A couple things to look forward to this weekend.
1. The Final Four. Georgetown takes on Ohio State and Florida battles UCLA. Quick thoughts on the game. Georgetown beats OSU. In a game where everyone is concentrating on the battle of the big men, the Buckeye’s 45-year old 7’ foot Greg Oden and Hoyas 7’2” Roy Hibbert, it’s going to be the outside game which is the difference.
The 14 foot 2 inches of battle inside won’t be as big of a factor some think.
Oden might be a better play with more potential but has been in foul trouble all tournament long. He played only 18 minutes against Tennessee and 24 against Memphis against smaller guys. At the best, they will cancel each other out and not be a factor down the stretch. That said, OSU has the better guards, especially Mike Conley Jr. and has had some incredible luck in this tourney with Ron Lewis’s three against Xavier and the comeback against Tennessee. Because of that I think their luck will continue and beat Georgetown.
The other game is a rematch of last year’s championship game. Frankly this one could be real tough to watch. UCLA plays so slow that Mike Brown wishes they pushed the tempo a little more and by watching Florida play you are subject to seeing the ugliest man in college basketball Joakim Hoah and his 4 to 5 random girly screams not to mention him having to redo his pony tail several more times and brushing that mangled mess on the bench.
I can’t take too much more of this
I don’t care who wins this came but we can bet on seeing a few things: Noah looking more puzzled than and 4-year old trying to figure out how his grandpa pulled a coin from his ear at least three times, Al Horford flexing like Hulk Hogan four times and saying “what are you going to do when these pythons come for you, brother,” Ben Howland yelling at Aaron Affialo for shooting with more than 15 seconds left on the shot clock and Lorenzo Mata standing next to Hoah making you wish you didn’t have high definition (or thankful if you don’t). I’ll say UCLA wins just because I don’t think I can take another game of watching him play and I defiantly can’t take him doing a dance like he did when Florida won the SEC Championship.
2. The Cavs at Bulls. To warm up your appetite for the slow placed UCLA game, the Cavs take on the Bulls at 3 on Saturday. The Cavs are holding to a .5 lead on the second seed and with the way things are going that .5 lead will be in Chicago’s favor by the time the Final Four starts. Mike Brown said the team has to go back to basics to fix the team current problems. From the Plain Dealer, he said this…
“When we practice again, we’re going to have to pull out some old defensive drills from training camp. We’ve just got to get back after it on that end of the floor.”
Two thoughts. First, it’s never a good sign when, with 10 games left, you have to go back to training camp drills. Second, what does he mean by “when we practice again?” Brown gave the team Thursday off. Why? They didn’t deserve it. Get them back out on the practice floor and if going of defensive drills is what this team needs, then do it. Don’t wait. But things don’t look good for the Cavs right now.
3. Baseball Season Starts. The MLB season gets under way with the St. Louis Cardinal taking on the NY Mets in a rematch of last years exciting (OK, some what boring) playoff series from last year. Can’t say I’m too excited for this game but I am excited for what it means. It means summer is almost here and summer means cook outs, swimming pools and afternoon beverages. Hurray for baseball. Also it means the Indians start on Monday.
4. C.C. Sabathia’s injury. Reports are in saying C.C. is hopeful to still pitch in the season opener Monday in Chicago. He is suppose to throw a bullpen session today and see how he feels. Call me a pessimistic, or a realist Cleveland fan, but I can see how this plays out now: during C.C.’s bullpen throws, his wrist feels fine, but on his last pitch he strains his oblique muscle again. I hope I’m wrong but C.C. will not start on Monday.
5. Browns and a Quarterback. The Plain Dealer reports the Cleveland Browns are in talks with Kansas City to bring QB Trent Green to town. I like this. Don’t think it will happen but I’m glad GM Phil Savage is at least addressing the quarterback situation by means other than through the draft. Supposedly, KC wants a second round pick for Green and supposedly the Browns are looking at Stanford QB Trent Edwards to take with their second round pick. What Trent would be better for the team? Green, obviously. Make that trade. Why would we draft another young quarterback to “learn” behind two other young quarterbacks in Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson. Green gives us the best chance to win this year. This won’t happen this weekend and if it does at all won’t happen until closer to the Draft but it’s something to keep an eye on.
By the way, ESPN.com put out a Franchise Pain & Suffering Rating. And guess what? Surprise, surprise, all of Cleveland’s teams made the top 24 with the Browns taking No. 2. Congrats Cleveland fans.
6. Blades of Glory. The newest Will Ferrell movie is surrounded by question marks. Have we seen the funniest parts already in the previews? Can Jon Heder play any character other than Napoleon Dynamite? Will this be a Will Ferrell movie like ‘Anchorman’ or ‘Bewitched’? Has ever joke been done with him? Is it still funny to see him naked and acting gay in a non-gay way?
I think all the answers are yes. I think this is going to be a great movie and you can never see too much of Will Ferrell naked. Also curious, if you saw him walking down the street, all by himself, what line from one of his movies would you yell at him? I’m going with the ‘Starsky & Hutchl’ line, “It’s like a little bowl of oatmeal with a a hole in it. I got one too. I just got a little more brown sugar on mine.”