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Tobias Harris is all Vol

Tennessee BasketballSelby who?  Bruce bounced back by getting the #3 PF, #7 player in the country to go with the #6, and #35 SGs in the country.  Billy Donovan’s day just got so much worse.

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This Is Good Stuff

The View From the Hill | Gate 21

I think I’ve made my disdain for the University of Memphis Tigers basketball program pretty well-known. So when I got a text message from my dad last night in the middle of the Lakers-Nuggets game alerting me of the allegations against the Tigers, I must admit I got a kick out of it.

The Tigers’ best season, where they won 38 games and should have won a national championship (thank you Mario Chalmers), now apparently will be null-and-void.

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Is Billy Clyde out at Kentucky?


update» Updated: 27 March 2009 — 4:25pm

Apparently, Gillispie’s firing became official about 5 minutes after I posted this.  At least I was a little bit ahead of the curve…

update» Updated: 27 March 2009 — 4:42pm

Now, as his comment below points out, HSH has discovered an even more interesting development: perhaps Billy Donovan is going to Kentucky.


Well, friends and neighbors, it’s not like it is unexpected, but it appears that Billy Gillispie is out at Kentucky.  This comes from WHAS TV in Louisville.  Seemingly in response to this report, the Kentucky athletic department issued a public statement which—paraphrased—amounts to their complete refusal to make a public statement.  It read,  “UK mens basketball coach Billy Gillispie has not been fired. There have been no meetings between Gillispie and UK officials today and there is no scheduled press conference tomorrow.

I think a simple “no comment” would have sufficed.

Either way, this does seriously change the dynamic in the SEC East.  Hooper over at RTT has an interesting article on why this prospect scares him as a fan of SEC and Tennessee basketball.  The uncertainty at Kentucky will definitely add confusion to recruiting, but what if Kentucky actually gets a “good” coach?  With rumors flying about as to who will replace Gillispie, it stands to reason that Kentucky Mitch Barnhart will be trying to save his neck by getting a coach who is a little better fit for the Wildcats this time around than was Billy Clyde.  According to the guys at Team Speed Kills, however, that new coach will not be Billy Donovan (or will it?).

In the meantime, I suppose we will all be guessing…

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Flashback: CBS Sports and the NCAA Tournament

Flashback | Gate 21

Yes, friends and neighbors the NCAA Tournament is upon us.  Thus, we all get ready for the mayhem that accompanies that grand old tradition.  For what seems like forever, that has included watching endless hours of basketball courtesy of CBS Sports.  Now, generally, I am a huge fan of CBS Sports, and I favor their web presence when it comes to sports content on the internet. **

All that said, last year’s NCAA tournament almost drove me mad.  Actually it wasn’t the tournament, but the way that CBS covered the tournament on television.  That led me to fire off at the mouth a bit.  Since it is that time again, I figured it would only be appropriate to take a stroll down memory lane and look back on what I had to say about CBS’s coverage.  I do this for two reasons.

First, this seems relevant as we all get ready to become couch potatoes for a month.  This may be minimized a little bit due to the fact that CBS will be broadcasting all games online free of charge once again, but the fact remains a big flat screen is infinitely better than even the best computer monitor.

Second, I have been so busy that I haven’t yet gotten a chance to finish up my thoughts on the Oklahoma State Cowboys…

Thus, without further adieu, we go back in time to my post entitled simply:

CBS = Complete Bull Sh*t


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I intentionally waited a few days before airing this complaint, mainly because I didn’t want my vitriol to be mistaken as nothing more than “sour grapes” over the BasketVols loss to the Louisville Cardinals.

Trust me, this has nothing to do with Tennessee, Louisville, or any other specific team…

CBSFor the past … well, it seems like quite a long time, now … CBS has been the exclusive home of the NCAA Tournament. I vaguely remember ESPN covering first and second-round games during the 1990s, but CBS is all we have had for a while. Either way, CBS has held a stranglehold on the Final Four since Billy Packer conned James Naismith himself into signing over the rights some time during the 1920s — back when Billy Packer was in his 50s.

First of all, I do want to applaud CBS Sportsline — CBS Sports’ internet division — for their ambitious decision to broadcast every tournament game for free on the web. Similarly, the CBS “Game Center” on the internet for each game — displaying myriad stats and information in real time — is amazing. It is as artful as it is impressive. Any fan can get up-to-the-second information on every facet of the game — including points, fouls, assists, shooting trends, whether a player is taking bribes to throw the game, which boosters the cute little cheerleader next to the basket is sleeping with, and so much more — via one of the best interfaces I’ve ever seen for statistical information of that kind.

Despite the minor fact that the bandwidth draw for the “March Madness on Demand” service has been so obscenely high that it has — at times — nearly crashed massive trunk lines on the web, I salute these efforts of CBS’s internet division. For reasons which will become clear in a second, in the future I may choose this as the only way I’ll watch the tournament — even if it is in a 5″ x 5″ low resolution streaming window.

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**Disclosure: While lawvol is a voting member of the CBS Sports Football Blog Poll and the CBS Sports BasketBlog Poll, neither this site, its editor, nor publisher receives any payment or other compensation of any type or kind in return for participation. Furthermore, neither Gate 21 nor lawvol received any benefit of any kind for this article, which was neither requested nor solicited by CBS Sports. This article represents the actual opinion of the author (for what that is worth) and was in no way influenced by any other person(s).

CBS Sports BasketBlog Poll Ballot: Week 6

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports College BasketBlog Poll hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 6

Through 15 March 2009

Well, March Madness is upon us. This weekend provided a bevy of basketball from the various conference tournaments, including some key upsets.  Bearing all of that in mind, here’s my BasketBlog Poll ballot for this week, as we prepare for the Big Dance to come.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here it is:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank
Team
Delta
1
Louisville 3
2
Memphis 1
3
Pittsburgh 2
4
North Carolina 2
5
Connecticut
6
Michigan St. 1
7
Oklahoma 1
8
Villanova 1
9
Duke 3
10
Wake Forest 2
11
Missouri 3
12
Gonzaga 1
13
Washington 3
14
Arizona St. 1
15
UCLA 4
16
Syracuse 3
17
Purdue 6
18
Florida St. 3
19
Kansas 7
20
Louisiana St. 4
21
Utah 5
22
Illinois 5
23
West Virginia 4
24
Utah St. 2
25
Clemson 7

Last week’s ballot

Dropped Out: Marquette (#20), Brigham Young (#22), New Mexico (#24), Xavier (#25)

I hope to post a few parting thoughts on the SEC Tournament later today along with my Ballot Predictions for the NCAA Tournament (as if you cared). One way or the other, it is now time to see who really deserves adulation and who was overrated.

Having taken the time to consider my feeble attempt at ranking the powers in college basketball, feel free to try and convince me that I am wrong — which is part of the way the BlogPoll is supposed to work.  I promise that I will consider all comments.

As for the rest of the BlogPoll, well, you can check out how other bloggers voted, how your team fared across the blogosphere, and view the weekly results each week over at CBS Sports (at least I think that’s how it’s supposed to work…)

More to come on the Big Dance, and the fortunes of the Tennessee Volunteers

– So it goes… Email lawvol

2009 CBS Sports BasketBlog Poll Ballot: Week 2

Here’s my ballot for this week’s CBS Sports College BasketBlog Poll hosted by — as you might imagine — CBS Sports.

Week 2

Through 15 February 2009

My what a mess we have now.  After the past weekend in the world of college basketball, the changes are many in my BasketBlog Poll ballot for this week.  Most of these should be fairly obvious.  Either way, here’s my ballot:

My Ballot for the Week

Rank
Team
Delta
1
2
3
4
5
6
3
7
6
8
7
9
7
10
7
11
5
12
4
13
3
14
6
15
3
16
9
17
5
18
4
19
NR
20
NR
21
NR
22
NR
23
NR
24
10
25
4
Dropped Out: UCLA (#11), Syracuse (#19), Minnesota (#23), Ohio St. (#24), Utah (#25)

Having taken the time to consider my feeble attempt at ranking the powers in college basketball, feel free to try and convince me that I am wrong — which is part of the way the BlogPoll is supposed to work.  I promise that I will consider all comments.

As for the rest of the BlogPoll, well, you can check out how other bloggers voted, how your team fared across the blogosphere, and view the weekly results each week over at CBS Sports (at least I think that’s how it’s supposed to work…)

– So it goes… Email lawvol


Shoutin’ Out: Basilio & Beano on the Edge

Shoutin Out  | Gate 21

Continuing with more random off-season banter, today’s “message of love** goes out to one of my absolute favorites on the web and the radio: Tony Basilio and “Beano Jeff” on the Edge.

The Edge with Tony & Beano

Sports-talk shows are about as common as overly-opinionated and poorly written blogs like Gate 21 … okay, maybe not that common, but they’re common.

As a general rule, I tend to tire quickly of sports-talk personalities — especially those where the show ends up being more about the host than it is about sports (which is increasingly the case). It is for this reason that I have not been a regular sports-talk listener for the last decade; that is, until a friend turned me on to B&B at Midday.

If you are a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers and enjoy talking sports, then you should really give Basilio & Beano a listen. They just celebrated their second anniversary on the air with Knoxville’s WVLZ, and — in my humble opinion — they are the best sports-talk tandem anywhere. Period.

Tony & Beano

They’re on the the air everyday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm on ESPN Radio – Knoxville: 1180 WVLZ. There’s no spin, just truthtellin’ and real analysis of anything having to do with Tennessee, the SEC, and the rest of the sports world. The biggest difference between B&B and all the rest is the fact that they unabashedly represent the views of the common fan, and don’t needlessly buy into the hype that so often spews from the mouths of many out there in the sports world. I like that “de-crap-ified” type of sports-talk. Tony Basilio and “Beano Jeff” are down to earth, never take themselves too seriously, and aren’t afraid “to call a duck a duck.”

Hey, don’t you live like six hours from Knoxville? How are you listening to the show?

Well, sports fans, you’re right — I live in the bowels of ACC country. In my neck of the woods I hear enough about the Tarheads and Dook to make me want to retch, however, through the miracle that is the internet, I can listen to Basilio & Beano everyday from my desk (when I should be doing something else … such as work) via their streaming audio broadcast on the web. Thus, as long as you have an internet connection, you can get your daily fix — even from hundreds of miles away … or more (not too long ago, a Tennessee fan living in Japan called in on the show). If you miss the show, they even have podcasts of the show available for download.

At any rate, give Tony and Beano a listen: always standing up for the common fan, always interesting, always honest…

– Go Figure …


** Disclosure: While Gate 21 and TonyBasilio.com both feature hyperlinks to one another, neither site, their parent companies, editors, nor webmasters receive any payment or other compensation of any type or kind in return for those links. Furthermore, neither Gate 21 nor Lawvol received any compensation for this review, which was not requested or solicited by B&B at Midday or WVLZ. This “Shout Out” represents the actual opinion of the author (for what that is worth) and was in no way influenced by any other person.
In other words: This isn’t an advertisement.
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