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.

The argument for March

Thankfully, February is behind us (apologies to February babies and black people). But I hate February. I hate the 28 straight days of gray skies and brown grass. Mainly, I hate the cold. But now it is the first day of March and we can all rejoice.

March has so much more to offer than the previous two months of the calendar. In reality, it makes the argument for itself.
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1. American Red Cross Month – Nothing provides a better feeling deep down inside than giving to charity. And giving to charity during warmer weather makes it that much better.

2. Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – Men, just get that tube stuck up your ass for a few minutes and get it over with. It’ll give you peace of mind, if nothing else.

3. Women’s History Month (United States) – We went from celebrating black people to women. Nothing wrong with that. Plus, this doesn’t discriminate against fat girls like Hollywood. And we all know, fat girls need lovin’ too.

4. Pi Day (March 14) – Remember 3.14 from grade school math class? Celebrate it on the 14th.

5. The Ides of March (15th) – The anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar by Brutus, Cassius, Casca, et al. If your significant other has a bad dream before this day, do NOT leave the house.
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6. St. Patrick’s Day (17th) – Nothing like celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. Drink up!

7. Vernal Equinox (19th to 21st) – The date varies from year to year, but kiss winter goodbye and welcome spring. Warm weather is always better.

8. Good Friday and Easter – Christians across the world come together to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Apologies to the Jewish and Muslims among us.

9. Spring Training – The American past time is gearing back up which means summer and more warm weather. Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the ballpark (Jose need not answer)?
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10. March Madness- The single greatest American sporting event (that’s scientific fact, no arguments please). Sixty-five teams and three straight weekends of college basketball. It’s upsets and heavy favorites.

As I said, it just makes the argument for itself. What’s not to like about these ten points? March is just the beginning of the great times to come: outdoor sports, warm weather (have I mentioned this enough?), grilling/bbqing/whatever you call it in your region of the country, and all around great times.