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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Tube For 3/31/10: Gabourey Sidibe To Host Saturday Night Live

Would be funny if she did a skit on Howard Stern:
Ms. Sidibe is going to be hosting an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live! "It literally just happened," my source said of the deal.

By the way, funny enough, Jennifer Lopez is hosting Saturday. What she has done lately that's been great to host that is beyond me?

Sports Thread For #1 For 3/31/10: 2010 UEFA Champions League- WOW

The soldering spirit of Cesc Fabregas was evident for all to see
(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Well it had the makings of a classic. And after 90 minutes, it was just that.

Maybe even better news is the fact that another classic could be in store 6 days time.

After seemingly looking out of this comepetition, Arsenal have somehow managed to show adversity once more this year and finish 2-2 with Barcelona at the Emirates. It truly exemplified a contest with major plot twists and ever changing climaxes.

Thanks to the brilliance of Manuel Almunia of all people, the Spanish giants were somehow denied a goal in the first half despite a plethora of clear cut chances. But the much maligned Arsenal goalkeeper couldn't keep his opening 45 minute level up, as he came off his line too far and was caught by a cheeky chip from Zlatan Ibrahomovic to make it 1-0 Barcelona.

And Ibrahamovic wasn't done, as he continued his party of finally scoring against an English team for the first time in 10 matches with his 2nd tally in the 59th minute, sending all of the Emirates in dejection outside of the traveling Barca supporters.

But somehow, with the substitution of Theo Walcott, Arsenal revived their temporary finished selves with a crucial hitback from the erratic English winger in the 69th minute.

The goal from Walcott propelled Arsenal towards an equalizer, and that came in the 85th minute, as a clearly hobbled Cesc Fabregas pushed his penalty kick pass Victor Valdes.

That spot take from the Gunners captain was thanks to Carlos Puyol being sent off for his tackle in the heart of the box on Fabregas. And with him receiving a red card, Barcelona will be without both him and Gerald Pique for the second leg next Tuesday, while Arsenal will be absence Fabregas' services after he was booked for a dubious second yellow card in as many matches.

As if the second leg needed to be more enthralling.

Update: Meanwhile, in Milan, Inter took a one goal advantage into their second leg if their quarterfinal tie with CSKA Moscow thanks to Diego Milito's 65th minute effort. And though it won't get the hype that the night's other match received, it's rematch encounter will be just as captivating.

The Fun Thread For 3/30/10: Letterman On The RNC's Strip Club Policy

Genius:


Who knew Mario was evil?

I'm shocked Derek Jeter isn't on this list.

Did you know there are 478 "gay" animals........seriously.

Get ready for the IPhone .

This "Kick Ass" movie is making a lot of people angry because of kids cursing.

And finally, to close out, I have got to give a deserved shoutout to Dave Days and his hilarious video for Miley Cyrus. I was very skeptical at first, but it's worth the watch:

Your Fun Thread for the day.

The One Sentence Thread For 3/31/10: Some Things Are Just Easier To Get It Seems

Keeping campaign promises of increasing troops in Afghanistan and offshore drilling is a lot easier to keep than the public option or civilian trials for terrorists.

She Is Scaring Them

To the point that even her own colleagues at her current network have no problem going on the record to say things like this:
King’s comments were surprising for how candid he was in his assessment. While calling her a friend and colleague, he said “I wish her the best.” But:

There are a lot of questions. Christiane does not have a lot of experience covering American politics and so how does she fit in on ABC on Sunday morning? I’ll leave that to them to figure out. It is an interesting pick, it is an unorthodox choice, I think that’s just self-evident…I’ll watch how it plays out with everyone else.

More: “It’s an Interesting choice for them, they really decided to go in a new direction. We’ll see how it plays out. And I would tell everybody out there, put her on your DVR and watch Candy Crowley on State of the Union.”
Yes, what King says is true, she hasn't covered American politics before. B

But instead of praising the terrific work of that his friend Amanpour has done in journalism over the years on international issues and how she isn't scared to hold those in power accountable, King decides to bring up the tried fact that she's "never covered US politics before."

The Village Beltway media is, in my mind, deep down inside scared of the massive impact and change Amanpour could have on the pathetic Sunday show circuit. There is a reason why all these views on her getting the gig on This Week are coming out.

I guess she has earned the title of "The most unqualified qualified person ever."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Rise "n" Shine Thread For 3/31/10: The Simplest Message Ever To The Stupid.........For The Umpteenth And Final Time!

It takes a really special stupid and/or mendacious person to basically make Rachel Maddow very very upset on her television show (or anyone else for that matter).

Scott Brown is that special individual.

And the story that we all know now has actually continued because Scott Brown is a very stupid man who struggles to be forthright and respectful.

And you know why he struggles to be forthright and respectful? Oh, it's a hypothetical one from almost all of you who read this.

Because he thinks his lies won't lead to him getting the accountability he knows he would receive if he thought someone would relentlessly call him the word that he is.

Well, for the final time hopefully, Rachel Maddow won't have to be harassed and made a money banking prop for such a stupid individual.

Hopefully Brown got this message, because it was the greatest multiple usage of the word "liar" ever on national cable news TV history (and maybe in general).

7 minutes of appropriate greatness:

Hopefully Brown's office gets bombarded by more calls than ever before after she has repeatedly called for him to stop smearing her like this.

But knowing the specially stupid, their stupidity leads to full irrationality that we all can't predict.

Stupid, right?

On to Tevin, Goodnight:

Deservedly Scathing

One of America's best journalists who still doesn't get the recognition that he deserves basically held back no punches in highlighting how the Obama Administration has somehow left the Department of Justice in a state of politicization.

In an article written today at the Huffington Post, the industrious Dan Froomkin reminded us of the departure of the man tipped to make the closing of Guantanamo Bay be a smooth process. And further reminded us about how his replacement is not the steadfast voice required to steer the Administration to the right direction it advocated for during the campaign.
Greg Craig, as Obama's top lawyer, was the point man on a number of hot-button issues, the fieriest being how to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Craig argued for holding fast to the principles that Obama outlined before he became president, regardless of the immediate political consequences -- an idealistic approach that, in a White House filled with increasingly pusillanimous pragmatists, earned him some powerful enemies.

After a steady drip of leaks over a period of months to the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets to the effect that his days were numbered, Craig finally resigned in November.

He was replaced by Robert Bauer, a politically adept consummate Washington insider whose expertise is in campaign finance law -- in short, a man whose job is to win elections, not defend principles.
Now as other sources have indicated, the Administration said Craig's departure was actually planned on and given a time limit.
"He was always slated to leave at the end of the year," one White House official told The Cable, speaking on background basis. Craig developed a close personal relationship with Obama during the presidential campaign and wanted to stay on in some foreign policy capacity, the official said. "He was reluctant at first but agreed to take the job out of loyalty to the president with caveat that he would return to private practice at the end of the year," the official said.
But other have indicated that this is the nice sugar coating of what really happen with Craig egressing his position. And that is the painful continuation of the politicization of a department that was suppose to have its existence of being a political football end with a new Administration.

Instead, the continuing buddy buddy thing Rahm and Lindsay Graham have going on continues. And that reach across the isle has extended to even the very crazy:
Emanuel is apparently even wooing Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the bombastic ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, who opposes closing Guantanamo and supports a ban on civilian trials of terror suspects. According to the Hill, Emanuel told King that he was "on his side", although King wasn't exactly sure what Emanuel was talking about.
Now why Emanuel is given the green light to talk to a nutcase like king is beyond me?

And would that happen if Craig were still in the position instead of Bauer? I really have a hard time believing so (or if it did happen, you sure would have heard Craig's disaproval spread throughout the capital), as Froomkin indicates from a close source:
And with Bauer serving in Craig's place, the pushback is lacking.

Even White House officials don't disagree that Bauer, who was general counsel for Obama's presidential campaign and chief counsel at the Democratic National Committee, is taking a fundamentally different approach to the job than his predecessor did.

Craig was undeniably opinionated. By contrast, a White House spokesperson told HuffPost: "Bob does not approach the position of White House counsel advocating for a particular set of policy preferences. He thinks that his role as counsel is to give the best legal advice available to the president and to other staff members in the White House."

So he doesn't stake out a position and defend it? "The White House counsel's office has not developed under Bauer a policy recommendation," the spokesperson said. "In the context of any pending legal question or pending policy, what they've done is to outline a range of options given their reading of the opportunities."
This even prompted a quote from a usually reserved figure expressing discontent over this situation
The White House did not make Bauer available for comment. And Craig declined several interview requests. But Craig's friends are horrified. Bauer is "becoming a validator and an enabler, rather than someone on the president's staff who keeps him out of trouble," said Steve Clemons, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

What Craig did was to try to keep Obama true to his campaign rhetoric about reversing the extremist legal views of the previous administration.

"To Greg Craig, that was a defining characteristic of what the Obama administration was supposed to be about," Clemons said. "He ended up being the guy who kept pulling Obama toward his own moral and legal and political commitments."

In addition to the focus on the aftermath on Craig leaving the current President behind, Froomkin notes one aspect that isn't a good sign: How Attorney General Eric Holder's voice has been marginalized in the Administration over the last several months:
Meanwhile, not invited to the key meetings anymore, Holder is expressing no regrets about his decision. At a recent congressional hearing, he addressed the arguments in favor of military commissions: Yes, commissions are a bit more flexible on admitting hearsay, but national security information is protected in both venues, defendants have similar rights in both, and experienced civilian prosecutors can actually be more aggressive than military prosecutors arguing in the unfamiliar setting of a military commission, he said.

And in a final highlight of this terrific read from the former White House correspondent of the Washington Post (before Fred Kaplan has flushed its op-ed page down the toilet in such stunning fashion), Froomkin reports on the possible compromise deal that could be made here on Gitmo and upcoming terrorists trials:
Tom Wilner, a Washington attorney who argued on behalf of Guantanamo detainees in the Supreme Court's 2004 and 2008 cases, in which they won habeas corpus rights, told HuffPost that he understands how the White House could feel it has to make a deal with members of Congress.

"I can imagine them saying, 'Look if I need to give up the trial of these five guys to military commissions in order to get Guantanamo closed and to preserve the right to try others in civilian courts, that's not a deal I particularly like, but overall I think it's worthwhile.' And I can understand them saying that," Wilner said.

"It's a shame, though, from my standpoint, because it makes no sense to try these people, who are the most important terrorists, in forums -- the military commissions -- that have less credibility and are untested and subject to challenge."

Wilner said it's also a shame because it undermines the message Obama ran on, "which is that we don't need to avoid our institutions to fight terrorism, that our existing institutions work and they're our strongest assets in the fight against global terrorism." That's a strong, consistent message, and one he should have stuck to.
And what makes it even more intricate that it needs to be is the possibility that at least one Republican Senator, despite the compromise, still doesn't look poised to be bipartisan and vote with the Democrats.

Froomkin's read is full of quality, where if you haven't been closely following this like some have been able to, you certainly will be caught up to speed in a few minutes.

Let us hope that President Obama just makes the right decision here. It's easier than using your nose to breathe oxygen. It backs up the continued pledge of America "coming back into the world" that he has strived for publicly for some many times. And it doesn't relapse into letting the nutty party placed barricades on his agenda, something he indicated today on...."Today."

Once again, the decision is up to him. But it would be another real blow to just common sense and the principle of law in our country if he doesn't stick to something he vehemently wanted, something that needs to be done correctly.

And it would be another real blow of not living up to a campaign based on doing the smart, right thing.

The Tube For 3/30/10: Um.....LL Cool J......What The Hell? (Update, LL Responds)

Funny and said and sigh-worthy all simultaneously:
Sarah Palin will host "Real American Stories," a Fox News special debuting on Thursday.

For the premiere episode, which will air at 10PM, the show will include guests ranging from entertainers LL Cool J and Toby Keith to former GE CEO Jack Welch and a Marine Medal of Honor recipient.

The episode will pre-empt "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" and re-air Sunday night at 9PM.
Maybe since he is apart of NCIS, that she could ask him "How the Navy is?"

It wouldn't surprise me.

Update: Haha, LL Cool J responds:
What a surprise, isn't it?

Since the interview is probably their property, he probably would have no chance if he considered bringing it to court.

But damn, it shows how desperate this clown network is for the ultimate of clown figures.

Sports Thread For #2 For 3/30/10: Olic, Munich Stun United As Rooney Limps Off

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In just the span of 15 seconds, both Manchester United's and Wayne Rooney's years might have flashed in the blink of an eye.

Ivica Olic, who blew a clear cut chance in the 1st half, scored the game winning goal to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 advantage over their England opponents after leg one of their quarterfinal tie.

And that goal came a few moments after Rooney was stepped on in midfield, leading to him hobbling off at match's end in obvious pain.

The injury didn't look all that good considering the fact that the England striker didn't put any weight on his ailing left foot while egressing the pitch.

There will be updates as to the extent of his injury, as United's season has hit the all crucial stretch now, with a potential Barclays Premier League title decider with Chelsea on Saturday before next week's return leg against Bayern.

It was a much different atmosphere at the start of the match for Rooney and his team, as he tallied home his 34th goal in all competitions this season to put United up within just two minutes. The contest was full of shaky defending throughout, as both teams could have added to the lone goal tally in the first half. And it seemed with chances not being taken throughout the contest, Rooney's goal would stand.

That was change however in the 77th minute, as Frank Ribery's deflected free kick ended up in the back of the net, leveling the match at 1-all.

Both teams than decide to press forward for the crucial third goal.

United were very unlucky to not be the ones to secure it, as Nemanjia Vidic's terrific header off a corner rattled the crossbar. That lack of fortuitous grace was not forgotten. Because on a night that seemed so promising in the beginning, United's evening turned completely 180 degrees the other direction when Rooney was stepped on in midfield.

That very same sequence further added insult to injury, as it exemplified how lackadaisical United's defense was. Patrick Evra was ridiculously casual with the ball, allowing the diligent Olic to dispossess him and smooth his delivery pass Edwin van der Saar, giving the German giants the slight edge into next week's return leg.

But all the thoughts fall squarely on the status of the world's best player not named Lionel Messi right now. Especially when it appears he will now miss the heavyweight encounter with Chelsea on Saturday.

Also: Lyon are in pole position to advance to the semifinals in the all "Ligue 1" class with league rivals Bordeaux, as Lisandro Lopez tallied home two in their 3-1 victory at home. That return leg along with the United-Bayern contest will be next Wednesday.

The Fun Thread For 3/30/10: Glorious

For those who know the video game "Portal" and it's famous theme song "Still Alive" (which I didn't know until today), this video is a must see if you haven't seen it already.

And for those who aren't familiar with it like I was (which I know, I should be ashamed of myself for not being), then you are in for a great moment as well.

First, here is the original song:


And now, here's the kids performance:

Now I certainly see why their performance is special.

The Miscellaneous
It's amazing how despite the advancement in times, people can still rob banks. And in this case in Paris, they can rob it by doing some old fashion digging !

Aww, taking it back to the 8-bit video game era .

A 74 year old man has become the oldest dad in Britain .

Sorry, but whoever made this list is a total weirdo.

And Fixed propaganda, yet again, always amazes. An airport landing was more important than Obama signing the reconciliation bill into law:

Your Fun Thread everyone.

Music Thread #1 For 3/30/10: Big Day In Releases Today

You could say that today is arguably the first big multiple release day of the year, as we all know the two biggest releases. But here are the other notable ones.
In stores: There are a bunch of big names on tomorrow's new release schedule: Erykah Badu, Usher and Alan Jackson lead the way, while "Wu Massacre" -- a Wu-Tang Clan faction featuring Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon -- also drops. Veteran Bay Area rapper E-40 does the double album, separate releases thing with "Revenue Retrievin: Day Shift" and "Revenue Retrievin: Night Shift." And on the indie-pop tip, there's "I Will Be" by Dum Dum Girls and the essential "Black Tambourine" collection.
And there you go.

Sports Thread For #1 For 3/30/10: The Runthrough

Later today, the 2nd sports thread will have the live stream hopefully of Bayern Munich vs Manchester United today in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

With last night's win.......

The Nets are now good enough to potentially win in the Final Four.

This one really annoyed me yesterday, but how do you chose Scottie Reynolds, who struggled at year's end as did his Villanova team as well, over Sherron Collins on 1st team All-America? Collins was not just the best player on the best team in the country, but he also came through in the clutch almost as much as Evan Turner did for Ohio State this year. Who the hell voted on Reynolds over Collins is beyond me?

Oregon is really really desperate for Tom Izzo if that was true (which they are denying, while their interest in Tubby Smith seems very real). But with how he has led this team to the Final Four this year is another reason why you can't quibble with him potentially being the highest paid coach in the NCAA.

And while everyone focuses on Mr.Heyward in Atlanta , a guy who has that year of experience that the much hyped Braves rightfielder doesn't have that will break out bigtime this season: the Pirates Andrew McCutchen .

He will be a steal for your fantasy team.

Your first sports thread of the day.

Yesterday's Leftovers For 3/30/10: The RNC Nightclub Blame Game Continues

Already, we have seen the first officially axed person from the aftermath of a very embarrassing day for the RNC yesterday (and a great day for The Daily Caller):
A Republican National Committee staffer who went to a risque Hollywood nightclub with party donors and then expensed the tab has been fired, RNC Chief-of-Staff Ken McKay said in an internal memo sent to committee members late Monday and obtained by CNN.

McKay said an investigation into how the RNC ended up financing a nearly $2,000 outing at Voyeur - a trendy Los Angeles club where topless dancers can be seen mimicking sex acts - determined that a group of young donors went to the club after attending a Young Eagles event in Los Angeles in February.

The Young Eagles program is an RNC effort to cultivate up-and-coming donors in their 30s and 40s. One of the donors in the group that night was Erik Brown, a GOP consultant from Orange County, who ultimately picked up the tab at the club.

But despite all of this, Dave Weigel thinks Michael Steele will won't join that staffer on the unemployment line:

If so, we will all be thankful that the Michael Steele era continues.

Music Wakeup Call For 3/30/10: Mary J Blige Feat Ja Rule- Rainy Dayz (2002)

Just because the weather alone on the East Coast (and the fact that this could be the rainiest month), this is just the fitting song of this morning:

The 1st Thread For 3/30/10: The Miscellaneous

Lots of quality reads here:

Thanks to it surviving early humiliation, I do believe the iPad, though still a ridiculous buy, will justify the hype based on seeing this.

Well it's about time G-Chat that you do this. I can't believe it has taken you up until now to do so.

The new WMD is EMP?

For those waiting for the film "The Hobbit" coming out, you're going to have wait a little younger .

Sean Penn is taking a lot of heat for his comments on Hugo Chavez a few weeks ago on Bill Maher? But who is Maria Conchita Alonso ?

And for those who were intrigued by the whole Erykah Badu thing, this story of firefighters in Australia running nude in the streets top that 10 fold.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 3/29-30/10: Much Ado About Badu In Big D (Updated)


Earlier today in the Music Wakeup Call, we showed Erykah Badu's terrific new video "Window Seat."

And now some people in Dallas, the city where the video was shot, are not very happy with her decision to be naked at video's end in front of City Hall:
Earlier this morning, Pete posted the evidence to DC9: Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" video, the latest informercial for New Amerykah Part Two: The Return of the Ankh, in stores tomorrow. Since its release in the wee small hours Saturday morning, the video -- filmed entirely in Dealey Plaza in one take on March 17 -- has become the subject of much controversy, not only because of where it was shot, but because of Erykah's decision to take it off take it all off (Matt & Kim-style) in front of Grassy Knoll bystanders on her way to the X-marks-the-spot where John Kennedy was shot to death in November '63. Then, in the end, there's a shout-out to The Organization Man himself, as the word "groupthink" spills out onto the asphalt.
It sure is a fun read.

Updated : She could actually be in some trouble here
The Dallas Morning News reports that city officials say Badu broke the law by not securing a permit for the filming. The paper quotes from her Twitter account, where she feeds that she was making a statement against "groupthink," the "unwritten rule" that "i will not express my true opinion if it opposes those i love and fear." She adds: "i was petrified while shooting this video ... but liberation began to set in. i conquered many fears in that few moments." She said she was "too busy lookin for cops" to be embarrassed by her nudity. "i been naked all along in my words actions and deeds. thats the real vulnerable place."

She said she knew there were children nearby as she was stripping, and added, "i prayed they wouldnt b traumatized."

She also said that adults nearby were yelling at her, "THIS IS A PUBLIC PLACE : YOU OUGHTA BE ASHAMED : PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON : DAMN GIRL! etc."





To Tevin, Goodnight:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Music Thread #1 For 3/29/10: The Monday Runthrough

Let's just get right into it:
Phil Collins' recent times will make you shed a tear (Photo from Lovekin/Getty)
Looks like Sony continue to show oppressive the rulers that be in the music industry are. And why they would want to undercut their artists is beyond me:
If you want to watch a BeyoncĂ© video, one place you shouldn't be headed is BeyoncĂ©'s own YouTube channel. In an apparent piracy crackdown, Sony has blocked her videos; visit the channel and you're likely to see a message: “This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”
I really wish Beyonce' would take a stand here and call her label out if she knows anything about this. I would instantly become a supporter of hers if she did just that.

Sadly, she'll probably keep quiet and continue to just happily collect the fat checks. And artists will once again miss a chance to turn around the power in the industry away from the corrupt heads of labels.

In the tell us something we don't know news that you probably have heard today, Ricky Martin came out .

Just when things were starting to get better for Bone thugs n Harmony, Flesh Bone had to go get arrested

J.Cole could be coming to your college soon.

This read on Phil Collins is real sobering .
Phil Collins is putting the finishing touches on a new Motown covers collection despite suffering severe nerve damage to his hands that has made drumming nearly impossible. “The first time I picked up the drum sticks after my neck surgery, they flew across the room because I couldn’t grip them,” he says. “When I play, I’ve had to tape the sticks to my hand. It’s like wearing a condom. It’s very strange. It really cramps your style.”

The nerve damage has made more than just drumming difficult for the 59-year-old musician. “I can’t let go of the spoon or the knife when I eat,” he tells RS. “I can’t open a car door. I won’t get gruesome with you, but there’s a lot of things I can’t do. I’m left handed. I’m having an operation soon and there’s a good chance of it improving over time.”

Fabolous new video "Body Ya"....still probably won't get "Loso's Way" pass gold status I think:


At first, I thought it was a little inappropriately. But now, though I still think it was a weird setting for it, I don't mind Rihanna performing "Rude Boy" at The Kids Choice Awards Saturday.

The reason why i say "No" now is because Miley Cirus did far worse with her pole at the Teen Choice Awards last summer. Yes, I know that was "teens" and this was "kids", but the technical naming is the only difference here. Both the "Teen Choice Awards" and the "Kids Choice Awards" are virtually the same type of show hitting at the same demographic.

But probably the bigger story here is the fact that Rihanna performed at the really second rate Kids Choice Awards.

With how poor "Rated R" has sold so far, she needs those kids to buy her CD. And it's actually a smart move on her part,though it is embarrassing for an artist of her established presence to be performing on that type of show.

And from the great Jay Smooth, this is a hilarious take on a clearly noticeable thing that Drake does in his rhymes .

Your first music thread of March 29.

The Style For 3/29/10 (Inaugural Post): Happy 2nd Birthday To "O So Chic"

(This is "The Style", the new daily addition to The Whole Delivery pertaining to clothing and human appearance. This is just another step for the site to truly be one that gives The Whole Delivery. )
And they are having a giveaway :
Today we're giving away two gift sets from Tarte cosmetics. One winner will receive Gilt Trip, a set of six sparkling lip glosses in a cute gold case. The other winner will get a gift set that includes a Tarte lip balm and cheek stain in a pretty purple clutch.

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1. Become a Fan of O So Chic on Facebook and wish us Happy Birthday on our wall. You must be a fan of O So Chic on Facebook to win.

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For all those who love style, this is certainly your place.

The Straight Jacket Award Of The Day For 3/29/10: Our PostRacial Society, TAKE #32451

This one guy thinks he can tell a person's race by their voice on a phone, and also recommends that C-Span change their names to Black-Span if he continues to think it is growing in calls from black people.


Just for this high quality call alone, whatever this racist clowns name is, he is deserving of the......
......Straight Jacket Award.

Michael Steele Quotes Shaggy Without Attribution

For Michael Steele's troubles today, I have the perfect song for his explanation. He is just amazing.

And only Mr. Steele could make the Daily Caller actually be relevant. Only him.

The Cinema Numbers Review For 3/29/10: A Dragon Is Preferred Over The Hubtub

The best movie of 2010 is deserving the big winner of the weekend. I guess those higher prices for 3-D helps in the money being large of course.

"How To Train Your Dragon" grossed $43 million in week one, and the high acclaims for this outstanding movie have now stopped.

If you didn't love this movie, then you should not only be banned from writing any more movie reviews ever again, but from writing all things in general.

Meanwhile for Hot Tub Time Machine, it banked in a disappointing $13 million and a third place finish. It couldn't beat three week old Alice in Wonderland, as that juggernaut took home $17 million more.

The Daily Fun Thread For 3/29/10: Throwback To The Days Miss Celo

Aww the day of Miss Celo and all her scamming millions out of money:

Memories can sometimes be so so sweet. And she has had some lifestyle.

How to build big lasting fan pages on Facebook .

Rachel Weisz could be the next bond villain .

This story of whether spouses should be able to sue their mates' cheaters is one inspired by.....one John Edwards.

Find out how bubbles are somehow attacking Indiana . Yes, you read correctly.....bubbles.

That iPad sellout and all. They are shipping out 8 to 10 million of them .

WEIRD .

And...... Basically .

More to come everyone.

Music Am Wakeup Call For 3/29/10: Erykah Badu- Window Seat (2010)

The new single and video from Erykah Badu. It's "Window Seat", your morning wakeup call for this Monday.

The 1st Thread For 3/29/10: More On What Happened In Moscow

Photo From The BBC
More on the fallout for the suicide bombings in Russia earlier today. It has been learned that the two suicide bombers were, in fact, female.

The numbers on how many people have perished because of these sick attacks has varied throughout the course of the day in the Russian capital.

Crazy (the Live BBC updates:
1152 The BBC Russian Service's Andrei Ostalski says the attacks could lead to a "widespread panic... and the society will react in a way which will allow those who actually favour tightening up the screws in Russia again to push ahead with this". He adds that Vladmir Putin's response could improve his chances of taking back the presidency in 2012.
As speculation of the bombings being conducted by the Islamist radical group the Chechens grows, the ubiquitous Putin explained that those who committed this crime will be "destroyed."

And President Dmitry Medvedev promised suppression of terrorism in the large country .

More on this story as the day progresses everyone.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 3/28-29/10: Moscow Explosion Update

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Looks like no one is going to take Murdoch's BS it appears:
According to a Washington Post story by Howard Kurtz, about 200 advertisers have "joined a boycott" of Glenn Beck's program, with Apple abandoning Fox News altogether. From the story:
More than 200 companies have joined a boycott of Beck's program, making it difficult for Fox to sell ads. The time has instead been sold to smaller firms offering such products as Kaopectate, Carbonite, 1-800-PetMeds and Goldline International. A handful of advertisers, such as Apple, have abandoned Fox altogether. Network executives say they believe they could charge higher rates if the host were more widely acceptable to advertisers...

... By calling President Obama a racist and branding progressivism a "cancer," Beck has achieved a lightning-rod status that is unusual even for the network owned by Rupert Murdoch. And that, in turn, has complicated the channel's efforts to neutralize White House criticism that Fox is not really a news organization. Beck has become a constant topic of conversation among Fox journalists, some of whom say they believe he uses distorted or inflammatory rhetoric that undermines their credibility.

A good focus on why the health care bill fail kind of short on the dental coverage front .

Someone must have been really bored to write this .

Maybe so or maybe not .

This old man is seriously in shape not like your typical old man.

You have got to stay positive. By doing so, you're giving proper love to your immune system .

The worst 10 video game music tracks ever, and I agree with most of that.

And expect this to be a story you will hear about all day, as craziness goes down in Moscow sadly:
A train at Moscow's Lubyanka metro station was hit on Monday morning by a bomb, a security source told RIA Novosti, killing and injuring many.
Itar-Tass, quoting emergency officials, reported at least 25 people killed after the explosion.
And the number maybe growing as you read this. God bless to the families indeed.

Update 2: Fox News is saying the toll has risen, which is sadly expected.

To Tevin.....Until the morning folks:

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sports Sunday Thread #1 For 3/28/10: It's Set!

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Duke and Michigan State had the Final Four pedigree that both Tennessee and Baylor wanted.

Unfortunately for them, the two traditional powers didn't want to give that to them. And they didn't.

In the second contest this afternoon, timely offensive rebounding and clutch three point shooting from gunners Nolan Smith and John Scheyer was the difference, as the Blue Devils advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2004 by winning 78-71 win over the Bears.

2nd chance opportunities were front and center were unquestionably enormous in Reliant Stadium, as Baylor center Josh Bowers 4th foul back in the incipient stages of the second half tipped the balance for Duke to get crucial rebounds for devastating threes.

The final result was even closer in the first game today, as Michigan State returns to the Final Four for another time with a thrilling 70-69 won over Tennessee. Despite not having the services of their best player, all-America point guard Kalin Lucas, Tom Izzo showed why he will be in the Hall of Fame soon by getting the best out of Raymond Morgan, Corey Luscious, and the rest of his much maligned Big 10 team to slightly be the victors over Bruce Pearl's courageous side.

They join both West Virginia and home town favorite Butler in the National Semifinals next week at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday.

The Mountaineers will be looked at as the favorites for the form they have showed throughout the last two weeks. But this title is certainly wide open.
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Sunday Soulful For 3/28/10: Jaheim- Backtight (2002)

This week's Sunday Soulful features a return from one of the true soul crooners of our time. Off his semi-classic sophomore album "Still Ghetto", here is Jaheim with my favorite song of that album, "Backtight."

You'll love it if you don't never heard of it before. And for those who do know it, you will be more than glad with the selection.

Once again, your Sunday Soulful for this evening, here is Jaheim's "Backtight."

TWD Sunday Fun Thread For 3/28/10: He Should Have Made These Recess Appointments

Craig Becker? Please.

These are the people, or kids, President Obama should have given recess appointments too:


More to come everyone.

Sunday Sunshine For 3/28/10: HAPPY PALM SUNDAY!

Bring in Mary and Mary:

Who will say Hosea out the loudest?

May you enter a city that won't back stab you a few days later (unless it was your destiny to do so of course). Also today, may you not plant your palm or palms in the ground and expect a few harvest up.

Again, congrats to Marvin Sapp making history for gospel music.

Good times indeed, and may you be blessed this Sunday everyone.

And don't say "Hosanna" out too loud.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sports Saturday Thread #3 For 3/27/10: Climbing Up The Mountain Top

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The Big East, thine reputation will be redeemed it seems.

Thanks to an inspired performance from Joe Mazzulla and their opponents shooting woes finally leading to their demise, West Virginia has knocked off Kentucky to win the East Region and advance to indianapolis next weekend.

Quite frankly, Kentucky's chance at winning a national title didn't have to do to whether it's youthful exuberance would be able to handle the moment. Rather, it all came down to hitting the outside shot and their free throws consistently.

And they couldn't.

4 for 32 was the final total that John Calipari and his team will remember for a long time, as West Virginia's nine three pointers was the difference in the Carrier Dome this evening.

DaSean Butler proved once again that he is one of the nation's elite players, and Bob Huggins continued his mastery of his friend by improving to an 8-1 record over Calipari.

Only one #1 seed remains in the tournament now, as Duke will take on Baylor tomorrow in the South Region Final.

And they hope that this tournament won't go down in the history books as one where all the top seeds failed to reach the Final Four.

Like They Are In The NCAA Tournament


With the momentum of the Obama Administration finally deciding to use recess appointments for the likes of Craig Becker being felt, Nancy Pelosi indicates that should be the commencement and not the conclusion of the Democrats staying on the gas pedal.

From The Hill reporter Ian Swanson, the Speaker of the House urges her colleagues in the House to stay active as Easter break approaches:
Members returning to their districts should tout the new healthcare law’s benefits to their constituents, according to the “recess packet” issued by Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office this week and obtained by The Hill.

Members should “convey the immediate benefits of health reform to your constituents (such as better prescription drug benefits for seniors, tax credits for small businesses and prohibiting insurance companies from canceling your policy if you get sick),” the memo said.

But emphasizing what the health insurance reform bill will do isn't the only homework House Dems should be doing, in the mind of the Speaker.

She also calls on her fellow members of the isle to mention the after effects of last year's big legislative newsmaker. Especially since local news networks poorly emphasize this like their overpaid national cable counterparts:
Lawmakers also should also “demonstrate the work of this Congress to create jobs and strengthen the economy,” and “publicize the benefits of the $800 billion in tax cuts this Congress has enacted” through last year’s $787 billion stimulus package, according to the memo.

They should also “tell their constituents how all this was done in a fiscally responsible, open and transparent way,” it states.
After a wonderful 70th birthday yesterday and a memorable week in her life, Speaker Pelosi is clearly in a happy state right now, something her fiercest enemies surely aren't at the moment.

So whether you want to call it a "full court press" or relentless rebounding assault, any positive basketball term or other sports terminology, the Democrats in the House seemingly appear to not give the nutty party any inch.

Whether that drive will continue to tickle down in the Senate and the White House over civilian trials, immigration reform, cap and trade, EFCA, or anything else is still to be determined.

Sports Saturday Thread #2 For 3/27/10: This Butler Is No Butler To Anyone In The West Region

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For some, Butler being placed in the preseason Top 10's raised eyebrows. Now those eyebrows shouldn't be raised by seeing what transpired just now.

The Horizon League champions will be headed home, but unlike almost everyone else when they are lumped in with that phrase, they will return with a chance for a national championship.

Led by the terrific coaching of rising star Brad Stevens coupled with the standout duo that is Shelvin Mack and Gordon Hayward, the Bulldogs have defeated Kansas State 63-56 in the thrilling conclusion of an exciting West Region for this year.

Fatigued from their epic against Xavier two nights ago seemed to have plagued the Wildcats, but Butler showed terrific composure like they did against Syracuse, handling K-State's comeback and being the strongest at the finish.

And just for that, they aren't finished.

Full box score here.

The One Sentence Thread For 3/27/10: Numbers Game

In the minds of our media, 1,000 is greater than 200,000.

The Social Protocol For 3/27/10: Spam Murderers

We'll see if this 1% feels like a true 1% in due time.
Twitter has radically reduced the amount of spam on the site, announcing that just over one per cent of all tweets are now spam-related.

This is a significant change from August 2009 when spam was at its highest on the site accounting for a massive 11 per cent of tweets sent.

The micro-blogging site has put in measures to cut down spam on the site even further, but it does admit that "while the battle will never be over, we're doing well on the front lines."
Since I somehow got back into the public timeline, I have been getting spammers left and right. Maybe in regards to the ones with the tweets having all the current trending topics on them is what Twitter's main task was here.

If so, than those spammers will still gladly exaggerate your stat totals.

Sports Saturday Thread #1 For 3/27/10: As Chelsea Strength Their Title Chances, Arsenal Have There's Weaken

The two London clubs batting Manchester United for the Barclays Premier league crown this season had massive results this Saturday. But while Chelsea ran rampant just now on Aston Villa, Arsenal fans were devastated to see their team conceded a late equalizer to Birmingham City at St. Andrews.

The Blues virtually ended any hopes of Aston Villa reaching the Top 4 this year, as a Frank Lampard 4 goal day propelled Carlo Ancelotti's team to an emphatic 7-1 win.

But the same could not be said of their London rivals, as Arsenal conceded a Kevin Phillips deflection in the waning moments of the match to finish 1-1 with Birmingham City. Samir Nasri added to his growing legacy with a brilliant strike in the 81st minute, seeming to have given the Gunners a valuable three points.

Instead, Arsenal and their supporters will now hope that Bolton can take points at home against a United side without Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand today.

Friday Night Thread For 3/27/10: Happy 70th Nancy Pelosi

And made even sweeter by the Daily Kos community:

Not a bad week for her at all.

To Montell, enjoy the rest, if there is any left, of your Friday Night:

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 3/26/10: Janet Jackson- Doesn't Really Matter (2000)

Since it came out right at the beginning of the last decade, and so many things have transpired in her life, people have forgotten how quality this song and video was from the legend that is J-squared.

Here's "Doesn't Really Matter":

Sweet 16 to Elite 8, who’s going to get a slice of the cake?

Midwest Region #5 Michigan State Spartans vs. #9 Univ of Northern Iowa Panthers Friday 9:37 PM

Michigan St. Spartans- How they got here: Beat #12 New Mexico St. Aggies 70-67, #4 Maryland Terrapins 85-83

The Michigan State Spartans never make it easy. They relinquished a sizeable lead against New Mexico St and saw an 18 point advantage dissolve an Oreo in milk in their thrilling last millisecond win over Maryland. It wouldn’t be Michigan State if they didn’t make things hard. But, whether it’s by 20 or by 1 all that maters is that you get it done. And that’s exactly what head coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans do.

Izzo’s Spartans may not be a glamorous team, but the lifelong Michigan resident has constructed a phenomenal college hardwood factory. Michigan St. has made 5 of the last 11 Final Four’s. However, in order for last year’s national runner-up to make a return trip to the hallowed destination they’ll have to do it without their maestro First Team-All Big Ten selection and last year Big Ten POY Kalin Lucas. The Spartans won the battle but lost the war as but lost the war as Lucas suffered a season-ending torn Achilles. Kalin is Michigan St.’s leading scorer (14.1 pts) and delegator (4.1 asst). But his value as an emotional leader and propensity to make shots at critical junctures is incalculable.

Filling Lucas role will be backup guard Korie Luscious (5.2 pts, 3.2 asst). For the season Luscious shoots a nauseating 34 percent, but against Maryland the sophomore quarterback scored 13 points on 5-8 from the floor, including the game-winning triple. That shot should boost raise his confidence substantially.

Raymar Morgan (11.6 pts, 6.2 rebounds, 54.3% fg) should also help supplement the absence of Lucas. Morgan is really maddeningly inscrutable. At times Morgan can look like a fantastic, potential lottery pick with his explosive athleticism, grimy dunks and Dominique Wilkins elevation on his jumper in the paint. Other time, the senior forward looks like an apprehensive underperformer unsure of himself and not willing to accept the pressure of being an elite player. The Spartans will need the good, focused Morgan to show up, board, score and play great defense on UNI’s Adam Koch.

Durrell Summers, (who looks just like hip hop group OutKast’s Andre 3000) truly has been the prototype for Michigan St. The junior two guard (10.7 pts, 4.5 rebounds, 80.8% ft) has risen his game like elevators, going for 20 points an outing in the tourney, connecting on 53 percent of his threeball chucks and 52 percent from the floor overall. Look for athletic swingman to pull triples, fill the lane hard in transition and make strong drives to the rim, trying to flush on Jordan Egleseder and Koch like a toilet if he gets the chance. Chris Allen (8.2 pts, 2.1 asst, 40.2% three’s) is the Spartans best treyball marksman, but he only played four minutes versus Maryland due to a bad foot and had minimal participation in practice this week. Perimeter players will also need to be alert and not give open three’s to UNI’S shooters.

Coach Izzo’s teams have always been predicated on unrelenting defense and rebounding. The Spartans defense hasn’t displayed the typical stinginess that’s been a fixture of their success but they’re still an excellent rebounding squad. The pillars of Michigan State’s backline are Draymond Green (9.8 pts, 8.1 boards, 3.1 dimes, 53.8% fg) and Delvin Rowe (6.2 pts, 5.2 boards, 56.1% fg). Green is one of the best passing post players in the country and is incredibly intuitive. He’s also a good post scorer. Rowe is more of a hustle player who doesn’t look to score, but he’s very active on defense and the offensive boards. They’ll need to play good position defense on Egleseder, not permitting him deep post position and force the lefty to his right hand.

#9 UNI Panthers- How they got here: Beat #8 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 69-67, #1 Kansas Jayhawks 69-67

Let’s get this straight. Anyone who predicted UNI would pull of the monumental, unfathomable popping of number 1 overall seed and consensus, prohibitive favorite Kansas Jayhawks either had their dog pick the bracket or has been drinking the formula out of Lil Wayne’s plastic cup. Before last Saturday UNI was as a respectable, but little known school far more prominent for their state full of cows and cornfields (and I should know cause I’m an UNI alum). But after last weekend’s dethroning of basketball dynasty Kansas everyone knows exactly who these Panthers are cause they serious and furious.

Head coach Ben Jacobson, who signed a 10 year extension this week has built a Missouri Valley Conference powerhouse. UNI has captured the last two regular season and MVC tournament titles. The Panthers are as legit as a freshly cooked pot of dirty south grits. UNI is lead by MVC POY Adam Koch (11.6 pts, 4.9 rebounds, 47% fg, 84% ft, 35% three’s) hasn’t really had a big game in the tourney like he’s capable of yet. But the senior forward is an acute player who’s equally proficient at busting j’s, treys, working in the post finishing with either hand, or draining treys.

Jordan Egleseder is a behemoth. At 7’0, 280 pounds (more like 310) Egleseder may look like he could portray Egor but the big man can ball. The senior center is UNI’S leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 12 points and 7.3 boards a game. He may not have the best lateral movement and he jumps about as high as a caterpillar, but “Eggs” as he’s referred to by teammates is a viable low post scorer with his turnaround jumper and lefty half hooks. Although not a notable shot smacker Egleseder is an imposing defensive presence just by the sheer magnitude of his stature. The big can also hit jumpers, but don’t expect him to light it up from long range again like he did last week against Kansas as he made 2 of his 3 triples for the entire season.

The face of the tournament so far has been Ali Farokhmanesh (9.7 pts, 38% three’s, 86.5% ft). “Ali bumaye!” supplied the indelible memory of the tournament with his beautifully reckless, gutsy, sinister, unapologetic casket closing gargantuan almonds triple against Kansas. “Faroak cut ya throat” is a mercury hurler who can go in shooting famines but he has a penchant for almost always dropping the pivotal shots when it matters most. Point guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (10 pts, 3.8 asst, 35% three’s) is the Panthers leading dime dropper and who Coach Jacobson calls on to construct his shot at the end of the shot clock. Lucas O’Rear (4.2 pts, 4.5 rebounds) has a small statistical impact, but his activity, ability to draw charges and hustle deflections getting second chance opportunities are immeasurable.

UNI wants a methodical, deliberate bump and grind ugly affair. The uglier the better. The Panthers play merciless, disciplined team defense that wears on you mentally and can be extremely agitating. They’ll make you want to say “back, back! Give me 50 feet.” UNI showed a major deficiency when Kansas went to the full court press. They’ll need to protect the ball much better, and make smarter decisions than they did last week.

This should be a physical, slow down, defensive oriented street bangout. It will more than likely be a low scoring game in the 60’s. Michigan St is loaded with hardiness indicative of their head coach, but the loss of Lucas and a limited Allen and Roe should enable the cornfield hoopers to slow the Spartans in an offensive stooper and continue their unprecedented best run in program history. UNI makes it do wat it do in Da Lou. But, if the Spartans are smart and implement Kansas late game press approach early they can definitely neuter the Panthers.

East Region #1 Duke Blue Devils vs #4 Purdue Boilermakers 9:47 PM

Due to time constraints this will be an abbreviated diagnostic.

Purdue has showed exceptional mettle playing without All-Big Ten performer and best player Robbie Hummel. But unless center JuJuan Johnson has a monstrous game similar to Marcus Camby during his All-American days at UMass the Blue Devils combination of Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith on the perimeter as well as Kyle Singler and emerging Brian Zoubek on the inside will be too much for the hobbled Boilermaker to overcome.

The Tube For 3/26/10: 24 Is Going To End After 8 Seasons

And conservatives terrible week continues, though a lot of people will be sad about this one
Tick, tick, tick ... and done.

After eight seasons, Fox's "24" is coming to an end.

The groundbreaking action drama will air its final real-time episode in May, the victim of a confluence of circumstances: a swelling budget, declining ratings and creative fatigue.

Yet for fans of Jack Bauer, there remains hope. Studio 20th TV is developing a theatrical film that takes Bauer to Europe, and showrunner and executive producer Howard Gordon says other possibilities are being explored as well.

"There are other possible iterations of Jack Bauer and his world," Gordon said.

The writing has been on the wall for the show all season, which Gordon said felt like "senior year of high school" to star Kiefer Sutherland.
I never watched it, but we all know this show gets its love.

He Should Apologize Or Resign

 
Enough is enough.

When I saw this tweet from Alan Colmes last night on a thought from Alan Grayson passed to him, it was one of only two resolutions I could see for this ugly situation to end appropriately:
With how this shameful story has evolved, the only other thing that should be acceptible from Eric Cantor is to show penitence for his not shocking but, still, very shocking and disturbing actions.

Nothing else.

It's already deplorable enough that the Sad Obnoxious Party won't take (or are alarmingly slow) any responsibility for their tea partiers dropping coffins, throwing bricks, or leaving chilling phone calls in Democratic officers.

But what Cantor (and Jean Schimdt, more on her in a second) did by trying to join his party in the "victim circle", and burden America with another false equivalency nonsense for the media to play with is too much to take.

It is highly dangerous what Cantor and his press office are continuing to do by now changing every bit of his "high noon talk of a loon" moment. And everyone out here should be slamming him for feigning seriousness, when all he was doing was just an irrational, angry attempt at winning a game.

It's always a game with him and his pathetic party, no surprise there. But the limits of how low they go is already pass a point where something further toxic and horrible can happen thanks to their lack of maturity.

A handful of extremist actions have been speculated on Democratic Congressional figures this week. But to create that stunning balance effect that our corporate media always is glad to run with, the SOP has Cantor's ever evolving insanity and a phone call to Schmidt's office that though was very harsh, did not call a threat on her.

There was no powder or drop dead message that Anthony Weiner received yesterday. There was no obvious signs that family members could get attacked like Louise Slaughter received. And outside of a brick being thrown at a Virginia GOP office that we don't know anything else about, there has been nothing. (And frankly, who knows who really did that one?).

But we're all cognizant of the fact that Eric Cantor further disgraced himself by playing the victim card (with him mentioning that he was Jewish too by the way), accusing Democrats of political opportunists in such a serious situation, and then proven to be brazenly disingenuous and a fraud.

This is just an unbelievably, unacceptable action that Cantor has committed in front of the American people, and especially to his fellow Congressmen on the other side of the isle. Cantor must be politically humiliated in some way, and that will only come with a public apology or leaving office for good.

Enough is enough.

Then again, how many times have we said that line in the past, only to see us say it once more?

The Break #3/Sports Thread #2 For 3/26/10: No Serious Jail Time For Gibert Arenas


With how the momentum was flowing, not a surprise he didn't get 3 months.
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas sentenced to spend 30 days in a halfway house for gun conviction stemming from locker-room dispute.

Sweet 16 to Elite 8, who’s going to get a slice of the cake? (Night 2)

Midwest Region- #6 Tennessee Volunteers vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes

#6 Tennessee Volunteers- How they got here: Beat #11 San Diego State Aztecs 62-59, #14 Ohio Bobcats 83-68

After surviving a difficult scare versus a good San Diego St team Tennessee decisively capped the Ohio Bobcats in the second round. Now effusive, joyfully crunk infectious player’s coach and two time National Coach of the Year Bruce Pearl’s Vols face Big champs Ohio St. Buckeyes.

After being saddled with a very tumultuous season, including the dismissal of First Team All SEC small forward Tyler Smith in January for getting busted for gun possession Pearl truly proved just how fantastic of a sideline general he is.
Despite losing their leader and chief scorer and orchestrator the Vols managed to finish third in the SEC, garner a #14 ranking and be the only team to beat Kansas and Kentucky. Tennessee relies on the potent inside-outside combo of Wayne Chism (team leading 7.1 boards, 1.4 blocks, 75 fts) and McDonald’s All-American Scotty Hopson (3.5 rebounds, 33 percent three’s) both average a team high 12.5 points a contest. Despite shooting only 29 percent from the great beyond Chism can draw opposing centers from the basket with his ability to drain triples. This creates driving alleys for the highwire yam artists Hopson, and orangutan armed cousin of Detroit Piston Tayshuan Prince, J.P Prince (9.3 pts, 3.7 rebounds, 2.9 ast, 51 fg percent).

In turn, Hopson’s efficient mid range game and capability to bust triples, as well as Cameron Tatum (7/5 pts, 48.6 fg, 38.7 percent three’s) alleviates pressure on Chism, enabling him to operate down low with single coverage. Backup center Brian Williams (5.7 pts, 5.7 boards) is a space eater who swallows boards like Gatorade.
Prince has been getting it in brilliantly in the tourney thus far. The 6’7 combo forward has upped his scoring average to 16.5 points on a sizzling 78 percent shooting. Prince’s central assignment will be the arduous task of minimizing Big 10 Player of the Year Evan Turner’s impact with his length, swift lateral movement and has kangaroo hops.

The Vols only shoot 31 percent on three’s but they’re draining 42 percent of their three’s in the tourney. Tennessee ferociously attack the rim, and their tigerish full court press creates turnovers for easy buckets which helps them overcome poor team and individual shooting efforts. Look for them to try to speed the tempo and make it a helter-skelter affair. Vols opponents are shooting 33.2 percent from the floor in the dance.

#2 Ohio St Buckeyes- How they got here: Beat #15 University of Cal Santa Barbara Gauchos 68-51, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 75-66

The Buckeyes breezed past the UC-Santa Barbara in the opening round and won a hard fought game over the athletic Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Now Thad Motta’s crew must prepare for a completely different team than they’ve faced so far.
For Ohio State the alpha and omega is Evan Turner (20 pts, 9.2 boards, 6 dishes, 1.8 steals, 52.3 % fg, 35.3% three’s). Just call the 6’7 point forward stuffed crust pizza because his game is appetizing and filling. The leading candidate for National Player of the Year (should have it on smash) is irrefutably the premier, comprehensive baller in the land. Turner is a do it all unselfish player. He possesses Lens Crafters dime-a-vision serving hot plates like Ponderosa as well as an NBA ready disgusting preponderance of moves. Turner can make step backs, pull-ups, spin moves to the rack or floaters, post up can bust triples. He also ferociously attacks the glass.

Small forward David Lighty (12.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 49% fg, 38.4 % three’s) is a slasher who tenaciously hawks the rim and can bang on anyone. Lighty has refined his game significantly, now having triple range and a much more consistent jumper.

A huge hallmark of Ohio St’s offense is threeballs. The Buckeyes shoot 42 percent collectively from downtown. Their perimeter accuracy creates driving lanes for Turner and Lighty to get into the teeth of the defense in the paint. Jon Diebler (13.3 pts, 43 percent three’s, 87% ft) and William Buford (14.4 pts, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 asst, 38 percent three’s) will be called on rip tickle the twine against Tennessee scrambling defense. They should get quality looks because the Vols swarming defense will capitulate some openings. Buford also has an outstanding mid range game.

Dallas Lauderdale (6.6 pts, 5.2 boards, 2.2 blocks 71 % fg, 41% ft) is an offensive liability and not a real threat with the exception of put backs. However, the 7 foot junior center plays his position of being a solid defender and rebounder. Lauderdale is a defensive deterrent and is packing 5.5 shots a game after two rounds. Ohio St is holding opponents to 37 percent shooting and 25.6 percent on three’s.

This should be a very entertaining game. Tennessee will want to force the tempo and make it a frenetic contest. Big 10 regular season and conference champs Ohio St. has no inhibitions about getting into a fast paced game, but they’d prefer a more moderate rhythm. Tennessee will have to be extremely cognizant of the Buckeyes net ripping three point shooters and keep their guards out the paint. Ultimately, Turner is just too good of a player and his indomitable will should guide the Buckeyes a chance to make reservations at the Final Four cause like Dj Khaled all Ohio St does with a healthy Turner is, “Win! Win! Win!

South Region- #3 Baylor Bears vs #10 St. Mary’s Gaels Friday 7:27 PM

#3 Baylor Bears- How they got here: Beat #14 Sam Houston State Bearkats 68-59, #Old Dominion Monarchs 76-68

The Baylor Bears have come a tremendously long way from the horrible tragic murder of a player by a teammate and controversy that cast a morose shadow on the team 6 years ago. They have become a nationally recognized basketball program and have reached the first Sweet 16 in squad history. In order for the Bears to make more venture to more unchartered territory they must get past the blazing hot St. Mary’s Gaels.

For Baylor it begins and ends with their dynamic backcourt of Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn. Carter (15.1 points, 6 assists, 38.5% three’s, 79% ft) may look like the younger brother of Mississippi rapper Lil Boosie, but the senior guard definitely has a game that will make you wipe him down. Carter is an outstanding conductor who drops dimes for easy yams and layups for Ekpe Udoh, Qunicy Acy and Jake Lomers. Carter has blazing speed but also plays with good composure and is meticulous with the rock. He primarily likes to set up his teammates, but Carter can hit jumpers, get to the cup and take over when necessary.

LaceDarius Dunn (19.4 pts, 4.9 rebounds, 42 % triples, 86.2% throws) is just a certified gangsta baller. Dunn has an NBA ready plethora of moves in his offensive inventory. He can consistently bust step back jumpers and pull-ups from intermediate or three point range, floaters, post up and get to the rack and provide the crown royale dunk on opponents heads. Dunn is like a college version of Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson because of the fluidity and effortlessness of his ability to rack up points.

The Bears have the interior size to combat and cause problems for St. Mary’s center Omar Sahman. Udoh (13.9 pts, 9.7 boards, 3.8 blocks, 49.9 % fg) is an potential NBA lottery pick. He can score in the post or perimeter and is an intimidating, athletic shot blocker who punches shots like Hawaiian and consistently gets doubles doubles. Acy (9.2 pts, 5.1 boards,) has a limited offensive game mostly restricted to layups, put backs and dunks but exemplifies efficiency shooting an absurd 70 percent from the floor. Reserve Lomers (6.7 pts, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 71% fg) is a legit center, standing a strapping 7’0, 280 pounds. He’s mainly challenges shots and gets garbage points.

Defensively Baylor relies on a rangy 2-3 zone. In the first two rounds the Bears have held opponents to 38.6 percent shooting and 28 percent from triple country. The Gaels are very dependent on three point shooting. It will be crucial Baylor uses it’s interior size to collapse on Sahman, who’s a good passer out of double teams, but also recover and not concede open looks to St. Mary’s perimeter assortment of trifecta bombers.

#10 St. Mary’s Gaels- How they got here: Beat #7 Richmond Spiders 80-71, #2 Villanova Wildcats

The St. Mary’s Gaels are the quintessential Cinderella. Few thought they would get past the sweltering Richmond Spiders and virtually no one within their right mind who hadn’t been imbibing moonshine predicted St. Mary’s would pull off the titanic popping of slogging, but still heavily favored Villanova. St. Mary’s has been infuriated about being the last team left out of last year’s tourney field and has been motivated procuring “get back! Revenge!” like Soul/Funk legend James Brown. Thus they’ve made everyone catch the vapors.

St. Mary’s is led by interior citadel Omar Samhan. The flamboyant, boisterous center has exuded unshakable braswado (swagger and bravado) the entire year. Samhan (21.5 pts, 10.9 boards, 2.9 blocks, 56% fg) has posted obscene math thus far in the dance, devouring foes like chicken nuggets. For the tourney Samhan has is averaging 30 points 9.5 bounds on 80 percent shooting. Samhan doesn’t have the appearance of a hooper at all. He has the vertical of your 75 year old grandmother but the 6’11, 260 pivot surprisingly nimble and has a nice medley of post moves, ranging from baby hooks, drop steps, spin moves to reverse layups and a turnaround jumper from either side of the lane. For the Gaels to pull of another upset it will be vital for Samhan to have a big game.

St. Mary’s has an assortment of triple bombers. Point guard Mickey McConnell (14.2 pts, 5.2 dishes, 51.3% fg, 51.7 % three’s, 84.1% ft) not only is the Gaels chief orange subsidizer, but he’s also their most prolific three point shooter. He has unlimited range and a hair trigger. McConnell has increased his scoring output to 19 a game and is connecting on 50 percent of his trey attempts (8-16). Matthew Dellavedova (12.5 pts, 4.4 dimes, 40.7% three’s, 85% ft) and Clint Steindl (7.6 pts, 38 % three’s, 80.1% ft) are also deadly from treyland.

It will be critical St. Mary’s competes and doesn’t get pounded on the boards. They can ill afford surrendering second chance points to Baylor on the offensive glass. Power forward Ben Allen (10.1 pts, 7.6 boards, 2.2 asst, 48.7% fg, 81.3 % ft) will have to assist Samhan on the glass as well as provide some points on the block.

Both Baylor and The Gaels like getting up and down the floor average. Baylor averages 77 points a game and St. Mary’s puts up 79 points a night. The WCC champion Gaels are equally adept playing at a feverish pace or a slow down game. The keys in this game is can Baylor contain Samhan without their bigs getting in foul trouble, can St. Mary’s not allow Baylor a huge disparity on the glass and can the Gaels triple arsonists set the nets on fire. Dunn will get his, but if Carter will probably run circles around St. Mary’s guards. Ultimately Baylor’s length and athleticism will probably be just a little too much, as well we the partial crunkness of their fans playing in their own backyard of Houston.

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