Saturday, March 01, 2008

Saturday Night Live-Blog Update...

Plenty on the sporting table all-afternoon and tonight.

-UFC's Anderson Silva takes a step towards MMA-stardom or potential Chuck Lidell-itis with a bout against Pride champion Dan Henderson.

-NFL Free Agency continues to heat up with a plethora of moves: including, the 49ers spending even more cash for former Bengal DE Justin Smith, the Jets landing OG Faneca, WR Donte Stallworth joining Derek Anderson and the Browns, Marcus Stroud moving to Buffalo, and Randy Moss still unsigned.

Don’t worry, I won’t mention the names Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds. Except for right there. Sorry.

Our collective appetites (outside of Armin’s highly impressive NFL-Draft research) have been wetted with college basketball and the push towards conference championship week (so close!), bubble talk/bracket projections, and of course, selection Sunday.

Oh yes, we are more than ready.

With that in mind, March 1st (bye bye leap day) offered a ton for our viewing delights.

Who is your "best team in the Big East"? Here's one option.
Credit: Yahoo! Sports

-Yeah, yeah. Coach K won his 800th game. Truth be told, the bigger stories were Duke winning a game in the closing moments (far from their strength this season) AND Duke’s continued struggle without a consistent solid interior presence. As for Coach K, the one win I want to see out of him is a gold medal for Team USA. Not win 1,000.

-Texas nearly struck back in the closing minutes, but ultimately may have given away the Big XII tournament's #1 seed and a potential #1-seed in the tournament after losing to Pat Knight and Texas Tech. Pay is vindicated for the prediction of K-State beating Texas this past Monday night.

-Syracuse said bye-bye to the tourney with yet another collapse at home, this time against Pitt, while Georgetown survived OT against under-the-radar Marquette to remain tied with Louisville at the top of the Big East standings. Ohio State may have done the same with a brutal Big-10 loss to Minnesota (by 14 points, no less).

-Memphis won the Conference-USA title (shocker), UNC came back from 18-down (and withstood an amazing 46 point-performance by Tyrece Rice) to likely secure the #1-ranking in America, on Monday Stanford topped WASU and prepped for an enticing late-season showdown with UCLA, and Vanderbilt continued the inconsistency of the entire SEC with a loss at underrated Arkansas.

Busy busy busy.

On the mid-major level, George Mason lost to Northeastern in a disappointing effort that left the Patriots with the 3-seed, due to two losses to UNC-Wilmington. ODU enters the CAA Tourney as a dangerous 4-seed (especially according to Sum), no matter what happens tonight between VCU and William & Mary (VCU has locked up the #1 seed; however, its at-large hopes would be crushed with a loss tonight). Northridge’s victory over Fullerton Thursday likely wrapped up the Big West, the Metro Atlantic still has Siena/Rider/Loyola (MD) tied atop the standings, and Davidson is still 19-0 in the Southern Conference (wow).

8pm pairs up Gonzaga and St. Mary’s, both 11-1 in the West Coast Conference, in tonight’s “other” top-matchup outside of Kansas vs. the Beasleys. In my opinion, Bill Walker may decide this game in the early minutes of each half (yeah, I said it).

We’ll have our eyes tuned to both games, no doubt. Especially since Kent State’s disappointing loss to Bowling Green has us a little shaken up. We'll survive though.

Until next time…

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