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March Madness – My Bracket

March 14th, 2012 Comments off

It’s time to get it on. The beloved Commodores are the reigning SEC Tournament Champions after unseating #1 Kentucky in New Orleans. I’m hanging my hat on the first round curse coming to an end against Harvard this year and I genuinely believe the Dores will be cutting down the East Regional nets in a couple weeks.

Sadly, I cannot overcome with my heart what my head tells me. The Wildcats are the best team in America and should give Coach Calipari his long sought title. For as much as I loathe all things Big Blue, they are my pick to win it all, with UNC facing them in the championship after knocking off Vanderbilt. Missouri is my other Final Four contender.

After the jump, a bracket based on tuition costs which gives the Commodores a true victory. Read more…

VU Baseball: Recapping the 2012 Vanderbilt Baseball Banquet

February 4th, 2012 4 comments

Trying out some new technology here tonight. It was the VU Baseball Banquet and the house was packed.  For those out of town fans, the Dores are kind enough to live stream the event.  It isn’t archived on www.vucommodores.com, so I’ve done the next best thing and recapped some live tweeting of the event.

Tim Corbin was a maestro on the stage, showing off an impeccable memory and some sly humor. Look for me to start rolling out my season previews sometime this week.

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Vanderbilt Baseball is Back!

January 27th, 2012 Comments off

Earlier today (Friday the 25th), baseball practices started up across the SEC with Florida and South Carolina kicking off with scrimmages and Vandy having their first practice of the year.  As with last year, I intend to launch of full series of previews… I’ve just yet to get the chance to finish them off. In any respect, there are high expectations with the Dores pulling in preseason rankings of 10 (Baseball America), 11 (Coaches’ Poll) and 12 (NCBWA Poll) in the last week.  Florida is the consensus top team in the land, with South Carolina coming in second or third.

Over the next three weeks I will endeavor to do so before the Commodores kick of the season against All-American rightie Mark Appel and the Stanford Cardinal.  For now, here’s a quick video from today’s first practice of the year.  You’ll note that Coach Corbin’s first priority is working on the “Vanderbunt!”

Occupy Meme reaches inevitable conclusion with my poor Photoshop skills

October 26th, 2011 Comments off

I’m no Brian @VUGymRat from www.anchorofgold.com (the fine chap who came up with the below embedded faux ads for VU basketball), but I tried my hardest with the above.

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#NowPlaying: Black and Gold (Vanderbilt Remix) – Nick Wells

February 25th, 2011 Comments off

How to start a good weekend? How bout by repping Vanderbilt. Nick Wells is a student down on campus and with the help of some folks he put together what is a pretty dang awesome song and video. He even gets in a shout to Jeff Taylor, Kyle Fuller and Coach Stallings. No love for Stevie Thunder, though?

The song is a remix of a pretty tight song by Wiz Khalifa called Black and Yellow, embedded after the jump.
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SEC Power Poll – All SEC Teams

March 30th, 2010 3 comments

SEC Basketball has come to an end for 2010.  With Tennessee’s elimination at the hands of Michigan State in the Midwest Region Final, there are no more SEC games to be played, so I figured it was time to release the When[It]StrikeMe All-SEC teams for 2009-2010.  I’ve loaded up your standard fare of All-Conference Performers, as well as All-Villain Team, All-Glue, All-Name, All-Smooth, All-Freak-Athlete and All-Wait-Till-Next-Year teams.  Let’s start with the individual awards.

Coach of the Year. At the end of Conference Play, I was ready to follow the Coaches and give this one to Kevin Stallings of Vanderbilt.  Not only was that the homer pick, but it was also the wrong one.  There are some arguments against Bruce Pearl, but he is the Coach of the Year.  Pearl’s Vols have overcome tremendous shortcomings on their roster to end up as the last SEC team standing, earning the Vols program’s first Elite Eight.  It is true that Pearl brought the troublemakers that caused those roster problems into the program; however, at the very least one has to appreciate that he actually disciplined his offenders (unlike a certain reptilian coach to the north).  For that, I grant thee Pearl the Coach of the Year.  Runners Up (Tie) – Stallings and John Calipari (Kentucky).

Yes, this man-child... Demarcus Cousins... dominated the SEC this year.

Player of the Year & Freshman of the Year.  Some people seem dead set on giving John Wall the annointed status as best SEC player.  I’m sorry, he’s not even the best player on his own team.  Granted, on a team that starts four potential lottery picks for this year’s draft, not being the best doesn’t mean a whole lot; nevertheless, the guy I’m watching and who I believe was the most singularly dominating SEC performer in several years was Demarcus Cousins.  In a year in which he wasn’t even expected to be a candidate for Player of the Year or Freshman of the Year… hidden by characters such as Wall, USC’s Devan Downey, UT’s Tyler Smith, MSU’s Jarvis Varnardo and Vanderbilt’s AJ Ogilvy, Cousins snuck up on people.  Or at least he snuck up on folks as much as a phenomenal, freak-beast at 6’10” 260lbs can.  He’s arguably the most athletic big man in amateur basketball and turned into a double double machine while dominating the best post players in the SEC.  The only real downturn for Demarcus is that the most physically mature player in the league was also the most immature.  He loved flashing his elbows and lost his cool on numerous occasions.  Regardless of his personality disorders, Cousins was the best player and the best newcomer in the league.  Runner Up (Both Awards) – Wall.

Sixth Man of the Year.  This was really somewhat of a thin award pool.  No sixth man really dominated in any tangible measure, so it ended up falling by default to Vanderbilt’s shooting wunderkind, John Jenkins.  The SEC leader in three-point shooting at 48.3% actually shot 50.7% from downtown if you remove the 0-7 performance against Georgia.  In the Georgia game, Jenkins played through a flu that hospitalized him for two days the next night.  Anyway, Jenkins eventually ended up starting seven games as his unreal stroke could not be left on the bench.  It goes without saying that he will not be eligible for an SEC sixth man award again.  Runners Up (Tie) – Chandler Parsons (Florida) and Zach Graham (Ole Miss).

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InfoGraphics: John Wall and Tim Tebow (TheOnion.com)

March 29th, 2010 Comments off

The Onion has been king of satire for a very, very long time now.  Even in the age of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert, the Onion launched the superior OnionNewsNetwork.

One staple they’ve continued to run out is their mocking of The USA Today and its infographics.  After the jump, I’ve got two of their infographics from the Onion Sports Network, addressing those bastion of collegiate athletics: John Wall of Kentackalacky and The Lamb of God of Florida.

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Name of the Year Ballot is Up

March 24th, 2010 Comments off

The almighty Steampunk Emperor, LSU linebacker Barkevious Mingo defeated Michigan student Iris Macadangdang for the 2009 NOTY crown. Who will succeed our faithful overlord?

It’s that time of year again?  Earlier today, the good folks at Name of the Year put up the new ballot for this year’s true March Madness: the nameoftheyear.blogspot.com bracket challenge.

Over the course of the next several weeks, all 64 contestants will be whittled down to a Final Four and then a national champion worthy to carry on the title.  For those that don’t know, all names must be real and verifiable as not invented.  Only two of this year’s entrants were familiar to me, thanks to my affection for NCAA athletics: Myron Rolle (former FSU cornerback, current Rhodes Scholar, future NFL player and my current athletics hero — Sonny Gray and Steve Tchiengang have to accept a tie for second place) and Just-in-Love Smith (from Siennnnnnnnnna basketball).

Some of this year’s entrants are real winners and the seeding seems to have a few interesting matchups, though the Sithole Region seems particularly weak.  I’ve got my eyes on a few real favorites (like Bulltron 1 seed Nohjay Nimpson and Sithole 1 seed God’s Power Offor) and some possible dark horses (such as DragonWagon 10 seed Can Du and Chrotchtangle 4 seed Spartacus Bernstein).  And, for the first time ever, I’m calling a 16 seed upset by Shy Ely of Dragonwagon 1 seed Spontaneous Gordon.  Bank it.

To view a printable version of the bracket, click here (PDF format).

March Madness – My Brackets

March 17th, 2010 Comments off

So I’ve gone ahead and completed my brackets for March Madness.  I did them both on gut instinct with no research into efficiency metrics or any other tactic (especially not mascots), so we’ll see how they turn out.  I usually go into a bit more detail in my research.

Anyways, I’ve produced one homer bracket and one real bracket… the most substantive difference is that I have several picks that I’d like to see in my homer bracket, while the real bracket is what I think will actually happen.

In the meantime, also worth a read is this great piece by Clay Travis on the death of Freeda Simmons and its impact on the Vanderbilt-Murray State game.  Simmons was a nurse at Vanderbilt Medical Center and the mother of Murray State player Picasso Simmons.  Further, Picasso and Vandy freshman John Jenkins knew each other quite well as the only two D1 players to come out of Station Camp High School in Tennessee.  C’Lay does a really nice job telling the story in the article.

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Hotty Toddy, Ackbar Almighty

March 8th, 2010 Comments off

It’s been quite well publicized that Admiral Ackbar is up for the role of mascot for the University of Mississippi, but it isn’t real news anymore until the Taiwanese go all CGI on the news (see, e.g., the Tiger Woods Accident and Spanking footage, as previously chronicled by this site).

My only advice to the good admiral is that this is a trap. The Ole Miss football team is the bottom of the barrel. They’ve got a “student”-athlete who can’t read (“He’s a good boy, he just can’t read“). They try to pretend they can compete in the West, but since Eli left they’ve been closer to Mississippi State than LSU and Bama. And you’ll be leading a fan base that had no problem for years with the idea of waving the Confederate Flag that represented to many African Americans a symbol of oppression and racism (regardless of the fact that it may have represented something different to those waving it).

An English version of the video, after the jump. Read more…