thebowl.challenge: seriously, what the FUCK was that?
Also, it's Christmas Eve. So, "merry" and stuff.
In other news, the basketBucks got positively shitstomped yesterday by the Florida whostheirfaces. I don't know, I've never even heard of that university before. Ever. Unlike the other yooge nonconference road game this year (North Carolina), yesterday the Bucks looked lackluster and intimidated. I guess you have to figure that'll happen sometime. More worrisome was that, just like last year, Thad's offense against a zone (especially an extended one, like Florida used a lot yesterday) consists almost entirely of long jumpers, be they three-pointers or long twos ... and, like I'm sure Todd noticed, we seem to have absolutely no idea how to A. feed the post against a zone, or B. break the zone down to get open shots (will somebody PLEASE flash to the GODDAMN HIGH POST, PLEASE!?!). We just seem to swing the ball around the perimeter until someone throws up a contested three-pointer; we don't rotate the ball and make the defense work and shift around. Our best offense yesterday was the fast break, the main problem with that being how we got dominated on the boards. Running is fun, guys, but you can't do it if you don't have the ball.
And the thing is, despite playing "meh" for the first 23 minutes of the game, it was still tied. And then the wheels flew off and injured people. 46 points allowed in 17 minutes? That's just stupid. And in the middle of it I had to turn the game off, because the combination of watching Florida players - especially the horrifically ugly, totally insane, and immensely annoying (also really good) Joe Kim Noah - repeatedly beating their chests every five seconds, the Bucks playing like crap, and Billy Packer saying "Dunnivan" and doing myriad other Annoying Billy Packer Things was giving me headaches and muscle spasms. Ugh.
So what did we learn? That #3 ranking was a tad prematurely jocular. This team is probably more in the 7-to-10 range ... although, Jesus, who in the country is actually, really good? Still, until they prove it to me against a team that is probably gonna be the Tournament, I'm back to being leery about this team. Also, our offense is still WAY too dependent on hitting threes. I understand that the success of perimeter-oriented teams will vary along with their perimeter shooting, but Cheezes, can we mix it up a little when the shots aren't falling? All right, I don't like thinking about it anymore.
On to more fun things, like The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, bowl season. It's always fascinating to see which teams go into their bowl excited and with something to prove, and which teams show up not wanting to be there and not giving a crap (and obviously, the latter is the vastly more interesting of the two). So far we've had two teams completely crap the bed with their indifference: Oregon and, oddly, considering that they were playing a home game, New Mexico. Also, I didn't watch the Rice/Troy game, so I have no idea how the Owls looked.
Anyway, on to the pick 'em. Evan has gotten a few games right now, crawling up to .500, although he apparently still hasn't changed his confidence points. That's okay, we love him anyway. Someone named "S. Lawrence" is currently in first place, though he/she is standing at 3-3 and has by far the fewest possible points remaining. Also, I'd like to commend Schill and Fred on their off-puttingly similar results so far. All right, I gotta go shopping. *Snuggles*
|1||The House That Funk Built||S. Lawrence||3-3||357||84|
|2||Easy Bake Dutch Oven||Nipsey||5-1||425||80|
|4||I Have a Raging Clue||Jack Fu||4-2||420||76|
|6||THE WESTENDER RETURNS||The Caveman||4-2||435||66|
|6||Doodle Von Taintstain||The Diddy||4-2||438||66|
|9||Break of Dawn||J. Morgan||4-2||444||59|
|10||Neary Entry||Mike's wife, Joanna||3-3||427||57|
|12||Schilly-Mac with Cheese||Schill||5-1||469||54|
|13||Tobias Funke, Analrapist||Reader Wise||3-3||464||46|
|14||Michigan GOT SCREWED||C. Emanuele||3-3||412||38|