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3/28/2003

Sorry that blogging's been light this week...

My wife just got a new job! Which is good, considering she just got laid off from her old one.
posted by Poseur 3/28/2003 10:14:00 AM
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Reynolds released

In an otherwise by-the-book spring training, the Astros waited until Thursday to make their most surprising move.

Jeriome Robertson and Tim Redding are in the starting rotation.

And for the first time in 10 seasons, Shane Reynolds is not.

The Astros placed the veteran righthander on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Reynolds, who turned 35 on Wednesday, entered spring training as the projected No. 3 starter after undergoing season-ending back surgery last June.


Why? Reynolds is a pretty good pitcher coming back from injury. Is he done? Maybe, but this move only saves the Astros $300K. Isn't it worth that to see if he can still pitch and give those young arms time to develop? Now they will pay $1 million so some other team can play the shane Reynolds Experiment. Look, David Cone is still on a roster, Reynolds was at least good enough to stick around through April to see if he had anything.

And why not trade him to a team desperate for pitching (cough) Toronto (cough)? Think the Astros couldn't of at least gotten a low pitching prospect?
posted by Poseur 3/28/2003 10:12:00 AM
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Reynolds released

In an otherwise by-the-book spring training, the Astros waited until Thursday to make their most surprising move.

Jeriome Robertson and Tim Redding are in the starting rotation.

And for the first time in 10 seasons, Shane Reynolds is not.

The Astros placed the veteran righthander on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Reynolds, who turned 35 on Wednesday, entered spring training as the projected No. 3 starter after undergoing season-ending back surgery last June.


Why? Reynolds is a pretty good pitcher coming back from injury. Is he done? Maybe, but this move only saves the Astros $300K. Isn't it worth that to see if he can still pitch and give those young arms time to develop? Now they will pay $1 million so some other team can play the shane Reynolds Experiment. Look, David Cone is still on a roster, Reynolds was at least good enough to stick around through April to see if he had anything.

And why not trade him to a team desperate for pitching (cough) Toronto (cough)? Think the Astros couldn't of at least gotten a low pitching prospect?
posted by Poseur 3/28/2003 10:08:00 AM
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Kansas 69, Duke 65

How rarely does a game actually live up to its billing? This game was every bit as good as advertised, as Roy Williams finally got the Duke monkey off his back. Actually, the Duke monkey was always a bit overrated, as Duke had always been the higher seed when they played. But three tourney losses is three tourney losses.

Not counting Reddick, Duke went 9 of 15 from three-point range. If Reddick even has a mediocre night, Duke wins this game. Instead, he went 1-11 from behind the arc. I understand why they kept feeding him the ball, Duke has always lived by the three, die by the three. but they so rearely die by it that it really stands out when it doesn't work. I hate relying on the three as a strategy, but I'm not going to argue with Coach K's success. When so much of your offense depends on hitting three-pointers, your team is much more vulnerable to a cold shooting night. Then again, this is Duke's first cold shooting night since 1989 it seems. It's why no one emulates Duke's offense, no one else can recruit the same level of shooter.

That said, Hinrich didn't exactly light things up. 1-9 from the field with 2 assists. That's a bad night however you look at it. So the Reddick factor was mitigated by Kansas having their own backcourt problems.

The story of the game was Nick Collison. Jesus Christ. The man was unstoppable, putting in the most dominating performance in a single game this tournament. It was just amazing to watch. Sanders was even having a great night on defemse, getting 5 blocks. but Collison not only put in 33 points, he had 19 rebounds (8 of them offensive). I thought this game would hinge on Kansas' superior frontcourt, but I didn't think Collison would morph into the second coming of Bill Russell. What a night.
posted by Poseur 3/28/2003 08:35:00 AM
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Marquette 77, Pitt 74

Nothing has come easy for Marquette. holy Cross played them to the last minute. Missouri pushed them to OT. Now Pitt erases an 11-point deficit in about a minute and a half.

Marquette got the win when Travis Deiner had his first bad night of the tourney. It didn't matter, as Dwyane Wade picked up the slack and willed his team to the next round. It's been pretty discouraging to hear commentators just write off Marquette, as if Pitt was going to roll them en route to a matchup with Kentucky. This was almost a home game, and Marquette's no chump team. Now with Bogans hurt, Marquette's got a shot at the Final Four.
posted by Poseur 3/28/2003 08:25:00 AM
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Arizona 88, Notre Dame 71

I'm saying it, Notre Dame's run to the Sweet 16 was a fluke. They should have lost in the first round to UWM, and they beat Illinois because the Illini had a miserable shhoting night. I was willing to chalk it up to defense, but after watching this debacle, i just think Illinois had a bad night. The Irish had no business being on the court with Arizona, who isn't exactly playing great ball until last last night.

Order has been restored.
posted by Poseur 3/28/2003 08:20:00 AM
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Kentucky 63, Wisconsin 57

Wisconsin played 'em tough, but Kentucky is just too good. The one thing that bothers me is this perception that Kentucky is an offensive team. Yes, they have scorers, but this team wins through its defense. Teams just do not score points against them, and certainly not Wisconsin.

The Bogans loss is huge, let's assume he'll be out for the Marquette game. He's the guy who makes the team go, they need him to make a very quick recovery.
posted by Poseur 3/28/2003 08:17:00 AM
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3/26/2003

Billy the Marlin not breaking camp with the team

Because people laughed at him, Routh served as the ideal mascot for a franchise that has become fodder for jokes. But when the Marlins open their 11th season Monday, someone else will be in Billy's costume.

``It's kind of like a part of you is ripped away,'' Routh says.

He'll do what many ballplayers do when released - head back to the minors. Wearing a dodo bird costume as the Maniac, Routh hopes to make one-night appearances in 25 to 30 minor-league parks this season.

At 43, Routh remains single, probably because he's always working weekends, he says. Yet he's not ready for a 9 to 5 job and a normal life.


No! Say it isn't so! The guy in the mascot costume isn't married? Shocking!

Seriously, this sums up why teams are just silly sometimes. You can't pay the mascot $50K? Why not? He's about the only Marlin who's been productive recently. He created the character, and he's (God help them) the public face of the team. Sheesh. It's not easy being a mascot.
posted by Poseur 3/26/2003 05:23:00 PM
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New rules!

The officiating gaffes in last January's playoffs have produced a dramatic change in NFL policy.

Postseason officials will now come from cohesive crews who spent the season together instead of those who were rated the highest at their positions.

In other words, the difference between a team and a collection of all-stars.


Good.


posted by Poseur 3/26/2003 05:00:00 PM
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Oilers can clinch tonight

As if the NHL didn't have enough problems right now, they can't even get a mildly interesting playoff hunt. Six games left in the regular season, and the Oilers have a 12-point lead over the Coyotes. I mean, not even the Caps could blow this lead.
posted by Poseur 3/26/2003 04:56:00 PM
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2003 March Mayhem and NCAA Basketball Men's Printable Brackets

Going by the regions… a look ahead and first behind.

EAST
Oklahoma vs. Butler
Both teams excel at defense, so this should be a low-scoring affair. Oklahoma cruised through without any problems, even getting a chance to rest Hollis Price. Butler’s slow, methodical style is unlikely to frustrate the Sooners, who like that tempo. Butler’s played great defense, but they advanced because they are shooting the lights out from long range. Hey, if they keep shooting 50% from three, they’ll be tough to beat, but I think that’s unlikely.

Syracuse vs. Auburn
Getting to Albany was tougher than everybody thought. Manhattan didn’t just lay down and die, and Oklahoma St had a 17-point lead before falling victim to their own streakiness. Heck, most people expect the Pokes to lose to Penn, remember? Now they get to play a team that’s not playing great, but playing good enough to advance. Auburn outlasted St. Joe’s and then just stood by while Wake Forest self-destructed. It’s nice the tigers made a little run, but they should get absolutely crushed by the Orangemen.

SOUTH
Texas vs. UConn
The Huskies are finally playing like they should have all season. I was very critical of their seeding, but they have taken advantage of their draw and plowed into the Sweet 16. They are really clicking, and Okafor is playing like he’s capable of doing. Texas, on the other hand, looked real sluggish against a mediocre Purdue squad. OK, Purdue beat LSU by 24, so they aren’t a joke, but they pushed the Longhorns to the limit. A real one-seed should have beaten the Boilermakers handily. UConn’s got a good backcourt (not as good TJ ford, but who is?) and a superior frontcourt. Has all the makings of an upset.

Maryland vs. Michigan State
Jesus, did Florida not get off the bus or what? MSU beat them in every way a team can beat you. Now, they get a team who plays the same balls-to-the-wall style, only with more talent. I sincerely believe if Maryland beats UNCW by 5 or 10 instead of on a miracle buzzer beater, they lose to Xavier. Now they are openly comparing themselves to Tyus Edny’s UCLA team, putting all of the pressure to repeat on themselves. That’s good, because this team has been looking for its identity all season long, and they now have probably the weakest bracket. Are they on a mission? Will the same intensity carry over? If not, the Spartans will punish you.

MIDWEST
Kentucky vs. Wisconsin
Hey, I didn’t think the Badgers would beat Weber State. Then they got another double-digit seed, and needed a last-second shot to advance. Unlike Maryland, I doubt this will catapult them to new heights as team of destiny. Kentucky is just too damn good. Another matchup of great defensive clubs, only the cats bring an offense as well. Wisconsin has a shot if they minimize their turnovers in typical Badger fashion, but Kentucky has a way of making even the most careful teams become careless with the ball.

Marquette vs. Pittsburgh
Two straight scares for Marquette, but has any player stepped up his game more than Travis Deiner? He’s been one of the best players in the tourney, and he’s carrying his team. Now is my last chance to mention again just how badly Southern Illinois got screwed by the refs. Pittsburgh came in with a serious injury problem for Brevin Knight, but they’ve just kept churning along. This game should be a battle between heavyweights, exchanging big three-pointers until finally the clock runs out and someone hits a big shot to win it. Marquette’s shown they can play in close games, but Knight is a clutch player.

WEST
Arizona vs. Notre Dame
The Cats survived the best game of the tournament. Blake Stepp had an open look from 10 feet, and he should have hit it. Arizona’s lucky to still be playing, and they know it. Speaking of lucky to be playing, Notre Dame survived UW-Milwaukee because the Panthers missed two layups in the final minute. Two. However, maybe it’s the defense. Illinois forgot how to shoot against the Irish as well. Will it happed three straight times? Doubtful, if Arizona manages to shoot anywhere near 40%, Notre Dame’s run is over.

Duke vs. Kansas
The game. How can you not be looking forward to this one? Kansas is beginning to look like the juggernaut we all thought they would be in the preseason. Duke started hit their threes against Central Michigan. Kansas hasn’t even been tested yet, they look like the best team in the whole field not from Kentucky, but Duke showed flashes of being DUKE again. They struggled against the inside-outside combo of Colorado State, and Kansas has the same dynamic only much, much better. This Blue Devils team is not as good as previous editions, but that’s like saying you don’t like Fugazi’s new album because Repeater was better. Of course Repeater was better, but the Argument did kick some serious ass. Same concept.

posted by Poseur 3/26/2003 01:45:00 PM
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March Madness

Going by the regions… a look ahead and first behind.

EAST
Oklahoma vs. Butler
Both teams excel at defense, so this should be a low-scoring affair. Oklahoma cruised through without any problems, even getting a chance to rest Hollis Price. Butler’s slow, methodical style is unlikely to frustrate the Sooners, who like that tempo. Butler’s played great defense, but they advanced because they are shooting the lights out from long range. Hey, if they keep shooting 50% from three, they’ll be tough to beat, but I think that’s unlikely.

Syracuse vs. Auburn
Getting to Albany was tougher than everybody thought. Manhattan didn’t just lay down and die, and Oklahoma St had a 17-point lead before falling victim to their own streakiness. Heck, most people expect the Pokes to lose to Penn, remember? Now they get to play a team that’s not playing great, but playing good enough to advance. Auburn outlasted St. Joe’s and then just stood by while Wake Forest self-destructed. It’s nice the tigers made a little run, but they should get absolutely crushed by the Orangemen.

SOUTH
Texas vs. UConn
The Huskies are finally playing like they should have all season. I was very critical of their seeding, but they have taken advantage of their draw and plowed into the Sweet 16. They are really clicking, and Okafor is playing like he’s capable of doing. Texas, on the other hand, looked real sluggish against a mediocre Purdue squad. OK, Purdue beat LSU by 24, so they aren’t a joke, but they pushed the Longhorns to the limit. A real one-seed should have beaten the Boilermakers handily. UConn’s got a good backcourt (not as good TJ ford, but who is?) and a superior frontcourt. Has all the makings of an upset.

Maryland vs. Michigan State
Jesus, did Florida not get off the bus or what? MSU beat them in every way a team can beat you. Now, they get a team who plays the same balls-to-the-wall style, only with more talent. I sincerely believe if Maryland beats UNCW by 5 or 10 instead of on a miracle buzzer beater, they lose to Xavier. Now they are openly comparing themselves to Tyus Edny’s UCLA team, putting all of the pressure to repeat on themselves. That’s good, because this team has been looking for its identity all season long, and they now have probably the weakest bracket. Are they on a mission? Will the same intensity carry over? If not, the Spartans will punish you.

MIDWEST
Kentucky vs. Wisconsin
Hey, I didn’t think the Badgers would beat Weber State. Then they got another double-digit seed, and needed a last-second shot to advance. Unlike Maryland, I doubt this will catapult them to new heights as team of destiny. Kentucky is just too damn good. Another matchup of great defensive clubs, only the cats bring an offense as well. Wisconsin has a shot if they minimize their turnovers in typical Badger fashion, but Kentucky has a way of making even the most careful teams become careless with the ball.

Marquette vs. Pittsburgh
Two straight scares for Marquette, but has any player stepped up his game more than Travis Deiner? He’s been one of the best players in the tourney, and he’s carrying his team. Now is my last chance to mention again just how badly Southern Illinois got screwed by the refs. Pittsburgh came in with a serious injury problem for Brevin Knight, but they’ve just kept churning along. This game should be a battle between heavyweights, exchanging big three-pointers until finally the clock runs out and someone hits a big shot to win it. Marquette’s shown they can play in close games, but Knight is a clutch player.

WEST
Arizona vs. Notre Dame
The Cats survived the best game of the tournament. Blake Stepp had an open look from 10 feet, and he should have hit it. Arizona’s lucky to still be playing, and they know it. Speaking of lucky to be playing, Notre Dame survived UW-Milwaukee because the Panthers missed two layups in the final minute. Two. However, maybe it’s the defense. Illinois forgot how to shoot against the Irish as well. Will it happed three straight times? Doubtful, if Arizona manages to shoot anywhere near 40%, Notre Dame’s run is over.

Duke vs. Kansas
The game. How can you not be looking forward to this one? Kansas is beginning to look like the juggernaut we all thought they would be in the preseason. Duke started hit their threes against Central Michigan. Kansas hasn’t even been tested yet, they look like the best team in the whole field not from Kentucky, but Duke showed flashes of being DUKE again. They struggled against the inside-outside combo of Colorado State, and Kansas has the same dynamic only much, much better. This Blue Devils team is not as good as previous editions, but that’s like saying you don’t like Fugazi’s new album because Repeater was better. Of course Repeater was better, but the Argument did kick some serious ass. Same concept.

posted by Poseur 3/26/2003 01:43:00 PM
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