March 15, 2010

Quick Hits

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OK, so there are a bunch of sports events I want to comment on, but none of them deserve their own post, and I don’t want to flood Twitter, so here goes.

College Basketball

  • I’m surprised and happy that the Terps ended up with a 4 seed, everything I had read made me think a 6 was more likely. 
  • I’m not so happy that we would have to play MSU if we get by Houston.  Everything I had read made me think MSU deserved a higher seed.
  • Doesn’t it seem like we play Michigan State all the time?  We’ve faced the Spartans 3 times since the 2003 season, going 2-1 (the only loss was in the 2003 tournament).
  • I’m not nearly as concerned as others about the overall strength of the Midwest.  For the Terps, a Sweet 16 is the goal, and everything after that is gravy.  Beating the overall #1 would be awesome, but I’ll be very happy with the season if we just make it to that game.
  • I can’t imagine being a Mississippi State fan today.  They had Kentucky beat in the SEC Championship, and lost on the rare make-the-first-miss-the-second play.  They probably thought they had done enough to get an at-large, but got left out.  That’s a tough day.
  • I know non-conference results matter a lot, but I’m shocked that Georgia Tech got in at 7-9 in a bad year for the ACC, and Virginia Tech got left out at 10-6. 
  • I’m never sure how to handle teams like Kentucky and Ohio State in my brackets.  They’ve looked vulnerable in a bunch of games lately, but they manage to pull out wins (sort of like the Terps). 
  • Duke’s record in the ACC tournament is ridiculous.  It helps that they play all the games in the Durham suburbs, but it’s unbelievable that they’ve won 9 of the last 12 titles.  I’m just glad they’ve started choking in the NCAA tournament lately.
  • The Big East really knows how to do a conference tournament right.  Madison Square Garden on Saturday night looked like an NBA All-Star game instead of a conference tourney final.  They’ve found a way to differentiate themselves from the rest of the conferences without simply pushing their final later and later (I’m looking at you, Big 10).


  • I was flipping channels back and forth, and managed to miss all 4 of their goals, but the Caps had an amazing third period comeback against the Blackhawks in Chicago.  Down 0-3 with Ovechkin out due to a game misconduct, the Caps forced overtime and won on a great unassisted goal by Nick Backstrom.

Formula 1

  • The F1 season started yesterday.  There are 3 new teams and it seems like every driver moved to a new team.  It always takes me a few races to figure out who’s driving for what team.
  • Unfortunately, the USF1 team didn’t get their car completed and folded.  I was all set to cheer for Peter Windsor’s entry, but it looks like he got a bit too ambitious with building his own car.
  • The championship battle looks to be between Fernando Alonso (now at Ferrari) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull).  Two good drivers and two very fast cars should make for a great season.  The two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button could also be in the mix.
  • I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I was shocked that Michael Schumacher wasn’t all that great in his return.  I didn’t expect a win, but I certainly thought he would be faster than Nico Rosberg

3 Responses:

gpb said...

Yea. Sponsor bailed in January and they just couldn't get it done in time. FIA is looking into what sort of punishment is necessary. Hopefully it's only something small and USF1 can be in next year.

You didn't find the race kind of boring? It seems like you just go balls out on qualifying and then go easy on your tires. I was really kind of disappointed and the Vettel mishap was the only interesting thing along with the new team reliability problems.

My fear is that the championship will be decided in the first half of the season. Vettel looks dominant and should only struggle if his car does. Ferrari and McLaren will keep in interesting in constructor points but I think Vettel has it hands down.

Brien said...

It's tough to judge the season after 1 race, but yeah, Vettel looked dominant.

The race was kind of boring, but I've come to expect that about half of F1 races are going to be parades where I can break out the laptop and do something else while watching.

F1 Fanatic has a great article on how the FIA needs to get the cars to run closer together to improve overtaking.

As for USF1, I'm guessing they're dead in the water. There are a few other teams that wanted that spot but couldn't get it. I don't think the FIA will give them a second chance.

Curtis Tarver said...

I know you were just referencing the proximity, but as a current Greensboro resident I resent being referred to as the Durham suburbs.

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