Morning Buzz 2.21.11

Posted: February 21, 2011 by robjoneslyes in Posted by Rob Jones

Happy 86th Birthday to Dr. Jack Ramsay. Still doing games at that age? Amazing

The Morning Buzz is back this morning after last week I traveled to Indy to watch LeBron, D-Wade & company on Tuesday, Cincy for the Cards’ debacle on Wednesday, stayed in Louisville for Scotty Davenport and his Bellarmine Knights on Thursday and wound down the week with the big UCONN win Friday at the Yum!. Needless to say I got my basketball fix. Now I am back to do what I do best: drop knowledge

– Big win for the Cards Friday after they laid an egg against Cincy earlier in the week. This Cardinal team has already proven a lot of nay-sayers wrong and will continue to do so through March as a potential Big East champ and top 4 seed in the tourney. Sure, they have lost games they shouldn’t have and the UK game will always leave you banging you head against the wall, but the Cards are a legitimate top-15 team in what Pitino called a “bridge year”. Cards take on Rutgers at the RAC in Jersey on Tuesday at 9 on ESPNU. The Scarlet Knights should be prepared for a Situation…

– Good to see some neighborhood superstars at the game Friday night. Earl Clark sporting the old school Louisville flat-bill as only E5 could. JR Smith of the Nuggets spending All-Star weekend in Louisville with baby bro Chris who must be in a race to see who can cover their whole bodies in tattoos first. And the best of them all and my all-time favorite Card, DeJuan Wheat, being interviewed during a time out. Their presence definitely enhanced the already electric atmosphere at the Yum!.

– I was his biggest detractor for most of the season, but Terrence Jennings is really impressing me the last 4-5 games. The two things that Pitino wanted TJ to do coming into the season was play defense and rebound. Jennings wasn’t even coming close to meeting his coach’s demands for the majority of the year. He is now doing both and finally is scoring in one-on-one situations in the post (even if the moves resemble Elaine’s dance moves one Seinfeld). I’m still not 100% confident in him going into March, but he is playing worlds better now than he has all season.

Peyton Siva’s counter-clockwise 360 dunk was nasty as was his monster block about midway through the first half. He is one freakishly athletic dude who I think isn’t getting enough credit for the job he has done despite learning on the go after not seeing much of any clock last year. I am going to appreciate the fact the Cards have a natural point guard for the first time in decades and not dwell on a few stupid mistakes that even the best of players make. Just think, we get two more years of this guy.

Today on the Sports Buzz…

Greg Brohm and Chip Cosby will break down the weekend’s action from 9-10 AM on 1080 AM (TalkRadio1080.com). As they are every Monday, the guys will be joined by 1998 NCAA MOP Jeff Sheppard to talk about the what else but the Cats. UK coasted to victory on Saturday at home, but can they win on the road? Will their road woes translate to tourney struggles? Does Calipari where a sports bra during games to hide his man-boobs?

Call in at (502) 571-1080 with any questions from Justin Beiber’s potential as a basketball player to Louisville’s potential to win the Big East.

Buzzworthy

Trevor Bayne wins the Daytona 500 at the ripe ol’ age of 20. I really don’t feel like writing anything else about NASCAR do just read what this guy had to say. Boogity Boogity. (FoxSports.com)

Serge Ibaka of the greatest team in the NBA, my Oklahoma City Thunder, got the business in the dunk contest on Saturday night. We’ll call it the “Los Angeles Screwjob” with Ibaka playing Bret Hart, Blake Griffin as Shawn Michaels, and David Stern as…of course…Vince McMahon. (Off the Bench – NBC Sports)

– LeBron James has only the second triple-double in All-Star history next to only Michael Jordan. Neither took home the MVP trophy. Kobe Bryant takes the hardware home this year with his 37-point 14-board performance on his home court and the West wins. (LA Times)

– Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore had one of the best individual performances of the season with 38 points in a home upset of Ohio St. It was definitely the best performance by a man named E’Twaun. (Indy Star)

– Sad news out of Los Angeles this weekend as Louisville lost a member of it’s basketball family. Troy Jackson, who played for the Cards from 96-98, died in his sleep on Saturday night. He was the brother of former point guard extraordinaire Mark Jackson and uncle of current Cardinal Mark, Jr. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. (Courier-Journal)

This Day in Sports…

February 21, 2000 – Temple coach John Chaney wins his 400th game with a win over Cincinnati. Not really a huge deal in the grand scheme of thing , but the dude threatened to kill John Calipari so I give him props whenever I get the chance.

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