Saturday, March 28, 2015

Izzo Best Ever?

If a UM fan isn't proof enough, take it from the guys over at FiveThirtyEight. Great statistical look at just how much Izzo overachieves every year. Basically he wins 3 games more in the tourney than his seed typically performs. Great read.

His and Hers

I've noticed lately that "Mike and Mike" use the hosts of "His and Hers" often on the show. Sometimes they are guests, sometimes they host. Is it just part of their programming, or deep down is the show ("His and Hers") struggling so they are trying to boost their audience and hope ratings go up. I have no idea and I haven't watched any of their shows, but it just seems odd how often they are included into "Mike and Mike," a show that easily stands on its own.


How do you feel about professional athletes from a region showing up at tourney games and rooting for local college teams that they didn't play for? Say, for instance, Aaron Rodgers being a big Badgers supporter or Matthew Stafford at MSU's game last night? As a Spartan I'm happy to have the Lions QB support the team, but as they beat the Bulldogs in the first game of this run I'm not sure I'd be quite so cool with it if I was a Georgia alum.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Ultimate Marvel Marathon

Did you hear about AMC's Ultimate Marvel Marathon? In select theaters (Kansas City, New York, Anaheim, and Orlando, judging by the information on the page) starting on Wednesday, April 29 at 6pm they are going to show ALL of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies ending with Age of Ultron at 7pm the next day. I'll admit this sounds kind of cool but I can't imagine sitting the in theater through eleven movies in a row. I might do a similar thing myself, but I'll spread it out over multiple days in the comfort of my own living room.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NBA Combine

I don't really care about the NBA, but this took way too long to be figured out. You keep hearing about how much the "one-and-done" hurts the college game/business/product, etc., but at the end of the day, I never felt anyone was really trying to find a solution. In fact, I think I'd put a lot of the blame on the NCAA. It was always my belief that their precious NCAA rules is what was the biggest problem, and agents.

I think the NBA Combine idea is a no-brainer and can't believe it took this long to put one together. If an underclassman doesn't get invited to the combine, guess what, you're going back to college. That's a pretty big clue. They said about 60-70 will get invited. This still probably isn't the perfect solution, but it's a great start. This is too big of a decision without providing the right resources for students and their families to make the best decision. There should have always been more communication from the NBA to the potential players in the draft about their draft chances and position.

I never thought the NCAA tried hard to keep their athletes. It's like they wanted them to hire an agent so they could say, "Oh, sorry, you've hired an agent, so your NCAA eligibility is done."

I don't care so much about the age of a player. I just feel the system wasn't set up properly to help kids make a better decision to declare for the NBA. All it took was some guy on the street to say, "Oh yeah, go for it. You're good enough," and then they never ended up being a top pick or even a 1st rounder.

By the way, it doesn't seem to bother anyone when 18-19 year olds are playing professional tennis, golf, baseball, etc. But, if they are in the NBA, different story. "Wait a second, you're too young to be making millions of dollars." But it's okay in other sports...which also happens to be more of a "white" sport. Then again, those sports are performance sports. They get paid because of their performance. That's how all sports should be. Or, everyone should be on a 1-year contract. Good luck with that headache. Then again, that would make trades and especially free agency a lot more interesting.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


This NFL offseason is insane.