Saturday, March 27, 2010

They're no Cinderella

OK lets put a stop to this before it start, Butler is not a Cinderella. If you call them a Cinderella then you know nothing about college basketball. This is a good team. During the regular season they beat UCLA, Ohio State, Xavier, and Siena. So during the regular season the Bulldogs beat two teams that where in the Sweet 16. Then in the tournament add Syracuse and Kansas State. Now those are quality wins. Hey when was the last time a top 10 team was considered a Cinderella.

Coming a long way

A couple of years ago, when former UNLV guard Greg Anthony made his debut on TV all I could think was ""Wow he is terrible,'' but that thought does not run through my mind any more. During this years NCAA Tournament Anthony has been at the front of CBS's desk coverage of the event.

After retiring from the NBA, Anthony joined ESPN as an analyst for NBA coverage on ESPN and ABC. On Dec. 13, 2008, Anthony made his debut as a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, replacing Clark Kellogg, who was promoted to lead commentator.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Facebook here we come

After months of debating the brain trust of Only Time Will Tell has decided to start their own facebook fan page. You can become a fan of the site and post your thoughts and interest. It was a big step and we are happy that we made it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Tournament has lost something

On Sunday night the Big Ten Network was showing the Regional Final between St. Johns and Ohio State from a bunch of years ago. While it was fun seeing Scoonie Penn, Michael Redd, Eric Barclay, and Ron Artest play again in college something really stood out to me.

The game was played at Thomspon Boling Arena at the University of Tennessee and you knew this because the court was orange and had all of its marking. But this weekend while watching the games, I kept forgetting what venue the games I was watching was being played at.

A couple of years ago one of the highlights of tournament was seeing all of the different colored courts. Like the one at the Huntsman Center in Utah and Boises State. The one thing that having those different courts was that everyone knew what site they were at , now its hard to tell where they are unless you read the baseline. A couple of years ago the NCAA decided to introduce universal court designs to the tournament and the blue and black courts are kind of cookie cutter and lack any character. That move started to take a little fun away from the tournament.

It seems that a little of the character of the tournament has been taken away by going to these standard courts.
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Monday, March 22, 2010

When a catcher is the biggest story in the state

Few people think that the position of catcher is he most glamours position in baseball, but in Minnesota that is all that they care about. Yesterday the state of Minnesota celebrated when favorite son Joe Mauer agreed to sign a new eight year deal with the Twins. The story was such a big story that it appeared on the front page of four of the five major state newspapers.
Mauer is as such a part of Minnesota as the twins. Mauer played football, basketball, and baseball for Saint Paul's Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders. During his senior year he became the only athlete ever to be selected as the USA Today High School Player of the Year in two sports (football in 2000 as a quarterback and baseball in 2001 as a catcher. Mauer averaged more than 20 points a game as a point guard for Cretin-Derham Hall. He was also named to the All-State team during his final two years on Cretin-Derham's basketball team. In football Mauer was a such a good quarter back that Florida State decided that he was a future, but he spurred the Seminoles and head to play for the hometown Twins.
As a Twin he has been become the poster child for both the state and the baseball. Getting Mauer signed to a new deal was more important then getting a new ball park for the Twins.