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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – No Golf Today

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – No Golf Today

No golf today. As my dear HB used to say “there is always lots to be thankful for.”  I will be so thankful if the rains wash away the stain in my driveway.  See – my friend came to spend a few days with me over the weekend and something leaked from her truck which was parked in my driveway creating a grease stain.  Remember I live in a group of all look a-like town homes.

After she left I went outside to look at the stain hoping to see the face of Jesus or Mary or maybe even Reveille. Maybe even something prophetic such as “Texas Aggie Women Upset UConn to win the 2015 National Women’s Basketball Championship.  Or something even more profound “Texas Aggies Win Their First National Football Championship since 1939!” This way I could turn my town home into a shrine of some sort and charge admission for people to drive by and take photos, but I couldn’t see any faces, messages from the future or oily images suitable for Instagram.

So I will be so thankful if these rains wash away the stain.  Otherwise directions to my house will include, “Turn right and then my house is the one with the giant penis looking stain in the driveway. You can’t miss it.”

Oh yes – another thing to be thankful for – I did not put cat litter on the stain yesterday.  For that to work on grease stains it must be “the clumping kind.” Can you imagine if my driveway was filled with clumping cat litter and it rained causing it to all clump at the end of my driveway?

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – March Madness – Part Three – The Bracket

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – The Bracket

A bracket is a tree diagram that represents a series of games played during a tournament. The bracket used for the NCAA college basketball tournaments is a single elimination bracket. There is no consolation for this tournament.  That means win or go home.  This type of bracket is also known as an Olympic system, or a knock out, or a sudden death.  My favorite is the single penetration name.  One does not see that name used often.

Completing a bracket leading to The Final Four has become an entity in and of itself. There are people whose profession is “Bracketologist.” They study a pseudo-science called bracketology.

There are 64 teams that will be selected to play in The Big Tournament or the NCAA tournament. Teams are “seeded” according to the number of wins and the level of the teams played.  The seedings of teams is done by a committee. Teams are placed into mini-brackets in certain regions.  Each mini-bracket feeds into the overall bracket.  Seeding of teams usually results in a lack of geographic awareness and some teams have to travel cross country, while others play in their own back yard or court as the case may be.

To play a tournament bracket is easy. One completes a bracket by predicting which team will win each game from the opening games or rounds to the final game.  In other words, you guess.  The time is called March Madness because an entire game, season and reputation can rest on an injury or illness, a foul that is called, a foul that is not called, a foul shot made, or a foul shot missed.  And of the course the worse is the dreaded buzzer beater when the big round brown ball is thrown toward the hoop with a last second heave and the ball goes through the 18 inch hoop and the team wins.

Completing a bracket is easy.  You really do not have to know anything about basketball. Here is an easy method for completing your bracket.

  1. Go to NCAA.com and download a copy of the bracket you wish to play. I like to play both men’s and women’s brackets. These will be available around Monday, March 16.
  2. Make several copies of the blank bracket. You will want to complete one. You will want to have one to keep track of who actually wins the games. And you will want another one when you rip yours faster than Oliver North when your team loses against a lesser opponent. See buzzer beater above.
  3. Then complete your bracket by selecting the teams you think will win and proceed through the bracket until they reach The Final Four and then pick the National Champion.

Here are several methods for choosing which teams will win and thus advance to the finals. These methods are equally and statistically valid in terms of probability and possibility and usually have similar results regardless of method used to predict winning teams.

How to select teams.  Select a team based on:

  1. The color of their uniforms,
  2. The most tattoos, (Note: this can be by player or by team.)
  3. The best, longest, and/or most creative tattoos,
  4. The school’s mascot. Note: One seldom sees live mascots at basketball games. I supposed a BEVO cleanup in the free throw area is not in the janitor’s contract,
  5. The players’ hairstyles. This includes men’s and women’s teams. Be sure to include west coast teams, whose hair colors were not originally intended for hair hues,
  6. By the coaches you like or dislike or what the coach wears,
  7. By the college you attended or graduated from or by the T-Shirt from Wal-Mart you wear if you had attended college,
  8. Actually do statistically analyses comparing won loss records and strength of schedule data,
  9. On the men’s bracket, predict Kentucky as the winner and work backwards,
  10. On the women’s bracket, predict UConn as the winner and work backwards.

Good luck and BTHO Auburn. (SEC Tournament – Lady Aggies vs. Auburn)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – March Madness Part Two

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – March Madness Part Two

First our assessment question from yesterday.  Who has bigger balls? Men or women? If you said men, you answered the question literally and receive a two, or passing grade.  If you said women, you are philosophically correct and receive a three, or excellence, for the answer.

Now to today’s topic – what to look for when watching a basketball game.

When watching a basketball game on TV or at courtside, it is necessary to conduct a fashion police check on both coaches.  This is sometimes called “dishing,” and should not be confused with a pass in basketball which can be referred to as a “dish.”

One must examine the coaches’ attire, including footwear, neckwear and the hair do. You thought this was going to be about the actual game?

For the teams who are coached by men, one looks to see if the coach wears a suit and tie or not.

Examples include: Women’s coach, Jeff Walz of Louisville, does not wear a coat and tie, but chooses a well –pressed sport shirt in the team’s red and white colors.  Women’s coach, Gary Blair of Texas A&M (GB as the team calls him) wears a suit and tie as does women’s coach Geno Auriemma from U Conn. Men’s coach Scott Drew of Baylor usually wears a shirt and tie, but seldom a coat or jacket. Mike Krzyewski or Coach K, of Duke, always wears a suit. It is important to note who does and when the suit jacket comes off.  Coach K never removes his coat. GB takes his coat off when the game becomes tense.  Geno A takes his off the first time he screams at the referees, which is usually in the first three minutes of the game.

On the women’s side, one can bet Tara Vanderveer and Holly Warlick of Stanford and Tennessee, respectively will wear a tasteful, yet drab suit.  Karen Aston of Texas will wear a suit or slacks with a nice blouse.

Nicki Caldwell and Dawn Staley from LSU and South Carolina respectively will be styling regardless of what they are wearing.

Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame will wear a knee length, nun-approved straight or pencil skirt and a nice blouse, perhaps with a matching scarf. She will then wear six inch stiletto ho heels to offset the outfit. Somehow she manages to retain her balance and her dignity as she squats in front of the bench as the game is played.

You can bet Kim Mulkey of Baylor will wear a cutting, if not sometimes bleeding edge fashion. Where does one buy tight, black leather pants? Fifty-shades of Waco?

It is necessary to take a quick look at footwear.  This is more so for the women’s coaches, but GB does sport a nice maroon suede pair of loafers on occasion. One can bet every female coach mentioned so far will have on shoes that display the most current fashion sense, but reflect little of the common sense regarding footwear and comfort. Well, maybe not Vanderveer or Warlick.

And now the hair style.

Muffet McGraw’s is same pixie, leprechaun style she has worn since Clinton was president. Tara Vanderveer has probably worn her hair like that since she was five years old. Karen Aston has a really good hair dresser. With everbody else, it’s a surprise. And especially with Caldwell and Staley and maybe Mulkey.

The opposite holds true on the men’s side for coaches’ hair styles.  Some of those hair styles have not changed since Ronald Reagan was president.  I bet Georgia women’s coach Andy Landers’ hair has not moved since Reagan was president. Neither has Coach K’s or Mathew Mitchell of Kentucky women’s team.

One should pay attention to all jewelry worn.  It tends to range from tasteful to gaudy to “wow, I did not know necklaces or earrings could be that big.”

These topics are sometimes half-time report discussions, so be prepared. Tomorrow – What is a Bracket and How Do I Fill One Out?

Lent Day Twelve

Lent Day Twelve

Sunday, March 16, 2014 – OK- a word of warning. If you do not like college basketball, then you should probably stop reading this Lenten log now because there is going to be a lot about basketball in the next few weeks. I realize Lent is a religious observance, but to some of us, basketball is a religion. The NCAA basketball tournament is the great equalizer in sports. Smaller Division I schools have just as much of a chance to win as the large perennial power houses. That is one of the reasons I enjoy watching. The difference in a game may lie in a foul and a made or missed free throw. And who doesn’t like to watch buzzer beaters? The men’s brackets come out this afternoon and the women’s tomorrow. I fill in several brackets. One is based on which school’s mascot can eat the other school’s mascot. One is based on school colors. I might pick all schools with the color red. Of course I also do a carefully calculated bracket based on multiple statistical variables. And one bracket is my sentimental bracket. I pick teams based purely on sentimental factors. This year on the men’s sentimental bracket, my championship game is between the Wichita State Shockers and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. Of course, SFA is my one of my several alma maters (Given ‘Em the Ax ‘Em Jacks). These two teams hold the best won-loss records in Division I men’s basketball. I will pick both to go far into the statistical bracket also. On the women’s bracket’s I have any school save Notre Dame and UConn in the championship game. I might pick the USC women because they have red in their uniforms and are coached by Cynthia Cooper. Sometimes I complete a bracket because I admire the coach. So as we dribble through the next weeks, don’t say I did not give you fair warning. Don’t make me call a technical foul on you.