Monday Musings: Marra, McMurray are Magnifico & Much More

“There’ll be potholes at Daytona before this U of L team wins a big one!”

Uh, hmmmm, well . . . who was it that said just the other day this Cardinal team is toast?

That would be . . . me.

But I did say I hope I was wrong with my dire assessment. And still do. Given the schizy nature of this group, who knows what mindset will show up on Wednesday night? Will the W in the LoudHouse spur the Cards to a post-season run? Or will it prove an inexplicable blip on the radar screen? Stay tuned, it’s Fun Time in college hoops.

Mike Marra: The kid was jinxed by The Rick’s proclamation of his shooting prowess. But, after watching him play a couple of games, observing his athleticism, instincts, jumping ability and willingness to get that big schnozz of his mixed in the fray, I told anybody who would listen this. The kid’s a keeper. He plays D. Does the dirty stuff. And sometime in his sophomore or junior season, he’ll start reigning 3s and fans will go, “Oh yeah, I remember, that’s why we recruited him.”

Not that I’m patting myself on the back or anything. But this kid’s gonna get plenty of ink before he graduates. Rim shot, please.

Jared Swopshire: How efficient was he against The ‘Cuse? In only 17 minutes, he was 4/6 from the field, grabbed 5 boards and had 3 assists. Given that he’s still a work in progress, I forgive his couple turnovers and key missed FT.

Ralph Willard: The guy in the 2d chair actually took charge several times during yesterday’s game. That’s what Card fans have been waiting for.

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Who knows what was up with Coach Cal and DeAndre Liggins early on. Maybe it was like The Rick and Ellis Myles. Liggins needed to put the ‘tude on the shelf and get with the plan.

Whatever? He surely has bought in. Which has meant more minutes for him and less for the eerily passive Darius Miller.

DeMarcus Cousins: I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat. His immaturity is UK’s biggest stumbling block for a national crown. He’s incredibly talented. His inside game is a wonder to watch. Agile and way not fragile. Except for his temperament. He pouted against the Vols. What’s gonna happen if Cole Aldrich or some other talented and husky big un starts to push back in the tournament? Is the Wildcat wunderkind going to stay focused? Or lose interest and start thinking of what he’s going to wear to draft day?

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How come the males in pairs figure skating feel compelled to wear such frilly outfits?

I gotta tell you, my knees ached just watching the moguls.

And, if there are athletes more fit than those cross country skiers, you gotta show me.

Speaking of exercise, does shoveling the walk count?

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I’m not sure why the pundits fret that the pot hole situation at Daytona Speedway will somehow adversely affect the love affair much of America has with stock car racing?

We gonna love us some Dick Trickle no matter what.

But that sure was some delay yesterday. I began to feel sorry for the announcers.

I’ve got a suggestion: Repave the damn race track. It’s been awhile.

I liked the idea of just leaving the service truck with its flashing lights over the pot hole and making the drivers finish the race, driving around it. Now that would have been fun to watch.

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I sure think it’s a really competitive year in college hoops. Not as much brilliance at the top, but there are lots of feisty clubs with talent in the Top 30.

Parity is manifest. Rutgers beat Georgetown yesterday, for heavens’ sake.

Northwestern may actually ride that Pete Carril O to the Dance. Kansas State is another team emerging from a Purple Haze you don’t want to be playing in March. And there are plenty more.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, one guy’s opinion, is separating itself a bit from the pack. But Kansas is far from an impeccable force.

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I broke my vow and actually watched some of the NBA all-star game.

15 seconds worth.

Those 108,000 fans in the JerryJonesDome sure were quiet.

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Anybody seen Tiger Whatsisname?

– Seedy K


  1. fred
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    The best pothole comment was Dale Earnhardt, sitting in his car waiting for the git-on-with-it signal: “I think they’re gonna just put a cone on it and we’ll drive around it.”
    I watched by FAR the best part of the All Star game: Sharika at half-time. Now them’s some moves.
    Who’s Tiger?

  2. fred
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Actually, her name is Shakira and I’d rather watch her than LeBron.

  3. cbcard
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Swopshire: absolutely a great per minute performance but this is the second game that our best free throw shooter missed the front end of a vital one and one. That part scares me.

    Reminds me of a college frat bro (a very smart guy) who started at a D-III school. I kept the shot charts for the coach my last two years. I discovered my bro was a 70% shooter when he caught and shot and a 20% shooter when he thought about it. Swopshire may be too smart for his own good.

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