Four Days of CBS

March 19, 2009

It bugs the crap out of me that CBS can be close to getting it, but fail during the NCAA Tournament.

Example: Regional TV coverage where you get one of three/four games going on simultaneously? Not awesome.

Last Saturday, there were 19 college basketball games and 18 were on TV*. With my remote, I could pick which one I want to watch. Regional coverage… I’m boned. I can only watch CBS local, and one game at a time online. When there are 2/3 games.

You have CBS College Sports… show a freaking game on it.

More customers would demand CBS College Sports in there area if they found that one of the games was on CBS College Sports.

March Madness On Demand: Watch any game of the tournament live. This is awesome. The Boss Button on it used to be awesome. Now, not so much.

*-Winston-Salem State vs NC Central, two five-win independants, playing for nothing wasn’t on.

Oh the Hypocricy!

March 16, 2009

So I’m looking around, and I see this. THIS is’s official  bracket challenge:'s OFFICIAL Bracket Challenge's OFFICIAL Bracket Challenge

And THIS is the NCAA’s official NCAA Tournament Bracket, direct from the home office in Indianapolis, distributed to those in the NCAA and at host sites:

I know people, okay?

I know people, okay?

Now, that’s a small picture. Look a little closer… right… THERE:

What's THAT say?

What's THAT say?

Let’s zoom in.

The fine print

The fine print

“The NCAA opposes all sports wagering. This bracket should not be used for sweepstakes, contests, office pools or other gambling activities.

uh… Except Ours!

The bracket challenge is actually a pre-tournament challenge to see if you can correctly guess what the bracket will be, and not a bracket challenge to see who advances through the NCAA issued bracket. But in order to do this challenge, you’re essentially running a pool on who advances through the REGULAR SEASON and Conference tournaments, aren’t you? How is this NCAA-run own sweepstakes/contest okay, and a sweepstakes for who advances through the NCAA Tournament bracket not okay?

Selection Sunday

March 15, 2009

WED: 11
THU: 24
FRI: 26
SAT: 17
SUN: 4

After 82 games in five days, I can finally move my secondary TV back to the bedroom.

This bracket sucks. There’s only four “mid-major” at-larges, out of 34.

This is because the NCAA added two regular season games, which lets .500 major conference teams get into the tournament.

Now, if you go 9-9 in the Pac 10 or Big Ten, with those two extra games, you can be 21-11, 20-12, 19-13 and be in the NCAA Tournament instead of 19-11, 18-12, 17-13 and be out of the tournament.

It’s a complete and total joke that some of these big conference teams got in. Didn’t the regular season already prove that Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Arizona couldn’t compete for a championship?

We already KNOW that Maryland isn’t as good as Duke, UNC, Wake, Florida State and Clemson. Because they played them ELEVEN TIMES and lost NINE.

We know that Minnesota and Wisconsin aren’t as good as Michigan State, Illinois and Purdue.
Wisconsin: 2-5 vs Mich St, Illinois, Purdue and Ohio State, plus losses to UConn, Marquette, Texas and two to Minnesota. That’s 4-10 vs NCAA teams. We know they aren’t capable of going to the elite 8.

Minnesota is 0-5 vs MSU, Illinois and Purdue. 3-8 vs NCAA teams (taking out Wisconsin)

Arizona: 6-11 vs the top 75 of the RPI (and two of those wins are against teams who didn’t earn at-larges)

Oklahoma State: 4-10 vs top 50, 9-11 vs the top 100. They got a great RPI by LOSING. Against Oklahoma, Michigan St, Mizzou, Kansas, Washington and Gonzaga they went 1-8. Wins over Siena, Texas A&M, Texas (but losses to Texas and Texas A&M). They are mediocre.

We’re saying “Oh, well, they played a ton of tough teams and got a couple victories, they’re an NCAA team.” That’s rewarding mediocre teams for losing to good teams. And that’s stupid.

Another 24 on Tap

March 13, 2009

No, not Jack Bauer.  Friday’s TV games for me:

Michigan State-Minnesota (ESPN)
UNC-Va Tech (ESPN2)
-Va Tech has to win or they are toast

LSU-Kentucky (CBS)
-Kentucky has to win or they’re toast

Georgia Tech-Fla St (ESPN2)
Ohio St-Wisconsin (ESPN)
-winner locks up a bid

South Carolina-Miss St (CBS)
-South Carolina has to win or they are toast

Houston-Memphis (CBSC)

Holy Cross-American (ESPN2)
Patriot Final

UAB-Tulsa (CBSC)
-Winner is alive, loser is clearly toast
Temple-Xavier (A10 AA)
-Temple needs a win, or things are bleak

Louisville-Nova (ESPN)
Maryland-Wake (ESPN2)
-Maryland has to win or they are toast

Tenn-Alabama (CBS)

UCSB-CS Northridge (ESPNU)

West Virginia-Syracuse (ESPN)
BYU-San Diego St (CBSC)
-San Diego State can put themselves on the happy side of the bubble with a win
Dayton-Duquesne (A10 AA)
-Duquense could play their way onto the bubble with a win

Duke-BC (ESPN2)

Arizona St-Washington (FSN)
Florida-Auburn (CBS)
-Loser is toast.

Pacific-Long Beach (ESPNU)

Utah-Wyoming (CBSC)

La Tech-Nevada (ESPN2)

Hoops (Good and Bad)

March 12, 2009


“The man who is responsible for the song “One Shining Moment” making it onto CBS’ airwaves all the way back in 1987, has passed away today. CBS released a statement on the death of TV Exec, Doug Towey, who at the time of “OSM’s” inclusion in the tournament was a Creative Director at the network.

I may have written an actual post if I wasn’t busy watching 11 college basketball games all day. So this will have to do. Until Saturday or Sunday, I suppose, since there’s TWENTY FOUR games on tomorrow:

Providence-Louisville (ESPN)
Xavier-Saint Louis (A10 TV online)
Baylor-Kansas (ESPN2)

Kentucky-Ole Miss (CBS)

Marquette-Villanova (ESPN)
Michigan-Iowa (ESPN2)
Temple-St Joes (A10 TV online)

Arizona State-Arizona (FSN)

Georgia-Miss State (CBS)

Penn St-Indiana (ESPN2)

Washington vs Stanford (FSN)

UNLV-San Diego St (CBSC)

NC State-Maryland (ESPN2)
Pitt-West Virginia (ESPN)
Tulane-Memphis (CUSA TV online)

Alabama-Vanderbilt (CBS)

Dayton-Richmond (A10 TV online)
UConn-Syracuse (ESPN)

Arkansas-Florida (CBS)
Texas Tech-Missouri (ESPN2)

Wyoming-New Mexico (CBSC)
UCLA-Washington St/Oregon (FSN)

Basketball Thoughts from the Couch

February 7, 2009

I need to learn how to sleep. After messing up my neck/back/shoulder sleeping a month ago, now my other side is all jacked up.

It’s made today’s college hoops smorgasbord painful to watch, even though I love watching it. Hoops from 11 a.m. CT til 1 a.m. CT. That’s how it should be. Need more A-10, but at least the Tulane men were on.

Thoughts from a day on the couch:
Who do I have to kill at CBS College Sports for listing St. Bonaventure on the ticker as “ST BON” and not “ST BONA” ? What the hell?  When some monkey in production said “hey, what’s the abbreviation for St. Bonaventure?” Someone else should have said “What was on Bob Lanier’s jersey?” Bob, find out who’s ass you need to put your size 22 up if they don’t get that fixed.

The SEC is freaking terrible. Auburn-Tennessee was awful today.

Tulane needed that game at Marshall today. Argh. They had a 16-point lead at one point and lose in OT. That smarts.

The Bonnies (12-10) won. So glad we’re a double-digit win program again. They have a tendency to take a 12-point lead with four minutes to go and make it a 3-point lead with one minute to go.

Dayton (21-2) is at Charlotte tomorrow. How Dayton isn’t ranked I have no idea.

I don’t think the Big XII is very good, either. This is ridiculous how many undeserving teams get tons of credit. (UCLA and Notre Dame are the poster boys for this season in this regard. Also, any of the 37 Big East Teams not named UConn, Pitt, Louisville or Marquette.)

Memphis vs Gonzaga on now. Go ‘Dogs!

In case anyone cares, my 65-team field as of right now would be:
Big East (8) Connecticut, Marquette, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Syracuse, West Virginia, Georgetown
ACC (7) North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida St, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL)
Big Ten (6) Michigan St, Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio State, Northwestern
Big XII (6) Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor
Pac 10 (5) UCLA, Washington, USC, Arizona St, Cal,
SEC (3) Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky
A10 (2) Xavier, Dayton
C-USA (2) Memphis, UAB
MWC (2) Utah, BYU
WCC (2) Gonzaga, St. Mary’s
MAC (2) Miami (OH), Buffalo
Am East (1) Boston U;
Atlantic Sun (1) East Tenn St;
Big Sky (1) Weber St
Big South (1) VMI
Big West (1) CS Northridge
CAA (1) George Mason
Horizon (1) Butler
Ivy (1) Princeton
MAAC (1) Siena
MEAC (1) Morgan St
MVC (1) Illinois St
NEC (1) Robert Morris
OVC (1) UT Martin
Patriot (1) American
SoCon (1) Davidson
Southland (1) Stephen F. Austin
Summit (1) North Dakota St
Sun Belt (1) Western Kentucky
SWAC (1) Alabama St
WAC (1) Utah St

The SEC deserves TWO at best, and at least one of the Big East teams don’t belong either (Syracuse, I’m looking in your direction). But the problem is no one has stepped up among the other conferences to take their place. Last season, the MVC and the A-10 had a plethora of candidates; and the CAA chipped in a couple. This year, no one stands out. I suppose if Butler, Davidson and Siena don’t win their tournaments, there’s three of the big boys to kick out.