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NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Friday, 3-16-18 (click post for audio)

NBA Update:

  • More humble pie for the haughty Dubs, who stub their toes again at home against accidentally coronated Kings. #Kings #Warriors
  • Brewer slithers for a sweet 22, steals 1/2 a dozen, and Clippers slip closer to playoff extinction. #Clippers #Thunder
  • More dirty deeds, done not so cheap, by trash talking, tongue waggin Joel Embiid. #Sixers #Nets
  • Miami gores and kills Lakers’ impossible dream playoff run with a late J from Goran. #Heat #Lakers
Categories: NBA

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Update — First Round: Friday, 3-16 (click post for audio)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Update — First Round:

  • The Orange whip, abuse and flog the Horned Frogs, slowing the game down to a brawl and crawl and winning in classic Jimmy B style. You play their game … you feel lots of pain. #Orange #HornedFrogs
  • Lyles and his pack of tenacious Retrievers expose the lie that was UVa’s #1 ranking, giving the ACC champs a seriously hard spanking. Tony Bennett looked completely catatonic, watching the #16 seed plow through his much ballyhooed defense like a knife through butter. And now the State of MD really has something to be proud of! #Retrievers #Cavaliers
  • Wildcat strike remains deadly, despite the absence of their top scorer, while Blue Jays’ shots go consistently astray. #Wildcats #BlueJays
  • Musselman’s all pumped up after the Pack decide they don’t want to pack it in, force OT and emerge with a huge comeback win. #Longhorns #Wolf Pack
  • MSU wins a virtual home game against plucky Bucknell, but the Spartans didn’t look completely sharp and will need to be more precise if they expect to force their way into the Final Four. #Spartans #Bison
  • Xavier looks a little ragged at points, but ultimately had no trouble taming the TSU Tigers. #Tigers #Musketeers
  • Classic Mountaineer win with lots of athleticism and extreme pressure on defense, which ensures that at least one West VA team will reach the Sweet Sixteen. #Moutaineers #Racers
  • Auburn really earns this win, working the boards and forcing turnovers with just enough regularity to chew up Charleston. #Cougars #Tigers
  • Bulldog defense weighs down the sluggish Razorbacks, who simply didn’t look ready to rumble. #Bulldogs #Razorbacks
  • Not enough Chapstick in the world to help Lipscomb today, as the Bison get sliced up nice by the Tar Heels from Chapel Hill. #TarHeels #Bisons
  • Cincy chooses to pass to Cumberland, and is now traveling to the Round of 32. #Panthers #Bearcats
  • Marshall plan executed to perfection by Jon and Jarrod against the astonished Shockers. #ThunderingHerd #Shockers
  • Painful win for Purdue, who must make due without their big Haas in the middle. #Titans #Boilermakers
  • Admon Gilder was the Aggies’ lead builder as A&M slides by the Friars. #Friars #Aggies
  • Orange Tigers looked fired up and won, while normal colored Tigers looked flat and tranquilized. #Tigers #Tigers #Seminoles #Aggies

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Update — First Round: Thursday, 3-15 (click post for audio)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Update — First Round:

  • Koulechov and the heartless Gators methodically devour the Bonnies. #Bonnies #Gators
  • Hokies held it together nicely against the tough Tide, but get derailed when Bama gets a charge outta Justin and Buzz gets buzzed for a technical. #Hokies #CrimsonTide
  • Red Raiders recover their focus and properly size up the smaller Lone Star Lumberjacks of SF Austin. #Lumberjacks #RedRaiders
  • Michigan looked a big spooked in Wichita against a relatively uninspiring Montana squad, but recovers in the 2nd half to grind out a solid win over the Griz. #Grizzlies #Wolverines
  • It was a truly hair razing loss for Sean Miller and the mighty Wildcats, as they simply wilted in the face of the intense pace set by the very determined Buffalo Bulls. #Bulls #Wildcats
  • Bad day in the ‘Burgh for Radford, as the Highlanders get trampled by Villanova. #Wildcats #Highlanders
  • Freeman was playing free and easy, but the Blue Bucs never really let up, in a very physical, intense first round win. If they keep this intensity going against No. 1 KU, the rest of the world (outside of South Orange) could be in for a rude awakening. #Pirates #Wolfpack
  • Jumpin Jacks almost give Bucks a heart attack… #Jackrabbits #Buckeyes
  • Ramblers turn into quite the gamblers, pulling an ace on the river in the form of a near half court prayer that drains the shocked and appalled Hurricanes. #Ramblers #Hurricanes
  • As most of us thought, Iona didn’t have an iota of a chance against the Dukes of basketball. #Gaels #BlueDevils
  • KU quashes the Quakers after a shaky start, but will need to bring more to the table if they hope to sink the Pirates in the next round; with a gimpy Azubuike, things are getting a bit dicey for the Big 12 champs. #Quakers #Jayhawks
  • Today’s win for heavily favored Gonzaga was quite a long, drawn out saga, as it takes a late three from Norvell to quell the storm kicked up by the UNCG Spartans. #Spartans #Bulldogs
  • Congrats to Rick Barnes and the pugnacious Vols, who stuff more than a few down the collective throats of Wright St. This team is battle tested and dangerous….the field had better take note…#Volunteers #Raiders
  • URI and the undervalued Rams leave Trae Young and his overrated Sooners hung out to dry… oh my! #Sooners #Rams
  • Nice try but Davidson didn’t have enough sting in its sling to shoot its way past the Goliaths from Kentucky. #Wildcats #Wildcats
  • Cougs had just enough nifty moves to sidestep the Aztecs.  #Cougars #Aztecs

When you’re hungry for lunch, you can’t do much bedder than a Macho Mike sandwich from OR’s, dripping with melted cheddar …

On a mildly cool day in Socal, nothing satisfies for lunch like the soup and sandwich combo at Original Rinaldis.  My man Dylan set me up, as usual, with some creamy, New England style clam chowder, complimenting the fully stacked and juicy “Macho Mike”.  Yes, this sandwich can stand up to the most full figure offerings you can find anywhere.  Plenty of lean pastrami, rarefied, perfectly cooked roast Beef, mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and the piece de resistance, all that melted cheddar.  Sadly, I had to stop eating and get back to the office, but I’ll be back for more … I LIKE MACHO MIKE!


NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Wednesday, 3-14-18 (click post for audio)

NBA Update:
  • Bucks look spellbound as Orlando somehow experiences enough Magic moments to steal a win at home. #Bucks #Magic
  • Don’t tell the Warriors they can’t … at least as long as they have Durant. #Lakers #Warriors
  • Lots of Bealing and dealing pushes the spunky Wiz past the depleted, but highly competitive, Celtics. #Wizards #Celtics
Categories: NBA

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Update — Play-in Round: Wednesday, 3-14 (click post for audio)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Update — Play-in Round:

  • Quite a demonstration in Dayton from diminutive Damontrae stirs Texas Southern to victory. #Tigers #Eagles
  • Impudent Orange don’t even ask Hurley’s hell contingent for three steps, before refusing to recuse themselves from the big dance and move on to slog it out with the Horned Frogs. #Orange #SunDevils

NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Tuesday, 3-13-18 (click post for audio)

NBA Update:

  • Minnesota’s young talent is certainly paying big dividends, with skyscraper KA Towns give a real stand up performance. And at nearly 18 pts per game, let’s not give short thrift to A. Wiggins either. #Timberwolves #Wizards
  • After receiving a nice jump start from the acquisition of Blake Griffin, the Pistons look ready for the junkyard, getting left for dead by Utah in the land of the Great Salt Lake. #PIstons #Jazz
  • Lakers play one of their more solid games, and still think they have time to lay claim to the final playoff spot. One thing’s for sure — Denver is looking over its shoulder. #Nuggets #Lakers
Categories: NBA

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Update, Recap and Perspectives: Tuesday, 3-13 (click post for audio)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Update (Play-in Round):

  • Radford makes blackbird pie out of LIU, and Highlanders achieve a temporary high, in advance of their inevitable execution come Thursday. #Highlanders #Blackbirds
  • Quite a misadventure today for the team that used to be coached by the Wizard of Westwood … losing in the play-in game to St. Bonaventure. UCLA’s prized possession, Aaron Holiday, accumulated 20 but fumbles away 10, and it’s safe to say Wooden would not have been smiling down from heaven on this hellish performance. #Bruins #Bonnies

NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 3-12-18 (click post for audio)

NBA Update:

  • Sad sad times for San Antonio, as Rockets handle them with ease and put the squeeze even tighter on the first seed. #Spurs #Rockets
  • Grindhouse is officially renamed the “Behindhouse”, as this is the only way these laughable bears know how to play. Oy vey! #Bucks #Grizzlies
  • Double digits for double Bogdan isn’t nearly enough to overcome another triple double from Russell Athletic. #Kings #Thunder
Categories: NBA

NHL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 3-12-18 (click post for audio)

NHL Update:

  • Ovy shakes a leg and a stick as Caps snap back for a nice and necessary win against Winnipeg. #Capitals #Jets
  • Columbus didn’t even need its formal attire to retire Les Habs to their familiar place as habitual losers. #BlueJackets #Canadiens
  • Fleury and Knights take flight in soaring higher than Flyers. #GoldenKnights #Flyers
Categories: NHL

NHL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 3-11-18 (click post for audio)

NHL Update:

  • Oleksiak’s whack helps Pens pick up the slack and get their mojo back. #Penguins #Stars
  • It’s probably too little, too late, but keeper Chris Gibson does a great imitation of keeper John Gibson … stopping nearly everything imaginable. #Islanders #Flames
  • Bruised up Bruins get their ears pinned back and bullied in the City of Broad Shoulders. #Blackhawks #Bruins
Categories: NHL

NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 3-11-18 (click post for audio)

NBA Update:

  • Denver’s young guns easily checkmate the laboring Kings. #Kings #Nuggets
  • Warriors came out to play, but didn’t bring their light artillery apparently…. this could get a bit ugly until they make it home. #Warriors #Timberwolves
  • Incompetent Knicks can’t even figure out how to mail it in … since they forgot to buy postage and have too high of a payroll for food stamps. How pathetic. #Raptors Knicks
  • Sixers emerge from their coma to cover their bases emphatically with Embiid and Covington. #Sixers #Nets
Categories: NBA

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 3-11 (click post for audio)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

And now it’s time to formally name and assess the regions:

1. South — choppy and unbalanced
a) the crime of the tournament was possibly pitting Big Blue against the terrors from Tucson in the round of 32; how is that even possible?
b) don’t trust Virginia, even if it does get a reprieve against the Retrievers
c) aside from qualified Cincy, there are lots of also-rans in the lower half, including totally overrated Miami, sluggish Texas and not-so Wright St.
d) look for Kentucky or AZ to emerge from this rabble

2. West — definitely not the best
a) the committee did Xavier a big favor, gifting them a No. 1 seed, and giving them all the creature comforts that one could ask for … but don’t be so sure they’ll escape the jaws of the Missouri Tigers
b) there isn’t much else in the top half, other than Gonzaga and its bloated, padded record, and lots of statewide mediocrity with the Buckeyes, Seminoles and Jackrabbits.
c) North Carolina, as usual, gets a pleasure cruise to the Sweet Sixteen, where it will probably face a hungry group of Wolverines, and the winner here should advance on to San Antonio​

3. East — Not thrilling, but nice
a) With its talented guards, great coaching and wealth of experience, Villanova stands out as the class of this bracket, though Purdue and Florida may have something to say about that.
b) Look for Murray St., Marshall and/or Stephen F. Austin to pull off a mini-mega upsets, making this bracket look messier than Phyllis Diller’s hair, but in the end there really isn’t much reason to care

4. Midwest — “The Region of Death”
a) KU gets to play a bunch of small, slow, smart guys in round one, but will be pushed hard when they come up against the battle-tested Wolfpack of NC St (who will earn a Hall pass in the first round). The winner of this game should make it to the Elite Eight, where they’ll find either Duke or Michigan St. lying in wait.
b) Going with the Spartans to make it to the Final Four, as Coach K’s blue bloods have never really had the killer instinct all year, and nobody wants to see Izzo cry before the Finals.
c) Other close and highly entertaining games should be Auburn vs. Clemson in the Round of 32, AZ St./Syracuse (who has no excuse for even being in the tournament) and Oklahoma/URI … before all of these teams wish us their goodbyes prior to reaching the quarters.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 3-10 (click post for audio)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 Update:

  • Mountaineers mount their typical campaign to discredit KU, only to relent and give way when things got serious in the 2nd half. Kudos to Kansas for getting this done without their big man down low, though who knows whether the Jayhawks can walk the walk when come tournament time. As for West Virginia, start running better plays! #Mountaineers #Jayhawks
  • No more divine providence for the Friars, who can’t extricate themselves from a disappointing defeat to Big East Kahunna Villanova. #Friars #Wildcats
  • Golden moment for the Retrievers, who find themselves back in the tournament after toppling the Catamounts. #Retrievers #Catamount
  • Virginia’s sitting on top of the college basketball world right now, but is this really a team to be feared? Only time will tell, and that moment is nearly upon us. #Cavaliers #TarHeels

NBA Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 3-10-18 (click post for audio)

NBA Update:

  • In a game between two utterly forgettable teams, wannabe A-lister Harrison Barnes has a game to remember; meanwhile, the Griz really can’t remember when they last won … it’s been that long. #Grizzlies #Mavericks
  • Pop’s having noticeable difficulty propping up the sagging prospects of his unsteady Spurs, who are dropping like a lead balloon in the standings of the Western Conference. Don’t be shocked if SA barely makes it in as the eighth seed. #Spurs #Thunder
  • Wizards are starting to look quite drained, while the Heat has used this homestand to recharge batteries and freshen up. #Heat Wizards
Categories: NBA

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