Hoops Open Thread

We’re all glued to the tv here. Go EERS!

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Nice! Butler edged KSU!

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    Mike Kay says:

    Will Bobby Byrd attend the final-4?

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    madmommy says:

    Umm…that looks like a much nicer sofa than the usual futon the furry overlords pose on. Losing the futon might put Tunch over the edge after all the other changes in his universe!

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    Annie says:

    We’re all glued to the tv here. Go EERS!

    Interesting. Tunch is not in the picture…Exactly what “we’re” are we talking about…Could it be that someone is afraid to let Tunch out of the cage?

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    Mark S. says:

    Lily looks like she’s reacting to a bad call.

    Congrats to Butler. I’m sure they’ll be considered a Cinderella, but they were ranked 11th.

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    Mike Kay says:

    Any Ashley Judd sightings? She’s a HUGE KU fan.

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    A Squirrel says:

    I’m not ripping the EERS (I hope they win) but does Bob Huggins have the worst wardrobe for any quasi-public figure anywhere, ever?

    He’s a wealthy man appearing in front of millions of people, leading his team – in track suits and sweat pants. I’m not even a stickler for this sort of thing but good god, man. Cutoff jeans would be a step up.

    BTW, good luck with your move, John.

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    LuciaMia says:

    Lily looks veeeery contented. Good vibes!

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    madmommy says:

    @A Squirrel:

    He’s shopping at the BIll Belichick wing of the mall, evidently. Surely the school pays him enough for him to afford suits that fit him properly? Bruce Pearl can manage to get sport coats made in day-glo orange, so it can’t be that difficult.

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    beltane says:

    Husband’s watching the game. I’m just hoping for updates on today’s Burning Teabag Festival.

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    mgordon says:

    After KU and K-State got knocked off all I care about is Calipari losing. Go WVU!

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    General Egali Tarian Stuck says:

    Good game. GO CATS!!

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    SIA says:

    Lily looks very elegant.

    I want some Tunch details please. What’s he doing?

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    Ed in NJ says:

    Rooting for WV, as a Big East guy, since they need to uphold the league’s honor. A shame that scumbag Huggins has to be the coach. Can only imagine what recruiting tactics were used to bring all 5 starters in from NJ.

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    beltane says:

    @SIA: Tunch is probably urinating in a closet somewhere, just because he can.

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    Gus says:

    That is some lights out three point shooting. Exciting game so far.

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    SIA says:

    @ beltane
    Ruh roh

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    Josie says:

    Who is this “we” you speak of. Where is the Tunchmeister? Has he been banished or is he sulking somewhere? Lily looks uncommonly contented and full of win.

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    Annie says:


    LOL….Go Tunch…….

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    Max says:

    @JohnGCole – A LOT of brown/beige/tan in all of the pictures you have taken and posted.

    Please tell me there is some color in your home somewhere (and the blue blanket on the mighty Tunch futon does not count).


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    PeakVT says:

    Lily looks uncommonly contented and full of win.

    I dunno. The body language says “I’m relaxed” but the ears say “I’m really tired of listening to Tunch complain.”

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    General Egali Tarian Stuck says:

    @Gus: If WV keeps that up, they deserve to win. Kentucky usually wears down their opponents in the second half. We shall see. But yes. some lights out 3 point shooting by WV.

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    demkat620 says:

    Go ‘Eers! I hope they win it all. Them or Butler.

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    Warren Terra says:

    This isn’t a hoops thing (there’s some sort of televised ball game going on?), but this is still some sort of open thread, and I thought I’d just note that anyone who isn’t reading Charlie Pierce’s weekly Friday letters to Eric Alterman (at Alterman’s blog, which only updates about twice a week anyhow) only has themselves to blame for missing out.

    A taste of this week’s unusually brief edition, which is an examination of the sad remains of John McCain:

    He then walked back to the Senate and engaged in a prolonged temper tantrum that culminated in his announcement last week that he was so insulted by health-care reform that he would hereafter decline to do his job any more — a refutation of his old “Country First” slogan that was so obviously hilarious that even Harry Reid noticed. Meanwhile, back home, he was being primaried to within an inch of his life anyway by J.D. Hayworth, a former sportscaster who went on to a brief, Abramoff-enriched career as the dimmest bulb in the congressional chandelier. So, here I sit, today, in Arizona, and not eight miles from this computer. John McCain has flown in Sarah Palin to be the featured speaker at a rally that he hopes will push him to victory over a guy whom even all the other congressional dumbasses thought was a box of rocks. She’s endorsing him but, at the rally, HE’S introducing her, and all I can think of is a paraphrase of the late, great Dr. Thompson’s memorable vale to the cursed 1972 campaign;
    “Jesus, how low do you have to stoop in this country if you want to almost be president?”

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    Loneoak says:

    I want to keep watching the game, but my moron dog is starting to whine for a walk.

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    Chat Noir says:

    Lovely Lily looks like she’s settling into her new digs nicely. Hard to believe it’s almost been a year since she came into all our lives.

    Looking forward to Tunch updates as well. That pix from the last thread is priceless.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @A Squirrel:

    “Does Bob Huggins have the worst wardrobe for any quasi-public figure anywhere, ever?”

    No. That dubious distinction belongs to Sylvia Hatchell, the women’s basketball coach at North Carolina. Guilty of some indescribable fashion felonies.

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    Kryptik says:

    Did I miss something? Did Beilein return? Did Gansey possess our guys? Did someone call Pittsnogle and get him to do his charm on the guys?

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    Tiparillo says:

    As hard as it is to root for Huggy Bear – go West Virginia!!!

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    General Egali Tarian Stuck says:


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    Tiparillo says:

    And congrats to the Butler Bulldogs!!!!

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Mike Kay:

    KU = Kansas.

    Kentucky = UK.

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    Josh Huaco says:

    Trying to decide if I should cheer for Bob Huggins or John Calipari is like choosing between syphilis and anthrax.

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    demo woman says:

    Lily seems quite happy.
    Is it wrong of me to hope that all #1 seeds lose?

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    madmommy says:


    Went to the Google and…wow. In one photo she’s wearing a jacket that has golden lions on a mesh field positioned on each shoulder. With a gold Nike swoosh lapel pin.


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    Tiparillo says:

    And the Trail Blazers are on too….too many games

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    Mike Kay says:

    @burnspbesq: D’oh!

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    Yay Yale! North Dakota’s cheap shot filled season comes to an end.

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    General Egali Tarian Stuck says:

    I have never seen so many commercial breaks in a Bball game. They play three minutes, then we get three minutes of dumb commercials. jeebus

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @General Egali Tarian Stuck: You’d think it was the Olympics or something.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @demo woman:

    Is it wrong of me to hope that all #1 seeds lose?

    Yes. I don’t want to see St. Cloud State in the final four. Root for the Badgers.

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    A Squirrel says:


    You win. I think me and MadMommy stand in awe. My question is: how did you know? North Carolina fan? If so, I’m sorry:)

    If you are a devotee of bad coach wardrobes, I wish to become your acolyte.

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    thejoz says:

    And Tunch is where, exactly?


    Only true Americans love Tunch.

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    burnspbesq says:


    You were warned.

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    And Another Thing... says:

    @Warren Terra: That’s a great article, thanks for the link.

    free throws, baby.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @A Squirrel:

    ” My question is: how did you know? North Carolina fan? If so, I’m sorry:)”

    Bite your tongue. Duke fan.

    If WVU holds on, only two schools will still have both their men’s and women’s teams alive in the tournament: Duke and Baylor. And they play each other in the next round.

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    madmommy says:


    Sartorial choices are so subjective, so I had to go look. But yeah, you warned me.

    has anyone explained why Huggie-Bear is wearing sweats? Did he drop a cup of coffee on himself in the pre-game meeting? Forgot to bring enough clean clothes?

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    General Egali Tarian Stuck says:

    This game is over. Congrats WV!!. you shot well and played hard.

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    stuckinred says:

    @General Egali Tarian Stuck: what ARE you talkin bout willis?

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    Kryptik says:

    @General Egali Tarian Stuck:

    Down boy. I want to see WVU win, but 3 minutes is still a long time when talking about a team like UK. I’m not counting my eggs until the final one hatches.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @A Squirrel:

    I don’t know why these women coaches insist on wearing bad fake St.John, when they can afford the real thing.

    And that gold jacket that Baylor coach Kim Mulkey was rocking today looked like it came from the wardrobe of a MILF video.

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    General Egali Tarian Stuck says:

    @stuckinred: Double reverse karma fu.

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    Mike Kay says:

    This is the biggest upset since Obama flatten Hillary in the primaries.

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    demo woman says:

    @General Egali Tarian Stuck: WVU is doing it’s best to let UK back in.

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    General Egali Tarian Stuck says:

    @Mike Kay: WV is the number 2 seed, so not that big an upset.

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    madmommy says:


    I think a lot of them feel the need to wear team colors at games. For some schools, this is not a problem. Others, like Tennessee, means you go out on game day looking like a pumpkin. An Armani pumpkin, but a pumpkin nonetheless.

    I like Kim Mulkey. She got screwed at La Tech and is doing a good job at Baylor. Beat UT like a rented mule today, Pat looked like her head was gonna explode.

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    burnspbesq says:

    WV just needs to make free throws.

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    flukebucket says:

    Damn I hope Baylor beats Duke

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    PTirebiter says:

    I take it you’re a WVU fan Mr. Cole. My older brother taught in their Speech Dept. in the mid 70’s. I only visited Morgantown once, but was most impressed by the Steelers’ team photo gracing the 16 0z cans of Iron City Beer. The photo may have been on the 12 oz cans too, I mean, the aspect ratio would have been the same.

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    General Egali Tarian Stuck says:

    @flukebucket: rooting against Duke is only slightly less fun than rooting for Kentucky/

    GO Baylor!!

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    madmommy says:

    There is no reason that any of these players should have less than a 60% FT average. None. The basket does not move, no one is in your face. Hell, half of these guys are so tall they’re halfway to the basket by the time they release the ball!

    No excuse!

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    stuckinred says:

    @madmommy: If it’s so easy why limit it to 60%?

    In addition, a shooter should launch the ball UP and not out. Ergo, the relative height of the shooter is irrelevant.

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    @flukebucket: I don’t my boss is a Duke Alum, you have no idea how much my wellbeing rests on Duke doing well.

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    mr. whipple says:

    Game over! Well done, WV.

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    Kryptik says:

    Longest. Minute. Ever.

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    demkat620 says:

    And the best part, the smarmiest man in college basketball goes home.

    Congrats WVU! Well done! You dancing John?

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    burnspbesq says:


    “Damn I hope Baylor beats Duke”

    Sorry, not happening.

    Cmon CBS, show us Ashley Judd in tears.

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    Is it alright if I’m happy for the WVU team and its fans while still thinking ill of Bob Huggins?

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    lost in GA says:

    Congrats on a huge win Mr. Cole.

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    burnspbesq says:


    Relax. We have your back.

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    madmommy says:


    I’m feeling generous :)

    My pear-shaped, no knee cartilage possessing, nearly 70 y. o. step-dad can shoot free throws all day. Nothing but net. But there’s no glamour in it. Free throws won’t ever get you the top 10 on SportsCenter. But they damn sure can win the game for you. Or lose it.

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    flukebucket says:

    Hell of a game. Incredible performance by WVA

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    @madmommy: True. It also helps when your opponent keeps throwing up bricks from 3-pt-land. What was Kentucky, 3-27?

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    General Egali Tarian Stuck says:

    show us Ashley Judd in tears.

    She can cry on my shoulder anytime.

    These freshman will be back next year and much better, along with demon coach John Calipiri.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @General Egali Tarian Stuck:

    Five words for you, mon Generale:

    cue Verne Lundquist:

    “There’s the pass to Laettner.”

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    burnspbesq says:

    Kentucky 4 for 32 from three. Nice.

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    4jkb4ia says:

    AND, Baylor beat Tennessee! You thought it could not get better! It could!

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    auntieeminaz says:

    @mgordon: A fucking men!

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