Archive for March, 2009

One day after Louisville’s men’s team watched their final four dreams crash like pookie when the crack was all gone. The Lady Cards kept the schools final four and championship dreams alive beating the #1 seed Maryland to advance to the final four in St. Louis for the first time in school history.

Louisville wasn’t intimidated by Maryland’s top seed as the Lady Cards came out firing on the Terps and never looked back. Superstar and all everything Angel McCoughtryled the Cards with her 3rd straight 20 plus game, putting up a game high 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. McCoughty wasn’t alone in this game though. Fellow Senior Candyce Bingham had 15 points and Deseree Byrd added 17 points and nine assists….Continue

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Posted: March 30, 2009 by Bacon in Kentucky Basketball

Well, as this is written, it’s all but a done deal–Calipari will coach the Kentucky Wildcats.

That’s got to fire UK fans up. It’s a home run hire at a time when you needed a home run hire. Mitch Barnhart has one more chance to write his basketball legacy as athletic director at Kentucky and he knows it. He went for the big time hire and (apparently) is going to get it.

Calipari is a great coach and a great recruiter. That’s very simple to figure out.

But what’s got to make Cal drool is the $4 million base salary (plus incentives) that he’ll make the fact that you are at a storied program like UK at a time when A) expectations have been slightly lowered thanks to Billy Gillispie, and B) the SEC is still WIDE OPEN.

And as easy as Calipari makes it look in the recruiting circles, I’m guessing that becomes a little easier as well when you’re recruiting for the University of Kentucky.

What’s the most interesting part of this hire, to me, is that it seems we live in Bizarro World (for you Seinfeld fans) with Calipari coming to UK. As I recall…

(EZ’s thoughts count, whether you like them or not… read the rest of this post at EZTheBlog.com)

Well if anyone was wondering about the time schedule of return that tiger set out with, playing in both the world championships & the king’s event, can now conclude that he knew what he was doing. The great one was able to overcome the five stroke deficit and provide pure Tiger moments in winning for the first time since the Open. Third round leader Sean O’Hair was just slightly off from the start but was still in contention to win until he made a critical mistake by coming up short and into the water on the 16th hole. Tiger then played what was the shot of the tournament with a 100 yard controled wedge to get up and down for par. A bogey on the 17th for Tiger brings O’Hair back tied for the lead and after O’Hair pulls his 7 iron to the middle of the green, Tiger hits his 2nd shot to 15 feet. Tiger then hit another one of those putts that was center of the cup when it left his putter and everyone knew it was going in. Great decision by NBC to keep the coverage all the way to the end. See you in a couple of weeks Tiger!

Kenny Perry has continued his good play as he tied for 8th this week. Kenny closed his tournament out with a final round 67 and I do expect him to contend in the majors this year. After the criticism of skipping the US Open & British Open to focus on making the Ryder Cup team, and his play during the Ryder Cup, should serve his motivation quite nicely.

Louisville shot 38% from the field and allowed Michigan State to shoot 46%. Louisville’s had 12 assists and 12 turnovers, while Michigan State had 19 assists and 12 turnovers. Louisville had 27 rebounds and Michigan State had 35. Those three stat lines tell you why the Cards lost the game. I have said the Cards play Rope-a-Dope basketball this year but in this game Michigan State didn’t wear down and just kept punching finally landing a haymaker, which I think came when Chris Allen went back door and just slammed the ball with 4:31 to play, putting the Spartans up 60-46 and slamming the coffin on the Louisville Cardinals season…Continue

The King’s Course

Posted: March 29, 2009 by joshsnider in Posted by Josh Snider, PGA Pro Oxmoor CC

Arnold Palmer. Every player on any golf tour across the world knows this man and owes him. He is the reason why we are watching golf and TV because in his prime, he was Tiger Woods. My favorite memory of the King is actually the first time I saw the “Big Three” challenge in which Palmer, Nicklaus & Player. This series ran on TV in the early to mid sixties at golf courses around the country and eventually lead to the Shell Wonderful World of Golf. So, Palmer drives the ball into the trees while the others hit it in the fairway. The next shot is Palmer analyzing his situation with a cigarette in mouth, nearly drawing the whole thing, flicks it down, hitches his pants up and smacks the ball underneath a limb through multiple trees and chases one up the green to about five feet. An incredible shot and a reason why the media was in love with him. He played working mans’ golf and America loved him.

Now to his tournament, The Bay Hill Invitational. The field is always incredible and many are using this as their last warm up for Augusta National hoping to peak their game at the right time. Well, tournament officials and golf course superintendent must not have gotten that feel good memo as only five players are under par through 54 holes. Sean O’Hair is leading at 7 under par, five ahead of his final round playing partner Tiger Woods. Sean has been playing some solid golf in very difficult conditions and has also played well when paired with Tiger. Will he be able to handle the great one tomorrow as I believe that Tiger would like to get a W before he heads down Magnolia Lane. Even if he doesn’t his retunr to the tour has been a success and I like his chance in two weeks.

Well two of the four have been decided and so far it’s Big East – 2, rest of the country – 0. With the Cards playing later today it could (and should) make it three out of four. I went into Saturday’s games waiting to see UCONN beat Missouri and to watch Villanova go to war with Pittsburgh ans I got everything I wanted and then some. Here is what I came away with after watching two good games….Continue