Why Mess With A Good Thing...

>> Wednesday, March 31, 2010



After weeks of speculation, in now appears inevitable, the NCAA will make another asinine decision regarding their college sports and athletes. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney is now of the belief that the expansion to a 96 team NCAA tournament is inevitable. 

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Say Hello to C.J. Leslie...



Just sit back and enjoy the high-flying styles of C.J. Leslie. McDonalds All-American and possible Kentucky Wildcat.

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Chubby of the Day: Erin Andrews





Sure, its not the peephole, but Erin Andrews on Dancing With the Stars is worth of a Chub of the Day.

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Lavin's Back.......

>> Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Steve Lavin, the man whom is now known more for his smoking hott wife, rather than his stellar coaching career at UCLA, is making his return to coaching. 

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Hideously Ugly Athlete of the Week...


Leon Spinks is one ugly mo-fo. No doubt about it!

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Scuttlebut from the McDonald's AA Game---Kentucky Centric


The McDonald's All-American game practices tends to always lend us information on where the majority of the unsigned recruits are heading, and this year has been absolutely no different.

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Chubby of the Day: Carrie Underwood

>> Monday, March 29, 2010



Man hater, maybe. Hot, yes.

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Greg Ostertag to Re-Enter NBA Draft...Is this Allowed?


Greg Ostertag, pictured above, has declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft. I know, I know! I realize this is hard to believe, since he's been out of the league for a while, but it's true.

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AP All-American Teams Released...


The Kentucky Wildcats have been the first team to place two Freshman on the AP All-American team, with John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins both making first team. They're joined by Evan Turner, Wesley Johnson and Scottie Reynolds on the first team. Click on through to see the full listings!

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Booooooring.

>> Sunday, March 28, 2010

I'm too tired to throw much at you tonight....due to another 10 hour drive for work, but I will just say this and we'll get back to business tomorrow.

Most boring final four ever? I THINK SO.

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Chubby of the Day: Britney Spears.....



You can't go wrong with old school Spears!

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Mis-Match of the Century?

>> Saturday, March 27, 2010



Joe Mazzulla, I just want to introduce you to your point guard competition for tonights game.

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2010 MLB Season Preview: Houston Astros


The Astros hit a second half skid that cost Manager Cecil Cooper his job in 2009. Now the Astros enter 2010 with ex Boston Red Sox Bench Coach Brad Mills at the helm. They won 74 games a year ago, but face big questions. They picked up Brandon Lyon in free agency to be their closer, but he is recovering from shoulder surgery. One has to wonder about Roy Oswalt, is there enough offense to support him? Also, is this Lance Berkman’s final year in Houston?


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2010 MLB Season Preview: Cincinnati Reds

>> Friday, March 26, 2010


The Reds finished the 2009 season 78-84, and that is encouraging, but this club has nothing but questions. Will Joey Votto have a breakout season, Can Scott Rolen stay healthy? Will Aaron Harang perform in a contract year? Will Homer Bailey’s strong second half carry in 2010? How good is Aroldis Chapman? Of course the last question is, can the Reds shock the world and contend in the National League Central?



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2010 MLB Season Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

>> Thursday, March 25, 2010


One of the most beautiful ballparks I've visited is Miller Park. Home of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have won 80 games in the last three seasons, which has not happened since 1987-1989, and after missing the playoffs in 2009; their fans were a bit disappointed. Baseball fans now expect the Brewers to compete, to be a good team. However, after the star sluggers of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder and budding ace Yovani Gallardo, they have a lot of questions.


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Ah, the Arrogance of the Boston Media...







Matt Jones called them "elitist" and "racist," and while that may not be true... pompous pricks is definitely a fitting description. Shaugnessy started this argument with his attack of the Kentucky program, and now has made it beyond personal.

What a ridiculous individual.

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Chubby of the Day...Stacey Keibler



Hellllo apppple bottom.

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The Sweetness....Friday Games..



Yesterday we took the time to break down today's games for you, and while those games seem to be more intriguing than tomorrow's versions, there are still some nice games on tap, and a couple involving some cinderella stories that I find just as interesting as the Cornell Big Red.

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Big Red...I'm Sick of You...

>> Wednesday, March 24, 2010




We get it, everyone. Cornell hasn't been here before. They're a cinderella story. It's David versus Goliath of epic proportions. Ivy League vs. The Apparent College for the Deaf, Dumb & Blind. Non-scholly "athletes" vs. Coach Cal's semi-professional one and done's.

The media has pitched every single stereotype possible in regards to this matchup. Well, I'm here to give you the truth.

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Volleyball Booty of the Week ....


Brazilian Booty.

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Hideously Ugly Athlete of the Week...


Seriously, what kind of parents produce an offspring that is so ridiculously hideous? Joakim Noah's parents sure must be proud of the lovely son they forced us to deal with for the last 8 and next 10 years. Goodness.

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The Sweetness....



After an amazing opening weekend to the NCAA tournament, we've been left with cinderella stories, rejuvenated five-star programs and busted bracket. Even though the majority of our brackets were busted by that choke artist Bill Self and his overrated Kansas Jayhawks, it was still a damn enjoyable weekend. 

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Posterize Me...


A few highlight dunks for your late-night entertainment pleasure :)

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Brandon Knight Update....

>> Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Just a quick tidbit on Brandon Knight's recruitment. It's long been assumed that the race for Knight's services were between Kentucky and Florida. Well, tonight Dave Telep of Scout is reporting that Florida has pulled itself out of the Brandon Knight race.

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Chubby of the Day: Julianne Hough




This girl can make anyone watch Dancing with the Stars...

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You Got the ENES Envy..


After a short and much needed vacation, I'm back and ready to get back to work. I hope you guys enjoyed all the hard work that Sam put in while I was away...he's doin a damn good job..and you guys need to show your appreciation in the comments section. Now, onto the good stuff.

Many around the Kentucky basketball program were starting to feel the heat of the 2010 recruiting class, with a possible mass exodus coming following the season. Fret no more, Kentucky fans. 

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2010 MLB Season Preview: Chicago Cubs



The biggest question for any Cubs season is, is this the year? While there is not a new management sign hanging on Wrigley Field, New ownership is finally in place and Tom Ricketts looks like he will be spending huge jack on stadium upgrades. First up the clubhouse. Next. Advertising. Pay no attention to that Toyota sign in left field! It will be the first advertisement the Wrigley Field has seen in left field above the bleacher seats.


These are all positive things, and the Cubs should be contenders in 2010, but a few questions remain. Will they finally vanquish the curse of the billy goat? Who knows?

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NBA Basketball Isn't All Bad, Right?

>> Monday, March 22, 2010


Yes. NBA Basketball is boring up until the NBA Playoffs. Hell, even the playoffs are boring at times. Who in the hell is interested in watching the opening round playoff games like Cleveland vs. Toronto? Or Lakers vs. Portland? However, the halftime events are worth it! Unfortunately,  you would have to buy a damn ticket to witness them. 

Sometimes the Halftime participants are better than the NBA team when it comes to hoops. I.E. - New Jersey Nets vs. Nets Dunking Divas




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Wish All Opening Days Were Like This...12 Days Til Opening Day!

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Kentucky Basketball Worried About Sweet 16

>> Sunday, March 21, 2010



NOPE!

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Chubby Of The Day: Eva Mendes


That is a babe! She makes me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class. 

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2010 MLB Season Preview: St. Louis Cardinals


After winning their division by 7.5 games, expectations are high for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010. They rolled out 120 million dollars to Matt Holliday to keep their lineup intact, added hitting coach Mark McGwire, and now must live up to the hype of being the favorite to represent the National League in the World Series. This is a very solid roster, and one must look beneath the surface to find any weakness. Hell, even the coaching staff is juiced!



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Volleyball Booty Of The Week

>> Saturday, March 20, 2010


I got your 2 right here!

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The PlayMakers Limited Edition Shirt



2010 Playmakers Blog Limited Edition - CATS Shirt now available! $10.99 - http://thepmb.spreadshirt.com

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2010 MLB Season Preview: Cleveland Indians


Why does it seem that the Cleveland Indians are constantly rebuilding? Maybe because in a very real way they are. It seems, they have a small market mentality to running their club, but this is a team just a few seasons removed from a tough loss in the ALCS to the Boston Red Sox. In 2009 they lost 97 games and ended up in a last place tie with the Kansas City Royals. They have a new manger, this year, and in 2011 they will have a new General Manager. Hopefully they will right the ship.
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Chubby Of The Day: Marisa Miller

>> Friday, March 19, 2010


Courtesy of SI.com - Blogspot doesn't give her any credit. 

Click on photo to fully enjoy this beautiful image.

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Ch...Ch...Ch...Changes


The PMB would like to apologize for our forever long blog posts which take up 100 yards of space and longer load times for the site to open. Starting today, we will try to keep our posts down to an X amount of characters...then of course you will need to click the "read more" link below each blog post to read more of the story. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Sincerely, 
The Playmakers

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2010 MLB Season Preview: Chicago White Sox


We are what two weeks into spring training and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has already created a twitter account to have fun as he puts it, but in doing so he has yet again drawn the ire of his boss White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams. Guillen might not have time to tweet as he has one of the deepest rotations in the American League Central, and a retooled offense. In a pretty weak division they may be able to make some noise.




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2010 MLB Season Preview: Kansas City Royals

>> Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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What 2 Watch Four: South Bracket-Week One.

>> Tuesday, March 16, 2010



Welcome to the DUKE National Invitational Bracket. I am of the personal belief that Coach K and Kirk Singler picked out every single team that they wanted within their bracket, e-mailed it to the selection committee with naked pictures of themselves, and the offer of sexual favors. Since the selection committee is obviously made up of blowhard's, this offer was accepted and in return they received an absolute cake-walk to the Final Four.

The best part? I still think Baylor is the best team in this bracket! Onward.

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Chubby of the Day: Kellie Pickler



Not to shabby...

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What 2 Watch Four: East Bracket-Week One.



The East Bracket is home to two number 1 seeds, Kentucky & West Virginia, and a former #1 team in the country, Texas. The selection committee made no bones with this bracket, and in my mind, it may be tougher than the treacherous Midwest.

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2010 MLB Season Preview: Detroit Tigers


It has been a crazy off season for the Detroit Tigers. Gone are 2009 All Stars Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, along with 2009 Gold Glove winner Placido Polanco. The Tiers front office sold the local fans on a partial rebuild, with an emphasis on getting the team younger. Then along comes one Johnny Damon, and even though they would not pay Polanco 5 million a season to play second and hit second, they ponied up 8 million dollars for a broken down 36 year who has no chance of covering the spacious left filed of Comerica Park and will only do as good as Polanco in the lineup if he has a good year. Tiger fans are just as confused as I am.

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Coach Cal & Kentucky Hit With Recruiting Violations...

>> Monday, March 15, 2010


Kentucky Violated NCAA Rules While Recruiting Basketball-Playing Dog


HAHAHAHAHAH :)

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What 2 Watch Four: West Bracket-Week One.



The West could widely be considered the second easy bracket among the four, and with Jim Boeheim and company blatantly lying about the injury to Onuaku, we now have to wonder if the 'CUSE is truly safe for the entire first weekend....let's take a look.

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What 2 Watch Four: Midwest Bracket-Week One.



The Midwest Bracket is one of the deepest brackets that we have seen in recent memory, and the committee did not serve Kansas a silver platter, especially as the #1 overall seed. While the upper-half of the bracket appears to be favorable for the Jayhawks, once they reach the sweet sixteen they, could run into some trouble, but thats for another day. Let's take a look at each game on tap for the Midwest Bracket.

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Chubby of the Day: Megan Fox



When this blog first started, Megan Fox was our very first Chubby of the day....with our resurgence...its time to bring her back. :)

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NIT Brackets Released...

>> Sunday, March 14, 2010





Not that anyone really cares, but the NIT brackets have been released!

1.-Illinois vs 8.-Stony Brook
4.-Kent State vs. 5.-Tulsa
3.-Dayton vs. 6.-Illinois State
2.-Cincy vs. 7.-Weber State

1.-Arizona State vs. 8.-Jacksonville
4.-Seton Hall vs. 5.-Texas Tech
3.-Memphis vs. 6.-St. Johns
2.-Ole Miss vs. 7.-Troy

1.-Virginia Tech vs. 8.-Quinnipiac
4.-UCONN vs. 5.-NorthEastern
3.-Wichita State vs. 6.-Nevada
2.-Rhode Island vs. 7-Northwestern

1.-Mississippi State vs. 8.-Jackson State
4.-UNC vs. 5.-William & Mary
3.-South Florida vs. 6.-N.C. State
2.-UAB vs. 7.-Coastal Carolina

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The PMB's Beef With the Selection Committee..




Wow, its official, the selection committee has completely LOST their damn minds. Explain to me how Kansas and Kentucky, the supposed top two seeds in the tournament, were handed the toughest draws throughout this tournament? We got some beef with a few of the committee's decisions.


-How in god's name is Tennessee labeled as a six seed? This is a team that beat the two top seeded in the ENTIRE tournament! Sure, they got derailed by a buzz saw in the SEC tournament, but this is just ridiculous.

-How can Kansas land the second rated 2 seed when they are the # overall seed??? (You'll see a theme with the 2 seeds.)

-What exactly did Duke accomplish in the ACC tournament by squeaking by 3 seeds in the lower-half of the ACC bracket that warranted them jumping Syracuse for the #3 overall seed? Bias? I think so.

-Then Duke lands the LOWEST rated #2 seed overall? I'm calling it right now. The Baylor Bears win that bracket!

-Kentucky is somehow rewarded by being the #2 overall seed in the tournament by being handed WVU. WVU was the last team considered as a #1 seed and is just won the country's best conference tournament! However, to even approach that game, they have to beat Texas and their former #1 ranking! Tough draw for the Wildcats.

-I'm sorry, Utah State is not a better team than several teams that were left out. The Aggies could not beat Virginia Tech or Mississippi State. Hell, I think they'd struggle with Rhode Island.

I'm sure I'll have more bitching to do, as we break down each bracket individually throughout the week, but I'm still in shock at the ridiculous draw that Coach K and the Dukies received. He must suck a mean dick.

Get in on our bracket challenge! Winner gets a t-shirt from the store!

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2010 MLB Season Preview: Minnesota Twins


It’s kind of hard to imagine that just a few seasons ago the Twins were a candidate for contraction. Now in 2010 they open a new ball park. Of course giving up the confines of the Homer Dome is one of the big questions facing this team, which will feel like they are in limbo until they can get catcher Joe Mauer’s autograph on a big phat contract extension. They have Mauer for this year, and they might have to make a serious run at a title to keep him.


I cannot believe that they are going to play baseball outside in Minnesota in early April, or late fall. The Twins have given up one of their key advantages, they knew how to play in the dome and hit very well there. I cannot imagine, balls flying out of the new park in frigid air like they did in the dome.

While we wait for Mauer to re-up with this team, Twins fans have more anxiety over pitcher Francisco Liriano. Will he be back? Will he resemble the pitcher he was in 2006? He did put on a clinic in Winter Ball, but he was terrible last year and the Twins may need his arm to be considered legitimate World Series contenders.

The last concern for Twins fans is whether or not their bull pen is an elite unit? Closer Joe Nathan struggled late in 2009, and recently suffered a possible season-ending injury last week during a Spring Training game. Two other pitchers in the Twins bullpen are also recovering from off season surgery. However they do have late season edition Jon Rauch for the entire 2010 campaign.
 
Projected lineup

1. CF Denard Span
2. 2B Orlando Hudson
3. C Joe Mauer
4. 1B Justin Morneau
5. RF Michael Cuddyer
6. DH Jason Kubel
7. LF Delmon Young
8. SS J.J. Hardy
9. 3B Brendan Harris

SP: Scott Baker
SP: Carl Pavano
SP: Nick Blackburn
SP: Kevin Slowey
SP: Francisco Liriano

CP: Jon Rauch or Matt Guerrier (Pending Joe Nathan injury)

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Chubby of the Day: Mila Kunis





Sure, shes the voice of the most hideous cartoon character on television, Meg Griffin, but that doesn't mean she's not worthy of Chubby of the Day.

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Selection Sunday aka Heaven On Earth



Ah, the day has finally arrived. We are just seven short hours away from finding out the destinies of 65 teams and their path to super-stardom come March.

65 teams, one goal. A national championship is within their sights. What 12 seed is going to earn that matchup that will eventually turn into the usual 12-5 upset? What #1 seed is going to be handed a path that is uncross-able?

Tonight is the night these aforementioned questions will be answered.

Tonight is the night that a champion can likely be determined.

Enjoy it. I know I will be.

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