Big 10 Upside Down

What was up with Big 10 men’s basketball last night?  Iowa BEATS Wisconsin…. but even better Northwestern BEATS Michigan State at home?!  Oh… that fills my heart with so much hope for my Boilermakers, but at the same time, a little bit of fear.  I’m glad we eeked out that win at the Wildcats home turf, so now we only have to play them at Mackey.  If you watched the last 5-6 minutes of the MSU v NU game, it was wild.  Turnovers, far off shot but made 3’s, missed free throws… I’m glad it wasn’t my team because I probably would have a few holes in my living rooms walls.

Tonight my team is at Minnesota, the only Big 10 game on.  How do I know it’s the only one on?  I made a spreadsheet.  Yes, I’m a dork.  I remember a football one being sent around last year and went searching for one on BIg 10 basketball.  One didn’t exist.  Since I had some idle time on my hands, I tasked myself with creating one that would provide some overall statistics as well. (You’re welcome Head ūüôā Here’s what it looks like.  Let’s hope the Boilers get a road victory tonight!!

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Down with the Hawkeyes!

OH MY GOD!  We found the 3 point line!  It only took us 17 1/2 games.  The first half was slow for the Boilers.  Our defense was great, but our offense still didn’t have it’s rhythm.  We were only up by 7 at the half.  Too close for my comfort against Iowa.  Whatever Painter said to them in the locker room worked.  They came out the second half firing!  We made 4 3’s in a 2 minute span and kept pushing.  The Paint Crew puts up 3 point signs after every made 3, so it was nice to see a long string of 10 of them at the end of the game instead of the 2 or 3 that we’ve been seeing this year.  Keep up the shooting Boilers!  Make us proud on the road the next 2 weeks!

P.s. Purdue Pete was missing from today’s game.  If you see him, please point him in the direction of Mackey Arena because he must be lost.  Not sure how Purdue has 4 Pete’s and not one could make it to a weekend home game…

Puck Off!

With the cold keeping most people in Indianapolis indoors, I was getting cabin fever and needed to get out. ¬†A few friends and I attended an Indiana Ice game. ¬†I missed the “puck off” as I like to call it, but I’m not a huge hockey fan so I didn’t care that I missed a few minutes of the game. ¬†I know nothing about hockey, but am very intrigued by the man that sits in a glass box behind each goal. ¬†Reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… I would just watch him and wait for it to lift off and move across the arena… It didn’t. ¬†Everyone else in the stands was watching for fights. ¬†Anytime any player mildly checked another player, the crowd would go nuts and want a fight. ¬†They would loudly boo at the refs when they would break up any altercation that could lead to a fight. ¬†I knew hockey was prone to fights, but no other sport allows players to go after each other, so why should hockey be any different? ¬†I say “Kudos” to the refs for keeping players apart. ¬†It made my time at the game more enjoyable.

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Boiler Basketball Good, Boiler Volleyball Bad

I didn’t get to catch much of the game last night due to my volleyball game, but from what I little I saw, WOW.  I got to catch the first 5 minutes when we were down 14-6.  I was happy to stop watching to go play volleyball.  But, in volleyball, we probably looked as bad as the basketball team did.  We were sloppy.  We got killed by a team of 5.  We couldn’t shut their biggest guy down.  They dominated us in the front row.  We were a full team of 6 for the first time playing together, so I’m betting that we will get better as the season goes on.  So, unlike the Boiler basketball team, we didn’t make a comeback.  We had a team building event at Lucky’s after the game where we discussed our strategy, game play, blocking attacks… nah, we just drank and make fun of the “strippers”. 

Here’s a picture of part of last year’s team at our beloved Lucky’s.  Kristin is the one that ditched us this year…  I think she’ll miss porno bingo the most.

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Bowl Mania 2009

After a stellar 4-8 season, my team didn’t make it to a bowl game this year.  And since I wasn’t too impressed with Big 10 football this year, I wasn’t all that excited for the bowl games.  But of course, you give me the chance to excel at any type of sports betting (outside of a bookie), I’m in.  So I joined 3 pools.  2 free, 1 paid.  I used the same outcomes in each league as I am lazy and didn’t want to track multiple sheets.  Turns out I didn’t do too shabby.  I didn’t give much love to the Big 10, only picking Iowa as a winner.  I did pick 18 of 34 games.  13 of my top 17 points came in for me, but missing Alabama and Texas Tech really screwed me.  My final rankings were: 

  • 1st out of 14 – Friends League
  • 5th out of 85 – My “Dad’s” (aka Mr. Dan Dakich) League thru 1070thefan.com
  • 11th out of 65 – Co-Worker League

To bad the only thing I won in the friends league is an imaginary championship belt, the first place prize for smack talk, and bragging rights to a bunch of dudes for the next 11 months.  Bring on March Madness now!

Boiler Volleyballers 1-0

The 2009 volleyball season has begun.  I started playing with this team last year after I met one of the guys, Tim, through a mutual friend.  We did a Sprint Triathalon together and have remained friends ever since.  I think everyone on the team would agree with this statement… we sucked last year.  We had 3 guys, 3 girls in a league that allows the 2F/4M format.  In those circumstances, I always prefer to have the extra guy.  Trust me, I’m all for female power, but when it comes to volleyball, a guy is usually better for hitting/blocking when it’s allowed.

The 6 of us had never played together before so a lot of our errors were just getting used to each others styles. We steadily got better towards the end of the season with the help of team building events at Lucky’s following the games.  I think we only won 2 regular season games, but made it to the semi-finals of the tournament.  For this season, we lost one player…. a very strong player for our team.  Luckily my old BDHS cronie Adam is stepping in for Kristin.  So now we will be playing with 4 guys and 2 girls which I think will suit us very well in this league.  Cheers to the team for starting out better than last year!  Abe, Jenny, Chris, and Tim played awesome tonight…. Except for the one shot where Abe forgot he was suppose to spike the ball and instead, it hit him in the head! 

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In the words of Jessi Weaver…. “Seriously?”  This loss hurt.  It might hurt as much as the home loss to Illinois last week.  Having Hummel and Kramer out certainly did us in, but we are a better team than what we have been showing this Big 10 season.  I give PSU props for keeping us scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the game.  We are starting out 0-2… ouch!  Of course I want my mighty Boilers to win the Big 10, but most importantly we need to figure this out before March Madness.  I don’t take my ass up to Purdue every week to watch a team that’s gonna be out in the first round…. come on Boilers… make me proud.  (And learn to rebound please.)

The tube socks are coming back people!

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