Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Finally...Greg has returned to the Dean Dome!!

That's right, I'm back baby. I've thought about coming back on a couple of other occassions, but I relented because I felt like my last post should stay up for awhile as a testament to my unbelievable stupidity (Seriously, how could I have chosen Ohio State just a year after they were throttled by MY Florida Gators?). Actually, its because I've been somewhat busy and I no longer work in an office (read: I've got better things to do with free time than sit in front of a computer writing this drivel), so there's another excuse to put on file for my chronic absenteeism. Anyway, since today is National Signing Day (post coming tomorrow...I swear) and tonight brings us Duke-UNC, I figured there was no better time for me to jump headfirst back into the deep end of blogging pool.

Everybody who follows college basketball loves to watch UNC & Duke battle, even if its only to root against one of the traditionally excellent and annoying bluebloods. However, this game has always been a little more special to me than most fans. I was a diehard Duke fan growing up (blame Quin Snyder and later Bobby Hurley) and always looked forward to it as if it were a Final Four or NBA Playoff game. In fact, one of the worst sports-related memories of my childhood is missing the Jeff Capel game because my mother didn't want to wake her sick son to watch what my Dad informed her would "probably be a blowout". Even though Duke lost that night, finding out I had missed such a historic game was a tough pill to swallow for a kid who was so in love with college basketball as well as the Blue Devils.


Surprisingly, I do not hate the Tarheels (growing up in Florida will do that). I actually quite liked the program prior to the arrival of Roy "I could give a shit about North Carolina" Williams and even attended basketball camp there in 9th grade with our compatriot Gregory F. Halderbroogle.


And that's where this story takes a twist, while the media is trumpeting the return of Dick Vitale this evening, the real story is the return of Greg to the Dean Dome for this historic rivalry. Sure, Greg's a little older, a little slower, alot more of a drunk and has virtually no jumpshot left to speak of but his return is sure to bring out the Carolina great tonight. You know, guys like Henrik Rodl, Kevin Salvadori and Scott Cherry. Oh yeah, they'll all be there. With a cast like that, how could this night not be magical?


I'll be here all night live blogging in the comments and hoping for some postgame reports from the Treehouse via Mr. Halderbroogle. See you around 9.

101 comments:

Jerry said...

USA vs. Mexico on the Deuce. I'm not sure which I'm going to focus on. I really like beating Mexico. And we're got Teejay's girlfriend Julie Foudy on the set.

Jerry said...

Pedro Gomez is hanging out with the Mexican tailgaters.

rob said...

the one time i actually want to watch dickie vee, the game is blacked out on espn in favor of raycom. i've got billy fucking packer.

also, gerry mcnamara's girlfriend is ridiculously hot.

Jerry said...

Sean May isn't missing many meals.

The crowd for the game is 80% Mexican. In Houston.

Mark said...

Alright, sorry 'bout that. I had a late buisness phone call and some dinner to attend to.

Jesus, has Sean May gotten fat or what?

Mark said...

TJ thinks Julie Foudy is good looking. My girlfriend nearly broke up with me when I told her that once (about myself, not TJ).

Mark said...

Has anybody ever figured out why the first UNC-Duke game is always blacked out on ESPN?

Mark said...

Can't say I WANTED to listen to Vitale tonight but I could've lived without Packer...

Mark said...

Magic win by 16 over the Nets with Jameer Nelson getting off the bench for the first time in a week. That contract he signed this summer is already looking bad, just wait until a year or so from now. He's pretty much the definition of untradeable.

Mark said...

Kyle Singler is really versatile for a young big. He and Nolan Smith both have the potential to be great at Duke. Smith could be a 1st rd pick if he becomes a point full time.

Mark said...

Has a mexican player died his hair white?

Mark said...

Goaltending or not, that was an impressive block by Henderson.

Also, why is Central Florida considered "ACC territory"? FSU is 5 hours and 3 D-1 programs away.

rob said...

i approve of julie foudy.

rob said...

really young usa side tonight. looking forward to seeing a lot of these guys at this level.

Mark said...

Fun with translations: Carlos Blackmouth. Sure, its no Joe Table but still, it makes me laugh a little.

Mark said...

Quentin Thomas looks pretty overmatched tonight

rob said...

wouldn't that be charlie blackmouth?

Mark said...

Indeed it would...jerk.

Mark said...

Rob: evidently you and I had nearly identical answers to TJ's query about seeing Journey (re: That Marky Mark movie 'Rockstar')

Mark said...

The refs seem a little offensive foul happy tonight

rob said...

yeah, i told him it was imperative that he go and report on the outing. i'm quite certain he won't remember enough to do the reporting part.

Mark said...

Nice run and cross by Donovan

rob said...

i hate hansbrough and really wish he were on my team.

rob said...

goooooallllllllll

Mark said...

Carolina's defensive pressure started to bother duke late in the half. Paulus doesn't have enough speed to make teams pay for overplaying him out high.

rob said...

can't spot a header any better than that.

Mark said...

nice creativity by Donovan there. that was a really impressive finish too.

Mark said...

I hate Hansbrough too but I'm confident that I'll really enjoy watching him getting his shots thrown back in his face in the NBA. He turns right into defenders on his post ups. That isn't gonna cut it at 6'8/6'9" and somewhat unathletic.

Mark said...

That Ben McCauley highlight against Wake never gets old.

rob said...

he'll be a slightly better mark madsen.

Mark said...

What's the over/under on the # of times Vitale has mentioned that Paulus has a brother who plays QB at UNC in the first half? 5? 10?

rob said...

wow, no chance for howard there.

Mark said...

That's about right on Hansbrough.

While we're making in-race player comparisons, I overheard some black guys at the gym today saying that Hansbrough and Laettner were very similar. Ummm, no. Other than being white and over 6'7" there's not a damn thing about their games that is similar.

TJ said...

And Mark, what handsome gentleman alerted you to that spectacular highlight?

Mark said...

Missed it. Fucking dirty mexies.

Mark said...

Some guy who uses fruit for illegal purposes...Speaking of...

rob said...

altidorrrrrrrrr

rob said...

awesome

Mark said...

I missed another goal? fuck. jozey does rule though.

Mark said...

Lance Thomas has absolutely zero discernible skills. I always find myslef wondering how he was a Mcd's All-American.

Mark said...

Anybody remember when Greg Paulus couldn't kick in the ocean from the shore back when he was a freshman?

Mark said...

Evidently Quentin Thomas read the comments at halftime...

Mark said...

How many 3's does Duke have? I'm having Tennesse flashbacks...

Mark said...

Did Rob fall asleep at halftime again?

Jerry said...

We're really exploiting our size advantage over the malnourished mexicans. I have no idea how Dempsey's goal got disallowed. We've finally got some forwards who can put it in the net.

Mark said...

Wow...4 on Nelson. That's huge.

Mark said...

I'm a big dempsey fan...aside from the rapping of course

Mark said...

I'll say it, its way too easy to draw a charge these days. It hurts the game. I blame Derek Fisher and Manu Ginobilli

TJ said...

Billy Packer is making my ears bleed. Like Star Trek 2 style,

Did Roy Williams Just faint?

TJ said...

I think it would be cool for Peter Frampton to do bah mitzvahs.

Mark said...

Is roy williams dying? (fingers crossed)

Mark said...

Mmmmm, Bojangles...

Mark said...

There were a lot of rumors at the McD's game last year that Taylor Kign was a huge douche and all the other players hated him. Maybe it's b/c he's a gunner of epic proportions

TJ said...

"How many balls has Scheyer had on his chest?"

Jerry said...

These basketball guys are moving around real fast and not getting anything accomplished.

Mark said...

Jerry sounds british...I bet he's smoking a fag right now...

Mark said...

That was a very, very impressive set piece.

Mark said...

Lance Thomas is playing well in the 2nd half. And, Hansbrough plays awful D. How come nobody mentions this?

Mark said...

As I type that Hans gets a typically ugly, semi-horseshit and one opportunity.

Jerry said...

Drew Moore is complete pants.

Mark said...

He's fucking killing Duke when he gets it though.

Mark said...

Why wouldn't Tim Howard just shave his head?

TJ said...

I get it Rocky Dennis Proactive works...

Mark said...

Yeah Howard! Kick that Mexicans ass!

Jerry said...

I think the appearance bar in Liverpool is pretty low.

Jerry said...

Jersey style.

Mark said...

i know a lot of people don't like Coach K, but he's tremendously flexible from a offensive standpoint. he's not beholden to his "system" He's done a great job tailoring his system to this team's collective strengths. It's similar to what he did with the Williams/Dunleavy title team after Boozer got hurt.

Mark said...

Bob Sura (currently featured on a Food Lion commercial), an extremely underrated college player. He was all by himself at FSU after his freshman year.

Mark said...

In terms of annoucner man-love, Kyle Singler is the next Hansbrough.

Mark said...

What a late call on Thomas! That's argument material in pickup.

Jerry said...

February thunderstorm = TV out for 5 minutes. Unacceptable.

Mark said...

Ellington really can't get a roll tonight.

Mark said...

This game isn't quite over, though I have trouble seeing where UNC gets the offense.

Jesus, Duke's trying to give this away. What kind of fucking pass was that from Paulus?

Mark said...

Duke wins, no more Packer for at least a couple weeks...

TJ said...

You gotta bring it to tha PTPah...

Mark said...

A little Suns-Hornets OT action...nice.

Mark said...

Chris Paul has 42. Wow.

Mark said...

The NBA has one of the "Where (blank) happens for every NBA team. Not surprisingly, Marion is featured on the Suns' ad. Might want to pull that from here on out.

Jerry said...

NY Metro Area - where overpaid lottery bound disaster happens.

Mark said...

The Suns are so soft, New Orleans has had Paul, Bobby Jackson and Jannero Pargo on the floor together for most of OT.

Mark said...

That was good Jerry. Learn to play a little piano and you're all set.

Jerry said...

Barbosa has the best sexy voice name in sports. This game is pretty good.

Mark said...

The most underrated part of this trade from the Suns perspective is dumping Marcus Banks' awful contract. He is a truly awful PG.

Jerry said...

I'm not the RZA. I'll just loop that shit.

rob said...

mike d'antoni and steve kerr are certainly acting like they know something we don't know.

Jerry said...

WOW! This is excellent.

Mark said...

This game is fucking awesome.

Jerry said...

I think it's pretty simple. They thought they couldn't win a championship with that team. The window is closing. Marion wanted to leave anyway. So they rolled the dice. I think the results are somewhat unpredictable.

Mark said...

I've actually come around on the Shaq trade a little bit.

Mark said...

Marion's a huge douche that was killing that locker room and had been a sore spot for awhile. They're going to miss his D on the wing though.

If Shaq can get healthier he's going to help. He's already shown a willingness to take a lesser role and he'll give them some rebounding and presence. Plus, when they do go to him in the post, he's going to get preety open looks due to the Suns' ability to shoot the 3.

Jerry said...

I wonder what the Suns call Diaw. I have trouble seeing them call somebody "Boris."

Jerry said...

Can we talk about how the Hornets uniform designers haven't adjusted to the fact that it's not 1995 anymore?

Jerry said...

I think if I moved to Phoenix I would become a marginal Suns fan.

Mark said...

They are fun to watch.

The thing with the Hornets unis is they'd have to completely abandon teal...which I don't have a problem with.

Jerry said...

I think you have to drop the teal or the purple.

WWOOOOWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark said...

Good God this game is fantastic!

Mark said...

I think its gotta be the purple. If you're in NO then the purple and gold has too much significance.

Mark said...

Holy SHIT!!! That is a true dagger.

Jerry said...

The last 2 NBA games I've watched have ended with big smelly looking Europeans draining buzzer-beaters from the wing.

Mark said...

Its a global game Jerry.

Mark said...

Nash had as many turnovers as the entire Hornets team. Thats all for me.