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Archive for March, 2010

Santonio Holmes Should Probably Stop Tweeting

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Santonio Holmes Tweet

Furthering the point that athletes should probably stay away from Twitter, unless they are as bland as Lance Armstrong’s, Santonio Holmes dropped another potentially misinterpreted gem, this time about waking and baking. Now, I have no idea if Holmes is talking about the less-socially accepted method of baking after you wake up, but if take a quick look at Urban Dictionary, there 15 different definitions for “wake and bake” and they all have to do with marijuana.

The Google result page isn’t much different from UD, either.

When you look at the context of Holmes’ response, you see he was talking to another one of Twitter’s many sports groupies and their little Tweet stream was spent discussing playing Modern Warfare 2 mixed with good morning wishes.

Again, I have no idea if Holmes still partakes, but he does have a history. Considering the earlier Twitter mess Holmes got into — Suicide recommendations, Santonio? Really?!?! — coupled with his previous mistakes, I’d probably avoid any reference that could be connected to weed and consumption thereof.

Either that or I’d just stay the hell away from Twitter. If the NFL Groupies need to contact you that badly, send them your email address in a Direct Message and then delete your account. It would probably be for the best, all things considered.

The 2010 Four is Final

Four

The Butler Bulldogs Come Home; or Tom Izzo is as Constant as the Northern Star (When it comes to the Tournament); or Duke’s Back; or Is it Huggins’ Time? Either of these headlines would work when describing this year’s Final Four teams. To say this was an unexpected group is an understatement.

A lot of people expected Duke — the only number one seed to make it this far — to get beat in the earlier rounds by teams like Louisville or Baylor, while Butler is still shedding its “mid-major” label. West Virginia looks legitimate, but their lack of offensive pop — they’ve notoriously struggled to score in both the Big East and NCAA Tournaments — makes their appearance a little surprising. As for Michigan State, even with Tom Izzo as coach, the fact the Spartans lost their best player in Kalin Lucas to a hamstring injury makes them a surprise team as well.

Considering these teams, the hype surrounding the 2010 Final Four may not be as big as previous seasons, but don’t tell any of the attending teams that. I seriously doubt Duke or Butler care about whether or not they were popular picks. Furthermore, I also doubt any of Bob Huggins’ players doubt they belong, strictly because of how clutch the Mountaineers have been, not to mention how good they’ve been defensively. As for Michigan State, well, they have Tom Izzo, and that alone makes them a threat for a deep tournament run, whether non-Spartans fans are tired of seeing them there or not.

This is your Final Four, and while they may not be the most popular teams out there, each and every one of them deserve to be there. Nothing was handed to any of the teams. They all had to earn their trip, something the average victory margin of 5.5 points for all of the Elite Eight games indicates nicely.

With all that in mind, who ya got?

Are you siding with Butler and their awesome story, or do you want to see Izzo win his second title? Can Duke solve West Virginia’s stifling 1-3-1 zone or will Duke take advantage of any Mountaineers scoring droughts? These are just some of the stories to pay attention to as we get ready for another weekend of tournament basketball.

West Virginia Fans Are Ready For John Wall

Bob Huggins

With the Bad Guys beating Cornell and West Virginia dispatching Washington, the stage is set for a nice, little border war that dates back to the days of the Hatfields and McCoys. One thing’s for sure — West Virginia native/starting Kentucky power forward Patrick Patterson will be ready. He’s not the only one who’s ready for a basketball war, however.

`Er fans are feeling it as well, and they want a piece of John Wall, something the upcoming video demonstrates nicely.

After the jump >>

Frank Martin Intensifies, K-State Fans Celebrate

Frank Martin

You have to love Kansas State coach Frank Martin. He’s surely taken the lead for most demonstrative coach in college basketball. Of course, if your coaching in the NCAA Tournament, and your game featuring double overtimes and Jordan Crawford making shots from anywhere in the gym, your blood pressure would probably rise as well. In order to intensify the pressure, try watching your team give up a double-digit first half lead before the first half is over. It might inspire this kind of locker room reaction:

Video after the jump >>

Jordan Crawford is Rangy

Jordan Crawford

Now that Kansas State and Xavier are done providing us the best game of the tournament so far, let’s take some time to reflect. How many huge plays were there? I lost count after Jacob Pullen hit that top-of-the-key triple in the second overtime. I’m sure I was somewhere around 10. Probably more. However, the shot that I, and probably a lot of people, remember is Jordan Crawford’s “He’s got range from the awareness ribbon” three, which sent the game in the second stanza of overtime. If the college line is at 20-9 (20 feet, 9 inches), Crawford’s bomb had to have been from at least 25, if not 30.

Awesomely enough, the guys at Rush the Court have an awesome, in-arena video of Crawford’s (temporary) heroics, complete with a killer angle and great picture quality.

Video after the jump >>

The Cornell Bandwagon Fills Up

Cornell Fans

Kentucky fans, I hope you’re capable of embracing the bad guy roll, because tonight, when the Sweet 16 continues and your team tips off against the Cornell Big Red, it’ll be like rooting for Darth Vader against Luke Skywalker. Oddly enough, said support isn’t limited to basketball watchers. Many mainstream media members, as well as bloggers, are in full Cornell bandwagon mode.

Continue reading after the jump >>

Sigh, A Dancing With The Stars Post

Chad Ochocinco

What to do while waiting for the Sweet 16 to start: watch the NBA (normally I’m yes on this, but I’m not feeling it right now), follow Major League Baseball while they screw around in the nicer-weather states (no thanks), watch Raw (been there, done that), or perhaps watch something that has a slight connection to sports, not to mention, a death grip-like hold on the general public. I’m talking about Dancing With the Stars, of course, which came back into our lives last night. This year’s sports connection is due to Erin Andrews and Chad Ochocinco competing.

Yeah, even though it’s Tuesday, it’s already been a slow week.

Anyway, because everyone has already jumped on the EA bandwagon — she looked kind of stiff, but man, does she have some nice legs — I’m left to post about the adventures of Chad Ochocinco, and his new sidekick, Terrell Owens,who was in the crowd, watching Ochocinco perform.

Apparently, Ochocinco’s bound and determined to get Owens to Cincinnati, no matter what the Bengals front office thinks.

As for DWTS, Chad’s partner is the smoking-hot Cheryl Burke, which, if I was fortunate enough to have the same opportunity, would be reason enough to learn classical dance moves. Despite my (very) limited knowledge of how this kind of dancing is scored, I was fairly impressed with Ochocinco’s attempt; although, the mere presence of Burke might have had a whole helluva lot to do with that.

After the jump, video of Chad and Cheryl’s performance >>

Poor Samantha Ryan

Sam Ryan

Perhaps the most famous porn star/college basketball fan has to be feeling a little down in the dumps today, while trying valiantly to get over whatever hard feelings she has towards Ali Farokhmanesh. Such is the case when you’re convinced your team can’t lose and they do just that. Perhaps that little video she did for The Shiver came back to haunt her.

Whatever the case, the KU fan with the porn star heart of gold is nowhere to be found — at least on the web’s most popular way to mindlessly communicate.

Considering her Twitter account was full of pro Jayhawks blather, I guess I shouldn’t seem too surprised. But if someone is going to run their mouth, perhaps they should stick around and accept whatever responses their trash-talking generated — especially when their team falls flat on its face. Of course, most instigators don’t want to hear that kind of talk when dealing with failure. Maybe next time, she’ll wait until her team actually wins before releasing a video like that.

Who knows, maybe she jinxed the Jayhawks by accepting those free tickets? It’s either that or the video.

More after the jump >>