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One of my guilty pleasures

I am an absolute sucker for 1980s power ballads. Here is one from 38 Special that I like a lot.

I like to listen to melancholic songs after my team gets swept by the Mets.

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Posted by on April 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Speaking of unwatchable

The Dodgers lost both games of a doubleheader Monday in New York. Good grief.

The pitching ain’t good. The defense ain’t good. The hitting ain’t good.

This season is starting to get away from us.

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On the flip side, the Lakers powered past Oklahoma City 111-87 in Game 5 on Monday, taking a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 playoff series.

L.A. needs one more victory to advance to the conference semifinals.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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The problem(s) with college hoops

I had a very interesting conversation a couple weeks ago when I was in Dubuque County.

The guy with whom I was speaking — Carl — is a longtime Hawkeye fan who REALLY understands basketball. I’ve always respected his knowledge of the game. Unlike most fans, he’s thoughtful, analytical and slow to anger.

Anyway, we were talking about how poor the Iowa men’s basketball program has become. The conversation drifted toward college basketball as a whole, and I was stunned by something Carl said.

“I’m at the point now where I’d rather watch an NBA game than a college basketball game,” he said.

That’s really saying something, coming from a guy like Carl, a former college hoops junkie.

Of course, I couldn’t agree more. College hoops has become an absolute bore and completely unwatchable from November through February.

The one thing it always had going for it — intimacy with its fans — has disappeared thanks to players going pro after one season and, more important, a massive increase in transfers.

I hadn’t really thought about the effect of transfers until Carl mentioned it. But he’s right. Iowa and Iowa State and countless other programs have been devastated by players leaving town. It hasn’t always been like this.

I don’t have statistics in front of me. But I know anecdotally that transfers were rare for most of my life. I’ve been following college hoops casually since the mid-1980s, and I’ve never seen anything like the current trend.

You don’t like your coach? Transfer. Coach gets fired or takes a new job? Transfer. Girlfriend break up with you? Transfer. Teachers making you go to class? Transfer.

When college fans see players transfer, they become disengaged. The best part of college sports is that feeling that you “know” the players. If they’re coming and going, you can’t get to know them.

Carl also noted that the talent level in college basketball has plummeted. As I always say, all the good college players are already in the NBA thanks to the “one-and-done” phenomenon.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Carver-Hawkeye Arena was two-thirds empty for many games last season.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Doubleheader today

The Dodgers-Mets game in New York was postponed yesterday due to rain. The teams will play a doubleheader today starting at 3 p.m. Central.

The second game, which starts around 6 p.m., will be televised by MLB Network.

I’m hoping for a split.

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Just saw a short documentary on Rick Monday’s flag-saving play at Dodger Stadium in April 1976.

The best thing about that moment was Vin Scully’s call of the event. His delivery and tone were so natural, you’d think he had described fans burning flags in center field every day. Click here to watch the play.

A question I’ve always had about that moment: Where the hell was security? Those two fans were kneeling over the flag for about 10 seconds on the field before Monday swooped in. Nowadays, security guards would tackle the fans before they reached outfield grass.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Sigh

I’m glad I didn’t watch this game.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

More love for Vin Scully

Jon Weisman posted an awesome video on his Dodger Thoughts blog today. You MUST check it out. Click here to watch it.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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My little farmer girl

Maisa had all she needs at Grampa's house -- a red tractor and a sippy cup.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2010 in Uncategorized