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Saturday, June 25, 2016


One Shining Moment Video Caps Weak College Basketball Season

The 2011 NCAA tournament came to an end, and with it we can now forget about college basketball for the next nine months. But before it all came to a close, not only did we get a 9th place team as our national champion, but we also got the annual tournament-closing video, One Shining Moment. The good news is the Luther Vandross version was used unlike last year. Here is the 2011 One Shining Moment video via Jose3030:

I know One Shining Moment is an annual tradition and excellent way to close out the season, but I have to be honest, there just weren’t very many touching moments from this year’s tournament. That’s reality. It’s sad to say it, but this was just a down year in college hoops. Oh yeah, and where was the clip of Shaka Smart taking the charge during practice? That was one of my favorite images from the tourney and they left it out. Shame.

Jim Calhoun Must Have Given UConn Players Muscle Milk at Halftime

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The UConn Huskies won their third national championship in school history Monday night, defeating the Butler Bulldogs 53-41. UConn started off the game slowly and was actually trailing 22-19 at the half, but a superb second half effort gave them the win. Butler disappointed with one of the poorest performances we’ve ever seen in a title game, and a lot of it can be attributed to UConn’s defense.

Muscle Milk, which is sponsoring this story, reminds us that anyone can excel on any given day and that Muscle Milk can help you become the best YOU can be. UConn coach Jim Calhoun must have either given his players some Muscle Milk shakes at halftime or lifted their spirits with an inspirational speech, because their defense was impenetrable in the second half.

Check out some of these mind-boggling statistics that tell the story of the game better than any words can:


UConn National Championship T-Shirt for Your Dog Is Available

When the Huskies win a national championship, the dogs come out on top. That’s right, they’re offering championship t-shirts for pet dogs as Darren Rovell pointed out on twitter. Here’s a picture of a dog (not a Husky) modeling the shirt:

They try and make a buck on everything so should even be surprised by this? Of course not. Here’s a link to the product in case you want to purchase it.

Jerry Tarkanian Supports Reggie Theus and Larry Johnson for UNLV Coaching Job

Lon Kruger left UNLV’s basketball program to take the head coaching job at Oklahoma last week, leaving the Rebels searching for a new head coach. Contrary to popular belief, the job is not available on craigslist, but rather one for which athletic director Jim Livengood is nailing down finalists. The two names most prominently mentioned in connection with the vacancy are Reggie Theus and Dave Rice. When reached by phone on Monday, former UNLV national championship coach Jerry Tarkanian told Larry Brown Sports he supports former players Theus and Larry Johnson for the job.

Coach Tarkanian told LBS he recommended Reggie Theus for several reasons, saying “He’s got a great personality and he can talk with anybody.” Tark added that Theus “has been a good head coach, and the people love him in Vegas.”

He also said he supported his former player Larry Johnson, who is considered the best UNLV player in the program’s history, for the job. Tark acknowledged that Johnson’s lack of head coaching experience hurts him in the search, but says he thinks Larry would do a great job because he’s such a good person. In an interview with LBS last month, Johnson told us he was interested in coaching.

Overall, Tarkanian said Lon Kruger did a real good job as head coach of the program.

No replacement has been named yet, but Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a hire could be made this week. Ryan Greene says that Theus and Livengood talked Sunday night but that Rice is the favorite to get the job.

Photo Credit: Collegiate Images/Getty Images

UConn Losing to Notre Dame Shows Flaw in Single-Elimination Tournament

UConn was upset by Notre Dame on Sunday in the women’s college basketball Final Four losing 72-63. The shocker means Notre Dame will move on to play Texas A&M in the finals which also had a big upset, knocking off Stanford earlier in the day. Coach Geno Auriemma was hard on his team after the loss which was understandable considering the Huskies lost to an inferior opponent. And therein lies the problem.

In case you don’t follow women’s college basketball too much, Sunday’s Final Four meeting marked the fourth time Notre Dame and UConn faced each other during the season. UConn was 36-1 entering the game with their only loss coming to Stanford, meaning they had beaten the Irish three times earlier in the year. In their first meeting on January 8th, UConn won 79-76, their second meeting was February 19th and UConn won 78-57, and they met in the finals of the Big East tournament where UConn won 73-64.

On Sunday, in the fourth meeting between the teams, Notre Dame finally won. And for beating UConn once out of four times, they get to play for the national championship and UConn doesn’t.

I ask you, does that seem fair? Or more importantly, do you feel like the best team will be playing for the title on Tuesday? If you say “yes”, you must be a Notre Dame fan because the scoreboard doesn’t lie. Yes Notre Dame was better on Sunday, but UConn proved they were better over the course of the season.


Mike Vrabel Arrested for Felony Theft at Belterra Casino in Indiana

Kansas Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested on charges of felony theft early Monday morning at Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana. Pro Football Talk first reported the news which has been confirmed by LBS, and they write that “the charge, under Indiana law, is a Class-D felony.”

Switzerland County Jail in Indiana did not have details regarding the arrest and LBS has reached out to the Indiana Gaming Commission for more information. We do know that Vrabel was released on a $600 cash bond.

We’ll have more information when it becomes available, but we know we’re not alone in saying of all people who could have gotten into trouble over the NFL off-season, Mike Vrabel was one of the names we would least expect. Keep up with LBS on twitter for more updates. Between this incident and Louis Murphy’s arrest, it’s been a bad weekend for NFL players.

UPDATE: Vrabel, through his agent, says it was a misunderstanding.

UPDATE II: KMBC in KC says, “The incident involved bottles of alcohol taken from a casino eatery. Indiana Gaming Commission Director of Enforcement Kenny Rowan said Vrabel was observed by an enforcement agent taking the bottles of alcohol from a deli without paying for them. He said Vrabel was very cooperative during the investigation and posed no problems during the arrest.”

If that is indeed what led to the arrest, then Vrabel really did get a bad deal and the law in Indiana should be modified.

UPDATE III: Rowan spoke with LBS and confirmed that the theft was over eight bottles of beer. He had no further knowledge if Vrabel was intoxicated and if that played a role in the theft.

UNLV Coaching Job Mocked in Funny Craigslist Post

UNLV is looking for a new basketball coach now that Lon Kruger has left for Oklahoma. The Las Vegas Review-Journal says former Rebels Dave Rice and Reggie Theus are top candidates and that a hire could be announced as early as Tuesday. They also say that Bob Knight expressed interest in the job, and LBS favorite Larry Johnson is also interested. But according to this mock posting on Craigslist (shared by Bryan Fischer on twitter), all you have to be is a former UNLV broadcaster to be considered for the job.

Here are some of the funnier points from the fake job post:

> Position will remain open until filled or until the publicity is just overwhelming.
> Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree (no matter how long it took you to get it)
> Any mention in the press by Jerry Tarkanian will greatly improve your chances of an interview and in that case, *no* previous coaching experience will be required.
> Special consideration will be given to any candidate who has had a face to face altercation with Steve Kerr.

Again, before you start sending in the hate mail, keep in mind this was just a joke. The reality is that ties to UNLV do help one’s chances of landing the job. But as for the report that Bob Knight expressed interest? Can you possibly imagine Knight coaching at the same place where Jerry Tarkanian became a legend? Neither can I. But if you want to read actual news on the job, we spoke with Jerry Tarkanian who shared his thoughts on who should be the next head coach.

Here’s the post in its entirety, and tell me it isn’t the funnies craigslist posting you’ve seen since this and this.


Steve Phillips: Thank God for Steroids

There are many ways to look at the steroid era in baseball. For most, it is an embarrassment — cheating in every sense of the term.  Most fans feel like they were cheated for more than a decade.  What Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds were able to do is no longer reality.  It was all manufactured.  Regardless, it made for some entertaining moments.

Those entertaining moments are what someone like Steve Phillips focuses on.  In fact, Phillips thinks baseball would be dead right now if not for those few — excuse me, the enormous population — who took up juicing.  According to the USA Today via The Big Lead, Phillips said, “Thank god for steroids. It brought the game back from extinction,” during an interview on XM radio.

Keep in mind this is the same guy who said he would trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt.  But if the affair-having Phillips is right, the game of baseball is in serious danger.  With the way MLB has cracked down on testing and tried to put the issue of steroid use to rest over the past couple years, we as fans are led to believe that the days of 55 home runs in a season are over.

Without the astronomical statistics that supposedly brought the game back to life, what will keep it afloat?  Will fans take to no-hitters the same way they took to the long ball in the late 90s?  Will going to the ballpark and watching a dominant pitching performance have the same effect as watching six home runs fly into the stands? Time will tell.

Bronson Arroyo Pitches with Mono, John Danks with Root Canal Infection

Who said hockey players were the only tough guys around? Bronson Arroyo and John Danks would beg to differ.

Bronson Arroyo was diagnosed with mono on March 26th yet he still took the mound Sunday to make his season debut for the Reds. The reliable workhorse went seven innings of three-run ball, grabbing his first win of the season as the Reds swept the Brewers 12-3. Arroyo’s been battling mono for about a month and says he has a cough and feels rundown at the end of days, but the virus didn’t stop him from taking the hill and posting the win.

Not to be outdone, John Danks took the rubber for the White Sox despite a visit to the dentist Saturday. Danks had to get an infected tooth cleaned out where he previously had a root canal, and he spent an hour in the dentist chair. Danks pitched well giving up just two runs over six innings, but unlike the first two games of the series, Chicago’s offense couldn’t score. The bullpen blew the game and the White Sox lost 7-1, but Danks no doubt earned tough guy points with his teammates for the effort.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Tony Dejak; Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Dana White Supports Overtime Round to Eliminate Draws

UFC President Dana White is displaying the creativity and wits that has helped grow the UFC into the most popular MMA organization in the world. Speaking on The Ultimate Fighter Aftermath, White said he wants to explore the possibility of adding an overtime round to eliminate draws.

“I hate draws,” White said, as noted by MMA Fighting. “I think it’s just such a waste of everybody’s time and energy. It’s something that I would definitely explore.”

Even though particulars would have to be worked out, I think it’s a great idea. Say they go to the cards and find out the judges have it as draw, why not go to an extra round to see if a winner can be established?

This year alone we’ve seen Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fight to a draw at UFC 125, and B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch do the same in the main event at UFC 127. Wouldn’t it have been much more satisfying for fans if there were an extra round to break the tie? Overtimes and tie-breakers are used in pretty much every other major sport, so why not MMA?

Like White said, draws are a big waste of everybody’s time. When two fighters meet in the Octagon, we want to see a winner. Anything that helps achieve that outcome while maintaining a safe environment for fighters sounds like a good idea to me.

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