A sad piece of news this morning. The great sports writer for the Boston Globe, Bob Ryan, suffered a major loss for his family yesterday. His son Keith, died at the age of 37 in Pakistan. Ryan was working for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Our best goes out to the Ryan family.
I know this story is a day old, but it bears repeating. Missouri's leading scorer, Stefhon Hannah, went to a bar, had some drinks, and walked him with a broken jaw and will be out for a while. Coach Mike Anderson is not amused.
Good fun on a boring Tuesday morning in Winter: Biz Markie does his own rendition of Elton John's Bennie and the Jets. Absolutely amazing.
We lived through the Bill Belichick Browns era and still to this day we cannot believe it was the same guy who now rules the NFL. ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski wrote a great piece examining how that experience molded him into who he is today.
A huge endorsement for Barack Obama, The Kennedy family.
Good News for Britney Spears. She is now allowed to talk on the phone with her kids!
Our favorite story gets yet another twist. Christine Beatty, the chief of staff for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the woman he had an affair with and lied about under oath, resigned from he job. How long until Kwame is impeached?
The great Hulk Hogan's divorce proceedings are getting real ugly. At least he's got the new gig on American Gladiators, brother!
Not a big night in college hoops, but here's your morning recap. Sorry we are slow today, but Mrs MTAC got home last night and we got to sleep late today. late meaning 7:15.
San Diego 63 #20 St. Mary's 55 - At first glance, you think this is a bad loss. San Diego is 11-11, but they beat Kentucky in Lexington and are now 4-1 in the WCC. For the second time this year, the Gaels moved into the top 25 and immediately lost. They led on the road by five at the half and had a lead as larghe as 10, but the Toreros sizzled in the second half. They shot 55% from the field. Brandon Johnson scored 25 points to go with Gyno Pomare's 20. St. Mary's shot just 39% and 6-19 from deep. Leading scorer Patrick Mills led the Gaels with 13.
Connecticut 69 Louisville 67 - Give Jim Calhoun a ton of credit. Playing again without leading scorer Jerome Dyson and sixth man Doug Wiggins, they held off a solid Cardinals squad. A.J. Price scored 20 points, and both Stanley Robinson (16 and 10) and Jeff Adrian (12 and 10) had double doubles. Both teams are now 5-3 in the Big East, but perhaps no team in the country is making a bigger push for a tournament bid right now than UConn. Their front court is one of the best in the nation.
Oklahoma 64 Oklahoma State 61 - Oklahoma Freshman PF Blake Griffin has to be considered on of the most valuable players to his own team that you will find anywhere. After sitting out a blowout loss to Kansas and a two point win at home against Texas Tech, Griffin, who was set to miss three weeks with an ankle sprain, came off the bench with back to back big games to beat Baylor on the road, and now Oklahoma State. He scored 15 on just four shots. He got to the line 15 times. As good as Blake was, his older brother Taylor stole the show with a career high 20 points on 7-8 from the floor. They needed everyone of them as the Sooners missed 13 free throws and made just 3-12 from deep. The hot seat for OSU's Sean Sutton just got warmer.
Gonzaga 79 Portland 41 - Now this is more like it for the Zags. After getting spanked by Memphis on Saturday, they returned home for this blowout. Austin Daye had 19 and 13 to lead the way. Gonzaga is now all alone in first in the WCC at 5-0.