Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Welcome to Bracketville--Bracket Ready Edition

My story and I’m sticking to it: This year I relied more on my eye test rather than voluminous stats (not that they ever did me any
good). This was out of necessity, as my favorite site for info shut down.
So, I indulged myself by going with my heart, rather than my head in more than a few match-ups.
Numbers Game: This is the first time that every team in field has as least four losses…and only Kansas and Arkansas-Little Rock have four defeats…all others have more.
Bottom line: The #1 seeds combined for a record 23 losses.
Setting the bar: For the first time since 2009, no #1 seed has fewer than four losses.
Endless blather: I have no respect for Seth Greenberg, and it’s wonderful that we will not have to listen to him pontificating about accomplished coaches at tournament time. Remember, this fool, while at Virginia Tech, could never figure out the proper scheduling philosophy to land on the correct side of the bubble.
Idle thought: Trump University missed the Tournament.
TV Time Out: No Clark Kellogg doing games…hooray and hallelujah. Len Elmore, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Steve Lappas, Mike Gminski, Verne Lundquist and Jim Spanarkel will be behind the mike for your listening pleasure.
Long time gone: Oregon won the first NCAA Championship in 1939, and has not been in the Final Four since then.
One more thing: Duke’s Coach K is .711 in the ACC regular season, .713 in ACC Tournament play and .772 in NCAA Tournament play.

Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Now, finish your bracket and send it my way.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Welcome to Bracketville--Pre-Selection Sunday Edition

Before the brackets are out my Final Four is Kansas, UVA, Michigan State and Kentucky.
I feel Kansas is the team most capable of winning six in a row.
I realize that my antipathy towards UNC and Bob (T)huggins as well my nonbeliever status for Indiana, Maryland and Villanova will surely bite me in the butt.
A couple of weeks ago I had considerably more faith in Xavier and Providence than I do now.
I hope Valpo makes the cut…a remote chance at best. They could bust a bracket or three.
Stephen F. Austin could win a game this year, as they are loaded with experience.
Don’t be surprised if Seton Hall upsets a higher seed.
It is almost certain I will take Miami too far into the second week.
Cal could sneak up on someone.
Kentucky’s back court may be the best in college ball.
Duke will make an early exit.
I sure hope Purdue and Michigan State get a Friday/Sunday schedule…they looked gassed in one helluva ball game.
This year it will be impossible for me to watch the CBS Selection Sunday Show. I can neither look at, nor listen to Clark Kellogg without losing knowledge. Here’s one of his gems, “Oklahoma’s offense is predicated on shot-making.” Thank you Captain Obvious.
Doug Gottlieb is worthless as well. You take him seriously at your own peril, much like relying on a Karl Rove prediction in politics.
The good news is that at 5:30 on ESPNU, the #1 and #2 teams in college lacrosse will face off. Denver VS Notre Dame.
Later on the CBS Sports Network will have their Bracket Breakdown Show. I fear Gottlieb will be on the panel…but will be outclassed by Gary Parrish, Jon Rothstein and Seth Davis.
ESPN’s bracket show is impossible to enjoy as well. Seth Greenberg, whose coaching career was without accomplishment, is a know-nothing blowhard. As a basketball analyst, Jason Williams was a terrific basketball player…he can wear the balls off a pool table.
One more thing: Since 1985, only two private colleges have won the NCAA Basketball Tournament---Syracuse and Duke.
Off topic one more thing: The Knicks, under Jim Dolan, are now wrapping up 21st rebuilding year. They continue to do whatever it takes to minimize their chances to win.

Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Now go fill out your bracket and send it my way.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Curmudgeon in the Wry 582

Saturday, March 05, 2016---849 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 67 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Once you put it down, it is quite easy not to pick it up again.
Seeking only to enlighten and amuse.
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.
Don’t forget to floss.
Viewer Indiscretion Is Advised.
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Rave: Roscoe Karns.
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Reading: “Orphan X” by Gregg Hurwitz.
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On the Hi Fi: “25”—Harry Connick, Jr.
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Under Rated: James Mason.
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Rave: Senior Nights---one of the really special things about college basketball.
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R.I.P.: Dan Hicks was a real favorite of mine…”How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away” remains high on my hit parade.
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Truism: Foresight is similar to Krytonite in that both are rare and can be most disarming.
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Bad Medicine: There were five penalties for bad behavior in Super Bowl 50…yet neither Jim Nantz nor Phil Sims, disingenuous panderers that they are, found those infraction inexcusable.
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TV Time Out: The latest winter season of “Suits” bored me.
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Just Asking: Has a light hurricane season ever been predicted for Florida?
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TV Time Out II: “Suits” has been renewed for season six.
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Reality Check: The NBA All-Star Game is an insult to the idea of professionalism and effort.
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Doing Business: Peyton Manning has sizable stakes in two Budweiser distributors in Louisiana.
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Food for Thought: 240 million avocadoes were sacrificed to produce 120 million pounds of guacamole for Super Bowl parties.
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Picture This: Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” never gets old. The opening credits are still spectacular…Cary Grant was never more suave and Eva Marie Saint was never lovelier.
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Food for Thought: A good plan executed now is far better that a perfect one put into action later.
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TV Time Out III: On “Blue Bloods,” I love Erin’s investigator, Anthony…just a great character.
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Priorities: Two tight ends from Syracuse were tossed from the team for “violating team rules.” My guess is that they were caught in the library.
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Works for Me: When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
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If You’re Scoring at Home (or on the road): Phil Mickelson has not won a golf tournament in 31 months.
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Losers: Those eager to know what Kanye West thinks.
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Quote: “When dealing with the insane, it is best to pretend to be sane.”--Herman Hesse
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Lowering the Bar: Start the movies based on comic books without me.
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More Blather: Major League Baseball claims its average game runs about three hours. An understatement, if ever I heard one. 8 ½ inning games count as full games…and extra inning and weather-delayed games are excluded from the average. Pretty bogus---just like those obama employment numbers.
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Irony: Losing the Super Bowl puts you in a category slightly behind teams who have not played in one.
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Humor Me: Nancy Grace is the most ironically named person on TV.
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Overheard: Pickup line at a Bernie Sanders rally, “Your place or my mom’s basement?”
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Good Call: No sport milks the preseason better than Major League Baseball. Spring training has turned into a slice of Americana.
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Rhetorical Question: Is there a bigger waste of time than the Pro Bowl?
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Quote: “A Texas man who wanted to become an astronaut sued NASA for $10 million, claiming employment opportunity discrimination. The suit accused NASA of engaging in a biased job interview, which it prematurely terminated.
According to court records, that interview ended after the first question: ‘Do you like to travel?’ to which the applicant answered, ‘No, not really.’
Nah. Not true: not yet, anyway. But made ya look! Given that absurd is the new normal and that common sense is no longer admissible, why not?”—Phil Mushnick.
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Quick bite: No matter how long you stir organic peanut butter, it remains peanut butter soup.
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No Contest: Not many college freshmen are ready for the NBA…no matter how touted they are.
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Times Change: How about those idiotic Brown students who claimed they could not concentrate on their studies because of social activism? In my checkered past, any lack of studying on my part had everything to do with my own foolishness.
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For the Record: Twenty FSU footballers have been arrested in the past five seasons.
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Hmmm: Who are “They” and why are they always correct?
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Quote: “People who call obama a lame duck president seem not to have noticed that he is exercising more power than ever, and has turned the Republican Congress into a lame duck branch of government.”—Economist Thomas Sowell.
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Imagine That: Marriage may be the main cause of divorce.
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Final Thought: A moral victory always beats an immoral victory.
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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.
And, for everything else you have, thank God.
That is all.

As you were