Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
They just added South Dakota to the 2011 football schedule. What a bunch of pussies. They also play Oregon St (ok), UNLV and Northern Illinois in 2011. Second tier football school
In my opinion, the biggest jump is going to have to come from Lazar. Now Lazar isn't exactly underperforming this year, but considering he is going to be the go to guy next year, what better time to get a jump start on that by fine tuning his offensive game and stepping his overall game up a bit over these last 3-4 weeks.
Others might say that "Legs" is going to have to shoulder much of this, and I agree to an extent. I just don't believe that he has the confidence to really step up at this point. I will say that I was impressed with his fearlessness last night. He wasn't afraid to take it strong at Thabeet and I believe statistically it was his best game as a Golden Eagle. So I guess I shouldn't rule Legs out.
Anyhow, rather than sulking over our loss, I figured we need to look down the road and discuss any possibility of success that this team might still have. We've got a tough game on Sunday. I doubt that we will win that game, but as they always say....."That's why they play the game". Let's go MU! Let's go Otule!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
God is clearly a Mormon.
Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.
Also: I need the Big East Commissioner's email address. If those officials ever work another game at the BC, they will not leave alive.
(This is how I manifest my grief.)
I think we are going to win in typical MU fashion...close til about 10 minutes left and being at home carries us to a 5 point win. 78-73. Keys to the game for me are:
-Get big dudes in foul trouble...Thabeet and Adrien. they have a short bench as well and getting those two dues in foul trouble will help greatly (see what Providence did last night to DeJuan Blair).
-Burke needs to be able to catch and finish. Thabeet is going to try and block our guards everytime they get into the lane as their guards can't stop all of our guards. Burke or Jimmy need to be ready for the dribble pentration pass and dunk. I wouldn't be suprised if Burke has 10 tonight.
-Hold our own on the boards especially on the offensive boards. We can't afford to give them second chance points off of their misses
-Shoot the ball well from outside and the free throw line
-Play some small ball with Jimmy in for Burke to make Adrien and Thabeet guard Zar and Jimmy at the 3 point line. Yeah those big dudes are a mismatch for us but our small ball line-up causes mismatches for them.
Prediction - Marquette 71 UConn, 67. Jerel again leads the way with 23, 7 boards, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks.
This of course would lead to a HUGE game between conference leaders Marquette and Louisville.....and some of us will be there! I think it's safe to say that I'm jacked for the game tonight.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Good article on Cracked Sidewalks:
Great article from the Final Four run:
Say you have two teams -- for simplicity's sake, let's refer to them as "Michigan State" and "Wisconsin." And let's say that the coaches of these two teams both have a tendency to question every single call that an official makes; each man, apparently, is of the firmly-held opinion that his team has never committed a foul.
Now, add this to the mix: both of these teams are comprised, almost exclusively, of hacks. A basketball game involving either stands a good chance of devolving into a wrestling contest. (Apologists for the conference these two teams play in -- let's call it the "Big 11" -- will tell you both teams play good defense. Also: 94% of the apologists for this "Big 11" conference lived underneath power lines as children. The other 6% were dropped on their heads as infants.)
So, there's your situation: two teams that foul on damn-near every possession. Two coaches who go ape-shit any time there is a foul called against them, one of them making comical "I'm a mean badger!" faces and the other stomping on the floor like he's a "Riverdance" extra.
Good luck and God bless.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Apparently on the post-game show they've changed the Cyganiak Planning 6th Man of the Game Award to the Jimmy Butler Cyganiak Planning 6th Man of the Game award. Dude continues to do what he needs to do when he's in the game. That catch and lay-in from Rel at the end of the game was huge.
Friday, February 20, 2009
11. Cubs: Milton Bradley and the lovable losers have the potential to be a dicey mix, and it doesn't help that they'll need the volatile slugger to remain healthy enough to play the outfield. Kevin Gregg doesn't make up for the loss of Kerry Wood, and Aaron Miles isn't as good as Mark DeRosa, who was a great find for them. But they did keep their fine rotation intact, Aaron Heilman may be a find and they're already the favorites to import Jake Peavy at midseason.
Let's go move by move here:
Milton Bradley: don't like it.
Kevin Gregg: ain't no Kerry Wood.
Aaron Miles: ain't no Mark DeRosa (and thank GOD that fucker is gone; was there ever a Brewers-Cubs game where that asshole didn't hit a home run?).
"But they did keep their fine rotation intact..."
Well, yeah, they did, but that only involved signing Ryan Dempster to an absurd 4-year, $52-million contract. (Call me in two years; lemme know if you'd like that to spend that $13 million per on somebody else.)
And are we really convinced about the soundness of the starting five? Dempster had one great year after four years in exile in the bullpen. Zambrano's stats have been in a consistent decline since 2003 (did you realize he only struck out 130 guys last year?), and he had to be shut down twice last year (albeit briefly) because of a balky shoulder. DickHard is a mortal lock for two trips to the DL. Ted Lilly ... will throw 82 mph and confound the Brewers every time he faces them. Fine, I concede that one. And who's the fifth starter? Sean Marshall? Samardasijzakjla? Aaron Freaking Heilman?
I'm not saying that it's not a good group, nor am I saying that it's not a better rotation than the Brewers starting five. Alls I'm sayin' is that there's a couple sticks of dynamite there that could blow a hole in that team.
Enough with the Cubs. Heyman tosses the Crew with the rest of the dregs of the league in his "losers" column (though he calls them "non-winners," apparently having been brainwashed by the political correctness police):
24. Brewers: They caught a tough break when the losses of both Sabathia and Ben Sheets netted them only one second-round pick (for Sabathia). Braden Looper should help, but it's hard to imagine what they see in Eric Gagne again. Their fine nucleus of everyday players is going to have to do a lot of meshing.
Can't much quibble with the first point, though it's hard to classify anything involving Ben Sheets and his ever-expanding claptrap as a "tough break." After living the Ben Sheets Experience for six years, I'd say Capt. Snatch going on the free agent market only to eventually reveal that he still has a shredded elbow tendon and never properly rehabbed it, thereby necessitating surgery that he wants the Brewers to foot the bill for, and ending the chances that any team will sign him before June and costing the Brewers a draft pick ... yeah, that'd fall under the heading of "business as usual."
Re: Mr. Looper. I remain firmly in the DID NOT WANT camp. And let me finish Mr. Heyman's sentence for him: "Braden Looper should help ... deflect some of the fans' hatred for Jeff Suppan, because he undoubtedly will be just as shitty." There. That's better.
I'm not ready to talk about Eric Gagne yet. Check back next week.
Finally: I don't know what this sentence -- "Their fine nucleus of everyday players is going to have to do a lot of meshing" -- means. I'm hoping that last word is a typo, because it doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense. They have to 'mesh'? You mean, like this (possibly NSFW)? Methinks you might've meant to say 'mashing.'
Thursday, February 19, 2009
On Oct. 1, Wisconsin law changes to apply the 5% sales tax to digital downloads of music, books, games, etc. Will you comply with this new law?
Please e-mail Steven Walters with any comments.I'm sorry, I believe I misread that -- the question again, please?
Will you comply with this new law?
Ah. My mistake. At first, I thought you were soliciting comments from people regarding whether they planned to break the law in the near future. As it turns out: that's exactly what you're asking.
Wisconsin law prohibits people from taking dumps on other people's lawns. Are you planning to do so in the next week or so? Please email us if you are; we'll send a photographer out to get a shot.
Please, newspaper industry: stop prolonging this thing and die already.
Don't they know we HATE the Badgers?
Some props to Rubes for the name
Mentions the payroll discussion
Admittedly, I intend to watch the Wisconsin @ Indiana game tonight. I'm looking forward to the classic Bo Ryan vs. Tom Crean match-up. It will be nice to see Tan Tommy give Bo a cold post-game pat on the shoulder.
My only problem is I'm torn about who I should root for in this match-up. Part of me says I should remember the good times with Crean at Marquette and root for the underdog. But then again, I still have a sour taste in my mouth about how classless Tan Tommy's departure from Marquette was and it might be nice to see him get blown out by the Badgers.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
How the hell are the Illini ranked??? They have scored less than 40 points twice this year! Charlie and I were horrified at the putridness during the Buffet field trip to commie territory. They were afraid to even attempt to finish against the Badgers' "legendary" front line of Jon Leuer, Tim Jarmusz (Beeker) and Marcus Landry (Little 'Bro). Instead, they settled for jumper after jumper, most of which hit the rim - unless Alex Legion was shooting, those were air balls. They even allowed J-Bo to attempt a dunk. Mind you, J-Bo is VERY white, VERY short and VERY unathletic, so he tricked it Dylan Page style.
The really sad fucking thing is that both of these teams could be in the tournament. Fucking Big 11. This shit is so exciting that they get their own craptastic network on which to air this face melting excitement. I can't wait for women's field hockey to start on the BTN - I hear that Northwestern's team is awesome - and in HD. I think I can see their hairy legs from here. Christ, get me a fucking drink.
Nice second half last night...glad to see it looked like the stepped up the intensity. Always helps to have a 5 point play. There were some pretty nice stat lines last night:
Wes-24 points, 4 boards, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 turnover
DJ-13 pionts, 8 assists, 6 boards, 7 steals, 4 blocks, and 4-4 from the line
Jerel-13 points, 6 boards, 7 assists, 5 steals
Zar-14 points, 6 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Too many turnovers as a whole, but I attribute that to a lazy first half and overall a poor shooting night, but things improved in the second half.
Jimmy Butler continues to impress and as long as we don't get into foul trouble there's no reason why our the big 4, burke and jimmy don't get 95% of the PT.
Overall, we are 11-2 and tied for first heading into murderer's row. Steal the G-town game (which is very doable) and we are in good shape.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
A few weeks ago I sent someone at Sonic an email inquiring about the opening of Sonic resaurants here in our great city of Milwaukee. I had not heard back until this morning.
The person I emailed at Sonic had sent my email to the Advertising/PR firm after she discovered it in her spam (good to know that Sonic's email filter is up to par. I would spam me too). I then received a very nice email about my inquiry.
They are very excited (as am I) to be opening the new restaurant in West Milwaukee. She even checked out our blog and noticed that we have talked about this event and Sonic in the past. Not only did she thank us for doing that, but she also wants to send a MYSONIC card to me to have us head over there. How awesome is that?!
I know that I will be there on opening day and I plan to file a full report. The only question is... who's coming with me?
And seriously, the people at Sonic are fricken awesome. What other corporate giant (not sure if they are a giant, but they are in my book) would respond like this and offer to send free stuff.
Thank you people of Sonic.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Things that I enjoyed:
Ugly sweater parties
Black music that black people don't listen to anymore
Promising to learn a new language
Appearing to enjoy classical music
Comparing things to Hitler
Menus with no decimal places
Having Gay friends
But the best part was Wrigley Field...where I quote:
"Also many white people listen to Jim Croce (whom most think is black) and the perception of most non-Chicago people (the majority of Cubs fans) of the Windy city is through the song “Bad. bad, Leroy Brown”
Well the south side of chicago
Is the baddest part of town
And if you go down there
You better just beware
Of a man named leroy brown
This is one of the main reasons why people do not venture to watch the Chicago White Sox. They are located on the South Side which is viewed as the “baddest part of town” where of course black people named “Leroy” live."
BTW - Lunardi has us as a #4 in Portland against UNI. UCLA looms in the second round. Ick!
It was a pretty good race and even though it was stopped early due to rain I really didn't care since Matt Kenseth won. He definitely didn't have the fastest car (Kyle Busch or Mark Martin did) but had himself in the right plane at the right time. Only led one lap, but he lead the most important one. Good ol' Dale Jr. caused a wreck that was entirely his fault but he "ah shucks, oh geez'd" his way out of the blame in his post-race interview.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
With Valentine's Day approaching, let this be a lesson to all Q@theB readers that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". Please do something nice for your sweeties... or at least keep your STDs to yourselves. I'd hate to end up reading about any of you on some other blogspot.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I'm waiting for the love messages between Zone and D3S to scroll by.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Pitchers and catchers report in less than a week! Very exciting times. This time is also very exciting if you are Ben Sheets. Sheets is in line to really stick it to his old team this year. Not only did he not accept a contract last year (thank you), but he is also without a job because he didn't have surgery over the off-season. I thought he was going to have it and just assumed he did. He didn't, and now he has been caught.
He was all ready to sign a two-year deal with Texas. Apparently he forgot that he had to go through a physical. During the physical, they found out that tendons were ruined and would need surgery in order to be fixed. Hooray!
Well, what does this mean for the Crew? It means that Sheets is really screwing us by costing us draft picks. If he doesn't sign, we get nothing. What are the chances he signs now that he needs surgery that will most likely knock him out for the entire season? (A normal "athlete" would be able to recover and come back for the final couple months or so of the season, but we know that Sheets is not what we like to call an "athlete" in top form.)
So where does this put us? Well, we are not getting the pics we thought for Sabathia because the Yankees put out a crap ton of money for Tiexera. We will get some kind of pick for Shouse. Now we get nothing for Sheets. We went from thinking we were going to have 4 picks in the first 40 or so, to maybe one or two now.
That blows. At least we don't have to worry about watching Sheets and his vagina fall apart on the mound this year.
I used to stick up for this guy. What was I thinking.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
1. Score - 56-57, our lowest point total of the year and 26 lower than our season average.
2. FG% - 38.9%, i've seen worse but this is skewed because of our 2pt vs 3pt %
3. 3 pt FG% - 16.7% (4-24)!!!!! Are you shittin' me? Just when you think these guys have turned the corner and cut down on their 3pt chucking, they do this. However, it's not the amount or the type of shot that they took.....it's the fact that when you obviously aren't shooting well, don't continue to shoot the long jumper and attempt to penetrate more which is your strength anyway. This is ALMOST the most frustrating part of the game.
4. FT % - 43.5% (10-23)!!!!!!!!!! Again......Are you shittin' me? This is ala Memphis of last year. There's really nothing to say here other than, it's fucking free throws! Anything less than 70% from a guard oriented team is just unacceptable and IS the main reason why we lost the game.
5. Dominic James - I love the guy! Have defended him for 3.5 years regardless of his shot selection. He knocks down is 1st 3 of the night.....and it was pure, nothin' but net (I proceeded to text Reid and say "uh oh, look out, James hit his first jumper" meaning it looked like James was going to have a big night. I couldn't have been more wrong. After his first make, he missed his final 8 3 point attempts going 1-9 on the night.
6.Other notable "performances" - Lazar 2 for 9 and 0 for 4 from 3; Acker 0 for 3 on wide open 3 pointers.
Negatives: MU proved all of the doubters to be correct last night. Our hopes of winning a Big East conference championship took a major hit last night, and in doing so, also lessened our chances of securing a high NCAA seed.
Positives: 1. One great thing about playing in this conference is the opportunity for redemption. The team turns around and plays a good Villanova team on the road. They can "right the ship" by going into Philadelphia and leaving with a victory. While losing to USF is disappointing, a win at Nova makes a 2-1 road trip. Still very successful in this league.
2. Wes Matthews appears to be ok. Our season was on the verge of taking a 180 when we were losing at South Florida and Wes layed on the floor clutching his knee after an incredible block on a fast break. Again, the loss blows but we walked out of their with a full roster. And with the incredible success that we've had as a team thus far, our health is more important at this point.
So to anyone standing on the top of a building ready to jump: Last night's game was the anomale of all anomale's. I'm just going to completely forget about it because that is the farthest from who we really are. We are 9-1 in the Big East and tied for first place! Not even I thought we would be 9-1 at this point in the season. We still control our own destiny! We are going to play a good Villanova team on Tuesday, a good Villanova team that we match up well with. Even if we lose that game, we follow that game with home games against StJohns and Seton Hall which should equate to victories and will put us at 11-2 going into our final 5. I'll take it.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Furthermore, when he arrives we will already have 3 other guys that are 6'10" or taller in Mcmorrow, Otule, and Roseboro. So I guess I hope that Buzz sees this guy as a no doubt starter over the other 3 guys during his 2 years. Because if it turns out that he's not that much more talented than the other 3 bigs, we waste a scholarship on a 2 year role player when we still had a good 1.5yrs to spend that scholarship on something else ie. a guard considering we will have 8-9 guys that are 6'6" or taller that year. I hope that Buzz isn't pulling a Crean here ie. overstocking on a particular type of player due to experiencing a lack there of for a year or 2. I obviously know nothing about Clark, so who knows......maybe this Clark kid is going to step onto campus and be an absolute monster. Well, we have 1 scholarship remaining over the next 2 years so I hope Buzz spends it wisely.
And a special congrats to Tan Tommy this morning on his first Big 10 win against conference powerhouse Iowa.
Upon winning Coach Crean jumped up and down on the scorer's table screaming "It's Indiana bitches! It's Indiana! Booyah! In your face! I told you I was a legitimate coach and could make this shit happen!"
At the press conference following the game, Crean was animated downing multiple diet Pepsis and providing plenty of sound bites. "It only took 8 conference losses but I knew it would come eventually" said Crean when asked about his first Big 10 victory. Questioned about his plans for after the game, Crean stated "I'm going to go home and stick it in Joanie. She's a Harbaugh you know!".
Despite the loss, Iowa's Todd Lickliter remained relatively upbeat. "What can I say, we looked like a bunch of idiots out wandering about" said Lickliter "but that's what we are." Referencing his teams standing in the Big 10 Lickliter added "At the end of the day, I'm satisfied that we're still on top."
Indiana, riding the wave of a huge victory over Iowa, next faces Michigan State, coached by Crean's mentor Tom Izzo. Asked about prepping the team to face Michigan State Crean stated, "I'm going to take all of those guys to LA Tan for a little R & R. It was hard earned victory and they deserve it. As for Michigan State, we've dodged this bullet so long," Crean said "Well, here it is. So nine games in, we're going to do it."
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I tried posting the video put it kept getting messed up, so just follow the link.
It kept coming up too big... that's what she said! Oh yeah!
I'm not going to break this baby down line by line. The blog/column is apparently about the fact that the Brewers have three fellas on their staff who have managerial experience -- Macha, Willie Randolph, and Sveumy. (Yosty!) As per usual, MikeHunt doesn't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing; on the one hand, he thinks it's probably beneficial for a team's staff to have a buttload of managerial experience, but on the other, he's concerned that a dynamic might emerge where the players are running to Sveum or Randolph if they don't like what the top dog is doing.
Anyway, for some reason, MikeHunt decided to toss in this nugget near the end of the piece:
Macha, Randolph and Sveum project success more than failure. They're smart baseball people who should make this work without resorting to the good cop/bad cop routine that define some coaching relationships.
It could have happened last season at Marquette, with Buzz Williams as the good cop when things got tense between Tom Crean and the star players. If that were the case, Williams deserves even more credit for how he has handled things this season. That's because sometimes the good cop gets walked on when he assumes a position of authority.Couple things:
(1) Since when was this column about Marquette?
(2) Putting relevance aside ... what the fuck are you saying? Did this happen last year? Have you heard rumors that players were going to Buzz when they had problems with Crean? Hell -- did players have problems with Crean?
Or, as I strongly suspect, are you saying: "I have no fucking clue if this happened or not, and I don't have any evidence to back it up either way, but lemme toss some wild speculation out there to support an argument that I'm not even sure I'm making?"
What's that you say? There is some evidence?
The right people usually figure it out. Apparently, Williams has. "I've been incredibly hard on this group of guys," he said recently.
Oh. So, in fact, the only evidence you've got -- a quote from Buzz -- indicates that Buzz wasn't playing Jeff to TC's Mutt last year.
But, hey, you know what they say -- never let facts get in the way of a good argument. (Unless you're not making an argument, and you're just doing everything you can to get to 600 words so you can mail this puppy in and fire up Redtube.)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Jerel is a beast. 28 (or 26 depending on site), 8-16 total shooting, 5-8 of 3s, 7-7 from the line, 6 assists, 4 boards, 4 steals, 4 blocks. I can't wait for the quituple double on Friday. I'll ignore the 5 TO's for now. Another nice quiet night for Wes and he really was huge during our bad parts of the game. 18 pts (or 20) 8-10 overall with 7 boards. I'm really starting to love Jimmy. he comes off the bench boards the ball, catches the guards passes (he's our new Ooze) and finishes 7 points and 6 boards. DJ had 2 huge shots towards the end that were the daggers. 15 points, 4 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals.
Absolutely love the 57% shooting and made 14 throws (both DJ and Butler missed 4) than they attempted. they actually were 5-12 from the line. That Walker guys is going to be a major pain in the ass, but he put up some horrible shots. i love this team and can't wait for Friday! half way home and we've got 20 wins all ready.
Monday, February 2, 2009
All right clowns - question of the night or tomorrow:
I immediately began laughing out loud at the thought of Amber being hauled out of Tailgate 2k4 (?) via wheelchair. I'm afraid that after a week of vacation my co-workers may think I've lost it.
Anyway, if this beer is cold and delicious (and I expect it will be) we may need to pick up a keg for Tailgate 2k9 and go with the old school theme of "First one hauled out in a wheelchair wins". Since this will be D3S last tailgate as a free man, I put my money on him being over-served but the odds are tight given Kirby's 2k8 performance.
- We aren't great defensively. Currently 56th in the Pomeroy defensive rankings. We have given up 50%+ shooting to Dayton (53%), NC State (51%), Providence (56%) and Georgetown (54%). A few other teams got close - Tennessee (49%), Rutgers (49%) and DePaul (45%)
- We don't have an inside presence. I know, it hasn't hurt us yet, but we have UL's front line, Blair and Thabeet to deal with coming up. Each of those teams have more weapons to hurt us than ND did
- We have no depth. We have avoided foul trouble well, but what happens if/when Jerel or Wes or Lazar exit with 2 fouls early?
- We have a negative rebound differential and we haven't played any of the bigger teams in the league yet
- Just a question - will Dom's FT shooting hurt us?
Things that are damn good:
- 4 guys who can score 20+ points in every game. That effing amazes me
- We dominate the second half. Look at Nova, WVU, ND, G'town, Providence - the seniors take over
- Only two more tricky road games - DePaul and USF. Any other road loss would be understandable
- Great 3 point shooting and overall FG % - our boys take good shots. Jerel leads the league in 3FG % at over 50%!
- Good free throw shooting. Zar leads the league at 90%! The key is to have Dom inbounds the ball in crunch time
- Maybe Jimmy has turned the corner
- A 3 (!) game lead in the race for the #4 BET seed. Holy crap! We've also beaten all three teams immediately below us in the race for the double bye
- An absolute snakepit atmosphere at the BC. Two toughest games remaining are UConn and Syracuse. We have a great chance to win both of those!
I know this was a rambling post, but I had to get some of these things off my chest.
MU undefeated in 2009 and looking like a legit contender for the Big East title
UW currently on a 6 game skid, MikeHunt is even writing negative columns
Huskers picked up a New Year's Day bowl win
Good Super Bowl, though I only watched 1/2 of it
Scored tickets to the MU-UL game
Life is good right now, let's enjoy the ride!!
Note: negative post to follow around lunch time.
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 9:16 AM
To: Zone Defense; D3S; E$; Reid, Sheets
Subject: RE: Section 8's Newest Sponsorship
If Dwight "Workout Warrior" Burke starts more games than Mbawke, I will give you my right kidney. I will personally carve it out with a butter knife and put it in a bag of ice so you can sell it on the black market. This is my pledge to you, Zone Defense
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 9:01 AM
To: Rubie; D3S; E$; Reid, Sheets
Subject: RE: Section 8's Newest Sponsorship
Sounds like a Joe Chapman wager is needed to settle this. I'll bet Burke starts more games than Mbawke.
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 8:57 AM
To: Zone Defense; D3S; E$; Reid, Sheets
Subject: RE: Section 8's Newest Sponsorship
I do not know many things. But I do know there is no chance in hell that Dwight Burke starts over Trevor Mbawke next year.
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 8:55 AM
To: Rubie; D3S; E$; Reid, Sheets
Subject: RE: Section 8's Newest Sponsorship
So the line-up is as follows:
Starters: PG-DJ, SG-Jerel, SF-Matthews, PF-Hayward, C-Burke
Bench: PG-Acker, SG-Cubillan, SF-Fulce and Butler, PF-Mbwake and Hazel, C-O'Toole
If my math is correct that's one extra scholly which IMO we bank for next year when we can sell this program again and say to top recruits, look 4 of 5 starters are gone and there's plenty of help needed in the back court. And it also appears that now instead of being guard oriented, we have a tone of 6-6 athletic guys, a problem we dealt with a lot last year. Buzz just needs to keep doing what he is doing, make that nice run next year and all will be fine.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Everything else swirling around in my brain that is not clouded my malted hops has to do with what might be the best team I've ever had the privilege to cheer for and follow. This Marquette team is scary good. I just always feel like the Amigos will not let us lose. It's fricken awesome.
We have 4 players that are in the 1,000 point club. 4! The only other team with that is UNC. We have a team with heart. A team with swagger. A team with the biggest set of cojones ever. I don't want to put the cart before the horse here, but I would stack this current team up against any other in MU history. This is probably stupid, but let's compare them to the 2003 team...
PG - What a tough match up. Diener vs. James. I'm not even sure which is better. James plays defense that is light years ahead of Diener. Diener has a shot that if James had, he would already be the leading scorer in MU history. Both are unshakable though and lead their team with that thing that you can't coach. They just have it. This one is a push.
SG - Holy crap. Wade vs. McNeal. I remember that when McNeal was getting better over the course of his freshman and sophomore years people made comparisons to Wade. I thought it was just ridiculous. Maybe not so much. McNeal is a freak this year. He still hasn't perfected that Wade bank shot, but he's trying. He shoots more, No.... Yes shots than Wade did, but Wade was too special. I give the edge to Wade here, but not by a lot.
3G/SF - Matthews vs. Townsend. This is a pretty good match-up. I give the nod to Matthews though because he is having a ridiculous senior campaign. This is the type of player he could have been if Crean knew how to use him and not make him the 4th option. I love me some Steven Todd Townsend, but Wes has him here.
SF/PF - Hayward vs. Merritt. Junior year Merritt against junior year Hayward. When Merritt could actually play the position he was meant to play, like he did in 2003, he was one hell of a good player. With Jackson on the inside, Merritt could play his game. He was awesome this year, but he is no match Lazar. Lazar is just that good. It is starting to get to the point that whenever he shoots, I'm pretty sure it's going in. He also has a nose for the ball of the glass.
PF/C - Burke vs. Jackson. I have an undying love for all things Dwight Burke. But here, he has no shot. We don't get to New Orleans without Robert Jackson. 'Nough said.
Bench - The bench on the '03 team was pretty ridiculous. Novak, Chapman, Sanders, Bradley, and Grimm. Novak was obviously the main man off that bench, but we can't forget the big shots that Chapman and Bradley hit along the way. Sanders was doing his Terry Sanders best (another Va Jay Jay personal favorite role player) and Grimm saw the floor a couple times. This year our bench leaves something to be desired. But you can't count these guys out. Jimmy "Legs" Butler is looking better every game. He is a very good player at maintaining control on drives. Mo Acker is a pesky little guy that will infuriate a point guard while he is playing defense. Pat Hazel, well he is 5 fouls but he has shown some glimpses of a solid role player (do I see a new favorite for Va Jay Jay's favorite role player emerging?). Besides that, there is a drop off on the bench. Cooby is not the same Cooby of old. Surgery on both shoulders and a weak knee will do that. Fulce and Otule have been limited by injuries, so we have no idea what we've got there. Then there is Frozena... hey, we needed a white guy. The edge here would go to the '03 squad.
Overall, an interesting comparison that we think about for now. Did I need to do this? No. Am I even correct on my assessments? Probably not. Oh well. Pick it apart in the comments. I just love Marquette basketball. Enjoy the ride everyone.