MLB Playoff Addition

FoxSports.com and Ken Rosenthal are breaking the story that the MLB, and its commissioner Bud Selig, will announce tomorrow that an additional Wild Card team will qualify for the playoffs in both the National and American Leagues.

It has not yet been determined if the two wild card teams from each league will play each other in a 1-game playoff, or a best-of-three series.

Personally, I feel that adding just a one game playoff between the two teams would defeat the purpose of even having an additional team qualify for the playoffs. Make it a best-of-three series, or don’t add a team at all.

You listening, Bud?

Crean Topples Izzo

Last night, Tom Crean finally got the better of his former colleague and mentor, Tom Izzo, as Indiana knocked off Sparty 70-55. It was a resounding victory for Hoosier nation, as the team answered several critics’ questions about whether Indiana still “had it”, while controlling the game from start to finish in Bloomington.

Crean had been unsuccessful in his first seven tries, 6 of which were at the helm at Indiana, with their only other meeting came when Crean was the head man at Marquette University. You may remember Crean as the only coach to give Dwayne Wade a D-1 scholarship offer at Marquette, which ended up working out pretty well for both parties. You may also remember TC as the assistant coach who was responsible for bringing championship talent to East Lansing in 2000 (Mo Peterson and Matten Cleeves).

For the younger college basketball watching generation(s), however, you may only know Tom Crean as the head coach of Indiana during their resurgence to national prominence.

Trust me, I am okay with that!


Bad Spring Training TwitPic

The Bad Spring Training TwitPic, or #BadSpringTrainingTwitPic if we are speaking in Twitter, has really taken off. Kudos to the guys who had the idea to get that site up and running. Honestly, who doesn’t love squinting at a camera-phone quality picture of a man 70 yards away in a uniform you can’t make out? That’s baseball, baby!

Here is a link to the Tumblr page: http://badspringtrainingtwitpics.tumblr.com/

 

Sacramento Kings

Breaking news out of Sacramento is that the Kings’ Maloof and the City of Sacramento have agreed to framework for a new arena. It had long been rumored that if plans for a new arena were never agreed upon, the team and city could part ways. Although I wouldn’t want to ever see a team ripped away from their city (like Seattle and the SuperSonics), it would have been interesting to see which city the Kings ended up landing in.

Monday Morning Shakedown

What a weekend of college basketball action. Unfortunately for myself, I missed most of the action as Cascade Mountain and my body were in an fierce, winner-take-all (of my ribs) battle.

Wisconsin and Purdue really shook things up in the B1G race, with upsets over Ohio State and Michigan respectively. Both teams managed to pull off what few in the conference can pull: road wins.

With just two conference games remaining, my Hoosiers can finish as high as 4th, and as low as 8th. One thing that is certain, however, is that the USA Today’s prediction of the Hoosiers finishing below .500 and 11th in conference is far, far from reality. Another outlet even picked the Hoosiers to finish 12th – dead last – in the B1G. Just because I am feeling so kind today, I’ll leave the name of that outlet out of this article.

Annoying as this story is, the biggest buzz coming out of Red Sox camp in Florida seems to be the lack of “buzz” team members will be able to receive in the clubhouse. Okay, that was a terrible pun, but I just had to. New manager Bobby Valentine has banned alcohol in the player’s clubhouse.

Former manager Terry Francona has already called Valentine’s decision a “P.R. Move”, but as CBS’ Jon Heyman points out, this is not the first time Valentine has set clubhouse rules. I honestly liked Tito when he was at the helm of Red Sox nation, but he needs to move on and pass on commenting on what is no longer his.

I don’t really know how else to put this, so far lack of a better phrase, Manny is still being… Manny. When he was asked if he was going to pass his MLB administered drug test, Ramirez responded with: “only God knows”. In related news, only God knows how this man is a successful multi-millionaire.