Ahh, What's That? Why, it's Your Bubble Bursting..

>> Tuesday, March 2, 2010


You hear that?

Bubbles are beginning to burst all across the country, and it's time for The PMB's personal breakdown of bubble madness....

The ACC is a conference that is usually represented on the better side of the bubble, with many teams already locking their tournament position into place prior to the conference tournaments. However, 2010 has been much different than the norm. We've saw the struggles of 'Ol Roy Boy and his mediocre Tar Heels and a resurgence by Sweaty Gary and those Terrible Terrapins. There are four teams that are sitting squarely on the bubble, with several of those teams having bubbles on the verge of going "PLOP." Clemson, VA Tech, GT, and FSU are all in a position where they need to some late season wins to "solidify" their position within the tournament field, especially VA Tech. Tech made an early push during the beginning of conference play, but has fallen off as of late, including a heart-wrenching double OT loss to the aforementioned Terrapins. If the season ended today, my ACC bubble would have this image..

Clemson-Currently solidly on the better side of the bubble. Clemson sports an RPI of 27 and an (8-6) ACC record.

Georgia Tech,-Currently on the better side of the bubble. A decent RPI is currently saving the Yellow Jackets, but they cannot afford to falter down the stretch.

Florida State-Barely on the better side of the bubble. FSU needs to finish strong down the stretch to solidify their resume as an NCAA tournament team.

Virginia Tech-On the bad side of the bubble. VA Tech played a non-conference schedule that is as soft on the nose as aloe kleenex and the Hokies have struggled against RPI top-50 foes. The Hokies need a strong finish and an admirable performance in the ACC Tourney to find themselves in the tournament field.

Big East
Ahh, ESPN's love-child, the Big East conference. Since UNC and the ACC is suffering from a severely down year, by their standards, and ESPN had to apply a reach around somewhere, and the BIG EAST has been on the receiving end. A conference that was developed specifically as a basketball powerhouse, because of their short man syndrome when it comes to NCAA FB, has continued to excel this season. The middle of the pack schools within the conference are beating each other up on a daily basis and they have developed a bubble log-jam that would make an ADD suffering seven year old ecstatic. While the big east has 5 teams (Syracuse, WVU, Villanova, Georgetown & Pitt) that are solidly in the field, the middle of the pack teams are fighting for position every day of the week.

Louisville,- The offseason antics of The Slick One, Ricky P, have lingered into this season and struggles on the basketball court have been a result. The Cardinals have suffered from a bit of the Shutter Island disease, but it appears that they are firmly on the better side of the bubble. A winning big-east record and an upset of the Orangemen on their home floor have allowed the Cardinal's and their 12 fans to breathe a little bit easier.

Marquette,-The Wisconsin Dwayne Wade's were blistering out of the gate, struggled during the middle of the season, and have resumed their winning ways during the latter half of big east play. Marquette sits at 10-6 and currently are defeating the aforementioned Cardinals on ESPNU. A shaky RPI(49) keeps Marquette on the bubble, but a win tonight and they punch their ticket to the dance.

UCONN,-The dirtiest program in the NCAA was left for dead just a couple of weeks ago, but with the return of the Mafia Master, Jim Calhon, UCONN has returned to its winning ways. If UCONN performs well in the Big East tournament and doesn't falter down the stretch, their big wins and #2 SOS will land them in the tournament. Talk about a 10 seed that nobody would want to see!

Cincinnati,-Lance Stephenson and company are sitting on the bad side of the bubble and are in dire need of a couple of more victories to claim a ticket to the tournament. A (7-9) Big East record and some wins that were squandered with poor play down the stretch, leave Cincy in need of some serious wins and help to land in the dance.

Seton Hall,-If there is an uglier player in America than Jeremy Hazell, I haven't seen him. It's for that very reason I refuse to give The Hall any chance of landing in the dance. Well, and Eddie Griffin's dumbass used to don the Pirate's uniform. In all honesty, the Pirates need to finish the season without a loss and have a decent performance in their conference tourney. Chances of that happening? About 3.7%.

Notre Dame,-Remember when everyone thought Luke Harangody was the straw that stirred the Irish's coffee? Apparently, we were wrong in making that assumption. The Irish have looked their best with their "star" player sidelined with a knee injury (Two top-25 victories). However, they struggled the majority of the season and Harangody and company feasted on enough early season cupcakes to make Charlie Weis and his FUPA extremely proud, and need a strong showing (Semi's or better) in the conference tournament to feel comfortable about landing a bid.

Big Ten(11) and Big 12 bubble scenario's to come tomorrow!


Drinks On Coach! : Maker's Mark To Feature Coach Cal On Bottle‎

The University of Kentucky, Keeneland and Maker's Mark unveiled a limited-edition bottle of the world-famous bourbon on Monday honoring the new University of Kentuckybasketball coach John Calipari, whose face appears on the label.

A bottle has been released annually since 1997, with proceeds benefiting various UK projects. This is the second year that proceeds will support the UK Symphony Orchestra and the School of Music's outreach program to visit third- and fourth-graders statewide.

The 24,000 numbered bottles are expected to go on sale April 2, the opening day of Keeneland's spring meet. The bottle probably will retail "in the high $40s" if retailers take their normal markup, Maker's Mark president Bill Samuels Jr. said.

A bottle signing is scheduled April 9, the day of the Grade I Maker's Mark Mile. It will be trackside at Keene land with Calipari, Samuels, and Keeneland president and chief executive Nick Nicholson.

The proceeds from the 18,000 bottles are expected to be about $200,000, Maker's Mark said. UK officials said they hope to secure matching grants that will increase funding to more than $1.2 million.

Limited edition bottles

1997: Green wax, tan label — Keeneland bottle — 5,000 produced.

1998: Green wax, green label — Keeneland bottle — 5,000.

1999: Gold wax, gold label — Keeneland bottle — 5,000.

2000: Green and gold wax — The Empty Bottle (the label was tucked inside) — 10,000.

2001: Blue and white wax, blue ribbon — Kentucky Basketball Legends bottle — 7,500.

2002: Blue Wax, silver and blue ribbon Bill Keightley bottle — 7,500.

2003: Black bottle with gold accents — Secretariat bottle — 18,000.

2004: Frosted clear bottle with gold accents — Seattle Slew bottle — 18,000.

2005: Silver bottle with black accents — Affirmed bottle — 18,000.

2006: Silver wax, black ribbon, frosted bottle — Rupp's Runts bottle with silver label showing Coach Adolph Rupp and the five Rupp's Runts — 18,000.

2007: Blue wax, white ribbon, clear bottle — The Unforgettables bottle — 18,000.

2008: Blue wax, white UK logo ribbon — Coach Joe B. Hall — 18,000.

2009: Blue wax, white UK ribbon Coach Rich Brooks - 18,000

Maker's Mark


The John Wall Dance has Jumped the Shark...

Every college basketball season, something ridiculous decides to pick up steam and we are lambasted with the aforementioned ridiculousness by the media and fans who have no idea when to let something die..

Let me preface by saying, John Wall is the man and more than a great basketball player. He's been nothing short of a model citizen and student since gracing the streets of basketball heaven, Lexington, Kentucky. However, the transition of the John Wall dance from humorous midnight madness gesture into a thing of national prominence has been ludicrous.

John Wall danced it, Kentucky fans mocked him from the Great Wall of China to the hillsides of Eastern Kentucky, albeit dressed in camo, and ESPN chronicled it, but the day that every wannabe rapper in Raleigh, North Carolina decided to turn it in to their claim to fame is the day I quit appreciating the John Wall Dance.

Say hello to a fella by the name of Cash..

and some group by the name of Troop 41.

When did you become bored with the John Wall Dance? What finally made you say, "Enough is enough?"


What? What's that??

Yeah, yeah.....I know what you're thinking.

This bastard has cried wolf about seventeen times on us, and screaming that he's back and better than ever...

I realize that I've done that several times, but I want to think this time is different. I now have a good friend who is willing to put in the time and effort with me needed to help maintain this blog at the capacity that I feel it needs maintained. Sam will be joining The PMB and hopefully, you guys will enjoy his input, and he's a baseball fan, to boot.

Kris may even stop by with some sarcasm and bullshit posting upon occasion, and myself, I hope to be able to post as much as humanly possible. Work has been keeping me busy, but it also has me stuck in a hotel room with little to do in the evenings besides gambling my money away on West Virginia slot machines.

So, all I ask, is give The PMB one more opportunity to provide you with some sports info, ridiculousness and the occasional joke about Charlie Weiss and his lovely FUPA. If we fail to provide this time, then feel free to tell us to pull a Rae Carruth and attempt to disappear.