Pitino Goes Mini-Cal, Siva’s Not Sosa, Recruiting Shtick, Tiger’s Peeved & Mo’: Thursday’s Tit-For-Tat

All Glare, No Froth. Several readers have already inquired this a.m. if I know at whom The Rick was looking daggers squared after the final buzzer last night, while the rest of the gym was suitably celebratory?

I didn’t see it. But, my guess, from hearing the post game comments, is that George Goode was objet d’ venom.

The 4th stringer apparently missed setting a pick for Preston on the Cards’ final play. Which is why Siva had to pull one out of his ass for the game winner.

In GG’s defense, he was at the rim for a follow, should Siva’s shot not fallen. Speaking of Siva . . .

. . . Freudian Slippage. (And I’m not talking about the poor TV sucker who inadvertently typed Jew York Jets on the screen during last week’s AFC title game.) I’m talking about all the people in recent weeks who mean to say “Siva” but say “Sosa” instead.

Doc Ken says the similarity and faux pas may be for this reason. The Rick didn’t let Siva play through his mistakes last season as a freshman. So Siva sat and watched how Sosa played, and processed the situation as “I need to play like Sosa. That’s what coach wants.”

Siva does drive too much to the hoop, ending up in the forest without knowing the way out.

But, he’s not Sosa. Siva’s leadership qualities are significantly greater. His desire to succeed as a teammate is much greater. One guy’s opinion is that Siva is going to be a really good point guard for U of L.

Siva is not Sosa.

Besides, he threw one in over the tall timber for the game winner last night. It’s a good thing.

Speaking of frosh point guards . . .

. . . Some Props for Russ Smith. In yet another of his inexplicable substitution patterns, The Rick played little used R Smith in the 2d half against West Virginia, instead of his favored Elisha Justice.

Seems like Russ was on the court when the Cards were storming and he contributed significantly.

A Fortuitous Circumstance. I, for one, think we’re blessed that Brett Favre is not playing in the upcoming Super Bowl.

Tiger Woods is back on the links this week. Which means he’s taken over as the prima donna of choice.

Doesn’t like his starting time. Doesn’t like his course assignment. And this is for the pro am.

Just seems to me that the blogosphere, as vast as it is, wouldn’t be big enough for both of these guys at the same time.

FredetteAboutIt. Now that’s something I wish I’d thought up myself. Most clever phrase. Some BYU fan had it scrawled on a sign at last night’s showdown with San Diego State.

When I blogged last night, the score was tied at 44. From then on, it was All Mormon All the Time. BYU rolled.

Both teams are now 20-1 on the year. Both teams are legit.

As is Jimmer Fredette. Who reminds me of the legendary Pistol Pete Maravich, without the passing chops. After watching most of last night’s tilt,

I’m convinced that either one of these squads — though likely not both — could make it to the last weekend of the season.

It’s always stunning to see players of color wearing a Brigham Young uniform. Given how none of them are among the chosen 44,000 and all.

Breathlessly Awaiting The Word. That was the exact phrase one scribe sarcastically used when asking Jody Demling last night where Jon Davis is going to school. The Eastern High pigskinner, considered among the state’s top players, committed to UK a long time ago. And, now, it is said, he’s torn between the Cats and Illinois and U of L.

Another recruiting insider, not Demling, offered that Davis will probably choose the Cards.

That same source indicated that Seneca star DeMarcus Smith will honor his commitment to Charlie Strong. I’m advised that Smith’s relationship, whatever the extent of it, with Central Florida comes through a familiar name to Cardinal fans.

Brandon Bender. Who now is apparently acting as a go between for high school athletes. A runner for some higher up or another.

– Seedy K

2 Comments

  1. Mark
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Seedy, with any luck in NCAA bracket pairings, the Jimmers might well make the final weekend. They’re very efficient, offensively. Of course, with any luck, Oakland could make the Elite Eight . . .

  2. cbcard
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Brandon Bender??????????????????????

    Oh he of great talent below the neck and none above? You gotta be kidding.

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