What A Weekend …..

March 22, 2010 |

Well, to an end comes a very eventful weekend. Of course, some good and some bad was felt by all of us. Here’s my take …..

Maryland’s ONE & DONE …..
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For me, the weekend starts on Friday night. Thus, this particular weekly sabbatical got off on the right foot. The Terps looked sharp against Houston, after resisting a quick start by the overmatched Cougars. As we predicted, the Phi Slamma Jamma traits were not inherited through generations.

While Aubrey Coleman basically matched his NCAA-leading season average, the Cougars were outplayed in every aspect by a better Maryland team – period. A total Terrapins effort, including a very impressive 84% from the line ensured Houston’s inevitable doom, midway thru the second half.

And, this guy savored his FINAL victory in a Terps uniform …..
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That’s right, it all came crashing down, yesterday.

I never, EVER forget to qualify my thoughts and opinions on basketball ….. I’m a casual fan. I like to think I know most aspects of the game, but I’m by no means an expert. That said, I thought the Terps looked like a “different” team, yesterday. They appeared to play recklessly through the first half and missed prime opportunities to cut the lead before halftime.

The beginning of the second half didn’t look any better and I seriously contemplated changing channels when Michigan State held a 14 point lead, with less than 7 minutes remaining. I was prepared to talk about a thumping during today’s REX & RAY SHOW.

Yet, the Terps amazed me. Their comeback was as exciting as it gets. I was yelling and dancing like Icky Woods …. in the Snider’s family room …..
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My wife’s dogs had every reason to assume I lost my mind – or the Ravens were playing in March.

It was a nail biter to the end. I don’t have a bitter, nor bad thing to say about Maryland Basketball. Yeah, I feel for guys like Bob Haynie and Glenn Clark – it’s in their blood. But, the Terps entertained me. They showed tremendous heart and character in fighting back.

Should they have been in such a situation? Probably not, but I’ll leave that subject to the experts. I always remind myself ….. THEY’RE KIDS. And, they did a helluva job.

I wish Greivis Vazquez and the other seniors much success – IN LIFE …..
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There is no reason to hide from anything or anyone. Back in November, I had no idea that such an exciting basketball season awaited me. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks, Terps.

Now, somebody PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE beat Duke.
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You Gotta See BROOKLYN’S FINEST …..
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On Saturday evening, my wife demanded that we escape from SPORTS HELL for a few hours. She absolutely had enough NCAA Basketball, NASCAR @ Bristol, O’s Spring Training and Fantasy Baseball flowing around our household.

So, we headed to the Hoyts Nursery Road Cinema 14, to catch a movie and relax for a bit. It was a great decision. Beyond Hoyts’ friendly staff and safe/secure environment, they’ve got the best popcorn and a diverse selection of the latest movies.

We saw the new Richard Gere movie, BROOKLYN’S FINEST …..
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It was a fantastic diversion. Not only did I get away for a couple hours, I broke a personal string of seeing “so-so” movies. Over the last few months, I’ve seen a collection of flicks that have left me disappointed, to include, District 9, Brothers and Invictus.

Brooklyn’s Finest was worth every penny and the time I took to see it.

I usually don’t jump at chances to see “cop movies.” Such experiences usually find me breaking down the legitimacy of the content, while whispering “that’s not accurate” or “police don’t do that,” in my wife’s ear. She hates that – and with good reason.

I thought Brooklyn’s Finest succeeded on an original, but complex storyline. You gotta pay attention. But, it’s intriguing and just as Leonardo DeCaprio “out-acted” his peers in The Departed, a certain actor really delivered a powerful performance in Brooklyn’s Finest …..
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Ethan Hawke is absolutely tremendous. His portrayal of Sal Porcida, a cop who’s desperately drowning in need of a new home for his family, nailed the role.

Overall, it was a very entertaining, as well as interesting movie. Of course, I saw things that don’t really happen in the REAL world of law enforcement. But, I’ve learned to ignore those moments – or it’ll ruin my own experience.

Catch Brooklyn’s Finest – it’s worth it.
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Jimmie Johnson Wins Again & I’m Okay With It …..
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If you’re my Facebook Friend, disregard the posting I made yesterday morning – I didn’t really consider all likely scenarios.

That’s right, at about 11am, on Sunday, I used my Facebook platform to endorse ANYONE, but Jimmie Johnson in the Food City 500, at Bristol.

And, throughout most of the race, my stance didn’t change. I don’t dislike Jimmie Johnson. I just want to see other drivers win races ….. and championships. Like many observers, I’ve just reached my saturation point on seeing the #48 Chevy doing donuts as the checkered flag falls.

Alas, I’m not too tired of Jimmie Johnson. I would certainly rather see him win a race over a couple other competitors. And, as the laps wound down on Sunday, a familarly despised car in the Snider home was leading the race …..
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It’s quite safe to suggest I’d rather see ANYBODY win a race, instead of Tony Stewart.

In fact, take a car owned by George Steinbrenner, while driven by ben Roethlisberger and I will root for IT before hoping to see Tony Stewart win a race. In case you haven’t heard or read my thoughts on Stewart, they’re blunt …..

He’s not very nice to people – media, included. Better yet, he goes out of his way to embarrass and admonish others – especially those who stand in a vulnerable spot. He’s a phony on camera and a nasty dude beyond it.

So, give me Jimmie Johnson in victory lane …..
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While his residency atop the standings and in winner’s circles around NASCAR has become a habitual sight, the guy still knows how to treat people. And, such qualities are priceless.

Jimmie Johnson rose to the occasion, on Sunday. With just 3 laps remaining, he passed Tony Stewart for the lead and victory.

Funny thing, he passed Tony Stewart in CLASS a long time ago.
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Joe Mauer Gets A HUGE Raise …..
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I’m happy for the fans of Minnesota. This is what they wanted – and it’s likely to set a precedent in the game.

No, I’m not talking about positive growth, either. The Minnesota Twins have a STANDARD to which they operate. They’re a small market organization and they know it. In fact, their small market principles have been the steadying force in rendering the Twins a perennial contender.

I fear that’s about to change. I’m not suggesting they’ll start falling apart this year, or even next season. But, it’s likely coming. They overpaid Joe Mauer – plain and simple. As much as he’s an excellent ballplayer, they paid him to wear this uniform for the foreseeable future …..
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I get it – they’ve got a spankin’ new ballpark. What would it look like without Joe Mauer? The answer is it would look the same. But, the Twins delivered on a big demand by their fan base. In an era of selfishness and teams doing as they wish, it’s hard to beatup on the Twins organization.

But, I think they screwed it up and beat themselves in a bidding war. More to come on this topic, tomorrow.

Well, that was my weekend – for better or worse.

I’ll talk to you, at 2pm …..

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