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First of all, excuse Stank-0’s extended absence.  First, Stank-0 went down to the homeplace with his lady, and then on the last day of the trip fell ill.  That put the blog game on time out, but now it’s back on.

This Saturday is conference championship Saturday.  The game that le twitter has been goin on about is the SEC championship: Auburn vs S. Carolina.  Stank-0 would be lyin if he said he expected either of these teams to be here. That game rests on one issue: can you stop/slow down/limit Cam Newton?  That’s it.  If Cam has a marginally good game, he needs to get his suit dry cleaned to accept his Heisman. Strike a pose!

The Big XII Championship is intriguing because Nebraska and Oklahoma have played in some legendary games (1971 Game of the Century which they want to honor in 2020-21 with a home-and-home series) and this is Nebraska’s final game as a member of the XII.

In the NFL you have the Broncos going to division-leading KC and the Raiders going to San Diego.  These two games could go a long way towards deciding the division.  You also get ATL vs TB part II.  The Dirty Birds owned the first game so the Bucs will definitely want some get back.  The Steelers are going to Baltimore to face the Ravens in the Sunday Night game.  The Ravens won the previous match up so this game is very important for the AFC North.

To top it all off, you get Jets @ Patriots on Monday Night.  Gang Green is playing as well as anyone in the AFC if not the entire league. Can Tom Bieber Brady cool them off in Foxboro?

The NBA really has no game of value with two teams worth watching over the weekend, it’s quite sad.

In college basketball, you have Butler @ Duke, but it doesn’t excite. Then there’s UK @ UNC.  Could be good but its all about the Wildcats at this point.  There are of course a plethora of college basketball games on this weekend. 

That about covers this weekend.  What will you be watching?

The end of the run

Posted: March 21, 2010 in college basketball, KU, NCAA, the Dance
[Disclaimer: This post will be one of the kind.  That’s all that will be said.]

This post had to be done by none other than Stank-0.  My alma mater, the University of Kansas, is out of the tourney.  It was a shock to the system.  See, I’m Kansas born and Kansas bred and a Kansan til I’m dead.  With that comes a few things, such as pulling for the Jayhawks regardless of whether they have 4 NBA first round draft picks or they are recovering from losing them.  It also means that you can be honest with yourself, but never share those feelings with the wider sports world. 

I mean I could talk myself and others into thinking the Jayhawks were championship material, but I always had a few moments of doubt.  It just felt like something was missing.  I believe that championship caliber teams have this eff you gear they hit and KU seemed to lack it.  KU is methodical which is good, but they don’t go all out.  As of today, I believe that Cuse and UK have that eff you gear.  I watched Cuse’s eff you gear against Nova and saw UK’s eff you gear against Wake Forest last night.  It’s when you see the opponent is on the ropes and you just punch him out of the ring.  You don’t knock him out you knock him out of the ring, send him tumbling onto the writers.  You see, I realized our Achilles heels a while back and hoped to Almighty God that it wouldn’t rear its ugly head during the most important month of college basketball.

This year’s edition of the Jayhawks are poor at defending the three.  I saw this flaw during a few trap games and especially during the loss to Tenn and Ok St

And man if God did not hear my prayer.  See I was hoping that we would get UNLV because we match up better with them than a bunch of undersized gunners, but we got the gunners. 

I knew about halfway through the game yesterday they were gonna lose.  Sherron Collins was trying to shoot us back in the game and was having the opposite effect.  See Collins has this habit of trying to take over the game when it is not in his abilty to do so.  UNI’s D was simple, keep the man in front of you by moving your feet and don’t reach!  It’s a very simple concept but it doesn’t happen very much anymore in college or NBA basketball.  Combine that with the taller defenders, Collins was a non-factor. 

I love the Chi-town Killah’s (shout to Ed) game and hope he can latch on in the NBA, but he has been in a slump for about 12-15 games.  His offensive efficiency has declined and he is making needless turnovers. 

I still believe in Bill Self, he’s a good coach.  Remember he took Tulsa to the Elite 8.  The man knows his X’s and O’s, but this year was not meant to be.  So I’ll still watch the rest of the tourney (with lower blood pressure) and hope that Cuse and UK meet on April 5th.  KU you gave us another good season.  See you next year.

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Posted: March 12, 2010 in college basketball, KU

I didn’t want Stank-0 to go overboard in his homerness so I’ll do the honors.  This will be short and sweet.

The University of Kansas men’s basketball team reached the milestone of 2000 wins today.  They have joined some rarefied company, Kentucky and North Carolina.  At this point, Stank-0 would say some foolishness like both of those programs have the names of Kansans on their home courts, which they do.  They are Lou Rupp and Dean Smith, each from the state of Kansas, who studied the X’s and O’s under the legendary James “Phog” Allen which the Fieldhose gets its name from.  Phog Allen learned his X’s and O’s from the game’s creator, Dr. James Naismith.  I have to admit that’s quite a lineage, but in the end. It doesn’t make any difference.
The next on the list are: Duke (1885), Syracuse (1765), Temple (1724), St. John’s (1695), UCLA (1676), Notre Dame (1662), and Pennsylvania (1657).  Not sure how accurate these numbers are.  So I would assume that if Duke averages 30 wins a season they will hit 2K in 4 seasons.  With that same standard Cuse will join the club 6 seasons after Duke joins.  We are close to half of the 2K club before the end of this decade.  

But this is Kansas day, enjoy it until dark, get your mind right for the Big XII tourney and then the Dance.  Best of luck.

For those of you whom watch the sweet science of the hardwood, our Super Bowl kicks off a week from tomorrow.  Stank-0 asked on twitter which was better the first day of the NCAA tourney or the Super Bowl.  Honestly, Stank-0 can’t even decide that.  It’s too close to call.
[Editor’s note:  Let’s kill this 96 seed tourney talk.  What makes the Dance so good is that teams start going balls-to-the-wall from January til Selection Sunday because there are only 64 spots.  It’s also what makes these conference tourneys so enjoyable.  Before Stank-0 leaves God’s green Earth, he is watching the Big East tournament in the Garden.  Trust.]

Nothing much is done on either day as far as work is concerned. The Super Bowl is about pagentry and the Dance is about economy; how many nail-biting, sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat games can you watch in the first day?  Is CBS smart enough to switch you to the most exciting game right now?  Usually, the answer to the second question is no, they annually drop the ball like Purple Jesus.  It is truly a drug that you can’t get enough of.  Stank-0 still remembers, a few years back, faking an illness so he could leave work early to go to his boy’s house to watch the tourney on the big screen.  It was a 60 inch HD son, don’t judge me.

The second event is the start of baseball.  Stank-0 is not a big fan of the game, but the prospect of catching the Cubs’ home opener in Wrigley is on the sports bucket list.  It will happen, please believe.

Even as turrible as the Washington Nationals are, Stank-0 plans to catch a game or two here and see the Rockies at Coors Field in Denver over the summer. Beer, brats, and baseball just go together, knowwhatI’msayin?  It’s the wave as it crosses the stadium for the umpteenth time.  It’s the slight probability of catching a foul ball or a homer. 

[Editor’s note:  Be careful what you wish for.  Stank-0 saw a fan take a foul to the shoulder blade at Nationals Park near the 3rd base line.  Didn’t realize the ball could travel that fast.  Everyone standing up certainly doesn’t help either.  Word of advice, you sit close bring a glove.]

The list of baseball stadiums Stank-0 has been in is too small, that can’t stand.  Will hopefully add Coors Field to the very short list this summer. 

Stank-0 said it himself.

The #1 ranking is a bulls-eye.  You will get every teams best ball.  The arena will be filled to capacity and absolutely rocking.  When you lose fans rush the court. 

‘Cuse wasn’t listening and fell as a result after their first week at #1 since the 80’s.  The question is now who is gets to wear that bulls-eye?  Do they want it?  I can answer my own question.  With KU beating Missouri today, they will reattain the #1 ranking.  Thus far in the season, they have been #1 15 of 20 weeks this season, I think. 

Antrel Rolle and Kerry Rhodes
courtesy of Getty Images

The new old Cards
So now Warner, Boldin, Dansby, and Rolle are all gone.  They have Breaston, Fitz, Wells, and Hightower…with Matt Leinart as the signal caller.  Uh…that wouldn’t infuse me with lots of confidence.  The Cards will not go back to the playoffs next season, let alone winning the NFC West.

It’s not all bad they did add get Kerry Rhodes to replace the departed Rolle.

Shake up Saturday!

Posted: March 1, 2010 in college basketball*K0ABfqdNQVDbpF*LS1B3kHWOdrsVAU8WfY3RNVVTrnAT4xfBCua0F6MIMFvgffyIWq3O/Syracuse_Basketball.jpg
That is not Allen Fieldhouse that’s for sure!

Stank-0 can definitely say that it was necessary for KU, UK, and Purdue. KU and UK had trap games that they lost.  Can’t call Purdue’s loss to Michigan State a trap game because the Spartans are a good team.  The Volunteers are up-and-down so that’s definitely a trap game.  Maybe it was necessary for UK and KU to get focused again.  KU, in particular, had been cruising so maybe they got complacent, thinking they just had to show up and W’s would fall from the rafters.  Can you blame their complaceny?  Their #1 seed is secured, most likely in the Midwest region.  Having said all that, this loss might be what’s needed to recalibrate and refocus Self’s boys to get ready for the only Tourney that matters, the one that starts March 18th.

Can’t really speak on the UK game, but KU did not come to play against the Pokies.  Maybe they were already thinkin on the Big XII tourney down in Dallas.  Who knows, but what we do know is that Ok St. came to play. 

The #1 ranking is a bulls-eye.  You will get every teams best ball.  The arena will be filled to capacity and absolutely rocking.  When you lose fans rush the court. 

On the other extreme, Stank-0 and M0yo watched Cuse dismember Nova on ESPN.  It quit being a competitive game after about 5 mins in the 2nd half.  After the upheaval by Kansas, Kentucky, and Purdue, Cuse is definitely playing the best ball in the country right now. 

Scottie Reynolds was hot and then cooled off.  No one else was really putting up any points. 

Cuse will now become the #1 team in the country.  The next question is are they ready for that challenge?  We shall see.

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Posted: February 23, 2010 in Big XII, college basketball, KU


(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

With #1 Kansasvictory tonight over OU, they have earned at least a share of their 6th straight Big XII regular season title.  With their record at 27-1, they are about to enter into some rare company.  At least record-wise, this team has to be considered among one of the best in KU’s history, and still have games to play.  Now Stank-0 doesn’t believe in hyberbole especially in February, but this team has a chance to be very special. 

As big of a fan of Sherron Collins that Stank-0 is, Xavier Henry is that dude.  Freshman and straight hoopin!  It’s so sad that it’s a very real possibility that he will declare after this season, but that’s a whole ‘nother post right there.

Stank-0 would appreciate a few more trap games to get them prepared for the Big XII tourney and of course the Dance. KU is a 1 seed in the Midwest bracket. LOCK IT UP!

Is KU ready to dance or not?  The floor is yours.

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This is decidedly more about basketball but applies to all sports.

This is that game when your team isn’t as sharp because they generally came off an impressive win.  Or they are going deep into hated enemy territory.  Ah yes, the trap game. 

We’ve seen a few lately.  KU had a trap game last night and skated (just barely) through it.  Syracuse fell in their trap game to Rutgers.  Hell Cornell got their first ranking in decades and then lost in their trap game.  Tonight, UK has a potential one agaist Miss St.

How to know when you are in or going to a trap game.

  1. When your shots just outright refuse to fall.  If you can’t throw a ball into the ocean that night, you are in a trap game.
  2. The team you would normally blow the doors off of, is hangin in the game.
  3. Their shots are falling and keep falling and falling and…. which leads to
  4. The crowd keeping the opposing team in the game.  The volume’s decibels start climbing and suddenly the place is rocking.
  5. Your team has an unusually high number of turnovers.

Stank-0 will say this for the generally viewing audience a trap game is must see TV.  If that’s your team, then you are sweating worse than a whore in church.   

There are more ingredients to the perfect storm that is the trap game.  Any ideas?

In your own house!

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Big XII, college basketball, dunk

As you know, Stank-0 detests K-State and to a greater extent, Mizzou.  With said enjoy this young Aggies frosh Ray Turner banging out on a Mizzou defender.

h/t Aunuwyn

I’ll start by saying this: Sherron Collins (fail for having a girl name) is a good college player. He can score the ball well but is somewhat of a streaky shooter. I ask this though, where is the line drawn between good and great? I feel as though to evaluate a player you have to dive deep into the numbers to really find out what a player is good at. As we evaluate these numbers I ask you keep in mind that Mr. Collins only has ONE position in the NBA and obviously that is the PG spot. He flat out will not be able to defend the SG spot in the NBA because he’s 5’11 so that’s out. With that said, let’s analyze his career assist and turn over numbers because well, that’s what point guards do.

06-07 2.9 A/PG 1.7 TO/PG

07-08 3.1 A/PG 2.0 TO/PG

08-09 5.0 A/PG 3.3 TO/PG

09-10 4.2 A/PG 2.3 TO/PG

Career 3.7 A/PG 2.3 TO/PG (TO DATE)

Stank-0 said the only real knock on Collins was his lack of an NBA body. Moyo most certainly thinks this is false. Now, I’m not sure about the decision making because it seems as though he doesn’t really turn the ball over THAT much but when does this guy pass the ball to a team mate in scoring position? Or is he just a shot jacker? He has a center who finishes his shots more than 50% of the time over the span of his career and this year he has a swing man who is making over 40% of his shots from anywhere on the floor. In most circumstances that would bode well for a PG’s assist numbers. There is a lot more data to evaluate but we’ll keep this short for now. He is a leader but like I told Stank-0, So was Mateen Cleaves. I don’t feel he will be a big scoring threat and I think he will be a major liability on the defensive end. I give him less than 5 years in the L. He’s a good college player though. NEXT!

So dear readers, thoughts on State the case?  Anyone for the next segment?