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Saturday, 01/20/07

NIT Picking

Watching Connecticut play Indiana this afternoon I found myself wondering who the Huskies first round opponent would be in the NIT. When you want to know who has the inside track on an NCAA bid it’s easy enough to go to Jerry Palm’s Bracketanica website and get the latest but for those of us who really care about the NIT it’s not so simple. So I printed out a blank bracket from the NIT website and went to work. Here’s how see things shaking out.

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Wednesday, 01/17/07

Oh my Freaking God!

Ever since Khalid El Amin led my Connecticut Huskies to their first national title in 1999 I have had a soft spot in my heart for chunky point guards. We currently have two great ones playing college basketball both of whom I got to watch Tuesday night.

Trying to see through my tears watching the current incarnation of UConn was tough (boy are they bad on offense) but when I could manage to stifle my pathetic sobs I couldn’t take my eyes of Pittsburgh’s Levance Fields. His stat line does not jump out at you-six points and two assists-but he made one of the bigger plays of the game when he hit a three-pointer and was fouled with his Panthers pulling away midway through the second half. Fields is only a sophomore but has had some big games this season including a 24 point, five assist performance in a win over Syracuse. His inconsistency is one of the reasons he reminds me so much of El Amin, he seems like the kind of player that can go one for ten from the field and still want the ball in his hands with the clock winding down though one doubts if he would get his wish with all the talent on that team. One thing he does with more consistency is take care of the ball with a three to one assist to turnover ratio.

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Sunday, 01/14/07

A "Liitle" College Football

There really is nothing like being home sick, well except for the sick part that is. I was under the weather all last week and had been meaning to talk a bit about some of the great television I got to watch. Nowadays work intrudes on most of my days off in one way or the other and even when I call in sick, I generally end up doing some work from home but still there’s plenty of lying on the couch and rerun watching. As a kid sick days were generally spent watching The Price is Right, Press Your Luck and maybe an episode or two of Lavern and Shirley but no matter how much time I had there was always a gap around noon when I would take a nap or be forced to watch Across the Fence a local show in Vermont that had the entertainment qualities of ground beef.

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Thursday, 01/04/07

Saban Shmaban

So I’m sitting here asking myself over and over again what I think about Nick Saban leaving the Dolphins, going back on his word, and taking the vacant head coaching position at Alabama. Saban is guaranteed to make $32 million over eight years even if he doesn’t last that long in Tuscaloosa. So what do I think about that? The truth is I don’t know what to think about it. I’m an opinionated person but these numbers are starting to throw me for a loop.

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