Marcus Thornton > Jodie Meeks

When the SEC was handing out awards last season, and Marcus Thornton won Player of the Year, I’ll never forget how many Kentucky fans were pissed that Jodie didn’t win it.  Everyone was saying that Jodie was screwed because of the lack of success the Cats achieved last year.  Marcus Thornton proved once again last night why he is, was, and always will be better than Jodie Meeks.

Thornton scored 37 last night off the bench for the Charlotte New Orleans Hornets, including 23 in the 2nd quarter alone, against arguably the best team in the NBA, the James LeBrons.  Thornton is 6th amongst rookies in scoring this season with 11.3 a game.  Jodie has already been traded, and is scoring only 4 points a game.

The only reason I am hating on Jodie, is because it was completely stupid of him to go pro when he did.  He had the opportunity to come play on the best team in college basketball with the best PG, best C, and one of the top 3 PFs.  He would have been shooting wide open 3s night in and night out.  He could have come back, scored 15 points per game, won a national championship, possibly gotten his number retired at UK, and been a top 20 pick in this year’s draft.  The SG crop in this year’s draft is so weak.  The best option is Xavier Henry, and then it drops down to Willie Warren.  Jodie Meeks would eat Willie Warren for lunch, kinda like Marcus Thornton would to Jodie.

is John Wall the best PG in college basketball?

Everyone seems to think this is a definite yes.  Yeah yeah, we all know he is going to be the top pick in next year’s draft, but we also know the NBA is based on potential and athleticism, not the numbers you put up while in college.  If it was based on numbers, Luke Harangody would be a top pick next year, but instead, he’ll be playing in the NBDL.  My guess is with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

I am going to list 4 players, along with their major stats.  Based on their numbers alone, we’ll see if John Wall turns out to be the best of the bunch.

P1- 15.1ppg, 2rpg, 4.4apg, 2.1topg, 1.2spg, 42%fg, 85%ft, 37%3fg

P2- 18.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.2apg, 3.3topg, 1.4spg, 44%fg, 83%ft, 39%3fg

P3- 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 6.3apg, 4topg, 1.9spg, 46%fg, 78%ft, 35%3fg

P4- 18.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.4apg, 1.8topg, 1.6spg, 42%fg, 89%ft, 40%3fg

Looking solely at these numbers, my vote for the best point guard goes to player 4.  Player 4 is the best scorer, and protects the ball better than the other three.  As much as it pains me to say this, that player is Dookie, Jon Scheyer.

Am I saying I would rather have Jon Scheyer on my team than John Wall?  Absolutely not!  But when it comes time for end of the year awards, John Wall isn’t the shoo-in that everyone is making him out to be.  For what it’s worth, the players that I listed above are Sherron Collins, Greivis Vasquez, John Wall, and Jon Scheyer.

Curling = Best Winter Olympic Sport

I’ve been getting into the Olympic spirit over these past few days.  Being a substitute teacher and not getting a call to sub gives me a lot of time to get into the spirit.  After watching pretty much every sport they have, I have come to a couple of conclusions. The first being that Curling is my drug of the winter games.  It’s addictive.  The second thing I have come to realize is that I need to take up curling.  There are numerous pretty curlers and a lot are in my age bracket.  Allow me to demonstrate:

Melanie Robillard of Germany

Eve Muirhead of Great Britain

Mari Motohashi of Japan

Anna Sidorova of Russia

Ludmila Privivkova of Russia

Eva Lund of Sweden

Carmen Schaefer of Switzerland

Nicole Joraanstad of the USA

China is the only squads without any eye candy.  Denmark has two sisters (Madeleine and Denise Dupont) that are decent .  Canada has a cougar, Cheryl Bernard.  I gotta come clean.  There are almost ZERO pictures of these curlers online… so just watch some curling and check them out and I promise these chicks look better curling than in their mugshots.

Curlers not in the Olympics this year:

Claudia Toth of Austria

Claudia and her sister, Karina, front row.

Daniela Jentsch of Germany

Linn Githmark of Norway

There is also a calendar out that has some nsfw pictures.  I’m not sure who some of them are, but it is worth a look.

Here are a couple of my favorites from the above link.  No idea who these two are.

Gotta go, curling is back on…

Pitino is Staying!

There are reports all over the web that Rick Pitino is interested in taking over as the Head Coach for the New Jersey Nets next season.  I have talked to someone close to the coaching staff at Louisville and he emphasized that coach P isn’t going anywhere. 

Card fans, please feel free to step back from the ledge now.  Yeah, your team sucks now, but to jump ship to take over the worst team in history…..not happening!

Report here courtesy of FOX

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Is Patrick Patterson the Greatest Role Player in NCAA history?

Patrick Patterson and role player would have never gone in the same sentence prior to this season, but during tonight’s sloppy win, I had an epiphany. Patrick Patterson is a role player on this basketball team, and he might just be the greatest role player in the history of college basketball.

His freshman season he averaged 16.4 and 7.7 per game. His sophomore season he did 17.9 and 9.3 per game. So far this year, Pat is doing 15.1 and 7.5 per game, but during SEC play, he is only averaging 11.8 and 5.7 per contest. In 2010, Patterson has yet to post a double-double, or even grab double digit rebounds in a game. It may sound petty, but during his first two seasons, we grew accustomed to him going out and putting up a double-double.

What exactly is a role player? Some people think of a role player as someone who isn’t very talented but gives it all they have day in and day out. But according to this fabulous article written by a contributor at BleacherReport.com, there are 5 qualities a role player must have.

1. Must fill up the depth chart with versatility – Patterson can play Small Forward, Power Forward, and even Center. Not only can he post up anyone in basketball and hit a hook shot or pop out and hit a 15 foot jumper, but he has developed a consistent 3-point jumpshot. He is shooting 40% from downtown this year.

2. Has confidence and plays hard every game – He could shoot 0-20 and stink the gym up, but nobody would question how hard he fought and hustled. He is one of the toughest guys in college basketball.

3. Plays like a seasoned veteran throughout their career – PPat is a hard worker, good ball handler, has a nice jumper, top notch defender and rebounder, but most importantly he has a high basketball IQ. When the game gets a little sloppy or out of Kentucky’s hands, Patterson always keeps a cool head and never tries to do too much.

4. Be humble – There is really no need for me to even try to prove this. The guy defines humble.

5. Steps up when called upon – My one complaint about Calipari this season is his lack of commitment to get Pat the rock late in the game. But there is one situation that comes to my mind where Pat rose to the occasion. At Florida, with just under 5 minutes left in the ballgame, the Gators were a defensive stop away from blowing the lid off the arena while trying to take the lead from the Cats. Pat had different plans, as he hit a turnaround hook shot while getting fouled. My point is, Cal might not call his number often in late game situations, but when he does, you can count on #54 to capitalize.

By no means am I questioning Pat’s abilities, but on THIS team, he is just a role player. But a role player is exactly what we need. The last thing we need is someone out there trying to score every time they touch the rock. There isn’t enough to go around in terms of stats, but it’s everything else that 2Pat does is what makes him one of the most respected players in recent UK basketball history.