Friday, January 31, 2014

Curmudgeon in the Wry 560

Friday, January 31, 2014---876 Words---Average Reading Time: 3 Minutes, 11 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Continuing to call them as I see them.
Virtually free of original ideas. 
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Completely biased.
Don’t forget to floss.
Low carb.
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Rave: The misty, Miss June Christy.
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Reading: “Until Death” by James L. Thane.
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On the Hi Fi: Miles Davis, “Kind of Blue.”
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Under rated: Anita O’Day.
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Rant: To measure how far America has declined, one need only note how much better we treat our bureaucrats than we do our wounded warriors.
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Truism: Beautiful women only fear one thing … young women!
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Quote: “Who the hell wants to hear the actors talk!”—H.M. Warner, 1927.
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TV Timeout: “The Blacklist” never fails to provide unexpected results…fresh and unique. I do wish they would resolve the secret with Tom ASAP, as he is an annoying character at best. Diane’s death will create a few new threads. I love Mr. Kaplan. This episode zigged every time I thought it would zag.
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Bottom Line: Our memories of how great things were back in the day are far superior to how they actually were.
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Truism: Have you noticed no one ever uses the word genius to describe government workers including presbo?
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In case you missed it: Before the season, National Champion FSU was not in the Top-10 Coaches’ or AP Poll…Auburn received zero votes for the Top-25.
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Quote: “It is easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled.”—Mark Twain.
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Hmmm: As Dennis Rodman cavorts off to North Korea to play footsie with Kim Jong-un, I wondered if his travel agent was Hanoi Jane Fonda.
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TV Timeout II: This week’s episode of “Justified” just flew by. It was over so fast; I watched the replay at 11 just to make certain…and that one was a jet plane as well. Damon Haerriman as Dewey Crowe is a joy to watch…just the perfect Elmore Leonard criminal; he plays stupid and scared as well as anyone. He makes the simple, complicated. This show loves its morons and the way they prove the theory of Natural Selection week after week.
Scenes with Raylan, Boyd and Tim together are golden TV moments…unreal chemistry.
Just who is providing protection for Ava while she is on the inside?
Michael Rappaport as Daryl Crowe, Jr. is the only complaint I have. His accent is way too forced and phony…First bad call I’ve seen in five seasons.
Irony alert---James LeGros, who played Wade Messer until his demise this episode, portrayed Raylan Givens in the 1997 “Pronto” TV movie.
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Quote: "I found out that it's not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty percent of the people who hear them don't care and the other twenty percent are glad you're having them."
- Tommy LaSorda ,LA Dodgers manager.
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Rant: SOTU observations—I prefer those who believe in God to those who think they are God.
In fiction, it is always more important to be convincing than accurate.
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TV Timeout III: That was certainly an unexpected twist to end Season Five of “White Collar.” I thought it was a solid season…the finale wrapped up the biggest plot points, and left that cliffhanger.
Rebecca could still return to haunt Peter and Neal…however, the show has not gotten the official renewal.
Hope it returns as the final line was spectacular, “I’m about to become the last person on Earth who knows where you are.” What a great abduction line.
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Hmmm: I often wonder what Mother Nature’s reason for baldness is.
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No doubt about it: Women tend to be a lot more current then men…sometimes by a decade.
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Department of redundancy department: Same exact, free gift, unexpected surprise, annoying pests, future prospects, basic fundamentals, consensus of opinion, exact same.
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Bottom Line: Sign on the desk of the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, “ The buck doesn’t even slow down here.”
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Idle thought It's fun to imagine how Howard Cosell would have handled Richard Sherman's postgame rant.
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Quote: "The film looks suspiciously like the game itself."
- Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints, after viewing a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
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At the movies: Seems the likes of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Alan Grayson, Schmucky Schumer, Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman and Elijah Cummings roam around gibbering like the monkeys of Oz.
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Hmmm: Who do you think lies most about their circumstances, those who claim to be rich or those who claim to be poor?
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Didjaknow:  If you put your iPhone on airplane mode, it will charge twice as fast.
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Quote: “Ivory towers don’t prepare anyone to do anything but go through life confusing theory with reality.”—Burt Prelutsky.
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Final Thought: Politicians are the best in the world at taking full responsibility of a situation that happened on their watch while accepting absolutely no blame.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.

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Welcome to Bracketville---ACC Showdown Edition

Cornell is yet to record a victory over a D1 team.
Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska are a combined 39-5 at home…four of the losses have come vs. Michigan.
Stephen F. Austin’s conference schedule started with five on the road…they won all five, four by double-digits. My-oh-my. They have won 16 in a row and are 8-0 in the Southland. Eight of their final-11 are at home. I like their chances.
Just three teams have two wins vs. ranked teams and zero losses to teams ranked outside the top five…Arizona, Syracuse and San Diego State. Blimey!
Nova won, but combined with Georgetown for 34 turnovers and 39 fouls on Monday night.
VMI has scored over 100 points six times so far this season.
The ACC is ranked #5 by RPI…29-33 vs. other power conferences.
Duke has not allowed more than 65 points per game during the current five-game win streak.
In a four-minute stretch, Duke got ten consecutive defensive stops against Pitt.
Part of Coach K’s defensive plan this year is to limit quantity of 3-point attempts by the opponents…percentage made is up, but Duke has allowed significantly fewer 3-point attempts than any other ACC team.
Duke is +14 in free throw differential…6th best in the ACC…Pitt at +66 is #1.
Duke has led at the half in every game this season, except UCLA…that was a tie.
Tricia Liston became the Duke women’s #1 in 3-pointers over the weekend. Thursday, she led the way with 29 points in the victory over Miami…without hitting a trey.
Sunday at 2 PM on ESPN, it’s #2 Notre Dame at #3 Duke in a great women’s match-up.
When Iowa went ice cold vs. Michigan State, they shot 1-13 over a 15-minute period. Ouch! Iowa is 1-5 against teams ranked in the Top-25.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott scored 39 points and hit the game winning 3-pointer vs. St. John’s…no other Blue Jay scored more than seven.
Kansas has McDonald's All-Americans and top-50 guys that aren't even in the rotation.
According to Peter Tieman of Bracket Science, there are six telltale signs for a Cinderella. 1) Wide turnover margin. 2) Tournament experience. 3) High volume 3-point attempts of more than 39.5%. 4) Teams that hold opponents below 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc overachieve. 5) Average scoring margin greater than 15. 6) Upper-class laden teams…three seniors and no freshmen starters is the magic mix.
Last six games, Ohio State is 1-5 and the opposition has shot 57% on their 2s. Penn State’s victory ended an 80 home game consecutive win streak vs. unranked teams for OSU.
Last five games: Iowa State is 1-4…with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State up next. Ooops!
Last five: Wisconsin 1-4. Northwestern’s win at Wisconsin marked just the second time in 16 years the Badgers have lost back-to-back at home.
Syracuse’s record through 18 games the past four seasons is 70-2. Record the rest of the way the four seasons is 36-16.
The Syracuse zone is more a morphing zone than strictly a 2-3.
Trevor Cooney has taken close to 50% of Syracuse’s threes.
Syracuse has outrebounded everyone except Pitt.
Chattanooga had won ten in a row and was 8-0 in conference, before they went to Davidson and got beaten by 43 points. Ouch!
The Pac-12 is inconsistent…but dangerous. They’ll pull some upsets in March.
Not so fast: Lest we forget, Notre Dame is clearly the most experienced ACC team with veterans at every position.
One more thing: For the 10th straight time, Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State in Norman.
Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Celebrate by watching some college hoops tonight.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville--Wonderful Weekend Edition

Are we having fun yet?
Over twelve hours of most enjoyable basketball on Saturday starting with a nooner at Cameron Indoor {a Duke victory over FSU} continuing unabated to the Late, Late Show with a win by my favorite team in west, Gonzaga. My-oh-my!
Lehigh has lost four games in a row by 10 points…that’s rough.
Michigan State’s 16-1 start was the best in program history.
Vandy could only play seven guys in their home win over Missouri, due to their depleted roster.
In their Conference USA home opener, Tulane shot 23.3 from the field, miss all 14 3-point attempts and had more turnovers (17) than field goals (10). They lost to Louisiana Tech 73-45.
Despite causing 15 turnovers vs. UConn, Memphis managed just two fast-break points in the loss.
UMass has nine wins against BPI Top-100 teams…tied with Wisconsin and Ohio State for 1st.
Creighton’s 3-point extravaganza at Villanova is well documented. Prior to that, The Blue Jays scored on 14 consecutive possessions against Butler. In that 8:39 stretch, their lead went from 12-7 to 45-24. Yikes!!!
Ethan Wragge has made half of his 148 3-point attempts this season, and he’s taken just six 2-point field goals. Six! Who does that?
Creighton has a great culture as well as the type of “know-how” that oozes from winning programs.
Miami held second half leads in both their losses to Syracuse. The U has a great coach…period.
UVA is 6-1 in the ACC…winning by a margin of +18.8 ppg. Six times this season UVA has held an opponent to fewer than 20 points in a half. That’s not an accident…that is dominance…that’s good for business.
Wake Forest is winning conference games at home that it would have found a way to lose last year.
In the 29 years of the 64-team era: More #1 seeds won the NCAA Tourney than seeds lower than four got to the Final Four. Only two teams lower than a six seed have reached the finals.
Butler scored just 18 second half points in their loss to St. John’s.
That’s nine straight for Michigan…the only Big 10 team undefeated in conference play.
Former La Salle legend Tom Gola passed away on Sunday. He was a four-time All-American. He remains the all-time leader in rebounds in college hoops history (2,201), and one of two players (Joe Holup of George Washington) in D-I college hoops history to score more than 2,000 points (2,461 in total) and grab more than 2,000 rebounds.
VCU and Villanova had to go into overtime to grab weekend victories.
Texas has won five in a row.
Wisconsin’s win at Purdue was just their third in 42 years.
Andrew Wiggins had 27 for Kansas…the most by a Jayhawk this season.
Belmont is 7-1 in conference play after beating preseason OVC favorite, Eastern Kentucky.
In Georgia State’s victory over Louisiana-Monroe, the teams combined for zero bench points.
Florida is looking more and more like a Final Four team to me.
The Zags are now 18-3 and 8-1 in conference…looking stronger game by game.
Colorado was 9 for 24 from the foul line in their loss at Arizona State.
Duke’s 27 offensive rebounds against Florida State was their most in a game since Nov. 20, 2004 (26). The Blue Devils got 29 second-chance points. The bigger, stronger FSU had just 24 total rebounds.
In the second half, Duke had just six field goals and still won by 18. Remember in March.
Parker and Hood were just 7-24 from the floor…17-20 from the line.
FSU scored just 0.86 points per possession. That's the seventh time in the last 10 games that Duke has held a team below 1.00 points per possession.
The Duke bench outscored FSU 42-11. Ouch!
In the Duke Women’s OT victory at FSU, the Seminoles went 0-2 from foul line. Pretty amazing when think about it…just two attempts in 45 minutes, at home. Bravo Duke!
Remaining undefeated in the win over Utah, Arizona did not score their second basket until seven and a half minutes into the game.
It was in a losing effort, but Temple's Dalton Pepper had 33 points and eight 3-pointers.
Memphis assisted on 23 of 25 field goals in their 32-point win over South Florida.
Five wins in a row for SMU.
Not so fast: The UMass victory at George Mason marked the first time in history that a ranked team played at Mason…who knew?
One more thing: Miami averages the fewest possessions per game in the nation, while Syracuse averages the seventh-fewest. The Division-I average for possessions per game is 68.4.

Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Celebrate by watching some college hoops tonight.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

George Pelecanos---The Double

Lean and mean, “The Double” moves at great velocity…so hold on.

The story is as relentless as its protagonist. Spero Lucas is a noble man bringing his brand of justice to the streets of the D.C. area.

The main plot never clashes with the subplots…and all have meaning and help define Spero.

More than a whodunit…it has the feel of a chronicle of a few months of Spero’s life…how he thinks, acts, keeps his edge, applies his trade, assembles his associates and closes the deal.

All the story lines are resolved in credible fashion, leaving little need to suspend disbelief.

This is one terrific ride that is completely satisfying. Can’t wait for the third Spero.

If D.C. is your beat…this is a must. If crime fiction is your beat…this is a must.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---Bad Day on Tobacco Road Edition

I love it when I hear coaches say they have to watch the tape of a game. When was the last time any of them watched on anything other than a disc?
Purdue has used eight different lineups in 15 games. That can’t be good for business.
Ronnie Johnson became the third player in Purdue history to get 500 points and 200 assists in his first two seasons.
Numbers game: Baylor entered the TCU game ranked 260th in free throw shooting, hit all 21 of their foul shots.
Nevada has played eight games decided by three points or less, plus one OT. They are 6-3 in these games…just 9-8 overall. Go figure!
Rick Pitino and Larry coached against each other 17 times in the NBA. Sunday was their first meeting in college.
Florida is 6-2 in games decided by single digits.
Coach K is now 26-8 in ACC Openers.
Out of 345 D-1 teams, UNC is #328th in free throw shooting…Wake forest is # 333.
In their win over Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara attempted just two free throws.
There were only 49 possessions in the Miami/Syracuse game. The Canes rank dead last in Kenpom’s adjusted tempo…and Syracuse is in the bottom 15. Clemson and UVA are also in the bottom 15. Watching the ACC this year could be like watching the Big 10 of yore.
Injuryville
Pitt’s sixth man and all-around glue guy, Durand Johnson, saw his season end with a torn ACL.
Oklahoma State lost top rebounder, Michael Cobbins out for the season (Achilles injury). Marcus Smart then proceeded to grab 24 boards in two games.
Grant Gibbs, starting senior point guard for Creighton is out indefinitely.
Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddle also tore his ACL and is done for the season.
The most devastating loss is Duke Women’s All-American point guard, Chelsea Gray to a fractured kneecap. Her college career is over.
She suffered the same injury last season. Freshman, Alexis Jones took over and was dynamic enough to be named MVP in the ACC Tournament.
Duke has two experienced seniors to come off the bench who will contribute.
Chelsea was a female Magic Johnson. As fine a passer as I have seen.
Five of UCLA’s next games are on the road.
Illinois is 0-4 in away games.
Washington’s victory over Colorado was their first win vs. a ranked team in 2 ½ seasons.
Duke, UNC & NC State all lost Saturday…the first time all three lost on the same day since March 6, 1996 in the ACC quarterfinals.
Throw in Wake’s loss…and all Tobacco Road teams lost by an average of 18 points.
UNC’s 57-45 loss at Syracuse tied the school record for fewest points in the shot-clock era. Just two players scored more than four points for UNC.
Coach K has won more ACC road games (61.7%) than any other coach in league history.
Cal is going to be a threat and a pest in the Pac-12…3-0 to start conference play.
Let’s be honest. Duke got the W over UVA…but it was due to a very lucky bounce on a Rasheed Suilimon 3-pointer with 19 seconds left. Most fortuitous indeed.
I think UVA missed more open shots/great look attempts than I have seen in one game. UVA did not get one bounce all night.
Their pack line defense is stifling. Looks sorta like a 1-3-1 match-up zone that dares you to shoot from behind the arc…dares you to attempt a mid-range jumper…dares you to attack the rim. And they defend deep into the shot clock. I lost count of the rushed prayers Duke put up as time was dwindling down.
UVA out-rebounded the Blue Devils…a trend that continues, and will haunt them all season and especially in the post season.
Duke has now won 31 straight ACC games at home.
Pitt is now 15-1.
In a loss to George Washington, Rhode Island put just 13 points on the board in the first half.
Not so fast: I agree with John Feinstein who posits that today’s freshman play so well because they face fewer and fewer great upperclassmen each year---since most are already in the NBA.
One more thing: Cornell became the last D1 team to win a game. Too bad Oberlin is not a D1 team.

Congratulations! You made it to the end -- celebrate by watching some basketball this week. Wisconsin@Indiana, Georgia@FLA, Kentucky@Arkansas, OKLA@Kansas State, Ohio State@MINN, UConn@Memphis, Pitt@Syracuse, Michigan State@Illinois, Oklahoma State@Kansas, OKLA@Baylor, Louisville@UConn, NC State@Duke.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Curmudgeon in the Wry 559

Friday, January 10, 2014---930 Words---Average Reading Time: 3 Minutes, 11 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Continuing to call them as I see them.
Virtually free of original ideas. 
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Completely biased.
Don’t forget to floss.
Low carb.
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Rave: Angie Harmon.
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Reading: “Easy Go” by Michael Crichton writing as John Lange.
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On the Hi Fi: Toni Tennille “Sings Big Band.”
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Under rated: Warren Oates
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Rave: The new year is off to a promising start thanks to the news that Alex Rodriguez has discarded his plans to write a book.
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Quote: “Even if you are making art, you’ve still got to get behind the mule every morning and plow.”—Tom Waits.
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TV Time Out: “Justified” started season five took off with an explosive premiere. Dazzling dialog…solid sense of place…characters that feel so real on screen you feel they all deserve their own spin-off…just a few of the things I loved on Tuesday’s show.
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Rave: Dana Perino is one tough cookie.
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Rave: XM’s 40s on 4 is the cat’s meow.
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Quote: “When a guy does something stupid once, well that’s because he’s a guy. But, if he does the same stupid thing twice, that’s usually to impress some girl.”—Dr. Seuss.
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Truism: No matter how slow your progress, you are beating everyone who isn’t making an effort.
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Hmmm: Doubt that you will hear the word “smart” used to describe an NFL player…but they sure can dance.
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TV Time Out II: The return of “Person of Interest” kicked ass with guns blazing. Shaw and Root are wonderful chicks with guns…perhaps the sexiest women on TV---along with Rachel Zane.
So much happened in Tuesday’s episode. Everyone is after The Machine…Finch and Reese now face Decima, in addition to Vigilance and Control.
And, we learned there are now two Machines.
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In passing: Phil Everly voice is now with the angels. He and his brother Don were {are} a major influence on a lot of artists…legendary and otherwise.
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Quote: “obama is never happier than when he’s putting off until tomorrow what he hopes someone else will do for him today.”—Burt Prelutsky.
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You Know You’re Old: If you remember when the only one-and-done college athletes were either expelled or flunked out.
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Hmmm: Revenge is a really good motivator.
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Rant: I take Art Carney far more seriously than Jay Carney.
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Truism: Influence lasts ten times longer than power.
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TV Time Out III: The return of “White Collar” packed a wallop. Only two episodes remain and the assassination of the Dutchman complicates things geometrically.
Just who is stalking the White Collar Division…who shot the Dutchman…and just who is Rebecca really? What’s the interpretation of Mosconi Codex?
So many questions---so little time to answer or leave you hanging.
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Rave: The “Burn Notice” marathon on ion-Television on New Year’s Day was a huge treat.
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I Wish: That TV play-by-play announcers will remember that we can see what is going on and that they will consider the possibility that their redundant chatter is neither welcome nor needed.
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Rant: Well, at least FedEx, UPS & Target ADMITTED the problems while the obama regime says 1) there's no problem, 2) you misunderstood or 3) it's George Bush's fault!!!!!
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Hmmm: Isn’t being Politically Correct nothing more that an acceptable form of lying.
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TV Time Out IV: Monday wraps up the current season of “Major Crimes.” Looks like the long awaited trail will start…but there are so many ways this could go, I can’t wait to see what direction it takes.
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You Know You’re Old: If you remember back to when cable first began and you thought you were going to get commercial-free television.
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Great tee shirt: “Yes, I hate your favorite team.”
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Just asking: Doesn’t it seem like PC goes out of fashion the moment it costs money to be so.
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Quote: “Commentators like to decry low-information voters—the stupid are picking our leaders. I think the real problem is low-information leaders. They have so little experience of life and have so much faith in magic—in media, in words—that they don’t understand people will get angry at you when you mislead them, and never see you the same way again.”—Peggy Noonan
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Rave: College football’s best name belongs to Navy’s safety Wave Ryder.
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Final TV Time Out: “Suits” returns on March 6th. I love Rachel Zane.
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Hmmm: Kale was crowned the veggie of the year…actually not as bad as I figured it would be.
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Truth: Alex Rodriguez could not possibly be more phony if his last name was Kardashian.
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Quote: “What obamacare has done, thanks to Chief Justice Roberts' Supreme Court decision, is reduce us all from free citizens to cowed subjects, whom the federal government can order around in our own personal lives, in defiance of the 10th Amendment and all the other protections of our freedom in the Constitution of the United States.”---Economist Thomas Sowell.
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Guess Work: Just how many ESPN employees are allowed to call themselves “NFL insiders?”
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Final Thought: Full disclosure---I have never been ever to watch “Lawrence of Arabia” in its entirety. One of those great things, I just don’t get.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.

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Welcome to Bracketville---All Conference, all the Time Edition

This season is the first season that Duke, UNC and NC State all lost their ACC openers. That’s pretty remarkable.
Vandy is down to seven scholarship players.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff has yet to play a home game.
Undefeated: Wichita State, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Iowa State, Arizona.
Winless: Cornell.
Miami is the slowest team in college, averaging 60.4 possessions per game.
Duke has the high offensive rating {1.22 points per possession}.
Against Georgia Tech, the Blue Devils sunk 22 of 25 free throws, while Tech missed all six attempts.
Coach K’s brother never missed a day of work as a Chicago firefighter. I wonder just how many accountants go their entire working life without a sick day.
Michigan State and Cincinnati have each had 64-rebound games.
Cal has beaten Oregon 12 times in a row…Holy Moly!
Butler is 1-3 in overtime games.
In their one point win over Nebraska, Michigan had as many turnovers as foul shots.
In a losing cause, UCLA outrebounded #1 Arizona last night…both offensively and defensively.
Louisville’s best wins are vs. Southern Miss and at UCF. Ooops!
Clemson can sure play defense. #1 in points-per-game allowed, #2 in field-goal percentage, 8th in blocked shots…and they commit the 13th fewest fouls.
Scoring is a not their strong suit. In their home loss to FSU last night, the Tigers had 18 turnovers and 15 field goals…scoring 41 points.
Cincinnati managed to defeat Houston, despite making just seven field goals in the second half.
Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane looked All-World to me in the victory over Baylor.
Even with the loss, I still like Baylor’s match-up zone.
Kansas ranks #348 in Kenpom’s “experience” statistics.
A day after his birthday, Creighton’s Doug McDermott had 30 points, 10 boards and five assists in a victory over Seton Hall.
Ask FSU about UVA’s defense. The Seminoles shot 30.8% and had as many turnovers as made field goals {16}…at home.
Virginia’s pack-line defense keeps them in every game.
This is the best start for Wisconsin in 100 years of Badger basketball.
UCLA’s 107-73 victory over USC marked the first time in 16 years that the Bruins have hung 100 points against their cross-town rival.
After beating Georgia, George Washington starts conference play at 12-2, with other good wins over Manhattan, Miami, Creighton, Maryland and BU. Don’t sleep on GW come March.
Manhattan has nine wins away from home so far this season.
Opponents are hitting 79.1% of their free throws against NC State…a very high number. I have no idea what to make of this stat, since there is no defense against foul shots…but thought it interesting none-the-less.
Not so fast: Arizona’s average possession length on defense is the longest in the country.
One more thing: Wake Forest has not won on the road in the ACC since January 21st, 2012, at Boston College. Coach Jeff Bzdelik's personal ACC road record is 1-25.
Congratulations! You made it to the end -- celebrate by watching some basketball this weekend. UNC @ Syracuse, FLA Arkansas, Kansas State @ Kansas, Kentucky @ Vandy, Duke @ Clemson, Memphis @ Temple are all on the tube.