Posted 02/20/2008 at 01:30 PM
Please forgive me for not checking in with a blog installment recently! Since football ended, I've been knee-deep in getting caught up in hoops. I've accomplished just that -- and more -- in college hoops, but my NBA plays are still in the toilet. A dirty, nasty toilet!
Since Jan. 22, I've been on fire in college basketball, posting a 52-29 record that's good for 64.2 percent and 20.3 units of profit. For the season, I'm cashing winners at a 56 percent clip, going 75-59 overall, leading "dime players" to $10,400 of profit.
The NBA is another story. It's so bad that I'm scared to go look at my overall record for the season. I went 0-2 last night, backing a Hawks team that trailed by 36 at intermission and supporting Portland in a 'chalk' role in a game it lost outright.
Anyway...that catches you up on my handicapping. Now let's touch on some random topics and I'll hook you up with some links.
We've spent plenty of time in recent years talking about the job security of Mr. Fulmer in Knoxville. For the most part, I've scolded UT fans for not appreciating Fulmer. However, with another off-season filled with turmoil, arrests, suspensions and an unusually lackluster recruiting class, I can understand how/why the sharks are starting to swarm.
John Adams, one of the premier columnists in SEC country for more than a decade, called for Fulmer's dismissal Monday in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
As for the Kelvin Sampson fiasco at Indiana, ESPN.com's Pat Forde is reporting that IU plans to suspend Sampson this week before eventually firing him.
Speaking of Forde, he acted like such a punk in ripping Bobby Knight after he resigned at Texas Tech. Forde has apparently been one of those scribes that's taken a fact session (or three) from Knight through the years.
As for last week's congressional hearings, I hope none of you were surprised by Roger Clemens' deplorable behavior. As I've been saying for years, Clemens has always been a me-first scumbag.
Need examples? No problem! How about the playoff game in Anaheim in the '80s when he forced the home plate umpire to eject him for arguing balls and strikes? How about asking out of Game 6 in the 1986 World Series with a one-run lead because of a blister on his finger? How about failing to win a World Series and therefore going to the Yankees to do so? (Think A-Rod, but without the ring.) How about losing his mind ('roid rage?) in the Subway Series and throwing a bat at Mike Piazza?
On that night in the Bronx, Clemens explained away his action with words like "intensity, emotion and fire." Oh yeah? Well, where was that intensity, emotion and fire in the '86 WS when you wanted nothing to do with the Mets in the late innings?
Clemens is a clown -- always has been -- and I'm glad the world can now see (with 20/20 vision!) that.
If you didn't get a chance to check out a series of articles chronicling Rick Neuheisel's tenure at Washington in the Seattle Times, it's worth the time. The series, dubbed "Victory and Ruins," provides some jaw-dropping details of criminal behavior by several players, including Bucs' TE Jeramy Stevens.
Remember when Stevens was with the Seahawks and kneed a Raider in the jewels on MNF? After that game, Warren Sapp eloquently commented on Stevens in this fashion: "He a punk. Everybody know it. He was just doing what he do -- act like a punk. Everybody in this league know Jeramy Stevens is a punk."