Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sports Round-Up

Tell it Like it Is: The University of Virginia can say men's basketball coach Dave Leitao resigned all it wants; when a resignation is forced, just call it a firing and be done with it. The Cavaliers struggled to their worst season since 1967 (10-18, 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference), and there were apparent rumblings within the athletic department that something had to be done. But just be honest, U.Va. And while we're at it? Forget the Jeff Capel rumors ... you really think he's gonna take a step down like that? You may be in the ACC, Virginia, but you are far from an elite program.

Dancing: Did Memphis deserve a No. 1 seed instead of Connecticut? Probably, but the committee decided to put them in the same bracket and on a crash course for an Elite Eight match-up. If Memphis beats UConn and goes to the Final Four, the Tigers deserved the top seed. If not ... well let's just say the committee covered up their collective butts pretty well on this one.

Another One?!: Last year, the College Basketball Invitational joined the NCAA and NIT tournaments in the college basketball postseason landscape. This year, the CollegeInsider.com Tournament enters the fray, giving us four postseason tournaments. While I appreciate another chance for good teams snubbed by the NCAA and NIT to play another game or two, at what point do we dillute the meaning of postseason basketball? Oh well, at least ODU's still playing ...

End of an Era: I guess it was bound to happen eventually, but this year? The Old Dominion women's basketball team had its streak of 17 consecutive Colonial Athletic Association tournament championships snapped over the weekend when it lost to Drexel in the semifinals. The Lady Monarchs, plagued by injuries all season, had won the CAA every year since joining the league in 1991-92, but the Dragons hoisted the trophy and won the automatic NCAA bid this year. It just won't seem right this year for ODU to not be in the tournament -- only thing worse would be if Tennessee ever missed the Big Dance.

Meh: To me, the World Baseball Classic just isn't that big a deal. Not because Team USA might not make it to the semifinals and the rest of the world seems to be excelling at America's pastime, but ... this is only the second time this tournament's ever been held. Am I really supposed to get excited and hyped for some international competition with little history and even less tradition? Maybe in another 10 years or so, but right now? Give me the Olympics.

What would Tim Russert think?: Terrell Owens is a Buffalo Bill now ... which actually makes a bit of sense. It's only a one-year deal, and T.O. has at least shown he can behave for one year. Not to mention, he gives a poor passing offense some much-needed firepower, and he just might be the final piece Buffalo needs to get over the hump and into the playoffs for the first time since 1999. As of right now, this is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Bills.

Crybaby: Someone needs to tell Jay Cutler to shut up and get over it. So the Broncos entertained the thought of trading their quarterback for Matt Cassell -- big deal! New coach Josh McDaniels loved Cassell in new England last year, where he led the Patriots to an 11-5 record and almost made the playoffs. What did Cutler do? Went 8-8 and lost his last three games as the Broncos gave the AFC West to San Diego. Memo to Cutler: this is the NFL -- this sort of thing happens all the time. Stop whining, focus on getting better, and maybe the Broncos will stop thinking of trying to get rid of you.

Write it Down: Tiger Woods will win The Masters next month. No question.

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