I am sure everyone is busy trying to get loose ends taken care of before the end of the year. I have all my shopping done – which means my wife completed out shopping – I did buy her gift, all by myself! And I did a fine job, thank you very much.
I hope you have a good holiday and safe travel as we take time to forget about work and focus on family and friends. With this “time-off”, there will be plenty of sporting events to watch. The other day we had No. 2 Texas beat No. 9 Michigan State and No. 1 Kansas beat a tough California team.
So here are some very Quick Hits before I go into a Christmas Cookie Comma.
Final Four = Two Conferences?
There is a very good chance that in the Final Four, we will have two teams from the Big 12 (Kansas and Texas) and two from the Big Ten (MSU and Purdue). What is missing? A team from either coasts, the SEC, Big East or the ACC.
Look at the rankings and tell me other than Kentucky, who looks like a legit team?
- No. 3 Kentucky – Even though I think they are legit – at this point - the Calapari Crew is a John Wall injury away from getting knocked out in the second round of the NCCAs.
Kentucky Side-Note: Patrick Patterson needs to buy John Wall a very nice Christmas present for getting him easy buckets, and raising his draft stock. Patterson is ranked No. 9 on Chard Fords Big Board.
- No.5 Syracuse and No. 6 West Virginia – I have more faith in the Orangemen than the Mountaineers. But to be fair, I have not seen much of either team.
- No. 7 Duke – While Kyle Singler is the pre-season All-American, Jon Scheyer is the most important player in Durham. And if Scheyer goes down, they only have two guards who can really play in Nolan Smith and freshmen, Andre Dawkins.
- No. 8 Villanova – Could struggle mightily against teams with height and they also do not have the depth like the other teams. ‘Nova has only two players over 6’8″ in freshmen Mouphtaou Yarou and Maurice Sutton. Both play around 17 minutes a game, but thats against the cupcakes.
- No. 10 UNC – While this team is loaded with NBA draft picks, I am not sure which is the “go-to-guy”. But I am sure that Roy Williams doesn’t know either. My suggestion – Will Graves needs more touches.
Note To Media – Everything Will Be Fine With The Vikings!
I am so sick of hearing about a schism - or a feud involving Head Coach Brad Childress and Brett Favre. Did you notice that I did not have to tell you what Favre’s role is, we know it. Childress…um…not so much.
This happens to every team, but when it is Brett Favre, it becomes front page news. Granted, when it is Randy Moss or Terrell Owens, it’s pretty much the same. Isn’t “ego” great.
If there really is an issue, and Childress is talking about Favre and not to Favre, there is an issue and ultimately Childress is biting the hand that has fed him a nice-new contract extension. But this happens, you hug-it-out and then you move on. The have won the division and already locked up their playoff spot, and are playing only because the games are on the schedule.
It will be OK, everyone breath. Have some egg nog and just one more cookie with the Hersey Kiss in the middle.
*If you go to the serach engine on ESPN.com and type in “Brad Childress” – you get 1948 articles/stories/podcast where Childress is mentioned. Roughly 92.3% is from the last three days. Seriously ESPN, way to be your own bull @#$! hype machine.
- The Oklahoma Thunder are legit and are going to give tough games to the top teams.
- Kobe Vs. LeBron – here is what ESPN.com’s David Thorpe wrote: “Many smart basketball people think Kobe is the closest thing to Michael Jordan. I agree. They are probably the two best shooting guards in history. But the league has never seen a player like LeBron James. And in a decade or so, we may be at this again, only this time sending LeBron into the ring with His Airness to settle the debate of who is the best player of all time.”
- Landon Donovon is officially off to Everton for a while.
- ESPN.com’s Andy Katz recaps the first six weeks of College Basketball.
- Here is a good article from the Fargo Forum on NDSU-stud Ben Woodside as he is rocking in Frances highest league, Pro Divison A.
Happy Holidays everyone.