eyes 9) Laettner.
Love the feedback and the back and forth.
Great idea on LBJ Day. But in a way, isn't every day LBJ? Kumbaya.
Yes, that seems like a fair Saban = NFL breakdown. Also, we need to make sure baseball pitchers are throwing under-handed and there are slew of hockey issues that need to be address. Remember, it's about the children.
Here's our Pistol story. Our dentist back in Smyrna played at Georgia when Pistol was at LSU.
So the Tigers come to Athens, and Pistol is being Pistol. Clock's running out before the half and he lofts a half-court hook shot that swishes through. As he's leaving the court, a couple of students are giving him the business about "You're lucky this," and "You're full of that."
So.... first possession the second half, Pistol lofts a half-court hook that naturally swishes, and looks at the student section and says, "Any questions?"
MJ before MJ indeed.
And a big-money mustache.
From Stuck —
For Lunardi (and I won't be able to listen but would love to hear his reponse):
What would it take for a team like Stephen F. Austin to earn an at-large? They only have two losses for the whole year, both out of conference. They lost at Texas by ten and by eight at ETSU. The schedule is terrible other than that, but they've won every game. The best win may be James Madison. If Stephen F. Austin had lost to Texas only and got to their championship game and lost, would a 31-2 mark have been enough to get into the tournament? Would 30-3 this year, since they did lose to ETSU and would lose in the Southland Championship Game? I find their case interesting, because they have obviously been very good and wound up 27-4 last year and heading to the NIT because of an upset loss to Northwestern State. They played two non-D1s this year. Really doubt they get an at-large (RPI of 68 at the moment), but would love to hear what it would take for SFA (or their ilk) to get an at-large.
Was going for for the movie hook. Yes, they are uniforms.
We're talking about PRACT-ice. Not a game. Practice.
And the ChiSox shorts is definitely a Rushmore bad uni. So were those old tri-green Milwauke Bucks. Ouch-Standing.
We'd be inclined to let them both walk as well because as you said each of those teams are built with defense and balance. It will be really interesting if either of those teams look at QBs in the draft in May.
We'd keep Cam over Colin, but we may be a touch biased in that regard. Plus, Cam is a face of a franchise; Humpty? Not so much.
LBJ's 61 is a statement for any and everyone. MJ maybe. KD definitely. Carmelo too — hey nice 62 and 0 assists.
We said back then that Syracuse looked the best and barring injury we're sticking with them. We mean to stick with sticking with them.
Does that make us stubbornly smart or smartly stubborn? We'll let you know in early April.
Love the RPI or eye test question. We'll use that.
From friend of the show StuckinKent
That's where you were wrong about Syracuse. They were never far and away the best team. They have lost three games- only one of them being a bad loss. When you looked at the upcoming schedule, many people thought they'd lose at Pittsburgh, at Duke and at Virginia. I thought for sure they would lose at Duke and at Virginia. They threw a bad loss to Boston College in there, but really have done about what was expected. In fact, they kept the game at Duke much closer than I expected. That's countered by the fact that they got blown out at Virginia by more than expected. Syracuse is who I thought they were, and we let them off the hook, wait- no- I mean, and that's a one or two seed who can get to the Final Four and maybe win the title. This year has a bunch of really good teams and that's going to make the tournament from the Sweet Sixteen on some kind of unpredictable. The first few rounds may be chalk, but the later rounds are going to be brawls.
You know the Academy looks down upon sequels.
From friend of the show StuckinKent —
Everyone but Jerry Palm I've seen today has Tennessee in....barely. Admittedly, I've only seen three brackets today. If Tennessee wins two games this week, they may have it locked down, depending on the rest of the bubble. Probably need one or two SEC Tournament wins. In the Cuonzo Martin era, they have not fared well in that tournament. Actually, in any era, they have not fared well in that tournament. The bubble is not good, but it's never good.
Like I said, I'll have another update on Friday of the bubble.
From friend of the show StuckinKent —
American Athletic: Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, SMU, Connecticut
Atlantic Ten: Saint Louis, Massachusetts, VCU
ACC: Syracuse, Duke, Virginia, North Carolina
Big 12: Kansas, Iowa State, Texas, Oklahoma
Big East: Villanova, Creighton
Big Ten: Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State
Missouri Valley: Wichita State
Mountain West: San Diego State, New Mexico
Pac 12: Arizona, UCLA
SEC: Florida, Kentucky
Atlantic Ten: George Washington, St. Joseph's, Dayton
ACC: Pittsburgh, Clemson, North Carolina State, Florida State
Big 12: Kansas State, West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma State
Big East: Xavier, St. John's, Providence
Big Ten: Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana
Conference USA: Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech
Horizon: Green Bay
Pac 12: Arizona State, California, Colorado, Stanford, Utah, Oregon
SEC: Tennessee, Missouri, LSU, Arkansas
Southland: Stephen F. Austin
West Coast: Gonzaga, BYU
When you take all the one big leagues into account, and if you assume that a team from the Locks list wins the automatic bid in those conferences, that means that there are 35 teams for 17 spots. Harvard dropped off this list, not so much because they wouldn't deserve an at-large, but because to lose the automatic bid they have to lose the regular season championship in the Ivy League. To do that, they would have to lose back-to-back games to end up the season. No way they make the tournament if that happens. Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Green Bay and Louisiana Tech are all very unlikely to get at-larges if they need them. There are others on here that the odds look bleak, but I kept them on here for one more day.
That's an interesting point about the coaching contrasts, but here's saying Butch's troops have improved as little as The Conz' nearing the end of the 2016 season, Johnny Vols Fans everywhere will be lose that loving feeling for Good Ole Flatty Top.
As for the songs story, it was different and something you can;t get anywhere else. And it will be a big deal at some point in the months ahead and you can say, "Man, I already know that because I read the TFP sports section."
And while we got nothing in our heart but love either, the next option was Taylor Hall — and we likely would have gone there if we had a better photo — and the good story by all-around TFP ace Mean Gene Henley.
We can all agree that Johnny Football will be a top-10 pick. The demand is too great.
Here's an interesting debate that we will expound on today on Press Row: If you are the Titans and Manziel is still on the board at 11, do you take him?
Yes, the Wildcats, like The Conz' boys, are better individually than collectively, and that's less than good.
And we have mentioned this before, when are these kids going to stop making the same dumb mistake? Yes, Coach Cal will remind us they are freshmen, but let's show some improvement, huh?