WKU

Look out world…  WKU has been the Gonzaga of the basketball world for the past 2 years and they just got even better.  Juan Pattillo is transferring to the Hill.  They have already started getting solid recruits and no solid transfers…

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It’s our fault for the bad behavior or professional athletes, not theirs.

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You read that right. It’s your fault. It’s my fault. It’s not the athlete’s fault.

In the last few years, it seems like the trouble that professional athletes have caused has exploded exponentially: countless DUI’s, guys getting tazed, shot, in high speed chases, and caught involved in drugs. Can’t forget about Michael Vick. And I even think I heard something about steroids in baseball the other day.

But honestly, what do you expect? These guys are ticking time bombs that we build from the moment we see talent.

From middle school, these guys are patted on the back and told how great they are and of how great they could be. In high school, they begin to get publicized in the school newspaper, hometown paper, and maybe in the big newspapers around the state. Everything they read and are told is supportive, yet adds volatility; another solder joint in the bomb. After reading about how tremendous he is, the athlete begins to believe it. Why wouldn’t he? At 17, when popularity is the only form of self-assessment, it’s easy to accept that you’re super-human.

Then come the awards. And the scholarship offers. Keep packing on the plutonium. Colleges then give out “free jobs.” The jobs that athletes don’t have to show up to, yet still receive paychecks and no one says a word. Agents and scouts, the guys who pick out talent for a living, start sending illegitimate gift packages while the athlete is still in school. Wrap that plutonium in C4.

Now set the charge by adding national media attention and praise as if he’s the second coming of Jordan, Sayers, and Ruth all rolled into one.

All the necessary elements for an incendiary device are accounted for. Now all you have to do is hand them the detonator and wait for the fireworks. Except this time, the detonator is not a little red button. It’s a lot of green Benjamin Franklins, and a fat bank account.

With the kind of money (i.e. perception of power) that a professional athlete is given, an implosion upon himself is near impossible to avoid. It’s a wonder that it doesn’t happen more often.

They can’t help it. That’s the bomb we built them to be.

Should Jodie Meeks stay or go?

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The last day for underclassmen to remove themselves from the NBA draft pool is June 15th. Don’t be suprised if Jodie takes about every second of that time to decide whether he wants to stay at Kentucky and enjoy the college life for one more year, or if he wants to go ahead and actually make playing basketball a job. But what’s the right decision for Jodie?

The rumors are already swirling that Meeks could be taken 15th overall by the Pistons. After his workout last week NBA teams seems to be finding out what UK fans already knew…Meeks is a hell of an athlete. Teams love his quickness and athleticism and it’s moving him up the draft boards. Good for him, bad for us.

Most of the projections are early 2nd round. Meeks is considered undersized for a wing in the NBA and it seems to be playing a factor on his draft projections. I’ve actually seen a couple of websites that say Meeks may not even get drafted. Collegehoopsnet.com says, “probably he’ll have to earn his keep in the minor leagues or Europe.” I guess they missed the Tennessee game. But as an NBA player, right now, Jodie is most comparable to our own Kelenna Azubuike who left early and started slow but now is a formidable player in the NBA.

But should he come back? Some people are saying that even if he comes back his status won’t improve much. But I don’t think that’s true. Everyone got to see the fascinating performances on ESPN last year so the hype surrounding Jodie is real. But he’s gotten negative marks for ball handling and his decision making with the ball in his hands. He can hit any shot from anywhere on the floor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he should take the shot. Even Coach Cal marveled at the way Meeks could hit shots with 2 or 3 guys hanging off of him, then added, “He shouldn’t have to take shots like that.”

So yes, Meeks should come back. Calipari’s dribble-drive-motion offense is the perfect setup for Jodie’s game. He’ll be able to use his athleticism to become a slasher and not have to rely on the 3-pointer so much. He’ll have to make good decisions with the ball in his hands or else he won’t see much playing time and he’ll get the opportunity to improve his ball handling skills in his moves to the basket. It also helps that he’ll have more options in his offense so it will be impossible to key on just Jodie like most teams did near the end of the season last year.  He won’t score as many points if he comes back, but his assists should go up and his turnovers will go down. He will become a better basketball player, and the scouts will love him for it.

If you try to argue that he should make the jump and take the money, you’re an idiot. If he comes back and becomes a lottery pick, which is a definite possibility, he’ll get a contract that in the first year will make him 3 times the amount of an entire contract of a typical early 2nd round pick.

But none of that will matter. Why? Because Jodie isn’t that selfish. There’s a reason that his teammates were so happy for him when he dropped 55 on Bruce Pearl’s head. Because he’s a good guy, and a good teammate.

Jodie, I’m sorry for the program failing you so far. You came to Kentucky expecting great things and great teams. You’ve deserved better than what we’ve given you. So why would you leave when you finally have the chance to do what you came here to do…win.

Can’t wait to see you back in the blue and white, Jodie. Thanks for sticking around.

Sam Keller…

is a douche-bag.  This mediocre former college quarterback from Nebraska/Arizona State has filed a lawsuit against EA SPORTS.  He is suing because EA used his likeness in the video game, NCAA Football.  He said they might not have used his name or face, but the QB for Nebraska when he was there was from his hometown, same height, same weight, same number, and had a wristband halfway up his left arm just like he wore.  The same for the ASU QB when he was there.  Also, he said when you type in the player’s name, the announcers say the name.  The worst part about this, is supposedly he has a strong case…  Here is one link about it.

 

I even look like a douche-bag

I even look like a douche-bag

My take on this is… shut the fuck up you greedy, punk-ass bastard.  There is only one reason and one reason only why someone would do this… MONEY!  I would kill to have my “likeness” on one of the most popular video games of all time.  He is just mad cause he thought he would be a big time player in college and the NFL  and he was decent at best in college and didn’t even get drafted in the NFL.

 

On a good note for EA SPORTS.  Madden 2010 will be out on Aug. 14th.  I like the new cover.  

Big Weekend

 

great sports weekend

great sports weekend

 

  • We got Manny Pacquiao fighting Ricky Hatton in what is being billed as the fight of the year.  However, it is only on PPV ($49.99).  And people wonder why boxing sucks and nobody watches it.  Name another sport that secludes itself from its viewers like this…  I’m picking Hatton in the 8th by knockout.

 

  • Also, in the NHL, Crosby and Ovechkin are going head to head in the playoffs.  I’m not a hockey fan, but if I happen to come across this game on TV I will probably watch a little bit of it.  I think I’m going to say Ovechkin is my favorite hockey player of all time (other than Brent Fuller) and Crosby is a whiny bitch.  There are other NHL games going on, but really, who gives a shit?  Ovechkin and company will win this series.

 

  • The Kentucky Derby.  The most exciting 2 minutes in sports, and a close second, The Kid having sex on his honeymoon.  You gotta love the Derby.  All eyes on Kentucky.  I am going with the Trifecta of Friesan Fire, PioneeroftheNile, and Chocolate Candy.  Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.  Also, just saw that the favorite, I Want Revenge, has been scratched from the race.

 

  • Major League Baseball is in full swing.  We got a full slate of games on, should be fun.

 

  • NBA playoffs have 2 game 7’s this weekend.  Bulls @ Celtics and Heat @ Hawks.  The Bulls/Celtics series has been sick.  I’m not biggest NBA fan, but I do like watching some of the playoffs, especially when the games are like these.  Also, the Mavs and Nuggets get the second round started on Sunday.  I’m picking the Bulls and Hawks to move onto the second round.  

 

  • Also, the EPL (English Premier League) plays this weekend. Manchester United has already played this morning, and they beat Middlesbrough 2-0.  Man U is atop the leaderboard through 34 games in the EPL.

 

  • Tiger is trying to win a golf tournament at Quail Hollow.  He is one shot behind the leaders heading into Saturday.

 

I’m sure there is other shit going on, but I believe I covered the most important.  I’m sure there is NASCAR this weekend, College Baseball, MLS games, and NFL mini-camps.  So basically there is plenty to watch/track on the Internet this weekend while it rains outside.

According to Rivals.com…

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have received a signed letter of intent from the #9 Small Forward in the 2009 class.  Terrence Boyd, who played on the same AAU Team as UK’s Daniel Orton and KU’s Xavier Henry, is going to be on the Hill. Just another reason why the state of Kentucky is the best for college basketball.  If only the Alma Mater could put in some sort of effort.

Chills…

Sweet video and RtW needed a little bit of my favorite color…