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January 31st, 2011

January will turn to February soon. As in hours. Decision

The Cardinals, as well as 29 other MLB teams are moving equipment and personnel to various camps all over Florida and Arizona. And within a couple of weeks Spring Training will open signaling the beginning of the end for winter.

While most of us are excited that we’ll soon have the beautiful daily grind of baseball in our lives again- these two weeks also might happen to be the most important weeks in the history of the 100+ year old franchise.

The Cardinals and their first baseman Albert Pujols know the stakes- get a deal done by the time Mr. Pujols heads to Jupiter Florida and reports for duty or don’t and table the discussions until after the 2011 Cardinal season has commenced.

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January 31st, 2011

I know I missed yesterday’s game, but I still have a great record for the season.  Let’s start this week off right with a big victory in the game I’ve picked below. 

Northern Colorado (+3.0) at Northern Arizona- I believe the Big Sky co-leaders will bounce back from their disappointing loss to Weber State this weekend, and get a big road win here against a Lumberjack squad who has struggled mightily in conference play. 

Yesterday’s Record: 0-1; Season Record: 6-1

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January 31st, 2011

As always I include the INCH Power Rankings because they are interesting to look at. Sometimes they provide good cannon fodder. I took the liberty of correcting their post for UND, the Sioux are on the dreaded bye week and play the big slow lumbering team from UAA next weekend.
1. Boston College
2. Yale
3. Denver
4. North Dakota 1 Senior defenseman Chay Genoway was hurt in Friday’s loss at Colorado College and didn’t play Saturday; his replacement, sophomore Joe Gleason, scored his first career goal in Saturday’s 6-0 rout. 19-8-2 (14-6-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Colorado College, 4-2; W at Colorado College, 6-0. THIS WEEK: OFF Next Weekend vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage
5. Minnesota Duluth
6. New Hampshire
7. Rensselaer
8. Union
9. Michigan
10. Merrimack
11. Wisconsin
12. Notre Dame
13. Miami
14. Western Michigan
15. Boston University
16. Dartmouth
17. Princeton
18. Maine
19. Nebraska-Omaha
20. Colorado College
Dropped out: Ohio State
Bubble-licious: Minnesota, Niagara, RIT, Robert Morris

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January 31st, 2011

Hum! Here is an interesting read about the Terry Pegula the money man behind PSU’s hockey program and their new “Pegula Ice Arena” as well as the guy that is trying to buy the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo News —- In the course of making his fortune, the Florida billionaire negotiating to buy the Buffalo Sabres contributed heavily to politicians in a position to advance his business interests and established a less-than-stellar track record in the environmentally dicey business of drilling for natural gas, The Buffalo News has found.

A News review of compliance records found East Resources, the company Terrence M. Pegula sold last summer for $4.7 billion, had a middling record of complying with environmental regulations in Pennsylvania, his base of operations. The company last year paid the largest regulatory fine in its history and was involved in a spill of toxic wastewater that resulted in the first quarantine of cattle in the history of natural gas drilling in the state.

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January 31st, 2011

During one of the slower times for news in the NFL for teams not playing in the Super Bowl, the New York Giants potential interest in former wide receiver, Plaxico Burress, is generating quite a good deal of attention. Following Burress' self-shooting and subsequent incarceration, most Giants fans felt the brass in the organization was cutting ties with #17 for good. Recently though, it seems that is not out of the question.

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Wide receiver Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants catches a 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter over Ellis Hobbs #27 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

First heard from Giants GM, Jerry Reese, who simply noted that the team would look into Burress following his release from prison. This interest was then echoed by some of the Giants players, most notably Eli Manning and Steve Smith, both of whom would be directly impacted should Plax return to Big Blue.

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January 31st, 2011

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance.  For the conferences who currently have NCAA tourney teams, it is assumed that one of those teams will win their conference tourney.  If not, then a stolen bid would result, and the number of at-large bids would drop.

You will notice that some of the # 13 seeded conference champions are listed both in the big dance field and the NIT field.  Their NIT inclusion simply shows what NIT seed that team would have if they were to lose in their conference tourney.  Obviously, if they were to win their respective conference tourneys, then they would be deleted from the NIT field, and little dance at-large spots would open up.  However, with the NIT, keep in mind that typically between 5-8 spots will be taken by small conference regular season champs who lose their conference tourneys and thereby get NIT auto bids.

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January 31st, 2011

Check out this amazing buzzer-beater as Manhattan beat Marist, 60-59. Just plain awesome.

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January 30th, 2011

Ah this is nice, another shot across the bow by a P.C. blow hard. We get it Dave you hate the Fighting Sioux logo and everything UND, it’s not that hard to figure out from your writings. I am sure it upsets you that the Fighting Sioux rebounded and soundly defeated the C.C. Tigers and Sioux fans dared enjoy the win in an fellow opponents arena that probably would’ve sounded like a quiet Mausoleum if it wasn’t for the Sioux fans that were present at the World Arena last night.

Dave Ramsey Gazette — Saturday night, North Dakota fans invaded World Arena in force. These fans made more noise than Colorado College fans, which makes sense. They had plenty to cheer about in North Dakota’s 6-0 victory.

They had fun. They made a lot of noise. And that’s all fine.

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January 30th, 2011

Well this weekend the Fighting Sioux are on the “dreaded bye week” sitting atop of the WCHA standings and now will become score board watchers. The Pioneers and the Tigers will play a home and a home so this might be a preview of things to come. Fighting Sioux logo hater Dave Ramsey has this article in today’s Gazette.

Gazette.com — Now, Owens can offer a fresh horror film to his youthful Tigers as he prepares for the Pioneers. He can show them footage from Saturday’s debacle against North Dakota.

“You know what? I’m not going to burn the tape,” Owens said. “We’re going to look at it. We’re going to watch it.”

The loss ended a weird weekend for the Tigers. On Friday, after CC muscled its way to a convincing victory over North Dakota, hope was rampant for the Tigers.

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January 30th, 2011

Ronnie Brewer and Josh McRoberts will never, ever be friends…

 

Not after an assault that nasty.  Said one of my readers, ‘LilBTheBasedGod’ from InsideHoops:

That was at least a 9. Just the way Brewer went up and totally blew him up, the look in his eye after the first step, the way McBobby was closing his eyes while it was happening and then he left crying trying to run away and pretend like it never happened. 

You know how good it was? If you take that synopsis of the dunk above out of context, it sounds like he got raped.

My friends, Ronnie Brewer raped Josh McRoberts.

Well put.  I was going to give him an eight, but this flawless description of the event sold me on a nine.

Dunk rating on the Starbury Nastiness Scale:

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