Monday, March 28, 2011

Most Ridiculous Final Four Ever

Broadcasting live from the Fox Sports Radio building on West Flamingo, I always wanted to say that. I'm actually writing from the game room errrr I mean the green room at work. How the hell do they expect us to get any work done when the green room's literally a mancave. I'm not complaining I love it but how many people have a pinball machine next to the coffee maker? Anyway, what a wild and exciting weekend for college basketball fans. I stopped filling out brackets years ago when George Mason upset UConn to reach the Final Four. Jim Rome talks about this on his show and we have our own bracket guy handing out printed brackets and you really do want to punch him in the face and take your $20 back from the office pool, the only thing worse then bracket guy or office pool guy is my kid's selling cookies lady.

Ok so who did you think would be in this year's Final Four? Duke? They're always tough until Arizona beat them by 19 points and told Coach K peace! I said ok Arizona's on a roll until UConn showed them the door. UConn's in along with Kentucky, Butler, and VCU. What? Butler? Granted they went to the Final Four last year so that was no fluke but I though Pittsburgh was coming out of the Southeast bracket because they were ranked #1. At least UCLA or Florida but Butler? BYU what happened well nevermind we know what happened, still they showed a lot of heart and made it further than I thought they would, if they hadn't lost a player earlier due to "violations" I wonder how far they'd be.

Now for the team that completes the Final Four, Virginia Commonwealth University, VC freaking U! I'll tell you how impressed I am with this team, these guys had to win a play-in game just to make it into the tournament! They had to beat USC in the First Four to get into the field of 64 teams meaning they have won 5 games already in the tournament. This is why I'm so impressed, after beating USC they had to upset four teams in a row to get to this point. Georgetown a #6, Purdue a #3, Florida State a #10, and Kansas last night who were the last remaining #1 seed in the tournament. VCU's ranked #11 and they're in the Final Four vs #8 Butler, I mean its ridiculous but this is why this tournament is the best in sports because anyone has a chance to win it all, even a little college in Richmond with a little over 32,000 students enrolled.

Can you imagine if these guys beat Butler and pull off a miracle and defeat either Kentucky or UConn? They're going to burn down the campus like Vegas tried to do after UNLV won the Championship way back in 1990. That's right Maria, giving me a hard time about my team after our first round exit against Illinois, at least we did win the NCAA Championship. Granted I may have been using training wheels when it happened but it did happen in my lifetime and UNLV will win it again, what the hell we got VCU and Butler this year in the Final Four don't tell me we don't have a shot next year. I tweeted about Kansas choking errrr I mean well yeah I was right, the best part was the shocked look on the faces on the Kansas fans who just knew they'd be playing next week in Houston. I tweeted about how much money these people threw down for hotels and rental cars and they can still go but their team can't.

There's always next year Kansas but you guys will never have a better look at the championship or an easier look I should say. They certainly had the easiest road to the Final Four, look at the Southwest bracket, they had a cake walk so they choked. Did you see the Morris twins crying from Kansas, nothing worse then grown men crying, come on dudes man up, think about how much money you're going to be banking in the NBA draft errrr I mean maybe they'll come back another year for the title, or bank several million dollars...I love when they say this is a tough decision...it is? You can always go back to college, that's like having a winning lotto ticket and holding it for a year. Anyway, the Final Four begins Saturday 6pm Eastern with Kentucky v UConn...Butler v VCU at 8:45 Eastern...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

NFL Players Borrowing Cash As Lockout Looms

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the potential NFL lockout and how it would effect the fans. I guess this report is about how the players are currently being effected. The average person working a 9 to 5 job everyday doesn't want to hear about someone being paid millions of dollars suddenly struggling. However, many young players in the NFL are being hit with a reality check. Players only get paid their yearly salaries during the 17 week regular season. Workout bonuses that can be as high as $500,000 won't be received until training camps start if there's a work stoppage. 

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Brandon Graham was asked for cash by some of his teammates. They wanted to borrow "$100,000, they try not to make it awkward. They'll come to you like they're joking, but they're serious. They're trying to feel you out to see what you'll say. I'll be like, 'What are you going to do with it, other than blow it?' I don't want to be beefing with guys on my team because they owe me money", Graham said.

I remember a huge strike here in Las Vegas when I was a kid, I wasn't that old because my dad could still put me on his shoulders. I remember the unity of the employees who got up every morning and would picket a certain hotel that no longer stands on the strip. When they brought that hotel down the memories came back of the strike and my dad organizing meetings at our house. Well, I see everything but unity with the players.

 From players just killing Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler on twitter for quitting errrr I mean getting injured and not returning in the NFC Championship to NY Jets Antonio Cromartie wanting to smash Matt Hasslebeck's face in. Now we have players hitting each other up for money. Nothing worse then a friend asking for money. I hate that because its awkward, I am the one who's embarrassed and sometimes the person asking for money isn't. My answer is the same as Brandon Graham's...NO. My friends know that if we hangout...I've got the tip. Big game on television...pizza and beer is on me, but don't ask me for money...not going to go well. Now of course there's exceptions like an emergency, other than that Wells Fargo bank is right at the corner dude.

The UNLV campus store is an excellent place for me to get touched up for money, I know too many damn people. "Hey bro you got a Jackson til Friday?" I'm like I don't want to come back here for a $20 then I look like a loser. Still a $20 is a lot different then $100k. How do you have the stones to ask for $100,000 from anyone? I wouldn't ask my mom for $100,000. Brandon's teammates were asking him, hey look I'm all about team sports and winning as one and all that but you're not close enough for that kind of scratch. Then again, Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter just gave his kidney to Kevin Jordan, one of his players. 

Hell, give your teammates the money. $100,000, why not ask for $500,000 or a cool $1,000,000? And if you're wondering, Brandon Graham's been with the Philadelphia Eagles for one year, dude's not exactly Bill Gates. At last check, the team owners and player's union are in meetings but the deadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is March 3rd...