Maybe I Could Play Big Ten College Basketball

For years, close friends have been making fun of me for watching an inordinate amount of Big Ten basketball. I live in the northeast so one would think I should be predisposed to the ACC or Big East which is not the case. Last night I watched Wisconsin beat Purdue 66-59. I think part of the reason I enjoy watching Big Ten, especially Wisconsin, basketball is because, of all the programs in Division I college basketball, I have the best chance of suiting up and playing for the Badgers.

Please, before you think I have become completely delusional understand that I am only being partially serious. In reality, I know I couldn’t play basketball for Wisconsin.  The apex of my basketball career took place during my junior year of high school when I averaged double digit rebounds and dated a senior girl who, by the way, would eventually leave me for one of my teammates.

But back to the matter at hand. There are two main reasons why I think Wisconsin is the type of DI program where I could play.

Reason #1: I can set screens. I’m also good at rolling to the basket after setting a screen which is a requisite skill in a Bo Ryan offense.

Reason #2: I can box out.  Granted, at 6’3″ I would probably be boxing out opposing shooting guards or small forwards which could be a problem because I have slow feet and my man would be both bigger and stronger.  So actually securing a rebound could be an issue but I can tell you that it would not be for a lack of effort. My fitness would probably have to improve as well but with Wisconsin it’s all about the system and I have faith that Coach Ryan would put me in the best possible position to succeed.

There you have it. Two reasons why I could play Division I college basketball. My not so secret desire is that someone affiliated with the Wisconsin program reads this post and takes me up on my offer. It’s at least worth a pickup game or two.

view of the Kohl Center courtesy of @mdrob89

The “I Don’t Know What I’m Talking About” Week 17 NFL Picks

A couple of quick things before we get into the Week 17 picks. First, why didn’t Wisconsin run the ball on that 2 point conversion?  The undersized/athletic TCU defense could not stop the mammoth Badger offensive line all game. Second, my NFL picks have been getting progressively worse since we started this venture back in Week 11.  Maybe I can’t handle the pressure of public expectations.  Whatever the case, view these Week 17 picks with caution.

view of Rose Bowl Game courtesy of @TheTeditorial

KANSAS CITY (-3.5) over Oakland: “Tailgating and good BBQ.  That’s what Arrowhead Stadium is known for!!!”

NEW ENGLAND (-4) over Miami: I understand the Pats have already locked up the #1 seed. But, what exactly are the Dolphins playing for this week?

INDIANAPOLIS (-9.5) over Tennessee: I could watch the video of Peyton Manning sliding on the 2 yard line over and over and over again.  Perhaps the dorkiest thing he has every done on a football field.

HOUSTON (-3) over Jacksonville: I think I would rather watch a replay of the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl than any game featuring Trent Edwards (as the entire city of Buffalo gives a collective nod of the head).

Pittsburgh (-5.5) over CLEVELAND: When Gov. Ed Rendell caught word of the NHL moving the Winter Classic to a later hour he compared Gary Bettman to Julian Assange.

BALTIMORE (-9.5) over Cincinnati: Ravens are poised to ruin my 2011 playoff experience.

Minnesota (+3) over DETROIT: The abandoned buildings of Detroit.  Apocalypse Now.

NY Giants (-4) over WASHINGTON: This is the only game Fox is giving the NYC metro area.  I would need Direct TV in order to watch the Pack/Bears game. Yuck.

GREEN BAY (-10) over Chicago: Once the Packers win and clinch a playoff spot, I’m predicting that nearly 1/2 of all football “experts” will pick them to reach the Superbowl.

Dallas (+6.5) over PHILADELPHIA: Every American is entitled to their own opinion. However, Tucker Carlson you’re embarrassing yourself. Everyone knows that public stonings are no longer permitted in the United States.

NY JETS (-1.5) over Buffalo: Lost in all the Rex Ryan foot fetish craze is an undeniably profitable marketing opportunity.

Carolina (+14.5) over ATLANTA: For pride Panthers. For pride!

Tampa Bay (+7.5) over NEW ORLEANS: Bucs miss playoffs by a game and make a huge statement in the process.

Arizona (+6) over SAN FRANCISCO: Count me down as one of the many people who will miss the highly erratic, never dull head coaching career of Mike Singletary.

DENVER (+3.5) over San Diego: Tebow mic’d up vs Texans…pretty sweet.

St. Louis (-3) over SEATTLE: Charlie Whitehurst looks like a strange combination of Koy Detmer and Jesus Christ. Total points: 42

Last week: 7-9

Wisconsin Football: Come for the Football, Stay for the Food

Everyone in Wisconsin is nice.  It’s a fact.  All you doubters out there need to spend a fall weekend in Madison and check out a Badger football game at Camp Randall Stadium.  This image comes from my cousin, a UW junior, who was in attendance for the game vs Arizona State (Badgers 20-19 on a blocked extra point in the last minutes of the 4th quarter).  While in “Madtown”, make sure you grab yourself a beer, New Glarus: Moon Man is my new favorite, and a brat.