From friend of the show StuckinKent —
You talking to Lunardi? That should be interesting. Lunardi is tremendously interesting to listen to. And, contrary to popular belief, he is pretty accurate. I normally disagree with him on a few things, and we normally split the difference on selection (he does a touch better on seeding, but he is paid to do it). Should be another interesting bubble few weeks. I love Championship Week.
Great lists. Well played indeed.
No. 1 on the bracket-busting list is UNC, which could win it all or lose in Game 1. You know this.
And when his momma bows her head at night, Mrs. Artest truly prays for World Peace now.
No, Fergie did not make it, but that's a good nomination.
As for Wadley, fewer Skogens + tougher competition = lesser results. Sometimes math makes perfect sense.
Heck, we heard rumblings that Shulman would be interested in the McCallie even when John was at UTC.
FE to the C —
Absolutely it has a Riggs-King feel.
As for a King Rushmore: Richard "The King" Petty, Apollo "The King of Sting" Creed, Jerry The King Lawler and Dave "King Kong" Kingman will be our rough draft.
Thought that young buck was a former local product.
And with a Cobb County Schools System background, if the NFL doesn't work, he can fall back to a job at NASA.
The biggest takeaway we have with the combine is are you prepared. This is a monster job interview for seven-figure salaries. Did you give yourself a chance to succeed? If you are not prepared for this, you can't be counted on to be prepared for Sundays.
And yes, the Mocs' future is bright.
Nice tidbit about the Patrick-Petty ongoing feud.
The mercurial nature of your Cats is puzzling. They are the second biggest bracket-buster in this tournament. Could lose in the first weekend, could make it to Dallas.
Weather was awesome here too. And Foster's XX Mocs could be a double-digit Sweet 16 participant for sure.
Welcome to the party.
Where you been? And Al would draft Logan Thomas (fastest QB time), Archer and Brandin Cooks with his first three picks.
Speed kills... (like what happened to the Raiders' playoff chances).
Yes, your Flyin' Eagle was quite impressive in the drills. He'll be one of those 8-10 year guys that makes plays on special teams and third down. Helps when they are good kids too. Where'd he grow up?
MT (part II) —
No need to delete. Sure they can have it both ways. Everyone has it both ways — Rodman doing Rodman things; Sheen; Prince; Lady Gaga; Elton John; Ali being Ali. There are tons of famous people who are eccentric regardless of whom they see or whom they are attracted to.
But yes, Johnny Weir made Liberace look like Mike Tyson.
And yes, Spy knows some strippers.
So I pretty much no longer believe in Tennessee. That being said, Lunardi STILL has Tennessee as one of his Last Four In in this morning's update. So much for having to go 12-6 in SEC play to get into the NCAA Tournament.
I'm beginning to wonder if 10-8 would be enough. I'm also beginning to wonder if the Vols will get to 10-8.
Good stuff all around.
And we like vanilla.
BREAKING NEWS —
The Atlanta Braves announced today they have reached a long-term contract extension with shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Financial terms of the seven-year deal were not disclosed.
Simmons is the latest young piece of the Braves roster to be signed to a multi-year extension, joining fellow 20-somethings OF Jason Heyward (two-year extension), first baseman Freddie Freeman (eight-year extension), starting pitcher Julio Tehran (six-year) and closer Craig Kimbral (five-year extension).
Wow. Frank Wren doing work.
Have fun at the game tonight. I think this is a good match-up for the Mocs- a team that scores by making threes and the Mocs are the best three point defense in the SoCon. For once, the Mocs are playing a team shorter than them (according to Pomeroy, Mocs rank 339th in the country and the Eagles rank 347th). The Mocs have a solid inside game despite being so short. Now Hewitt and Bussey are very good players. So, there are challenges. But I feel good about the Mocs tonight. Here's an interesting stat for you- the Mocs have beaten every team in the conference except for Davidson and Georgia Southern so far this year. So this is a big night for the Mocs.
The taxes point will be an interesting future detail for sure.
And you can keep Billy Russell (former Celtics center, not the former Dodgers shortstop) since we did not clarify.
Yes, Pearl is a no-go in Knoxville. And to make Pearl matters worse, we believe he'll land an SEC gig and coach against the Vols.
And for UTC fans, this circle feeling of dread in UT hoops — especially if he makes the tournament and the UT brass is forced to give him an extension — seems somewhat familiar, no.
We have no LeBron locks — just a full profile tattoo on our back and a King James script on my foot.
And you are 100 percent correct — the voices here bring it day in, day out.
Welcome back to society — that's some impressive research.
The long awaited Bubble Watch. Remember, I keep teams on this longer than most. I move teams to lock slower than most. So, there are strange things here compared to other watches, but there you go.
One bid leagues (15):
American Athletic: Cincinnati, Louisville
Atlantic Ten: Saint Louis
ACC: Syracuse, Virginia, Duke
Big 12: Kansas, Iowa State, Texas
Big East: Villanova, Creighton
Big Ten: Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin
MVC: Wichita State
Mountain West: San Diego State
Pac 12: Arizona, UCLA
SEC: Florida, Kentucky
American Athletic: SMU, Connecticut, Memphis
Atlantic Ten: VCU, George Washington, St. Joseph's, Massachusetts, Richmond, Dayton
ACC: North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina State, Florida State
Atlantic Sun: Mercer
Big 12: Oklahoma, Kansas State, West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma State
Big East: Xavier, Marquetter, St. John's, Providence, Georgetown
Big Ten: Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana
Conference USA: Lousiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, UTEP, Southern Miss
Horizon: Green Bay
MVC: Indiana State
Mountain West: New Mexico, UNLV
Pac 12: Arizona State, California, Colorado, Stanford, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Oregon State
SEC: Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia, Ole Miss, LSU, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Texas A&M
Southland: Stephen F. Austin
West Coast: Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary's
So with the 15 spots from one big leagues, the 20 locks, and the 7 conferences that have a team listed on the bubble but not in lock status, that means 42 spots are accounted for. That means there are 26 spots available to get to 68. That's 62 teams listed for the 26 spots. If you assume that one of the teams on the bubble or in lock status wins every conference tournament, that's seven fewer teams on this list, and means 55 for 26 spots. Some are distant long shots. Some are probably impossible in the real world, but I couldn't take them off because I struggle with how a committee keeps a team that is 13-5 in SEC play with a 21-12 overall record (the exact situation for Georgia if they win out all the way to the SEC Championship Game and lose there) out. At least from where I'm sitting today, I struggle with that. Is Georgia going to do that? Almost certainly not. But why not include them on the bubble until there's no chance of them doing it?
I'll update again next week and we'll see where we are.
We're on the same page. A 5-1 finish means there's work to do in the SEC tourney, and you're spot on about the feeling that if they are not better than this, then they are going to go to the play-in game, get thumped by Richmond and then you have the mess of deciding The Conz's fate after 'making the Dance' but knowing it's going to be tough sledding next year.
That last line is HIGH-larious.
We understand liking the Mercedes brand — high-quality merchandize — but if Saban wanted to get the most bucks for his bang, he would have linked up with the Ford F150 folks.
Saban selling Crimson Pick-Up trucks = ATM machine money.