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Pickem Scramble Week 11: Free ACC title, this way

November 7, 2008

Let’s start off this week with a look at last week’s storyline questions.

Q: What will Urban do in response to Celegate? 
A: An end-to-end ass-kicking involving two timeouts called in the last 2 minutes, up 40.  Point Meyer.

Q: Can Leach finally get over the Texas hump and have a less-than-4-loss season? 
A: It looks that way.  An ill-advised double-coverage pass to Crabtree after a dropped game-ending pick by the Longhorn D may have solidified the best Mike Leach record ever.

Q: Can Spurrier put the final nail in the coffin? 
A: Um. Yes.  And then, in a way only he can, somehow drive it deeper, “Congratulate him on hitting that lottery ticket, that’s a big ticket.  He got a big one.  He got the best deal ever, I think.”

Q: Can Sly Croom’s genius manifest once more?
A: Nope.  Even the SCG can’t defeat Randall Cobb.  He’s a winner.

This week’s storylines.  Does anyone want to win the ACC?   Hell, does anyone want to win a DIVISION in the ACC?  Can Michigan hold on to a second half lead?  Can Coach Cut corral the Cameron Crazies and make a bowl run?  Is Brian Kelly ready to step up to the big stage and knock off a hot WFV team?  Can Leach keep this crazy Pirate ship afloat?

On to this week’s games!

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Ladies and Gents, your lone Cat voter, “Hoops”

March 11, 2008

 I’m sure you’ve all noticed that the new poll is out and sure enough, right there hanging around the bottom having received 3 points is an 18-11 Kentucky Wildcat squad.

This morning, between work smoke breaks and work NASCAR news, we thought we’d take the time to investigate for you where those 3 points came from… which guys are liking what they’re seeing out of the old Blue ‘n White?

Well, as it turns out, its only one dude, Dick Weiss (ballot here), and he voted the Cats #23 (which is 3 points).  Dick, among other things, is a basketball blogger for the New York Daily News.  From his bio:

Dick Weiss – better known as “Hoops” – has been covering college basketball for 40 years, and since 1993 for the NYDN. He is a past president of the College Football and Basketball Writers’ Associations and is a member of the USBWA college basketball writers’ Hall of Fame.

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Well hell, he’s a freakin’ hall of famer!  And look at that hairpiece man!  No wonder he ended up nicknamed “Hoops.”

After a bit more research I was able to come across gems such as these on his blog:

We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we think Kevin Willard of Iona is destined to be a hot commodity by this time next year.

Holy crap, a Yankee John Clay!

Okay folks, enough is enough.  In all sincerity, Kentucky fan, send your cards, letters, flowers and candy to: NY Daily News c/o “Hoops” Weiss, 450 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001.

 And I’ll send mine to the 2 Pulitzer Prize winners who voted the Vols at #1:  Brett Jensen from CUTigers.com and Dan Wolken at the Memphis Commercial Appeal.  What’s that?  They don’t have Pulitzers?  Well they should.  Matter of fact, get one for Fran Fraschilla too!

[NY Daily News] [AP] [APIAS]

Kidd: The answer for the clutch-gap?

February 19, 2008

I don’t claim to be a big NBA fan–as a matter of fact, like most fellas I know, I only watch during the playoffs–but when the “who’re your teams” conversation strikes up at the local watering hole, I do offer my list:  Vols, Tigers, Bengals, Mavs. 

 

I became a Mavs fan in 2000 when one Mark Cuban bought the club–his personal self-made-man story is something to be admired, I contend.  I continued to be a fan as they became good.  And I’ve watched every playoff game since, including the disappearing 2-0 lead in the 2006 Finals and the 1st round outing at the hands of the (admittedly fun to watch) Warriors last year.

So yes, over the past week or so as the Jason Kidd trade rumors were being scrolled across the bottom line, my ears perked up.

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“For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.”

February 14, 2008

Its a special day in my relationship.  No, not that one.  I mean my ongoing affair with the Bless You Boys themselves. 

They have done so much for me over the years; kept me company nearly everyday last summer out on the back patio, gave me a reason to spray myself with Champagne in 2006, and gives me a reason to take a half-day every March, play a recording of Ernie Harwell’s season-opening reading of Song of Solomon 2:12, and crack open a cool one on a work day.

Today is a special day in this relationship becuase my pitchers and catchers are reporting to Lakeland.  Its the unofficial start to what we all expect to be a championship season.  What kind of championship remains to be seen, but either way I haven’t been this excited for a baseball season in a long long time.

So Pudge, Bondo, JV, D-Train, and Nate: go wake up Todd Jones and tell him he’s late for PFP

Happy Valentines Day boys, its time to go to work.

UPDATE: Brandon Inge, who lost his job as the ink was drying on Miguel Cabrera’s contract, has reported to camp as a Catcher.  Good news all around if you ask me… and I guess you kinda did.

Yeah, but your brother is still a tool

February 9, 2008

Tonight’s Bud Shootout is the official unofficial (yeah) start to the 2008 NASCAR Nextel Sprint Cup season.  Some interesting storylines had previously developed for this years tour, such as famous hot-heads Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch becoming teammates (and switching to Toyota cars), Robby Gordon’s dark alliance with Gillette-Evernham Motorsports, and of course the additional 8 on the side of Dale Jr’s ride.

Well, last night things got even more interesting with Stewart and world class D-bag Kurt Busch (Kyle’s brother) fueling the growing friendly rivalry mutual loathing of each other in and after a crash at Daytona.  On the last day of practice.  Yep. Practice. [Video after the jump]

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The Showdown in Lexington; it matters again

January 22, 2008

pearlmears.jpgAs you can tell from our seasonal basketball-themed header, the bloggers loitering around these parts hinge college basketball season on the success of pretty much only 2 teams.  Myself and 2SL being the orange ones, with Ron, Eday, BobWicket and TheW bleeding  blue.

 That makes tonights game in Lexington quite the important matchup.

We can look at this season and see how this might not add up to a great game on paper, but it doesn’t take all that much digging to find sparks of rivalry and tradition between the 2 teams.  From the days of the Ray Mears/Adolph Rupp mutual loathing to the passing of the orange jacket (around DeVoe and over Houston, O’Neill, Green, and Peterson) to Bruce Pearl, this rivalry–while admittedly once dormant for a few decades–has all the heat and passion of the late 70’s… maybe more.

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Could Cam Cameron or Mike Martz put up with Rocky Top?

January 3, 2008

With a few (sort of) surprising NFL moves, the Tennessee offensive coordinator position might now be more up in the air than ever.  And with all this uncertainty, if you’re Phil Fulmer, why not pull out the driver and let the big dog eat?

cameron.jpgPurported first choice Rob Spence withdrew his name and second-fiddle Kippy Brown just accepted a new position with the Lions. 

So let’s take a shot here.  Who is now your #1?  Follow the unemployment line to the jump.

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Thanks Erik.

January 2, 2008

After what mostwould call an up and down career–and year–(one in which yours truly had plenty negative to say about him) Erik Ainge showed guts, emotion, poise and leadership yesterday in his final game as a Volunteer leading his team to its 10th win.  Best of luck to you in the future, Erik.  And thanks.

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Duke to UK: Hahahahahaha (with love from TGC)

December 27, 2007

Okay, so I’ve never been the first to kick a man while he’s down–especially my friends–but I found this over at KSR and they seem to have well-enough spirits about it and their current plight… so here we go.

A pretty funny independent music video from a Dukie to Wildcat Nation… filmed right here in Lexington, brought to your eyes and ears by your very favorite Vol Fan TGC.

There are all kinds of goodies in here.  Among other things, bagging on BCG’s thirst, JC’s speed, Cameron Mills choco-habits, and Saul Smith’s life.  Enjoy.

[Kentucky Sports Radio]

Final Four: Tennessee’s new Offensive Coordinator

December 15, 2007

As of 5pm this evening, it’s official. David Cutcliffe has accepted the head coaching position at Duke University. I, for one, congratulate him and wish the best.

So what’s next for the UT offense? Our sources in Knoxville delivered the short list. Here’s a breakdown of the 4 most likely successors.

Trooper Taylor

Age: 37

Current Position: Wide Recievers Coach – University of Tennessee

Experience: 7 years D-I RB coach, 1 year WR coach

Positives: Recruiting, Experience with current system and resources, Player Development

Negatives: Lack of experience running an offensive unit

Risk: Is a Texas native. Recently interviewed for the OC position at Baylor, meaning that if UT does not offer him the same position, he probably bails.

The other probables after the jump.

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