Hump Day Sports Shots: Hurrahs and Harrumphs

reporter1It seems like everyday there’s some new rating coming out in an attempt to put some aspect of life into more hierarchy than it really is.

Lots of them are sports related. As if anything matters other than performance on the field, diamond, pitch, court or ice.

Most are pretty stupid. Example A: This season’s basketball polls in which coaches, writers, SIDs, alleged experts and other dunderheads had Gonzaga ranked “Numero Uno, Baby” at the end of this regular season past.

Today I saw the dumbest rating yet.

It purports to rank the best college basketball fan bases.

Louisville tops the list.

Kentucky is 7th. Behind some legit names, and Arkansas and Texas. Hoooooook ‘Em Pig Sooey.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, whose fans fill any arena at any point during the season, whose fan base is notorious for “traveling well,” didn’t even make the list.

Which begs the bottom line. There is not a fan base in any sport in the U.S. of A. that rivals the Big Blue Nation, when it comes to loyalty and intensity. None. Sit down, Red Sox fans, you ain’t even close.

There are members of the BBN who make Harvey Updyke seem a mild mannered man. And that Crimson Tide football fan was just sentenced to three years up the river for poisoning the favored trees of rival Auburn.

Any poll that portends to say that any fan base in college hoops is more rabid than UK is a fraud.

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Julie Hermann, why’d you have to lie about your past, darlin’?

When are these beleaguered folks going to learn that a little contrition goes a long way?

As expected, Eric Crawford provided the most reasoned, best written counterpoint to the national media hysteria for Hermann’s head.

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It was a great weekend past to be Tony.

Tony Parker was off the charts, leading San Antonio to the NBA finals, where the Spurs await the winner of Miami vs. Indiana.

Tony Kanaan was both lucky and patient in winning his first Indy 500. Which, by the by, was fascinating. The fastest ever. Most lead changes ever.

Which is more than can be said for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. Which was led wire to wire by Nico Rosberg. Those Formula One drivers are amazingly talented, but this race was, no other way to say it, boring.

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LeBron James and David West should both have to sit out the next game for their absurd double flop.

It was ballet worthy of Balanchine, but a hoops abomination. Especially given the talented players involved.

Sit ‘em down.

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Still thinking of that U of L title.

And wondering: Since the Cards won wearing those t-shirt unis foisted on them by Adidas, should the school adopt such apparel from now on? You know for branding purposes.

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I hit golf balls with a couple of pals last night at that place on River Road. Hadn’t hit a golf ball in 40 years.

Let’s just say there are car windows in need or repair. Yes, I was attempting to hit the ball away from the road.

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Gotta go now. Detroit’s got a power play six minutes in against the Black Hawks in a Game 7.

– Seedy K



  1. fred
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Re Louisville Unis. Last year it was Infared which you didn’t like. This year it was faux camou and Ts which you didn’t like. The times are a changin’. Get on board. I suspect “foisted” is incorrect, especially if you ask the players and the kids.

  2. Seedy K
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Hey, I’m the one who is asking if we should keep ‘em.

  3. doug
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Dear Julie,
    Don’t run from your past even when it’s not so pretty. It is part of you. Own it. Tell the truth. If that doesn’t work it wasn’t meant to be.

  4. fred
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    SeedyK- I’m for coats and ties if it means another banner!!

  5. fred
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    There’s just something about this Julie Hermann thing that doesn’t add up. Everyone should read Eric Crawford’s piece..who apparently had more time than the New York Times to really read the documents. The letter of 16 years ago…SIXTEEN years??? that the AD at Tennessee said they never saw, that wasn’t signed? The lawsuit that proved the coach at UL was being fired for performance deficiency? I’m not comparing the incidents but this is getting to sound like the reporting that was done on the Duke lacrosse team.

  6. Birdie King
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Re the embarassing unis – “The inmates don’t run the asylum.” Cardinal tradition means a lot more to us then a 20-year-old’s sense of fashion. !

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