Open Letter to the Ohio State University

Dear tOSU,

First, stop emphasizing the word “the” in your official name. No one cares. However, that is not the subject of my letter. I am writing on behalf of the college basketball world today. Why? Why did you have to chuck countless threes in the last 10 minutes of the second half?

I know Tennessee had an advantage on the inside, but did you have to rim out on all of them? It used to be so fun holding the banner of “Sweet Sixteen U” over Tennessee fans, but no more. I imagined a university that holds itself in such high regard could keep the history alive, but I was mistaken.

So thanks, Ohio State, for reminding me why I never choose your athletic teams to win a big game. Was the SEC speed too much for you this time as well?

Sincerely,

America

The Apocalypse is Nigh, Tennessee in the Elite 8

Wayne Chism and his logic defying headband will be performing in the Elite 8 for the first time ever.

As a friend of mine suggested, the time has come to stock up on canned food, bottled water, and firearms. The end is obviously near.

The Tennessee Volunteers have made the Elite 8 for the first time in their program’s history. Alan Houston, Ernie & Bernie, Ron “Probably Gay” Slay… None of them accomplished what this year’s Vols have managed.

In doing so, the Volunteers have proven the “addition by subtraction” theory with the absence of All-SEC performer Tyler Smith. As you might expect, having a gun toting drug dealer on your roster is never helpful, no matter how talented he might be. The team field trips to the corner to settle up with Pookie were obviously distracting the Vols from their true potential.

Sure, Tennessee caught a break when Georgetown crapped the bed against Ohio, but the Vols of years past would have figured out a way to screw that up too. Not this year’s Volunteers, though.

Despite having a 4/5 who thinks he’s a 2 and a 2 who thinks he’s already a year late for the league, the Vols have managed to play and win as a team. Believe it or not, they’ve also decided to play a little defense as well. Crazy, I know.

So, here’s a toast to the Mighty Balls. You’ve waited a long time for this. Here’s hoping all the three chucking, pot smoking, gun toting, and chest painting anticipation was worth it.

Flowcharting the 2010 NCAA Tournament

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This would be a great time to create water-cooler talk with the boss, wouldn’t it?

Well here at EJSIC, we’re here to provide exactly what the people want: below, you’ll find the key to winning your office pool, with the EJSIC 2010 NCAA Tournament flowchart.

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SEC Tournament Wrap-up

Well, we’ve reached the conclusion to the 2010 edition of the SEC tournament, and Kentucky fans will have something to smile about as they sit in traffic on I-65 north this afternoon.

Though the win can partly be attributed to the willingness of Mississippi State to be careless with the ball late in regulation, it took a couple of amazing plays by the Cats to seal the deal. The biggest of which being John Wall’s ridiculously tough 3 pointer late in overtime to make it a 4 point lead, and essentially sealing Miss St’s fate.

But there was more, and here are a couple of other tidbits from my view in the stands:

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Tennessee Unveils Commemorative T-Shirts

We really don’t mean to pick on the Vols, but they keep getting in the news for all the wrong reasons. The latest is this from the Dagger

Now I understand that beating #1 Kansas was a great accomplishment, especially  with a depleted roster, but a commemorative shirt? Seriously?

I guess when your team has never made it past the Sweet 16 you have to take what you can get…

Lane Kiffin’s first 12 hours at USC

If you’ve glanced over this blog any time since last night, you would know that Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin has left the Vols after one season to coach Southern California. Kiffin had a very eventful first 12 hours on the job. I had the luxury of following the man around for that time and below is a recap of it all.
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8:00 PM EST: News begins to break across the country that Kiffin has accepted the job at USC

9:30 PM EST: Kiffin holds a two minute press conference in Knoxville in which he reflects on his 14 months and never answers any questions from reporters.

12 AM PST: Arrives in So Cal after a cross-country flight.

12:01 AM PST: USC self-reports a secondary recruiting violation under Kiffin.

12:07 AM PST: USC self-reports Kiffin’s second violation.

1:03 AM PST: Kiffin meets with local media in Heritage Hall

1:04 AM PST: Kiffin claims he can’t wait to sing “Fight On” all night once they beat Florida

1:04.37 AM PST: Changes Florida to UCLA

1:04.56 AM PST: Realizes that USC beating UCLA isn’t the same magnitude as Tennessee beating Florida

1:07 AM PST: Wonders aloud to local media whether he scared Urban Meyer into a leave of absence.
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2:00 AM PST: Kiffin and Orgeron walk around a dimly lit LA Coliseum.

3:00 AM PST: Kiffin enters his office for the first time.

3:30 AM PST: USC self-reports a secondary violation.

3:45 AM PST: Kiffin goes to sleep in his office.

5:47 AM PST: Kiffin wakes up and calls for a team meeting at 6:30.

6:30 AM PST: Meets with team for the first time.
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6:31 AM PST: Kiffin bans BB guns from the team.

7:00 AM PST: The meeting ends and the players seem happy to have Kiffin as their next head coach.

7:51 AM PST: USC self-reports a fourth recruiting violation.

It was, as stated earlier, a very eventful 12 hours for Lane Kiffin. His move from the hills of east Tennessee to the sun of southern California not only marked a transition in climate, but one in expectations. The Volunteers were on the rebound after the last few years of Phil Fulmer while USC still believes itself to be a legitimate national title contender every season. Good luck, Lane.

LOL! Kiffin to USC.

Lane Kiffin is expected to be announced as the next head coach at USC. No lie. Here’s the article from ESPN.com.

Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin has agreed in principle to become the next head coach at Southern California, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com’s Chris Low on Tuesday.

Kiffin would replace Pete Carroll, who jumped to the NFL as coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

Kiffin, the former Oakland Raiders coach, led the Volunteers for only one season.

Sources told ESPN Kiffin will bring his father and defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, and assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron to Southern Cal with him, and wide receivers coach Kippy Brown will be named interim head coach at Tennessee.

It’s so funny that I’m at a loss for words.