- Some weird things I saw in New Mexico today:
- An entire aisle of pinatas in Walmart
- An electronics/movies store with a complete section dedicated to VHS
- A flyer taped to a pole advertising "Mechanical Bull for Rent" with a phone number
- A vending machine for nothing but beef jerky
- Basically everybody I told I was going to New Mexico made a Breaking Bad joke, which makes sense since Breaking Bad is better than anything else you watch and what else are you going to joke about when New Mexico comes up? One of my co-workers asked our shuttle driver about the Breaking Bad houses and I actually thought he might be all annoyed but he was super proud of the show being shot there and told us how it was such a big thing for the city. So he told us where a bunch of them were. Tonight we checked out Jesse and Jane's place.
- Somebody recently asked me for my opinion of Wichita State, sorry I can't remember who because I generally don't pay attention when people talk, and I think they're definitely a good team no doubt, but it's obviously tough to figure out how good. 30-0 is 30-0, and I tend to think they're better than that St. Joe's team (Jameer Nelson/Delonte West) from a while back who went undefeated through the A-10, and they made the Elite 8 (might have been Sweet 16, not 100% and don't want to bother to look it up). Saying I think Wichita State is better than that team, and they already have a handful of guys with Final Four experience, it saying quite a bit.
But Snacks made a great point to me today. Let's say the latest bracketology on ESPN is at least a close approximation of what actually gets pulled in the tournament and Wichita State is a one seed. In the second round then they'd face either Stanford or Kansas State (or similar team), both of whom would be the best team the Shockers have faced since DECEMBER 14, and the second or third best team they've seen the entire season depending on your opinion of BYU. And then the next round, and the next round, and the next round and all the way through they'll be facing teams so much better than anything they've seen with much more pressure and less time to prepare. Wichita's strength of schedule is awful and their non-conference wasn't anything special either. Man that is a ton of pressure. I don't think I can take them any further than the Sweet 16. Not like New Mexico, who is clear Final Four material.
- Just went down to the bar to get a double Maker's because I'm too full for beer. These two dopes get on the elevator with me and start laughing about how they're so wasted and they need to email each others' boss to cover their ass. Guess what? They don't remember they have to hit the button for the floor. I'm on the top floor because I'm awesome and then they realize they never hit their buttons so they hit the five and seven and ended up spending like, 30 extra seconds in the elevator. Way to go, amateurs.
- One of the main reasons I'm out here is to look at this entertainment store called Hastings and maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan we need to get one in Minnesota. It's like a Best Buy/Barnes and Noble/Shinders/Spencer's/Toys R Us all in one. It's awesome. Plus they buy and sell used stuff and even rent movies for 49 cents a day. I could probably spend all day in one. I have to find a way to make this happen.
- You know that thing called the Peter Principle which says that as people excel in their roles they keep getting promoted until all of a sudden you have a bunch of people in roles they aren't qualified for? Just google it I don't want to explain. Well it generally applies to the working world but it exists in college basketball too. I mean to do a whole big post on this (I'm currently reading Dean Oliver's Basketball on Paper which is excellent and you should read it so my advanced stats brain is like a hamster on blue meth) but exhibit A is the terrible Glenn Robinson III. He was amazingly efficient last year playing his role and using a small amount of possessions for the Wolverines. This year he's using way more possessions but every single metric and is still a terrible rebounder. His raw numbers are in line with what he did last year, but he's really regressed if you look deeper. Definitely not ready for/capable of the more increased role.
I actually thought this same thing would apply to Austin Hollins, but really it doesn't. His overall offensive rating is down a bit, but not all that much, and his rebounding numbers are far better this season. Everything else is right around the same but with assist rate a tick down and turnover rate a tick up. And here's a fun fact I never realized, he's shooting a career high 55% on two-pointers this year, which is a career high and a huge improvement from last year (48%). Yeah he's struggling from three but that's amplified because the team lacks quality shooters, and he's actually taking fewer of them this year (percentage wise). Really, I guess, for those that keep saying he's having a horrible year or is a disappointing senior shouldn't play so much (gopherhole -> hi!), you're wrong.
- One thing I forgot to mention about the Pit is how the people don't get up for you. Like they'll stand on damn near every possession (no joke) but if you get up to go to the bathroom or go get a souvenir or food or anything during a timeout they don't stand up to let you out. Every other arena I've ever been to the people get up to give you room to walk, but at the Pit they just do that thing where they turn their legs to the side and it sucks for everyone. And this wasn't just one group of people, it was everywhere. It struck me as very odd, especially because these people seemed to live for standing up.
- I think that'll do it. So tired and full of delicious green chile stew. I kind of want some more.