Thursday, January 31, 2008
Then Huggins left after just one year in Manhattan for his alma mater West Virginia. What was K-State's AD Tim Weiser going to do? He couldn't risk losing both Beasley and Bill Walker, so in a stunning move, he turned the program over to unproven Frank Martin and made Hill "associate Head Coach." Beasley and Walker stayed, and the rest is history.
Until last last night. Obviously giddy after celebrating the big win over Kansas, Dalonte Hill was picked up and arrested for DUI in Manhattan.
Hill Arrested for DUI - Manhattan Mercury
(SIDE NOTE: I didn't see more than 10 minutes of the game because of KU/K-State). With nobody else able to hit the broad side of a barn, Lebron took over. It was a 81-70 with four minutes to go when he went to work. He nailed three straight threes, with a Drew Gooden jumper mix in between, and in a minute and a half, the score was tied. Trailing by one with four seconds left and the entire building knowing who was going to shoot the ball, Lebron drove to the hole, passed three Blazers, and hit a sick reverse layup with 0.3 seconds left to win it. In total, he scored 17 in the fourth quarter, 37 for the game. He wa sthe only Cavalier in double figures. After completing the Cavs league high 18th come from behind win, Lebron said "I just do what I do."
"Obviously, LeBron was terrific," Cavs coach Mike Brown said. "He put us on his back tonight. We couldn't make a basket to save our lives tonight. But LeBron put us on his back. He did what superstars do. He did what he's capable of doing. That was fun to watch. It was fun to be a part of." Said Portland coach Nate McMillan, "Even though we did a pretty good job early in defending LeBron, he made the clutch threes and the winning drive to the basket, just like great players do."
We love finding stories from a national pespective on Lebron. Like this one from True Hoop:
LeBron James is good. He has some of the best attributes of Michael Jordan (getting to rim when it matters) and Shaquille O'Neal (significantly bigger annd stronger than his contemporaries). The only other player I know of in today's NBA who gets layups in crunch time -- Brandon Roy -- was unable to do so last night because ... because ... Roy was just too small. He might be 6-6, but he's tiny, next to James. Can't get over him or around him without some super maneuvering. You get the feeling it's almost not fair -- that same feeling you used to have watching "tiny" guys like Tim Duncan go against Shaquille O'Neal in his prime. (David Thorpe was recently in Chicago, catching up with a lot of NBA players. He asked them who they thought was the strongest player in the league. Thorpe voted for Craig Smith. One guy said Dwight Howard. Everybody else said LeBron James. A wing player!)
Leaky Theory on Lebron - Johnny Ludden, Yahoo Sports
Eight months ago everyone said the same about James. With Cleveland trailing Detroit by two late in last season's Eastern Conference finals opener, James drove into the lane and fired a pass to Donyell Marshall in the corner. Marshall's three-point attempt missed, the Cavaliers lost and James was criticized for not taking the shot himself. When Cleveland lost the next game after James shot – and missed – the criticism grew.
James' shaky free-throw shooting last season also contributed to the belief that he couldn't play well under pressure. He was too eager to pass, his critics said, too eager to give up the responsibility of deciding the game's outcome.
James went a long way toward retiring that tag with his 48-point performance in Game 5 of those same conference finals. After spending the offseason improving his jump shot, he looks even more comfortable with the ball in his hands and the clock ticking down. As for fourth-quarter production: Sunday was Cleveland's league-high 17th victory when trailing by at least nine points with less than eight minutes left.
Last Night's Performance Wowed the locals as well:
Lebron Scorches Blazers - Brian Windhorst, Akron Beacon-Journal
When the fourth quarter comes, LeBron James' blood turns cold.
He did it again Wednesday, if you can believe it, to break thousands more hearts in a crazy and hostile environment. Saving his best for the very end, James led another comeback and delivered another dagger.
Sprinting past rival star Brandon Roy, James smacked in a smooth left-handed layup with 0.3 seconds left to get the Cavs to an 84-83 victory in the gulag that is the Rose Garden. And just to make sure the vanquishing was complete, he stole the inbounds pass to finish game.
This time he had 37 points, and 17 of them came in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back 3-pointers that erased a six-point Blazers' lead with three minutes left. He did it despite suffering a turned right ankle and jammed left pinky finger during the game, but there was no limp in the effort.
The Cavs (25-19) have now won 13-of-16 games, including in Dallas, San Antonio, Los Angeles and Portland, where the Blazers had been 18-4. Overall they have won six straight games on the road and made a lot of believers along the way as James' campaign for Most Valuable Player award continues.
Cavalier Aptitude - Jason Quick, The Portland Oregonian
When Beasley was struggling in the first half, shooting 3-10, it was Walker who picked up the slack, scoring 12 of his 22 points. His athleticism at the power forward position gave KU's Darrell Arthur fits all night long. Shady played on 17 minutes thanks to foul trouble. He picked up three in the first half and a quick fourth upon entering the game six minutes into the second half. Fellow Freshman PG Jacob Pullen ran a beautiful floor game and scored a career high 20, including 10-10 from the line. The Cats played their best game of the season, nailing a season-high 12 three pointers ad outrebounding KU 28-26.
On the KU side, they struggled all night with foul problems. Arthur had four, Russell Robinson and Mario Chalmers both fouled out, and Sasha Kaun and Darnell Jackson had two fouls each in the first half. Chalmers led KU with 19. Brandon Rush had 15 points, but he had 12 at the half and his other three came on a deep ball with 20 seconds left. Sherron Collins and Arthur each had 12.
Sherron and Mario - I think we all saw last night that KU's offensive firepower runs at it's peak when Sherron Collins and Mario Chalmers are on the floor together. These two kept KU in the game in the second half when a 12 point deficit could have turned into 20. Chalmers had 19 points on just nine shots. Both guys continued to go strong to the hole and either score or draw contact.
On Beasley - The much-hyped stud lived up to all of the hype. He struggled in the first half, being guarded closely by both Arthur and Sasha Kaun and shot just 3-10. He never showed any frustration, he just kept playing his game. In the second half, he exploded and couldn't be stopped. Beasley makes everything look so easy. He is very smooth, has NBA three point range and amazing low post skills. This kid is destined for stardom.
On Walker - Beasley gets all of the hype, but Bill Walker is the key to making K-State a legit top 15 team. When Beasley couldn't get going in the first half, Walker used his three point shooting and quickness off the dribble to keep the Wildcats ahead. He had 12 first half points. The only thing that stopped him was three first half fouls. Walker to me is a lock for the lottery.
The Pressure is off - I am never one to say there us such thing as a good loss, but this is as close as you can get. This was the biggest game in Manhattan in 20 years. This is the best K-State team in 20 years, featuring two lottery picks including the future #1 pick in the draft. The crowd was as crazy as you will ever hear. They made 12 three pointers. It is not as if KU lost to a bad Nebraska or Iowa State team. K-State is legit. You are going to lose games during a season. It just happens. Now the pressure of an undefeated season is off. It's always good to get a mid-season wakeup call. The good news is champions are crowned in April, not January.
I love Rod Stewart - In the first half, with Chalmers and Robinson picking up two fouls each, Bill Self went to the Senior guard for a six minute stretch and he came up big again. He was very aggressive on the glass and on defense, including a tip-in that tied the scored late in the first half. Every team should have a guy like Rod. Smart, hungry, and doesn't make mistakes. He doesn't care that he gets limited run and is the ultimate team player.
The Weak Beav
Brandon, you awake? - At halftime, I was praising Rush for his aggressive play, solid rebounding, big three point shots, and 12 points. By the end of the game, everything he did in that first half was erased by his disappearing act in the second half. He played 37 minutes, but I literally don't remember a thing he did in the last 20 minutes. Other than a meaningless three with 20 seconds left, he didn't score.
Offensive post play - Part of the reason for the lack of a post game was Arthur's foul trouble, but Shady, Sasha Kaun, and Darnell Jackson didn't do much all night offensively. I figured we would see a lot of pounding the ball right at Beasley to try to get him into foul trouble, but that wasn't the case. Jackson in particular was non-existant. Where were his 15 foot jump shots? In 30 minutes, he took just two shots. Kaun took just one shot in 20 minutes and seemed to be turning the ball over every time he touched it. Arthur had 12 and seven boards in 17 minutes. No doubt the Jayhawks missed him.
Not His Best Game - Russell Robinson's heart will never be questioned, but nobody will ever confuse his shot with J.J. Redick. When Russ is talking eight shots, it's probably not a good thing. He was 1-8, 0-3 from deep, had just three assists to two turnovers, and fouled out in 26 minutes. Russ is usually very under control, but at times seemed to get too wound up by the K-State defense and the crowd, forcing the action when it didn't need to be forced. I think this game was an aberration for him.
More Turnovers Than a Bakery - It's not as if the Jayhawks turn the ball over this often every game, but the crowd really seemed to get into their heads at times. They committed 16 turnovers and it was an equal opportunity thing. Eight players commtted the 16, six with two each, Chalmers leading the way with three.
Bill Self’s general summary of the game: “K-State was just a better team than we were tonight. You could say defense, you could say offensively. Their defense was good, but we still shot an excellent percentage, but we got sped up, though, and it was one of those atmospheres where that could easily occur...I don’t know if you could pinpoint one thing other than, to me, of the 50-50 balls, they got 70 or 80 percent of them. And it seemed to me like they scored an awful lot off of loose balls, and that’s something we usually are pretty good at but we weren’t tonight.”
First link of the day has to go to this classic. A newscaster actually has a bird crap right in his mouth. It has to be seen to be believed.
The first lady of Detroit, Carlita Kilpatrick stands by her man, even though he continues to make a fool of her. This story is so good and never gets old to me.
The latest on the hottest high school Football recruit in the country: Terrelle Pryor may now visit Oregon before he picks a school February 6th. He had narrowed his choices to Ohio State and Michigan, and according to yesterday's Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pryor's QB coach Roy Hall, says his "gut" tells him it's going to be Ohio State. We'll say this, if he ends up at Oregon, there must be an investigation. Nike CEO Phil Knight's deep pockets "supporting" the Oregon athletic programs has always been quite shady.
No shocker here, John Edwards drops out of the Democratic Nominee Race. Meanwhile, one time Republican front runner is our of the Republican race and announces he'll back John McCain. It's looking better and better for McCain every day.
Here's one for you, Manure can help you resist lung cancer. That 's right, George Costanza's favorite word. Hey, Marissa Tomei bought it.
Lebron Says It's Simple: Get him Jason Kidd and he'll get you a title. The problem is, you've gotta give something to get something in return. Something tells us the Nets don't want Larry Hughes and his $12.5 million a year for the next two and a half seasons.
Don't miss my man Verne Troyer at the Ivy with some hot unidentified blonde.
Sports by Brooks says the lovely...errrr....crazy Alycia Lane has been offered an on-camera job by the WWE
Kansas State 84 #2 Kansas 75 - The ranks of the unbeaten are down to one. We had the guts to call this one on Saturday, but backed out yesterday. Folks, this is a very good K-State team. The Wildcats hit a season high 12-26 from deep. Michael Beasley is the real deal. He nailed all four of his three pointers, on his way to a game high 25. Bill Walker was sensational. he was ultra-quick off the dribble and is extremely athletic. He had 22. Jacob Pullen scored a career-high 20 off the bench as K-State ended "The Streak." All three players are Freshman. We will have much more on this game in a few hours.
#1 Memphis 89 Houston 77 - There is no debate on who the #1 team in the country is right now. This wa ssupposed to be Memphis' toughest road test left, and they dominated the action, shooting a sizzling 58% from the field, while holding Houston to 35%. Chris Douglas-Roberts led all scorers with 30, while Joey Dorsey cleaned the glass with 22 boards. Robert Dozier added 21 points. Only Tennessee on February 23rd stands between Memphis and a perfect regular season.
#6 Georgetown 74 St. John's 42 - Vernon Macklin scored 18 off the bench on 8-10 shooting to lead the Hoyas to this blowout. This was an all around great game by JT3's club. They shot 53% from the field and held St. John's to just 10 field goals and 21%. How much longer can Norm Roberts stay off the hot seat in Queens?
#17 Drake 75 Creighton 65 - Drake is 19-1. That's right. 19-1 after another MVC win over Creighton, their second in a week. Josh Young, still rounding into form after injury, had a career-high 24 to go with Jonathon Cox's 16 and 10. The Bulldogs nailed 12 more three-pointers.
#7 Michigan State 51 Illinois 41 - The Spartans once again struggled to score and trailed 24-20 at the half, but thanks to Drew Neitzel, they escaped with a 10 point win. He scored nine second half points on his way to 15. The stat of the night came from this game. The Spartans didn't make a single three-pointer (0-7) and still won. Illinois was a porous 4-22 from deep and even worse, 7-19 from the line.
#23 Texas A&M 80 #10 Texas 63 - Just like Memphis and Georgetown, this was a total domination on both ends by the Aggies. A&M shot 56% from the field, and 7-13 on threes, while holding Texas to 34%. The only UT starter to score in double figures was DJ Augustine with 14. Josh Carter led the Aggies with a 19 and 10 double double, including four three-pointers. Dominique Kirk and Joseph Jones both added 14. "I couldn't be more proud of our team," Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon said. "To think where we were a week ago, the world was coming to the end. It was good to bounce back."
#22 Mississippi 74 #18 Vanderbilt 58 - Both of these struggling teams needed this win badly. The Rebels controlled most of the game and kicked it up a notch in the second half to hand Vandy their fourth loss in five games. Remember when they were one of the last remaining unbeatens? Freshman Point Guard Chris Warren led the Rebels with 20 points, and Eniel Polynice scored 18. Both Ole Miss bigs Kenny Williams and Dwayne Curtis grabbed 10 boards.
#21 Pittsburgh 69 Villanova 57 - Villanova spent most of this season ranked, yet will be lucky to make the tournament. Four Panthers scored in double figures as they dominated this game, especially in the front court. Sam Young had 15 points, Dejuan Blair had 10 and 14 boards, and Tyrell Biggs came off the bench with 14 of his own. "We're right there as far as the conference goes," Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. "Through all that it's pretty remarkable and I'm proud of our guys. I think it's a place no one thought we would be at this point."
Arkansas 78 #25 Mississippi State 58 - Like all other SEC teams not named Tennessee, Mississippi State took their turn as the flavor of the week, and then proceeded to go on the road and get spanked. Patrick Beverley had a double double 19 and 10, and Sonny Weems added 22 as the Razorbacks moved to within a game of MSU in the SEC West at 4-2. "They were the hottest team in our league, one of the hottest teams in the country," Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey said. "For us to be able to win tonight, we feel very fortunate."
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
1. KU owns K-State to the tune of 35-1 in the last 36 games.
2. K-State's home court, Bramlage Coliseum is affectionately known in Lawrence as "Allen Fieldhouse West" (same thing goes for the Coors Events Center in Boulder).
Winning the Florida Republican Primary is a huge move for John McCain. We spent a good 90 minutes watching the coverage on MSNBC last night. Some interesting theories out there. McCain is the clear favorite now, especially with Rudy Giuliani dropping out of the race and reportedly going to give his endorsement to McCain. Mitt Romney, who is chasing McCain, but has more money, is possibly being hamstrung by Mike Huckabee voters still in the race, as he is the candidate for the religious right. Meanwhile, Huckabee continues to stay in the race, even though he is clearly in third. Interestingly, he has been very complimentary of McCain during this entire race, and longer he stays in, the better it is for McCain. As NBC's Tim Russert put it, "it's almost as if McCain is dangling the Vice Presidency in front of Huckabee saying 'come on Mikey, just stick it out a little longer, through Super Tuesday.'" Interesting.
Our best wishes go out to one of the greats in the sports media, Michael Wilbon who underwent an angioplasty to fix a minor blockage in Scottsdale. We'll miss you while you are recovering Mike.
Set your alarms Detroiters, your mayor, the great Kwame Kilpatrick will finally address all of these allegations of wrongdoing Wednesday at 7:30.
Props to The Big Lead for finding this first, but reading this article on the despicable Jerramy Stevens literally made us sick to our stomach. Just more proof that Universities are enablers to their star athletes and some lawyers are the scum of the earth. It's a must read.
One of our favorite writers, the KC Star's Joe Posnanski blogged another piece about Bill Belichick, the Cleveland years.
If you didn't see this nasty dunk by Alabama's Senario Hillman, you need to click on the link. One of the biggest posterization's we've ever seen.
Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson doing a duet of Don't Stop Believin'. All we can say is yikes. (SIDE NOTE: We cannot stand Journey. Steve Perry's voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard. It makes out skin crawl.
According to Tribe expert Tony Lastoria, the Indians window of opportunity is wide-open. An excellent analysis.
The lady about is Inez Sainz, the woman T.O. lifted his media ban for, last year st Super Bowl media day. Uh, yessah....
#16 Marquette 62 South Florida 54 - A much needed win for the struggling Golden Eagles. Lazar Hayward had his career high with 23 points to go along with eight rebounds. They needed it as their star PG Dominic James was way off, shooting 1-7 for three points. Wesley Matthews picked up the slack with 16, including two big threes down the stretch to seal the W.
#8 Tennessee 93 Alabama 86 - Games like this are the reason we love watching the Vols. How does a 60 point second half sound? Chris Lofton continues his emergence from his slump with his third straight great game. The preseason All-American nailed five threes on his way to 23 points. Jajuan Smith hit four threes, including back to back threes with just under four minutes left that keyed a late Vols run that iced the game. He had 22. Tyler Smith had a double-double with 17 and 11. Bama was game, thanks to Richard Hendrix's 20 and 12 and Alonzo Gee's 27, but they missed 11 free throws, committed 20 turnovers, and were outrebounded 41-32.
Ohio State 68 Penn State 56 - A time game at the half, the Buckeyes took over late and pulled away to get the road win. Jamar Butler played all 40 minutes and led all scorers with 20. The Buckeyes are now 15-6 and fighting for a tournament bid.
Wake Forest 70 Miami 68 - I'll ask this question again, how could the Canes have been ranked at any point this season, let alone last week? Freshman Jeff Teague had a career high 27 and Wake hit 10-19 from deep. Stat of the night: Miami shot 54% from the field and lost.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Mike and Mike in the Morning - Straight up Cheese-dick radio. Is there anything more tired than the "Greeny is a metrosexual" bit? He is a whiny woman and Golic plays right into it. They do have good chemistry and are like an old married couple, but they spend three and a half out of their four hour show talking about the NFL. When they aren't doing that, they are coming up with lame song parodies or talking Yankees/Red Sox. It is definitely sports talk for non-sports fans and I understand why they get such big numbers, but the ESPN brass has done them no favors by over-saturating us with them. Everywhere you turn, its Mike and Mike. They gave them the Arena Football League announcing gig (a smart ploy to get fans to watch) and gave them an NFL game the first Monday Night of the season, which was a colossal mistake. Greeny doing play by play = Bryant Gumbel. The bottom line, have they ever asked a hard hitting question to any guest? Not that they have anyone on who isn't named Mark Schlereth, Sean Salisbury, or Dick Vitale.
The Herd - In the interest of full disclosure, I used to think this show was smart and different. But the more I listen to "Scrutebag" the more I began to dislike him. If there is a more arrogant man in the sports media (other than Dan Patrick, whom Scrutebag views as a radio mentor), I'd like to meet him. While at least he has interesting guests, talks college football more than anyone else, and doesn't toss softballs during interviews, the arrogance just ruins everything. When he takes calls, the callers always say "He Colin, love your show" and then he proceeds to insult them no matter what comment they make. See, Scrutebag is NEVER wrong. You could tell him the sky is blue when it is, but he'll say "no it isn't its gray, that's why I have a show and you are just a caller."
With Sasha Pavlovic already out with a foot injury, Ira Newble has stepped into his starting role as the two guard. But it was his move to the four spot which sparked the defense down the stretch. Unfortunately, it was necessitated by the ankle injury of Anderson Varajao. Andy's was carried off the court after turning his ankle badly in the second quarter. He will have an MRI today. With Andy out, and Z fouling out with five minutes left, Brown went to Newble and it worked. His energy on both ends of the floor were key. Never thought we'd be saying that.
Cavs Storm to Victory - Brian Windhorst, Akron Beacon-Journal
The Tribe media tour roles on. There was a nice piece on Kelly Shoppach and his value to the team in this morning's PD. Rafael "The Realtor" Betancourt was signed last week to a two year deal worth just over $5 million total. But the all time classic is that Casey Blake and the Indians cannot come to terms on a figure. Blake is arbitration eligible for the last time. The Indians offered him $5.4 million, which to me, is way too much money for this scrub to begin with. (SIDE NOTE: That's right, he is back to being a scrub. All of the good things he did last season were forgotten in a two minute span when he grounded into a DP and then booted an easy grounder in game seven against the Red Sox). Fake is looking for $6.9 million. When I read that figure I almost choked. But in the meantime, they two sides won't meet in the middle. For the first time in 16 years, the Indians may have to go to an arbitration hearing. The good news is that after this year, Fake is a free agent and hopefully we won't be subjected to his aw shucks routine and average at best game anymore. My goals for this season:
1. Win the World Series
Shoppach Sees Getting Shopped as a Good Thing - Paul Hoynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer
This Kwame Kilpatrick story just keeps getting better. The Detroit ABC affiliate's attack dog Steve Wilson uncovered that while the mayor is getting raked over the coals for lying about his affair with his chief of staff Christine Beatty, he was seen at a North Carolina spa with another woman, not his wife. Memo to Detroiters, you elected this moron not once, but twice!
Barack Obama took the South Carolina primary in shocking fashion, more than doubling Hillary Clinton's votes. This was a huge step for Obama, and a shot to Clinton as they move towards Super Tuesday. We were watching Meet the Press yesterday morning. They had a round table discussion on the primary and everyone seemed to be in agreement that Bill Clinton had a big hand in Hillary's trouncing in South Carolina from some of the things he said about Obama.
Byron York, a White House Correspondent had this interesting take: You know, I don't think you can overstate the amount of, of anger in--created in Democrats by Bill Clinton's tactics. I mean, they were very, very unhappy with him. I was talking to a Democratic strategist the other day who said, "My wife just got in the car. She's driving to South Carolina to volunteer for Obama." They were that angry at what Clinton had done. And he also said, you know, Clinton is trying to turn him into Jesse Jackson. And sure enough, after Obama wins big, what does Bill Clinton say about it? "Well, you know, Jesse Jackson won here, too." But you know, she--Hillary Clinton was kind of reduced to her core constituency in South Carolina. She had problems with everybody except for white women. Eighty percent of black women voted against her, 80 percent of black men voted against her, and 72 percent of white men voted against her. I mean, she was down to a very small constituency.
Ever heard the expression Summer Teeth? Summer teeth go this way, summer teeth go that way. Anna Paquin seems to fit the bill.
One of the best fake commercials of alltime - Schmidt's Gay Beer. It's Farley and Sandler at their finest.
Since there was absolutely nothing on, I ended up catching some of Varsity Blues on TBS. Great flick. I did manage to catch Ali Larter in her whip cream bikini. Yessah.
The SAG Awards went down last night. Mad props to the voters for recognizing The Sopranos in its last year. It won for outstanding ensemble series in a drama while James Gandolfini and Edie Falco won for their lead roles as well. Perhaps the greatest scene in the show's great history: Christopher's Intervention.
For those of you who love Scott Van Pelt the way we do, peep this exchange between SVP and John Buccigross. It's hysterical.
Tribe fans love this action: USA Today's Mel Antonen released his AL Central power rankings and the Indians were first.