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Sports — good news for Purdue’s B-Ball team

Hot on the heels of being ranked the the 29th most prestigious men’s basketball program (Thanks Gene and the Big Dog!) out of 300 teams over the last 24 years, Andy Katz’s article from ESPN.com has new pre-season poll (should it be pre-pre-season? — but he had a poll the day after the end of the tourney — does that make it the PRE-pre-pre-season poll) ranking Purdue as #10 (a slip from #8 on April 9th) and first in the Big Ten. It looks like Andy’s is putting a lot of stock in the departure of Scott Martin, even though he only averaged 22 minutes a game, 8.5 points per game & 3.8 rebounds per game. Andy forgets that Scott left the team briefly not once, but twice during the 2007-08 campaign and that he probably served as more of a distraction to the Boilermaker squad than what he really could of been. Scott was in reality the #6 man on the squad and was looking down the barrel of riding even more pine in the 2008-09 season with the arrival of Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith (both top 150 players), I say good riddance to Scott.

Staring off the tradition from my old blog — my bold prediction for Purdue for the 08-09 season, well I have a couple: #1 in the Big Ten, #5 in the country, a #2 seed in the tourney (obviously) and advancement to the Elite 8. I think they finish the season with 5 losses — that prediction will change once the final schedules are announced. The 09-10 season will be REALLY fun…

Till Next Time!

July 25, 2008 at 2:43 am Leave a comment

Sports – British Open Day 4

Boy was I wrong… Right now, Padrig is playing 18 and barring a Jean Van de Velde melt down, he is going to win. He has 4 strokes on Ian Poulter at this point — congrats to Padrig on defending your title from last year and playing it with a sore wrist.

As for Jeff Overton, well, today was not good — a little disappointing shooting +9 today, but still — he made the cut in his first major. That ain’t bad. Scary thing was, if he could have pulled even par today, he would have ended up around a T8. Ben Curtis had a little blow up with +5, but still goes home with a top 10 finish. 

Here is the count of top 125 palyers coming into the Open that finished behind Jeff (including cuts)…

1-30: 1 + 9 missed cut = 10

31-125: 1 + 14 missed cut = 15

So, 25 of the top 125 in the world fell behind Jeff or MC’d… not a bad week Jeff! Keep your head up!

Later!

July 20, 2008 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Sports – 2008 British Open Day 3

So, I had to spend some time in the office this AM and had the Open on in the background. I am impressed with what Greg Norman has done so far, but if the announcers continue to fawn over him for 6 hours tomorrow, I will yak. Yes, he could be oldest major winner ever (psst… Mike Tirico — here is a head up – if the dude becomes the oldest to ever win a major, then it is a given that he would be the oldest to win the Open). Yes, he got married a month ago. But the guy HAS won this tournament before. Also, if he pulls this off, he will be the FIFTH man to win the same major in three different decades.

I want to give some props to a local boy — Jeff Overton. Of course, the local paper is not giving him his due. The North High grad (hey, I went there too!) JUST qualified for the Open two week earlier with Top 10 at the AT&T. He is playing in his first major EVER — AND made the cut. He is currently tied for 35th, so he really has no chance of winning, but take a look at the some of the names below him: Els, Phil, Craig Perry, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and guys that were cut: Stewart Cink, Geoff Ogilvy, Vijay Singh, Charles Howell III and Rory Sabbatini. Look out for this kid over the next five years. He has had a slow and steady improvement since he turned pro 3 years ago and has already earned $382,267 this year – and this week will definitely add to that total. He qualified for the FedEx Cup last year and is currently in 134th place. My bold prediction? He will be at least T30 and possibly T25 at the end of the day tomorrow.

My prediction to win. I will give you two: Greg (hey, he’s won this thing twice before) or (and this will require an Augusta like meltdown by the Shark) Ben Curtis.

Later!

July 20, 2008 at 4:28 am Leave a comment


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