Final Four Weekend, A Song I Can’t Get Out of My Head, And other Randomness

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SO Hows Your Bracket?

So if anyone read my post a few weeks ago on the NCAA Tournament and teams I thought can win it… I’m 2 for four in the Final Four!!! Problem is….my picks for my bracket only has ONE team in the Final Four. Does it surprise me that Michigan and Louisville is there? Nope. I picked VCU over Michigan, but thought the winner of that second round game would head to the Final Four, I just picked the Rams. As for Louisville, They have been one of the two best teams in the regular season, and the best team in the Tournament, and they were my pick to win it all anyway.

CINDERELLA WHERE ARE YOU?

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So who had Florida Gulf Coast in the Sweet Sixteen? You’re lying if you did. Who thought they would beat Georgetown  You’re REALLY lying to me now.  But if you look more into their roster and see who they beat this season (Miami on the road), you can see they were capable of surprising someone. Add to the fact that they have an up tempo style, versus the Hoyas Princeton offense, you could see that happening… With all that said I didn’t see that coming, nor did you. And Please be honest with yourself.

CINDERELLA WAS PAST CURFEW

Prior to the great story of Florida Gulf Coast, hoops fans and media types alike were talking how crazy this tournament was going to be… It wasn’t. There are no George Masons, or no VCU’s that had to play a first four game and reach the Final Four. 99.9% of the time, the chalk always cuts the nets down. Think about it, who outside of NC State  (1982-83) surprised the field and won it all? Butler did MAKE the NCAA  Title Game two straight years…. But didn’t win it. At the end of the day, a program has to win 6 or 7 games to win it all. There will be a team that is a “True” Cinderella that will indeed win it someday (Just law of averages, like a 16 seed beating a 1), But 9 out of 10 times, the Kansas, Louisville’s, and Kentucky’s of the world will win it the majority of the time.

STYLES MAKE FIGHTS

College basketball and boxing are similar in their approach. Styles make fights, meaning an up tempo style, against a methodical approach poses great games and problems for either said team. Syracuse and their 2-3 zone poses problems for the likes of Indiana. Louisville’s pressure is hard to deal with when you play teams that have NEVER seen any sort of style like that. The list could go on and on. The College game is the style game more than any other sport in the country. That’s why we see the quintessential upsets in tourney games and during a regular season.. and yes other factors go into it (like shooting the basketball, poor shooting nights, injuries), but when you see contrasting styles on paper, it should give you reason to pause… at least for a second.

RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM THE LAST TWO WEEKS

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—Two stories have dominated over the last two days in college athletics… the Auburn Tigers article written by Selena Roberts was the huge headline late Wednesday night and all day Thursday. A ton of scathing news from former player Mike McNeil and allegedly others in the report about some of the things that were going on at Auburn. For those that haven’t read it, copy and paste the link below:

http://www.roopstigo.com/reader/auburns_vainted_title_victims_violations_and_vendettas_for_glory/

I don’t know how much is truth, how much is false, But I have to think we are somewhere in the middle… the next week or so should be interesting.. I’ll have more on the state of college athletics in the coming weeks in my blog post.

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–The guy above had to go. Mike Rice fired after a 30-minute video and reports surfaced of him physically and verbally abusing players. I love intensity, and a in your face coach that demands the very best from student athletes. But there’s a line that should NEVER be crossed. Throwing basketballs at players knees and heads, and using verbal slurs is that line of oblivion. Mike Rice knew that before hand, and knew it all the way up until that tape was made public by the Worldwide Leader. Tim Pernetti, the AD also knew, and unfortunately most times you are guilty by association. Pernetti hired Rice as his first big hire as AD, he suspended him three games last season and fined him 50K… so that tells me he knew this craziness was going on… He’s gotta be let go as well. End of Story.

–I’m excited about the NFL Draft… so much intrigue with every pick from the first round down to seventh. Should be fun at the end of the month… More on that as the Draft moves closer.

CRAZY Randomness….

I love this song… and when it comes out on iTunes or wherever.. i have to have it. Plus it’s an introduction to one of the greatest inventions EVER made in the food world.

Some of my Favorite reality shows have really brought it as well…

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These ladies are wild. And I’ve only watched the first two episodes, and they are AWESOME.

Also can’t forget about the Ladies from Beverly Hills… the two-part reunion, very good, the first episode of

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Also very good. I miss my girls in Coto.

Also the first few episodes of

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Has also been very strong…

–I can’t forget Game of Thrones, Nashville, Smash, the list could go on and on… But I must say, the hottest show on Cable has to be…

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I laugh hysterically at all times when I watch. and as you would imagine, SI is my guy… JACK!

Have a great weekend everyone.

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It’s Big Game Saturday! Rumblings from this weeks HUGE Matchups

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This Week’s Big Ones:

(5) Notre Dame (7-0) Vs (8) Oklahoma (5-1)

The Sooners to me looked shaky at best in their opener against UTEP.. and it all came to a head in their home loss to Kansas State. The Irish are in the top five and Irish fans have a reserved sense of excitement. The reserve is because this is the Irish biggest test to date. QB Everett Golson will get the start after a concussion sidelined him over the last two weeks or so… The Irish D is elite, they have  playmakers on offense, and a guy on special teams that has yet to break out but could Saturday in Devonte Neal.

In my opinion: The Sooners have really picked it up over the last two weeks, especially on offense, as evident of their 60 plus output against Texas. Notre Dame could win this game if they have some early success by way of turnovers, a quick score or two or even a special teams play by Devonte Neal. I just think that the Sooners and Landry Jones will have success in the air against a young Irish secondary to come away with the win… But it’s Notre Dame, and the hype machine could go into overdrive with a victory.

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(2) Florida (7-0) Vs (11) Georgia (6-1)

There will be a lot of fans having a good time at the World Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party that you can’t call the Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville. The Gators have really took on the personality of their coach Will Muschamp… run the ball, play great Defense and ask very little of a young QB (Jeff Driskel). Georgia on the other hand went through the motions last week at Kentucky, with the Cats running for over 200 yards in Lexington.

In My opinion: I love Florida. I love their coach. They will play for a BCS Title, sooner, rather than later. Just not this season. I like Georgia in this one, I think they will be up for this one, and force the Gators out of their running game comfort zone, and force Jeff Driskel to throw the football in situations he has not had to thus far in the season.

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(11) Mississippi St 7-0 Vs (1) Alabama 7-0

The media folks are saying that this is the biggest test to date for the Crimson Tide. But haven’t they said that a few times this season? Last week it was supposed to be Tennessee, and while the Vols had chances to make the game interesting, they couldn’t capitalize on opportunities in Knoxville. So here we are, the Tide number one and facing an upstart Mississippi State team that’s undefeated under Dan Mullen, and riding a wave of confidence. The Bulldogs though had a tough test on the road at Troy early in the year and even the Auburn Tigers had chances to beat them in Starkville. And don’t forget Tennessee pushing the Bulldogs to the limit two weeks ago as well.  Still, Dan Mullen is saying this is a championship game for his program, and rightfully so. Win this game and they will build a statue in Starkville Sunday morning.

In my opinion:   I think the Bulldogs have one of if not the best secondary in the SEC led by Jonathan Banks, I just think that Tyler Russell will be forced into same mistakes in this one. The Bulldogs will have to play the very best game in the Dan Mullen era to have a chance . Even though I think Alabama hasn’t had as many tests as they did during last years National Title run, I do think they win this game going away, setting up that HUGE game with LSU next week in Death Valley.

Other streams of consciousness:

—If you don’t know if Kansas State’s for real, watch this Saturday. The Wildcats defense is legit, which will slow Tommy Tuberville’s bunch from Texas Tech.

—And if you don’t think Tuberville isn’t one of the very best coaches in America, I hope you realize it now. He has literally transformed the Red Raiders into a pass happy team, into a pass happy team that has teeth in their defense.

–Louisville beats Munchie Legaux and Cincinnati this Friday. The Cards have a little bit of everything, and to me is the best team in the Big East.

–Let’s show some love to the MAC conference. And more importantly, the MAC Western Division.  Northern Illinois, Ball State, Toledo, Kent St, Ohio,  and Bowling Green are a combined 37-9 this season, with Frank Solich’s bunch at Ohio ranked in top 25 and in the BCS standings.

—I don’t know why I laugh at this… enjoy below:

—How many points does Oregon score this week against Colorado? Over or under 256?

—My dance of the month below:

—ON another note, Pablo Sandoval. BEAST MODE.

—If you haven’t been to a Magic City Classic in your life, make the trek to Birmingham Alabama to do so. Great food, great bands, and a great game between Alabama A&M and Alabama St. I’ll be there this Saturday…And the bands are AWESOME:

— On the reality TV front…the Real Housewives of Miami have been great, kinda luke warm on Basketball Wives LA, miss the Kardasians, and miss the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders show. I can’t wait till the Beverly Hills and the Atlanta ladies return to Bravo. AND the reunion shows for New Jersey were epic, with the New York reunion VERY solid. Great work Bravo and Andy Cohen.

That’s it for this week, enjoy the games, enjoy the weekend, and I’ll chat back with you next week!  PEACE!