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DYC NBA Playoffs 1st Weekend + A Big(ish) Announcemet


Hello NBA Playoffs. RIP to my sleep schedule.

Philadelphia got it’s first taste of spring this weekend, and while I did enjoy a brief taste of sunlight and fresh air, I was consumed by these here NBA Playoffs. We did the preview thing last week, but I just want to talk about 3 things I saw Saturday and Sunday that will remind everyone why this is the greatest time of year.

1. DRose Back!

And not like cautious, his knee looks okay I guess maybe, kind of back. All the way back. Sure, he’s basically made of off brand legos, and could fall apart at any moment, but for one game, he was all the way back. 23 points matched the output of his LAST full playoff game…in 2012. I hope this was a glimpse of things to come, and not a tease of what could be, since the Bulls/Cavs war is looming in round 2 and is already DVR worthy.

2. Aron Bynes – Grand Opening, Grand Closing

If you didn’t stay up to watch Spurs/Warriors last night, I can’t blame you. But, Chad and I are sadists, and we both stayed up.

Chad-Daniel

I don’t know Aron Bynes. I have nothing against Aron Bynes. I enjoyed watching Blake Griffin ball all over Aron Bynes more than I thought possible. Some will commend Mr. Bynes for having the guts to challenge these three dunks. I don’t celebrate stupidity, so I’m not one of those people.

Buster.

3. General Surprises

Beno Udrih turned into an axe murderer. Anthony Davis shook off jitters early to play a lights out second half. Both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love made statements in their first postseason games. Dwight Howard looked more than competent, showing flashes of his well documented defensive greatness. Rondo hitting threes. The NBA. It’s FANNNNNNNNNNNNTASTIC.

Enjoy these next few weeks, because once playoff basketball and hockey end, you’re left with 3 months of pretending to like a sport that builds 80% of it’s appeal on weather and day drinking. Concepts we all enjoy yes, but not essential to a successful sporting enterprise.

Announcement Time

I’m moving back to Atlanta at the end of this month, and leaving the north east forever (again). I started writing on this site because I missed talking to my friends about sports, and knew that finding a UGA focused group in Philly would be damn near impossible to find. Fortunately, Chad had just started writing here, and I demanded he introduce me to the guy who ran the place to see if he needed an extra hand on the site.

Andrew and I hit it off, we collectively launched Dude You Podcast which has peaked as a top 100 Sports and Recreation podcast on iTunes. We’ve had our growing pains, but I’m insanely proud of where the podcast stands today. At the same time, writing here rekindled not just my love of talking about sports, but for writing in general. I’ve cranked out some of the best pieces in my life over these past 2 years for this site and others, but without DYC, I’d still be someone who used to write. Now, not only am I someone who currently writes, but also someone who gets pushed to write better by Andrew, Chad and Jason. Well, maybe not Chad.

So, why should you the reader care? Actually a damn good question, in that we’re just words on a webpage or voices on a podcast to most of you.

1. More writing. I’ll be less ‘geographically isolated hermit’ this football season, much more ‘finger (or other appendage) on the pulse of fans’ which will either add a layer of understanding to my writing…or drive me to mock our own fanbase more.

2. More podcasting. There’ll be much less fighting through Skype connections, and much more barnstorming a hungover Chad’s condo and shoving a microphone in his face.

3. More fun. The whole team has plans for events this fall, and being able to be there, whether it’s for a lock in at the College Football Hall of Fame, or running audio while Chad embarrasses himself on camera, more feet on the ground of these things is always a good thing.

There you have it. While I think the title is a bit misleading, I feel that I achieved a moderate sized announcement to help cap this blog off.

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Georgia Football: Little Brother Syndrome Strikes


Every year, around Tech game, we do the good work on this site to remind you that UGA/GT is NOT a rivalry. At all. A rivalry requires both parties to be equally invested in the outcome of a contest, and this hasn’t been the case for years. Every year, we are inundated by Tech fans who disagree with our assessment, and disregard the number of times we mention Tech outside of Tech week (it’s always zero). Today, their argument was rendered moot, and their status as little brother forever enshrined in…whatever material this is.

This is the Techiest thing that ever Teched.

Love this? Hate it? Think I’m an idiot? Don’t just curse at me under your breath, head to the Dude You Podcast iTunes page, and leave a 5-star review to make sure I know it, and have your voice heard on the air. Follow me at @dpalm66.

Georgia Recruiting: Quarterback Jacob Eason Will Not Win a Championship as Explained by the Mark Richt Hater


This is the part where I pretend I’ve been here all Spring and we ignore the fact that I missed the annual March Madness Pick ‘Em Contest and the bulk of spring practice while my wife popped out a baby. I guess this is also the part where I fess up to being the satirical voice behind the Mark Richt Hater. Let’s do this…

 

Marky Mark got him a good one.

Jacob Eason.

Mr. Everything. Five-star this. Five-star that. A cannon made of brushed platinum (because regular old platimum is too flashy) for an arm. Good size. Good feet. A good head on his shoulders. This is why Marky Mark is the best in tbe biz. Mark Richt turns elite prospects into national championships.

Except when he doesn’t. Except for every single year ever. I feel like I’ve seen this play out before. An elite quarterback coming to Georgia and failing to win a Natty? I guess we better get used to it because the Jacob Eason story has already been written.

Jacob Eason is David Greene with a less colorful name.

Jacob Eason is D.J. Shockley but slow AF.

Jacob Eason is Blake Barnes without the alliteration.

Jacob Eason is Joe Tereshinski without lineage.

Jacob Eason is Matthew Stafford without a keg.

Jacob Eason is Joe Cox with less fiery hair.

Jacob Eason is Aaron Murray throwing a football at a beer can on Spring Break but with fewer fans.

Jacob Eason is Christian LeMay without religious affiliation.

Jacob Eason is Hutson Mason except…wait nobody is as bad as Hutson Mason.

Jacob Eason is Faton Bauta, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Park rolled into one quarterback named Fatramjac except younger.

Haven’t we seen this before? Big-time quarterback make a big-time mistake by trusting Mark Richt because he’s such a nice guy. Mark Richt squanders talent and loses to terrible teams. I’ve seen this. You’ve seen this. Everybody’s seen this except Butts-Mehre.

Poor Jacob.

 

-The Mark Richt Hater

 

 

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SECual Healing: A Weekly Dose of SEC Football


There’s a major reason I’m glad I don’t write about sports professionally, even though I got an undergraduate degree in doing exactly that: I loathe fabricating news. The offseason in college football is all about that.

(So and so) was taking snaps with the first team offense today! Did he really unseat (established all-SEC veteran)?

Is (insert 5-star recruit) a secret commit?

Fortunately, if you sporadically send news as it comes along, you sacrifice page views but actually put out a decent snapshot of your subject matter! As such, here is the first SECual Healing.

Alabama

Big and Georgia-relevant news out of T-Town, as former UGA DT Jonathan Taylor was arrested on his second felony sexual assault charge. The story has become Nick Saban’s nonchalance in stating he was ‘giving Taylor a second chance’. I’m not touching this one, as there are no circumstances in which a man should lay a hand on a woman.

Rising sophomore RB Tyren Jones was booted for marijuana possession, which will hurt the Tide a lot more than Taylor’s absence. The sophomore was the logical ‘next in line’ after the T.J. Yeldon/Kenyan Drake/Derrick Henry triumvirate departs.

Hey, at least Alabama has a more stringent weed policy than Auburn.

LSU/Texas A&M

Staying in the SEC West, a must-read on new Texas A&M DC John Chavis, who bolted from LSU. Three major themes of note here:

1) The acrimony in the fallout of his departure from Baton Rouge, typical of any SEC-to-SEC coaching move;

2) A paradigm shift in the minds of defensive coordinators. Chavis felt that his defense had to be world-class to compete for the CFP, and left to coach opposite a hurry-up no-huddle offense at A&M. Historically, the overwhelming thought has been that that ruins a DC’s rep. In addition to Chavis’ move, Auburn hired Will Muschamp and (shameless UNC plug here because duh), Gene Chizik is the new DC in Chapel Hill. Three good opportunities to test this new theory.

3) Piggybacking on number 2, Chavis knew he could become the scapegoat with another underachieving D. But the talent he loses to early entry every year is insane. He lost 6 starters TO EARLY ENTRY ALONE prior to the 2014 season, and DT Ego Ferguson made 7 in last year’s draft.

Ole Miss

The Rebels shored up their linebacking corps by moving DE C.J. Johnson to a new position. The nation’s #1 scoring defense (speaking of HUNH offenses and their counterparts) looks to keep leveraging the depth from that one recruiting class that still makes no sense.

SEC East

Simply not as much excitement here, so I’ll link my rambling spring thoughts on South Carolina and Tennessee. Hoping to get to Florida and Mizzou this week, and the Alabama schools after that.

And finally…

A big shoutout to our editor-in-chief, who is now father to a beautiful baby girl.

Sincerest Apologies for More Basketball, Dear Reader: A Sweet 16 Primer


As it always does, the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament gave us some great moments. Great moments, such as R.J. Hunter’s buzzer-beater (and his torn-Achilles’d dad/coach falling out of his stool) will echo in eternity, as the NCAA’s corporate partners use buzzer beaters and catatonic losing players to somehow convince you that Pontiac still exists as a producer of automobiles. These moments also overshadow what can be some pretty shoddy basketball.

N.C. State/Villanova, won in the waning seconds on a tip-in? Preceded by seven minutes of atrocious basketball, with both teams apparently trying to throw the game South Park style. Georgia/Michigan St.? Teased us for a few minutes because Michigan State fouled on multiple layups, missed some key free throws, and won on the strength of Georgia choking just a little worse.

The Sweet 16, at the very least, is where the cream starts to rise to the top. Your top NBA prospects (referenced in last week’s tourney primer) are almost all still in play. Kentucky is still undefeated, Duke is still alive with its 3 lottery picks, and that big white dude from Wisconsin is still set to have that awkward Naismith Award interview during halftime of one of the Final Four games.

BASKETBALL ON!

Thursday/Saturday Brackets

Midwest: #1 Kentucky vs. #5 West Virginia, #3 Notre Dame vs. #7 Wichita State

By FAR the most intriguing bracket, because 1) Kentucky, duh; 2) their opponents/potential opponents. Bob Huggins’ 2010 West Virginia squad stopped the John Wall/DeMarcus Cousins Wildcats cold with a ruthless, attacking 1-3-1 defense back then, and history has a way of repeati….HAHAHA JK. But, go Mountaineers anyway.

Last year, an eighth-seeded Kentucky squad knocked…guess who?…Wichita State from the ranks of the unbeaten on the way to the finals. STORYLINES! And Notre Dame is the hottest team in the country. Undersized, yes, but their four-out-one-in offense is probably the best recipe to crack Kentucky’s ridiculous defense.

The pick: Calling Kentucky over Notre Dame here.

West: #1 Wisconsin vs. #4 North Carolina, #6 Xavier vs. #2 Arizona

Until today, I didn’t know there was a (decidedly one-sided and petty) beef between Wisconsin and UNC, but hey. My favorite excerpt:

Williams told a throng of national reporters: “Are you going to tell me you don’t like this more than 19-17 at halftime? I’m not a nuclear physicist, but you make the choice. We’re trying to make it a game of basketball skills, not a weight-room contest.”

This was in reference to a 2000 Final Four game in which Wisconsin played, where the halftime score above was correct. The Badgers are still that hateable, playing at the nation’s 346th quickest tempo. They are, as you might expect, a bunch of white guys with bad haircuts, so join me in cheering for UNC. There’s my pitch.

Arizona is still the most dangerous yet unpredictable team in the tourney. All three of their losses came to teams who failed to make it to the final 64 68, and their offense occasionally disappears. If they’re on, though, they’re a match for Kentucky.

The pick: Unfortunately, I have a gut feeling about Xavier (whom I haven’t seen play in YEARS) knocking off ‘Zona. Wisconsin tempos North Carolina to death by not allowing them to get into transition. Wisconsin is the beneficiary and advances, at which point I may actually lean towards supporting Kentucky in the Final Four*.

*- There is a very real, very horrifying chance that both Duke and N.C. State make the Final Four. This is my hell. Go Big Blue, assuming Carolina has been shown the door.

Friday/Sunday Brackets

East Bracket: #8 N.C. State vs. #4 Louisville, #3 Oklahoma vs. #7 Michigan State

The Wolfpack and Spartans, respectively, knocked off #1 Villanova and #2 Virginia in the opening weekend, throwing the East into wide-open chaos. State actually won AT Louisville earlier in the season, but Rick Pitino is the March Mobster (has anyone taken this joke before? Not in those exact words. Fun links anyway. ‘No cuddling on the bathroom floor’ is my new rally cry for UL games).

I know little about Oklahoma, but their Big XII brethren took the GAS in week 1. #3’s Iowa State and Baylor didn’t survive the first four hours of play, #2 Kansas lost to little brother Wichita State, and #5 West Virginia draws Kentucky. Counter that with what I said about Pitino above, take out the mobster part, and demonstrate more success and overachieving in the tourney, and you get Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. Don’t bet against Tom Izzo.

The pick: I choose to believe N.C. State has had its moment and Louisville wins by 8-10 points. And DON’T BET AGAINST TOM IZZO! Sparty beats Louisville, although I honestly didn’t know they were going to qualify for the tournament until I saw them paired with Georgia.

South Bracket: #1 Duke vs. #5 Utah, #2 Gonzaga vs. #11 UCLA

Utah is big, physical, and has athletes at the guard position. Which could beat Duke. Self-delusion over.

Gonzaga/UCLA is a fun matchup, because it means we get to see Adam Morrison crying about 12 times in the minutes leading up to, during, and after the game. The Bobcats drafted him third overall over about 40 guys who had better NBA careers, and I’m still bitter about it.

Let me taste your tears, Scott!”

The pick: Step 5: acceptance. Duke rolls over Utah, rolls over a Gonzaga team that actually reaches the regional final for the first time since 1999, although they’ve been to every tournament since.

 

Kentucky/Wisco, Michigan State/Duke. And I’m free to do something else next weekend.

 

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