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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