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This was the best thing about being in labor all day on October 24, 2009. (Note: There is no best thing about being in labor all day, but amazing football helps.) We watched highlights from this game over and over and over and over. You know how at night ESPN repeats itself? So do I.

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October 25th, 2012 at 8:38 am

Players We Like (links and notes)

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•Julius Hodge is the D-League Performer of the Week for the week of March 17. According to the D-League’s website:

In four games for Albuquerque this week, Hodge averaged 25.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. He set season-highs in points and rebounds on Tuesday with 34 points and 12 boards in a win over Austin, the first in four straight victories this week for Albuquerque.

You can read the full story here. I’m so glad he’s doing well, and I hope we see him back in the NBA soon.

•In other news, did we know that former Iowa Hawkeye Adam Haluska is in the D-League? He was acquired by the Iowa Energy on March 11. And holy crap! The Iowa Energy has Jeff Horner Bobblehead Night tomorrow. I swear I am not making that up — check it out here (hurry, it probably won’t be up much longer). That is AWESOME. How do I get a Jeff Horner bobblehead if I can’t make it to the game?

•Jeff Passan of Yahoo! sports wrote a nice article about Bobby Jenks — read “No more high Jenks” here. High Jenks. Hee. More people should know about Big Bad Bobby Jenks. Oh and also, his intro song is “Boom” by POD.

•I’m very worried that we’ll never hear from Jose Mesa again. What if nobody picks him up this year? I’ll cry.

Written by Tracy

March 18th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

ABC: Always Busy Sucking

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This isn’t wise, but all week, I have been looking forward to watching the Iowa-Wisconsin game on Saturday evening. I checked the listings the other day to verify that’s what would be on my local ABC channel and this is dorky and stupid, but I have been looking forward to it. This would be my first ever opportunity to watch Iowa in HD from the comfort of my own home, with some good beer.

A few minutes ago, I figured I should check again — one time last year, there was supposed to be an Iowa game on some channel, and then they changed it and put on something stupid. Guess what? The ABC listing changed. THEY ARE SHOWING THE USC-WASHINGTON STATE GAME. Why? WHY? Do you know how many people in Denver are from the midwest? Most of them. There are no people from Washington, and everybody from California is out crashing into stuff on the highways so they’re totally not watching TV. WHY IN THE HELL ARE THEY SHOWING THIS GAME? WHY?!

I hate you, ABC. If I saw you on the street, I’d punch you in the face.

Oh and also, today I got my Sports Illustrated, and the cover asks, “Pac 10 or SEC: Which is Stronger?” Oh my god, I do not care. Can these conferences I don’t care about stop with the penis measuring already and agree to disagree? I’d rather spend a day with that Ohio State mascot that has been described as a piece of corn covered with poo than hear one more thing about the Pac 10 or the SEC. I miss you, Big 10. You’re the only one for me.

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September 20th, 2007 at 11:00 pm

College football is getting a little ridiculous.

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I was afraid this day would come — the day I seriously start to lose interest in college football. Sure, I’m down right now because my Hawkeyes lost to Iowa State, which is inexcusable but totally what happens when your offensive line consists of toddlers who couldn’t win a game of red rover. As the seconds ran out on that game, I realized that it was all over for the season. Maybe if they’re lucky, they’ll get to the Flavorless Salsa with Gross Chunks of Tomato Chip and Dip Bowl sponsored by the new gross cheese thing from Taco Bell, where hopefully the refs won’t completely screw them over like they did in the 2006 Outback Bowl.

In college football, if you want to play for the “national championship” or in a bowl game that actually means something, you can’t lose more than what, one game all season? That sucks.

Because the Hawks aren’t ranked and I don’t still live in an apartment a few blocks off campus, I can’t even see them on TV most of the time. I get games like USC at Nebraska, which is great, because I totally want to watch some guys I don’t care about score 900 points against a team from a state with a panhandle.

So many college games feature one team being completely dismantled by another team. I don’t find it remotely entertaining to watch anybody win games by a million points all the time — it’s like when I watch ESPN and see the women’s college basketball scores at the bottom of the screen, and it’s always 57-18 or some shit. That’s not interesting and nobody wants to see it. Last week’s Michigan-Notre Dame game, which was nationally televised (why?) ended with a 38-0 score. Unless you’re sitting in The Big House after drinking for hours, there is no reason to watch this crap.

My main problems with college football are:

  • there are too many teams
  • there is too much emphasis on tradition
  • rankings are subjective and pointless.

I won’t suggest getting rid of teams, but I think I’m in favor of giving up the quest for an NCAA football national championship. There’s no way to put together something that even comes close to the awesomeness of NCAA hoops, which features, hands down, the best tournament in sports. Why not just have conference tournaments and leave it at that? I’d rather watch Big 10 teams battle it out than pretend to give a shit about the SEC or the Pac 10. Nobody is satisfied with the way the “national championship” is awarded now (except fans of the team that wins), so we’re not really losing anything.

Next, let’s get over the tradition. I don’t care that Notre Dame used to be good — they were good at one time, so we’re supposed to give a shit and want to watch their loser asses get pounded on national TV. I’m supposed to care about teams from the south where people yell a bunch of shit that doesn’t make sense, like “Roll Tide” and “War Eagle” — WTF is that? Aside from the fact that I think Florida’s frumpy alligator is cute as hell, I don’t care to figure out how Florida differs from Florida State. Florida is hot and humid and full of old people and had that one basketball guy who I think is with the Bulls now, and I just don’t care.

Don’t even get me started on the rankings. When I want to pretend it’s interesting to give a shit about what some bitches think about who should be number one and who should be sent home broken hearted, I have a few beers and watch America’s Next Top Model. I think Tyra should have bangs, and I think NCAA football needs to get over itself and cater to fans who like their team, but don’t have 100 extra hours a week to spend following teams from all over the country.

In my dream world, you’d be able to order a la carte cable coverage of your team and its conference. Even though I live in Colorado, I could order up Iowa coverage, including all games and local news about the team. That would be sweet, even if they lose to Wisconsin this week. As luck would have it, my local ABC affiliate is showing that game instead of that west coast matchup I don’t care about, where one team will score 82 and the other will score 13.

Go Hawks. It’s up to you to restore my faith in college football.

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September 18th, 2007 at 9:10 pm

He’ll be getting his cookies in Philly.

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I doubt anybody is thinking about hoops today, but I’ve just received word that one of my favorite players ever is shipping out of Denver and on his way to the Sixers. The Nuggets are giving up Reggie Evans (and draft rights to Ricky Sanchez) and getting Steven Hunter and Bobby Jones.

I won’t try to argue that Reggie Evans is the key to the NBA championship or anything, but the Nuggets will miss him this year. He’s a great energy guy with an awesome attitude who pulls down more rebounds than anyone on the team but Marcus Camby (and the elusive and mysterious Kenyon Martin). A fellow Iowa peep, he’s been a favorite of mine ever since he kicked some serious ass during the 2001 Big 10 Tournament.

Then there was the time he grabbed Chris Kaman’s nuts. Denver, let us never forget.

We’ll miss you, big guy. Say “Hi” to Jose Mesa and Tadahito Iguchi while you’re in Philly. Why do they get all my favorites?

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September 10th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

Jamaal Tatum is the new Gilbert Arenas

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Unfortunately, my favorite team in the NCAA tournament will not be making the trip to the Elite 8 this year. This is fortunate for my brackets, which have Kansas beating Georgetown in the championship game. It’s still a bummer, though. The refs sucked. Those Salukis really grew on me, and it was nice to have a team representin’ for the ILL.

It’s also a bummer because I just realized that Jamaal Tatum is the new Gilbert Arenas.

He recently rigged a trashcan filled with water to fall on an “unsuspecting teammate”; he performed a rap song he wrote when he was in high school over the SIU Arena intercom; he plays “Name that Tune” with Pink Floyd songs; he makes teammates roll their eyes with his antics but also makes everyone laugh; he runs fast as hell, has an incredible work ethic, and kicks some serious ass on the basketball court.

That’s just the kind of awesome that makes me love an athlete. It’s one thing to be good at what you do. It’s another thing to be good at what you do and be such an amazing, funny, cool person who has fun with everything and really just gets it. Oh and also, he’s hot.

You know what would kick ass? If he got drafted and played for the Nuggets next year. I could just see Tatum hanging out with Reggie Evans and playing tricks on teammates and Rocky the mascot. He also would bring something magical to the Nuggets — the ability to play defense consistently and well.

Links:
St Louis Post-Dispatch profile

Chicago Tribune article

Jamaal Tatum Saluki profile

ESPN player card.

In other news, Iowa hoops coach Steve Alford is leaving the Hawkeyes and heading for New Mexico. Have fun, dude. I hope they can round up a coach who doesn’t suck and win some games next year.

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March 22nd, 2007 at 8:36 pm