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Ahhh, October!

I love this time of year.  For sports, I mean.  Weather-wise it sucks.  I hate the fall.  It means colder weather, more rain, leaves to rake, gutters to clean out, etc.  But for sports, fall is awesome.  The World Series is going on.  The NFL is is full swing and getting interesting.  College football games start meaning the difference between a bowl game and well, not a bowl game.  The NBA is gearing up for the opening of the regular season.  And if the NHL owners and players weren’t a bunch of jackwagons, they’d be starting their season as well.

World Series:

You gotta love the Giants!  They’re on fire right now.  The Kung Fu Panda crushed it in Game 1.  The Tigers are good, no doubt about it, but the Giants have one guy on their team right now that is unbeatable.  His name?  Mo Mentum.

 

NFL:

What kind of a world do we live in where the Falcons are undefeated and the Saints are 2-4?  Nuff said.

 

College Football:

I’m an Oregon fan.  The BCS rankings don’t really bother me…. yet.  I know the Ducks, or the PAC-12 in general, doesn’t get enough respect.  That’s ok.  I understand that Oregon’s strength of schedule is a little lacking this year.  That’s ok, too.  But No. 4?  Come on!  They’ve decimated all of their opponents this year.  Before halftime.

There are several teams I think are overrated.  Florida.  Definitely Notre Dame.  Ohio State (always overrated!)  Kansas State is good, and they’ve creamed the teams they were supposed to cream, but they barely beat Oklahoma and almost lost to Iowa St.  They still have to play Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas.  Of course, they were scheduled to play Oregon this year but backed out.  I’m just saying.  The reality is, all of these things will sort themselves out.  Only one team from the SEC will be undefeated.  K State can’t slip up.  Oregon has to win out.  It will all take care of itself.  I do think, however, a great match-up for the national championship would be Oregon and Alabama.

It’s funny how college football affects me, though.  I find myself rooting for the strangest teams.  I’m yelling for Georgia to capitalize on turnovers by Florida.  I really really want Texas Tech to play well against Kansas St.  I am soooo cheering for Oklahoma against ND.  Funny.

By the way, as an Oregon Duck fan, I’m probably committing an in-state felony right now, but let’s give three cheers for the Oregon State Beavers.  Undefeated and ranked #7!  Nice to see.  Mike Riley has done a phenomenal job with his team.  I hope they win all of their games. Except one.  (The Civil War game, of course!)

 

What other blogs?

Sorry I haven’t updated this blog in awhile, I’ve been busy getting a couple of other blogs launched.  They are both still in the beginning stages, but improving rapidly.

I’d like for you to check them out, you know, if you get a chance.  I’d appreciate any kind of feedback you’d like to give, if the mood strikes you!

 

Full Court Press

is a new sports blog.  I decided to have a separate one just for my rants and raves about the sports world!

 

Thanks For Visiting, Please Don’t Stay

is blog about some of the great things to do and see in my home, Portland, Oregon.

 

Thanks!

The Road Ends Here!

       It’s KU vs. UK!      See you Monday night!

As promised, (although, a little tardy) here’s a run-down on some of the nicknames of the teams in the NCAA tourney:

From Musketeers to Jackrabbits, the 2012 March Madness tourney is well underway, (with some mighty upsets already, I might add), and while there are no Zips or Flyers in this years’ field, there are plenty of funny, odd and just plain goofy nicknames.

The animal kingdom is always a good place to start.   This year’s tourney has everything from owls to buffaloes, from rams to gators.  There are wildcats and catamounts, bears and bearcats, bulls and bulldogs, there’s even greyhounds and longhorns.  The birds are well represented.  There are blue jays and cardinals,  jayhawks and mountain hawks, golden eagles and blackbirds.   There are even wolverines and wolfpacks!

In the non-animal kingdom, we have cavaliers and mountaineers, we have commodores, titans and spartans.   There are aggies, hoosiers and hoyas.  (what??)  There are shockers and cyclones, blue devils and delta devils, tar heels and seminoles.  There are even schools that just have colors:  crimson (tide) and orange (men).

The weirdest ones though sort of defy explanation.  Purdue is the boilermakers.  Wow, that’s intimidating!  He either makes boilers (ooo, scary) or he makes drinks.  The Ohio State University (and you have to say “The” Ohio State University, I think it’s required by law) are the Buckeyes.  Yeah, that’s a good idea – let’s have our school be represented by a big nut!

Notre Dame has the Fighting Irish.  I always think of an angry little leprechaun, jumping up and down trying to bite someone’s ankle.  Ha Ha!

St. Bonaventure are the Bonnies.  I don’t know what a bonnie is, but it’s a funny name.  Their mascot is actually a wolf, but I tend to picture a bonnet, like a Laura Ingals would wear in Little House on the Prairie.  Sorry, St. Bonnie, it’s nothing personal.

The strangest nickname in this season’s tournament, however, has to be the St. Louis Bilikins.  What the h#** is a bilikin?  A billy goat?  A next of kin?  I don’t know.  I guess it’s an elf-like good luck charm.  Huh.  Maybe they should update their school mascot.  To a color.  Puse, maybe?  Chartruese?  I’ve got it:  Magenta.  The St. Louis Magentas!

If you’d like a well-thought out article on this subject, which also includes a little more detail about the history of the nicknames, visit this 2012 NCAA nickname match-up page.

Tat

Just got a tattoo!

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Oh by the way, here’s the finished tile mosaic project I started blogging about last June:

 

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I have a bunch of other pics of the stages in-between, which I’ll share with you at some other time.

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As is tradition with the start of the NCAA, I shall examine the entire field of 68 teams and their respective school names / mascots.  If you’d like to see some past versions of this entertaining and hilarious examination, you’ll have to look for them yourself – I can’t currently find the links to any of them. (Just kidding!)  I’ll add the links, errr, later.

Ok, with that out of the way, on to this year’s field!  Well, maybe tomorrow.  Sorry, I got busy watching the Oregon Ducks WIN their opening NIT game!! 

In future episodes, you can look forward to looking into team nicknames like the “Gaels”  (wha?)  and Bonnies.  Bonnies?  What is that?

 

Tune in tomorrow!

march madness

It is time again for the madness of march! (I’m ignoring the fact that I haven’t posted anything for awhile.)

The biggest news of the tournament has happened before the tournament has even started. Yes, I know, the First Four started today, but does that really count? I mean, how did we go from a simple “play-in game” to the First Four?
Anyway, the biggest news is that No. 1 seed Syracuse will be without star player Fab Melo for the tournament because of an eligibility issue. This is bad for Syracuse because he’s one of the best players in the country and they don’t play as well without him, and it’s bad for everyone else, because we won’t get to hear announcers say “Fab Melo.”
What a great name, huh? Fab Melo. It’s like a Hollywood stage name almost. No, it’s more like a 1970’s street name. Like Huggy Bear. or Shaft. I can just picture Tracey Morgan wearing a plaid pastel suit and saying “Hello, I’m Fab Melo!”

The other inspiration

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