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Coach K’s Pity Party

It would be an understatement of the day to say I was excited to see Derrick Williams and Arizona upset #1 seeded Duke last night. I’m glad I got to see Derrick in person before this tourney started, so I could jump on his bandwagon a little earlier than others. Anyways, after the game Coach K, the guy that’s almost as untouchable in our media as Tom Brady took offense to some questions being asked after the game. First, he wouldn’t admit that Duke melted down, and said they lost, but it wasn’t a meltdown. I guess he’s never heard of the term “meltdown” either from the transcripts. The second and more emotionally charged reactions he gave reporters was when he got mad that a reporter asked about Kyrie Irving’s future with Duke or if he was heading to the NBA. Very fair question in my opinion. His response upset me enough to write a little slander about Duke’s un-slander-able coach.

First off, he answered the question with the ol this is not the time for that. Very good response to start, I understand totally that he wanted to talk about the game more than Kyrie’s jump to the NBA. The thing I didn’t like about his response was that he made the question sound dumb. Seriously Coach K? ?You’ve been coaching for longer than I’ve been alive and groomed numerous pros, and you didn’t expect this question?!? Couldn’t you just say something like I don’t know what his plans are! Even then I wouldn’t take your answer serious, because we all know that when you went to his house to recruit him, you laid out a plan for him to be in the NBA. There’s no way this didn’t happen in my mind. Either way you didn’t need to make the reporter feel retarded for asking the question since someone would ask it eventually.

The second part of Coach K’s response ended with saying that he was hugging Kyrie after the game because he was crying, and he was not asking him about his plans on going pro or not. Let me see if I got this straight, Coach K pulled a Spolstra, and told the world one of his players is crying and the national media doesn’t care? I’ll call this hypocracy at it’s peak, because what’s the difference between what Coach K and Eric Spolstra did? I guess nobody likes the Heat, so it’s a pussy move when they cry. When a Duke player crys, we consider it natural, and caring about the game. I’ve never been against crying in sports. It’s emotional, and when you come up short, you play the “what” if game until you go mad. I guess that’s the main reason why I never really cared about the Heat’s crygate. It never really resonated with me, because if anything it just shows the player cares. Yes, there are other ways to show you care. Some people cry to get it all out and other like Dwight Howard and Rasheed Wallace get it out through technicals. Point is why don’t we make a big deal out of Coach K calling his crying player out? At least Spolstra didn’t name names…

Doin Elite Lines

I know, last week's half naked Will Ferrell aka Jackie Moon picture was a disappointment, so this week I give you, body paint!

I did about as bad as I could have on my picks for the Sweet 16, but you just like Jesse James I’ll have to dust myself off and move on. Maybe I underestimated Tennessee, and I definitely gave the double digit seeds a little more credit than I should have. I thought they’d be close enough to cover a spread or two, but that wasn’t the case. I guess the last two days truly were separation days. The Cinderella’s went down, and the true contenders are headed to the Elite 8 with the Championship in sight. There was one thing I pondered while watching Duke tonight, did anyone get screwed more by the making of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy than Scheyer? He must hear so much hobbit trash talk on the court every game I wish we could hear him mic’d up. I know I’d be getting my punches in… Anyways, here’s my picks for the weekend games, and who will be making the final four.

Kentucky (-3.5) Over West Virginia

This is a tough one for me. I will be pulling hard for West Virginia, and huggy bear. But as much as I want them to win, I know they won’t. They need to pick up the defense, and if they can somehow stop/slow down Kentucky from running up and down the court, they have a shot. I just think Kentucky looks too good to be beat. This will be the first truly good team they’ve faced, and we should be able to tell if they are going to be able to walk their way to a Championship after this game. I thought Cornell would put up a little fight, but I was completely wrong. I think I’ve now forced myself to not pick against Kentucky again in fear of being eaten by Demarcus Cousins. Is it just me or is anyone else curious how much bigger he is going to get  when he hits the pros? Christ, he already looks as big as Al Jefferson out there. Ok, ok, maybe that was an exaggeration, but agianst Cornell’s twiggy center, and most other players he’s come across he looks like a man amongst boys. The guy is going to be huge after he hits the weights for a couple years.

Butler (-3) Over Kansas State

I’d really like to see Pullen have some more cracks at game winners, the guy is nails when it matters most. My biggest question for this game is, how much does K-State have in the tank after that double OT marathon. I’m impressed with how many minutes those guys have played, and maybe Gus Johnson made them seem a little longer, but it has to catch up to you somewhere along the line. Maybe they are just young and can shake off the soreness or are in that good of condition. I think adrenaline could get them through this game, but Butler is playing out of their minds right now. Never bet against the team with the longest winning streak even if you really want to win the bet. This should be a good game. I’m REALLY looking forward to this one! Continue reading