Monday, April 07, 2008

This just in...

I'm a fucking genius. You see, thats what happens when I correctly pick the National Title game in my bracket. I get a little sold on my wisdom and intelligence. Unfortunately for me, I'm also a damned idiot and, honestly, the idiot shows up much more often than the genius. So despite being the only person amongst 25 or so people in my pool to pick tonight's Kansas-Memphis matchup, I'll be taking runner-up honors and getting exactly $0 for my trouble.

Oh well, at least I can point to my NBA Fantasy team being in the finals of the Wheelhouse/G:TB affiliated league as further proof of my limitless basketball knowledge. What? Oh, I lost to Slater this past week? And now I have to play TJ, who renames his fucking team every other week?

Wow, this is a little embarassing. I mean not nearly as embrassing as this , but still. How about we just get to tonight's game. Although there's a ton of really intriguing individual matchups tonight (Dorsey vs. Kaun, Rose vs. Kansas' 3 headed PG), the one I'm most interested in is Brandon Rush vs. Chris Douglas-Roberts.

I love CDR and think he's just as important to the Tigers as Rose with his size and ability to create off the dribble (Which is truly the basis for everything Memphis does on offense.) but he's yet to face somebody with the size & athleticism of Rush. If he can continue to efficiently score on Rush like he has all tournament, and year, long than Memphis will win. However...I think Kansas is just too deep along the frontline and Rush will make things tough enough on CDR to effectively slow down Memphis' halfcourt offense enough to win by 5. So that's it, its a 75-70 win for Kansas and Sasha Kaun yanking Bill Self's rug off his head in celebration.

96 comments:

TJ said...

Bobby Abreu gettin it done

Mark said...

They'll be no talk of Los Jankees in these here parts...

TJ said...

Hoops time now...

Mark said...

So...you know how people like to tell us that Women's basketball has better fundamentals and is a purer version of the game? I'd like to hear those people's explanations for the abysmal play in last night's Tennessee-LSU game, which included 11-25 FT shooting for LSU and 30% Fg shooting for UT.

Face it folks...Women's Basketball is slow, unathletic and boring. Nothing anybody can say will ever convince me otherwise.

Mark said...

TJ...Evidently the Magna Carta line is quite popular. Your boy Tony Reali used it on Around the Horn this afternoon too.

Yes, I know there's no excuse for watching Around the Horn...ever.

TJ said...

I hate those two douches

Mark said...

This is random, and nobody but me cares but a high school here in Melbourne has an alumnus playing in the National Championship for the third consecutive year. Walter Hodge each of the last two and Sasha Kaun tonight. It's a private school but its still a pretty impressive feat.

Mark said...

John Calipari: working for the San Antonio COC. He and Geoff should hang out.

TJ said...

Chaka!

Mark said...

I'm willing to bet this is the first NC game in a decade that doesn't feature a Nike program.

Mark said...

Nothing like some shitty rock n' roll, the final four and coke zero...

Mark said...

These 'We are (fill in blank)' intros are godawful.

TJ said...

You think Penny and Lil' Penny got some hookers and blow for this one?

Mark said...

Nice d Russell Robinson...

Mark said...

And Chalmers...probably the most underrated defensive player in the country...and thats a dirty play by Anderson...

Mark said...

Lil' Penny overdosed 6 months ago (pours out liquor)...

Mark said...

I was just about to comment on how much the refs are letting these teams play, and then they call that ticky tack shit on Robinson.

Mark said...

Good Lord Kansas, take care of the ball.

TJ said...

D Rose

TJ said...

Wait, was that racist?

Mark said...

Was what racist? Did I miss something from Packer?

Mark said...

Sasha Kaun!

TJ said...

The comment/assumption that the two Chicago kids wouldve met numerous times on the playground.

Mark said...

Okay...thats just good ole ingrained southern racism right there. Plus, chicago's not very big so its not like there are alot of basketball players there.

Mark said...

Douglas-Roberts is ridiculous...

Mark said...

Kansas is executing its gameplan early on

Mark said...

Collins is so damn loose with the ball.

TJ said...

That guy is fucking huge

Mark said...

So u, yeah, pretty solid game thus far...

Mark said...

CDR...CDR

Mark said...

I stole some Buffalo Chicken dip from my Mom's house...and good lord is it delicious.

rob said...

hi guys! neat game, huh?

rob said...

i was right about rose making a difference - just not in the way i thought.

Geoff said...

I'm just psyched that halftime coincided with this week's episode of The Hills. Oh LC, will you ever find love?

Mark said...

Her'e a few halftime thoughts:

- Collins's speed, strength and 9especially) his low center of gravity are bothering Rose. He can't muscle past him on the drive as well and isn't sure exactly when to pull up. When he tries to back collins down, he's getting away from his strength and bogging down the Memphis offense.

- Rush's length is forcing CDR into more jumpers than normal. He's been effective but KU has kept him off the line for the most part.

-Dorsey's on the edge of T. He's been barking at the refs all night.

-For all the shit Bill Self gets, his gameplan has been great tonight. They're working it inside and have Memphis in foul trouble and it appears as though KU's players have been instructed to play off Rose a bit and force him to pull up off the dribble.

-Memphis' 3 pt. shooting has helped keep them in this game. Well, that and Ku's inability to consistently take care of the ball

Mark said...

I'm more than a little ashamed to admit I switched over to MTV just now...

Geoff said...

I think Special K is wearing the first ever 4 piece suit.

Geoff said...

I sure hope LC takes Brody's advice and doesn't trust the Pratts. Oh...and Memphis needs to stop dribbling around the perimeter and trying to run screen rolls 35 feet from the basket. How about a post pass and some off ball screens?

Geoff said...

There were good seats still available at the Naismith presentation ceremony...

Mark said...

I've said it before, Memphis' offense is literally all about going off the dribble, either by the pick and roll or by going one-on-one. Though, with that said, they don't have a single post player I'd want to iso in the post.

Mark said...

I'm guessing Roy Williams gives a shit about Kansas right now...

Mark said...

Michael Beasley didn't win a single POY award? Really?

rob said...

that 'psycho-b' nickname never stuck.

Geoff said...

We can give him the Wheelhouse/GTB/D&S PoY award? We could hold the ceremony on Jerry's balcony/porch/smoking lounge.

Mark said...

Sounds great...We can schedule it for the next time he's back in DC.

Mark said...

I knew KU was dominating the paint, but the shot chart CBS just showed was quite telling.

Mark said...

And Kansas starts the half with a TO.

rob said...

are there any loud assassins? i would think that would tend to impair performance.

Mark said...

Antonio Anderson is a quiet assasin, huh? I don't think theres many loud assasins Billy.

Mark said...

Rob...smart guy

rob said...

great defensive possession by rush

rob said...

wow, mark. that's a little scary.

Mark said...

Rush has a lot of Josh Howard/Tayshaun Prince potential.

Mark said...

Packer complained about Memphis running the p&r for Rose in the 1st half and I didn't agree. However, he's right, Kansas is hedging out with the big man on the screen and, often, doubling Rose. Rose is making the right play and giving it up to the big so its effectively getting ball out of Rose's hands. Calipari (or rod Strickland, ha!) has to notice this.

Mark said...

Antonio Anderson is doing a nice Ricky Moore impersonation

Greg said...

Why doesn't that woman in a wheelchair just send in an absentee ballot? I'm sure people would understand.

rob said...

collins with negative plays on both ends.

Mark said...

I dont think has commented on a single thing other than commercials during any tournament games this year. That's style folks.

Mark said...

Btw, that hot blonde in the DiGiornio commercial is totally banging her husband's black friend.

Mark said...

Chalmers is an unbelievable difference maker on defense.

Greg said...

I thought that too. That fat guy who likes to give her sass in front of his friends certainly isn't "bringing it".

rob said...

why isn't billy mentioning the kansas box and one?

rob said...

thank you, cripes.

Mark said...

Has CDR been so dominant that you needed to go box and one? I dont get it, the way they were playing man was bothering Rose and Memphis and its not like KU was in foul trouble. Strange.

rob said...

agreed - it had the effect of energizing rose. that can't be what self wants.

Mark said...

As soon as I give Self a little credit...

Mark said...

Rose...taking over.

Mark said...

Brandon Rush is just not assertive enough offensively for my tastes

rob said...

kansas only has 14 points in this half. that's not so good.

Mark said...

Rose is a freak...and quickly turning into the MOP.

Mark said...

I hate when bullshit shots off the glass go in...

Greg said...

Tomorrow are they going to say he "Rose" to the occaision?

rob said...

that's just lucky, despite what nantz says.

Mark said...

Huge play. God, I want this game to be close down the stretch.

rob said...

and so it shall be

Mark said...

Arthur has great moves down low. His energy level keeps him from being an elite player. Nice upcoming possession here...

Mark said...

Sherron Collins..amikign bad decisions all night long.

rob said...

was just gonna say the same thing.

rob said...

review that 3.

rob said...

holy crap.

Mark said...

Holy effing SHIT!!! Thats an unbelievable shot.

Geoff said...

Wow

rob said...

you think calipari's gonna be a smartaas about free-throw shooting after this one?

rob said...

kansas has the rhythm. and memphis has the blues.

sorry.

Mark said...

Memphis is still very much in this game. why a 3 though?

Mark said...

Another 3?

Mark said...

I'm with Packer...theres no reason to foul there.

Mark said...

Is Collins shaving points?

Mark said...

um...the clock ran for like 10 extra seconds...

rob said...

that's fun.

Mark said...

Isn't it just a little ironic that once Memphis finally won over all the doubters, the weakness everyoe had harped upon all season long, FTs, came back to haunt them and cost them a NC?

Mark said...

CDR is the new Nick Anderson...

Mark said...

Alright, so Bill Self is gone, gone, gone...right?

Mark said...

Bears are allowed in Lowe's? I'm out.

Mark said...

I'd like to point out that I had the final, the winner and the score, by two points.

Mark said...

One Shining Moment...Yep, it still gets me.