Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The walk of shame

How's your bracket?

Don't you just love that March-specific greeting? I do... at least for the first couple of rounds. After that it's less of a greeting and more of a slap in the face.

But I finally conceded defeat a few minutes ago. I stood up, pulled out my wallet and made the slow walk of shame as I greeted the the master of our group bracket challenge and handed him five dollars American.

There is no way I can win, and I finally admitted it.

That five dollars will now fly into the hands of a lesser man (one who had the audacity to pick Michigan State in the Final Four).

My downfall? I'm too much of a Utah homer. After picking all three teams from the state of Utah to advance, I am now reaping a painful, bitter defeat.

So the fact remains. For one more year I am doomed to be the suckiest March Madness Bracketeer on the planet.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My kind of coach

I can't believe this quote slipped by me.

This is Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on President Barack Obama's NCAA tournament bracket:

"Somebody said that we're not in President Obama's Final Four, and as much as I respect what he's doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said from the Blue Devils' first-round site in Greensboro, N.C.

(Source)

Conservative sports fans across the nation agree: My sentiments exactly, coach.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Time to embrace the curse

It exists. Oh, it's all around us. Don't try and tell yourself it doesn't exist--it feeds off your denial.

I speak, of course, of the unnatural Curse that prevents BYU from winning an NCAA tournament game.

Yes, since our triumphant victory over SMU in 1993, BYU has been the laughingstock whipping boy of Division I basketball. We have been the butt of punchlines, and the posterized also-rans who are mentioned only in connection with the various records set by our opponents.

We make other players famous.

Yes, the Curse is real, and it grows stronger every year. Every Selection Sunday carries with it a message from the curse: You are not welcome here.

This year the Curse dealt us a particularly humbling blow. After having the audacity to thake a 3-0 lead against Texas A&M, the Curse promptly punished BYU by lifting the Aggies to a 26-3 run, effectively breaking our hearts and spirits.

A&M went on to shoot us out of the gym, winning 79-66.

You could see it on Coach Dave Rose's face, too. He looked desperate. He was pleading for a miracle in those final minutes. But Coach Rose doesn't realize that cursed teams don't have access to the same March Magic that gives teams like Western Kentucky and Cleveland State superhuman powers.

BYU is all alone-- the only team in the NCAA that is unable to win a tournament game.

But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, I say we embrace the curse. Let's market it. Let's make t-shirts about it. Let's do for the NCAA tournament what the Red Sox did for the World Series.

Let's be the famous team that can never win a game in the tournament. You know how SportsCenter runs the "Not Top Ten" plays every week? It'll be kind of like that.

That way when we do finally win a game it will be huge, international news. People will shout "The curse of Roger Reid has been broken!" And instant fame will be ours.

Until we are destroyed in round two.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Okay, I feel better now.

Utah's loss was DEFINITELY more embarrassing than BYU's.

Final score: Arizona 84, Utah 71

At least we have Yakety Sax

So the Cougars lost in the first round. Cheer up BYU fans! This'll help get you through these tough times:



Thanks to Trizz for the joke, and Jim Rome for his inspired take on Yakety Sax.

(Oh, and Aggie fans- this works for you too. Just insert "Aggies" at the beginning of this post)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I'll tell you how sick I am...

On the day that BYU lost their seventh-consecutive opening round game in the NCAA tournament, I went right home and nearly punched a hole in my cubicle wall.

And then what did I do? I got on the horn and bought BYU football season tickets.

Sick, sick, sick.

Gluttons for punishment

Texas A&M: 79, BYU: 66. And it wasn't even as close as the final score indicates.

It's so hard being a BYU fan...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The first golf post of the season

Is there anything more peaceful than a Sunday afternoon? The couch is at its most comfortable, the smells from the kitchen are sweet, and the soft sounds of golf are wafting through the house.

It was in this idyllic setting that I watched my first golf tournament of the year: the CA Championship. Phil Mickelson outlasted Trevor Watney for his second win in 2009, and the field included Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and the other greats on tour today.

I'm a Mickelson fan, so Lefty's win brought a smile to my face. He was nails on the back nine, and I must say he is finally starting to firm up, if you know what I mean. I didn't see any sagging or swinging when he walked up the fairway. Either that or he found some dependable support undergarments. Whatever the case, good for him.

Anyway, watching that tournament was all I needed to get pumped about playing some golf this season. Maybe it's a case of the spring fever, but the sun is out, the temps are getting warmer and I feel the need to swing some clubs.

Ooh, that reminds me. I'm going to need a new driver this year. It's a shame, too, because I loved my old driver. But I hit a bad shot, and the club needed to be punished...

So I guess I'll see you on the course. In the meantime, enjoy this video from Jim Rome extolling the jacka$$es that yell "Get in the hole!" after every shot. I sure found it entertaining.



Also, click here to hear Rome's take on "Golf guy".

Monday, March 16, 2009

MWsCrewed

So I watched the NCAA tournament selection show last night, and for the most part it went exactly how I imagined:

BYU was punished with the dreaded 8 seed, playing Texas A&M for the second year in a row.

Utah was rewarded handsomely with a 5 seed and they'll be facing an Arizona team that shouldn't be in the tournament in the first place.

Apparently the gods of college athletics enjoy watching us BYU fans squirm.

But like I said, I expected as much. BYU did nothing to earn a higher seed, and the stars are aligning for Utah (who will probably make the Sweet 16 again).

Savor the flavor, Utes, because 2009 is going to be a cruel year for you. Two words: Corbin Louks.

What I did not expect, however, was the royal screwgie sent with love from the NCAA selection committee to the MWC. It took me a while to realize it, but as they were showing the complete bracket I noticed that there were only two MWC teams in the entire field of 65: BYU and Utah.

That means San Diego State, UNLV and New Mexico sat in their little athletics rooms, watching their TVs with open mouths and teary eyes as the harsh reality set in: NIT.

All I can say is the MWC got screwed. Especially SDSU. Remember when some experts had the MWC sending all five teams to the tournament? Ouch. Looks like our conference got a harsh taste of reality yesterday.

It just makes me absolutely sick that teams like Michigan and Arizona can waltz into the tournament on their conference's coattails, while legitimately good teams like SDSU and New Mexico stay home just because they're in a "non-power" conference.

What a joke.

But like I said, they'll each have a chance to get back some respect by proving they are the 66th best team in the country and winning the NIT. Good luck, men.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Madness!

I'm officially down with the madness, everybody. Did you guys see the games yesterday?

BYU started the show by downing the pesky Air Force Falcons in one of the most frustrating games I've ever had to watch. I hate the Falcons. Their run-out-the-clock-on-every-possession offense drives me bonkers. As does their hustle. Why can't they just lay over and die like everyone else?

Thankfully, BYU put them away. And the good news is they probably got a good prep for the rest of the tournament.

Then SDSU did everyone in the conference a big favor by taking down the home town heroes, the UNLV Rebels. The Aztec win shocked and delighted me. SDSU will now face BYU tonight, which makes me a little nervous. But at least we won't have to deal with UNLV.

And now, because I hate UNLV, I'm hoping big time that the Rebels miss the NCAA tournament. I would love that.

Later in the tournament, Utah beat TCU on a game-winning three pointer by Lawrence Bohra with .8 second left.

Then in the late game, Wyoming upset the New Mexico Lobos to advance to the semifinals. Sidenote: I was watching this game and I had to laugh at Wyoming's players. They basically fall into three categories: Inner city black kids (Brandon Ewing), imports from Black Africa (Afam Muojeke), and backwoods Wyoming rednecks (I don't remember his name... the big ugly white kid). Funny.

I actually like Wyoming basketball. I hope they can keep the magic rolling and beat the Utes. Partially because I hate the Utes, and partially because I would LOVE to face Wyoming in the championship game.

...assuming we beat SDSU.

Anyway, great games in the MWC tournament yesterday. Here are the semifinals matchups:

SDSU vs. BYU, 7 p.m. (MT)
Wyoming vs. Utah, 9:30 p.m. (MT)

Also... did anyone else see that Syracuse/UConn game yesterday/this morning? The thing went into SIX OVERTIMES. It lasted until 1:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). I was thoroughly entertained by the players in that last overtime. By that time all the good players had fouled out, and both teams were playing towel boys and contest winners. It was awesome.

Bring on the madness, I say!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Oops

I would like to echo the sentiment of one of my favorite Utah Jazz Blogs: When you're in the middle of a huge winning streak DON'T TALK ABOUT IT.

I feel a shred of responsibility for last night's tough loss to Atlanta, and I would like to apologize to the Utah Jazz, Coach Jerry Sloan and Mr. and Mrs. Koufos.

Thank you True Blue Jazz for pointing out the error of my ways.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

They keep winning, and winning, and...

In a strange way, I'm glad Deron Williams only scored 5 points in last night's win over the Pacers.

Any team that relies too heavily on one player will only go so far. This kind of team will never win a championship.

(Signed, Allen Iverson's 76ers and Vince Carter's Raptors.)

Not the Jazz, though. The Jazz have so many weapons. Ronnie Brewer, Paul Millsap, Mehmet Okur, Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver... each one of these guys could score 20+ in any given night.

And now that everyone's healthy we're really starting to see how dangerous the boys from SLC can be. We are the hottest team in the league, owners of a 12-game winning streak, the new leaders of the northwest division, the holders of the No. 4 seed in the west (creeping up toward the Nos. 3 and 2 spots), and we happen to have the best point guard in the NBA in Deron Williams.

The Jazz are hot, but the wins won't last forever. The Jazz play Hotlanta tonight, and then they'll dance the Florida two-step with games against Miami and Orlando on back-to-back nights.

I think they'll lose two of the next three.

But still, hard to not love the Utah Jazz right now.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ASB Buttons

So I did a little something.

In my quest to understand the strange language of HTML, I have created an Adam's Sports Blog button which you can display proudly, or humbly, on your own blog or Web site.

You can see the button on the right-hand side of the blog, and if you'd like to stand up and be counted as one of the possibly dozens that read this blog, simply click on the link posted and follow the directions.

Ideally, everyone who is reading this post (Yes even you, strange Internet guy in Indonesia) will insert the ASB button onto their own site, and the love of ASB will multiply through the land.

It's really that easy.

So now I know HTML. Next? PAIN.

Friday, March 06, 2009

You are invited...

You are cordially invited to a celebration to honor the three-time MWC champion BYU Cougars


What: BYU's MWC Championship Party
When: Saturday March 7, 2009, 7 p.m.
Where: Marriott Center, Provo, UT
Attending: Dave Rose, Lee Cummard, Jimmer Fredette, etc.
Featuring: Entertainment by the Air Force Academy

I hope you will all join me tomorrow to cheer on the BYU Cougars, who started conference play 3-3, but then went on to win eight of nine games and secure its third-straight MWC regular season championship.

This BYU team has demonstrated toughness, talent and determination. Barring a miraculous upset by the Falcons tomorrow, we will add one more trophy to Legacy Hall.

I hope you'll all be there to celebrate our seniors (Lee Cummard, Archie Rose and Gavin MacGreggor), and give some love to coach Dave Rose who took the wheel and steered us through another championship year.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The stars are aligned

Thank you, New Mexico, for giving BYU a shot for a third-straight MWC regular season championship.

New Mexico, by beating Utah last night, has created a three-team logjam at the top of the MWC standings, and if BYU wins its final two games we can claim at least a share of that special little plaque.

It's as easy as that: win --> championship.

Well... part of the championship. But if we're lucky we could possibly get the whole banana.

First thing's first for BYU: beat Wyoming. The Cowboys have only lost one home game this season (to Utah), and they can be a scary little team. They'll be waiting for us in Laramie, and they're going to give us all the fury of the high plains.

Good news: If we beat Wyoming we get Air Force at home for the last game of the season. This is kind of like the kid who eats all his vegetables and then gets chocolate mousse for desert. In fact, the Falcons would be better off just buying tickets and sitting in the stands.

But like I said, beat Wyoming first.

Once we do that we can start to cheer on our MWC brethren. For example, after we beat the Pokes we will turn around and cheer them on to victory over New Mexico. The Lobos will travel to Laramie on Saturday, and the Cowboys could do us a big favor by beating them.

And then our eyes will turn to TCU. Our Horned Frog friends to the south would do well to reach down deep and figure out a way to beat the Utes in Salt Lake.

If Wyoming beats New Mexico and TCU beats Utah (and BYU wins out), the Cougars will have their third-straight OUTRIGHT MWC regular-season championship.

A stretch? Maybe. But not beyond the realms of possibility.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

You're welcome, coach

You know what I like about coach Dave Rose? He loves the fans.

Maybe it's because a raucous home crowd is crucial to the home court advantage, or maybe it's just because Dave Rose is just a loving, supportive kind of guy.

Whatever the case, I know that Rose loves the fans. And he does a great job telling us.

After the Utah game I read this on Greg Wrubell's blog:

Coach Dave Rose wanted me to make sure I used this space to thank the student section for their support today. The attendance of 20,120 included thousands of white-clad students, many of whom camped out all week and/or snaked a line around the Marriott Center to secure the best seats for the game. The student-allotted seats were filled to overflowing long before tip time, and the atmosphere was as electric as it has ever been. So, kudos from Coach Rose.

On Sunday Rose took time in his weekly coach's show to thank BYU fans--especially students--for being at the game early and cheering loudly for the Cougars.

Well coach, you're welcome. Seriously--anytime.

I've said it before, but I want to take this moment to express my deep appreciation for Coach Rose. He has proved himself to be an exceptional coach at BYU. He took a wildly inconsistent team and made them a national power. He turned a 9-win program into a program that has won 20+ games in four straight years (with no signs of stopping.

Not only that, but Rose can recruit. He has secured commitments from some of the best players BYU will ever see: Jackson Emery, Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Haws, Brandon Davies, and even Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted (even though the latter two were officially recruited under the Steve Cleveland regime).

Also, and call me crazy if you want to, I like Rose because he is a basketball coach. His focus is coaching basketball and building a winning program. That's it.

Coach Rose, you're all aces in my book. If you keep winning championships, I'll keep screaming till I can't speak.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Smooth Jazz

In case you missed it, the Utah Jazz have won eight straight games, and are currently two games behind Denver for the division lead. Also, they are three games behind the Spurs for the number two seed in the West.

We're healthy, we're playing well, Ronnie Brewer is playing like a wild dog-beast--it's a good time to be a Jazz fan.

Video Courtesy of KSL.com

Abso-freaking-lutely

It's weeks like this that I'm glad I'm Facebook Friends with Jimmer Fredette.

This just in from MWC headquarters: Jimmer Fredette named MWC player of the week.

Frankly, I'm starting to think this dude should be considered for player of the year.

BYU wins, Adam fails

Man, what a sweet, sweet victory that was on Saturday. Who was there? A lot of you I'm guessing, since my crew and I arrived at the Marriott Center at about 10 a.m., and we were at the end of a line which wrapped 3/4 of the way around the building.

Some students, I heard, camped out all week to get a shot at a front row seat.

Looking back, I wish I would have been one of them. Being within earshot of those dirty, filthy, stinking Utes would have been worth every sacrifice. We were about half way up in the northwest corner and it just wasn't the same. Don't get me wrong, I was still screaming/spitting with the best of 'em, but I just wish my words could have landed in Shaun Green's pasty white dome.

I relished--RELISHED--in that win on Saturday. I gave the Cougars everything I had, and when I got home I felt like I had been in a fistfight with Butterbean.

But that feeling of ecstasy is tempered a bit by my waking up on Monday morning only to find that I had neglected my blog before the biggest game of the season against our biggest rival.

I'm sorry, guys. Please forgive me.

An excuse: I was out of town all week for work, and when I got home on Friday night I was determined to do non-computer things. I generally stay away from the computer on weekends all together, which may hurt my blog in the short run, but I think it will help my life in the long run.

Just a few thoughts about the game:

*Words cannot express the love I have for Jimmer Fredette. Everyone was struggling in the first half, but Jimmer consistently kept us in the game.

*Chris Miles: I take it all back. Your performance on Saturday was inspired, and you've earned a free pass from me for the rest of the regular season. Your defense was fantastic, and 13 points with 5/6 from the FT line against the conference leader is worthy of co-MVP honors (with the other co- going to Jimmer, of course).

*I would like to thank Lee Cummard for playing some real basketball in the second half on Saturday. After missing EVERYTHING in the first half, Lee ended up with a downright decent stat line. I imagine Dave Rose gave Cummard quite the pep talk in the locker room, which explains the hefty embrace when Cummard left the game in the late second half.

*Go Lobos!