It’s deja-vu for Ohio State. And the result will be the same. The Gators smell blood and I believe the chop will be in full motion tonight. Back to Back championships are hard to come by in the NCAA, and Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators knows this. This team is focused. Just ask UCLA. Many experts predicted the Bruins could upset Florida, but this team seems even more hungry than last year. Many of these Gators will be playing in the NBA, but one to watch tonight is Corey Brewer. When he’s on this team is all-most un-stoppable. Personally I would love a Florida Romp. It was great to watch the arrogant Buckeyes get smashed by a stronger and more talented Florida team, but best was watching Jim Tressel look like a 7 year old who lost his puppy! It was priceless! Just in case OSU forgot heres the box score. Good luck tonight!
1 2 3 4 Final
Florida 14 20 0 7 41
OSU 7 7 0 0 14
I know I’m old school, and at times all I can do is shake my head at what some ball players make, or what they do off the field, getting away with things the average man couldn’t, with seemingly no consequences. Charles Barkley once said he’s not a role model. Well I think athletes and movie stars are role models whether they like it or not. To many young kids are influnenced by them. Good or bad they want to be like them. Well on the eve of a new baseball season, I wanted to pay tribute to one of the games best ever, and a man who put up with alot of social steriotypes, constant heckiling from fans and hardships. Being Jewish was hard enough, but being a Jewish ball player in 1930s America made him even more open for criticism. Especially when he had a 0-4 day at the plate.
I’m talking about Hank Greenberg. One of the best ball players ever, during an era of many greats. Not only was Greenberg one of the best hitters in baseball history, he missed 3 full seasons and most of 2 others to military service during World War II, and missed most of another season with a broken wrist. Think about that….he missed 3 baseball seasons to go to WAR! Came back and still put up monster numbers.
A first baseman primarily for the Detroit Tigers, Greenberg was one of the premier power hitters of his generation. He hit 58 home runs in 1938, the most in one season by any player between 1927,when Babe Ruth set a record of 60, and 1961when Roger Maris surpassed it. The five time all-star was twice named the MVP of the American League, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956. The anti-Semitism Greenberg faced ranged from players staring at him because they had never before seen a Jew, to coarse racial epithets hurled at him. Particularly abusive were the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1934 World Series. Examples of this were: “Hey Mo,” referring to Moses and “Throw a pork chop he can’t hit that,” referring to laws of Kashrut. Greenberg always seemed to keep a cool head. He was a mans man. A real Pro. And Baseball was more than his “job”, it seemed to be his passion. In my opinion he was a great role model for kids in the 1930s and 40s, and even today. The culture of sports and even living in general is much different today than it was then, this I know, but somethings are timeless. Hank Greenberg is one of them.
Toronto Raptors -5, New York Mets to spoil the home opener of St. Louis.
Last night the Toronto Raptors made a statement. They man-handled the Miami Heat, and I believe they are going to be tough in the Eastern Conference playoffs. I actually believe the Raptors could beat Miami in a playoff series. Chris Bosh is a stud, Andrea Bargnani should be rookie of the year, Juan Dixon, T.J. Ford, Mo. Pete,….these guys are good. Toronto has yet to make a splash and do some damage in the playoffs, but I think this is the year of the Raptor. Will they make the NBA Finals? Probally not. But they sure have made the Air Canada Centre a tough place to get a victory at,
and with the way the Eastern Conference is this year, anything can happen. Detroit, and Miami are the class of the conference, but after that people say Cleveland, New Jersey or Chicago could be there in the end, or even Washington. I think people over look Toronto because of guys like LeBron, Shaq, D. Wade, and Jason Kidd. The big names in the conference, but I think Toronto could beat Jersey or Cleveland in a 7 game series. They may not go far, or they may surprise, but with that talent and youth on their side, Toronto is an up an comer in the East.
The Minnesota Timberwolves hit an all time new low last night. That team is spiraling out of control and Kevin Garnett better get out if he wants any shot at a ring. Hell the way they are playing he better get out if wants a shot at the playoffs again! Blowing a 25 point lead is bad, real bad. But doing it at home to a hapless Seattle team, without Ray Allen mind you, is just friggin aweful! And just looking at Kevin McHale sit in the crowd with a lifeless look on his face is priceless! Long way from the Garden Party days eh Kevin? I feel for you T-Wolf fans. You have in my opinion the best player in hoops, and hes melting away in Minnesota. K-G is better then Lebron, Kobe, and others in my opinion, he just has no supporting cast to speak of, and last nights game was a total embarrassment!
Well 2 of my Final Four are gone and 2 remain. The most important one to me is Georgetown, who I have winning it all in one of my pools. But I can’t really even concentrate on the Final Four with opening day only 5 days away! I can’t wait for the opening day ceremonies, games on all day on ESPN, grilling hotdogs and drinking beer! And hoping the Yanks hand the ball to Carl Pavano and watch the almight D-Rays take batting practice. Actually the D-Rays usually give the Yanks all they can handle. I’m sorry I know I’m just way to old-school and I have to learn to change, but I STILL can’t believe what the Yanks are paying Pavano. WOW! Thats alot of scratch for a guy who had one year over .500. Anywho, I hope all you baseball nuts like me have a great opening day, and the best part about it is, everybody has high hopes for thier teams, and were all in first place!
Well my final 4 is still alive! Even though I do have Florida winning their spot in the Final Four, like I wrote a few blogs ago my heart is pulling for UNLV. I think I was one of the few not surprised that Vegas beat Wisconsin. I almost looked like a real expert when I predicted Xavier would beat Ohio State, and they would have if it weren’t for a missed free throw and a miracle 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to O.T. When Xavier missed the free throw and Ohio State was dribbling down court why didn’t they foul? I was screaming FOUL HIM!!! They must have not heard me through my T.V.!
How about Butler? That’s a great story and it could become greater with a victory over Florida. It will be tough, but they have beaten Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Maryland. And don’t forget about USC. Not really known as a Basketball School, they are turning heads with a victory over Kevin Durant. (oops I mean Texas!) That’s not really a slap at Texas, but if they didn’t have Durant, oh boy! That guy is awesome! And give USC Head Coach Tim Floyd some credit here. The guy who took a job nobody could win at, (The Chicago Bulls head spot right after the M.J., Phil Jackson years) deserves his credit. He’s doing a great job at USC.