Sparty's new couch-burning theme song

Sparty's new couch-burning theme song

Submitted by andrewG on April 4th, 2015 at 3:01 PM

So this exists:

Because my mom always told me that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all, I'll note that the video production quality is surprisingly good. As for the quality and content of the uhhh... well, I guess we'll call it a song... I'll withhold comment.

[In the highly likely event I screwd up the imbed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RJ9fwz_6HU]

OT: Final Four Matchups--Who Do You Got?

OT: Final Four Matchups--Who Do You Got?

Submitted by MGlobules on April 3rd, 2015 at 9:02 PM

Title says it all, or most of it: Who do you want tomorrow, who do you expect to win?

I see the argument that Wisconsin can go over the top against Kentucky as persuasive; I want a Big Ten win, and I think that Wiscy can take them. And something deeply cynical inside me says Calipari wins anyway.

I will also be rooting for Duke for the first time in my life. Well, I may have rooted for them against UNLV, because Tark was the devil then that Cal is now. I was still a kid; but maybe that means I was more idealistic. Anyway, I resented Tarkanian having the audacity to die around the same time Dean Smith did. Tark couldn't hold Dean Smith's jock.

In fact, I want to see MSU go down badly, E. Lansing furniture lighting up the night, visible from the international space station.

Austin Hatch: One in 11,560,000,000,000,000

Austin Hatch: One in 11,560,000,000,000,000

Submitted by Maison Bleue on April 3rd, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Great Austin Hatch story from mgoblue.com: LINK

"He's like a father figure to me," Hatch said of Beilein. "I've lost that, and he's a lot like my father in terms of the quality man he is and how solid he is in character, goals and integrity. He's a family man who genuinely cares about people. So, it's really been a blessing for me to be involved in a program that's led by a man like him."
"Not only is he a father figure to me and all my brothers. And by 'my brothers,' I'm referring to my teammates. He does everything the right way -- he doesn't ever sacrifice honesty or integrity. The man is truly one of a kind." That comment made Hatch think of his own father, a doctor who always made time for him and loved family deeply, and a question he was asked about his father in an ESPN feature that aired Feb. 8.
"Chris Connelly asked me, 'Were you ever angry at your father?' I said, 'Never, never. My father was the man of the millennium.' In terms of how genuinely caring and solid as Coach Beilein is, Coach Beilein's right there with him. I've been very blessed to have such great men in my life."

Is somebody cutting onions in here?

EDIT: Austin's name now in the title, because LongLiveBo asked so nicely.

Kings to Host "Sauce Castillo Night"

Kings to Host "Sauce Castillo Night"

Submitted by MaizeNBlu628 on April 3rd, 2015 at 9:39 AM

The Kings will be honoring Stauskas' new nickname with "Sauce Castillo Night" on 4/5 against the Jazz. All fans will receive a "Sauce Castillo" hot sauce, and special edition shirts will be sold in the team store. 

On the court, Stauskas' shooting has improved greatly since the start of March, shooting 47% from 3s, and averaged 7.4 ppg, playing 19.6 min/pg.

http://www.nba.com/kings/blog/join-kings-sauce-castillo-night-4/5

OT-ish: Nebrasketball Draft Departures

OT-ish: Nebrasketball Draft Departures

Submitted by MGoChippewa on April 2nd, 2015 at 10:13 PM

In a span of about four hours tonight, both Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford have announced their intentions to forego their senior seasons and enter the 2015 NBA Draft.  Petteway has an outside shot at going late in the 2nd round, while Pitchford is almost certainly bound for Europe or the D-League. That takes away about 41% of Nebraska's scoring last season.  When combined with graduating seniors, Nebraska will also be losing all but one of the players on their roster over 6'7.  Pitchford's announcement contained some talk of frustration over how last season played out: 

I have put my past frustration of this past year aside and will do what is in my best interest in life

The departures almost certainly push Nebraska towards the bottom of the Big Ten for next season, barring some kind of fortune on the graduate transfer market.

EDIT

Petteway now says no decision has been made and that he'll meet with Miles next week.  

Max Bielfeldt possibly going to Bradley

Max Bielfeldt possibly going to Bradley

Submitted by hvsiii on April 2nd, 2015 at 1:56 PM

The article is pretty short but it discuss the possilbility of this move for Max. 

 

"I have spoken to Coach Wardle and there is an interest to potentially come," he said. "I'm currently just weighing my other options."

http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150402/SPORTS/150409834/11130/SPORTS

UM possibly making the switch from Adidas to Nike?

UM possibly making the switch from Adidas to Nike?

Submitted by myblueheaven on April 2nd, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Here's a Freep article discussing the possibility of Michigan realigning it's brand with that of Nike. Good news for those of us who have been alienated by Adidas's and their past offerings such as the horrid Bumble bee jersey fiasco... I still cringe when I see those things (scratches arms like a crack head).

 

I don't know how likely this transition is, but I can't help but to wonder whether or not this news will effect Michigan's standing with perennial 5 star bb recruit Jaylen Brown, who recently made a statement that he was definitely going to an Adidas school! I've had a few conversations with JB and happen to know for a fact Michigan is a legitimate front runner for this kid! However this news can't hurt Kentucky's chances who I believe is right there with Michigan.

 

I don't know how much stock these kids put into any particular athletic brands when making these decisions, although I would imagine that with the potential sponsorship dynamic at play it definitely factors. Who knows, maybe Michigan and the greatness of Beilein will win out!

Link: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverine…

OT - Melo Trimble to Return To Maryland MBB

OT - Melo Trimble to Return To Maryland MBB

Submitted by alum96 on April 1st, 2015 at 10:59 PM

This is a pretty big return for Maryland basketball.  I think out of the Big 10 freshmen only 3 really were candidates for 1 and done (Russell, Trimble, Blackmon) ... likelihood in that order. 

Trimble averaged 16.2 ppg in 34min a night, shooting 44% overall and 41% from the 3.  Also excellent rebounding and assists for a freshman - 3.9 and 3.0 respectively.  Also shoots 86% from FT.

While not a lottery pick it seems Tremble was a candidate for the back half of the first round via mocks.

Trimble told The Washington Post on Saturday that he planned to leave Maryland this year only if he was guaranteed to be a lottery pick in June’s draft. A couple of unofficial mock drafts had Trimble as a late first-round draft pick.  “I had him as a first round pick, but not as a lottery [top 14] pick,” one NBA executive said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday.

It seems to have gone unnoticed here but Diamond Stone - a guy Beilein wanted, a 6'10 250 lb center and #6 overall just committed to Maryland this past week and reports today are he would not have gone to Maryland if Melo had not come back

“That was a big factor for me because I need someone to pass the ball and just run the offense,” Stone told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday. “Melo’s one of the best at doing that, so that was a big decision. I actually texted Melo, I asked him, so I knew beforehand that he was going to stay. If he would’ve left, I probably wouldn’t be at Maryland. So when he stayed, then I decided to go to the University of Maryland.”

Stone is playing in tonight's McDonald's All American game with Deyonta Davis (MSU) and Caleb Swanigan (undecided but MSU is among the top suitors). 

This immediately vaults IMO Maryland back to top tier of the Big 10 next year with MSU and UM IMO.  I think Dez Wells is the only guy they lost and Maryland had 2 other close to 7 footers in last years class I believe (not sure if they redshirted last year)  I am assuming Russell is gone from OSU.