Wednesday, March 28, 2007

What the hell happened to Dateline Alabama?

Dateline Alabama is where I got my first real taste of journalism. It's a student run news site, done by the students in Alabama's College of Communications and Information Sciences.

I covered my first athletic event for them (Alabama gymnastics meet versus Florida). I covered baseball and basketball too. It's where I got my first column (The Low Down, an arguement-type weekly with my buddy Greg, which eventually evolved into a blog).

It's what made me say, "You know what? This journalism business ain't half-bad," because it let me use my creativity and write columns/articles about cussing at football games, picking the best sports bar in town and a road trip to Myrtle Beach.

I always thought it was great that students who didn't want to just be a beat writer for The Crimson White had a place to go.

And now? Well, I want you to look at this:


Three bylines from The Tuscaloosa News, two from the AP and only one from an actualy DA writer -- and she's been there for as long as I can remember.

What the hell happened? Dateline was the future of journalism, it could -- no, it SHOULD be so much more. There should be hard news, features, columns, photo galleries and slide shows, videos, audio, Podcasts -- anything and everything that is what journalism is becoming.

But now... now there's only one byline? The sports section hasn't been updated by an actual Dateline person since November?

I don't know if it's a lack of interest, or if the powers that be have just slacked off like nobody's business... but soemthing has gone horribly wrong there, and it's just sad.

Brawls and Billy Ball

OK, first something I meant to post the other day. That something is a cool article by ESPN.com's Thomas Neumann about the infamous brawl between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings 10 years ago. The story has a bunch of links to videos of the fights, including Patrick Roy being on the business end of a WWE-style flying clothesline from Brendan Shannahan. Good read/watch for hockey fans.

Where should Billy Donovan go?

Nowhere, that's where... well, there is one place he'll be going: to the bank. There is no reason Donovan should leave Florida -- where he not only is the man, but is the program. Look, 50 years from now Florida Basketball will still be defined by Billy Donovan, much in the way Alabama Football is and will always be defined by Bear Bryant. It doesn't take away from the successes experienced after those eras, but it just means you can point to that man and say, "That's where this program's tradition comes from, that's The Man."

You go to Kentucky and you get incredible pressure and often ridiculous expectations. Tubby Smith is a damn fine coach, and he'll make Minnesota a regular Big 10 challenger. But he got run out of town for consistently fielding a NCAA Tournament team, and a regular SEC Contender. You can't win at a place like Kentucky -- trust me, I know, I'm an Alabama Football fan.

What about the money, you ask? What about it? You think Florida can't match Kentucky? Please. Bilyl Boy is gonna get a fat raise outta this, and a deserved one. Hopefully Kentucky hires someone like Rick Barnes, who actually does drive their program into the ground.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pickin' and a grinnin'

Saw Old Crow Medicine Show last night at the Recher, fucking awesome show.

Really laid back but up-tempo set. Some songs made you just sing along, while others made you wanna stomp your feet and go dance in some mud. They went on a little after 8 and played until well after 10, including 2 encores.

The best part is that they are all amazing musicians, and it really shows. Any country/folk/blues fans should really check them out.

Here's a couple of their videos:

Down Home Girl



Wagon Wheel

Friday, March 23, 2007

Another blow for Tyrone Prothro



Prothro to have another leg surgery

Man, just a sad story. Dude was unreal when he touched the ball -- the kid averaged 17 yards every time he touched the ball. It sucks that such a freak injury had to ruin his career.

I mean, as big as this guy's drive is, I just don't think it's physically possible for him to come back. But I know I'll be rooting for him.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Some basketball stuff

Tubby Smith bolting UK for Minnesota

Good move by Tubby, no use sticking around in Lexington where they hate him for consistently fielding a good team.

Duke's McRoberts declares for NBA Draft

What a retard, he's got almost no chance at being a lottery pick this year. His stock fell tremendously this year. He needed to stick around and have a good year next year to get it back up... well, that and to stop acting like a bitch every time he gets fouled.

Glen Davis is also going pro, which blows so much for LSU. Losing a 17 and 10 guy cannot help in a division where everyone is improving.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

You got knocked...

THE FUCK OUT!



I mean, damn.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Winthrop goes down

And with them goes my first Elite 8 team. As mediocre as I'm doing, that's not too shabby to escape the first weekend with 7 of 8 Elite 8 teams in tact (assuming Kansas and Texas win later tonight).

That also means that this year's "Cinderella" team will be at worse an 8-seed if Kentucky pulls the upset later -- and Kentucky ain't exactly Cinderella material. So then it's UNLV, and maybe Nevada if they top Memphis.

Booooooring.

Friday, March 16, 2007

About damn time

Everybody's favorite undredog Winthrop beat ND for only our second real upset.

Right now Creighton and Nevada are playing a sensational game, and Texas A&M - Corpus Cristi is hanging with Wisconsin late. It's about time we got some real March basketball.

Scot Pollard is my hero

Pollard: "Hey kids, do drugs!"

Sadly, he apologized. C'mon Scot, don't back down... besides, with all these fat kids staying inside playing Everquest, they need to something recreational.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

End of day 1

Very unexciting day.

I finished 10-6, not what I wanted to do. But, tomorrow is another day.

Well

I've lost two of my Sweet 16 teams already (Duke and Oral Roberts), but I'm still feeling pretty good.

What a boring day outside of the recently concluded Duke/VCU game and most of the Davidson/Maryland game. I will say, watch out for Davidson in the years to come, that Curry kid is the truth. I also like the look of Duke for the next couple of years with Paulus and McRoberts -- once everyone around them matures, they'll be back to national contender status (as if we thought otherwise).

As for the Alabama NIT loss Tuesday night? Well, let's say it was the epitome of our season -- close, sometimes sunny... but ultimately a huge letdown. I'd like to think that with everyone but Jermareo Davidson coming back, and a couple of serious guards coming in, we'll be much better next season.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Koolest NCAA Preview on the Planet

I'm feeling really good about my bracket this year -- I mean really good. I think it's gonna be my best year since 2001, when I predicted 7 out of the final 8 teams, including 3 of the Final 4, and correctly picked the championship game. I torched everyone in my pool -- it was glorious.

Anywho, on with it:

Midwest

Hellacious: Florida is the overall number 1 -- and even though I don't get why they're in the Midwest, they certainly got treated like a number one with that weak bracket. Wisconsin just ain't the same since Brian Butch went down, they're toast. This is the Gator's bracket to lose.

Hell-raisers: If Oregon gets hot, they could make a run -- same for Notre Dame. A lot of people are calling Maryland a clone of last year's Florida team, but we shall see. Personally, I think Winthrop will steal the show and make the Elite 8.

No chance in hell: Unless Alondo Tucker goes ape shit, Wisconsin just doesn't have it. Other than that, teams need to pray that Florida doesn't feel like winning a title this year.

East

Hellacious: UNC may be the most talented team in the country. Georgetown is arguably the hottest team in the country. Texas has Kevin Durant. This region is loaded. In the end, I like the Hoyas -- they have momentum, and that's huge this time of year.

Hell-raisers: Michigan St. is a dangerous 9-seed, and I have a feeling about Vandy. But my Cinderella pick pick here is Oral Roberts -- they have the big men to match-up with the big league teams, and they beat Kansas in Lawerence earlier this year.

No chance in hell: How did Arkansas get into the field? Seriously. Still, I have them beating USC in the first round -- the Pac 10 (along with the Big 10) always craps the bed outside of the heavy hitters. USC's year is next year, anyway.

West

Hellacious: Kansas and UCLA are by far the class of this region. They should meet up in the 8, but a lot of things should happen in March.

Hell-raisers: SIU has played Cinderella before, and now the pressure is on them as a 4-seed. Va Tech could beat everyone or lose to Illinois by 30. Everyone is praising VCU, but I think Duke will sneak into the Sweet 16.

No chance in hell: Illinois shouldn't be there, Kentucky is no match for Kansas, Villanova isn't there yet. No one should really challenge the Jayhawks and Bruins.

South

Hellacious: Greg Oden is finally gaining the ability to use his right hand -- watch out. Texas A&M has Acie Law IV, who could probably win this tournament and then go win The Masters, he's that clutch.

Hell-raisers: Creighton has turned it on late, and that doesn't bode well for Nevada (who got shafted in seeding) or Memphis. Chris Lofton makes Tennessee dangerous when he hits his shots.

No chance in hell: Virginia deserves a four seed like Lindsey Lohan deserves a Grammy. Louisville is just as liable to win a few games as they are to gangbang their opponents cheerleaders.

Final Four

I like Florida, Kansas, Georgetown and Texas A&M to make it, with Florida beating the Aggies in the final. So Florida got lazy for a few February games, big deal. They can name the score if they feel so inclined.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Some stuff

From #4 in the nation to a 5-seed in the NIT

I'm done thinking about this Alabama basketball season. Of course I hope they win the NIT and get some momentum going into next year; but at the same time I don't really care because this season had a much higher ceiling. Good column from Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News about the Tide.

Reno 911 movie was pretty damn funny

However, it was basically just one super long episode of the show, but uncensored. So if you like the show, I say go see it. If you don't, don't waste your time. IT's that simple.

I was artsy today... sort of

I went to the theater and saw a show -- Spamalot. I strongly recommend it for any fans of Monty Python, it was hilarious and just a really good show. I normally don't like musicals, but naturally I made an exception for this particular one. What can you expect if you go see it? Well, it's Monty Python on stage -- need I say more?

That's it for now, tourney predictions sometime before Thursday.

Friday, March 09, 2007

300


Yeah, you should probably go see if it you're a fan of any of the following: action, Greek history, boobs, blood, Sin City, or just movies in general.

It was awesome. Great story, well acted, and beautifully shot -- like, really beautifully shot, it was just really cool looking.

Really, all I can give you is one word: Epic.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Nothing better to talk about

So, every now and then I'll get bored and surf by the music video channels to see what the kids are listening to these days.

Well, there are many things I hate about music nowadays -- lousy lyrics, the lost art of the guitar solo, I could go on.

One of the major problems is that there is no badass rock chick. No Pat Benatar or Joan Jett. Pink is the closest thing, because she is herself and never tries to be anything else. But she's a pop act, not pure rock and roll (which is cool, because she broke in as an R&B singer). Kelly Clarkson would be cool if she ditched the overproduced corporate shit and got herself a real band.

Once upon a time, Avril Lavigne popped onto the seen in all her Canadian, punky chick glory. She was by no means Joan Jett, but at least she wasn't another Britney Spears.

But now, now she has brought cheering back from whatever hell it was rightfully put in after Toni Basil used it back in the 80s.

Good God, WHY? I thought she had at least a glimmer of hope that she wouldn't become a complete corporate puppet, but alas that is dashed.

The lesson as always: never trust Canadian musicians that aren't Neil Young or Rush.

I'm going to post the video, click only if you dare. To offset the suckiness, I'm going to post Johnny Cash's latest video also.



Monday, March 05, 2007

Duke/UNC gets bloody



First, about the play: I don't think Henderson intended to break his nose -- but he damn sure was going for a hard, "if you can't beat 'em beat 'em up" foul. Here's hoping these two teams meet up in the ACC Tourney Final.

Second, the titles for this on YouTube are comical. You can definitely tell who the Duke ("Gerald Henderson punks Tyler Hansbrough and makes him cry.") and UNC (Gerald Henderson cheap shot on Hansbrough) fans are.

That is why college trumps professional ball any day of the week.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

SEC Tourney



I gotta say, that's actually not a bad draw for us considering the facts that we're a low seed and it's a neutral court.

We already handled UK, split with State... but Vandy is our crutch -- they fucking own us.

If we had won, we would've played either LSU (swept them) or UT (lost to them in Knoxville) -- and UT with Chris Lofton is always a tough game. Then UF in semis. That seems like the harder route to me.

Of course, UK is gonna torch us by about 30, so this is pointless.

El fin

What's over? Alabama's NCAA hopes, that's what. The Tide
got smacked today in Starkville, all but sealing a trip to the NIT.

I could go on some rant about how this season has been a complete fucking disaster, but it's just not in me anymore.

Bring on baseball season.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Random Thoughts

> OK, so I've seen a few members of the national media saying that the pressure is on Nick Saban, and that anything short of an SEC Title this season will mean that Bama Nation will be ready to run him out of town?

Correct me if I'm wrong -- which I'm not -- but wasn't one of the major rallying cries of everyone who said we should keep Mike Shula (including myself) was that 2007 was supposed the be the real breakout year for his squad.

So, we have the same players we were gonna have before. And now we have a better coach. So why are we wrong in expecting to compete for the SEC this year?

> This new TMNT movie is an abomination. Now, I know that the generation before said the same thing about the cartoon and the live-action movies that I grew up on, but still. At least those were a mostly separate entity. This new flick is continuing the story of those movies, what the hell? I dunno man, I don't want to like it, so I'm not going to.