Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bye Bye Billy

Two years ago Billy G was hired to lead Kentucky back to the top of college basketball, two years later it has all fallen apart. Billy G was fired as leader of the Wildcat nation, leading to one of the nations best programs looking for another head coach. Billy G was doomed after the cats did not make the tournament this year and was also doomed by his relationship with boosters and fans. So the rumor mill in the commonwealth is running wild. Here is how the Lexington's home town newspaper covered the events of yesterday.

Lexington Herald Leader
People are going to talk about different names for the jobs, but I'm going to go with Travis Ford. Ford, who is currently the head coach at Oklahoma State was part of the Unforgettables that lost to Duke in the Regional final almost 15 years ago.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Kop's Favorite Conservative.

For the last year or so, people around Washington D.C. have been making MSNBC's Morning Joe they show they turn to in the morning. Former Congressman Joe Scarborough and Mika have been filling the country in on what is going on in the nation's capital, but something has changed over the last couple of months.

Scarborough has started to show his true colors, that he is a red. I know what people are thinking, we know that he is a conservative, so that is really not that big a deal. But Joe is a true Red, as in a supporter of Liverpool. Go back a couple of weeks after Liverpool defeated Real Madrid and Manchester United, the former Congressman from Florida started talking to Geoff Cutmore about the European markets opening and then starts talking about how Liverpool might have had the best week in English soccer history, but that was only the start.

Just take a look at Joe's Twitter page and the updates that came through last week, when Liverpool cut United's lead to one point:
  • Talk soon. Go Liverpool.
  • Off to the village with Susan to see Liverpool take down Aston Villa and move within a point of Man U. Go Reds!!! from web
  • Liverpool takes on Aston Villa at noon, as the Reds continue their run against a sinking Man U club. Torres set to break LFC scoring record. from web
  • The dream lives! Man U is humbled by Fulham, while Chelsea's title hopes go up in flames at home against Tottenham. Go Reds!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Champions League Predictions

I know the draw came out almost a week ago, but things have been busy around the OTWT home offices. Here are my predictions for the quarterfinals of the Champions League, which should be tasty. The ties will be played April 7/8 and the second legs will be played 14/15.
  • Villarreal - Arsenal: Arsenal, they seem to be moving forward and could be a team that shocks the world in Rome.
  • Manchester United - Porto: About five years ago this was the tie that introduced England to the Special One and changed English football forever, I think United will have an easy time with this one going through 3-0 on agg.
  • Liverpool - Chelsea: Here we go again, I have this feeling that this year the games will be very different then they have been. I go with Liverpool on Pens.
  • Barcelona - Bayern: The tie of the round, this has goals written all over it. I have this feeling that its going to be a United Barca final in Rome, so that would have to mean that Barca go through in an exciting tie.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Another year, another Prospects Handbook

Every early March, I head out to the book store in search of one item, the Baseball American Prospects Handbook. The book gives player development fans a little of the next great thing that is coming through the farm system. Sometimes they are correct and other they are not.

2002:Josh Beckett
2003:Mark Teixeria
2004: Joe Mauer
2005: Delmon Young
2006:Jeremy Hermida
2007: Phil Hughes
2008: Jay Bruce
2009:Matt Wieters

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Reliving the Tournament Jordan Brand Style

Some NCAA Tournaments moments are great for some and painful for others, Nike's Jordan Brand show great moments from the painful side and boy are some of them funny.