By: josh q. public on: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @4:27 pm
Former Michigan star basketball player and Detroit native Robert “Tractor” Traylor was found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. According to his professional team, the Bayamon Cowboys, he had been missing for a few days and apparently died from a heart attack. He was 34. He will be missed.
As the down time of college athletics enters its early stages, an interesting situation is brewing at the University of Miami. Yes, the self monikered “U”. Seems as if the U isn’t really a destination anymore, at least not for coaches. Or maybe athletic directors. And based on these decisions, maybe someday soon not even the talent they hope to recruit. Let’s catch up on the train wreck the last 4 months have been at the U Read More »
The college basketball season will come to an exciting (hopefully) close tonight with Butler and UConn squaring off in the title game. Both teams have probably overachieved in getting to this game, however there may not be two hotter teams in the country right now. Read More »
With one game left on the March Madness schedule we thought it would be appropriate to look back on the past 4 weeks and breakdown what worked, and what didn’t, from the CBS/Turner broadcast conglomerate.
First, it should be pointed out that the 2011 NCAA tournament enjoyed its highest overall television ratings in the past 17 years. This is obviously due to the combination of games broadcast across all of the Turner cable partners.
By: josh q. public on: Friday, March 25, 2011 @4:02 pm
(TBS 9:55PM ET) Coach Norman Dale once said, “I’ve seen you guys can shoot but there’s more to the game than shooting. There’s fundamentals and defense.” Coach Norman Dale would love the Florida State Seminoles. In this year’s tournament, there been a boatload of scoring. There’s been a gaggle of scoring. A virtual plethora of scoring. But in this year’s tournament, there has been only team that truly plays defense. That team is the Florida State Seminoles. Don’t believe me? Just ask Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon. Mark Turgeon, whose Aggies got 10 shots blocked and were held to 31.4 percent shooting by FSU in the first round had this to say: “They can flat-out guard.” Yes they can Mark. Yes they can. In Round 2, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who entered the game as one of the best shooting teams in the nation, finished with a 31 percent shooting percentage against Florida State that was their second-worst of the season. This should come as no surprise. Florida State leads the nation in field-goal percentage defense and you know what they say about defense don’t you? Sure you do. They say defense wins championships. Get your popcorn ready!
By: josh q. public on: Thursday, March 24, 2011 @4:15 pm
(TBS 7:15PM ET) Listen, I know the UConn-San Diego State game is probably the better game. I also know there is a very good chance Florida blows BYU right out of the gym. I know and I don’t care. I don’t care because I’m hooked. I’m hooked on Jimmer Fredette. Coach Norman Dale may say, “Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit. Team, team, team. No one more important that the other.” That’s him. He never coached Jimmer Fredette. Jimmer Fredette eats lightning, and crap thunder. This cat has 30 feet of range on his jumper and almost superhuman strength when he drives to the basket. He simply takes over basketball games. If he takes over this basketball game it’s good night Florida and hello Elite Eight. Get your popcorn ready!
So I know the title is pretty lame, but it’s an oldie and a goodie, especially when it comes to the Butler Bulldogs, who for whatever reason seem to captivate American this time year. 2 days after knocking off Old Dominion at the buzzer, they did it again, but this time with a little more drama because it wasn’t ODU, it was number 1 seed Pittsburgh. Before we start the Butler love fest, let’s examine Pitt for a quick second. They are the first number one seed out of the tournament, and should we really be shocked? They have made the tournament every year since 2002, but have only made 1 sweet sixteen appearance. Maybe this speaks to a larger issue, or maybe we should applaud them for consistency, but either way, they are no more for 2011. Now back to Butler.
By: josh q. public on: Thursday, March 17, 2011 @1:43 pm
(truTV 9:45 PM ET) Bracket buster alert! Bracket buster alert! Ahhh, the dreaded 12-5 match-up. Since 1989, a No. 12 seed has beaten a No. 5 in the opening round in every year but two. Why should this year be any different? It won’t be. It won’t be because the Utah State Aggies are mad as hell and they’re not gonna take it anymore. Utah State forward Tai Wesley: “Our seed is a slap in the face. We could have won three more games, then we probably could have gotten a 10 seed.” Just so you know, had Utah State won three more games, they would have been 33-0. Yowza! Utah State, led by six seniors, grown men, rolled through the regular season to win the WAC by five games and followed that up with the conference tournament title. The Aggies are tenacious. The Aggies are disciplined. They can hurt a team in many different ways. Tonight, expect them to hurt the overrated and overhyped K-State Wildcats in many different ways. Expect one of the country’s best post players, WAC player of the year Tai Wesley, to hurt the K-State Wildcats in many different ways. Tonight expect a dreaded 12-5 upset. Get your popcorn ready!
By: josh q. public on: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 @11:08 am
Point blank, shot between the eyes. Point blank, like little white lies you tell to ease the pain. You’re walkin’ in the sights, girl, of point blank; and it’s one false move and baby the lights go out. -Bruce Springsteen
Word out of Durham is that Duke freshman phenom Kyrie Irving is practicing with the team. Like Jimmy Conway, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said Irving practiced “a little bit.” No, no, no, no, no. You insulted him a little bit. You got a little bit out of order yourself. Wanna know what else Coach K said? Huh? Do ya? Coach K also said, “There is a chance that he would play.” Yowza yowza yowza! No gnews may be good gnews with Gary Gnu, but for Duke fans, this is great gnews. I know Irving hasn’t donned a uniform since he hurt his right big toe in the first week of December. I know ACC Player of the Year Nolan Smith has filled the point guard role admirably. Admirably Horatio Nelson. Admirably Jack Fletcher. Admirably David Farragut. I know, but like Farragut done did say himself, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” Full speed ahead with Kyrie Irving. Read More »