How should we start this morning? We are on a day trip to Chicago for work (weak) and it's not as if we get to even spend any time in what MTAC thinks is the greatest city in America. We are literally flying to O'Hare, sitting in a conference room at the O'Hare Hilton for a three-four hours, then getting right back on a plane. So if our posting is minimal today, please forgive us. I did want to one of my go to spots in Chicago. If you haven't been to Hot Doug's, then you haven't lived. Our boy Doug Sohn is the real Abe Froman - The Sausage King of Chicago. Just click on the link and take a look at some of the specials. It's a hole in the wall, but prices are cheap, the food is amazing, and the line is always out the door. Look at the photo above. How can you not love this guy? Zagat's loves him, as does USA Today, which listed Hot Doug's as the best bargain eatery in the city. Make sure you hit it up on a Friday or Saturday so you can bury some Duck Fat Fries.
We know this is a week old, but we forgot to post it. This is a video of Georgetown's radio play by play man calling the final blown call of the Hoyas gift wrapped win over Villanova last Monday. You've only seen or hears homerism this bad if you are a Cubs fan and regularily listen to the great Ron Santo.
The new lineup for Dancing with the Stars was announced, and the lineup includes Dolphins star Defensive End Jason Taylor, Shannon "the worst actress of all time" Elizabeth, and underrated funny man Adam Carolla, who has been lucky enough to be paired with MTAC's #2 babe, Julianne Hough....HEY NOW....
Giants WR and Michigan grad Amani Toomer tells the Detroit Free Press he is estranged from Michigan and isn't a Lloyd Carr fan. This is a great read. Here is one quote to whet your appetite: Did you hear from any of your former U-M teammates or Lloyd Carr after the win? No. The last time I heard a word from Lloyd was when I was playing in a (Michigan) game; it was my last play of my senior year. I caught a touchdown from Brian Griese, and I was walking off the field and Lloyd looks at me, looks at Griese, looks at me again, and goes, "Good throw, Brian." And that's the last thing he ever said in my direction.
Roy Williams once again showing his inferiority complex in regards to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. K said after Duke's loss to Wake Forest "unlike other schools we don't release our injuries." Ole Roy responded by saying: "Regardless of what somebody else says about they have injuries too, which is a bunch of bunk, so I don't give a crap what somebody else says, but coach their own damn team, I'll coach my team -- in case anybody has heard some statements about that."
You gotta love the Lohan Family. Lindsay's mom comments on her daughter's nude photos.
Paris Hilton is banned from the Oscars. Solid.
Miguel Tejada pulled a Sammy Sosa when he finally faced the media at Astros camp.
Cavs fans read this, Not landing a star is not Danny Ferry's fault. Big changes are a year away. This is a good read.
Barack Obama wins again, this time in Wisconsin and Hawaii, while John McCain gets closer to the Republican nomination with his win in Washington.
#14 Indiana 77 #15 Purdue 68 - In what could be the swan song for Kelvin Sampson at IU, the Hoosiers put together their second straight inspired performance and now sit tied atop the Big Ten with two losses. The Hoosiers now hold the head to head tiebreaker as well. Nobody expected D.J. White to play after spraining his knee Saturday night, but he came out strong and finished with yet another double-double, 19 points and 14 rebounds. Not only is he a lock for Big Ten Player of the Year, but he has to be in the conversation for National Player of the Year.
Eric Gordon struggled from the floor, but he did what great players do when their shot isn't falling; he went to the hole and got himself to the line -15 times, making 13. He led all scorers with 22. There were two other major keys in this game; the difference at the three point line and on the boards. Purdue was cold, jacking up 28 threes, way too many. They only hit seven. Meanwhile, IU's Armon Bassett hit all four of his attempts while his team hit 7-11. The Hoosiers killed the Boilers on the glass 44-28. If this was Sampson's last game, his players gave him quite the send-off. ESPN's Pat Forde wants to know, Was this the last goodbye?
#13 Connecticut 65 Depaul 60 - For the second straight game, the Huskies struggled with a far inferior opponent, but when push came to shove, the mustered up just enough to pull out the win, their 10th straight. They trailed by as many as 13 and looked awful on their home floor before Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrian took over. There may not be a better front court duo in college hoops right now. Thabeet was sensational again with 16 points, 13 boards, and a ridiculous eight blocked shots. Adrian had a double-double of his own with 12 and 11. Jim Calhoun needed a big night from his bigs as stud PG AJ Price struggled mightily, going 1-7. Craig Austrie picked him up with 14. Draelon Burns led Depaul with 20.
Bradley 72 #18 Drake 71 - I think we can now safely say that after losing two of three, Drake isn't the potential elite team many thought they could be. Bradley, now 16-12 and 9-7 in the MVC, knocked off the Bulldogs at home and held them scoreless for the last five minutes of play. Jeremy Crouch's jumper with 11 seconds left won it for the Braves, who trailed by as many as 13 in the second half on the road, but made the comeback to pull the stunner. Josh Young had 23 for the losers.
Oklahoma 92 Baylor 91 OT - Games like this are why we have the Full Court package. We watched the last five minutes of regulation and the then unbelievable overtime period. Oklahoma blew an eight point lead with five minutes left to get to the OT. Baylor jumped out by seven in the OT and looked to have the game in hand. Then OU went to work. Austin Johnson hit a three, Blake Griffin hit free throws, Longar Longar hit a jumper. But when they needed a big bucket, the Bears Curtis Jerrells and Henry Dugat would supply it. The game was seemingly in the bag for Baylor, but up twom Jerrells split a pair, giving the Sooners an opening. Inexplicably, with 7.7 left Tony Crocker was fouled taking an off-balance three by Aaron Bruce and the shot somehow fell. Crocker hit the free throw, putting OU ahead 92-91.
Baylor had one last chance. Jerrells, who was terrific all night with 30, drove to the hole and was fouled with one tick left. The lefty, an 80% free throw shooter, missed both, Kevin Rogers tip at the buzzer was no good and Oklahoma pulled off the improbable win. For the second time in four days, Bruce was the goat again for Baylor. Remember, it was his time out call when the team had none left and the ball down by one at Texas with less than 15 seconds to go which killed the Bears Saturday night. Blake Griffin was spectacular with 29 and 15 for OU. Stat of the night: Baylor's Mamadou Diene fouled out in just six minutes. "We've gotten very fortunate two games in a row," Sooners coach Jeff Capel said. "We still have a lot of room to play better and we need to play better, and I think we will play better. But it's a huge win for us, a huge game for us."
Florida State 64 Clemson 55 - Another piece of evidence of just how soft the ACC is or how strong it is top to bottom? The supposed third best team in the conference losses to 3-8 FSU. Clemson shot 3-27 from deep and 11-23 from the line. Yikes.