Friday, April 2, 2010
ESPN.com's Kurt Snibe provided the picture of the Dayton and UNC NIT commerative jerseys. I think it's a little bit of an exageration. I mean, would you rather be a 14 seed and loose after one weekend or play 5 games, includeding two in MSG? The later doesn't sound so bad.
The question at hand now is, will Dayton be the last NIT champion ever. It appears expansion to 96 teams is going to happen, so what's going to happen to the NIT? The quality of teams will be going down, as well as the possibility that not enough teams will qualify (.500 record or better). I think if they do expand, the NCAA, which owns the NIT, will just get rid of the post season tournament all together. Meaning, that yes Dayton will be the last NIT champ ever. For the schools who don't qualify for the NCAA tournament, don't worry there's always the CBI championship.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
ESPN has annouced that it's online video is being changed from ESPN360.com to ESPN3.com. This could lead the next step of makeing ESPN3 an actual cable channel and bring us one step closer to joining Lance Armstrong and watching Dodge Ball on the OCHO
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Noffke has heard enough from me during our weekly Wednesday morning LOST discussion at work (great way to pass the time…). It is time to find out what you all think about where the show is headed in its final season.
So far this season there have been a couple questions answered which I expected…but it seems like for every question answered there are another two that confuse the hell out of you. The mysteries behind the island, intriguing characters, and the continual surprises through the first five seasons are what got millions of viewers like myself hooked in the first place – but it gets old after 5 years. I am really hoping that these final 6 episodes can tie a nice bow on one of the most intense shows that I have ever followed, but I have this underlying feeling that the series finale will either leave us wanting more or severely disappointed in the direction the show went.
My main gripe with this season through yesterday’s episode “The Package”, has been the complete overhaul of the show – this season just feels different. In season 1 we saw the Oceanic survivors making sense of their new surroundings. They were learning about themselves and each other while also making unexplainable discoveries about the mysterious island. Seasons 2-5 brought TONS of questions and intrigue to the island but still managed to further develop the characters and relationships in a way that not many shows are capable of. (When was the last time we had a moment like the time the Survivors were playing on their homemade golf course?)
Season 6 has changed the whole scope of the show. To me, the once magnificent island has turned into a game board for two bickering enemies to fight out their differences – Jacob and The Man in Black (and apparently Charles Whidmore now). The survivors who used to be the heart and soul of the show are now just pawns in the game. At this point anyone of them could die and it wouldn’t surprise me. When Charlie died in the early seasons it was one of the most intense moments of the show – if Jack were to die in next Tuesday’s episodes it wouldn’t even phase me. And does anyone care if Jin and Sun find each other?
While season 6 has been wildly unpredictable – in some ways it has been too predictable. If you had bet me with 10 to 1 odds that anybody but Desmond was “The Package” I would have said “No way”. Not to mention that every connection in the sideways world has been too convenient – and some of them almost corny.
With all that said I am not giving up on the show. I am in it until the very end and hoping that the writers are able to wrap it up nicely (it’s going to take a lot to do that). I think that the biggest problem has been the writers not knowing how they wanted to end it all. Instead of working towards something they kept building away from it in about 5 different directions. It is going to be extremely difficult to get everything to connect in the end.
What does everybody else think? Do you agree with the direction this season is heading?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
So as I prepare to root on the Cubs for another season, I have hopes they will go far into October. I really hope they can at least keep me onboard until the end of Summer. Derrek Lee hurting himself while eating is not a good start. Yes, it involved a chair collapsing but the NL Central should prove more dangerous this season. It got me thinking back to the other recent "freak" injuries that have plagued the organization.
2009- Ryan Dempster breaking his big toe jumping over the railing. It's ok to celebrate victories but this season try walking up the stairs onto the field.
2008- Alfonso Soriano straining his right calf doing his signature "hop." Alfonso I know it supposedly helps you with your timing but just make sure you land right. Also, be careful when celebrating victories in center field after games. Celebrating can be dangerous, just ask your teammate shown above.
2007- Kerry Wood slipping while getting out of the hot tub. If his arm wasn't enough of a problem for the years leading up to this incident, his stomach and chest took a beating this time. It was an early sign of things to come with Mr. Dempster...Don't climb in/out of things if you are a member of the Cubs and it can be avoided.
2004- Sammy Sosa sneezing in the clubhouse forcing him out of the lineup in San Diego. The sneezes caused his back spasms to flare up so much so he had to grab a CHAIR for support. Sosa is long gone, but we're back to an "event" that involved a chair one way or another. Is there any possibility that the same chair caused havoc on Derrek Lee?
History says the Chicago Cubs are cursed by a goat. That might be true, but maybe it has just been a chair causing the heartache all along.
Then Rick Reilly got his two cents in. Now I *really* like Bob Huggins.
"I don't like Bob Huggins. Don't like his zero-point-zero graduation rates. Don't like his three-hour practices. Don't like the Vegas sweatsuit top. The artless, sledgehammer style of his teams that sucks all the air out of the gym. Not to mention the joy. Still, Huggins is brutally effective, kind of like a Russian gulag, only with slightly less charm."
Also, ESPN probably realized they needed to balance out their resident holier-than-thou jackass Reilly, so here's a column on the same topic from Andy Katz (minus the sermonizing).
Cy Young: Johan Santana - Mets
MVP: Ryan Howard - Philadelphia
ROY: Jason Heyword – Atlanta
I went with Heyword over Strausburg because I think he will be surrounded by better talent. Strausburg, even if he starts right away, is good for what, 10-12 wins tops on the Nationals. The Braves will be competitive in the NL East which will keep Heyword in the spotlight for a greater part of the season. I have heard people comparing Heyword to Ken Griffey Jr. so there is plenty of hype around both rookies.
NL East: Phillies
NL Central: Cardinals
NL West: Diamondbacks
NL Wild Card: Mets
NL Pennant: Phillies
Phillies are the best team in the NL and will go to their 3rd straight World Series. Also, because I feel the Phillies are the best team, I think the MVP voters will give the award to Howard over Pujols. The stat heads love the Diamondbacks, because they are such a young team. I think the young team finally puts it all together and beats out the Dodgers for the NL West
Cy Young: King Felix - Seattle
MVP: A-Rod - Yankees
ROY: Brian Matusz – Baltimore
King Felix has a better team around him and with Lee on the roster will inspire him to pitch better (think Johnson and Schilling In Arizona). The Yankees will have the best record in baseball, and just like the NL, MVP voters will vote for the best player on the best team.
AL East: Yankees
AL Central: White Sox
AL West: Mariners
AL Wild Card: Rays
This is a make or break year for the Rays, if this team doesn’t produce, expect to see a Marlins style demolishing of the team. I think the players know this, and will play inspired all year to produce a Wild Card berth for the franchise and the second post season berth in 3 seasons. Maybe I’m biased (OK I am), The White Sox pitching staff can go toe to toe with in rotation in baseball, This will carry them to a division title. I know the Twins will be around (because, well the Twins are always around), but with their new stadium, Target Field, I don’t see how they can keep winning with the same style of baseball that worked in the Metrodome.
AL Pennant: White Sox
White Sox Pitching will carry them to the AL Pennant.
World Series Title: Phillies
So my White Sox bias isn’t that crazy. I think the Phillies have the best team in baseball in 2010 and will bring the World Series title back Philly for the 2nd time in 3 years.
I’m throwing down the gauntlet for all ACSS writers. I want to see which writer can predict most of the following correct. The MVP, CY Young and ROY for each league, the four playoff teams and the pennant winner for each league and finally, the World Series Winner.
Why do teams love hitting Carlos Quentin? It seems like every time I read a box score, Carlos is getting drilled. Two days ago in a spring training game he got hit twice. TWICE! IN SPRING TRAINING! Don't worry, he got revenge by going yard. Carlos did not play most of 2009, but he did play in 2008. In 2008 he finished third in HBP and he missed the entire month of September. Heck, just do an image search on him in Google and the 10th picture you'll see is the above picture of him getting drilled.
What is going on?
I'm sure his stance has something to do with getting hit so much. He is very active in his stance and he tends to lean in over the plate. But that can't count for everything can it?
It doesn't seem like he's a jerk or an antagonizer like AJ that you would expect pitchers want to throw at. He doesn't seem to show up pitchers after a home run that leads to bean balls . I don't get it.
Is it just me who notices this, or do more of you out there agree it seems CQ gets hit an awful lot?
Monday, March 29, 2010
In psuedo-sports news this weekend was wrestlemania 26. One of the main event matches was Undertaker vs HBK. The Undertaker put his undefeated streak on the line vs HBK. If Undertaker loses he loses his streak if HBK loses he retires. As it turned out the Undertaker retained his perfect streak at wrestlmania and on Monday night RAW Shaun Michaels retired after 32 years in the wrestling buisness. Normally, the WWE would never have been on my radar, however on this occasion i had to flip on RAW. As a kid I would watch and he would be one of my favorites. Between his early day rivalries with the Harts to his DX days he was always fun to watch. So thank you HBK for all the years of entertainment.
It is being reported the Bears are pursuing former Seattle Seahawk Guard Rob Sims. If the Bears do end up getting him, they will only have to give up a 4th round pick for him. I know the Bears are short on Draft picks, but giving up a 4th round pick for an opening day starter is worth it for me. If the Bears complete this move their opening day O-Line would basically be set.
Chris Williams will be the starting Left Tackle which he excelled at after switching from Right Tackle to replace an injured/ineffective Orlando Pace.
Frank Omiyale will move from Guard to his natural postion of Right Tackle. I know a lot of people are down on Omiyale for his play last year, but I will give him the benefit of a doubt that he is a better Tackle then he is a guard.
The two guard spots will be filled by Rob Sims and Roberto Garza who is getting older, but is still a solid player. Olin Kreutz will play Center on what could be one of his last years. I think the Bears should draft a Center in the later rounds, let him develop this year and next and groom him to replace Kreutz.