I know I sound like a broken record, but this lack of NFL Network on all of the major cable carriers is getting ridiculous. Steelers/Rams last night. I'm enjoying having to follow it on the Internet. A huge loss for the Stills as RB Willie Parker was carted off the field in the first quarter with a broken Fibula. Good thing we are playing against Ben Roethlisberger in the fantasy third place game. Three first half TD passes? Yikes.
Who needs the NFL when you've got the best game we've seen this year: Duke/Pittsburgh from Madison Square Garden. The game story is below. If we could do a screen grab, we would, but we saw a sign in the crowd that said "Marry Me Jamie Lynn."
Anyone else catch the story of a real life Papa Smurf?
Like anyone cares anymore, but the ancient Chris Webber is returning to the NBA yet again. Seriously, why can't C Webb hang em up already. He is finished, yet the Pistons may be bringing him back in early January.
Reports out of Columbus say that backup cornerback Eugene Clifford we be suspended for the National Title game. Interestingly, the name we heard first was starter Donald Washington, but that has yet to be confirmed.
The Simpson Girls - still jealous of The Spears Sisters.
#9 Pittsburgh 65 Duke 64 in NYC-Boy are we glad we stayed home to watch this game. It had it all. Duke led by as many as 16 and looked incredible in the first half. They ball movement and deep shooting game was in full effect. Pittsburgh couldn't get anything going offensively outside of big man Dejuan Blair in the post. Duke's Gerald Henderson was getting into the lane and knocking down floater after floater. Then Panthers coach Jamie Dixon gave some kind of halftime speech because the Panthers started hitting shots and the Blue Devils turned colder than a grave digger's shovel. Kyle Singler's layup with 9:58 gave Duke a ten point lead. That was their field goal for over seven minutes. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh went on a 12-0 run to take their first lead since it was 2-0.
The final two and a half minutes of regulation were spectacular. Pitt's Levance Fields hit two free throws to put the Panthers up three. Henderson responded with a dunk to cut it to one. Sam Young's clutch jumper put Pitt back up 54-51. Duke Freshman Kyle Singler buried a huge three to tie it at 54. Young hit another jumper. Henderson countered. Both teams missed potential game winning jumpers and we got bonus basketball.
In OT, Blair, who dominated the post and was the main difference between the two teams, fouled out. Also, starting SF Mike Cook came down hard on his knee and had to be carried off. I'm no doctor, but if he comes back this season, it will be a miracle. Duke had all of the momentum and a two point lead with16 seconds left. Then, the tough kid from Brooklyn, stepped back and buried a three right in the face of Duke's David McClure and the Panthers came away with the W.
The game of the year so far gets a ton of press here. A couple of things I learned: Dejuan Blair is an absolute load in the post. He had 15 and 20 boards and really was the key to the big Pitt comeback. They have nothing in the post and when forced to play a halfcourt game against a team with a quality back to the basket big man, Duke will struggle. Fields can play for me anytime. He led all scorers with 21. Henderson may be the most improved player in the country. Singler is a stud and perfect for Coach K's system.
#15 Clemson 90 Puerto Rico Mayaguez 73 in Puerto Rico - The first game of the San Juan shootout was the usual blowout against the host school. KC Rivers and Freshman sixth man Terrance Oglesby both had 21 points for the Tigers who are still without big man James Mays.
#22 Miami 85 North Florida 63 - North Florida. Who are they and when did they show up on my radar screen? Did you know their mascot is the Osprey? You know the game is ghetto when I go to espn.com to peep the box score and it isn't available.
Oral Roberts 74 Oklahoma State 59 in Oklahoma City - The Sutton Brothers met for the first time head to head in the first game of the All-College Classic. Scott got the best of Sean in a stunner. Five Golden Eagles scored in double figures led by Robert Jarvis' 21. Meanwhile, ORU led from the opening tip and the game was never close. Oklahoma State turned the ball over 18 times and stud Freshman James Anderson hit as many field goals as I did.
Mississippi 69 Depaul 63 in Puerto Rico - Why is this game significant? Anyone else notice that Andy Kennedy's club is now 9-0 and headed to a big showdown Saturday with undefeated Clemson? They have perhaps the SEC's top impact transfer in David Huertas, who came over from Florida.
Oklahoma 72 #20 Gonzaga 68 in Oklahoma City - Gotta love those Sooners. They lost at home to Stephen F. Austin two weeks ago has roared back with wins over Arkansas and Gonzaga. The Big 12 looks loaded thus far with three power clubs at the top (KU, Texas, Texas A&M), a solid core just underneath (Oklahoma, 9-1 Baylor, 8-2 Nebraska, 7-3 Kansas State, and 8-3 Missouri). Big 12 Baby!
Miami-Ohio 61 Illinois 58 OT - Is the Bruce Weber watch officially on? He loses key in-state recruits to everyone else, his best two teams were loaded with Bill Self's recruits, and since his program has turned back into what they were, a perennial bubble team. Losing to Miami at home will not help you. Meanwhile, this is a huge win for Miami who's next stop is Lawrence, Kansas. Good luck to the school that produced the great Randy Rash himself.
#6 Washington State 67 Citadel 45 - When did Citadel drop the "The" from their name? Nothing exciting to tell you about this game other than Arron Baynes led the Cougs with 16 and they have moved to their best ever 10-0 start.