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UNC: University of the National Champions

April 7, 2009

Yep, everyone saw last night, UNC annihilated Michigan State to win the National Championship. Good for them. They played hard and won big. As much as I want to diminish this win due to my jealousy, I can’t. They aren’t Duke. They play well and they generally play clean. It sucks. We’ll just beat them in football.

Everyone was saying they weren’t good enough, they weren’t the “sexy pick”, Michigan St. had the home court advantage, etc. Well, eff you, the ACC is still the best basketball conference (and the second best football conference). I don’t hear all the sports pundits yapping about the Big East anymore. Say what you want about having two teams in the Final Four, we have the National Champion. And it wasn’t even close.

Hell, WE only lost to UNC by 3. We could have beat Michigan State. Well probably not, but that’s my argument and logically it makes sense. But anyways, the NCAA champion is in the ACC and not the Big East. So ‘Nova beat Duke. Big whup. Duke blows. They cheat and their coach looks just like Hitler. But when ‘Nova plays a good ACC team, they get manhandled. So did Michigan State. We didn’t get manhandled. Ergo, we’re better than ‘Nova and Michigan State, ergo, the ACC is better than the Big East and the Big Ten. GO HOKIES!!

Note: I came up with that title all by myself. No fake. No fake.

Weekend Recap

April 6, 2009

This weekend brought out the first real sign that spring was coming, in that the weather was warm, the ground was drying and the trees were starting to bud. Then that day ended and here we are in the cold, windy, rainy present, waiting for this shit to end. Let’s get to the recap.

1. Michigan State upended UConn to make it to the Championship game tonight. It was a close game up until UConn decided they were tired and wanted to go home. Too bad that happened halfway through the second half. Rumors are that this may have been Calhoun’s last game. I mean he only beat cancer thrice, looks thin and malnourished, and missed the first round of the tournament while he was laid up in the hospital.

2. Villanova left a nice big steamer on the court while UNC beat them up. The only thing I have to say about this (and the other game) is that all the people who were saying the Big East is the best conference in college basketball can suck a fat one, because you may have had two teams in the Final Four, but they both got EMBARASSED by their opponents. It isn’t quantity, it’s quality. Our loss by two points to UNC feels a helluva lot better now that they’re going to win the National Championship. I wonder if Villanova feels the same way.

3. Louisville beat Oklahoma in the final seconds of the first game of the Women’s Final Four. I wouldn’t be discussing this, you know because it’s women’s basketball, if it weren’t for the dumbass Courtney Paris, who guaranteed a National Championship or she would pay her scholarship back. Now she owes the University of Oklahoma $64,000, just like every other non-athlete at OU. And pretty much everyone else who went to college in America. Boo hoo.

4. Baseball’s here! Opening night was last night, and the Braves beat the defending WS champs , the Phillies. Derek Lowe looked great and Brett Myers looked effing awful. He gave up three home runs in the first two innings. What a way to start the year, buddy! The Braves’ closer almost blew it for them by allowing a run and then having the tying run come up to the plate, but he somehow got out of it and got the W for Lowe, which helps out my fantasy team. Red Sox play the Drays today at 2. GO SOX!

5. At the risk of having too much college basketball in this post, Blake Griffin won the Naismith Award for being the best college basketball player this year. Kinda sucks Hansbrough didn’t win, because he really was the best, spent four year at his respective school, and will more than likely win the National Championship tonight, but giving it to a sophomore who will leave his school after this year for the draft and couldn’t get his team past the Elite 8, while getting beat by UNC and Hansbrough himself seems justified, too.

6. Carrie Underwood won Entertainer of the Year last night at the Academy of Country Music Awards. I know this isn’t sports related, but she is real hot. As in the hottest woman in the world. There is no debating that. It’s a fact. She’s really the only redeeming thing about American Idol.

UPDATE: Katherine McPhee is also redeeming for American Idol. She’s hot too.

I’m just going to stare at her picture for awhile. Here’s a few more just for fun.

Weekend recap

March 30, 2009

March Madness is starting to come to an end, with only three games left. Soon we will be starting baseball season, so get excited. Here’s what happened this weekend:

1. We had some NCAA Tourney games. You know who won and who lost, because you have money riding on your bracket in which you picked Pitt to beat Louisville in the Championship game. Now your bracket is effed. Sucks to be you. UNC man-handled the Okies and UConn beat up Mizzou. The Spartans upset Louisville in a game they controlled the whole time, and Pitt finally met up with fate, after they had outrun fate since the first round. Fate always wins. (Fate is one of those words that gets weird if you say it enough. Fate fate fate fate fate. See?)

2. Tiger came back from his biggest deficit since 2000 (also tying his biggest deficit ever) to win the Bay Hill title for the sixth time. Good lord.

3. The second son of Tech legend Dell Curry has slapped us across the face, just like Stephon. Seth Curry is transferring from Liberty (eww) to Duke (“I’m gagging and vomiting at the same time… I’m gavomiting” – Scrubs). Do us a favor Seth and Dell: take the knife out of our back when we turn around.

4. Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville. That’s close to Tech, right? Ah, screw it, I tried to include NASCAR into this blog, but never again!

5. April 5th is the official opening day for baseball. According to, right now, first pitch is only 6 days 9 hours and 1 minute away. Getcha popcorn ready.

6. UVa beat Maryland 10-9 in men’s lacrosse on Saturday. That may not seem like a big deal, but UVa was the #1 ranked team in the country, and Maryland isn’t even ranked. I mean that would have been a huge upset. Oh yeah, and it went to 7OT making it the longest D-1 lacrosse game in NCAA history. Seven (7) friggin overtimes? Are you kidding me? I wish I was there to watch that game. Even if I despise the Terps and loathe the Hoos, that would have been an amazing game to see. Unfortunately UVa won, and they’re still real good. We don’t even have a men’s D-1 team. And our women’s D-1 team blows. Now I’m sad.

Sorry this recap is coming so late, but I had a staff meeting at 9 that lasted until now, so my bad, but not really.

How does it feel?

March 27, 2009

Last night Villanova turned it’s pocket inside out and made Duke hold on to it while ‘Nova walked around. For those of you who haven’t been to prison, that means that Villanova made Duke it’s bitch.

Now let’s look at why this happened:

1. Villanova scored more points than Duke.
2. Villanova played better offense and defense than Duke, overall.
3. Villanova got more rebounds than Duke, offensive and defensive.
4. Duke didn’t get any calls. And rightfully so.

Duke got no cheap calls all game. They traveled and got called for it. They charged and got called for it. They acted like little bitches and almost got called for it.

So this is the true Duke basketball team. When they don’t get the cheap, Duke-only calls, they get their asses handed to them. I had Duke winning this round and losing to Pitt in my bracket, but I’ll be honest: This is the best feeling loss I have ever experienced. Sure it hurt my bracket, but I think it hurt almost everyone else’s bracket too. Sure it drove one of the last nails into the “Big East is better than the ACC” argument coffin. But the simple fact remains, Duke lost. Mike Krzyzhitler is upset and that makes me feel good. Yeah it’s pathetic, but it still feels good. Don’t judge me.

DOUBLE UPDATE: Did anyone else notice Paulus giving a massage in the background? Holy crap, they’re gayer than I thought. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

The North End Zone Tournament Challenge Update

March 26, 2009
With all this TV Theme excitement going around, we almost forgot about the REAL tournament going on. And by that we mean the North End Zone Tournament Challenge.

Currently, two contributors (Wright and The Northerner) sit atop the standings. I’m reluctant to call Wright a contributor, but technically his name is on the side banner.

In 3rd is avid reader Maniak with a very clever HandsInYourBro’s Pants team name. If you didn’t get the joke at first, he was sure to include the word “gay” in parenthesis.

Tied for 4th are what appears to be St. Louis Shark (I always thought they were in San Jose, but whatevs) and our Hokie now living in Africa. So for all of us ranked lower than 4th, we should feel proud to be losing to a guy with no TV and 1 hour of internet a week.

Your humble editor and his father are tied for 6th. He has threatened to limit me to 1 hour a day of Super Mario Bros. 3 if he doesn’t beat me.

And jumping all the way to the bottom is our good friend Alison, more lovingly referred to as “Frake-Nasty” (you don’t want to know the origins of that). But with her final four of Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Mizzou, and Syracuse still alive, anything can happen… or so she keeps telling herself.

So let the games begin, and get ready to throw away that bracket at any time.

Good luck to all participants.


I forgot to mention that avid reader A. Young is leading the sad, pathetic NIT bracket we’re still keeping track of. And people think that we need girlfriends. Pssh.

Weekend Recap

March 23, 2009

March Madness was not so mad this weekend, but other stuff still went on in the sports world.

1. We lost. To Baylor. Thankfully this tortuous season is over and we will never have to speak of it again. Let’s move on to football.

2. Apparently, the women’s NCAA tourney is more exciting than the men’s because Tennessee lost in the first round for the first time ever. This goes to show Pat Summit, that frigid bitch, that she sucks. Every other first round win for UT was by 23+ points, except, of course, for this one, which they lost. UConn dominated whoever they played and will continue to dominate throughout the tournament.

3. On the men’s side, we have almost no big upsets, save the Wake Forest debacle, that threatened the health of my bracket, that is until I realized that no one had ever heard of Cleveland State, and thus no one picked them. To beat the dead horse that is “March Madness ain’t so mad this year” this is the first time in the history of the tournament that all the top 3 seeds in each region have made it to the Sweet 16. BOOOORRRRIIIINNNNGGG. Though, I’ll admit, the games have been pretty good and many came down to the last seconds. But I can’t wait until Pitt finally snaps and they lose like they should have the last two games. Good thing I didn’t pick them to win it all.

4. The US lost to Japan in the WBC, ending our time in the tournament. Japan is real good, but if they make Daisuke throw 98 effing pitches in another game that doesn’t mean shit, I’m going to be very unhappy. This quote from Barry Bloom of really hits a nerve regarding our standing in the baseball world:

And now it can’t be ignored: The U.S. is no longer the undisputed leader of the game that was invented on its own soil.

Ouch. Though, he does have a point. We think we’re so good that we don’t need to practice to improve or do anything other than rest on our laurels.

The Asian teams trained harder and for longer in preparation for this tournament, they take infield practice before every game and both are fundamentally sound and do whatever it takes as a club to win a game.

I’m pretty sure this mindset reaches out past baseball and into other aspects of American life. But then again, Barry Bloom sounds like a communist name.

5. The New York sports talk jockeys are still going on about Jay Cutler and his possible trade to the Jets. And everyone wonders why these players are prima donnas. Perhaps, Mike Francesa and Boomer Esaison and Craig Carton and everyone else, it’s because you won’t effing shut up about him for one minute and you are personally making his head swell more than the steroids did to Barry Bonds.

6. The Iditarod ended and Lance Mackey won it for the third straight time. You know what the prize is for winning this grueling race in Alaska’s harsh environment?

Sixty-nine thousand bucks and a shiny new pickup.

That sucks.

That’s all we got. I’m sure CGally will post something about our pathetic showing at the NIT soon. Don’t forget to vote in our TV theme madness, here.

Official Presidential Bracket

March 18, 2009

This has been all around the internet today, as well as on Sportscenter (obviously), but for those of you who haven’t heard about it, Obama has filmed a little segment for ESPN in which he fills out his bracket.

Word on the street is that his final four teams are Louisville, UNC, Pitt, and Memphis. Now, not to get too politcial, but this seems to make sense to me. Obama had the 50-state strategy in his election. This involved campaigning in states that he was thought to have little or no chance of winning. These included Kentucky (Louisville), Tennessee (Memphis), North Carolina (UNC), and the always important Pennsylvania (Pitt). Anyway, my point is that the one 1-seed he left out, Connecticut, was no question a blue state. He doesn’t have to pander for their support. He knows Connecticut has got his back. The same can’t be said for any of the other teams, except maybe Pitt. Maybe.

Imagine if he shunned UNC, Louisville, or especially Memphis. People would be up in arms. They would take to the streets and do bad things.

So, there is my unsolicited opinion about the bracket, one which you probably won’t find anywhere else, mainly because it pretty much makes no sense, but still! It’s either that or Obama knows something I don’t about the Tourney. I mean how suspicious would that be if the Tournament turns out JUST like Obama’s bracket.

Either way, I’ve got to make some last minute changes to my picks.

Why didn’t we recruit this guy

March 17, 2009

He may not be the greatest basketball player in college and he may not be the tallest, but he has the greatest name in college sports, as voted by Sports Illustrated. Chief Kickingstallionsims is the 7-1 center on Alabama State University and he has done something that we could not this year. Make it to the NCAA Tourney. Granted he still has the play-in game tonight (Editor’s note: vote for our TV theme madness play-in round here), but at least his NCAA Tourney hopes are still alive, and we’re filling out NIT brackets (do it).

Seriously though, how many jerseys would have been sold with this guys name on the back. I don’t like basketball, look even whiter than thought possible, and my arms look feminine in a basketball jersey, and I still would have bought one.

Guy looks pretty badass in a bandanna, too. Not many people can actually pull that off.

The North End Zone Bracket(s) Challenge

March 17, 2009

Yes, there are brackets galore here at the NEZ.

First off, we have the First Annual North End Zone Bracket Challenge. The winner will get some sort of thrown together prize, and we’ll be sure to make it classy. It will most likely be a choice of power hours, be it Irish, TV Theme, or our imfamous Earth Day Mix. Sharpie on a burned cd is classy to us.


And since you can’t spell Virginia Tech without N-I-T, we are actually doing an NIT bracket.

No one out there is sad enough to start this, so we are rocking it out in Excel. Go here, download the sheet, fill out your teams, and email it to We expect our inbox will be able to handle the load. Brackets are due by game time tomorrow.

Though we should all be chided for participating in such an activity, the prize will also be a powerhour.


And of course, do not forget about the on going TV Theme play-in. The final brackets will be announced Wednesday evening.

Good luck to everyone. Especially those poor souls joining us in the NIT Challenge.

Weekend Recap

March 16, 2009

As always, a lot of stuff went down this weekend in the sports world. Let us go back in time and reminisce about these days past:

1. Yesterday was selection Sunday. We didn’t make the cut. But we are in the NIT. Winning the NIT is like being the coolest kid in Mathletes. In NCAA related news, three of the four one-seeds were handed out to Big East teams, with the fourth being UNC. This is UNC’s 13th one-seeding, the most ever by anyone. Good for them. I have them winning my bracket, so I’ll have to swallow my pride and cheer for them.

2. The USA lost to Puerto Rico. Wait, let me clarify. The USA got CRUSHED by Puerto Rico in the WBC. But it’s double-elimination, so they played again last night and beat up on the Netherlands. I was liking the Netherlands, you know since they shouldn’t be there and were the pokey underdogs, until Engelhardt jacked one in the eighth and stood there posing like he just won the game, even though he hit a solo home run to make the score 8-2 rather than 8-1. But the Dutch were eliminated and everyone is happy. Except the Dutch. And the Dominicans.

3. Jay Cutler is still really pissed at the Broncos for almost trading him for Matt Cassel, even though they say they really didn’t want to. And now he’s asking for a trade. Ha! He showed them.

4. Phil Mickelson won at Doral, beating Tiger for the trophy. Oh wait. What? Tiger finished tied for ninth? Really? Hmm. That’s interesting. Though the guy is still so damn good, he has NEVER finished outside the top ten. Ever.

5. Manny Ramirez finally got his long-awaited contract from the Dodgers. How does he repay them? Sitting out of his first few days of spring training with a “sore hammy”. Ha ha. Serves you right Dodgers. We warned you. Manny is now fat and happy and doesn’t need to play for his money no mo’.

6. Dustin Pedroia is hurt. He says it isn’t bad, and let’s all hope he’s right. The Sox are going to need him this year when they win the World Series. Though, it is destiny for them to win this year, so do they really need him?

That’s all we got, because we were outside most of the time this weekend doing some yardwork and enjoying the spring-like weather. Yeah, I bet you feel bad for sleeping until noon and playing XBox all weekend now, don’t you?