Friday, June 24, 2011

For those that care... SEC players drafted in the NBA Draft 2011

Enes Kanter went at #3 to Utah. Even though he never set foot on the court at Kentucky I'm going to count him.

Brandon Knight went to the Pistons at #8. He actually played for the Wildcats.

Tobia Harris went to the Wizards at #18. I guess Bruce Pearl produced something last year.

Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie went to the Clippers at #37 and #47. Those UGA dawgs can hold each other's hand in the LBC.

Chandler Parsons went to the Rockets at #38. Not sure if he got what it takes to make the team, but good luck to the former Gator.

Vernon Macklin rounds out the SEC in the NBA draft at #52 to the Pistons. Another Gator.

Say what you will about John Calipari... they guy has an eye (or other things) for NBA talent. The players he's coached at Memphis and Kentucky the past 5 years have made an impact on the NBA.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Add Kansas State our our schedule on Dec 17th...

From the KSU site

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Looking to build on the success of an unprecedented five consecutive 20-win seasons and five straight postseason appearances, K-State Athletics announced today official ticket information for the 2011-12 men’s basketball season.

In addition to season-ticket details, the department also announced information about its games with West Virginia in the Wichita Wildcat Classic at INTRUST Bank Arena on Thursday, Dec. 8 as well as Alabama in the Hy-Vee Wildcat Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Our OOC schedule is looking tough... we might make the NCAAT with a .500 overall record. Heh.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Offseason post- Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg (NHL)

First, here's the story in case you want to read about it. Now let me talk about why this happened (again) to Atlanta.

1) Miserable ownership. The Atlanta Spirit Group (ASG) have been a bumbling mess from the start. They didn't have a hockey guy amongst them and it showed. They did little to market the team and when the economy crashed, most of their business deals shriveled up and died. I've seen some bad ownership (Cincy Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Pitt Pirates, LA Clippers, etc), but the former owners of the Thrashers were the worst of the worst. They traded away all of their stars (Heatley, Kovalchuk, Hossa) and got almost nothing in return.

2) Fan support. Re-read point #1 and you have a hard time blaming the remaining fans to spend their hard-earned money on slop. Still, ranking 28th of 30 in attendance didn't help things.

3) Location. Most of the fan base live north of the city. The Thrashers played in 'beautiful' downtown. Hard to get them to drive 60-90 minutes in traffic to see the slop on the ice. If the team played in Gwinnett Arena I suspect turnout would've been much better. The inhabitants of downtown Atlanta had no interest in hockey.

I used to go to 4 games a year. I stopped going a few years ago as the product on the ice was dreadful. Most of the people in attendance were there to see the visiting team anyways. I'll miss seeing live NHL games down the road from me... hate it that my kids won't get a chance to see it (unless I take them somewhere like Nashville or Tampa), but the hard truth is the NHL south of the Mason-Dixon line just doesn't work.

If only Winnipeg took the Hawks too... then I'd probably celebrate. As it stands there is some sadness in seeing the Thrashers go, but Winnipeg will support them (despite being 1/7th the population size) much better.