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.

It’s BACK! First Post of 2013!

To start this off right.. Enjoy below:

Now.. A TON of things have happened since my last blog post on Carl’s Clipboard. The last time I posted, Alabama was getting ready for the SEC Championship game against Georgia. Fast forward two months later, and The Tide are BCS National Champions for the third time in four years. For those that may have forgotten that beat down of Notre Dame in Miami:

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Three Things I learned from the sidelines of that game:

1. Alabama is the programs of programs RIGHT NOW. Kudos to Nick Saban for finding a way to win back to back  National Titles. His last two teams have had one thing that other programs didn’t have… All time great defense (2011 Title Team Vs LSU), and an all time great offensive line (2012 Vs Notre Dame).

2. Notre Dame is relevant, but still has a way to go. Whether you love or hate the Irish, they aren’t going anywhere for a LONG, LONG time. Were they one of the five best teams in the country? Yes. Were they better than Alabama, or Oregon? No. But you’re crazy if you didn’t think they shouldn’t play for a National title undefeated. The program will never win from Notre Dame haters, because they are Notre Dame, I get it. But when you look at what Head Coach Brian Kelly has done in just three seasons, that previous coaches couldn’t do (Weis, Willingham, Davie) how can you not say that the Irish will be in the Hunt for a BCS crown, and WIN a few in the next five seasons?

3. The margin for the SEC and it’s dominance is thisclose. The morning after the game, Tide head coach Nick Saban  said the difference from his team winning a National Title and playing elsewhere, was 5 yards (Vs Georgia in SEC Title game). As great as the Tide were in spots this year, they could easily have had three losses, and played on New Years Day. The rest of the country and the rest of the SEC is catching up, and I think you will see a number of teams continue to close the gap. BUT, when you have someone like Nick Saban on the sidelines, he understands he will have to make subtle changes to continue to stay on top.

SIGNING DAY EVE!

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A ton of young men will sign their letters of intent on Wednesday to play for numerous colleges across the country. The picture of above is that of 5 star linebacker Ruben Foster. Foster who verbally committed to Alabama, de-committed and verbally committed to Auburn, got a tattoo:

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and roughly three weeks ago de-committed from the Tigers and made a announcement on regional TV Tuesday night to recommit to Alabama. Got all that? I’ve listened to people on message boards, and on talk radio about Foster last night and this morning. My opinion, Foster can commit, de-commit,and ride this out as long as he pleases. Here’s why.

There are thousands of 18 year olds that are having to make the biggest decision of their respective lives. What is wrong with taking every official and unofficial visit you can possibly make? Why not be able to travel to the West coast, or go visit LSU, ALabama, USC, and everywhere in between. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these young men, to make a decision for their future. I LOVE the signing day hoopla, and all that it entails. You know why? We have college football coaches that can up and leave a university that these 18-year-old young men “commit” to for them. Coaches have agents, and can go to another destination without penalty. News flash folks. These young men go to a university for the coaches and the relationships they make with them, not because they are a fan of a school. So when Coach A goes to University B, what happens to the so-called student athletes that came there for you to lead them? One word. STUCK.  I get it, opportunities are opportunities, and we all want to make the best decisions for ourselves. BUT don’t get on a young  man who wants to explore all of their options before signing on that “X” on the Letter of Intent on signing day.

SUPER BOWL!!!!!

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A GREAT game, period. AS a lifelong 49ers fan, I would have of course loved for my guys to win a World title. But, I LOVE the Ravens and all that they stand for as men, so I couldn’t be that upset. But the stars of stars of the show… well what can you say. Beyoncé was AWESOME during the halftime show:

COMMERCIAL TIME!

Time to rank my favorites of the Super Bowl:

5. Paul Harvey’s God Made A Farmer. Paul Harvey in a commercial. Priceless.

4.  Man Vs Cheetah Sketchers. Animals in the wild in commercials make me laugh. This did as well.

3. Fashionista Daddy (Doritos). If I had a daughter and my buddies were over, this would so happen to me.

2. Joe Montana Miracle Stain. As mentioned earlier, I’m a 49ers fan. I laughed out loud.

1. Old Folks at Taco Bell. The best by far in my opinion. Hands down, I was crying laughing. And if I ever have to go to pasture in my later life, this will be me.

Honorable Mention: Leon Sandcastle.

That’s it for now, I’ll be back next week to talk recruiting classes, college basketball, and reality TV (Big Rich Atlanta, watch it)! Enjoy the Week!