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Mills vs Curry a must see NIT game

Lets face it, not much gets better then March Madness and the tournament.  From the first time I filled out a bracket to the hours spent in front of the television listening to Dickey V, I can say that I might have watched one or two quarters of an NIT game.  Who wants to watch those games?  It is the losers bracket, its like playing consolation games.  If you win that tournament well, you are still 66, because you did not get into the main draw of the big dance.  Plain and simple its for the guys who could not hack it or make the cut.  


The man

The man

This all held true to me until this year.  As I have blogged about previously my beloved Saint Mary’s Gaels had their season stolen from them by the selection committee and the injury bug landing on star point guard Patrick Mills of Australia.  It was clear that the selection committee favored the major conference bubble teams and my boys did not make the cut.  See Apparently the NCAA does not like small schools.


As a true fan you support your team through the good and the bad.  I have gotten fairly interested in the NIT bracket just so I could see my team play another game this season.  I feel that if my boys win the NIT then it is a fuck you to the NCAA selection committee and it will prove a point.  These main factors have fueled my passion for the NIT.  

No it does not match up to the excitement of the Big Show but since my team is there it is important to me and the other teams playing in the tourney.  I do not expect anyone except the avid college hoops fan to watch the NIT games.  I do however recommend you watch the next round match up for Saint Mary’s.  They play Stephen Curry’s Davidson team.  This will be an epic match up between star guards Curry and Mills.  

As I have said before Curry punched his ticket into the NBA last year during the NCAA tourney.  This year Patty is making his campaign for the NBA as well, by dropping 20 points against team USA in Beijing and having his best college season (minus the injury) thus far.  This game is not in the tournament but is a must see.  If you want to see two of the top guards in the NCAA go head to head then watch this game.  You will not be disappointed.  The game is Monday March 23 at 11:30 eastern 8:30 pacific.  



Apparently the selection committee does not like small schools

We got hosed.....

We got hosed.....

Yesterday was a hard day for me.  I was getting very excited for the NCAA basketball tournament and expecting Saint Mary’s my team to make the field.  Unfortunately they did not.  Going into selection Sunday I knew that Saint Marys was a bubble team due to one fact, the injury of star Aussie point guard Patty Mills.

As we and the rest of the nation know Patty Mills is the man.  He faced off against team USA this summer and dropped twenty on the Gold Medal winners.  Coach K said that he was relieved that his Dukies did not have to face Patty in the college regular season.  There have been rumors that he is even faster than CP3 mixed in with the style of Tony Parker.  Straight up he is G, like Jabba Walki or Lil Weezy G.

Anyhow last night there were various bubble teams to make it in the tournament.  Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Maryland were the biggest ones.  I am not going to go over the details on what each of these schools did during their season because we already know.  These schools play in major conferences that offer a much more difficult challenge then the mid major schools thus making their strength of schedule that much more difficult.  Yet this schedule gives them much more chances to impress the committee.

In order for a mid major school to get a schedule like a major school they have to play many many games on the road.  They also have to play their conference games which bring the strength of the schedule down.  They do not get as many opportunities against top schools as the major teams do with conference play.

The UofA schedule

November 17 Florida Atlantic W 75-62 1-0
November 18 UAB L 72-71 1-1
November 24 Mississippi Valley State W 86-52 2-1
November 25 Santa Clara W 69-66 3-1
November 30 Northern Arizona W 74-57 4-1
December 2 Loyola Marymount W 84-57 5-1
December 5 at Texas A&M L 67-66 5-2
December 10 San Diego State W 69-56 6-2
December 14 No. 10 Gonzaga W 69-64 7-2
December 20 at UNLV L 79-64 7-3
December 23 No. 13 Kansas W 84-67 8-3
December 29 Weber State W 71-65 9-3
January 2 at California L 69-55 9-4 (0-1)
January 4 at Stanford L 76-60 9-5 (0-2)
January 8 Oregon W 67-52 10-5 (1-2)
January 10 Oregon State W 64-47 11-5 (2-2)
January 15 at No. 17 UCLA L 83-60 11-6 (2-3)
January 17 at USC L 65-64 11-7 (2-4)
January 21 No. 19 Arizona State L 53-47 11-8 (2-5)
January 24 Houston W 96-90 12-8
January 29 No. 14 Washington W 106-97 13-8 (3-5)
January 31 Washington State W 66-56 14-8 (4-5)
February 5 at Oregon State W 56-53 15-8 (5-5)
February 7 at Oregon W 87-77 16-8 (6-5)
February 12 USC W 83-76 17-8 (7-5)
February 14 No. 17 UCLA W 84-72 18-8 (8-5)
February 22 at No. 19 Arizona State L 70-68 18-9 (8-6)
February 26 at Washington State L 69-53 18-10 (8-7)
February 28 at No. 14 Washington L 83-78 18-11 (8-8)
March 5 California L 83-77 18-12 (8-9)
March 7 Stanford W 101-87 19-12 (9-9)

Look at how many ranked teams are in there and look at the games they played on the road.  They played 8 ranked teams.  Of those ranked games three of them were on the road and all three were conference games that had to be played on the road.  The only non conference ranked team they played was Gonzaga and it was at home.

Lets look at Saint Marys now..

November 14 Seattle Pacific W 86-55 1-0
November 18 Fresno State W 99-85 2-0
November 23 Vanguard W 86-54 3-0
November 27 vs. UTEP* L 75-62 3-1
November 28 vs. Cal State Fullerton* W 79-54 4-1
November 30 vs. Providence* W 81-75 5-1
December 4 at Kent State W 75-69 6-1
December 13 vs. San Diego State* W 67-64 7-1
December 17 at Oregon W 78-73 8-1
December 20 at Southern Illinois W 65-52 9-1
December 23 at Pacific W 74-65 10-1
December 27 San Jose State W 87-78 11-1
December 28 Morgan State W 76-60 12-1
January 2 at Cal State Bakersfield W 80-74 13-1
January 9 Santa Clara W 63-62 14-1 (1-0)
January 11 at San Francisco W 66-54 15-1 (2-0)
January 15 Loyola Marymount W 78-53 16-1 (3-0)
January 17 Pepperdine W 96-46 17-1 (4-0)
January 22 at San Diego W 65-42 18-1 (5-0)
January 29 at No. 10 Gonzaga L 69-62 18-2 (5-1)
January 31 at Portland L 84-66 18-3 (5-2)
February 5 San Francisco W 79-58 19-3 (6-2)
February 7 at Santa Clara L 70-52 19-4 (6-3)
February 12 No. 10 Gonzaga L 72-70 19-5 (6-4)
February 14 Portland W 77-65 20-5 (7-4)
February 19 San Diego W 65-61 21-5 (8-4)
February 21 No. 25 Utah State W 75-64 22-5
February 26 at Pepperdine W 62-49 23-5 (9-4)
February 28 at Loyola Marymount W 70-57 24-5 (10-4)
March 13 Eastern Washington W 85-65 26-6

They played three ranked teams Gonzaga during conference (Patty injured during both of those games)  And Utah State for the bracket busters game that was won without Patty.  Look at the out of conference road schedule.  At Pacific, at Southern Illinois, at Oregon, neutral win over San Diego State, at Kent State, neutral vs Providence, CS Fullerton, UTEP.  Now I know none of those teams were ranked but that is a good non conference road schedule.  Arizona’s non conference road schedule was at Texas A&M, & UNLV.

Do you see what I am getting at?  In order for a team like SMC to get into the tournament they have to play on the road and can only get so many games.  They get one or two shots and if an injury occurred like it did this year then they are screwed.  Before Patty got injured SMC was ranked 15 in the country.  We had a good lead over Gonzaga going into the half.  Who knows what would have gone on in the second half but I would have taken my odds.  When Patty went down with the injury we lost four games. Prior to that we had one loss during the season.

What I am getting at is I find it pretty weird that out of all the bubble teams, none of the mid major conferences got in with the exception of Dayton if you consider them a mid major.  I think that the committee went strictly for ratings.  Of course if Michigan, Arizona, Maryland, and Wisconsin make the tournament more people will tune in, they are all bigger schools.

Call me crazy but SMC and Creighton got hosed.  Ohh and how is SMC a number two seed in the NIT?  What a joke…….

On that note have a great day-

Dicky V agrees with me.....

Dicky V agrees with me.....


Madness in March

It has finally come.  Possibly the best time of year, yes we are finally in Mach and we are ready for all the madness that comes with it.  We will see David slay Goliath, hearts will be broken and dreams will be made.  We will not be able to get enough of Dicky V’s antics and wild commentary.  Sixty four teams will have a chance to be crowned the best in college basketball.  Who is going to have that epic run on the road to motor city?  All will be answered in the next twenty days.  All the blood, sweat, and hours spent in the gym will only prove one thing.  Who has worked the hardest?  Who has seized the moment?  Who truly is willing to leave everything out on the floor?  Fill out those brackets, set up your DVR, learn how to use the picture in picture button on your television.  Let the madness begin because it is tournament time.  



What were you doing in 1997?

As an American today is a sad day.  chartThe DJI (Dow Jones Industrial Average) dropped below 7000 points for the first time since 1997.  Lets look back at the times.   In 1997 Bill Clinton was the president, OJ Simpson a exiled Brentwoodian was found liable in a civil court case for the death of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.  

President Clinton

President Clinton

On February 13 1997 the DJI closed above 7,000 points for the first time ever.  Tara Lipinski becomes the worlds youngest figure skating champion at the age of 14.  The Hale-Bopp comet made its closeset approach to earth thus triggering the mass suicide of the Heavens Gate cultists. The university of Arizona went on to win the NCAA championship led by star point guard Mike Bibby.  Washington Sate played in the Rose Bowl, UCLA played in the Cotton Bowl, ASU played in the Sun Bowl, Washington played in the Aloha Bowl, Arizona played in the Bowl, Oregon played in the Las Vegas Bowl, and USC well they were not good back then.  The Heisman was Charles Woodson.  Peyton Manning, Ryan Leaf, Randy Moss, and Ricky Williams were up for the running.   The Green Bay Packers lost to the Denver Broncos.  Tony Blair was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  Timothy McVeigh was convicted in Colorado for the Oklahoma City bombing.  For you hockey fans the Detroit Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup in 42 years.  NASA’s pathfinder probe landed on Mars.  Steve Jobs returned to Apple Computer Inc.  Microsoft bought $150 million shares of the troubled Apple Computer.  Maybe Microsoft can return the favor? Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a high speed chase.  Several weeks later 2 billion people worldwide tuned in to watch the ceremony.  Mother Teresa died of heart failure and is truly missed.  The Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians. Way to trade away your whole team the following year.  In Des Moines Iowan Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets (7) and the first in which all 7 survived infancy.  I wonder if she was single, tried to make herself look like Angelina Jolie, and had 6 previous kids?  James Cameron’s Titanic was premiered in December and broke records world wide.  The Bulls beat the Jazz in 6 games.  Game five MJ had his infamous flu game where he dropped 38 points in 44 minutes and had to be helped off the court by Scottie Pippen.  

The best little man medium size man combo in the game.  Kobe and Shaq have the best big man little man combo in the game. 


Notorious BIG was killed in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles.





The top 10 songs in 1997 were

  1.  Candle in the Wind (Sir Elton John)
  2. Foolish Games (Jewl)
  3. Ill be missing you (Puff Daddy)
  4. Un Break my Heart (Toni Braxton
  5. Can’t nobody hold me down (Puff Daddy)
  6. I believe I can fly (R Kelly)
  7. Dont let go (En Vogue)
  8. Return of the Mack (Mark MOrrison
  9. How Do I live  (LeAnn Rimes)
  10. Wannabe (Spice Girls)

And the Oscars go to

Best Picture

  • As Good as It Gets
  • The Full Monty
  • Good Will Hunting
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Titanic


Actor Leading Role

  • Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting
  • Robert Duvall, The Apostle
  • Peter Finda, Ulee’s Gold
  • Dustin Hoffman, Wag the Dog
  • Jack Nicholson, As Good as It Gets

Actress Leading Role

  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings of the Dove
  • Julie Christie, Afterglow
  • Judi Dench, Mrs. Brown
  • Helen Hunt, As Good as It Gets

It’s crazy to think back to 1997.  I was in 7th grade at the ripe age of 12 years old.  I did not know what the Dow Jones was nor did I care.  I was stoked that the bulls won because who cannot like Michael Jordan.  



Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher were  Rookies for the Lakers and Shaq had just come over from the Magic.  Kobe would go on to air ball three crucial shots in a row for his first playoff game.  Luckily he got that out of his system and has become the most clutch player in the NBA.  Iverson, Camby, Ray Allen, Stephon Marburry, Jermain Oneal, and Stojakovic were among the top rookies in the league.  The Dodgers still had Tommy Lasorda as their Manager and Bret Buttler was starting in Center field.  We had Mike Piazza ($7,000,000.00), Eric Karros ($4,500,000.00)  Raul Mondesi (2,700,000.00) , Hideo Nomo (900,000.00), and Todd Holandsworth ($550,000.00).  Back to back to back to back to back ROY’s.  Nice scouting Dodgers.  Manny check out those numbers…….


So back to the present.  Yes it sucks that the economy is in the shitter.  It will get better with time just like a nice wine.  Enjoy the moment because it will pass all to quick.  1997 was a great year and so will this one.  

On that note I will leave you with one last piece of history.  Number 13 on the music chart was Hanson with Ummm Bop.  I think that it is fair to say that they came back with dark brown hair and a new title.  I present to you the Jonas Brothers…..Anybody with me on that????


How to solve the BCS

So, for how many years now has there been a valid argument as to who should play in the BCS championship game? As far as I know this has been around since the system came into play. Every year there is not a clear-cut champion.
Before I start to bash the BCS and everything it stands for lets look at the positives. The biggest benefit of this system is ratings. It makes every game throughout the season important. Lets use USC as an example. Not many will argue that they were one of the top three teams in the country this year. USC had a bad loss against Oregon State and for the rest of the year they relied on other teams to get them to the Championship game. This did not work out and USC had to settle for playing in the Rose Bowl.
Under the system that I propose there will still be importance on every game you play as well as settle a true champion. We should keep the BCS ratings. At the end of the regular season you then have the top four teams play in a tournament like setting. The number one plays the four and the number two plays the three. The winner of these two games goes on to play the BCS Championships and the losers play for third and fourth place.
This will counter the argument that a basketball like playoff would be to long and hard on the players because it will only add one more game to the season to the top four teams. It will establish a clear-cut winner and there will be no more debate for who is truly champions.
One last loophole to cover for the solution. This year Boise state and Utah had incredible records both almost going undefeated. They had a somewhat valid argument in that they should be considered for the BCS title game. Their strength of schedule was nowhere near an SEC, Big 12, or Pac 10 team though. In order to solve this move both Utah and Boise state into the Pac 10 and turn it into the Pac 12. Then with this format you can have a true conference championship game like the SEC, Big 12, and other schools. The Pac 12 North would consist of UW, WSU, UO, OSU, BS, and Utah. The Pac 12 South would have Cal, Stanford, USC, UCLA, UofA, and ASU. This would solve all problems and give the Pac 12 a conference game, strengthen their schedule, and give one more week to impress the BCS judges.

Here we go Gaels football –

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