BEast Roars, Big Blue Pitino Props & Mo’: Sunday Snippets

I know the weather has been so wacky lately in so many places, that I’m wondering what in the name of Storm Thunder Team Television Forecast what’s goin’ on?

Well, I don’t need John Belski to come out of retirement to explain it all to me. Read on.

I now have empirical evidence that 1) Hell has frozen over, and 2) the earth has shifted on its axis.

For your consideration, allow me to present my proof:

Exhibit 1: As much as I’ve been on The Rick for various and sundry omissions and transgressions this season, my brickbats have been sponge compared to those of UK’s Biggest, Bluest Big Blue Booster, Matt Jones. The attorney, blogger, TV wag takes every opportunity he can to diss U of L, Cardinal fans and the former Kentucky coach. Constant derision. Hurled with impunity.

Until this morning. Check out these astonishing observations of Jones’ on the Cardinal coach.

For once, words truly fail me.

Exhibit 2: Steve Lavin’s St. John’s Redmen, er Red Storm, stand 4-5 in the Big East, 12-8 on the season. Less than two weeks ago, they were nuggetized into chicken tenders at the Yum!, losing the U of L by 25. It wasn’t that close.

Between that game and today, they lost twice in the conference, by a deuce to Cincy at home, and 52-77 at Georgetown. In their last six games, before today, they were 1-5.

This afternoon, in a game of so little interest I took my beagle Abbey to the Cherokee Dog Run, St. J hosted Duke.

Final Score: St. John’s 93, Duke 78.

Do not refresh your screens. That is not a typo.

Don’t look at me. I didn’t watch a play. I haven’t a clue how it happened. Other than that axis thing.

Exhibit 3. During SEC games on ESPN, and perhaps elsewhere — they may do it in the NBA now — they’ve taken to interviewing coaches during the game. Of course, it’s when time is out. But, I’m not talking halftime. I’m talking during play stoppage in the middle of a half.

It is the most egregious intrusion by TV into major sports ever. (Those cameras on the field in Vince McMahon’s short-lived pro football fiasco don’t count. That was not “major sports.”)

Can you imagine, a camera and mic in Adolph Rupp’s face during a timeout? Red Auerbach’s.? Didn’t think so.

I rest my case. No wonder there’s snow on the ground one day, and the next we’re walking in shirtsleeves in the park.

– Seedy K


  1. Big Smooth
    Posted January 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Observations: The Rick has geniusly done the same thing defensively for the last four years which no one has adjusted to….. take the zone from his mentor at the ‘Cuse and melded it with his press to drain clock….coaches/teams don’t adjust and take BAD shots….exhibit 1 check UConn’s last possessions in regulation….team in the lead at home and they shoot 2 free throws in the last 8:00….lot of bad jump shots.

    It’s 1/30, kids are tired of practice, airplanes, hotels, bus rides, etc. for meaningless games.
    There is a stunning level of averageness among all the squads (except for maybe the Buckeyes)

    Money talks and ESPN is writin’ the checks.

  2. cbcard
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Forget Red and Adolf, I’d love to see them try it with Bobby Knight or Woody Hayes.

  3. cbcard
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    But I bet Digger would have done it if he had the right color highlighter handy.

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