Tuesday, March 23, 2010

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

My NCAA tournament bracket is totally busted! I picked 25 games correctly out of the first 32. My teams were doing great and I was feeling on top of the world. Then the second round games started and that is when the bottom fell out. I missed on 7 out of 16 games. I should be very upset. The crazy thing is though that I'm not. I'm actually very happy.

With all of the talk of expanding the tournament to 96 teams, this years NCAA tourney has proven to be one of the most exciting in recent years. Kansas, a #1 seed and picked by many people to win it all, was eliminated by Northern Iowa University. NORTHERN IOWA UNIVERSITY!! They have no business at all beating Kansas, but they did. There have been other upsets as well; Ohio over Georgetown, St. Mary's beating Villanova, Cornell defeating Wisconsin. This year has proven that anything can happen.

I know that sometimes people say "more is better", but in this case it is not. Having the top 65 teams play in a tournament to crown a college basketball champion is one of the only perfect things in the sports world today. 96 teams would water down the competition and take away from the miracles that happen.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Trivia Question!

If you know the answer to this question, email me the answer (or post on my facebook wall).

The Detroit Tigers last won the World Series in 1984. Who threw the last pitch, hit the last ball, and caught the final out?

I will take all correct answers and draw a winner on my radio show on Saturday, April 24th @ 6pm. The winner will get a copy of the book "Sweet Spot, 125 years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger".

Good Luck!!

Trivia Question and a prize for the winner!

On my radio show tonight, we will be asking a trivia question. I can't say what the question is yet because I don't want people to get a head start on getting the answer. However, after the show has aired, I will post the question on this blog.

Once the question has been announced, listeners will have until my next show in April to come up with the answer. We will draw a winner on the air! That winner will get a book from Louisville Slugger entitled "Sweet Spot, 125 years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger". It's full of very cool photos and lots of info on baseball and it's most famous bat!

I'd just like to thank Louisville Slugger for their very generous donation! I hope that we have a lot of entries!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Unwritten rules are not meant to be broken

Professional sports have rules. There are actual rulebooks that people can look at and physically see the rules. What some people don't know is that there are unwritten rules in sports. They are not made up by the head office or by the commissioner. These rules are made up by the players. If a player happens to break one of these unwritten rules, there are consequences.

For example:
In 2009, Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers hit a game winning home run against the San Francisco Giants. After Fielder rounded the bases and touched home plate, all of his teammates (who were waiting for him) fell down like bowling pins as Fielder jumped on home plate. The next time Fielder faced the Giants (which happened to be a few weeks ago in a spring training game), he was immediately plunked in the back with a pitch.

Claude Lemieux of the Colorado Avalance gave Detroit Red Wing Kris Draper a vicious hit that most people deemed to be "dirty" during a game. The next season, the Red Wings and Avalance were involved in one of the better fights that I have ever seen in the NHL. And yes, Claude Lemieux paid the price in this fight for his dirty hit on Draper the year before (for all you Red Wings fans out there, you can view this clip by clicking on the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3o1o8pky-M.

This past Sunday, Nascar driver Carl Edwards wrecked driver Brad Keselowski as a payback for Keselowski wrecking Edwards earlier in the race and in previous races. Edwards decided to take matters into his own hands and settle his dispute on the track. For this, Edwards has received a three race probation from Nascar.

I know that a lot of people are upset that Edwards didn't get suspended for what he did. After all, he admitted it! I believe that is where Edwards went wrong. He made it publicly known that he was going to wreck Keselowski. In the two examples above, no one came out and said what they were going to do. We all knew that it was going to happen, but nobody came out and said it. If Edwards had kept quiet, not admitted to wrecking Keselowski on purpose, this would not have been a big deal. Edwards was just enforcing an unwritten rule.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Big Ben is acting like a Big Dummy

Big Ben is at it again. This time though, people don't seem to be as forgiving.

For the second time in less than a year, Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault. This time it is from a 20 year old college student in Milledgeville, GA. These recent accusations have caused many of Roethlisberger's supporters to question his character.

You would think that after the initial accusation last year, Roethlisberger would be more careful and aware of what he is doing off the field. I know that I would if I were him. Apparently Ben disagrees with my way of thinking. I guess, that's why he is an NFL quarterback and I'm not.

This situation is starting to sound similar to the Adam "Pacman" Jones fiasco of years past. People will remember Pacman was constantly having "issues" at strip clubs. By issues I mean run ins with the local law enforcement department.

Roethlisberer was accused last July by a woman that he raped her at a Lake Tahoe hotel & casino in 2008. Now these allegations have come about after Roethlisberger was at a night club in Georgia this past week.

Even if the first sexual assault accusation turns out to be false, the negative publicity that he got from it should have taught him a lesson. Unfortunately, it didn't.

Maybe Ben should invest some of his $102 million dollar contract into some common sense. It may pay better dividends than the stock market for him.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

96 Teams...Really?

The NCAA is apparently seriously considering expanding their mens college basketball tournament from 65 teams to a whopping 96.

Why? That's easy...money. More games equals more sponsorships and television revenue. But you won't hear the NCAA saying that. They (and many college coaches) state that the tournament needs to be fixed. They feel that more teams should have the opportunity to play.

What these people don't realize is that life can be unfair sometimes. A basketball team may have its greatest season in its history and still not make "the big dance". It is something that happens each year.

Florida head basketball coach Billy Donovan (a proponent of tournament expansion ) recently told SI.com "I think it's difficult for a player to go through college and never get a chance to play in an NCAA tournament. I went through four years at Providence and only got to experience one my senior year. We went to the Final Four, and what an unbelievable experience it was. These kids work so hard. If it's supposed to be about these kids, and you're saying that the NCAA tournament is the biggest sporting event in our country, why would you not want to have more kids participate?

I completely disagree with what Coach Donovan is saying. Division I college basketball isn't about the "kids". When you get to that level of competition it is no longer about the "kids". Division I sports is big business. For example, the NCAA is in the eighth year of an 11-year, $6 billion contract with CBS for the rights to March Madness. $6 BILLION DOLLARS!!

Please NCAA. Keep March Madness as it is. I don't know of anybody that is complaining while filling out their bracket because some random school with a great record didn't make the tournament. People forget about those teams as soon as they are able to print out their bracket to make their selection.