Few Tidbits...

>> Sunday, March 7, 2010

I had a big blogged plan for the upcoming championship week thats about to take place, but due to a major crash on I-79 and me sitting in a car for multiple hours, after already driving for 6...I think I'm going to have to postpone til tomorrow...With that, a few tidbits from today..

-Kentucky finished up and 18-0 Rupp Arena campaign and all but assured themselves a #1 seed with its victory over Florida.

-Northern Iowa landed a ticket to the big Dance with their victory over Wichita State in the MVC championship game. The victory by UNI has, most likely, left the MVC with one bid for the second straight season.

-Dustin Rumbaugh over at the KSR compound has a few nuggets about rumors swirling around a possible commitment at the UK-UF game today, and the smoke surrounding the Brandon Knight recruitment. Check it out, Rumbaugh is as good as it gets.

-The bubble is a flat out mess this season, and noone seems poised to step-up and seize the tickets that are being offered to the dance. Illinois was the latest to see their bubble burst with a 17 point setback at home versus Bo Ryan's Badgers.

I'll be back tomorrow with a fresh mind and a breakdown/schedule of the most exciting week of the year prior to the TRULY most exciting week of the year.


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Once Gets a Pass! Twice? Time to Bust Some Ass...

Ben Roethlisberger and his ugly mug (pictured above)are staring to develop a very unattractive trend.

Big Ben has now been accused of sexually assaulting two different women, and the second accusation comes before he has even finished settling with the first lady he groped inappropriately.

Whether Big Ben is guilty or not, when is he going to mature into an actual 28 year old adult, and understand the ramifications of being a public figure? You're 28, Ben! It's time you quit hanging out in random college bars til 2:30 in the morning and trying to tag any girl that you spot spraying tequila shots out of her nose.

Steelers fan's, and their nature to ignore the obvious, can continue to pour excuses across the interweb about Big Ben's ignorance and scream "copy cat crime," but a pattern is developing, whether they like it or not.

*One other note regarding this story...ESPN's biased nature of not reporting this story until MUCH later than the rest of this nation's sports media is downright ridiculous. Apparently, they would have to catch Big Ben with their own cameras going Brittney Griner on a female up in the club before they even reported them as "Allegations."


2010 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

THURSDAY, March 11 (All Times Central)

Noon Game 1 (South Carolina vs. Alabama)
2:15 PM Game 2 (LSU vs. Tennessee)
6:30 PM Game 3 (Auburn vs. Florida)
8:45 PM Game 4 (Georgia vs. Arkansas)

FRIDAY, March 12 (All Times Central)

Noon Kentucky vs. Game 1 Winner
2:15 PM Ole Miss vs.Game 2 Winner
6:30 PM Mississippi State vs. Game 3 Winner
8:45 PM Vanderbilt vs. Game 4 Winner

SATURDAY, March 13 (All Times Central)

Noon Game 9 (Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner)
2:15 PM Game 10 (Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner)

SUNDAY, March 14 (All Times Central)

Noon SEC Tournament Championship Game


2010 MLB Season Preview: Boston Red Sox

Things changed in Bean Town. Five of their eight defensive positions will feature new starters in 2010 over opening day of 2009. It still looks like a solid team, but one has to wonder if they have enough offense. The Yankees got better, so the Sox may be left to compete for the American League Wild Card spot again. Since a number of their stars are in the final year of their contracts, one has to wonder if this is an on the fly rebuild project.

The big minus for the Sox this time around seems to be the loss of Jason Bay. He more than filled the hole left by Manny Ramirez, but he is gone and no run producer was signed to replace him. The flip side of this argument is the Sox defense may be a lot better in 2010. Instead of trying to score a lot of runs, this club looks like they will try to prevent their opponents from scoring runs. New additions CF Mike Cameron, and 3B Adrian Beltre are the keys to that strategy.

In the starting rotation, the Sox have two issues that are really one. The first is what to do with Tim Wakefield. It seems that Clay Buchholz has secured one of the starting five spots, and Sox Manger Terry Francona doesn’t want to use Wakefield in the bullpen. Since he also doesn’t want to be a spot starter he will have to wait out some more Daisuke Matsuzaka drama. If Dice-K struggles in spring training he will be relegated to the bull pen and Wakefield will take his spot. If not, Wakefield may be the odd man out in Boston.

In the end it seems the Sox pitching is strong enough to insure another trip to the post season. Of course that will likely come via the Wild Card, but once the post season starts, it may be time for another ring in bean town.

Here's what I think the lineup may look like:

1. LF Jacoby Ellsbury
2. 2B Dustin Pedroia
3. C Victor Martinez
4. 1B Kevin Youkilis
5. DH David Ortiz
6. RF J.D. Drew
7. CF Mike Cameron
8. 3B Adrian Beltre
9. SS Marco Scutaro

SP: Josh Beckett
SP: Jon Lester
SP: John Lackey
SP: Daisuke Matsuzaka
SP: Clay Buchholz

CP: Jonathan Papelbon

On Deck: New York Yankees