Someone asked if I was psyched for “On Stranger Tides”. Well,
Simple answer, YES!
Someone asked if I was psyched for “On Stranger Tides”. Well,
Simple answer, YES!
Through various defections from other conferences, the NCAA basketball Big East Conference has turned into a monster
I am assuming the NCAA was so impressed with the size of the the Big East’s membership that it decided to send pretty much the entire conference to the NCAA tournament. 11 of the 16 members were invited. The only teams not invited had losing records. So, the message sent, pad your early season with early puff cakes and you’ll get in. Connecticut, Villanova, and Marquette didn’t even have winning conference records. Tossing in the RPI’s makes it look even sillier:
All you apparently had to do was finish with a double-digit power index and you’re in. Nevermind that six of the eleven had double-digit losses.
So the NCAA goes out on a limb and just sends everyone from the Big East with a winning record. And promptly start touting this as something big:
The Big East boasts four schools in the East Region alone, forcing the Selection Committee to create potential intra-conference matchups as early as the round of 32. Connecticut and Cincinnati could be playing each other before the first weekend is out, as could Syracuse and Marquette.
Interestingly, it seems the Big East would have had 11 teams in the field even if the field hadn’t expanded to 68 teams. Marquette – the lowest-seeded Big East team in the field – is not part of the First Four matchups that feature the last four at-large teams.
By sheer volume, and some good and bad luck seeding, when it was all said and done, the absolute worst the Big East could do was send two teams to the Sweet Sixteen. Now, since 1 in 5 teams will make the NCAA tournament, the Sweet Sixteen is now the measure of success. So, regardless of how good or bad the Big East was, they’re going to send two teams to the final sixteen. No way on Earth they could send less. Worst conference in America? Don’t matter, they get two spots. No other conference I am aware of was guaranteed even one. The Big East got two. Worst possible scenario, remember peeps, is TWO for the Big East.
So, after the first weekend, you wanna guess how many teams the Big East is sending?
You got it.
The slaughter looked like a laundry list of what could possibly go wrong:
When the carnage was over, Connecticut and Marquette were left standing. They both got there after cruising the first round, and beating fellow Big East teams. Marquette is the only Big East team that actually upset someone else, Xavier. They then pulled a second upset, beating Syracuse. They of course, are from the Big East.
The NCAA Selection Committee doesn’t have a bunch of Big East members. And, they have plenty of basketball experience. So, I don’t get it. They’re just horrible I suppose. Or, more likely, trying to stack the tourney with larger schools to sell tickets and viewers. Sending the entire Big East along with seeding North Carolina and Duke at home and pitting two of three Kentucky teams against each other in the first round has left a bit of a bad taste on what should have been a real fun tourney for a Kentucky. The games have been good, but that’s in spite of the seeding not because of it. Duke winning by two at home and North Carolina winning by three at home would have been a lot more exciting to have read about the huge upsets they would have been if they had played anywhere else in the country. I do believe home court crowds, and officials, make about a 10 point swing in any game, at least.
NCAA tourney seeding, along with the bizarre system in place punishing schools for breaking rules just leads me to believe the NCAA as a whole is a broken institution and needs fixing real quick in very fundamental ways.
Rango was what I expected. Take Johnny Depp, morph into a small lizard, stick him in a desert, and this is what you get. His child-like personality usually works best in darker roles, for some bizarre reason. When he thinks he’s supposed to act child-like, he doesn’t come off as creatively. We get fart jokes, illness jokes, slap-stick, and anything else that might seem funny to an eight year old boy. But then near the end is a scene honoring Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti westerns done so well it make the entire movie memorable. The whole thing is a tribute to the old spaghetti westerns. That one scene actually captures it.
Two thumbs up. I enjoyed it and will see it again. The kid loved it and wants to see it again.
Check this out:
This movie’s graphics blow away anything I’ve ever seen before. Although Milo looked kinda normal and re-used, Gribble looked almost too real. It’s supposed to be a cartoon after all.
But, that’s where it ended for me. It’s a very creative, time tested plot. Kid behaves badly, saves the planet, realizes he’s squeaky clean nice in the end. This time he goes to Mars to get’r done. I really didn’t enjoy this as much as I could have, and wanted to. I’m going to say it was the writing, but I really can’t put my finger on it.
The kid did however, he wants to see it again. Therefore it’s two thumbs up for accomplishing it’s only real task.
What do you think?
The brackets are out for the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Struck me as odd a couple of teams locations since the NCAA supposedly does not like giving teams a home court advantage. Well, they did to a large degree. How far would you drive on a whim to watch your team play in the tournament? A couple of hours is no big deal. Four or five makes it a little difficult. Eight hours and you’re talking about missing work and finding babysitters. Twelve hours? Forget about it.
There’s a reason I ask that. Take a look at this little chart I put together:
|Team||Site||Distance||Hours @ 50|
|Notre Dame||Chicago, Illinois||95||2|
|North Carolina||Charlotte, North Carolina||139||3|
|Duke||Charlotte, North Carolina||142||3|
|Ohio State||Cleveland, Ohio||143||3|
|Hampton||Charlotte, North Carolina||157||3|
|Old Dominion||Washington, DC||192||4|
|Georgia||Charlotte, North Carolina||199||4|
|Tennesse||Charlotte, North Carolina||231||5|
|George Mason||Cleveland, Ohio||376||8|
|Indiana State||Cleveland, Ohio||393||8|
|San Diego State||Tucson, Arizona||410||8|
|Brigham Young||Denver, Colorado||483||10|
|Michigan||Charlotte, North Carolina||614||12|
|Long Island||Charlotte, North Carolina||646||13|
|Utah State||Tucson, Arizona||716||14|
|Saint Peters||Chicago, Illinois||792||16|
|North Colorado||Tucson, Arizona||900||18|
|West Virginia||Tampa, Florida||958||19|
|Florida State||Chicago, Illinois||960||19|
|Texas A&M||Chicago, Illinois||1074||21|
|Kansas State||Tucson, Arizona||1151||23|
|St John||Denver, Colorado||1777||36|
|Penn State||Tucson, Arizona||2284||46|
|UC Santa Barbara||Tampa, Florida||2634||53|
|Washington||Charlotte, North Carolina||2802||56|
How many people will have to sacrifice much of anything at all to watch Duke and North Carolina the first round? How many Washington fans will get the same privilege? The NCAA’s giving their pets a home court advantage.
The Green Hornet is bad.
The Green Hornet is a movie made for Will Ferrell, but Will Ferrell’s not in it. It’s a movie that thinks sexual harassment in the workplace is comedic fodder. It’s one of those movies where lots and lots of professional killers shoot lots and lots of weapons for 90 minutes and never really hit the totally unprotected heroes. It’s not funny, you never like the main character, the action is old-hat shoot-em-up stuff, and it’s not moody like The Dark Knight or Iron Man.
Now, let me tell you how I really feel.
Skip it. Click on those links up there and watch The Dark Knight or Iron Man again. Hopefully The Green Lantern will be better.
Tonight is the night every fan of NCAA football waits for. By having really good seasons, two teams are chosen to play for the championship. This year those two teams are:
That’s right, Oregon and Auburn. The Ducks vs the Tigers. Both teams are undefeated. Texas Christian is too, but we’ll just have to ignore them in order to say this is the championship. The #2 vs the #3 according to teamrankings.com. We’ll have to ignore Stanford too. The #5 vs #10 according to strength of schedule.
The Ducks have done it with offense. Tons and tons of offense. They’ve also done it largely against sub-par teams. The Stanford win was quality for sure, but their other non-conference game, Tennessee, had a bad year. Not Oregon’s fault for sure, but still rather meaningless in the big picture. Their quality win was against Stanford. Stanford’s lofty power ranking is not based on schedule, but on the the fact they crushed the mediocre teams they played. California played Oregon close and shut down their offense. I’m betting Auburn’s studying that game real close.
Auburn got to this point beating some tougher teams, but not usually by as much. They had some tough games this year. Most notable was the near loss to Kentucky. They also dodged a bullet at Alabama and skipped by LSU.
This is as far as I think I need to go. If you don’t see the difference in beating Alabama at Alabama vs beating California, then my conclusion is pointless.
The caliber of defense Oregon’s used to is not the same as the caliber of defense Auburn brings to the table. Oregon’s not going to score 48 in this game. They may score 21 or so, but that won’t be enough against Cam Newton and company who most recently put up 56 against a very good South Carolina team that had only given up 35 to one team all year. That team was also Auburn.
I’m going to go with Auburn by 21. Over/under at 70. Both teams can score, and will, but it won’t be close.
And after it’s done, we”ll just pretend the winner of this game got the chance to take on the winner of the TCU/Stanford second round playoff game.
Marvin Lewis put his foot down and refused to sign a contract extension before the season. Coming off a division championship, the ownership spurged on payroll and brought in a big name, and retained some old stars. He then promptly led his troops to a dead-last finish at 4-12. He had this to add:
Where I am right now in my coaching career is a different point from where I was eight years ago, and I think this football team is a lot different than it was eight years ago, and that’s good. … We’re in a good spot.”
His first season they went 8-8 and finished second. He did manage to get into the team record books. First Bengals team to lose ten consecutive games.
Bouyed by the confidence that 4-12 is better than 8-8, he apparently stuck to his guns that the reason they didn’t win more games this year was the training facility and personnel department needed upgrading.
So far, Mike Brown hasn’t bit. Marvin Lewis is apparently history. The lesson Lewis is learning right now is Mike Brown has a reputation of being a tightwad and no one is going to ruin that rep. I really don’t think the fact the Bengals have once again dropped to one of the worst teams in football bothers Mike Brown. I really, really, don’t. I really don’t think the fact they could not sell out Mike Brown’s bigger stadium four of the eight home games this year bothers him either. I really, really, don’t. What I do think bothered Mike Brown was someone telling him he needed to spend some serious money to compete.
Mike Brown is going to have to do a lot more than replace a disgruntled coach if he expects to sell out any games next year. The NFL needs to recognize how toxic Mike Brown is to a team the was one of the best in the NFL and originated by one of the greatest NFL coaches ever, and intervene. I have been a lifelong Bengals fan. I was there for the Ice Bowl. I really am not there any more. We can’t even watch them on tv any more.
UPDATE: JANUARY 4, 2011: Marvin Lewis isn’t leaving. Mike Brown isn’t leaving. The players will not get a practice facility. Nothing is said about the personnel issues. Owens may or may not be leaving. Ochocinco may or may not be back. How’s THAT for decisive actions following a horrible season for no apparent reason?
Ever notice that teach and cheat are anagrams. Coincidence? ( Truth be known, not really. )