EJSIC @ the SEC tournament

That’s right. Yours truly has been dispatched to provide up-to-the-minute updates live from the site of the 2010 SEC tournament at the “whatever-they’re-calling-it-now-that-the -Sommet-Group-failed-to-make-payment Center” in Nashville, TN. EJSIC will be your first stop for the sights, sounds, and even smells (if I can find a way to capture them on my phone) of the 2010 installment of the UK Invitational.

To get things started, here are the 3 biggest story lines heading into the tournament, and the 3 things I’m looking forward to the most:

Tournament Story Lines:

1. Will the runaway-train that has been the 2009-10 version of the Kentucky Wildcats continue their resurgence with a tournament title? The obvious favorites going in to the event, it will be interesting to see if the C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS will be able to continue to build on their 29-2 (14-2) record by capturing the tournament championship. THE most talented team in the country (IMO), the Cats have been dominant at home, but have proven to be shaky away from Rupp Arena, including losses at Tennessee and against the fightin’ Devon Downey’s, as well as close games against Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, and Auburn. It will be interesting to see how this freshman dominated team will perform in what will be the first college tournament situation for most.

Can anyone derail DeCuz and the UK crazy train?

All that said, make no mistake about it; Nashville will become Lexington south this weekend, just as it is whenever UK comes to town.

2. Bubbles bursting. It is my opinion that none of Florida, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State will make the Big Dance without a win in this tournament, and it is shaping up to be elimination Friday, with potential Tennessee/Ole Miss and Florida/Miss St matchups.

3. Who is SEC POY? The case for Devon Downey over either of John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins was a strong one after ‘lil Carolina’s upset of then #1 UK, but it has become increasingly difficult to ignore the team’s late season slide. However, Downey may have thrust himself back into consideration, after a 26 point performance last week at the dump that is Memorial Gym. With a deep tourney run, and perhaps another upset of Kentucky should they beat ‘Bama on Thursday, things could get interesting.

Things I’m Looking Forward To:

Bruce Pearl is a show unto himself.

1. Vandy fans. I was at the SEC/Sun Belt Classic in mid-December, which showcased MTSU vs. Tennessee and Vandy vs. Western Kentucky at the same venue as the SEC tournament. Vandy fans showed why they were the joke of the SEC by managing to attract **maybe** 200 fans to a game in their hometown. Meanwhile, WKU had 6-8 thousand, and were a raucous bunch. No one would have guessed they were the team 4-3 heading in and Vandy was the team nationally ranked. Well Vandy fans (or as I like to call them, “Alabama football fans“), here’s your chance to redeem yourselves. I don’t expect any more than 400 of you, so don’t disappoint me.

2. A live view of “Dermal Soul Glo I’ve heard stories, but I want to see for myself if Bruce really does glow.

3. Demarcus Cousins. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this ticking-time-bomb’s explosion all year. If this kid played in the ACC, he already would have been involved in brawls with Chas McFarland and Ryan Reid, and having the opposing fans get a hold of your phone number would be a weekly ordeal. But even in a league as physically flaccid as the SEC, Cousins has been driven to temper tantrums and dirty plays numerous times. If he’s gonna flip out, and he will eventually, I just want to be there to see it.

I’m also looking forward to some “pity” beers to be bought for me by those feeling sorry for me, in my North Carolina t-shirt, although I don’t expect Kentucky fans to be overly willing to support my cause…………..dafunk…………….out.

Got a question, an angle you’d like me to cover at the tourney, or some hate-filled garbage to spew???? Shoot me an email at dafunk.EJSIC@yahoo.com, and I’ll get back to ya ASAP.

9 thoughts on “EJSIC @ the SEC tournament

  1. dafunk,

    nashville is a good places for a tourney..

    good food, good tunes, and good venue..

    with nashville being so close to knoxville and lexington.. i imagine a sea of orange and blue with occasional glimpses of other teams fans..

    word on the street is “hooters” is an early favorite for tourney viewing (it helps that they sport UT’s colors) for more than just sports. with the size of the venue, scalpers will be the winners this weekend (no matter what the scoreboard says!) so arrive early.

    yeah i think you can get some “sympathy” beers in your unc gear from the uk fans.. i would not suggest dook gear, as they might not find your body.. so why take the chance (hey anybody can run with the bulls, but since folks get trampled every year in spain, is the risk really worth it)?

    if you will be there live i would like to know 3 things in your reports….

    a) hot babe o meter – who has the hottest coed’s? the hottest milf’s? yeah picture proof would be good….

    b) highest difference between “face value” and “street value” for each days tickets..

    c) how much sympathy booze you score..

    good luck, and safe travel.. and may the nashville police not invite you to stay at the “city” hotel..

  2. nah man……I live in Nashville……it’ll be a short 10 minute ride to the arena for me!

    but I agree. the way downtown is set up, with the bars on Broadway directly as you exit the arena, its a great place for a basketball tournament

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  4. Waking up in the alley time is either tonight or tomorrow…..like Saturday, as I just found out my buddy’s band is playing on Broadway after the games. That is sure to be a LONG day.

    I was going to do the blog updates from my phone, but it went on “battery-drain” all day, and just wasn’t up to the task. I attempt it again tonight. (but I’m not gonna be able to make Friday’s first session….sucks)

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