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Tuesday, March 31, 2009


There are two reasons for the post. The first is to move that damn UK picture down so that I do not have to look at it every time I open the page. The second is to talk about the alcohol fuel week coming up.

I am sure most of you have heard that I will not be attending the Master’s this year. To show my displeasure of the decision made, I have decided to take the week off. . .and my what a week it is going to be.

Friday – 4:00 Tee Time at local bar asleep by 9:45. I do not know if it is the weather, but the barmaid has become even more liberal with charging for drinks. Last week I walked out fully cocked. . .bar tab $17.00. There is nothing better than a barmaid so unhappy with their job that they are willing to give away the farm.

Saturday – Something about the Final Four and a Party at Barrett’s you are invited.

Sunday – Football Game at 1:00, Nap at 3:00, and Philly’s Braves game that night.

Monday – Opening Day of Baseball presumably at Barrett’s (McFly’s may get a visit as well)

Tuesday – Recovery and thinking about making a run to Central Iowa to see the MIB and his new package.

Wednesday – Golf (weather pending) and black out drinking at a concert (The Hold Steady)

Thursday – Recovery, Day one of the Masters, and class

Friday and Saturday – Bloomfield America with my bride to be

Sunday – Ride back to Omaha listening to the silky smooth voice of Denny Mathews calling the Royals vs Yankee game.

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Monday, March 23, 2009


After a scare with the weather, Mrs. Hill and I found our way to our seats at Qwest Center Omaha to watch exactly what I predicted happen, although in even more cruel fashion than I thought: P'Allen loses Meeks with 10 seconds to go, and Jodie goes for a layup...PLUS 1!

Kentucky wins, despite--and I'll give it to them--one of the loudest crowds I have heard in a while, Creighton's best effort, and Kentucky playing like crap on offense. 65-63.

A couple of quick highlights:

--To the bald idiot sitting in front of me was a trip (think George Costanza at about age 57). I cheer after a Jodie Meeks three. Creighton scores the next possession, and he turns around and gets in my face and is yelling and clapping. I ask him if he's going to do that all night, and he responds "are you???"

Yes, dumbshit, I am going to cheer for my team. And probably will do so during the entire game, because I am at a live basketball game where one is to cheer for their respective team.

Then after the final buzzer went off, I clapped and yelled "great finish, Cats!" And he turns around and says "show a little class!" My God, it was hilarious.

I've watched this fool at several CU games before, so I dedicate Kentucky's win to you.

--I literally saw three people crying. Summed up best, a text response to this from my friend Grant: "I've heard that the tears of a trust fund elitist bring good luck. Try to capture some."

--This obviously didn't happen at the game, but I got about 7 texts right after the game, all saying something along the lines of "Suck it, Creighton!" Gotta love the passion, fellas.

All in all, a great time. It was hotter than hell in there, and we stood the ENTIRE second half. Again, I hate to give any credit, but it's due--the crowd was totally into it. Granted, they booed any time Kentucky tried to play defense (Creighton fan: if a Creighton player puts up a weak shot against a guy 7 inches taller than him, and that shot is blocked emphatically, that does not mean it was a foul), but they sure gave it the ol' college try.

But again, it didn't matter. Kentucky flat out-athleted them, as predicted. Kentucky's defense carried the Cats past a terrible offensive performance.

To wrap up, I will let zwierzycki from The Bluejay Cafe sum up with his awesome prediction:

The Bluejay Shock and Awe special comes out tonight. UK comes to "tiny" omaha and isn't ready for 17,000 screaming fans.

Jays 74 UK 63

Hey, zwierzycki: the "Shock and Awe" worked well for you guys...you only lost by 2. Oh, and Kentucky plays in an arena that has 24,000 in it, every single home game. Not impressed.

You gave it your best, and lost.

Suck it, Creighton.

P.S.: I am fully aware how pathetic it is that UK is in the NIT, and that I am this excited about a win in said tournament. Just let me enjoy the fact that it was in Omaha and against Creighton.

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The Breakdown No One Who Reads This Blog Cares About: Kentucky vs. Creighton

Well, tonight is the night. I get to witness 16,000 Creighton fans have their little Bluejay hearts broken IN PERSON! The University of Kentucky Basketball Wildcats are in town ready to do battle with the Creighton Bluejays.

It actually could be a interesting game. I know the opening line had Creighton actually favored by 3.

Let's start with a breakdown of the starters and bench...

PG: Josh Doltzer (3.1 PPG) vs. Michael Porter (4.0 PPG). Ugg. This matchup SUCKS. Porter, whether fairly or unfairly, has been on the receiving end of a whole lot of blame as to why Kentucky is playing in the NIT as opposed to the NCAA's. The problem is that the guy is not a point guard. He is the type of player that...well, that shouldn't be playing at UK, frankly. In fact, I would say he is the type of recruit that embodies why UK fans were fed up with Tubby Smith. He can hit an open three from time to time, and he absolutely plays his ass off. He was also recruited by Pete Carroll to play cornerback, and played at the same high school as UK favorite and Houston Rocket Chuck Hayes. In other words, this is about all I can say about the guy...not good.

As for Doltzer, you can say a lot of the same things. The difference being that he runs an offense alot better than Porter.

Advantage: Creighton

SG: Booker Woodfox (15.7 PPG) vs. Jodie Meeks (24.0 PPG). Booker is the nation's second-leading 3-point shooter this season. He really explodes into his jump shot, and it is a thing of beauty to watch when he is on. Booker is usually Creighton's advantage any game they go into.

That said, Booker usually doesn't line up against 2nd Team All-Americans. Jodie Meeks is an explosive player that is constantly active on offense (think Rip Hamilton). He is equally effective slashing to the hoop as he is hitting his outside jump shot. Not to mention he is a relentless defender and has a solid 3 inches on Woodfox. Oh, and he owns Kentucky's single-game scoring record. I think he scored under 20 points in only 3 games this season.

Advantage: Kentucky

Wing: P'Allen Stinnett (12.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG) vs. Razor Ramon Harris (5.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG). Normally, I love P. As Pete always says, "P is a wild horse that cannot be broken." And on paper, this matchup probably favors Creighton.

With that said, I'll pull the Corso and say "not so fast, my friends!" There are two reasons why I believe this could be--COULD--an advantage for UK. Razor is a very good defender who busts his ass every play on both sides of the court. P'Allen is, needless to say, the opposite of this. The other thing to consider is that P sometimes plays with his eyes bigger than his stomach...and this is the biggest matchup Creighton has had since at least the early 1980's. So it very well could be a situation where P tries to do too much and gets not only himself out of rhythm, but the whole team.

Advantage: Push, leaning towards Creighton.

Wing: Justin Carter (8.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG) vs. Perry Stevenson (7.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG). This is a tough one to call. UK's Stevenson has 5 inches on Carter. But, Carter will play quck and move around a lot, whereas Stevenson sometimes has a tendency to disappear from games. However, when he's involved, he plays good defense (and can block the hell out of some shots). Not to mention he can hit the 15-footer, plus usually has a ferocious dunk or two every game.

In other words, this is a post player vs. a wing player. If I'm Dana Altman, I'm doing everything I can to exploit this matchup. That said, same with Billy Gillispie.

Advantage: Kentucky, barely.

Center: Kenny Lawson (8.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG) vs. Patrick Patterson (18.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG). According to Creighton's media notes, Lawson is the MVC shot block leader, while Patterson was "HS teammate of OJ Mayo."

Here's what Creighton's media department left out for Patterson: 5 Star recruit, McDonald's All-American 1st Team All-SEC (2nd Team as a frosh), Co-SEC Freshman of the Year, All-American candidate, and currently on the NBA Lottery bubble according to many outlets. Oh, and he averaged 22.3 PPG after coming back from a early/mid-season ankle injury.

Kenny Lawson...well, Kenny has 10 pounds on Patterson, and gets winded 3 minutes into games. Patterson averages 34 minutes a game.

Advantage: Uh, I'm pretty sure that's Kentucky.

Bench: There's no question that Kentucky's bench is more athletic than Creighton's. UK has a freshman 6th Man named Darius Miller who is going to be a very good player, and has really come into his own over the past month. He can hit the outside shot, plus is very good at breaking down a zone defense with his pull-up 15-footer. He will spell Ramon Harris.

Creighton, on the other hand, has been using mass substitutions for a while now, with Altman replacing his starting 5 sometime around the 15 minute mark of the first half. That group is highlighted by Antoine Young. In fact, Young could be the key to this game. He is precisely the type of player that has killed UK this season, meaning a slashing point guard who can also hit an outside shot. If Dana is smart, he will play Young early and often.

That said, there's really no one else off Creighton's bench that overwhelms me.

Advantage: Creighton, if only because they play more people. Gillispie is known for a 7- or 8-man rotation.

Coaching: Dana Altman vs. Billy Gillispie. Hmm. Well, Dana Altman is the king of the MVC hill. He's a great coach. However, we've seen what he can do in a major conference (hello, Kansas State!). Billy Gillispie is widely considered a great coach, has 4 different "Coach of the Year" awards. However, we find him in a spot where he is probably not going to be the head coach of Kentucky next season. However, that has more to do with off-the-court issues. And to be quite honest, some of his coaching decisions this year have left me hurling profanities at the television screen.

Advantage: Meh. I don't know that it will matter that much in this game.

Overall: Athletically, Kentucky should be able to shut down Creighton. While doing a position-by-position comparison makes it appear to be a close matchup, Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson are such overwhelming advantages that it skews the entire deal.

That said, Kentucky has struggled with teams who can get hot from the outside. Creighton fits into this category, although their past two games would not give me much confidence if I'm a Creighton fan. If Kentucky takes care of the ball--which is by far the biggest problem they have had this season--they should win pretty easily.

Of course, there's the whole "the biggest name to ever play in the Qwest Center" deal, and the home crowd should be pretty solid. Creighton is going to be sky-high for this game and they're going to give them all they've got. Not to mention Kentucky has lost to some poor teams this season, for several different reasons.

Thankfully, every away game is like this for Kentucky. This environment should be absolutely nothing new for them. I think Meeks has a nice game, and Patterson just goes off.

Kentucky 78, Creighton 67.

GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Creighton vs. KENTUCKY

Well gentlemen, my dream scenario has come true. My University of Kentucky Wildcats will be playing at the Qwest Center Omaha Monday night!

And not only that, they get to play Creighton.

Creighton fans, it is going to be one hell of a long night.

A proper preview of the game will be up sometime soon.

For now, I'm going to say this one--and only one--time: Creighton, GREAT WIN LAST NIGHT!!!!

If you guys hear any rumbling here in Omaha, it's the shockwaves that are following Patrick Patterson to the rack against Creighton. He just might dick around and have a career day against these fools.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Deuce = Rookie Drinker

Due to the lack of a Deuce post yesterday, can we safely assume that he lost the Day Drinking Exercise?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Kentucky beats UNLV in the opening round of the NIT, on tap to come to Omaha if those stupid Bluejays can win one lousy game against Bowling Green!

Dear God, you're supposed to like the Jesuits...please illustrate this tomorrow night at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE.

Add that to the Huskers mounting a second-half comeback, and it might just shake out to be a good night!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Lazy Ass Excuse for a Post

So I didn't do anything today and still couldn't come up with anything useful to post about, so I'll just keep the random thoughts going.

1) Thank God Creighton didn't make it to the tourney. I understand that they are probably more deserving than Arizona, but they definitely shouldn't have gotten in at the expense of St. Mary's. They got blasted in their last game of the year in a mediocre conference, enough said.

2) I watched the show Kings last night on NBC and was absolutely enthralled. Granted, I'm absolutely sure this show isn't for everyone. My lovely wife continued to tell me how stupid the show was for the entire two hours it ran. But what does she know? She thinks Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and Judge Joe Brown are quality TV shows. The plot boils down to an alternate reality where monarchies prevailed over democracy. Consider taking a look at it next week.

3) Despite my normal scorn for tomorrow's Catholic holiday, I am going to partake in the All-American sport: day drinking. I generally hate St. Pat's as its one of two days of the year (the other being New Years) when the rookie drinkers step up to the plate and feel as if they can hang with the veterans. They clog up bars and make it virtually impossible to enjoy a quiet drink without getting green dyed beer spilled all over you. However, I haven't had a good day-drinking session since my bachelor party, so I have decided to get Wonderboy out of the shed and swing at a couple of pitches. Hopefully my post tomorrow will come at the tail end of a power-hitting clinic.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Today's post

So we haven't been posting as much recently, which I completely understand. GA and Pete need to save material for the air. MIB doesn't have time to sleep, let alone post to the blog. Hales is sleeping among goats and chickens, clutching a field rifle to his chest. I realize that I need to step it up. I'm still a student and I'm on spring break (how depressing is that?). Therefore, I'm going to try to post something to the blog everyday this week in between writing papers. I don't have much for today, but I thought I would share some random thoughts.

1.) Slumdog Millionaire is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. It takes a lot for me to say that I would put a new movie in my top 10, but I'm pretty sure Slumdog has found a place. The movie has everything a nerd like me could want, a 20 million rupee trivia question to which I knew the answer, Indian geography, and plenty of violence. If you haven't seen it yet, as I hadn't until last night, go see it as soon as possible.

2.) My heart was crushed last night when Kelly Clarkson came out on stage during SNL and appeared to be pushing two bills. Mrs. Deuce kept asking me how I felt about the fact that one of my five now had an ass better suited to serving students lunch than shaking around on stage. I kept expecting her to go back stage and take off the fat suit, but it never came. She kept gyrating on stage while her thighs looked like two huge trash bags filled with pudding. I'm pretty sure Kristen Wiig just knocked you out of the top five Kelly.

3.) Not to be too Seinfeldish, but what's the deal with old people and casinos? The wife and I went down to a local casino/hotel to have a nice night away from the cats and the place was packed wall-t0-wall. And not with young hip people, it was the oxygen mask and walker crowd for that place. The worst part was that there was a line surrounding every single blackjack, roulette, and craps table in the joint. We couldn't even sit in the bar because it was so full. We ended up having dinner (we had to wait an hour to be seated) and a couple of drinks then going back to the room. I went back down right before SNL and the place was still packed to the gills. Which is why I watched SNL and Slumdog Millionaire in a casino hotel room, instead of playing blackjack or craps. How sad is that?

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Monday, March 09, 2009

The Weekly Grind - Episode 8

Click here to download last week's show.

And for next week...our much-anticipated interview with Tad Kubler, lead guitarist (and Knicks fanatic) of The Hold Steady!

Thanks to everyone calling in, texting, and e-mailing new breakfast suggestions...

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Monday, March 02, 2009

A Sure Sign of the Apocalypse

North Platte has a sushi restaurant.

And it's not on the Interstate, in fact, it is right next to Brothers. And it meant to end up in Kearney. But North Platte's proximity (used loosely) to the fish distributors in Denver meant pure luck for all of NPs residents.

Really, this is just a fantastic article for all 7 of you interested in the goings on of exit 177. There is a reference to Buffalo Bill stumbling over there from the Alamo Bar, a thinly veiled reference to a lounge and keno parlor next door, and all kinds of awesome none-too-subtle digs at old Flatrock.

It's good to know that cowboys and railroaders won't go there, though. That would really have the world off its axis.

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