Hump Day: Cousins Calls Back, Curling Too Close & Crean’s Crimson Not

While I’ve come to abhor the incessant woofing and chest puffing that’s seen all too often these days in sports, I’m giving DeMarcus Cousins a pass this time. UK’s behemoth pivot man went 19/14 on the Bulldogs last night. His pouting was kept to a minimum.

And after most of his good plays, he put his hand to his ear with a talking on his cellphone gesture. Which was just alright with me.

This is far from the first time those fans in Starkville were up to no good when a highly ranked Wildcat squad came to town.

If memory serves, one of The Baron’s squads had to endure an unusual distraction one season, when Rupp matched wits with the always wily Babe McCarthy, then the Mississippi State coach. McCarthy would slow the games to a crawl. Final scores in the 20s, or less, as best I recall.

And, one year there was a skunk under the UK bench. Or, so I seem to remember. Anybody else recall that?

Anyway, the Cats were down 7 last night with 3:00 to play. They held the home team scoreless the rest of regulation and made up the deficit to make it to overtime. During which extra time, they took over the game.

Conference W. On the road in mid February. Against a legit team.

It may be UK’s biggest victory of the year. They closed the deal — as they should have — with maturity and resolution.

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This is for my buddy David, who is forever harping on what great athletes golfers are.

To which I still say, Feh!!!!

But they are indeed such if one considers curling a sport.

I know, tradition is tradition. But, gimme a break. Shuffleboard on ice does not deserve to be thought of in the same breath as cross country skiing or four hell bent for leather four snowboarders on the course at the same time downhill races.

What a crock curling is.

The U.S. women’s team was nudged by Japan on a measurement. That’s right, a measurement. At the end of the match, some official — and where was Jim Burr when we really needed him? — came out with this compass-like calibrator and awarded the W to the gals from across the pond.

I called David to make sure he was tuned in, but he didn’t answer. I called my man Bill, a/k/a Mr. I Watch Every Minute of the Winter Olympics, but he was too busy celebrating Fat Tuesday at a local “cajun” eatery, munching on formerly frozen crawfish bites.

So, I guess this is falling on deaf ears. I may have been the only fellow here in Hoopsylvania tuned into that exhilarating curling encounter.

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There’s no doubt that, in the long run, Tom Crean made a smart move to Bloomington. But, as improved as the Hoosiers are this season, this youthful squad is still a long way from being a contenda.

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There are “must wins” and then there are Must Wins. The Cards MUST beat the Irish tonight and the Blue Demons on Saturday if they want to go dancin’. And, I’d even opine, the Ws must be accomplished with panache. Not Johnny Weir panache, but done stylishly and dominantly.

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Southern Cal’s meeting with the NCAA Infractions Committee starts tomorrow. It’s an old joke, but I’ll trot it out one more once. The sanctioning body is liable to get so pissed at the Trojans, they penalize UC Santa Cruz’s Banana Slugs with three years probation.

USC AD Mike Garret say he’s embarrassed by the whole ordeal. Well, duh, I imagine.

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. Mr. Bellarmine
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Good stuff.

    By the way, how about a Bellarmine update? The Norris Place Knights have a couple of huge games coming up (Thurs. and Sat. nites). Think you might be able to attend and report back to this out-of-state fan?

  2. fred
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    In speaking with my daughter last night, who resides deep in Buckeye Land and has ALL the sports channels, they were tuned in to curling as well. I understand cricket is big outside the contiguous 48. We just haven’t caught on. When curling adds trash talking, AAU teams, steroids and more violence, it will catch on in the USA. And David’s right. Golfers *are* fantastic athletes. You don’t admire Tiger’s endurance?

  3. Wildcat
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    The skunk story is absolutely true..back in the days of Bailey Howell….and the Mississippi state legislature forbidding the Bulldogs from playing against any team with players not Caucasian..hence no trip to NCAA as I recall.
    The crawfish, by the way, were great

  4. Joe
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    How about a plug for the Knights today or tomorrow?

    They take on Kentucky Wesleyan (top 5 nationally) Thursday night at Knights Hall. This year’s edition of the Knights didn’t start off as hot as last year’s, but they’re coming together just the same.

    Saturday they take on the University of Southern Indiana who was undefeated until Monday when Wesleyan knocked them off… both games should be tremendous match-ups.

    Plus, no UofL, UK, or High School games Thursday. It’s a great night to give some local kids some credit that they seldom recieve.

    Go Knights!

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