Mar 28 2010

Pack Baseball Thoughts

Friday was cold and wet so I toughed it out for four innings (which only took 2 hours) before leaving to go watch the Sweet Sixteen games.  When I left Miami had a 4-2 lead and ended up pulling out a 6-5 win.  Jake Buchanan, the starting pitcher for the Pack, was working excruciatingly slow and never got in a groove.  He was in the mid 80’s and leaving a lot of pitches up in the zone and the Miami batters were making him pay for it.  The Pack batters on the other hand could not find an answer for the Miami starter (soft tossing lefty).  They had him on the ropes in the 1st inning, but he worked out of a bases loaded jam only giving up 1 run.  Then in the 4th, a base running error by Russell Wilson allowed him to skate out of a potential big inning with only allowing 1 run.  Apparently we made a valiant effort coming back, but another base running blunder in the 9th cost us a possible win.

Saturday was a beautiful day, but I had a wedding shower/party to attend (one of the Frumpzilla contributors).  It was the first time hanging out with the Frumpzilla guys since they’ve blown up in the past few months getting linked to on ESPN and Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard page.  It’s cool that they still let lowly little ol’ me hang out with them.  Speaking of Frumpzilla, I haven’t got much right in my March Madness bracket (Duke is the only Final Four team I have left … at least for a few more hours right?), but I did hit on my wager on West Virginia last night.  I just knew Kentucky wasn’t going to make the Final Four.  (Note:  If they had made the Final Four I would have totally opined how great they were and how youth didn’t really matter … but I still would have lost my bet, you just wouldn’t have heard about it.) Anyway, I didn’t make it out to The Doak, but the Pack did pull out a big come from behind win scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th to send it to extra innings and then finishing off the comeback in the 11th.

Today is the rubber match.  I’m heading out to Doak Field  now which, by the way, looks absolutely beautiful.  It has come a long way since the days that it was graced with my presence on a daily basis.  The new scoreboard is awesome, the sound system is great with the duck call still being the signature sound (R.I.P. Mr. Ward), and the field is actually flat like it’s suppose to be.  Yeah, back in the day you could lay down at home plate, look down the right field line and only see the right fielder from the knees up.  Interesting home field advantage, huh?  Now it’s just a great setting to take in some college baseball so off I go.

Mar 18 2010

Let the Madness Begin

I don’t watch much college basketball during the regular season but come March Madness I dive in head first.  It won’t be the same as last year when I was out in Vegas for the first two rounds, but I’ll manage.  I finally have my own “man cave” (nothing impressive, but it gets the job done) so I’ll just be hanging out in there all weekend.  No adult beverages though … I’m still recovering from football season.

After a hundred or so iterations, I’ve finally come to a consensus on my bracket and I still hate how it looks.  Oh well.  I’m just ready for the games to start so I can’t mess with it any more.  If my bracket doesn’t go up in flames on the first day then I consider it a win.  I do want to warn you that if you have a Final Four of Kansas, Syracuse, Duke, and Wisconsin then sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re not going to win your office pool.  There’s still a couple hours to make last minute changes so hurry up and make sure your bracket looks nothing like mine.  Also if you haven’t entered Frumpzilla’s 1st Annual March Madness Pool then do so now.  Good luck!

Mar 15 2010

CBB Does it Right

March Madness is in full effect right now.  I’ve never been real good at filling out brackets, but I still fill out way too many every year.  The best thing about this year is my brackets won’t be ruined by giving Carolina a first round exit.  Love it!  If you don’t have a pool to join or you want to join another one that’s totally free check out my good buddies over at Frumpzilla.  Tell them DFCF sent ya.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t get too into college basketball.  It’s just not good for the ticker, however, I will say that March Madness is one of my favorite times of the year.  Last year I was out in Vegas for the first and second rounds and it was absolutely crazy.  Not going this year, but hopefully when I’m out there again next year the Wolfpack will be back in the Big Dance.

The reason that March Madness is so great is because it allows college basketball to determine its champion on the court.  Maybe it has something to do with the excitement and drama that takes place too.  Leave it up to the NCAA, though, to screw it up as they’re talking about expanding the field to 96 teams.  If this is all about making more money then why do we still have the idiotic BCS system for college football?  I would argue that a college football playoff would be much more exciting and would make the NCAA a lot more money than March Madness.  Check back Wednesday as I will unveil my plan for a college football playoff.

Now I’m off to fill out some more brackets.  Good luck everybody!

Feb 3 2010

Wishing Upon Some Stars

Well 2010 National Signing Day has come and gone.  It was a pretty routine day around the Murphy Center.  No surprises, good or bad.  My take: there are a few guys that really impress me, but overall it’s a lot of average.  I will admit it’s a little crazy ranking the classes 7 months before these guys ever play their first game, but if you think the rankings don’t matter then you’re a little naive.

There’s a bunch of different recruiting services that release rankings, so I averaged the rankings from Rivals, Scout, and ESPN to come up with a consensus ranking.  Let’s look at the consensus Top 10 classes in order:  Florida, Texas, Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma, USC (sorry Cock fans … this is the real USC), LSU, UCLA, Florida State, and Penn State.  That list reads like a Who’s Who of college football programs.  It includes the last seven national champions and eight of them show up in the top 14 on the Top 25 College Programs of the Decade list put together by my buddies over at Frumpzilla (one of my college roomies and half my fantasy football league keep that site running so show them some love).  It’s a lot easier to win when you have the best players so let’s all just agree that the rankings do matter.

Speaking of rankings let’s get back to the Wolfpack’s class.  The recruiting gurus have it as the 6th or 7th best class … in the ACC.  I guess that is better than where we’ve finished in the actual league standings during the TOB era.  I just expect better than that, especially with our passionate fan base and the best facilities in the ACC (per ESPN).  We did get a few guys that I’m really excited about (shown in the picture below) including one BIG time pickup, literally.

The six guys I'm most excited about.

The jewel of the class is OL Rob Crisp (6’7″ 299lb.) out of Raleigh.  He was rated one of the best players, regardless of position, in the country and should man the LT spot for the next four years.  Two others that have me excited are DB’s David Amerson and Dontae Johnson.  Hopefully they can step in immediately next year and help solve the massive problems we had in the secondary this past year.  The final three I can’t wait to see in the Red and White are WR’s Tony Creecy and Bryan Underwood, and RB Mustafa Greene.  You can never have too many speedy playmakers and I think these three will fit that mold for the Pack.  I’m sure there will be a really good player or two come out of the rest of the class, but these are the six that have me looking to the future with hope and anticipation.

To these six and all the other new Wolfpackers (click here for bios) … welcome to the family!  You made the best decision of your life (I’m not biased at all).  To TOB, take a day to do your honey do’s, then start working on next year’s class.  GO PACK!