by John Walters

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Love Mike Brey. Man, will heads explode in Bristol when the Irish win the ACC tournament.

Starting Five


Angelina dumped Brad (or Brad dumped Angelina). Either way, they knew what they had but one or both of them was tired of the other’s sh*t. And that’s what it feels like knowing that the New York Giants traded Odell Beckham, Jr., to the Cleveland Browns.

Big Blue knew it had arguably the most dynamic and gifted wide receiver in the NFL. OBJ had a fat new contract and knew that with Saquon Barkley in the backfield not all the pressure would be on him. In fact, it would open things up for him.

But nobody was happy, and that’s the theme of pro sports and so much else today. Nobody’s happy where they are or with what they have. The FieldTurf is always greener…

And because every Ying deserves a Yang, as the Giants lose OBJ the Jets pick up Le’Veon Bell. So now Met Life Stadium houses two of the five best backs in the NFL.

2. Hail Mary’s!

We watched the final 30 minutes (in game time) of the WCC Championship Game between   Gonzaga and St. Mary’s and what we saw is one team executing its game plan, for the entire 40 minutes, to perfection, and the other playing in a desultory fashion, kind of willing itself to win based purely on superior talent.

This is what an upset in March looks like.

The Gaels, who only five weeks earlier in Spokane lost to the Zags by 46 points, beat them 60-47 in Las Vegas. Center Jordan Hunter (above) pulled down 15 boards and had 12 points, but this was a complete team effort in defeating the nation’s top-ranked team. The Zags, the nation’s leader in Scoring Offense (88.8 ppg), were held to more than 41 points below their average.

Saint Mary’s (22-11), by winning, eliminates any question as to whether they belong in the Big Dance. Bully for them and for their outstanding coach, Randy Bennett.

3. Shameless

There’s so much wrong with the Pay For A Roster Spot scam that we don’t know where to begin. The calculus is like, “Girls With Fish Lips Selfies x Lawnmower Parents x $$$$ divided by Corrupt University Coaches and/or Administrators = This Scandal.”

Dig, even two dinosaur epochs ago when we were in high school there were kids who made varsity or even started because of the influence (or $$$) their parents wielded. We were at a private high school, where big donations mattered. And we all know that universities give favor to legacies, especially when parents are rich and/or famous. Charlie Hall, the son of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall, is probably a pretty decent Division III player but does he belong on a Big Ten roster (one point and five rebounds in three full seasons)?

At least he has a sense of humor about it…

But at least JLD did it the old-fashioned way. What’s going on here, with famous parents such as Aunt Becky (Lori Loughlin) and even more prestigious schools (Yale, USC, Stanford) is pure old privilege intersecting with an available commodity. All of these humans need to be placed in the galleys to row those oversized Ben-Hur style boats. We need to bring those ships back, if for no other reason than punishment.

To read more about the salacious details, here you go

4. Sign Of The Times

You know who ordinarily signs books? Their authors. You know who doesn’t? People whose lives are an affront to everything that the book espouses.

It happened last week, but when President Trump signed copies of the Bible during a brief stop in Alabama to assess tornado damage, it was almost glossed over. But it shouldn’t have been. It was like an end-times revelation moment.

You can vote for Trump. You can support him. But only the most dead-fish eyes folks of those among us would ever claim that Trump and the Bible plow common ground. He’s a walking refutation to 11 of the 10 Commandments.

There’s simply no clearer evidence of the connection between Christian evangelism and white supremacy than the celebration of this moment. And again, not for the 100th time, how would the Right have reacted if President Obama had done this? Eggggggggs-actly.

5. A New Rubric For Rubik’s

The Rubik’s Cube was a yuuuuuuge deal back in 1980 or so, and it should be noted that we were awful at it. Horrible. And then to see this teenager solve it with his feet? We’re going back to bed now…

Music 101

Lawyers, Guns And Money

Our good friend Sorp suggested this Warren Zevon classic from 1978. We don’t think the song, released at the peak of the disco era, even charted, but it’s since grown in stature and is a cult classic. It never hurt that Zevon was an unconventional and beloved musician. As he was dying of cancer 16 or so years ago, he appeared on Letterman and dispensed sage advice: “Enjoy every sandwich.”

Remote Patrol

Liverpool at Bayern Munich

Champions League 

3 p.m. TNT

Liverpool’s Salah is one of the world’s top players

Liverpool has just one loss in 30 matches in English Premier League play this season. Bayern, per usual, is atop the Bundesliga table. When they met in their first leg of their Round of 16 tandem, the match ended scoreless. Winner take all this evening in Munich.

3 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

  1. Pretty much EVERYONE has known, in their gut at least, that THIS IS THE WAY OF THE RICH! Hell, they’ve been PAYING their way into “elite” colleges since the damn colleges 1st opened their doors. WHY do you think they have “ENDOWMENTS” worth hundreds of millions (or more!)? Explain to me how giving a few mill for a new chem lab/athletic field/arts building to ensure the admission of little Johnny & Susie (just to pick two names from, er random) is any different than what these nouveau riche parents did? Is it NAUSEATING? Is it UNFAIR? Are they perpetuating yet another generation of entitled BRATS? Damn right, but for these schools & OLD MONEY rich to declare “oh my god, I think there’s gambling going on in here!” is PRETTY DAMN ‘RICH’ indeed.

    This reminds me of the current college basketball “scandal”. EVERYONE has known for DECADES that the sport has been filled with payoffs/corruption/bribery & yet we feign shock when an actual FBI investigation starts to show how the ‘sausage is made’? And does ANYONE really think just the few who were caught is all there is? LOL! Same with the 1st 50 arrested in the “admission scandal” yesterday. They are but a DROP in the ocean of CENTURIES-long unfairness with the RICH getting special “access” & privileges, a ‘way around’ the requirements that poor suckers like us must adhere. You name it & the rich have an “unfair advantage” because, hold your breath as this just may be a shock, THAT’S WHAT CAPITALISM DOES. You get rich &/or famous & people THROW FREE STUFF AT YOU! You get “access” to parties/stores/amusement parks/events/jobs/SCHOOLS, etc, etc that we mere working stiffs don’t even know exist until after the fact. (And why we laugh our asses off at the Fyre Festival clusterf*k).

    What I find puzzling is WHY NOW? Are the ‘old money’ folks tired of all these nouveau riche horning in on their scam?

    If we REALLY want to “get to the bottom” of college admission scam, subpoena Trump’s grades in ALL his schools! Until that lying/cheating SOCIOPATH is THROWN OUT OF THE WH & ARESSTED/INDICTED for his lengthy litany of crimes, all other investigations into “scams” is just whistling “Dixie” while Atlanta burns to the ground.

  2. As the SMC expert here but who also didn’t watch the game because I was at Hello Dolly, SMC worked on this game plan two weeks ago in Moraga. Gonzaga has a line up of NBA ready bodies and SMC realized they couldn’t run up and down the floor. So they took a page out of the Mike Brey playbook and ran the burn offense aka pass, pass, pass until the D wears out and score.

    This worked for a half two weeks ago and then Gonzaga went on a 17-0 run and SMC had to abandon the plan, but Randy knew he had something. They finally got something meaningful out of Jordan Hunter who for most of the season seemed undersized for his role in the offense. Two weeks ago, SMC had success in the paint using a freshman over Hunter. This may have been the wake up call Jordan needed.

    The shocking thing is that the Zags were the ones who had the easier semifinal and more depth.

    Can SMC sustain this for a run in the next few weeks? If Fitts and Hunter show up sure. This team is more battle tested than they wore last year.

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