Tuesday Pot Shots (& I’m not talking Marijuana)

Question du Jour. What do Russia, France, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Austria and Belarus have in common that the U.S. of A. does not?

If you answered: A chance to win the Women’s Futbol World Cup, that would be incorrect.

If you said each of those European countries has a survivor in the women’s quarterfinals of Wimbledon, give yourself a “Hip Hip” and order up a Pimm’s Cup.

Can I get a vowel? Those left include such well known names as Tsvetana Pironkova, Dominika Cibulkova, Sabine Lisicki and Petra Kvitova.

Where is Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly when American tennis really needs her?

It looks like the incredible run at the top by Venus and Serena is about over. Not that they were ever really beloved by the tennis world. Because, well, you know, they were, you know, just different. They’re dad was/is a putz, and, you know, kind of uppity. Plus, where’s the fun of watching sisters play for a Grand Slam title as this duo has done on several occasions?

Which begs this question: How can Caroline Wozniacki, who has never won a Grand Slam title, be ranked #1 in the world?

I almost want to give Bud Collins a call and ask him what’s the deal? Almost, but not really.

Coach Cal’s Contract. All I can say is Good for Him.

Okay, I can say more, but it’s really about the rampant inflation of college coaching contracts in general.

Is any coach at any level, let alone collegiate, worth $4-$5 million a year? I guess the Mitch Barnharts and Tom Jurichs and Gene Smiths of the world think so. Then again I guess I must think so. I’m paying an exorbitant amount for the privilege of buying U of L football and basketball tickets every year, so I’m contributing to the ridiculous largesse Rick Pitino deposits in his bank account each payday.

Which is not to mention — but I shall do so at this juncture — that Steve Kragthorpe, as talent deprived as he may be, has fallen up the coaching ladder again. He’s making $700 Gs to bring his offensive magic to the Bayou Bengals.

Be warned. Baton Rouge could burn opening night. Oregon’s high scoring Ducks come to the bayou. If Kragthorpe’s underwhelming offense doesn’t match the Quack’s penchant for a point a minute, thus derailing LSU’s national title aspirations, no homily is going to save Steve’s ass from the wrath some seriously ragin’ Cajuns. True Blood will flow.

Questions du Jour, Part Deux. Where are Branch Rickey and Walter Alston and our homie Pee Wee Reese, when we really need ‘em? Is it time for the Dodgers to return to Brooklyn?

Speaking of baseball . . . One guy’s opinion: The change in aluminum bats power potential has changed the collegiate game for the better.

Game #1 of South Carolina vs. Florida was an old school extra inning thriller. None of this last team to bat with a bunch of bashers wins crap.

Enough beating around the Bush, Let’s talk Hoops.

1) CBSsports.com’s Jeff Goodman has listed his Top 20 non-conference games for next season. Click for a link to the blog.

And, lookey, lookey, who might be a playah again on the national scene? (None too soon I might opine.)

The University of Louisville Cardinals.

Goodman lists three December Cardinal games. Whoever is East Carolina Tech gonna play to fill their athletic department coffers, now that the Cards’ early season schedule is approaching legitimacy?

Cards have home games with Vandy (12/02) and Memphis State (12/17). And venture to Lexington for a New Year’s Eve date with Kentucky.

UK and the Tar Heels also make three appearances on the list.

Trumped by two schools with four each: Florida and Xavier.

2) Former Fighting Irish star, the ever lovable Ben Hansbrough will play in Germany next year. Uh, Ben, don’t let the departure gate hit you in the ass on the way out of the country.

3) The Big Blue Nation should be smiling at Sir Charles Barkley’s reflections on the recent NBA draft. He opines that Brandon Knight is his pick as best of the point guards taken. And that he’d have drafted Enes Kanter first.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. cbcard
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Sort of wonder how long it will take the Tiger fans to get pissed at 4 yard passes on third and 7.

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