3-24-18: Weekend Update

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Another year, another Purdue exit before the NCAA Final Four. 

 

Saturday morning at the library with homework just complete leads to these takes:

-As the above photo of two jolly Texas Tech Red Raiders indicates, once again longtime Bob Knight foil and Donnie Walsh lover Bill Benner’s favorite college team failed to get the job done in tourney time. Despite being an Indiana University alum, Benner (who once appeared as a smug b-stard in a nationally televised argument with Temple hoops coach John Chaney on ESPN’s Outside The Lines many years ago to insult said Knight) has long showed some bias towards defending mediocre Indiana Pacers front offices (often led by this man pictured by Larry Bird half sleeping at games) and done well enough to earn himself some retirement money from said mediocre Pacers front office after working there in recent years.  Benner represents everything I see that is wrong about Indianapolis area sports media in general and Indiana sports in particular as he represents the ‘old boy’ way of doing things and making excuses….but enough about dude. Bottom line is people such as Benner make it difficult to root for Purdue basketball to succeed just as much as Purdue’s program hurts itself by finding ways to regularly lose the games that matter when they are outside the confines of 900 John R. Wooden Drive. Hence during the closing minutes of last night’s 78-65 NCAA regional semifinal loss to Texas Tech yours truly saw said Boilermakers down by eight points with four minutes to go and said ‘done’. Not like I was Nostradamus but as mentioned before these Boilermakers haven’t been in the NCAA Final Four since Jimmy Carter was in the White House.  And not shockingly said trend continued last night despite a balls out effort of 30 points scored by West Lafayette approved Carsen Edwards.

I’ll give props to Purdue for a 30 win season and a Sweet 16 berth, as they won more games and did as well tourney wise as the 2012-13 Indiana team that was probably my best chance of ever seeing another NCAA title in my lifetime. Which reminds me that Indiana men’s basketball is still sh–ty, so good time to move on…..

-one bright spot for Big Fred Glass‘s mediocre athletic department: its women’s basketball teams can defeat their arch rival in NIT tournament games.  Next up is an NIT semifinal tomorrow afternoon against UC-Davis. Best of luck to the women Hoosiers.

-on the NFL front….for now I have no issue with the local NFL team trading down with the New York Jets to get more draft picks because quite frankly the local NFL team stinks and needs all the help they can get. Whether Colts general manager Chris Ballard can actually do something with said additional draft picks remains to be seen, but re-signing oft injured offensive linemen  doesn’t help matters in my view (though in fairness these Colts seem to see this Jack Mewhort as an all-time great so I shouldn’t be surprised that he’s apparently on a lifetime year to year contract). We shall see come draft time on April 26-28 if Ballard has improved in his decision making after a 2017 Colts season that was quite the s—tfest.

As a Colts fan, I hope for improvement. As a realist, right now I will be happy to just see the team sniff .500 after last season’s 4-12 debacle. Will know more next month when said draft takes place and when the 2018 NFL regular season schedule is released.

-many of my fraternity brothers from alma mater number one Transylvania University probably weren’t too happy Thursday night when their Kentucky Wildcats were eliminated from March Madness via losing to Kansas State. For kicks and from boredom, here’s a link to the Twitter account of ‘Man about town’ C.M. Tomlin (not to be confused with former Kentucky athletic director deluxe C.M. Newton).

Dude had comedy skills then, dude has comedy skills now. Props to dude.

This Cincinnati Reds Opening Day news announcement was neither shocking nor satisfying. Safe to say I’m once again not banking on a World Series appearance next fall.

-six more weeks in this current class includes a short paper due next week. Excitement.

-with the usual topics covered, I’ve been doing a better job of keeping my word towards finding new places to dine at besides the usual few places I usually go to (as previously profiled here). New locations visited include the Westfield Subway, one of the multiple Fishers McDonald’s and for the first time in years the Sonland City Taco Bell (two thumbs up for the $1 Nacho Fries). Ended up at the McDonald’s as I was looking for the Jack-In-The-Box that I usually went to on the way home from class during the Anderson University MBA days….and of course the building was vacated. Shows I don’t get out much, but that was already a given.

-finishing up on the March Madness theme,  I’ve still got a chance at my previously predicted Duke-Michigan final game happening while looking forward to seeing if Loyola Chicago can continue their Cinderella run. Should make for good weekend television.

With snow flurries coming down, good time to close out. Happy March Madness to everyone.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

 

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3-19-18: March Madness

Take a bow for making history last week, UMBC. 

 

Random Fitzthoughts after a weekend of college basketball upsets and broken brackets:

-The games I watched this weekend ranged from those of local interest (Purdue’s 76-73 defeat of Butler to advance to the Sweet 16)   to those rooting against Big 10 teams that always beat the lackluster Indiana program (Syracuse upsetting Michigan State) to finally dealing with familiar names winning as expected (Villanova and Kentucky). Main thing I took out of the tourney was the obvious cliches: it’s wide open right now and any given team could pull a North Carolina State over Houston and walk out with the title. Good for all involved. Makes the games more worthwhile for me to watch as opposed to seeing Thaddeus Charles Young sleepwalk through another month of Indiana Pacers regular season games.

-Speaking of Indiana….if I ever need to remember how old I am now, I just need to look back at Indiana’s last national title being won when I was in junior high school. While Syracuse and Jim Boeheim have had some consistent tourney success over the past 30 years……….can’t say the same about Indiana. Little wonder that I now overreact when the Hoosiers actually have a decent regular season where they don’t lose 14 or more games. Missing the NCAA tournament year after year tends to do that.

-For more Boeheim related irony, the Syracuse Sweet 16 match-up on Friday night will be against none other than my pick to win it all this year, Duke. So if Duke loses by double digits in the one must watch game for me this Friday night, I shouldn’t be surprised.

-Won’t argue with The Baltimore Sun about their take on UMBC upsetting Virginia.

-for now the personal current Final Four picks are Duke, Michigan, Kentucky and Villanova with Duke beating Michigan for the title. Will see if that blast from the past pick actually works out.

-in other IU related news, Jim Harbaugh’s brother-in-law has a new gig. Good luck to Georgia basketball fans. Meanwhile at least one media legend approves.

-there will be at least one Indiana-Purdue postseason basketball clash coming up this week courtesy of the Women’s NIT. Best of luck to both squads.

-in following up with Hoosier Hysteria related posts from recent days, a Warren Central buzzer beater ended Romeo Langford’s high school hoops career last Saturday. Now I join many others across the state in waiting to hear if Langford stays in state to play college basketball next year.  I’m prepared to hear either the words Kansas or Vanderbilt be announced next month as said choice of Langford. Hope I’m wrong.

-last but not least from a local perspective….it’s been 18 years since Purdue made the Elite Eight and 38 years since they made the Final Four.  History has not been kind to those Boilermakers when it comes to March Madness, so best wishes to Purdue fans of all ages when Matt Painter’s team plays Texas Tech this Friday night on TBS.

Looking forward to another good weekend of college basketball. Hope to be back with another post before the week concludes.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

 

3-15-17: Fitzthoughts GIF of the Day

Just got out of class a few minutes ago. Not surprisingly I was the only one who actually MADE IT to said class because, well, NCAA tourney.

As the evening games are about ready to kick off, nice to note that Indiana University will not be a part of the March Madness festivities this weekend because Indiana University is once again s—-y at college basketball. While I may not be able to be as passionate on the subject as Indianapolis Star sports columnist Gregg Doyel, count me in among the many who would be happy to see one New Albany senior hoops star named Romeo Langford be on the court for the Hoosiers next season.  Hence, GIF time of said Romeo in action….

….first with outside game….

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…..and then running the floor:

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…followed with one more for good measure:

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Even if it’s for one year only……get it done, Little Archie Miller.

Now off to watch March Madness, IU or no IU. Back with more in a couple days.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

3-12-18: Monday Musings

Another post, another caption featuring Will Ferrell. Old School photo courtesy of basementrejects.com

 

The week begins with yet another class assignment due Wednesday and the NCAA’s March Madness beginning tomorrow night to watch in the midst of completing said assignment. As the title states, some Monday musings:

-The Cincinnati Reds actually had a spring training game televised yesterday on the MLB Network.….so of course I walked the dog. Meanwhile another pair of starting pitchers get hurt and I simply shake my head.

-The Indiana Pacers overcame Thaddeus Charles Young still being relatively worthless by beating a quality team on the road last night via a 99-97 win over Boston. While I am not exactly watching every single minute of their current season, the plan is to repeat last year’s strategy by watching their playoff games in full to see what they need to improve (i.e. getting rid of Young and Corey Joseph) while seeing if the team’s standard bearers Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner are actually worth building around. Still not sold on Oladipo for obvious reasons but again not my worry since I’m thankfully not like Kevin Pritchard in expecting big things from this current Pacers squad. Personally I’ll be satisfied with winning one single playoff series, and to do that I suggest they finish no lower than fifth in the NBA Eastern Conference regular season standings. Meanwhile I eagerly await this overpaid individual to leave the squad as said individual would be on the books for $10 million next year if Pritchard feels Turner still needs an expensive mentor on the sidelines to do whatever the blue f— said individual does to deserve such lettuce.

I’ll give the Pacers this: I was figuring they would be on the way to a 50 loss season, so might as well enjoy another playoff appearance while hoping this ESPN favorite finally goes somewhere else outside of the NBA East. As for Pritchard, I assume he and Oladipo get along swell as Oladipo enjoys massive bank in return for getting down in the Circle City. And at least Pritchard isn’t one of these two gentlemen who pissed away multiple chances to win the NBA title…..so there’s that.

-found I could hit snooze a dozen times or so and still make it to work on time today. Wouldn’t recommend it, but if one only has a 10-15 minute commute to said gig then one can take a chance.

-your newest WWE Hall of Famer played a concert at the last Indy 500 Carb Day that I attended. Looking back it was TEN YEARS ago….sounds about right. More props to me for actually remembering the occasion to begin with.

-finally winding things up with a GIF featuring the baller who won the NBA slam dunk contest in the midst of my senior year at Sonland High, one Dee Brown:

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Those Reebok Pumps are among my favorites, hence they’re proudly in the sneaker collection courtesy of our pals at eBay from, yes, ten years ago. Shows I had a lot more disposable income before I went back to school. Insert head shake.

Back with more later in the week, thanks to any and all who may read these Fitzthoughts.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

3-10-18: Weekend Update

Chevy Chase then and now. Age has not been kind to both of us. Courtesy of looper.com.

 

 

Back on a Saturday morning doing, yes, homework. Class starts tomorrow but first assignment is due by tomorrow at midnight. Just took care of it and now am here to post some news and notes from the week:

-decided earlier in the year that I was going to try to find a new place to dine at each week. Criteria was either a) I had never had a meal there or b) I had not had a meal there in the past year or so. Past posts noted visiting Pizza by the Harbour in scenic Sonland City USA; this post notes that last night I bought dinner for the family courtesy of one of the many Pizza King locations in central Indiana. Pizza by the Harbour was cheaper and better, but that didn’t stop me from having cold pizza for breakfast since it hadn’t stopped me doing just that for the past few decades. At the very least it was nice to have a change of pace from being a cheapskate for places such as this.

-also watched LIU Brooklyn defeat Wagner in the Northeast Conference‘s NCAA mens’ hoops conference finals to earn a trip to the NCAA tournament that starts next week. After hearing references to Marquette and the greatness of Big 10 conference officiating from the ESPN color commentator for the game, I of course figured out that it was none other than Harbaugh family favorite Tom Crean dropping the knowledge on mid-major basketball.  Past posts show my view on Crean’s reign of error in Bloomington with the Indiana University program. Safe to say those views haven’t changed too much.

-not having three feet of snow is good. Having migraine headaches due to weather change….not so good. Two straight days of said migraines led to sleeping on and off from 7 pm (conclusion of dinner) to 7 am (eating said dinner leftovers for breakfast) this morning. Thankfully a lot better now.

-the Reds Zone message board for those few out there who still care about MLB’s Cincinnati Reds is in mid-season form as this thread IMO STILL shows people defending the incompetency of the organization and the less than stellar performance of team manager Bryan Price. Props to poster M2 for calling out the board’s resident apologist poster Raisor on pages 7 and 8. Unfortunately for those remaining Reds fans who would like the team to actually look competent once in awhile, Raisor’s attitude seems to be the prevalent one with Reds ownership and front office individuals. Hence I again set my expectations low and hope for a fourth place finish in a five team National League Central Division.  Since the team has finished last place in the division for three straight seasons, not like I’m asking for much. Also not like I’m expecting much to change either, so there’s that.

-Last but not least ending the post with a GIF courtesy of my elementary school days of one of my all-time favorite NBA dunks from legendary Julius “Dr. J” Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers:

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Back next week-happy weekend to all.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog

3-4-18: Weekend Update

Another year, another Big 10 tourney loss for Indiana University basketball. Photo per Asbury Park Press

Twenty page paper was finished yesterday afternoon, results to follow in next two days. With a week off from classes some news and notes:

-not surprisingly Little Archie Miller’s Indiana Hoosiers men’s hoops team found a way to lose to Rutgers-as in the Rutgers with NO postseason appearances of any kind since 2006-in their Big 10 tournament opener Thursday night 76-69.  According to this current as of this writing USA Today link said Little Archie is the TENTH highest paid college basketball coach in the land. A 16-15 record is not exactly getting your money’s worth out of said deal, yet the Indiana administration doesn’t really give a s–t about having mediocre sports teams every year and the athletic department is ran by this individual….hence I’m not expecting too much for, oh, ever. Not like I should be surprised.

-to show just how things have changed due to going back to school,  a Sonland High sectional tournament basketball game took place while I was making my last blog post.  The result-an opening round loss-only seemed fitting considering these mid-season happenings.    

-Upped the sneaker collection as new Nike Air Way Ups are in the mail and should be here in the next couple of days. Yes, I lead an exciting life.

-Props to Penn Station as I will be using a 2 for 1 coupon this week courtesy of their yearly slot game for email subscribers. Saves me approximately $6.50 which will come in handy after spending $48 on family dinner yesterday at the previously referenced local Perkins. 

-Lastly wrapping things up for the night with a GIF of current favorite Indiana Pacer Lance Stephenson from the team’s run of back-to-back NBA Eastern Conference finals appearances from a few years ago:

Best wishes to all for a good week and to me for an A in the class. Stay tuned.

Jeff

@fitzthoughtsblog