Saturday, March 08, 2008

Ugly Uniform of the Day

No one can accuse this blog of not taking advantage of equal opportunity or gender equity.

Last night, I was changing channels, and came across the SEC women's basketball tournament. Auburn was playing Vanderbilt, and the Tigers were wearing these navy blue uniforms with wild stripes on them. The uniforms made them look more like tigers than a basketball team. That's too bad. It's ok for their mascot to look like a tiger, but not their athletes. Auburn needs to tone down the stripes.

As I searched for a picture, I came across the same uniform in orange. As you can guess: Gross!

These tiger stripes look better on their mascot. Better yet, they look better on Tony the Tiger or on the Exxon Tiger. They don't belong on the uniform.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

It's Really True

From the Yesterday’s News Department:

Brett Favre really is retiring. After flirting with retirement the last two years, and a premature posting last week on the Packers’ website, QB Brett Favre is retiring from professional football.

Brett Favre has been pure greatness. He has started every game for the Packers since the first Bush administration. He led them to a Super Bowl championship in 1996, and made many mediocre Green Bay teams good, if not great. Favre was a gunslinger of the highest order, a feast-or-famine quarterback that played with pain and led his team to exciting victories. In the infrequent case that he didn’t lead his team to victory, he often threw multiple interceptions in a frantic effort to bring his team back. Even when he wasn’t on his game, he always tried to play like he was 100%, and made most games interesting. I'd take him on my team. Of course, Tony Romo is quarterback of my team, and he's a Brett Favre starter kit.

The rumors behind this retirement are interesting. There is a story floating around stating that Favre wanted the Packers to sign Randy Moss this year. The Pack chose not to go after Moss, allowing the Patriots to re-sign him. Favre was not happy with the decision by the Green Bay front office, and chose to retire. I will not be surprised to see Favre show up in another NFL city as a quarterback. That would be too bad, as he is first and foremost a Packer.

Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers gets to follow a legend. Good luck with all that.

Monday, March 03, 2008

NCAA Tournament Projections, 3/3/08

In less than two weeks, 65 Division I men's basketball coaches will be happy, and 276 coaches will be planning for next year (or looking for another job). Sunday, March 16 is Selection Sunday, or Christmas for basketball junkies. That is when the field of 65 teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament will be announced.

The bracket, as always, is in a state of flux. North Carolina is currently projected as the #1 seed in the tournament. That can and probably will change. The projected results of the tournament are not as important at this point as the predicted field.

The bubble is getting more and more crowded. A lot of teams can still play their way into the tournament.

Among teams that barely missed this week's bracket, but still have a chance: Arizona (it's not enough to play tough teams-you have to beat them as well), New Mexico, Minnesota, Ohio State, St. Joseph's, Houston

Some teams that barely made it, and need to hustle to stay in the bracket: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Maryland, Kansas State, UAB

Click on the graphic to see this week's projected field. Seeds are based loosely on current polls and the version of the Ratings Percentage Index used at