Monday, February 27, 2012

Seat Check: College Basketball Coaches On The Hot Seat

Which coaches will be looking for work in a couple weeks?

Here is a new segment called "Seat Check."  As seasons end, we will look at coaches who may be looking for work very soon.  Today's Seat Check looks at college basketball's coaching carousel:

Quick Recap:
"Heating Up"
Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest
Doc Sadler, Nebraska
Ben Howland, UCLA
Darrin Horn, South Carolina

"He's On Fire!"
Bruce Weber, Illinois
Matt Doherty, SMU
Herb Sendek, Arizona State
Kevin O'Neill, USC

Guys Who May Get the Axe for Missing the Dance Too Many Times
Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss
Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech
Bill Carmody, Northwestern

Who do you think is most likely to be canned? Let us know!

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Review on HBO's Drama LUCK (TV Series)

"Middle Class" Matt with a review and recap of HBO's new drama LUCK. Luck has a great cast and is about the sport of horse racing. If you love horse racing, ganster films, or both you will love LUCK. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE REVIEW OF EPISODE 3!

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Have Fun with UNC vs. N.C. State Rivalry! Basketball

It's "Middle Class" Matt at it again, just having a little fun at Wolfpack's expense! CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH THE SHORT VIDEO and check out the sign!

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Marquette's Buzz Williams Riles Up the West Virginia Faithful

This could be the funniest thing I've ever seen a college basketball coach do on an opposing team's floor.  This puts Buzz Williams in the top five of my favorite college coaches, automatically.  Check out the students in the background, especially the kid in the grey sweatshirt:

In case you don't know, "Country Roads" is West Virginia's unofficial anthem, much like the annoying "Sandstorm," which is played ad nauseum at South Carolina games.   

I mean seriously, Buzz, this song is all people in West Virginia have to hold on to!  John Denver actually mentioned their state in a song!  How could you crush their poor hillbilly souls with such mockery?    

On a serious note, Williams did apologize for his behavior in his postgame press conference, but said he was dancing because he grew up loving the song, since he was from the "country".  Nice try, coach, just tell the truth and say you were sticking it in their face that you suspended your best players and still went in their house and won.  Own it Buzz!

More great Buzz Williams moments for your viewing pleasure:

ACC Basketball Review: Referees, UNC, N.C. State, and Duke

This is a report and review on the recent events going on in the ACC. The basketball season is really heating up so check out my new ACC video blog entry. Click the link below

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Monday, February 20, 2012

My Day in Chapel Hill Part III (videos)

Dick Baddour is the former Athletic Director of the Unversity of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Baddour retired in the wake of the UNC football scandal, that cost Butch Davis his job. If you look at the numbers Baddour did a great job. While, Baddour was the AD, UNC won 13 National Championships as a program. Baddour had some great moments as AD, like when he convinced Roy Williams to come home to UNC. Many applauded his desicion to hire Butch Davis as the football coach. Now the Davis hire doesn't seem like the right move, but at the time it brought a seriousness to UNC's football program it had not had since the Mack Brown era. Here is a video of Dick Baddour receiving an award at halftime of the Boston College game, January 7th. Roy Williams presented Baddour to the crowd and said some really nice things. It seems they had a great relationship. Click the video below and see the award presentation.

Go Heels!

Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, and Kendall Marshall

The Tar Heels warming up at halftime. Check out how effortless the 7 foot Tyler Zeller moves for a big man! He is so light on his feet.

A Rare Look into UNC's huddle with Roy!

Kendall Marshall to Tyler Zeller for the assist!

UNC Cheerleaders!

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Referees Cheat N.C. State! Coach K Admits Duke Gets the Calls!!!

The referees cheat N.C. State by making calls for Duke(Thursday Feb. 16). This isn't really news to most, but I am tired of it and something needs to be done. The ACC referees have made some pretty bad calls this week, and most of them during the two N.C. State games. I may do another video entry about the two former State basketball players ejected from the FSU game. I have to gather more information. I called the N.C. State vs. Duke game, early on. I knew the fix was in. Check out my comments about the State game at Twitter @NCSportsGenius1

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Day in Chapel Hill Part II (videos)

Here are the videos from my day at the Dean Dome. UNC has everything you will want to see at a basketball game. Now, if the Tar Heels can just figure out away to beat Duke! All these videos are from the UNC vs. Boston College game, January 7th.

All-American Harrison Barnes and the rest of the Heels warming up before the game.

Roy Williams coming out onto the court, to the cheers of the UNC's students and faithful.

The Tar Heels in the lay-up lines before the game.

UNC's Harrison Barnes and James Michael McAdoo passing out some pounds to the the UNC staff. You can also hear sercurity giving me a hard time about being so close to the court and not being in my seat!

The Tar Heel players standing around the court for the National Anthem. Look at all the Carolina blue!!!

UNC's Long-armed John Henson winning the jump ball. Tyler Zeller missing the little jump hook.

P.J. Hairston knocking down the three-pointer from the corner! Dexter Strickland gets the easy assist.

Kendall Marshall gets one of his many assists this year. Harrison Barnes hits a three, what a pure stroke he has!

Kendall Marshall finds Tyler Zeller for the little turn around half hook in the lane. These two can make the game look very easy at times. Kendall Marshall is one of the best passers in UNC's history and the nation this year. Marshall is 2nd in nation in assists this year with almost 10 a game.

Harrison Barnes playing good defense on one end of the court and throwing down the monster slam on the other end! The crowd goes crazy!

Roy Williams fired up on the side line, he is not happy about something!

The Tar Heels running into the locker room at half-time.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Rivalry!!! Duke vs. North Carolina Basketball

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This is "Middle Class" Matt Nicholson coming at you from the Mecca of basketball, the Triangle area in North Carolina. Here is preview and prediction of the Duke vs. UNC rivalry game on Wednesday, February 8 (9:00 PM ET ESPN). This should be another exciting chapter in this great rivalry, between these two traditional college basketball powers. I predicted the Tar Heels to win, but it should a close game and another good one, even if ESPN isn't hyping up and selling this rivalry as much as they used to.

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Day in Chapel Hill Part I(Pictures)

I had some footage laying around from the January 7 UNC vs. Boston College game and I figured I write an entry about it. Chapel Hill is a special place to watch a basketball game. The Smith Center may not be a the loudest venue in America, but it could be the most magical. You see all the big names of the greats hanging in rafters and on this day I saw a lot of big names on and around the court. Their is Carolina blue everywhere and the fans are such a classy, educated bunch of basketball people. UNC has been criticised in the past for being a passive, fair-weather bunch and some of that maybe warranted, but at the same time the Dean Dome is a place the whole family can enjoy the tradition and excellence of basketball on the highest level in nation.

Tar Heel Great and ESPN Analyst Brad Daugherty
UNC fans with their stomachs painted waiting for the game to start
All-American and member of 93 Championship Tar Heels Eric Montross
Former NBA player and who now works for the Tar Heel Radio Network Eric Montross with Brad Daugherty. The surprising thing was the Montross was the taller of the 7 footers.
The Tar Heel Dance team in the crowd
The beautiful girls on the dance team in the crowd. It seems like one guy is trying to say hey.
The big screen showing Kendall Marshall dancing with the other Heels in the locker room.
The Tar Heels making an entrance!
Heels running on the floor!

Boston College and UNC players before the game
The student section ready for the game to start
Carolina Chocolate Chip with Carolina sprinkles, only found in the Carolinas and taste great!
7 footer Tyler Zeller(who maybe an All-American) waiting for the game to start
Roy Williams watching his Heels
Harrison Barnes(All-American), Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall will be all ACC teamers this year.

13th row half court best seats in the house!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review: Luck Episode 1

This is a review of the HBO show Luck by "Middle Class" Matt Nicholson.

In the first episode of Luck Dustin Hoffman's character "Ace" Bernstein gets out of jail(he has been locked up for 3 years) and attempts to take up were he left off in his criminal activies. Walter Smith, played by Nick Nolte is a older horse trainer with a special horse. Also, there are some low life characters trying to pick 6 horse races correctly and win almost 3 million dollars. Luck is an interesting layered show about a horse racing track, with many subplots as well.

Friday, February 3, 2012

NFL BUZZ; Super Bowl, Colts, Mannings, Tebow, etc.

"Out of the Shadow"

No matter what happens in Super Bowl XLVI, Eli is now his own man. Eli Manning has been compared to his brother and other elite quarterbacks since he entered the NFL. I have written several NFL blogs this year proclaiming that "Eli is elite." There should be no debate of Eli's status in the NFL. The ironic thing is Eli has improved his stock by playing like a MVP and taking his team to the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning has improved his rank as a QB(if that is possible) by not playing and everyone watching the Colts tank, but I will explore that later in this blog entry.

Now let's not go crazy. Peyton is still better than Eli, but Eli has narrowed the gap and put himself, barring injury, into the Hall of Fame. Peyton and Eli now have the same amount of Super Bowl wins and appearances. If Eli wins, he will have one more than Peyton and in Super Bowls, a win is a mile. Plus, if Peyton never plays again, Eli will stack up more huge statistical seasons, and then let the debate begin of which brother is better. Well, who knows, let's not get again head of ourselves, let's see if Eli puts himself into rare company, leading his team to two Super Bowl victories.

There have only been ten quarterbacks in the history of the NFL to start and win two Super Bowls. What quarterback wouldn't want to be on a list of names like Bart Star, John Elway, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, etc.. So, Eli has a lot of history at stake, but so does Tom "Terrific." Brady with this Super Bowl start will tie the NFL record with 5, but a win would put him in a category by himself. Brady would tie Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with 4 wins, and that is nice, short list to be on, but those two guys never went to 5 Super Bowls. Tom Brady would be the only quarterback ever to win 4 and start in 5.

I have been picking NFL games all season and have been pretty successful doing so however, I hate picking the Super Bowl. It is hard to separate the information from the hype. Plus, this is a hard game to pick. The Giants have been the hot team during the playoffs and they are a much more balanced team on both sides of the ball. No one would have predicted this in the beginning of season when Eli said he was "elite"(Eli should get his credit for making that statement and backing it up with his play), but Eli has been the best quarterback in the playoffs and has been fourth quarter clutch all season. The Giants also come from the better division, NFC, but this is not an overall comparison of the divisions, this is one game.

In one game it will be hard to beat Brady and Belichick again in a Super Bowl. The Giants caught the Pats somewhat flat footed and hit them in mouth(literally) last time they met in the Super Bowl in 2007. I just don't know if the Pats will let that happen again, they are just way too smart and prepared.

Forgive the cliche, but not matter who wins this Super Bowl, this is going to be a great match up. As NFL fans we can't ask for two better teams. The rivalry between these two teams and their fans has been great over the years, and both teams are full of big names, and it is a repeat of the 2007 Super Bowl is which is considered the best Super Bowl ever. I don't want to list any more reasons, but everything added together should make this an exciting game to watch, which makes this a tough game to pick. I would be a coward not to make a pick, so here goes.

SUPER BOWL Sunday, February 5 (6:30 PM ET NBC)

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

Giants 31-27

"...and then there were none"

, it is no secret that for the most part the Colts had been bad for a long time. Peyton didn't just make the Colts better, Peyton was the Colts. Most people believed Peyton was the leader, face, and best player for the Colts, but now many believe he was the singular force that fueled the entire team. It is hard to argue with fact after the Colts went 2-14 this season and looked like a college team at times. The Colts were a given every year for the NFL playoffs, but with Peyton gone for the year the Colts fell apart.

Some say that any NFL team would go into a tail spin if they lost their MVP quarterback. New England is the example that destroys that argument. Tom Brady was lost for the year in 2008 and Matt Cassel lead New England to 11-5. So, as great as Brady is, Peyton was an even bigger part of the Colts' success, more than other great quarterbacks have been for their teams historically. Still, at some point, as a team you must move forward. Recently, Green Bay is an example of moving forward and things working out pretty well for them. So, the Colts may even need to move forward, but I just don't know if it is possible for the Colts to replace Peyton Manning. I guess it just depends on how good the much heralded Andrew Luck is.

Take you Own Advice

I am not saying what Jim Irsay has done, by cleaning house, is a bad thing, but the old saying goes "you can do the right thing the wrong way." The front office deserved the blame for the Colts' terrible season. Clearly, the Colts team depended far too much to Peyton to make them a competitive team.

I know for a fact that firing Jim Caldwell was good move. Caldwell had been a failure on the college level and his success at the Colts was due to Manning and Tony Dungy leaving him a team that was ready to win. Many times you can tell how valuable someone is by seeing how other teams respond to him being on the free market. Well, Jim Caldwell is now going to be quarterbacks coach for the Ravens. No one in NFL even seriously considered him for a coordinators' position. I told someone before the season that Caldwell was the worst coach in the NFL and they laughed, now who is laughing. Even Irsay getting rid of Peyton might work out in the long run, but maybe it would be a good idea for Mr. Irsay not to talk so much about his team business, in public.

Jim Irsay criticized Peyton Manning for making his feelings public about the Colt current state. Manning has always been a class act, but maybe after his owner had so publicly talked about team business on twitter, in interviews, and every other media outlet, Peyton thought it would be all right. Irsay is one step away from making the Colts a circus side show and not the legit contender they have been the last decade and want to be again. Irsay inherited the Colts from his father and while that doesn't mean he will do a bad job, it does shed some light on why Irsay is acting like a big mouth spoiled rich kid. Outspoken ownership has worked in the past, but for the most part good owners handle business behind the scenes. Irsay may be doing what is best for the Colts, but it might help the team for him to keep his head down and his finger over his mouth.

What's My Next Move?

Tim Tebow has always been a very public figure since his college days, but for the most part he has kept a healthy distance from the media. He seems to have always concentrated on improving his game and being a family man. That is why I can't figure out why he is doing interviews with ESPN during the Super Bowl. I don't know whose idea that is and maybe I am putting too much stock in it. All I know is Tim better not believe his own hype(really I don't think he will), he better just get better.