It seems Tom Izzo will be staying with the Spartans in what seemed obvious from the beginning but had just enough legs to make me hope he'd leave the conference. Seriously, who would want to go to Cleveland to coach, even with LeBron? And without him that team is probably worse than the Timberwolves. I have a feeling ole Tommy wasn't ever too serious about this, and was just wondering why, after 5 final four appearances in 10 years, he doesn't get the ole ass-kiss treatment from the media dickholes like Coach K and Roy Williams enjoy. When the Cavs came a-calling and started stroking Tommy a little bit, I think he probably enjoyed it quite a bit, but when it came time to get down to it he realized what a good thing he has going in East Lansing, and he made the right call. Plus, Cleveland. Oof.
And that's just the latest in a number of possible Big Ten Basketball weakening moves that would have helped the Gophers that went the wrong way. If Izzo left, Delvon Roe had said he'd transfer. Obviously he is now staying. JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore put their names into the NBA draft. Far, far, far worse players with less chance of being drafted have stayed in the draft in the past, but these two made the right decision and backed out. Talor Battle and Demetri McCamey could have stayed in and maybe gotten picked in the second (plenty of players have stayed in hoping for the second round selection) but both made teh right call and came out. Two Ohio State players (William Buford and David Lighty) are exactly the type the NBA loves - neither even entered their name for consideration. Iowa easily could have justified giving Lickliter another year or so, essentially guaranteeing further years of suck. I mean, McCaffrey will probably suck too, but Lickliter was a guarantee, and I'm not so sure the Hawkeyes aren't better off without those transfers (especially booze-hound Tucker).
So yeah, the conference is going to be an absolute monster this year. Purdue and Michigan State are National Championship contenders and Ohio State isn't far behind. Illinois is pretty loaded, and Northwestern is looking feistier than ever. Wisconsin is always a pain in the ass, and Indiana's excellent class from last year will have another year of experience. Plus Talor Battle is back and you know he's going to win a couple of games all by himself, you just hope they aren't against the Gophers.
Tubby's got his work cut out for him.
Other random thoughts while watching the Twins game and the NBA game.
- Wow. Todd Helton just hit that ball a mile. I hear all this talk about him being washed up, and I'm not sure I see it. Guy is a legend. He should probably be able to set his own ground rules at this point. I hope Colorado fans appreciate what they have there. He's just a gritty, gutty gamer who gets it done.
- Uh oh, looks like Lamar Odom decided to show up tonight.
- Do you want to know what sucked? Avatar. We rented it this weekend on Blu-ray to watch on my fancy new Blu-ray player, and I'll admit the visuals were not overrated. It was truly some of the most stunning scenery and visual scenes I've ever seen in a movie. Of course, after an hour of that you start getting sick of watching cartoon/computer graphics, realize this story is going no where, and then cry silently to yourself as you realize you have two hours left.
Really though. I've heard so much about this movie, I was tricked into thinking it must have a good, or at least coherent, plot. I didn't count on the fact that if you give most people pretty pictures you don't have to include any kind of fancy "character development", "plot", or "common sense" because your average movie goer is the same kind of slack-jawed yokel who enjoys Olive Garden, Nickelback, Old Country Buffet, High School football, Overalls, Remember the Titans, Garth Brooks, giving their kid a mohawk, David Eckstein, hockey, garage sales, the blue collar comedy tour, church, college football, Teri Hatcher, Marlboro Reds, Everybody Loves Raymond re-runs, brandy, unions, Michael Cuddyer, Wheel of Fortune, State Fairs, the Terminator movies, pick-up trucks, Mama Dawger, Barbecue, Circus Circus, Dean Koontz, wrestling, the Winter Olympics, Josh Hartnett, the Vikings, the sacrifice bunt, naming their kid Tyler, Rob Schneider, showing a little hustle, Disney World, Domino's Pizza, Leann Chinn, and pointing out the difference between Nascar and whatever other kind of car racing there is because when I say "Nascar sucks" I really mean car racing in general and I don't care nor do I need you to explain that open-wheel racing or whatever it's called is better. No, it's not. It's still driving a car in a circle. It's stupid.
Anyway, the plot sucked, I had no reason to care about any of the characters, not even Smurfette, and just when things seem like they're going to make sense and the "good guys" (who are really just blue hippies) are going to get destroyed, perhaps the biggest Deus Ex Machina since The Stand (or Jurassic Park, if you prefer) except this one makes even less sense. Remember how Snow White could get the birds and the squirrels to do her bidding? It's like that, but this isn't supposed to be for kids.
And, and I'm sorry here I'm rambling, there's this part where they make this huge deal about the guy from Clash of the Titans who plugs himself into his World of Warcraft machine so he can hump the bloofer lady has to subdue some dragon/bird thing and now there's this unbreakable bond and crap. Then for the climax, he just goes and gets a different horsedragonbird anyway. So dumb.
Rent it on Blu-ray, watch it for an hour, and then turn it off. That's all you need.
- Fun fact: Joe Mauer signed a contract for $184 million. Those numbers add up to 13. Also adding up to 13? 4-6-3. Believe it.
- The basketball game just went to commercial (it's a Laker romp thus far) and they said, "Avatar on Blu Ray! Own it today!" Don't you dare, people. Don't you dare. If you do it I forbid you from reading this blog. I would rather watch Slovenia/Serbia on a continuous loop. I want you to notice how those teams haven't played, but they are two of the biggest slow-it-down defensive teams who would bore you to tears. Shows I'm paying attention.
- Shannon Brown can still jump.
- I'm not convinced that if the Lakers win this Kobe should win MVP over Gasol.
- Rajon Rondo is 4-16 on free throws in this series. I don't know if I've ever heard anything quite so ridiculous.
- US Open winner call: Hunter Mahan. Grandslam's rebuttal: Dustin Johnson.
- Well this is ugly.
- Delmon 3-4 tonight. Delmon rising? Delmon rising.
- Tiffani Thiessen gave birth to a baby girl tonight. No word on if it's mine. (NOTE: it probably is)
- Lakers up 27. I say again: Lakers up 27. I see no reason to continue here. And the announcer just said "tooken" as in "the Celtics haven't tooken many free throws." I wish I knew who this guy was. I can't decide if he's awesome or I hate him. It's like being married.