Open thread


March Madness – Who do you have?

Last year, I picked Villanova and was actually right for a change. This year, my Final Four consists of Florida, Kansas, Notre Dame and Kentucky. Kansas beats Notre Dame 75-70.

14 Responses to “Open thread”

  1. dvxprime Says:

    Last year I went to DC for my birthday weekend. All the Sweet 16/Elite 8 games were boring ass blowouts.

    I might root for Northwestern for the one, maybe two games they’re gonna get.

    Illinois and Illinois State are the top two seeds in Region 3 of the NIT. WOOOO!!!

    //Ric Flair voice off

    Other than that, just waiting for the Black hawks to hit the warpath…

  2. Fro Dog Says:

    Well, I had the first five games right and then, Minnesota lost to Middle Tennessee. I hate trusting Big Ten teams (especially shitheads like Minnesota) to do anything worth a damn in the tournament. Northwestern is pissing themselves as I type this.

  3. dvxprime Says:

    Who the fuck let Illinois-Chicago’s 14-18 collective asses into any kind of post season? Yeah, they won tonight, but what happened to standards? The College Basketball Invitational couldn’t find any other over .500 mid majors? Dafuck?

  4. Fro Dog Says:

    I’ve never understood (other than money) why the NCAA has multiple tournaments. NIT, CBI and CIT? That’s way too many. Just have the one tournament and actually make it 64 teams rather than these shitty “play-in” games.

  5. genrebuster Says:

    …Notre who? 😉

  6. dvxprime Says:

    The king is dead, long live the king!

    Wisconsin 65, Villanova 62.

  7. Pie in the Sky Says:

    NBA is a joke. They need to do something about this “rest players” garbage. Cleveland couldn’t rest their players tomorrow night against the Lakers? I understand these teams have horrible schedule arrangements but the league can’t keep having these situations during prime time games.

  8. dvxprime Says:

    Basketball is a damn shame right now.

    Illinois: the IHSA went to four classes over a decade ago so “more schools would have an opportunity to win championships at March Madness.” The Chicago Public League took 3rd in 1A and sweet the other three classes.

    NCAA: Too many borderline cases from the Power 5 conferences. Worst seeding job ever. One-and-dones killing stability and draining the college game of recognizable stars.

    NBA: The last month of the season becoming unwatchable. Top teams resting their stars for nationally televised games, and cheating fans of seeing the best players (especially if its once a year interconfertnce games like Spurs-Pistons). Bottom teams, run by incompetent management, tanking so they can draft one-and-dines who aren’t really ready for the pro game. Bulls pretending that they have a shot at the right to be LeBron’s scrimmage buddies in the playoffs.

    Is anybody watching the Cubs/White Sox at spring training right now? Are there any worthwhile prospects that we could/should see later on in the season?

  9. Fro Dog Says:

    Genre is giving me shit for picking Notre Dame. Lovely. My bracket is complete trash. It looks like I won’t win that $100,000 or whatever Comcast SportsNet had. I wanted to reward myself with some hookers.

  10. genrebuster Says:

    I’m sad, Fro…was really looking forward to hanging with you and the girls…shit.

  11. dvxprime Says:

    See above…

  12. erniesarmy Says:

    “Cleveland couldn’t rest their players tomorrow night against the Lakers?” Everybody rests their players when they play the Lakers. Why bother breaking a sweat, the Lakers will roll over and let you have the win no problem. What a pathetic excuse of a franchise!

  13. Fro Dog Says:


    I was waiting to use my computer to type out a response to your points. I can get the point with the IHSA only having two classes when I went to high school (I think it was for both basketball and baseball). It always came down to the school I was at always having to play one of the city/suburban schools in Regionals/Sectionals.

    Us, being a much smaller school and public, would always have to play a huge school and/or private. With private schools, they could legally recruit players in Illinois.

    Junior year, 2002: My high school of Rochelle was one game away from State Finals in football. We had to play New Lenox Providence. We lost. The year before, I wasn’t at that school yet, but remember hearing that they played Joliet Catholic. Both times, they lost for the chance to play at state. And just to show you how good these private schools were over the years, Joliet Catholic had NFL players Mike Alstott, Coby Fleener and former EIGHTY-FIVE BEAR, TOM THAYER, MY FRENDT.

    As far as the NBA point is concerned, Ernie and I have already discussed on this site over the last year or so that the quality of players has diminished because of one and done’s. Players don’t develop like they use to due to not being taught the game in three or four years of college ball. That’s why a lot of these high draft picks in the last five or six years suck. Until Adam Silver does something worth a damn (spoiler: he hasn’t done anything decent ever), nothing is going to change.

    Simple: Make players be in college at least three years. Then, the NBA will be of much higher quality.

  14. dvxprime Says:

    So much for that all-Land of Lincoln showdown for a trip to MSG for the NIT Finals; Illinois State lost a buzzer-beater to Central Florida..

    Illinois beat Boise State, and hey look at that! Illinois Chicago keeps winning! .500 and a trophy baby WWWOOOOO!!!

    //Ric Flair voice off


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