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Posted on: April 2, 2010 12:53 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2010 1:28 pm
 

Maybe 96 Teams is a good thing?!

Can more March Madness really be a bad thing?

So the NCAA is talking about expanding by nearly 50% and making this a 96-team tourney. 

The cold hard truth is – does it really matter?

The lowest seed to ever win the tourney is the No.8 seed (Villanova over Georgetown in 1985) so how much does it affect the tournament that the bottom 8 seeds in each region will have to play another game?

What it does allow for is some of the smaller conference regular season champions, who had been upset in the tournament, to get a well-earned spot into the Big Dance.  You could argue there are several teams every year in the NIT field that are better than some of the teams earning automatic bids. 

Will you really complain when there is 2 more days of March Madness to decrease your productivity at work?

The one big argument is that it will kill off the NIT altogether and its hard to argue it.  However, the NCAA could consider a Euro soccer-style Champions League/Europa League format where the losers of the first two rounds end up playing in the NIT?  You could drop in teams as they fall out of the NCAA tourney and parachute them into the NIT. 

Instead of killing off the NIT, maybe it will make it much more intriguing!  How about a North Carolina-Kansas quarterfinal in the NIT!  I'd say let's have some serious fun and let the fans choose which teams will face each other in the NIT via online voting instead of a seeding system.

What do you think?





  


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Posted on: March 20, 2010 4:14 am
 

MMOD makes me want to shop!

In every marriage you are going to have certain "things" that drive the other spouse crazy.  I seemingly have many of them including a 100 lb. gorgeous beauty that would captivate me whenever I saw her. 


I couldn’t resist her gaze and well, it drove my wife crazy.   Sure, I understood her frustrations but I couldn’t stop, my relationship with this gorgeous creature lasted almost ten years even as many of my friends would insult and mock me for not moving on.

Alas, I finally gave her up but it wasn’t easy. 

My Hitachi SuperScan, one of the heaviest CRT monitors you could ever break your back carrying, was put out on the curb.  I tried to sell her through the usual channels but no one wanted her and I stared out the window, and as she stood alone on my curb, wearing nothing but a big post-it note sticker that said “Yes, it works!”.

My wife assured me that a year could by and that monitor would still be on the curb. “No one wants an antique 100 pound boulder of crap.”  Insulted, I rattled off her specifications by memory (the monitor that is - not my wife's) and guaranteed her it would be gone within seconds. 

Of course I was wrong.  I always am. 

It wasn't seconds.  Nearly 4 minutes went by before Ms. Hitachi was picked up and out of my life forever.  I miss you CRT monitor.  I really do.  And since that day, I have nothing.  No fancy TV, no flat screen monitor and certainly no gorgeous CRT.

But that my friends, is about to change.

I’ve spent 20+ hours watching MMOD (March Madness on Demand), across my TWO monitors at work.  One game on the laptop screen, the other on the external monitor and it feels like the first time I touched a “non-wired” TV remote or used an “inter-banking” machine (later to be known as an ATM).  It doesn't just feel like progress - it feels like magic!

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke

Sliced Bread.  Cellphones.  Debit cards.  MMOD.  Awesome stuff that just works automagically.  Video on demand isn’t exactly a new phenomenon and neither is MMOD, but this is the first tourney where I've watched 2 games intently and I wonder WHY THE HECK DID I THROW OUT MY HITACHI?!

So it is time to buy a new external monitor, and while it won’t be 100 pounds and take up 2/3<sup>rds </sup> of my desk, I still intend for it to be fantastical.

How do you watch MMOD?  And what should I buy?!  Do I get a crazy huge monitor and try to split screen? 

Or do I go for the incredibly economical ones that can still give me 1080p for well under $200.  I’ve checked out the reviews on CNET but no decisions have been made.  Including approval from a certain spouse of mine.  Meanwhile I'll be shopping looking for my next "relationship".

Cheers,
Fobeashyi



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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 20, 2010 4:11 am
Edited on: March 20, 2010 4:12 am
 

MMOD makes me want to shop!

In every marriage you are going to have certain "things" that drive the other spouse crazy.  I seemingly have many of them including a 100 lb. gorgeous beauty that would captivate me whenever I saw her. 


I couldn’t resist her gaze and well, it drove my wife crazy.   Sure, I understood her frustrations but I couldn’t stop, my relationship with this gorgeous creature lasted almost ten years even as many of my friends would insult and mock me for not moving on.

Alas, I finally gave her up but it wasn’t easy. 

My Hitachi SuperScan, one of the heaviest CRT monitors you could ever break your back carrying, was put out on the curb.  I tried to sell her through the usual channels but no one wanted her and I stared out the window, and as she stood alone on my curb, wearing nothing but a big post-it note sticker that said “Yes, it works!”.

My wife assured me that in a year could by and that monitor would still be on the curb. “No one wants an antique 100 pound boulder of crap.”  Insulted, I rattled off her specifications by memory (the monitor that is) and guaranteed her it would be gone within seconds. 

Of course I was wrong.  I always am. 

It wasn't seconds.  Nearly 4 minutes went by before Ms. Hitachi was picked up and out of my life forever.  I miss you CRT monitor.  I really do.  And since that day, I have nothing.  No fancy TV, no flat screen monitor and certainly no gorgeous CRT.

But that my friends, is about to change.

I’ve spent 20+ hours watching MMOD (March Madness on Demand), across my TWO monitors at work.  One game on the laptop screen, the other on the external monitor and it feels like the first time I touched a “non-wired” TV remote or used an “inter-banking” machine (later to be known as an ATM).  It doesn't just feel like progress - it feels like magic!

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke

Sliced Bread.  Cellphones.  Debit cards.  MMOD.  Awesome stuff that just works automagically.  Video on demand isn’t exactly a new phenomenon and neither is MMOD, but this is the first tourney where I've watched 2 games intently and I wonder WHY THE HECK DID I THROW OUT MY HITACHI?!

So it is time to buy a new external monitor, and while it won’t be 100 pounds and take up 2/3<sup>rds </sup> of my desk, I still intend for it to be fantastical.

How do you watch MMOD?  And what should I buy?!  Do I get a crazy huge monitor and try to split screen? 

Or do I go for the incredibly economical ones that can still give me 1080p for well under $200.  I’ve checked out the reviews on CNET but no decisions have been made.  Including approval from a certain spouse of mine.  Meanwhile I'll be shopping looking for my next "relationship".

Cheers,
Fobeashyi



If you like winning cool stuff check out http://coremoment.cbssports.com STAT!  Our friends at Intel are giving away TEN laptops!



Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 19, 2010 1:14 am
Edited on: March 19, 2010 1:16 am
 

O Gonzaga! Canada's Team!

O Gonzaga!  The Zags are Canada’s entry into March Madness!
With 4 Canucks on board, how far can Canada er, I mean, Gonzaga can go with CBSSports.com Bracket Games ?!

Gonzaga , everyone’s favorite underdog is unofficially Canada’s entry into the NCAA tournament.  With four Canadians on the roster including star center Robert Sacre , the Bulldogs have some serious Canadian content tacked onto their usual bracket-busting talent.    And let's face it, after Thursday's crazy bracket-busting, the underdogs is where your heart should lie.  Especially if your a Canuck!

Ironically, the Zags will play near the Canadian border but not the one they had hoped for.  With a loss to St. Mary’s in the West Coast Conference championship game, any chance to play in Spokane was dashed and the Bulldogs ended up across the country in Buffalo, NY to play Friday against the No. 9 seed, Florida State (22-7). 

Perhaps Canadians around the Golden Horseshoe of greater Toronto can make their way up the Queen Elizabeth Way and get to the HSBC Arena to cheer on 'Canada’s team' as they aim for another run to the Sweet 16.  There is certainly plenty of Canadian talent to cheer on.
 
The star among the Canadian quarter is Sacre, a 7-footer who had to medically redshirt last season as he battled broken bones in his foot throughout his second season with the Zags.  Now a redshirt sophomore, he started 31 of 32 games, pitching in 10.0 points a game, 5.2 rebounds and almost 2 blocks a game.   A big body with sure hands, he’s put together a steady season as the starting center and will undoubtedly be attracting some NBA scouting visits to the state of Washington in the next couple of years.

While Sacre has successfully overcome his foot problems, fellow Canadian Manny Arop, the freshman forward, will not see any tournament action as he underwent surgery of his own last week.  He had his broken left foot repaired after he was injured in the semifinal victory over Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference tournament.   Arop is a promising freshman forward who averaged 3.8 rebounds in less than 12 minutes a game, but will watch his first NCAA Tournament on crutches.

A couple of other Canadians who could make an impact from the bench include 6’11” Kelly Olynyk and 6’6” Bol Kong.  Olynyk, another freshman forward with a slick shot from Kamloops, BC, has earned some sizable minutes (12.3 MPG) as a true freshman and knows his Canadian teammates very well having played with all of them internationally in Canada’s junior basketball programs.

Kong has also seen some floor time this season as a long-range specialist, putting up 4.8 points a game as a 6’6”forward burying nearly 44% of his 3-point attempts.   Kong and Arop both moved to Canada at a young age having been born in Sudan.  Their next move was not nearly as far, just across the border to Spokane and their hoping their journey over the next couple of weeks takes them to the Sweet 16 and maybe all the way to Indianapolis.

And if you don’t believe in the Zags continued popularity – check the numbers!  The Zags are ranked 56<sup>th</sup> (2008) among the top 200 schools for sports merchandising and that is in spite of not having a football program.  Perhaps with more jersey orders from the Great White North we’ll see the Zags reach new heights in sales as they get busy busting brackets.

As for this tournament, they certainly can’t look past Florida State on Friday night as the #9 seeded Seminoles will also be looking to make some noise.  The ‘Noles own quality wins over Marquette and  Georgia Tech (twice) and will shape up to be a difficult first-round opponent for the Bulldogs.

Of course, don’t forget to check out March Madness on Demand at http://mmod.ncaa.com







Posted on: March 19, 2010 1:09 am
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