All Star Weekend

It’s NBA All-Star weekend and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I just don’t care about the game, or the weekend festivities, as much as I once did.  The joy that is supposed to be brought to the game just seems lacking the last couple of years and has made me enjoy it a little less each year.

One of the reasons the last couple years were so special was because of the resurgence of the dunk contest.  But, with no Zach Lavine out there to make Aaron Gordon work for a title, the favorite by a mile with be Gordon.  I’m not saying that the dunk contest still can’t be great, but it just doesn’t pack the same punch as it once did.  I think Derrick Jones will surprise some people with his freakish athleticism and if he isn’t too nervous, make at least one unreal attempt.

The next big issue is that Steph Curry is not in the 3-point contest and that makes me not want to tune into that at all either.

The All-Star game itself is at least good for one thing.  You see a ton of points and no matter what the score, the 4th quarter becomes an actual basketball game with the 10 best players in the world on the court, and there is no other place in the world that you get to see that happen.

I will probably watch the game and some of the Saturday night shenanigans, but I just don’t care as much as I did when I was 15 and went out at half time to practice the insane dunks I saw the night before or during the first half of the game.  The All-Star game is still great as a spectator sport, but no longer does it mean anything more than a pointless exhibition game.

UCLA takes the court against USC on Saturday night at 7 and you better believe I will be glued to the tv when that comes on.  I can’t take another loss in this game, so the Bruins better bring it.  Go Bruins!!!

 

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THE NCAA

Dear NCAA,

In what universe does it make sense to make a team that was 22-3, has a head to head win(on the road) against a team that was 19-5, and yet somehow is ranked lower than said 19-5 team?  I don’t understand this, but this is one of the many surprises I had with the first iteration of the NCAA top 16 teams.

This new format is going to be a weekly update of the top 16 teams and where they will land come tournament time and while I know that these are going to be rapidly changing over the next few weeks, I definitely had some major issues with this first poll.

UCLA was coming off a big home win over Oregon, who got a 2 seed by the way in this, and while they hit a rough patch in the middle of this conference slate they seemed to be destined for no worse than a 3 seed.  Yet, they are ranked as the second lowest 4 seed and are as of know going to be shipped out East.

Just a few of the teams that I don’t think should be ranked ahead of UCLA are, in no order, KENTUCKY (head to head wins, and a better record mean nothing to the committee, it’s Kentucky), West Virginia (who appears that they are about to get a huge road win at Kansas), Virginia (who won’t be ahead of UCLA “theoretically” after a loss to Virginia Tech this weekend), Florida (who’s lone big win this year is at home against Kentucky), and Butler (who has big wins, but bad losses), not to mention the slew of ACC teams that apparently get a bye into the top 2 seed lines, because they are in the ACC.

The other major injustice is Gonzaga, the lone unbeaten team in the country and somehow the lowest rated #1 seed.  In what universe, would you put an undefeated team with 2 wins over teams also in the top 4 seed lines, as well as 5 total victories against top 25 teams as the lowest rated #1?  I don’t understand you NCAA.  When are you going to get your life together, stop using so many drugs and actually get a grasp of what’s happening this basketball season.

In other news, my class is going amazingly well and I can’t wait to get out there and continue trying new and exciting beers.  Going to try and keep my adoring fans up to date, but I have been super lazy lately.  I promise to write more in the future.  Thank you!

Go Bruins!!

 

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The Week Ahead

Tomorrow I have my first quiz for beer school. I think I am pretty well prepared for it.  I can’t believe how involved I already feel in this class and we still haven’t even had a second class yet. I look forward to telling you all more about that aspect.

UCLA has a big game this week on the road at USC.  I expect a big win from the Bruins, and maybe some actual defensive effort.  If they think they can give up 80 or more points and continue to win, they are going to be losing a lot more games.  I still think they are a title contender, but you wouldn’t believe that if you read some of the same articles I have since their loss to Arizona.  Anyways, Go Bruins.

The Lakers are coming off their worst performance, maybe ever, and need to right the ship quick before the trade deadline or some moves might have to be made.  I don’t think they should break up this team yet, but we need to find out who the leader of this team is going to be going forward.  It can’t be Luol Deng or even Lou Williams.  It has to be one of the four young core guys.  Until, we get that answer this team will continue to struggle with identity issues.

Football is football.  I think the Super Bowl this years should be exciting.   I think Gostkowski kicks a field goal to win it for the Pats 40-37.  Brady rides off into the off-season sunset with a big smirk on his face after another Super Bowl MVP and nearly cements his legacy as the greatest of all time.  But, who knows.  Go ATL I guess.

Hockey is happening, but I haven’t watched nearly enough games to be involved at this point.  When the playoffs start maybe I will pay closer attention.

 

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Day One

As I sit and watch UCLA try to blow a 23 point lead to ASU, I was doing some thinking about my first beer school class.  I honestly think that the teacher, “Dr.” Bill Sysak, has to be the most well informed beeraholic I have ever met.  He is definitely a great teacher who takes great joy in sharing his wealth of knowledge.

I learned so much in that first class that I couldn’t even imagine what the rest of this schooling is going to be like.  I feel like a brand new beer drinker.

Anyways, just wanted to get this out there before I forget and before I actually do the homework for this week.  I look forward to much more learning and sharing the knowledge I gain with the people I know and love.  Be prepared for more to come.

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Starting Anew

I’m finally back from my longer than expected hiatus with some fun news.  My blog will be evolving to include discussions about beer.  This is directed related to my new career path into the beer industry.  Tomorrow I start beer school at San Diego State University and I couldn’t tell you how excited I am to get this going.

My blog will continue to have plenty of sports themes as beer and sports are synonymous with one another.  However, a large portion of my writing will include things I learned from the class or discussions about favorite beers, styles of beer, good food pairings, etc.

As the woman continues to work on a new display for my blog I will try to post as often as possible, so long as it doesn’t cut into my actual learning.

I really look forward to expanding this blog into the greatest collection and beer and sports knowledge known to man.  Thank you all.

Oh and 18-1 isn’t a bad start to the year.  GO BRUINS!!!!

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Blah Blah Blah

Football is back so people are getting all crazy giddy with excitement.  I don’t share quite the same affliction, but I am glad that the NBA season starts in less than 50 days now.  That’s excitement for me.

The dog days of summer are behind us and now that baseball isn’t the only true major pro sport on tv, it’s the perfect time to start watching baseball.  The pennant races are going to be coming down to the wire in some leagues which is always exciting.  Don’t want to be caught in that play in game.

I can’t wait to watch the baseball playoffs and the Golf tour championship next week.  Should be some amazing stuff.  Also, the Ryder cup is in 3 weeks, which is always a solid watch.

All in all it’s a great time to be a sports fan.  Even if you are tired of all the noise about the current state of kneeling during the national anthem.

 

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US Open

The US Open tennis tournament has started.  The last major of the season for the tennis world.  It is bound to be a battle over the next two weeks, but let’s make some predictions.

Serena Williams Wins…. Or bows out before the round of 16.  Serena seems to be all or nothing right now and I am sure it is due to injuries and whatnot, but here’s hoping she makes it all the way to another grand slam win.

Novak Djokovic does not win.  I think something is seriously wrong with the world #1 health wise. He is certainly lacking something right now and that will come back to haunt him very quickly I am afraid.

I got nothing else right now, but here’s hoping this is a memorable major tournament.

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