I Paid My Way To Get Here Bi$ch What Did You Do ?

I Paid My Way To Get Here Bi$ch What Did You Do ?

By tophatal ……….

There’s something to be said about the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and over the ensuing weeks leading up to the start of the event teams will be jockeying themselves into position in order to receive that venerable invitation to be part of that tournament . That being said , how is it that the NCAA can simply have a tournament that for all sense and purpose seems to be fair and equitable for all of the fans who love the game but yet when it comes to College Football and its postseason charade they and the BCS hierarchy simply act as if they’ have their heads buried in the ground ! I know that money drives the whole system and in large part has led to the absolute corruption of the sporting landscape with the gross malfeasance that now exists and will continue to exist , as long as NCAA President Mark Emmert and that “alleged” esteemed body continues to do absolutely nothing to clean up collegiate athletics . That particular landscape is now littered with more controversy and misdeeds than could have been found while Al Capone , the mobster , ran the city of Chicago . Never mind the ” dead bodies ” and the sheer idiocy of the university presidents and athletics directors who now appear to be in complete denial . Further evidence ……… simply look at the actions of the University of Miami (Hurricanes ) , Penn State , USC (Trojans ) and U Conn to see exactly what is wrong with sports at the collegiate level ?

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Strangely enough while teams such as Kentucky (Wildcats) , Syracuse (Orangemen) , Ohio State (Buckeyes) , Missouri (Tigers) , North Carolina (Tar Heels) and Duke ( Blue Devils ) vie for the top spot in the Men’s rankings . It has to be said that in light of last year’s tournament , when the Butler (Bull Dogs ) swept their way through the Final Four and into the championship game against Jim Calhoun’s …. U Conn Huskies . The fans hopefully , will be blessed with something just as enthralling this season during the tournament which commences on the 13th March and ends with the National Championship game being hosted at the Mercedez Benz Superdome , in New Orleans , Louisiana on the 2nd April , 2012.

As for Butler under their young coach Brad Stevens and his young team have had to bear the misfortunes as they have become a target of the teams on their schedule now looking to say that they have slayed the once mighty upstarts. With an overall record of 13-12 and 7-6 within conference (Horizon League ) . The division is led by Cleveland State (20-4) who if they can manage to maintain their momentum could very well be a possible candidate for a berth amongst the 65 teams at the start of the NCAA Tournament . At a bare minimum , teams will have to at least have a win tally in excess of 20-25 wins to even be considered for a berth in the tournament that is unless they happen to win either division championship or conference tournament . And as of now things look rather bleak for Brad Stevens’ team and any possible ambitions that they might have of making it to the NCAA Tournament .

Last season the names of the players on everyone’s lips given the heroics of the team during the championship game were Shelvin Mack , Andrew Smith and Matt Howard . Mack now plies his trade with the Washington Wizards in the NBA having been taken 34th overall in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft . For the Bull Dogs this season the team is built around the talents of Chase Stigall , Smith , Ronald Nored , Kameron Woods to name but a few .

If the Big East , Pac 12 , ACC , Big Ten and the SEC are said to be the main powerhouse divisions within Men’s basketball . Then clearly the preponderance of teams that will take up the vast majority of the berths will come from within these divisions . I would certainly like to think that the Florida Gators led by coach Billy Donovan can lead his team deep into the tournament but much of that will be predicated upon the players getting into a rhythm of consistency that could lead to them winning the SEC Tournament itself. From thereon in, it’s simply about how you play , the ambition of that team and at this juncture Donovan I believe would like to add a third national title to his resume` !

At 19-5 , 7-2 within conference (SEC) . Granted, with the Kentucky Wildcats (24-1 [10-0]) led by coach John Calipari , whose team simply has been running rough-shod over opponents and leaving them as roadkill on the side of the road . An enviable match-up now, of the Gators and Wildcats would give both Calipari and Donovan a chance to gauge their respective teams and how they seem to be progressing as it relates to the season . Kentucky already has the upper hand , having defeated Billy Donovan’s players once this season with a resoundingly lopsided win 78-58. However , these two teams have a return date in Gainesville , Florida on March 3rd , 2012 when the outcome , Donovan hopes will be considerably different .

As an avid Duke Blue Devils’ fan , I have to admit the storied history of the program was one of the things that attracted me to Duke , and along with the the fact that Mike Krzyzewski was simply someone I felt at ease with , in terms of his demeanor as a coach ! Over the course of his career that has seen this respected giant amongst his peers lead the program to four national championships and multiple appearances in the Final Fours . That in of-itself doesn’t tell the whole story as it relates to Krzyzewski as he has also ensured that the graduation rates amongst his players is amongst the highest in the nation amongst college athletes but specifically amongst basketball. .

Though this season the Blue Devils have had their issues over the course of their schedule . The play of players such as Austin Rivers , Mason Plumlee , Seth Curry and Miles Plumlee gives the fans of the program hope that they can be a factor in this season’s NCAA Tournament . And while there have been detractors concerning the play of the team and a number of losses this season. Only an idiot would consider at this juncture to write off Duke basketball even before their season has come to a climax .

Now while Jim Boeheim has come under a great deal of criticism this season concerning his actions in leaping to the defense of his former assistant Bernie Fine and the accusations leveled against that assistant of sexual misconduct . With Fine having at first been placed on administrative leave , the now disgraced former coach has been summarily dismissed from the program . Boeheim for his part this year has surpassed Dean Smith in all-time wins , is now third amongst coaches and second amongst active coaches behind his Blue Devils’ counterpart , Mike Krzyzewski (920) . That however , is not what will define Jim Boeheim but what he brings to the table in terms his Orangmen this season .

If there’s one thing that Buckeyes’ coach Thad Matta has going for him it is that in Jared Sullinger he might just have the most well-rounded player the Big Ten Conference playing today . However , if Sullinger and his teammates are to survive the long haul of this season then they are going to have to raise the level of their play over the remainder the regular season . Seen as one of the early favorites for the NCAA Tournament given the amazing run at the start of their schedule Matta’s team has fallen back to earth in gaining a dose of reality. Now it remains to be seen how they acquit themselves as the season runs its course and the expectations placed upon Sullinger and the coach.

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The NCAA Tournament may well be the most admired and respected of the major sporting events that takes place over the calendar year . As a sports’ fan do you believe that the Men’s national basketball tournament has become an event that is to be admired ? At the same time with the money wagered on the NCAA tourney which by all counts ranges between $500 million to $750 million legally at establishments in the states where legal wagering on games are allowed . Strangely enough, the books at the various gaming establishments in Las Vegas stated that their take on the Superbowl won by the New York Giants was a mere $93.7 million ….. a figure I believe to somewhat on the conservative side given the magnitude of the game , the fan-base and viewership that there tends to be for the game ! Simply chime in with a comment as you feel befitting of this piece and as always thanks for the continued support as it is greatly appreciated !

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(1) LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 07: Kyle Wiltjer (33) of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Erik Murphy (33) of the Florida Gators during the game at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ….

(2) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball during the game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images …..

(3) Florida head coach Billy Donovan reacts to a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Kentucky won 78-58 . AP Photo/James Crisp …..

(4) Bradley Beal (23) of the Florida Gators shoots the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images …

(5) Brad Stevens seen here on the sidelines during a Butler Bull Dogs’ game this season . The team is having a difficult time of things as their schedule has progressed . In all likelihood the team could very well miss getting an invite for the NCAA Tournament . AP Photo …..

(6) In this Wednesday , Feb. 8, 2012 photo, North Carolina coach Roy Williams reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina went from nearly blowing out rival Duke to watching the Blue Devils snatch away a win with a last-second 3-pointer. AP Photo/Gerry Broome …….

(7) In this Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 photo, teammates hug Duke’s Austin Rivers (0) following Rivers’ winning shot to defeat North Carolina in an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina went from nearly blowing out rival Duke to watching the Blue Devils snatch away a win with Rivers’ last-second 3-pointer. AP Photo/Gerry Broome …….

(8) Duke’s guard Austin Rivers, right, shoots the game-winning basket over North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller (44) during the final seconds of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Duke won 85-84 . AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds …….

(9) Duke players celebrate after upsetting North Carolina 85-84 during an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds …. …..

(10) Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reacts during the second half against Georgetown in an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Syracuse won 64-61 in overtime . AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli ……

(11) Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine , right, knocks the ball loose from Georgetown’s Jason Clark , forcing a turnover to end the game in overtime, in an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Syracuse won 64-61 . AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli …..

(12) Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger (0) holds his hip as he walks off the court during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Purdue, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 87-84 . AP Photo/Terry Gilliam …..

(13) Ohio State coach Thad Matta yells at his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Purdue, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 87-84 . AP Photo/Terry Gilliam …

(14) Ohio State’s William Buford (44) shoots over Purdue’s Ryne Smith (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 87-84. AP Photo/Terry Gilliam …..

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Crap ! Say It Ain’t So ….. ?

Crap ! Say It Ain’t So …… ?

Well while the men’s NCAA basketball tournament has us all in awe and the suspense builds as the ‘Final Four’ is upon us. Life still goes on in the NFL and unfortunately the idiocy that is the Brett Favre spectacle still remains as the Minnesota Vikings awaits the player’s decision as to whether or not he’ll be making an imminent return to the game. Like we really care ?

2008  Heisman  Trophy  winner   Sam  Bradford.   The   player is widely  expected  to be  taken   number   one  overall  in  the   upcoming  NFL  Draft.   The  team  with  the   first  pick  are  the  NFC's   St  Louis  Rams .    photo  appears   courtesy  of  Associated   Press/  Chris   Rogers  ...........
2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford. The player is widely expected to be taken number one overall in the upcoming NFL Draft. The team with the first pick are the NFC's St Louis Rams . photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ Chris Rogers ...........

While much of this is now happening we’re close to pro days where several players will be exhibiting their skills for the general managers and coaches that’ll be in attendance. Also a number of teams will be bringing in a number of draftees personally for interviews . Amongst the players participating in this will be Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford . The Sooners’ quarterback is thought to be the desired choice of the St Louis Rams . The franchise will have the number one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft . And with Ndamokung Suh , Eric Berry , Russell Okung , Gerald McCoy and quite possibly Jimmy Claussen may well be amongst be the ‘first six picks’ taken in the draft, to commence on the 22nd April . It begs the question , will the teams, their coaching staff and general managers have done their jobs prudently ?

Personally , I don’t place a great deal in the draft geek’s in depth analysis of the players. Either these college players can take their game to the next level or they can’t . Now the situation as it arises , is one of making money in term of their draft position for the players in the first round. A drop off from being the first pick to midway in the first round can mean anywhere between $25-$30 million. The number one draft pick could be the recipient of as much as $30-million , as a signing bonus. But when one bears in mind this upcoming season in the NFL will be one that will not have a salary cap for the teams, since the NFL first adopted the salary cap in the early nineties.

The draft itself will take place from the 22nd April through to the 24th over the course of seven rounds , three odious and grueling days. Now call it what you will but I for one won’t be spending a great deal of time assessing the draft and what takes place. As I alluded to earlier my own thoughts are, can they play ? Because in this league if you’re found wanting , then it will be magnified greatly and there’s nowhere to hide if the talent isn’t there to begin with.

Eagles' quarterback    Donovan  McNabb.   The  player   is  said  to  want  to  remain  with  the  Eagles   but  it's  becoming  clear  that  he   will   be  traded  sooner   rather  than  later.   Eagles'  coach  Andy  Reid  and   team President   Joe  Banner  are   willing  to  listen  to  offers  for the Pro  Bowler.    photo  appears   courtesy  of  US  Presswire/ Jody Gomez  .............
Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb. The player is said to want to remain with the Eagles but it's becoming clear that he will be traded sooner rather than later. Eagles' coach Andy Reid and team President Joe Banner are willing to listen to offers for the Pro Bowler. photo appears courtesy of US Presswire/ Jody Gomez .............

There are now widely conflicting reports that the Oakland Raiders are the prohibitive favorites to land unsettled Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb . The veteran Pro Bowl quarterback has been a fixture as the franchise’s signal caller for a decade. The possibility of him now moving to play for the Raiders can only mean that incumbent starter JaMarcus Russell’s days in Oakland as a starter have got to be numbered. Either that or the implicit faith that Al Davis has in the player is either waning or still there. The former LSU Tiger has been an immense disappointment to the coaching staff , the front office and in particular their long suffering fans who’ve had to witness the complete ineptitude shown by the led by Tom Cable and his staff. And to think that Raiders’ owner Al Davis is still revered within the NFL. ? I’ve got to wonder the irony of it all concerning the embarrassment to be found amongst the hapless Raiders !

Tebow (15)  left is  seen  here   alongside  his  former  college  coach   Urban  Meyer.   The   two  proved  to  be  very  sucessfule   as  a  team   combining to  win   two  national  titles   in  four  years.    photo  appears  courtesy of   boston.com/  articles ............
Tebow (15) left is seen here alongside his former college coach Urban Meyer. The two proved to be very sucessfule as a team combining to win two national titles in four years. photo appears courtesy of boston.com/ articles ............

Back again to the upcoming draft for one final time and the feeling is that Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow may well see his draft stock rise . Not just because of the apparent retooled delivery of his passing action but more so how the player has been conducting himself during the interview process with a number of NFL teams thus far. Now while the view is it has to be about the players’ performances during the drills and practices. Obviously how a player also performs during the interview process means a great deal and it bodes well for Tebow in showing his intelligence on and off the field of play. Do you think that former NFL player Ryan Leaf may have initially had that problem but it was overlooked firstly by the San Diego Chargers ? How fortuitous was it that the Indianapolis Colts didn’t take Leaf in the 1988 NFL Draft ?

DeMaurice Smith Executive Director of the NFLPA. Smith who assumed the position after the death of his predecessor Gene Upshaw. He was elected to the position by the board members of the Players' Association. Smith was a corporate litigation attorney for the DC law firm Patton Boggs. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phillip Mitchell
DeMaurice Smith Executive Director of the NFLPA. Smith who assumed the position after the death of his predecessor Gene Upshaw. He was elected to the position by the board members of the Players' Association. Smith was a corporate litigation attorney for the DC law firm Patton Boggs. photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ Phillip Mitchell

The NFL makes sure that its season is now an all round one that is a constant reminder that to its fans as to how important the game really is. Business is business,as they say but more and more that business is all about making money . Everything else is just considered to be an afterthought .

I don’t know that I may have missed anything but how is it that the NFL still believes that it’s possible to still continue with the belief that playing a regular season game in the United Kingdom adds to the excitement of the game ? Never mind the fact that the league’s hierarchy envisages having a franchise at some time in the future placed in the city of London. Never mind the asinine notion that the city of Los Angeles still yearns for the return of the NFL. In what universe, given the fact that in order to facilitate that prospect any proposed relocation to the city would be at a cost to the taxpayers in the city ? And fans there are said to be yearning this all ? Now unless I’m mistaken I was under the impression that the residents in the greater Los Angeles area were bright and highly intelligent ? I guess I was wrong but then again look at the financial mess that the California State Legislature has placed itself in ? Could it be anymore asinine than it is at present ,given the nature of the state legislature and the apparent idiocy of the state’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger ?

Goodell speaks on the Vick incident. But need I remind you there’s a conduct policy that the commissioner can use to suspend a player for conduct detrimental to the game as agreed to in the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL (league) and the NFLPA (union). Someone should broach Goodell on the reasons why he’s yet to act concerning Roethlisberger given that the player’s conduct has also been detrimental to the sport . It’s taken him this long to meet with the player much less make a statement on the matter. But yet he has always stated he’s concerned with the image of the players and their behavior ? Unfortunately Goodell and DeMaurice Smith just keep on blowing hot smoke up everyone’s ass on the matter ! But that’s to be expected as they couldn’t give a sh_t to begin with !

The NFL for all of its proclivities it tends to forget about the fans and what they mean to the game as a whole . But it’s becoming even more apparent the fans are not thought of as an integral part of the game by the heirarchy , players and the union itself. Doubt that ? Ask yourself this what has either the NFLPA (union) or the NFL for that matter done to rein in the behavior of its members when they’ve ran amok and broken the law . It’s not as if they’ve proceeded to be proactive at a given time. Image to the NFL has been merely about looking good from one moment to the next and never about doing what’s right at the appropriate time. Somehow I think that present NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell , his predecessor Paul Tagliabue and Goodell’s union counterpart NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith simply don’t give a damn ! If they did, then it’d be more apparent in their actions whereby they would either be dealing with many of the problems that have arisen. I’d like to think that there would be a concerted effort by both parties either jointly or singularly to deal with many of the problems concerning the off the field behavior of the players !

Common sense within the game at present isn’t at a premium and unfortunately it just seems to be an ongoing thing across the landscape of sports in general. Crap , just say it ain’t so ?

Alan Parkins aka tophatal ………………….

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Adult  entertainment   star   and  actress   Tera  Patrick  .    Wonder  what  she   does  when   she's   got  some  down  time on  her  hands    as  they  say  ?
Adult entertainment star and actress Tera Patrick . Wonder what she does when she's got some down time on her hands as they say ?

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