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Friday, April 8, 2011

The 2011 Masters


The 2011 Masters started yesterday with a near record first round.  Co-leader at -7, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, is the youngest first day leader ever at only 21 years of age.  While most of the attention is obviously focused on Phil and Tiger some of the best play came from relative unknowns to casual golf fans.  28 year old Alvaro Quiros, of Spain, is tied for the lead with McIlroy after Day 1.  Some other top finishers after the first day include; KJ Choi, YE Yang, Fred Couples, and Ricky Barnes.

McIlroy in front of and atop the Leaderboard
While there isn't really a whole lot to think about or be super interested in at this point it was good to see some new faces playing well.  At least as far as I'm concerned golf has always seemed, with the exception of Tiger, best suited for older guys.  Now there are lots of younger guys in their 20s and even some 18 and 19 year old guys playing well and challenging the established "stars."  Golf could use an infusion of youth and hopefully they bring some excitement to the game.  



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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The 2011 Frozen Four


The Frozen Four, NCAA's Hockey Championship, is underway from Minnesota.  Notre Dame has already lost to Minnesota Duluth and the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota are playing the Michigan Wolverines as I type this.  The winner of UND vs. UM will play the wrong Bulldogs for the National Championship on Saturday night.  

That's right, I said wrong Bulldogs.  I think we all know that the Yale Bulldogs are the rightful victors of the quarterfinal matchup. Those ruffian UMD Bulldogs no doubt resorted to all manor of underhanded deception and various hi-jinx to steal match with those noble Bulldogs hailing from New Haven.

The Sioux are the better team in tonight's matchup but they are currently down 1 goal to none against the Wolverine's.  They are also led the best player in College Hockey, Matt Frattin.  Despite an early injury to the Sioux's Centerman, Nelson, it's been a very enjoyable game to watch.  Surprisingly physical to my novice College Hockey eye.  Count me as a new fan.  I'll be tuning in to the Championship on Saturday night no matter the ultimate winner of tonight's game.  

If there are any serious College Hockey fans out there reading this please feel free to comment and let me know what you are thinking about tonight's game and the Championship matchup Saturday night.


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Congrats to the Meatballers! Champions of the Inaugural SKOHRboard NCAA Tournament Pool


The Meatballers are the undisputed champions of the 2011 SKOHRboard.com NCAA Tournament Pool!  A hefty congratulations are in order for a certain C. Stephenson who brilliantly mushed the UConn Huskies all the way to victory.  In a wildly unpredictable tournament the Meatballers looked brilliant and finished in the upper 98th percentile of the nearly 6 million brackets entered on ESPN.com!

Thanks to everyone for playing and we hope to see you back next year.


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Monday, April 4, 2011

College Basketball National Champhionship

Tonight is the culmination of March Madness.  While that is sad to think about all the money you lost because you foolishly picked Ohio State, Duke, or Kansas to win your pools, it's an historic match-up of leave it all on the floor underdogs that everyone can enjoy.  Yes, I meant to use underdog because both teams are represented by canines.  



UConn is led by the quickest man in college basketball, Kemba Walker.  He has driven his team through every step of the Big East Tournament and now the NCAA Tournament whithout a loss yet.  Walker has had help from fellow scorer Jeremy Lamb,  inside muscle Charles Okwandu, and versatile big man Alex Oriakhi.  But nobody is kidding themselves here, this team goes where Kemba takes them.  Look for him to come up big whenever UConn needs some offense.  
While Butler might have more of a "team" approach to offense they are led by stars returning from last year's NCAA Tournament's Cinderella squad, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack.  Mack is probably the leader of the team but they rely on Howard's plucky aggressiveness and refusal to lose.  Howard always seems to be in the right place at the right time for this team and he'll have to have a real presence tonight if they have any hope of winning.  

In my opinion the games comes down to a battle down low between Oriakhi and Howard.  I think Oriakhi has been under rated by everyone this season and has played a huge part in UConn's success.  He has been a monster on the boards and his ability to match up with other elite bigs has allowed Kemba to roam free around the perimeter and slash to the basket without fear throughout both tournaments.  The winner tonight is UConn.  I just think that Kemba Walker is playing the best basketball of anyone in the NCAA right now and he will not allow his team to lose.  His drive and UConn's superior rebounding will be the key to the game and they will prevail in a tight one.



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