The Swinging Bunt
Thursday Night, Must See TV! NBC’s old ‘Must See TV’ lineup of Seinfeld, Just Shoot Me, Friends and Frazier has nothing on what CBS will be rolling out the next two nights. Action gets underway with UConn, controversy and all, and Purdue, then a half hour later Pitt-Xavier. Personally, the night cap double-header of Memphis-Missouri and especially Duke-’Nova has a little more intrigue to me. So it will definitely be a late night for me in Federal Hill… and unfortunately I don’t mean at Magerks, Mother’s, or The Stalking Horse. The Blue Devils and Wildcats have an approximate tip time slated for 9:57pm, and keep in mind, that’s if Pitt-Xavier ends in a tidy and timely fashion. While I shamefully admit I fell asleep well before even the first overtime between Syracuse-Uconn in the Big East Tournament, I guarantee I will see every second of basketball shown tonight. My picks… Pittsburgh and Villanova in close ones giving us an All Big East-East Regional Final… Memphis going away, and UConn in a very verrry close game. I’m really high on the Boilers and there’s a lot of distractions surrounding that Huskie program.
The O’s will be shown nationwide! Yesterday the Major League Baseball Network released their schedule and announcing teams for the first eight games in their Thursday Night Baseball series. The set includes great inter-division games with a lot of national appeal, like Red Sox-Rays April 30, Phillies-Mets May 7 and Cubs-Cardinals May 21. I know what you’re thinking… “Chris, what about the May 14th game? It seems as though you’ve skipped a week.” Well, let’s just say the May 14th game doesn’t quite have the cache of the others. That night the network will show the enthralling game between the Orioles and Royals in Kansas City at Kaufman Stadium. Certainly leaves something to be desired there… sheesh!
Scanning the Blogosphere
Awful Announcing has all the latest statistics from ESPN’s Bracket Challenge. Amazingly there are 6 entries that have a Final Four of Arizona, Purdue, Xavier, and Gonzaga still alive.
College Hoops Journal has an interesting read about how Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Dick Vitale, and etc… watch NCAA Tournament games at ESPN Headquarters.
Dempsey’s Army has a pretty cool read on how to construct the optimal Oriole lineup for this season using a formula based almost solely based on On Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage.
Camden Chat has a link to a story telling us there are 8 new plaques on Eutaw Street for homer balls landing out there from last season (Luke Scott 2, Nick Markakis… Jason Giambi 2, Lance Berkman, Alex Gordon, and Robinson Cano).
The Loss Column; while the O’s minor league pitchers have gotten most of the pub, TLC looks at some of the bats in the O’s system.
Baltimore Sports and Life offers 20 Questions and Opinions on the upcmoning Oriole season.
Big League Stew has 10 suggestions on how the World Baseball Classic can be improved the next next time.
The Hoover Street Rag, a University of Michigan Sports Blog, has a fantastic preview of the upcoming D-1 College Hockey NCAA Tournament. For the record, I got the Bemidji State Beavers going to the ‘Frozen Four.’
The Morning’s Final Thought
Sal Fasano, by far one of my favorite players of all-time, is back in the majors… and so is his world class mustache!
The career .221 hitter and backup catcher is will be sporting the purple and black this season… and no not for the Ravens… but rather for the Colorado Rockies for the second stint of his career.
The former Royal, A, Rocky, Angel, Oriole, Phillie, Yankee, Blue Jay, and Indian has as much as a cult following as anyone in baseball and it’s all because of his legendary upper lip hair.
I’d love to go out and get a plate of linguine with ‘Big Sal’ at Sabatino’s anytime! Though you have to wonder… how much food do you think gets stuck in that mustache after a nice big meal?