Posted on: March 31, 2008 10:40 am

Weekend Thoughts

This weekend was full of College Basketball for me and i must say it didn't disappoint. It all started with the NCAA Division II championship game which i attended. I believe it was the best game of the day hands down. The game featured the Winona st. Warriors vs. the Augusta st. Jaquars, Winona st has been in the final game the last three years and game into this one huge favorites. May i just say the Winona st fans sure do travel well... There had to be at least 1500 Winona fans in Springfield Mass. and the team is out of Minnesota. They started the game making sure to give the fans a show after traveling so far going 5-5 to start the game but that really was the highlight of the first half because they went cold from the field following that and ended up trailing Augusta by 12 at half time due to a dominating performance by senior forward 'AJ' Bowman (9-11 for 20pts). You just knew that Winona st was going to come out of the gate in the second half on fire after recieving what i can only imagine as one firery halftime speech, but it didnt happen that way the lead shot up to 16 after 3 minutes but then Junior forward Jonte Flowers took over the game scoring 25 of his game high 30 in the second half. Winona st then went on to outscore Augusta by 27 the rest of the game to capture its 2nd championship in 3 years. The last two years this game has not disappointed I believe they should televise the elite 8 not just the final game because i heard that all the games were close.

The other games i just watched from either a bar or the comfort of my own house but i didn't consider them to be very interesting I never thought Xavier stood a chance against UCLA and Louisville although they had it tied with like 6 minutes left to go i still didn't feel that UNC was going to lose. That may just be my bias towards UNC but i just had a feeling that some1 would step up and close out the cardinals and Pyscho T was up to the challenge. Anyone still think that he isn't the National Player of the Year????????

The second day of games we're better Memphis Vs. Texas and Davidson vs Kansas. I needed Texas to win the first game to have any chance at winning with my bracket but that didn't happen so i proceeded to root for Davidson to pull off the upset against Kansas and it looked like it might happen when with about 7 secounds left Curry had the ball and it seemed as if he was going to add on to his legend. Instead he passed it up and Kansas won by 2. At least Curry got a consolation prize of winning the Regions M.O.P. and i read that he has decided to stay in school for his junior year which will just start up the debate about whether or not Davidson can repeat the same run next year.

So another year where i can throw my bracket away before the final four but hey at least i can now just sit back and watch UNC win it all.


Posted on: March 7, 2008 9:38 am


Thursday night always a fun night... the bar and sports. Every Thursday night im out with my friends having a good time shooting some pool, playing some cards and watching just about every sporting event that is on in our area. last night we had alot of games that surprised us.. Xavier losing to St. Joes, the Rockets continuing their roll, and the STANFORD CARDINALS getting the short end of the stick.

Xavier losing a game almost seemed inevitable but there was that slim chance that they would win out and slip into a 2 seed for the tournament. All those dreams went out the window last night with that loss now they might get lucky and pull a 4 seed.

The Rockets are still surprising me with how good they are playing without Yao. Granted last nights game was against a Dirk-less Mavs who haven't even been clicking when Dirk was in the lineup, but i still didn't think the Rockets would win by nearly 20 again. This team seems to be coming together under the common idea that everyone wrote them off including me and now i must say it looks like they could be the surprise of the Playoffs.

Hill got ALL BALL in his block against Collison with 2.4 seconds left in the Stanford - UCLA game. It looks like Collison got what would be called a "superstar" call in the NBA. Collison went onto hit both free throws and then the Bruins destroyed Stanford in overtime. UCLA with the win clinched the Pac 10 and now Stanford should get one more chance at UCLA in the Pac 10 tournament barring any upsets, and my money will be on Stanford and the twin towers.

Other news and notes from yesterday got me thinking as well. Can Jevon "The Freak" Kearse return to his freakish ways now that the Titans re-signed him. With the Bailey brothers on the same team how good will the Broncos defense be, I think Boss Bailey will be one of the best LBs in the league this year. Im not big on the whole idea of rookie contracts in baseball, Papelbon making 775k, Fielder making 415k, Francoeur making 450k and Howard last year making 900k after winning the NL MVP. They have to fix this whole idea because these are top notch players on their respective teams and yet they are making much less then players who arent contributing as much. I know in many of the cases its because teams cant agree to terms but it seems as if these players when they become eligible for abritration are going to take their teams to the cleaners. It seems to me like the rookie contracts should be prorated some how so these types of players who are contributing to their teams could make more over the first couple of years if them and the team can't agree on a long-term deal.

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