It’s a Happy Friday for me because ol’ Drew Forrester was a man of his word and painted his face Morgan State colors this morning to keep a promise to Todd Bozeman after the Bears won the MEAC Tournament title. Many thanks to our friend Kia (follow her on Twitter @Ms15StepsAhead) for coming in to paint his face. Here’s the artist and the final product…
And here’s a closeup of the final product….
This is the best Drew has looked in years.
Let’s see what everyone has to say…
1. Maryland Official Site previews tonight’s NCAA Tournament opener in Spokane against Houston
Oh thank God it’s finally here.
I want to encourage everyone to head out to The Nest on Pratt Street tonight to watch the game with the WNST gang.
Unfortunately, I will not be there.
As I said this morning on “The Comcast Morning Show”, I am not going be to be able to watch the game in public. I mean, hopefully it won’t be a close game-but my guess is that it will be. And if it is, I’ll be a WRECK. This is why it is MUCH better for me to be on the road with the team, as I’m forced to try to control my emotions.
Don’t even bother asking me for a prediction, either. I know that Maryland is about 10-12 points better than Houston. But this is March Madness. It’s a different animal.
2. The AP’s Nicholas K. Geranios says Greivis Vasquez-Aubrey Coleman showdown highlights Terps-Cougars
Obviously, it’s a tremendous matchup between gifted guards. That being said, this CANNOT just be a matchup of guards. If it is, Maryland is playing into the hands of what Tom Penders’ team wants to do.
Maryland is the type of team that WANTS to dictate pace, but they have to be smart about it. Instead of JUST being up and down all day, they ABSOLUTELY need to try to get the ball inside and let Jordan Williams have his way as often as possible.
Also, the Houston guards will try to go to the rim-so Williams, Milbourne and Mosley will need to have active hands. The Terrapins do a tremendous job of getting blocks when opposing guards penetrate, and that needs to be the case again tonight. If you FORCE a team to start throwing up 3 pointers, the results will likely be in your favor.
3. Washington Post’s Mike Wise says Eric Hayes has made ‘crucial’ contributions for Terrapins
And there’s just no doubt about that. Is he Steve Blake? Of course not. But has he been an invaluable member of one of Gary Williams’ best teams? Absolutely.
And for the record, Holly Madison has made ‘crucial’ contributions to the awkward feeling I have in my pants….
(Thanks What Would Tyler Durden Do)
4. Morgan State Official Site previews NCAA Tournament opener with West Virginia this afternoon in Buffalo
Look, do I think Todd Bozeman’s team is going to be able to pull the stunner of all stunners today? No, I really don’t. BUT-do I think that with big games from Reggie Holmes and Kevin Thompson they could at least make it interesting? Sure. Sure they could.
No matter what, it is ABSOLUTELY awesome to have a chance to watch the Bears in the Big Dance.
5. The AP’s John Wawrow says last year’s early exit fueling Mountaineers against Bears
Oh, and having De’Sean Butler will help as well.
Having Bob Huggins on the show this week helped remind me that I hate WVU, but my hate for them goes back much farther than that. Never was it more evident than a trip to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl. I just hope ‘Eers fans are as miserable today as they were back then, when Steve Suter helped add to the misery….
Look-I STILL think the beer ban is a mistake, but I do give the Maryland Jockey Club credit. This is BETTER than what they did last year.
Allowing fans to bring coolers in this year is a GOOD decision. Forcing fans to purchase chicken fingers and the like last year was a mistake. Does this mean that someone will sneak in a watermelon soaked in vodka? Of course it does. But they just don’t want fans bringing in beer cans and throwing them at each others’ heads. I get it.
AND….is there ANYTHING BETTER THAN O.A.R.?????
7. Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee says “Mr. Preakness” Chick Lang dead at 83
Man. I can’t even IMAGINE a Preakness without Chick Lang.
My knowledge of Chick Lang really doesn’t date as far back as many of yours, but listening to him on WBAL even as a VERY young person, I could hear the passion in his voice.
He was a champion of not only the Preakness and Pimlico, but also just of horse racing in general. He will unquestionably be missed.
8. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian says Jeremy Guthrie roughed up as Orioles fell to Blue Jays
As Ray Bachman said on Facebook yesterday, “Jeremy Guthrie has just been named starting pitcher for this years Home Run Derby.”
It was getting so ridiculous yesterday that I actually think even this guy homered for the Jays….
And as I responded to Ray on Facebook, please remember that the O’s’ Number 2 starter has a career 27-34 record.
You don’t want that.
9. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Uehara injured hamstring during loss to Toronto
Remember when Kevin Nash and Scott Hall came back to WWE after Vince McMahon put the nWo back together? Nash ended up blowing out his knee in the middle of a match on Monday Night RAW-screaming in pain in the corner as the other performers continued around him. Was ANYONE surprised???
That’s how I felt when I head Koji Uehara hurt his hamstring again. Absolutely NO SURPRISE.
10. The AP says Adam Jones, Matt Wieters homered for Birds in loss
Until that, Matt Wieters was in the Nolan Reimold-Eric Massa argument as far as who was having the worst Spring.
Why do I have the feeling there will be a lot more solo homeruns coming this season?
11. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says Jared Odrick, Carlos Dunlap amongst players Ravens have watched in Pro Days recently
Jared Odrick is a name I’ve heard a lot recently. Does that mean he’s going to be the Ravens’ pick in the NFL Draft? No. It’s just a name I’ve heard a lot.
I’ve also heard the name Joslyn James a lot recently.
(Edit from GMC: Did you read her text messages with Tiger Woods? Freaking awesome.)
12. Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar mocks Golden Tate to Baltimore
I would be STUNNED if this happened. STUNNED.
And finally, I leave you with this.
To no one’s surprise, the first day of the NCAA Tournament was ABSOLUTELY the best day of the year. Just freaking awesome throughout. I used to do a series called “The Men of March” on a show I hosted in Phoenix. We’d bring on the likes of Drew Nicholas, Christian Laettner, James Forrest, Bryce Drew, etc. and talk about those amazing things they had done in the NCAA Tournament. There are a few more “Men of March” today….
The Tournament is so crazy that I’m starting to think we’ll end up seeing Essex Community College in the Sweet 16.
This is better than Christmas.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….