The PMB Pick 'Em T-Shirt Challenge...

>> Tuesday, March 9, 2010




The PMB enjoys a pick 'em challenge as much as the next person, and while we're not offering a $10,000 dollar grand prize, we are offering your choice of a t-shirt from The PMB's store!

We've set up a tournament challenge group over at ESPN.com and we want all of you to join in on the fun. So, get to signing up folks! The winner, once again, will win its choice of any t-shirt that is available in The PMB's store.

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EA Sports - It's In The Game!


There’s been a much chatter over the Tiger Woods videogame series, since news crept out that the "golfer’s one wood kept falling in the wrong holes." EA Sports, has mostly stood by its man through the scandal, and recently confirmed Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011 will launch June 8th.
EA just unveiled the boxart for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, and it’s curious to say the least. For the first time ever in the franchise’s twelve-year history, Woods is joined by another golfer: 20-year-old Northern Ireland rookie Rory McIlroy.
So the next inevitable question is: WHY?  EA’s own press statement says McIlroy’s appearance reflects the game’s inclusion of Ryder Cup play, with players able to choose from U.S. or European teams of golfers. Good cover up?

That might well be the truth,or it could be that EA is pondering a future beyond Tiger. After all, Woods has still to return to golf, and McIlroy would seem a decent heir: a clean-cut, up and coming talent who is widely rated in golfing circles (he’s currently ranked ninth in the world). Player Profile

One theory I find intriguing is that EA can’t rely on more Tiger scandals not coming out, so they’ve wheeled McIlroy in, just in case Tiger’s penis goes AWOL again.

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What the Hell Happened in Stoors?



Many predicted a deep Big East conference run by the UCONN Huskies and a chance to re-establish themselves on the bubble, but all hopes a dance ticket were popped emphatically by a Red Storm in Madison Square Garden.

Can anyone explain to me the absolute meltdown that occurred within the UCONN program this season? This is a team that is STACKED with talent (maybe not the same talent that UNC floundered, but we'll discuss that later) and a core group of guards who should have lead this team to, at least, 23 wins. Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson & Stanley Robinson is a trio that many would expect to lead a team deep into March, but apparently it gets you shellacked by 22 points by St. Johns in the first round of the Big East tournament this season.

How can a team that took Kentucky to the brink, beat Texas handily, and most recently knocked off WVU and 'NOVA in big east play, look so pathetic down the stretch? Were the Calhoun distractions too much to handle? Was there an internal issue in the locker room that we have yet to hear about?

What do you think happened in Stoors that lead to a disaster of a season, by their standards?

Let's hear your opinion...

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Championship Week--What 2 Watch 4--Tuesday Edition



While last night lacked the buzzer beaters that we have come to love during championship week, we were blessed with some great games and a look at teams that could cause some damage come the opening weekend of the Big Dance. Siena, St. Mary's, Wofford & ODU all punched their tickets to the dance and all four of the teams will cause higher seeds trouble in opening round games. However, the one thing I took from watching the games last night was Omar Samhan may be the most annoying player to grace the floor since Jared Dudley.

Yes, this Jared Dudley.


Samhan is the low-top wearing, moob-possessing, ghetto kid that puts up absurd numbers for the Gael's. I tried hard to give this kid a chance and appreciate what he does with his extreme lack of athleticism, but the more I watch him, the more I dislike him! If you didn't get the chance to watch him last night, I want you to come back and let me hear your opinion when you see him in the NCAA tournament. If he doesn't drive you absolutely insane, I want a list of five legitimate reasons, and I'll let you be guest blogger for the day!

Now onto tonight's possible tournament ticket's. I was an unflattering 2-2 in my predictions last night, but who in the world expected St. Mary's to knock off the Zags?

Horizon

Butler has developed into a program that receives noteworthy praise from the beginning of the season and are stacked with Sweet-16 talent this season. Lead by Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard the Bulldogs bulldozed through the Horizon with an 18-0 record, including two double digit victories over tonight's opponent, Wright State. The PMB expects nothing short of a double digit victory tonight. The Raider's don't have the upper echelon talent needed to stick with the Bulldogs.

Sunbelt

It seems like its been decades since The Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky haven't represented the Sun Belt in the NCAA tournament, but tonight they are absent from the Sunbelt championship game. Troy and North Texas both finished tied atop the regular season standings with 13-5 records, with North Texas winning the lone game between the two teams, 75-72. North Texas is the better defensive team and comes in riding a ten game winning streak. The Mean Green win a close one tonight by the slimmest of margins.

Summit League

The Oakland Grizzles and IUPUI Jaguars both steamrolled the competition within the Summit League this season and their game may be the most exciting on tap tonight. The teams split their season series, but the Grizzles ran into a buzzsaw and lost by a healthy 24 points on the Jaguar's home floor. IUPUI's offensive firepower will once again be too much for the Grizzles to handle and the Jaguars and their shoeless coach punch a ticket to the dance.

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2010 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament


First Round - March 09, 2010

  • #16 DePaul vs #9 USF
  • #13 St. John's vs #12 Connecticut
  • #10 Seton Hall vs #15 Providence
  • #11 Cincinnati vs #14 Rutgers

Second Round - March 10, 2010

  • #8 Georgetown vs #16/9 winner
  • #5 Marquette vs #13/12 winner
  • #7 Notre Dame vs #10/15 winner
  • #6 Louisville vs #11/14 winner
Quarterfinals - March 11, 2010

  • #1 Syracuse vs #8/9/16 winner
  • #4 Villanova vs #5/12/13 winner
  • #2 Pittsburgh vs #7/10/15 winner
  • #3 West Virginia vs #6/11/14 winner

Semifinals - March 12, 2010

  • 2010 Big east Basketball Tournament Semifina

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  • 2010 Big east Basketball Tournament Semifinals Game 2

Championship - March 13, 2010

  • 2010 Big East Basketball Tournament Championship

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2010 MLB Season Preview: Atlanta Braves


After 14 consecutive division titles, the Atlanta Braves have not been to the post season since 2005. 2010 will be Manger Bobby Cox’s last year with the club so we can bet that they would like to make the playoffs in his final year at the helm. After winning 86 games in 2009, and having the sixth best run differential, the Braves fell short of their post season goals, but they come back in 2010 with a pretty solid team that could threaten for the National League Wild Card.

The biggest question for this club is how good is the pitching staff? With a surplus of starters they team traded Javier Vazquez; they also dealt reliever Rafael Soriano and allowed Mike Gonzales to leave via free agency. Now the bullpen is anchored by closer Billy Wagner, and set up man Takashi Saito. The starting rotation 1-5 may be the deepest and best starting rotations in baseball. It is anchored by Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens who both finished 2009 with a sub 3.00 ERA. The Braves also have Tim Hudson now a year and half removed from Tommy John surgery.

Another concern is the status of Troy Glaus and his shoulder. The Braves are betting that move to first base from third will reduce the wear and tear on his shoulder, but Troy has only played six games there. The Braves need him to regain to 2008 form where he hit 27 home runs. Braves first baseman hit just 19 homers last year, and 12 of those were hit by late season addition Adam LaRoche. The Braves need Glaus to be productive at the plate or they could struggle.

Even with a pretty solid roster, there are questions that the Braves might not have enough offense. If they can score enough runs they have closed the gap between themselves and the Philadelphia Phillies, in that case they should be amongst the teams contesting for a wild card playoff birth. If they cannot score runs, more trades will need to be made.

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

1. CF Nate McLouth
2. 2B Martin Prado
3. 3B Chipper Jones
4. 1B Troy Glaus
5. C Brian McCann
6. SS Yunel Escobar
7. LF Matt Diaz
8. RF Melky Cabrera

SP: Tim Hudson
SP: Derek Lowe
SP: Jair Jurrjens
SP: Tommy Hanson
SP: Kenshin Kawakami

CP: Billy Wagner

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AL East Predictions - The Playmakers vs. The Public


Ladies and Gentlemen, the public has spoken. According to our recent poll, 46 % of the votes say the Boston Red Sox will win the AL East with a close second being the New York Yankees. Well guys, we completely agree with you! The Playmakers have chosen the AL East Division Champion and the order of finish for the rest of the division.

The Playmakers AL East Predictions:

1. Boston Red Sox - The Red Sox face questions despite their acquisition of Lackey, but do not hold their breath regarding age, which gives greater stability in the heart of the rotation and the slight edge over the Yankees.

2. New York Yankees - The Yankees brass hopes one will grab the fifth spot by the throat and develop into the big league pitcher the organization envisioned after seasons of inning limits and careful planning.

3. Tampa Bay Rays - The Rays are a few steps behind the Yankees in offense and can compete with the Red Sox with the bat, but it will be their pitching that will determine the fate of their season.

4. Toronto Blue Jays - The Jays may have the arms to compete in the division in the future (including top prospect Kyle Drabek), yet the staff needs another couple years of seasoning to topple the AL East.

5. Baltimore Orioles - The Orioles have far more questions than answers to compete in the AL East.

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