Friday, January 18, 2008

Coast to Tyus Edney against Mizzou

I've got to say this Rich Rodriguez/West Virginia situation is getting out of hand. OK, I get it, the guy screwed you. He owes the school $4 million. Just give it back and move on. The bitterness is every where. Take this West Virginia car dealership ad. It's a fake policemen interrogating a Rich Rodriguez impersonator. At the end he says "show me the bread, and i'll run the spread." Do I find it clever? Yes. But it's time to move on. Rodriguez told the Toledo Blade "They just want to smear Rich Rodriguez." Also an article reported that since Rodriguez's departure, his relatives say they have been harassed and threatened. His mother, Arleen, said the coach's home was also vandalized, including a mailbox thrown in the yard. Dozens of groups devoted to her son's downfall have appeared on the Facebook social networking site. Also in that article is a classic photo of Coach Rod in a Michigan Hockey jersey with his arms crossed in defiance.

If you love The Karate Kid series (FINISH HIM!), then
make sure you tune into the Versus Network in the upcoming week and a half. If you liked the trilogy once, you'll love it five times. Now remember, SWEEP THE LEG JOHNNY!

We were all over the Greg Paulus being a cheap shot artist puss-bag yesterday morning, but it looks like we weren't alone. Mr. Irrelevant found this youtube clip of
ESPN's Mike Patrick acting as if he is Paulus' agent.

Not a good sign for the Astros if their new Shortstop and the man they gave five prospects for Miguel Tejada
gets his Green card revoked and is deported. It's a very realistic option.

Boy does the city of Green bay take their football seriously. The local Fox affiliate
cancelled Saturday night's episode of Seinfeld because it's Eli Manning's favorite show. No, this is not a joke either.

It must be nice to be Sean Penn. You played Spicoli. You were in Dead Man Walking, Mystic River, Colors, The Game, etc. You were were Madonna in her prime. Now your marriage to
smokin hot Robyn Wright Penn is over because of your constant flirtations with the even hotter Sienna Miller.

Evidently, one national writer thinks
Lebron James has the Cavaliers on the move.

Jason Whitlock never fails to bring race into an national article. This time it's regarding the Randy Moss restraining order situation. I happen to think Moss is being blackmailed.

Cleveland State 56 #12 Butler 52 - The biggest win in two decades for the Vikings. Gary Waters has officially made his mark. CSU led the majority of the game, and played stifling defense of Butler's vaunted three point shooting attack. The Bulldogs made just 6-23 from deep and 34% for the game. Star Guard A.J. Graves was just 2-11. J'Nathan Bullock held his own against Matt Howard, scoring 14 and grabbing nine boards, but it was the play of point guard Cedric Jackson that was the difference. He controlled the game scoring 14 points, dishing out five assists and locking down Graves. It was CSU's first win over a ranked team since the 1986 Mouse McFadden led squad knocked off Indiana in the NCAA Tournament. The fans stormed the floor when the buzzer sounded. "It's big," Waters said. "What we're trying to do is establish a foundation. It [the win] will help people understand that there are some good things going on at Cleveland State."

#7 Tennessee 80 #14 Vanderbilt 60 - If there was a lock of the year, this was the game. We know Vandy was coming off a loss, but we saw this one coming a mile away. The first good team Vandy has met on the road blew their doors off. Wayne Chism was a beast with 18 and 18. Tyler Smith had 14 and nine. JaJuan Smith had 14 and six. The swarming defense forced 21 Vandy turnovers and held the best three point shooting team in the SEC to 3-21. Need we say more? This is what we call being outclassed.

#8 Washington State 69 Oregon State 46 -
Solid bounce back game for the Cougars on the heels of the thrashing at the hands of UCLA. Arron Baynes had 17 and Derrick Low had 15. Nothing like the 6-11 Beavers coming to town to get you back into your groove.

#10 Indiana 65 Minnesota 60 - These are the kind of games that separate good teams from average ones. On a night where Indiana clearly did not have it - they committed 24 turnovers - they pulled it out in the end thanks to a huge three by Lance Stemler. Eric Gordon did not have one of his better games, going just 3-8 for 12 points, but fellow Freshman Jordan Crawford came off the bench with a huge 16. Give Tubby Smith's Gophers credit; they fought hard and hung around all night. The held the Hoosiers without a field goal for over eight minutes in the second half. But in the end, IU's superior talent was the difference in front of a hostile Barn crowd.

Louisville 71 Marquette 51 - You will see an appearance in our Power 16 later today by the Cardinals who have clearly righted their ship. The difference between these two teams is in the frontcourt, where Marquette had no answer for David Padgett and Terrance Williams who combined to score 31. Padgett's 17 came in 21 minutes. Fellow big Derrick Caracter added 10. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles must hold their breath and hope PG Dominic James' wrist injury isn't too serious. He took a hard fall late in the game and did not return.

St. Louis 68 #21 Rhode Island 61 - Give coach Rick Majerus a ton of love here. Two weeks ago, his team was disgraced scoring just 20 points. Last night they knock off a ranked opponent on the home floor by shooting 54% from the field and holding the Rams to 34%.

#25 Arizona State 99 California 90 2OT - Another huge road win for the Sun Devils who must be taken seriously as a player in the Pac-10. It was a shootout nobody saw. Cal's Ryan Anderson and ASU's James Harden took turns hitting huge baskets. But it was ASU's Ty Abbott who hit the shot of the game, a three with 8.1 seconds left to force OT. Anderson finished with a game high 32 and 15 rebounds in a losing cause. Harden had 27 to go with Jeff Pendergraft's 26. "They are playing with a lot of confidence. Our older guys have helped them a lot," coach Herb Sendek said. "Both teams played a high level of offense. We were lucky, in a hard-fought game it tilted our way. On some occasions we had to have near-perfect plays, and we did."

Other Scores of Note:

Washington 78 Oregon 70 - It's never easy to win on the road in the Pac-10.

Providence 77 UConn 65 - UConn's Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde run continues. After giving Georgetown all they wanted in Washington and looking very athletic, they lay an egg at home against a bad Providence team.

Stanford 56 Arizona 52 - We were on the cusp of loving Arizona again too. No shame in losing on the road at Maples, a tough place to play. These two teams should both be ranked.

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