Archive for March, 2012

Commish for a Day

March 29, 2012

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Baseball’s new Wild Card format got me thinking – if I could change one thing in each major sport, what would it be?

MLB – Problem: I am sick of 162 games not meaning anything and Wild Card teams winning the World Series. The regular season used to mean something; the new one-game playoff helps even the field a bit, but it’s not enough in my mind.     (more…)

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Is NFL Armageddon on the Horizon?

March 28, 2012

An article was referred to me today that raised some legitimate questions about the future of the NFL, and it got me thinking about the long-term possibilities.   (more…)

Six Pack of Thoughts – First Weekend of NCAA Tournament

March 21, 2012

With the initial two rounds of the NCAA Tournament (I refuse to comply with the NCAA calling the 5th through 36th game the “second round”) behind us, here are some of my thoughts :  (more…)

March Madness Live Blog

March 16, 2012


You’re likely at work on Friday. That sucks.

I’m going to be at the Styles Inn watching all 16 games of Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament.

Beginning at 1:30, I will also be providing game updates, unsolicited opinions, & bias observations. Join me here so we can get sick with it.

 March Madness Live Blog

UPDATE: That was fun. Thanks to everyone that checked in and contributed. Let’s do it again next year.

Ranking the Voices of the NCAA Tourney

March 15, 2012

CBS and Turner Sports will continue to cover The Big Dance this year, and they have rounded up the usual suspects to call the games.

In honor of the legendary Gus Johnson, who tragically parted ways with CBS, here are my top five play-by-play and color guys for the upcoming tourney.   (more…)

Sporting Hedonism is Upon Us

March 13, 2012

In a few hours, the NFL free agency frenzy begins. And with it, five days of sports euphoria.

Am I being too dramatic? (more…)

Selection Sunday Tweaks

March 10, 2012

Tomorrow afternoon, CBS will continue its yearly tradition of announcing the teams that will play in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Anxious fans of the 10 or so bubble teams will be nervously watching, ready to exhale with relief…or smash the remote.

The show does a pretty good job of building the drama. They only show a few matchups at a time, and they take plenty of commercial breaks. If you’re a fan of a bubble team, (more…)

Let’s All Feel Sorry for the NFL’s Golden Boy Peyton Manning

March 8, 2012

Peyton Manning was released by the Colts yesterday. Poor lil fella. Predictably, ESPN led the crotch-nuzzling.

You would have thought he retired, with all the attention he is getting. I heard an ESPN voice (and former QB) say he “deserved better”.

He deserved better? He was paid $25 million this year to play quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts sit on the couch like you and me.

He talked Indy into NOT putting him on IR in September. Instead of a 53-man roster, the Colts operated with a 52-man roster the ENTIRE YEAR. That’s not selfish at all.    (more…)

Close This “Gate” For Good

March 6, 2012

Phil Loadholt Phil Loadholt #71 of the Minnesota Vikings checks on teammate Brett Favre #4  after he was hit by Remi Ayodele #92 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

OK.  I understand we live in an age where news is being instantaneously reported and ambitious media outlets are constantly searching to create the next witty, easy-to-say catch phrase which describes a potentially budding scandal.  I get it.

The part I don’t get is why all potential scandals – political, sports-related and elsewhere in today’s culture – are now forever linked to a Washington D.C. riverside hotel and office building.     (more…)

ESPN – The Entertainment & Sports Promotion Network

March 5, 2012

What do Danica Patrick and UConn coach Gino Auriemma have in common? I would say three things:

1) They are all over SportsCenter

2) I had to google them to find out how they spell their names.

3) No real sports fan gives a crap about either of them.

Last year, the 4-letter network’s coverage was over the top comparing UConn’s winning streak to UCLA men’s record.

Hey ESPN – they play with a different size ball. IT’S NOT THE SAME GAME.   (more…)

Larry Bird’s 60 vs the Hawks

March 4, 2012

Lots of nostalgia surrounding Wilt’s 100 point game. It got me thinking about Larry Bird’s 60 pt game he had vs the Hawks in the mid ’80s.

I remember a couple of things from that night: Dominique Wilkins also went off; Bird was unconscious; and my old man (a Celtics fan) telling me “he could do this every night, but he’s too unselfish”.

I decided to do a little research, and it was well worth it.      (more…)

Basketball Players No Longer “Score” – They Now “Score the Basketball”

March 2, 2012

Exactly when and why did basketball analysts, commentators, journalists, and talk show hosts begin using the silly phrase “score the basketball”? And how do we get them to stop?

Can a short sports phrase be any more redundant? “…he has the ability to score.” That’s the same as “…he has the ability to score the basketball.”

It sounds DUMB.   (more…)

Danny and the Miracles

March 2, 2012

It’s getting to be that time of year — the NCAA Tournament is right around the corner; thus, I am going to look back at one of the teams that helped make March MAD.

The 1987-88 Kansas Jayhawks were led by their coach, soon to be vagabond Larry Brown, and Mr. Everything Danny Manning. They started the year in the preseason top ten, but quickly dropped in the polls with two losses in the Maui Invitational. They grinded through the rest of their non-conference games, and entered conference play at 10-3.

When the Big 8 schedule began in late January, the Jayhawks hit rock bottom.  (more…)


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