No matter how bleak it looked for the Kansas Jayhawks when they were taking on Purdue this past Sunday, this rabid Jayhawk fan never sat down and never gave up. Here’s to you five-head KU aisle fan guy…
No matter how bleak it looked for the Kansas Jayhawks when they were taking on Purdue this past Sunday, this rabid Jayhawk fan never sat down and never gave up. Here’s to you five-head KU aisle fan guy…
This was not the Spartans team that was suppose to stand in Missouri’s way to a final four appearance.
Their was not enough alcohol in my house to prepare me for what the Missouri Tigers did to my bracket. It wasn’t that Missouri even played bad, Newman State just played better. Missouri shot 53% from the field, that should be enough to beat a Nixon State. Unfortunately Nehigh State shot 54% from the field and it wasn’t necessarily bad defense by Missouri. Prayers were answered for the Nutterbutterville St Spartans time and time again, with hail mary threes and behind the back board shots too shots that were missed so badly by them they’d get the offensive rebound put backs.
Missouri was obviously not ready for the pressure or a number two seed though. All of those years of making fun of Kansas for losing to no name schools such as Northern Iowa or Davidson came back to bite MU fans in the butt.
Kim English was such a non factory in the game, I clenched my teeth every time he took a shot. English finished the game 1-7 from the field. Seeing him miss shots was more annoying than hearing Marv Albert mis-pronounce Phil Pressey’s name time and time again. ”Phil Pressley with a big shot!”. Marv gave us one last “Pressley” with 10 seconds left in the game, when Phil “Pressley” hit a three pointer to cut the Norfolk State lead to one.
Teams traded baskets the entire game. Every time Missouri jumped ahead by a point I just assumed this was the time MU would go on their run and put Norfolk out of their misery. That wasn’t the case. Every time Missouri hit a big shot, Norfolk answered.
By the five minute mark of the game I was mixing Jeremiah Weed and Pepto Bismol. Nothing could compare me for the final minute though. With the Tigers down by three, Denmon chucks up a desperation three with 20 seconds left on the clock. An ill advised shot.<another chug of pepto> The Tigers promptly foul sending Norfolk’s Kyle O’Quinn to the line where he hits one of two giving them a four point lead. I’m figuring game over and relax a bit. Phil PRESSEY jets down the court and hits a deep three pointer, Tigers down by just one with 10 seconds left!! <another swig of pepto> Tigers are back in this game! Kim English fouls and sends Norfolk to the line where 54% free throw shooter Rodney McCauley makes the first. He then misses the second shot so bad that Pressey and O’Quinn end up fighting for it out of bounds, possession arrow Spartans. <chug the rest of pepto and chuck empty bottle in kitchen> Game over right? O’Quinn misses both free throws giving the Tigers one last shot, down by two with under 3 seconds left. In one last attempt to give me an ulcer, Pressey gets a nice look at a three, but back rims it out.
I did the same move Pressey did after he missed his three, pulled my shirt over my head and watch my phone nearly vibrate off the table after being bombed with text messages. Now it’s time to just sit back and wait for the wraith of KU fan.
The KU Spring Football dates are set. The first three practices are going to be easy, but with the new talent coming in fans can’t wait to see the how the team is going to look, especially after the 2-8 season last year. After getting rid of Turner Gill and bringing in Charlie Weis the fans everyone is thinking that the Jayhawks are about to turn things around. I for one can’t wait until the season starts and see The KU Football team start winning. I know that they have the potential to be great, but potential is only good if you know how to use it. Charlie Weis released a lot of players due to poor grades, but he brought in some nice young guns from Community Colleges and High Schools. Even tough the Jayhawks were struggling, it seems that they are shifting into gear and ready to prove to everyone that they have what it takes to win, not just the basketball team. Not only are we receiving a new head coach, but new coaches across the board. The Jayhawk Football team has something to prove and with things starting back up in a couple of weeks, its going to be an exciting time around here. Now fans won’t be racing to go see the basketball team, they will be racing to go see the football team. Soon people won’t be saying “Kansas Football Sucks,” they will be doing the wave and chanting “Rock Chalk” all over the place.
I’m not trying to rub salt on the Missouri Tiger’s wounds after losing for the second time to the inferior Kansas State team. This Soren Petro rant from a year ago on a hillbilly Tiger fan is epic though. The Kansas Jayhawks are the Big 12′s pimp and they will slap you when they want. Let it be known that this clueless Tiger fan doesn’t represent the rest of MIZ ZOU fans.
I don’t know, but we are about to find out. After dropping both conference games to an Oklahoma team that many had marked as the “gimmees” on the basketball schedule, everyone is wondering what to make of this year’s team. K-State (15-5, 4-4) currently has all the pieces to the puzzle in the wrong places. They’ll get a quick flash of what the overall picture is about the time someone decides to move their piece.
By no means is this a time to panic and get tight. Let’s look back to just last year when K-State was in a similar situation. K-State ended the month of January with an ugly 24pt lose in Lawrence to fall to 2-5 in the conference. K-State fans couldn’t have been more down after being picked by the coaches as the favorite to win the Big 12. The Cats would go on to win 8 of their next 9 to finish regular season play with the one lose being to Colorado, who should have made the NCAA tournament.
Fast forward back to this year. Rodney McGruder has showed he can take over a game the way Jacob Pullen did last year, but he without a doubt needs his teammates to pitch in. Will Spradling is due for a big game as he has certainly had his struggles. Spradling has missed all of his last ten 3pt attempts and is just 4-23 (17%) going back the past five games. Jamar Samuels put on 30lbs this off-season and has done very little with it. Samuels needs to become a force inside, start finishing around the bucket and STOP shooting 3 pointers.
K-State has a great opportunity to get the train back on the tracks by getting a win on the road at Iowa State tonight. The Wildcats will tip off at 8pm against a Cyclones team coming off a big home win against Kansas on Saturday. These two teams appear to be jockeying for 4th place in the league, as the top three have set themselves apart.
My 3 keys to a K-State win. 1, limit Royce White. Shocking. This will also mean fewer times the TV audience will have to hear him referred to as “Rolls Royce.” 2, Rebounds. Outside of Royce, no other Cyclone is crashing the boards. Offense rebounds and second chance points will be huge. 3, Mental mistakes. K-State needs to stop giving the ball away on offense and start making better in game decisions.
The #22/24 ranked Kansas State Wildcats moved to 4-3 in the conference and 15-4 overall, by taking down a struggling Texas Tech team on the road by a final of 69-47. K-State was lead by Martavious Irving who came off the bench to score a team high 16pts. Rodney McGruder pitched 13pts going 6-13 from the field.
Jordan Henriquez was back, from what turned out to be a one game suspension, for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Martin showed that he was in no rush to get J.O. on the court, waiting until there was 2:59 remaining in the game before substituting him while Tech shot free throws. J.O. did manage to get on the board by knocking down a couple free throws and grabbing a rebound.
The final score along with who K-State’s leading scorer was gives a pretty good indication of how the game went. Tech is looking for any positives it can find right now in Big 12 play after falling to 0-7 with yet another lose. K-State was able to create 24 Tech turnovers, work the ball around on offensive and was never in a big rush to get a shot up. 11 players got in the scorebook for K-State, but oddly enough not Jamar Samuels who started and played 14 mins.
Texas Tech coach Billy Gillespie didn’t even bothering with raising his voice at his players, while Frank Martin opposite burned 1,000 calories just scowling. Tech somehow only had four players score and two of them were starters. Yes, only two starters scored. That includes two players who logged 36 and 28 mins. Ugh.
Kansas State is back in action on Saturday hosting an Oklahoma team who beat up on K-State already in Norman. OU gave Baylor all they could handle on Tuesday night before eventually running out of gas in the second half. The Cats are in a 5 game stretch where they will play the bottom half of the Big 12 standings, before turning right around to face the top 3 consecutively.
Damn good games this weekend. Kickers were either villains or heroes. It sucks though we are going to have to watch the Patriots and Giants again though. Was hoping for Pats and 49’ers. Now we are going to have to hear about how it’s a rematch from the Super Bowl that the Giants ruined the Patriots perfect season. Also we will hear about how it’s not a subplot, but it is and how everyone is not thinking about it but they are. Subplots to the game suck…just play the game. Its not wrestling and we don’t need a lead up story to the main event.
The guy that is both excited and not excited and reading sub-plots but not really, expecting but not expecting a revenge game.
Dear NFL Rule Makers,
Ok glad we got some reform in the OT rules, but they still suck. Not only that they are confusing. If the first team scores a touchdown game over, but if not ….etc, etc. How about this? I know this is far fetched and highly progressive but…what if you let the teams play the whole OT quarter and at the end the team leading wins. If it’s still tied, then you go to sudden death. Wow I know that is a crazy idea and it might make for better football and I know adding this rule to regular season games might make the NFL even better. Look into it.
The guy shaking his head at you dumb asses.
Dear Danny Woodhead,
Chad Johnson changed his last name to OchoCinco. He was a total dumbass for doing that. Maybe you should too. If you have never considered changing your first name to Morning, you really need to get on that. I can hear it now. “Morning Woodhead is on fire today.” “Morning Woodhead just penetrated the goal line.” You could be a millionaire with merchandising alone.
The guy that loves a good penis joke
Dear Eli Manning,
Keep grinding buddy. I’m still behind you for the MVP. By making it to the Super Bowl you have proved why you are better than Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.
The guy calling it how it should be
We don’t care.
The founder of the No More Pro-Bowls Movement
Ok, you have my attention. Let’s see if you can convince me to hop on the bandwagon or not. Enjoy it while you can, I have said it before and I will say it again. You will get rolled in the SEC next year. Make it count while you can.
Apologizing while winking
Dear Murray State,
Welcome you are the new fraud in the Top 25. Play a Top 25 team and then brag about your 20-0 record. It’s easy to look good when you are playing glorified high school teams.
The guy that despises easy schedules
Dear Kentucky Wildcats,
Welcome back to the top boys…keep rocking. The national championship is yours if you want it.
Loyal Big Blue Fan
Dear Joe Paterno,
Don’t worry about death; you are an expert at staying silent.
The guy that does not follow the too soon rule
Subject One: Giants at the Niner’s: The last time this was a relevant matchup people like Ronnie Lott, Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms, Tom Rathman were the main characters. Even though I don’t like the new version of this rivalry it should still make for a good game. The guy that should be MVP…Eli Manning has the Giants offense clicking and I have to admit the Giants defense is looking killer. After all look what they did to the Packers last week. Then on the other hand you have Alex Smith who proved last week he could survive in a shootout and the Niner’s defense was tore up. Both teams had emotional wins last week and could be subject to an emotional let down this week. There is no way to pick a clear winner. Who do I want to win? San Francisco. Who do I think will win? The Giants. Coughlin and the boys have been here before and know how to deal with it and get through. On top of that I know everyone is saying how this team reminds them of the 07 Giants and yes they do, but they also remind of last years Packers that got hot at the right time and won the Super Bowl. Can they this year? Who knows…this has been a crazy year in the NFL and it’s anybody’s trophy, of the teams that is left that is…
Subject Two: Ravens at the Pats: Tom Brady stepped on the field last week and looked at Tim Tebow and said “I am the only real quarterback here bitch.” Not a moment too soon. Tebow was to the NFL as Larry The Cable Guy is to the comedy world…sure people love them but they both suck. I know one thing Joe Flacco needs to shave that idiotic Fu-Man-Chu moustache. I want to kick a cat every time I look at it. What the hell are you Flacco a quarterback or a singer in a 70’s rock band? You look like you live in a trailer park. You played like that last week as well. Of course the Ravens defense last week played well enough to get by a team playing with a rookie 3rd string quarterback…not saying much. The Patriots defense has given up more play this year than my ex-wife did while we were married. Both of them are too easy to penetrate. I don’t know what to make of this game. Going with the Pats though because of New England’s high octane offense and the fact that they are the home team.
Subject Three: Miami Dolphins: Hey idiots did you want to win again? Oh wait that is right I forgot that jackoff Carl Peterson is working for you all. He is an expert in putting together a sub-par product and exciting the fans about it. Since they couldn’t get Jeff Fisher of course the next best thing out there was Joe Philbin, the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator. That’s like me wanting a Corvette and then settling for Ford Escort. I’m sure everyone’s saying hey Green Bay has had a good offense. Sure they have…when you have the talent they do….I could call flea flicker plays all game and look like a genius. I think the humidity in Miami is making people stupid.
Subject Four: MU vs. Baylor: If MU can go into Baylor and win this weekend I may be willing to give them some half acknowledgment as a legitimate team. I don’t think that is going to happen though. Baylor is too big and MU does not match up well. Don’t feel bad with Baylor loosing this week to KU, don’t be surprised if the Top 25 voters, vote Duke to Number 1 this next week. I will never understand why the voters have such a damn crush on Duke and North Carolina…its idiotic.
See you all Monday for the Hangover…
In Monday night’s NCAA basketball nightcap, the Kansas Jayhawks find themselves in an unfamiliar role at Allen Fieldhouse: underdog.
At the turn of the century, college hoops fans would see “Baylor” on their team’s schedule and mark one in the “win” column. Prognosticators annually picked them to finish at the bottom of the league. Their fan-base hadn’t seen their team’s name on an NCAA Tournament bracket since the 1987-1988 season. The Baylor Bears were the basement-dwellers of the Big 12.
Allen Fieldhouse, on the other hand, was the epitome of “college basketball”. It had the names, banners, atmosphere: the tradition. Kansas teams were considered perennial contenders for the national championship, and the standard preseason consensus was that the conference’s regular-season title would run through the streets of Lawrence.
Fast-forward to 2012, and Big 12 basketball is a case of, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Baylor head coach Scott Drew has single-handedly turned the Bears basketball program around since taking the reins in 2003. He’s led them to two NCAA Tournament appearances, one Elite Eight, and his current squad remains undefeated midway through the 2012 season. Although Drew has had his share of prized recruits in recent years, his teams have acquired a reputation for underachieving; this group, led by Perry Jones III, is looking to change that by ending the Jayhawks’ dominance.
Coming into the season, Bill Self’s Kansas resumé boasted a 237-46 record–including 129-7 (95%) at home–seven consecutive Big 12 titles, and one national championship. The league’s preseason coaches poll ranked the Jayhawks as co-favorites (alongside Texas A&M) to finish atop the conference, despite having what is arguably Self’s least talented squad.
Tonight’s game is going to serve as a barometer for both teams. Kansas is ranked #7 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, but they’re behind rival Missouri (#5) and tonight’s opponent, Baylor (#3). However, Scott Drew’s 1-8 record against the Jayhawks assures that he’ll spend every waking moment preparing.
On paper, the Bears and Jayhawks share a lot of similarities: dominant big men, athletic backcourts that excel in transition, and point guards that can create shot opportunities for their teammates, but are also turnover-prone. Ultimately, two factors could potentially dictate tonight’s outcome: Kansas’ success against Baylor’s signature zone defense, and Baylor’s ability to take the crowd out of the game. If Tyshawn Taylor forces the Bears’ zone to collapse by penetrating and freeing up his teammates on the perimeter, Baylor will likely revert to man-to-man which will ease the pressure on Thomas Robinson in the post. However, if Baylor jumps out of the gate and quiets the rambunctious sixth man, they could leave the storied venue with a “W”.
Stats and predictions aside, one thing is for sure: this will be fun.
MONDAY MORNING HANGOVER:
So I’m a day late…..wanted to get the BCS Championship Game in the mix…
Dear Upset LSU Fans,
You can say you had one more win than Bama. Doesn’t matter. You can say you won the first game…doesn’t matter. If you take the scores of the two games and put them together the final score was 27-9. Bama wins…now shut up…next year could be your year.
The guy that thought LSU was going to win but glad that Bama did.
Congrats on your shutout last night. While you were setting bowl history with the first ever shut out. I shutout a 20pk of Miller Lite. We were both on fire last night. Your defense was stiffer than Jerry Sandusky watching Nickelodeon. I said at the beginning of the year you would win the championship and I must admit I had my doubts there for a moment. By the way the BCS trophy looks like something my grandmother would have kept in her curio cabinet.
The guy that has never been molested by Nick Saban in a shower but would let him for some cash and booze.
If you are not going to give us playoffs, can we at least request that Bret Musberger never announce another college football game? He is annoying at best. I don’t even think he is still alive…I think the networks have some kick ass CGI. It’s like listening to Dick Clark announce a football game. Many times last night I put the game on mute.
The guy that would rather listen to Steven Hawking announces a football game.
Dear MU Fans,
Told you so.
The guy that watched K-State expose you for the fraud you are.
Dear Rick Pitino,
What the hell is going on over there at Louisville? Your team is coming apart faster than the GOP Race. Notre Dame? I figured you guys for a Final Four team this year. Guess not.
The guy scratching his head
Dear Tim Tebow,
F*!k You…That is all.
You had one good game but you are still a fraud
I have always loved you from afar. This week I pledge my allegiance to you and all thing holy in the Boston area. Please put an end to the Broncos and Tebow. I can’t stand another week of Tebow mania on ESPN. I would rather watch a Steel Magnolia’s marathon than watch anymore coverage on that hack quarterback.
The guy that will be eating lobster and New England Clam Chowder Saturday Night.
Dear Romeo Crennel,
You are on a tight leash with me. Better make it good fat man, I’m impatient. Any signs of Cleveland like leadership I’m gonna be on you like you on a Ryans Buffet on seafood night. Go tell your boss, the Tony Soprano look-alike, to draft lineman and spend some money in free agency.
The guy that is watching you.
The Kansas State men’s basketball team (11-1) wrapped up non-conference play with a drubbing of Howard by a final score of 92-46. With students still on semester break, Cats fans still made their presence felt to cheer on the #25 ranked Wildcats. Rodney McGruder led the Cats with 14pts going 4-4 from down town while Will Spradling chipped 13 pts in going 3-6 from behind the arc.
K-State now heads into 2012 and Big 12 play with a lot of momentum but with a major pick up in competition. K-State tips off conference play this coming Wednesday against in state rival #18 Kansas in Lawrence. The Jayhawks have shown their vulnerability after falling in Kansas City, essentially a home game, to Davidson.
For K-State to be in this game, expect intense perimeter defense on KU’s guards to force with them into what has already been a season of high turnovers. Thomas Gipson and J.O. will most certainly have their hands full with Thomas Robinson, but will just need to limit his production. On the offensive end, K-State shouldn’t panic if they get out to a slow start. The Cats have shown for the most part they are second half team. If the Cats come out hot to start the game, the Jayhawks better look out.
After Kansas, the Cats will then host two of the countries remaining undefeated teams in # 8 Missouri, on Jan 7th, and #7 Baylor, on Jan 10th. The Cats are going to need the most from their fans in attendance when Mizzou rolls in, as much of Wildcat Nation will be traveling home from the Cotton Bowl. If you have tickets for the Missouri game and will not be able to attend, please find a fellow Catbacker to fill your seat and fill Bramlage Coliseum.
Thomas Robinson scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to help Kansas take down former undefeated Ohio State 78-67 in tonight’s game at Allen Fieldhouse. It was the Jayhawks 47th consecutive non-conference win.
Freshman forward Kevin Young came off the bench for the Jayhawks to add 14 points, and Senior guard Tyshawn Taylor had a selfless 13 assists to help the Jayhawks achieve a high-profile victory after recent losses to No. 1 Kentucky and No. 7 Duke
The Buckeyes William Buford had 21 points, scoring 17 of them during the second half. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas added 19 points due to an excellent performance from well behind the arc.
The Buckeyes played without their preseason All-American forward Jared Sullinger. Sullinger averages an astounding 19 points and 10 rebounds per game. Not only would Sullinger had helped out the Buckeyes offensively, he would’ve placed more pressure on Jayhawks’ Thomas Robinsons lights out shooting and powerhouse performance in the paint.
The Jayhawks 59.3% shooting shattered the Buckeyes 39% from the field.
Robinson owned the inside without pressure from the absent Sullinger. He scored all 7 of his first half points during the Jayhawks early run.
The Buckeyes spark of life showed towards the end of the first half. Thomas hit back-to-back 3-pointers well beyond the perimeter, putting a small dent in the Jayhawks fast paced offensive attack. The Buckeyes went into the locker room at half time down by only six points.
The Jayhawks started off the second half showing no remorse. Guard Elijah Johnson hit two 3-pointers and Forward Travis Releford hit a 3-pointer of his own to put Kansas up 47-37 early in the second half.
Buford led the Buckeyes four minute run scoring all five of the Buckeyes field goals , which cut the Jayhawks lead to single digits late into the second half. Unfortunately the run fell short once the Buckeyes were within four (62-58). Back-to-back turnovers by Thomas and Jordan Sibert set the Buckeyes offense back.
Robinson capitalized on a three-point play on a putback with 2:40 remaining in the game. His free throw solidified their double digit lead that carried on for the rest of the match up.
The Jayhawks remained calm late in the game and managed to shoot 65% from the foul line.
Kansas defeats the defending Big 10 champs in their first meet up since December of 2000. This was Ohio State’s first game on the road and their first loss of the season.
Missouri Tiger’s head football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested last night by Boone County sherrif deputies for a DWI. Pinkel was pulled over in Columbia around ten o’clock last night. He posted the 500$ bail. He was pulled over for lane and signal violations. Chief Deputy Tom Reddin said Pinkel’s name didn’t appear on Boone County Sherrif Departments report due to a computer glitch. How convenient. Pinkel must have had one too many after seeing the murder’s row of teams he’ll soon be facing in the SEC.
You Can’t Be Serious
Where do I begin with the Penn State child sex abuse scandal? It is a tragedy and a travesty. The ball has been dropped so many times you’d think the federal government was involved. Here we have a “man”, Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with approximately 40 counts of serial sex abuse of minors including seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, and several additional charges. We also have an iconic figure in college football who has been relieved of his duties as head football coach. We have an institution that has lost its honor, integrity, and dignity. Most importantly, we have countless victims who will never have the chance to be everything they could have been because of the horrors inflicted upon them.
Let me see if I have this correct…
While under investigation for inappropriate conduct in 1998, Sandusky confessed to the mother of a victim (and later, in an interview with detectives) that he showered with her 11-yr old son and admitted he was wrong. Despite the confessions and evidence in place, the district attorney, Ray Gricar, informed investigators that no charges would be filed. As a result, the case was closed. In the fall of 2000, a janitor named James Calhoun witnessed Sandusky, in the showers, performing oral sex on a boy between the ages of 11 to 13. He informs other members of the janitorial staff including his supervisor, Jay Witherite. Witherite informs Calhoun of the proper authorities to notify. Calhoun never makes the report. In March of 2002 a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, witnessed Sandusky engaging in anal intercourse with a boy who is approximately 10 years old. He calls his father. The next morning, he called Joe Paterno, met him at his home, and informed him of what he witnessed. The next day Paterno called Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and reported a version of what McQueary told him. Later that month, Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz met with McQueary and said they would investigate. As a result, Sandusky was relieved of his locker room keys and The Second Mile, an organization he founded to help at-risk children, was notified of the incident. In the spring of 2008, Sandusky was barred from the school district of a high school in Clinton County after the mother of a freshman reported the sexual assault of her son; an investigation begins in 2009. On November 5, 2011, Sandusky is arrested and arraigned on 40 criminal counts. On November 9, the Penn State Board of Trustees fires President Graham Spanier and head football coach Joe Paterno, effective immediately.
Keeping in mind that this is an abbreviated timeline of the events that occurred from 1998 to the present, it’s not hard to see that several people in positions of authority, quite simply, screwed up. Let’s look at the facts. We have:
According to USA Today, the Missouri Tigers have officially been named new members of the SEC Conference, effective in July 2012. On Sunday, Missouri curators, SEC presidents, and the Big 12 board of directors made the announcement. Mizzou becomes the 14th member of the SEC and now leaves the Big 12 with 10 teams. Focus will now shift to Missouri’s long-time rival the Kansas Jayhawks to see if they will continue one of the longest rivalries in college football, known as “The Border War”….or if you want to be politically correct, “The Border Showdown.” There is a possibility that this move will affect the Big 12 Tournament being played in Kansas City as well.
The changes going on in the Big 12 are just one example of how little power the NCAA governing body actually has. The way the NCAA has to sit back as their conferences pick each other apart, ruining all the great traditional rivalries built up over the decades, is just pathetic.
Some colleges won’t even fully commit their athletics to one division, deciding to play football in one league while playing basketball in another. (I’m talking to you Notre Dame) I’m about as unstructured of a guy that you’ll meet. Don’t believe me? Just ask my girlfriends newly acquired migraines. I change plans constantly, never show up on time and am generally just a typical victim of ADD, or at least that’s what I blame it on. But this realignment junk is even too out of control for me. One day a team is all but in (West Virginia) and the next the conference found a better looking candidate (Louisville). I’m starting to wonder why anyone would want to be a part of the Big 12. They can’t make up their damn mind about anything and neither can the teams that are in the Conference. I hate Missouri departing for the SEC, but now I’m not so sure I can blame them. People like Kevin Kietzman try to convince themselves that the Big 12 is as strong as ever, but the truth is, the Big 12 can’t even get out of it’s own way.
Let’s take a look at the newest rumored teams involved in the new Big 12
Missouri isn’t exactly going into the SEC gun hots are they? I think MU is also in danger of losing the non-die hard Tiger fans here in Kansas City. With them leaving to the SEC, they all of a sudden don’t feel as local as they use to. So if you don’t bleed tiger blood, your love for the Missouri Tigers will fade over time. Missouri was trying to fix that by keeping the game against Kansas at Arrowhead, but that’s not even working out for them. Now there’s no more Big 12 Basketball tournament here at Sprint and no more rivalry game against Kansas at Arrowhead. What’s keeping our interest? Where do fair weather Tiger fans jump to? Definitely not hated Kansas. So that leaves Kansas State, all aboard the Bill Snyder bandwagon.
They’ve been gone from the Big 12 for so long (and looking back, with so much less drama than Missouri) that I almost forgot they were still here. I can’t say I blame A&M. They’ve always played second fiddle to Texas and quite frankly were tired of their abuse. Good for them making the jump. They even have a shot at getting back at Texas if they can steal Texas athletes away that want to play in the SEC yet stay in state. They will be a fine fit in the SEC.
Notre Dame is done feeding off the Big East and now that it has all but disintegrated it’s time to take their succubus act to the Big 12. They will do to the Big 12 what they did to the Big East, give them all their sports (which nobody cares about) but keep their football team independent (which less and less people are caring about). I use to have all kinds of Notre Dame fans in my social circle, but over the years, I don’t know a single person who likes Notre Dame. I haven’t seen anyone sport Notre Dame gear since Starter jackets were in style. They are nowhere near as relevant anymore as they like to think they are. But still a big name if they align their football team with a conference and I think the Big 12 is staking their future on the hopes that Notre Dame will join the Big 12 after their NBC contract expires.
Oh soooo close! West Virginia thought they were all but in until the Big 12 pulled the rug out from under them. They looked like they inked in, but in typical Big 12 waffling fashion they are maybe, possibly, could be backing away. West Virginia should just give the Big 12 the big ‘eff you!’ if they try to come back for them, but unfortunately they have nowhere else to go. And more importantly , does this mean the Big 12 is going to be taking Huggins v. Martin away from me? I don’t know how much more I can take.
BYU would be a nice fit, but unfortunately we are wanting them for their football services only. They’d be keeping their basketball team in the West Coast Conference. And then what would happen if the slight possibility of Notre Dame’s football team joining came through? Would BYU be pushed out or would they now be the Big 13. Oh God, it’s time for some aspirin. I would love to get BYU’s basketball in here too, but I don’t expect anything else from the Big 12 than them half assing things. Just throw some bandaids on everything.
The newest possible member of the Big 12 and West Virginia screw-er-over extraordinaire. They bring a nice name with them, especially in basketball where they are just steeped in rich tradition. Never Nervous Pervis anyone? And can you say Pitino v. Self? Thank you very much, I’ll take it. Louisville has the backing of a Senate minority leader making a push for them to get in the Big 12. Not sure what that means, but I love it when politics get involved in my sports. It was must see TV when President Obama filled out his NCAA basketball bracket.
Oklahoma Sooners fall from their #1 spot with a loss to Texas Tech…Oklahoma St continues to win despite not playing any defense…Kansas St is led by the best coach in college football…Missouri is Vanderbilt, even in the Big 12…
Looks like the Big 12 will be accepting West Virginia into the Big 12 as soon as today according to reports on ESPN. This would put the league at 11 teams if Missouri decides not to opt out and leave for the SEC. Get ready for some travel time Big 12 teams, you can’t get much further east coast than West Virginia.
The Mountaineers are leaving the decaying Big East and leaving them with only five football teams remaining in their conference. They are bringing both a solid football and basketball program into the Big 12.
I know I’m not the only one excited about the first Bob Huggins v. Frank Martin match up when Kansas State and West Virginia meet on the basketball court.
I’m selfish. I don’t care if it’s more money for the University or a better football conference. I want Missouri to stay in the Big 12. I want my Big 12 college basketball tournament in Kansas City and I want to continue hating Kansas. Both of those are in serious jeopardy if Missouri leaves. Plus, right now it feels as if Missouri is local, even here in Kansas City. If they were to go to the SEC, it takes some of that feeling away as well. So come on Texas and Oklahoma, bend a little here and Big 12, make Missouri an offer they can’t refuse. I want Missouri to stay!
Missouri Tiger’s senior leadership just took a big blow with the loss of Laurence Bowers for the season. According to Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith, Bowers tore his ACL. Haith isn’t exactly having a dream start to his Missouri Coaching debut is he? He began by hearing Tiger fan’s say who the hell is Frank Haith. Then there’s the Miami scandal in which he’s rumored to be heavily involved in. Now he loses Bowers for the season.
Bowers averaged 11.6 ppg and 6.1 rpg during the 2011 season.