Monday, May 24, 2010

As the Big 10 Turns and Other Stories

Expansion Talks continue to go on for the Big 10. There's committees, reports, tryouts, hazing rituals, etc. to go through. The latest update is that the Big 10 won't make any offers at least through early June. The latest rumors have UConn being nixed from the list due to their academic shortcomings.

The Wizards Win the John Walls Sweepstakes - The Washington Wizards won the NBA lottery and will select first. While there is some uncertainity it seems inevitable that the Wizard select Kentucky' John Walls with the #1 pick. I think Walls is an excellent case of performance v. potential. Walls' college performance was far shakier than is normally acknowledged. He was a turnover machine and a poor shooter. That said his athleticism is thought to show off potential (i.e. at worst case he'll be Derick Rose). Personally , I think Walls is a little over-hyped but that's just me.
Sometimes danger lurks in the background...

Dustin Byfuglien - Great Name, Unlikely Star - The star of the Chicago Blackhawks sweep of the Sharks was Dustin Byfuglien. Byfuglien, whose name I still can't pronounce, had scored 1 goal in 27 previous games prior to Game 3 in the Canucks series. He then proceeded to score 5 goals in 5 games of which 3 of them were arguably game winners. I believe this is the first time a Byfuglien has led the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup Final but I'll double check.

Randomly Cool Story is the story of Kwaku Dansu, a college player with zero tackles and three years of playing football. Yet, he's currently with the Browns with a chance to make the team. Good luck Kwaku!

Random Deep Thought of the Day


Gutsy Goldberg said...

1) wow... uconn got nixed for academic shortcomings! it's good to know the big 10 does still indeed have values after all.
2) i'm glad you mentioned john walls shaky performance. it really was not that great and the drafting of him is mainly off of the insane speed he has with and without the ball. he is extremely sloppy with the ball and i think he's not as ready as derrick rose was when he left after 1 year. in contrast, ohio state's evan turner, the presumed #2 pick, will have instant impact.
3) the blackhawks story is nuts. i wish i still watched hockey so i could know about these stories.
4) i also enjoyed that story about dansu, who has zero tackles but is trying to make the browns. the browns need things like to work out if they want to reach six wins this year.
5) dignity check picture is ABSURD!

Hitman said...

No time like the present to get back into hockey, Gutsy. I've been drawn in over the last 2 years. It helps that the Hawks are in the Cup Finals - but, truly, the NHL is fielding a great product right now.

And Big Buff rules!