Category Archives: College Basketball

Four Reasons why it’s okay to root for Villanova if you went to another Big Five school

They’re from Philly

C’mon, people – have some hometown pride. It’s easy enough for me – I’ve been watching Villanova basketball since I was kid. I’ve always been a Big 5 fan, so even when I chose to attend Temple, I always actively followed the other schools. Two brands of Big Fivers seem to take issue with supporting Villanova – people from outside of the region who came into Philly to go to school, and people who have generational ties to a university. Continue reading

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Has this been the greatest year in the history of Philly sports?

As I took my sabbatical this week, I was pondering this very matter. And wouldn’t you know, Bob Ford had a similar thought running through his head on Sunday. Though, to my credit, Bob is more broadly discussing the run of success Philly teams had between the 1973-74 and 74-75 championships for the Flyers, all the way through Villanova’s 1985 National Championship. It was a pretty solid time for Philly sports, and Bob, like myself, is hoping we are about to embark on another.

But has this past year been as good of a year as we’ve ever had? Continue reading

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Quick programming note, and “The Floor is Yours” thread

Alright, so for the next week, probably until next Monday, the blogging around here is going to be pretty light. After almost 8 months of blogging just about every day, and working a pretty serious work schedule, I need a little break. Now, if anything huge happens, I’ll be sure to throw in my two cents – but, that being said, I’ve been feeling a tad uninspired lately, and I think it is due, in some part, to just being a bit burnt out.

One other thing – I’ll obviously continue to run the March Madness Beer Bracket, Thursday through this weekend. As well, consider this particular post as a running thread throughout the next week. The Flyers are hot, the Sixers are quietly positioning themselves for the playoffs, the Giants continue to have Braylon Edwards rumors circling them, the Eagles – well, there is always something to say about the Eagles – Alex Rodriguez loves himself and apparently has treated himself to a bit of “hired help,” the NCAA Tourney should have some great games coming up, and the NFL draft draws near.

Whew.

Anyway, feel free to throw some comments down if you so desire, I’ll throw my two cents in from time to time, we’ll continue with the Beer Bracket, and I’ll resume my normal posting next Monday.

Cheers.

(P.S. On the A-Rod thing – anybody else get the impression that Rodriguez really, really pissed off somebody he shouldn’t have? I mean, it seems like every week, something damaging is coming out about this guy. A-Rod – who’d you screw with, man?)

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The March Madness Beer Bracket, Round Two – Help decide Philly’s favorite beer

Alright, let’s start with yesterday’s winners.

From The Bishop’s Collar regional: 1. Dog Fish Head 120 Minute IPA, 4. Bells Two Hearted Ale, 5. Allagash White, 6. Youngs Double Chocolate Stoudt, 8. Victory Golden Monkey, 10. Rogue Dead Guy Ale, 14. Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, 15. Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale

From the Eulogy Belgian Tavern regional: 1. Chimay Grande Reserve, 3. Delirium Tremens, 5. Unibroue La Fin du monde, 7. Ommegang Three Philosophers, 9. Troegs Mad Elf, 11. Duvel, 13. Piraat Triple Amber IPA, 15. Brooklyn Local One

And in other news, I got killed on Friday – I had West Virginia making the Elite Eight, and Wake Forest going all the way to the Final Four. Plus, the ol’ alma mater, Temple, fell to Arizona State. Though I kind of expected that…

Ah, well.

And a quick, fun story. So Thursday, I’m doing the liveblog while watching the games. After about four or five hours of liveblogging, you get kind of sick of it. So, I decided to just enjoy the last round of games, blogging be damned. And I was set up – I had one game on the tube, and two more on laptops, one mine, and one my roommates. I’ve got a beer in my hand and some Cheez-Its close by.

Basketball Heaven.

So anyway, I’m all set up, watching the tube from my bed. Now, my bed is perpendicular to the TV, so when I’m watching, half of me is normally on the bed, and if I don’t curl my legs up, the other half of me is on the floor. And don’t you know, about halfway through the second half of the late games, I pass out. And at three in the morning, I wake up, contorted in a position that can’t be good for the spine – head on some pillows, back on bed, legs dangling willy-nilly to the floor. Thankfully, I had finished my beer before catching any Z’s. There were, however, a couple of Cheez-Its hanging out on my shirt.

Mmmm…delicious.

So, I do what anybody else would do – I analyze the situation, eat the Cheez-Its from my shirt…and pass right the hell back out.

Damnit.

I guess I was just really tired, I don’t know. I’ve been pretty busy lately, so sleep has come at a bit of a premium. But man, did I wake up sore as hell, finally moving around at about seven in the morning, fully clothed, lights on, television spewing infomercials, a box of Cheez-Its and two laptops moonlighting as bedside companions. It was a rather pitiful scene.

Right – moving along.

I’ll keep the voting open for the entire weekend, and tally the results Sunday evening around 10 or so. The entire second round is represented below. Now get voting! Continue reading

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Tourney Liveblogging, plus open thread on who the Eagles should draft, fantasy baseball, etc.

While I would like to go back and forth on who the Birds should draft, this is a wide-open thread: feel free to drop a line on anything sports, really. I’ll be doing a liveblog for pretty much the rest of the evening, only breaking to eat/help a buddy with his fantasy baseball draft. So, any thoughts on fantasy baseball are welcome as well – I’m pretty new to the game. Always been more of a fantasy football guy. But I’m thinking I want to go with Utley, unless I can grab a guy like Hanley Ramirez or Pujols at the top. I think Utley is about to have a very big year.

Plus, don’t forget to vote in the March Madness Beer Bracket Extravaganza – 64 beers battling it out for ultimate bragging rights. Your votes will decide the champ. Check that out here.

Here’s what I think will end up happening with the Eagles in the draft. They probably end up using number 21, and either their second or third to move down, drafting one of the top OT prospects. Then, they trade out at 28, probably early in the second round, picking up either another second or a higher third. They use the first second to pick up Donald Brown, and use their next two picks (which will fall somewhere in the late second/early third range) to pick up some combination of players at the following positions: TE, S, WR.

What would I like them to do? Trade the first and their third for Anquan Boldin. At 28, take the best RB left on the board. With their second round pick, select the best OT/TE left on the board.

Thoughts? What guys would you love to see them bring in? Sleepers? The (cough) floor is yours.

And now, to the liveblogging. Open thread in the comments. I’m pumped. Continue reading

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The Pundit unveils his Bracket and Tourney musings; plus, more info on The Beer Bracket

So, after lengthy deliberation, intense research, and rigorous study, I have determined the following: I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen this year. Here’s what I do know (or at least what I hope I know):

– Best sporting event out there, hands down. It’s not even close. I love rushing home from work, scrambling to the TV, logging on to the extended coverage online from any computer I can get my hands on, and watching as much basketball as possible. It’s just…awesome.

– I know that there are a handful of teams that consistently remained around the top of the rankings (UNC, Pitt, UConn, Oklahoma, Memphis, Louisville). I’m also fairly confident that they aren’t all that much better than the next tier of teams (Duke, Villanova, Wake Forest, Washington, Michigan State, Kansas, Missouri, Syracuse). Continue reading

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In a strange twist, David Wright knocks in Jimmy Rollins to win game; plus, a quick Tourney note

Hey, I’m not going to act like I watched the U.S. play Puerto Rico – I was too busy yelling at the the TV while the Red Wings came back to beat the Flyers, or standing on my couch and pumping my fist after Iggy knocked down the game-winning three against the Lakers.

But this was a hell of a finish in its own right, and featured a few of our Phillies in prominent roles. Video after the jump. Continue reading

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Liveblogging the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? Hey, I could use a good laugh…

Don’t worry, fans – I’ll throw a whole lot of Villanova vs. Marquette in here as well. Fact is, I just kind of need a break from football rumors, baseball cheaters, etc. And, quite frankly, the Dog Show is pretty entertaining. For one thing, a Chinese Shar-Pei sort of resembles Mike Tyson.

The face of a dog that would eat your children? Look closely...

The face of a dog that would eat your children? Look closely...

Plus, the commentary is always ridiculous. For example, last night, one of the dogs was described as “enjoying a good romp – as often as possible.”

Well…that makes two of us then, doesn’t it?

Anyway, I’ll start on the ‘Nova game around 7:30, then segue into the start of the Show around 8. Act like you aren’t hyped. Continue reading

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There are some pretty good teams in Philly – Are you having as hard of a time caring, after the Eagles, as the Pundit is?

Quick comparison: He Got Game vs. Above the Rim. Both center around the lives of superstar high-school basketball players raised in the inner-city. However, each focuses on a different stage in the player’s personal development – He Got Game is about the corrupt politics of the recruiting system, and how a young basketball player’s life becomes a commodity to countless people. Above the Rim, however, focuses on how the cruel realities – and influences – of the streets can cause many young men, with great potential, to leave it underdeveloped, and largely, unrecognized.

Here, Birdie pulls a razor blade out of his mouth. Or he does some kind of magic trick where he makes it look like he pulled a razor blade out of his mouth. I'm just a whiteboy from the 'burbs - I don't know how these things go...

Here, in a scene from Above the Rim, Birdie, played by the late Tupac Shakur, pulls a razor blade out of his mouth. Or, he does some kind of magic trick where he makes it look as though he pulled a razor blade out of his mouth. I'm just a whiteboy originally from the 'burbs - I don't know how these things go.

Wait a second – why in the hell am I talking about this? Continue reading

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The Pundit’s Power Rankings: Meetings in Vegas, Portis is pissed, and Harrell can just stay home

Unlike traditional Power Rankings, which attempt to rank teams on a week-to-week basis, the Pundit’s Power Rankings avoid such arbitrary silliness. Instead, The Pundit wishes only to rank the pertinence, scope, and conversational value of the top sports stories of the week. Extra points for any stories that lend themselves to relentless mockery and high-horse rhetoric. On to the Rankings!

1. The Winter Meetings

They say, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. In baseball’s case, what happens in Vegas ends up in New York. The Yankees and the Mets were the biggest players during the Winter meetings, with the Yankees landing free agency’s biggest prize, CC Sabathia. Plus, it looks like they’re going to snag A.J. Burnett. (Editor’s note: Damn Yankees). The Mets added pitching as well, obtaining closer Francisco Rodriguez. Plus, they added one more putz to their roster- setup man J.J. Putz, that is. (Editor’s note: Wow, never saw that first-rate zinger coming). Or, as they’re saying in New York: J.J. Pootz. Hah. Still waiting to see where big-namers like Manny Ramirez, Mark Teixeira and Derek Lowe wind up. And the rest of the National League can breathe a bit easier, as for now, talks between the Cubs and Padres over Jake Peavy are dead. May they rest in peace, and never, ever come back to life. Stay tuned.

2. Clinton Portis vs. Jim Zorn?

Clinton Portis was unhappy about being on the bench in the second half of a loss against the Ravens this past week, and he exclaimed his anger on a local D.C. radio program, going so far as to sarcastically call Zorn a “genius.” Then, it leaked that many of the players weren’t happy with Zorn’s habit of talking to the media about the specific mistakes made by players during games, and apparentely, some of the playcalling. Fun stuff in Washington, especially for a team that has dropped four of their last five games. Though, maybe this type of thing shouldn’t surprise us from Portis anymore…

What in the hell...?

What in the hell...?

3. Heisman Ceremony minus Harrell

Coach Mike Leech was pissed that Harrell wasn’t invited to New York. Many members of the National Media were pissed that Harrell wasn’t invited to New York. Me? Eh, doesn’t bother me – for me, the contest was between the three guys they picked. Though Harrell put up some sick numbers: 4,747 passing yards, 41 passing TD’s, 6 rushing TD’s, 7 INT’s, a 71.5% completion percentage. Let’s be honest: if Texas Tech plays at least a competitive game against Oklahoma, he gets the invite. It’s all about the last impression you leave people, and unfortunetely for Mr. Harrell, his cost him dearly.

4. The Cowboys in disarray

Jerry Jones is calling out Marion Barber for not playing through his injury? TO thinks there is some sort of conspiracy going on between Tony Romo and Jason Witten to get Witten, and not TO, the ball? The Cowboys are the perfect example of why you can look lovely on paper, but if you have no chemistry, all the paper in the world can’t ensure a championship. Jerry Jones, shut your mouth, and let your players play. TO, just shut your mouth, period. Why wouldn’t Romo want to get you, one of the most talented recievers in football, the ball? You normally make him look good – accept the fact that sometimes, the defense will dictate who Romo throws the ball to. It’s common sense, isn’t it? I guess it’s just TO’s world, and we’re polluting it, apparently.

5. Jimmy V Week

“Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.” – Jim Valvano

If you can watch the speech he gave at the 1993 ESPY’s and not get a little choked up, you are probably a robot. Jim Valvano was a great example of how sports can extend beyond the field and impact the lives of so many people. Wins and losses, they fade in time. Some things live on.

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

Amen.

6. Injunction suspended for NFL players

Looks like the Vikings and Saints can breathe easy, as they will likely keep their players for the playoff push. This was a bigger story last week, and I still think it’s fishy that the judge who ruled on this presides in Minnesota, but whatever. I mean, is anybody all that scared of the Vikings or Saints, anyway?

Viiiiiiiiiictory!

Viiiiiiiiiictory!

7. Carmelo Anthony goes for 33 in one quarter

I mean, that’s just ridiculous. 33 in a quarter? Unheard of. Melo’s got game, son, for real for real. Let’s put that into perspective: not one Sixer has gone over 33 points in a single game this year! Which is probably as sad for the Sixers as it is impressive of Melo.

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