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Thursday, March 09, 2006 

Today at the Noob

Apologies for the semi-lack of posts lately, the Noob Sports Family has been very busy doing behind the scenes work on the new website. Nate and I have spent a lot of time working with our freelance partner and our new web hosting service to make sure everything is perfect. Everything from layout, to color scheme, to categories, to RSS feeds, to ease of use, to the amount of hosting we need... real interesting stuff. We're not geeks, believe us. So sorry, we'll do our best to be better. In other news:

We lost to Canada yesterday, which is flat-out embarassing. What does that mean for our chances to advance to the second round? Basically, it comes down to this: If Canada beats Mexico on Thursday and Team USA beats South Africa on Friday, the Americans advance to the next round in Anaheim. If Mexico wins 1-0, 2-1 or 2-0, Team USA is eliminated.

Canada plays Mexico at 8 PM today, and we want Canada to win. Go Justin Morneau. Go Adam Stern. Go Eric Cyr.

Or we want Mexico to score 3 runs... that way, if either Meixco or Canada scores, we advance, since the tiebreaker is the fewest runs allowed per inning in competition involving only those three teams (USA, Mexico, Canada). We've allowed 8. That means Canada needs to allow MORE than 2 runs to Mexico, and we're cool. We'd still have to beat South Africa, which is by no means a pushover, but it would be a lot easier knowing that if we win, we're into the second round than if we were playing for nothing.

"Without Gerry Mcnamara, we wouldn't have won 10 fucking games this year!" Thank you coach Boeheim. The fiery coach got a little upset during the press conference whem somebody questioned his senior guards ability. At the end of the game vs. Cincinatti, G-Mac hit a running three pointer with 0.5 seconds left to keep 'Cuse's Big Dance Dreams alive. The best part of this all though was, after Boeheim got all fired up and yelled at the press, they panned over to McNamara, who was sitting there looking all depressed and emo, kind of like Private Pile when he's in the bathroom and has a shotgun. I'd hate to see what he looked like had the 'Cuse lost. Today we've got the Orange taking on the #1 team in the country UConn, where a win would almost certainly secure an invitation to the Big Dance. Hopefully G-Mac and Eric Devendorf (The pride of Bay City Michigan!) can put the team on their back and pull out a victory over the Huskies.

Michigan takes on Minnesota in the first round of Big 10 tournament play today, and they pretty much need to win. Both Mgoblue.com and Sparty have been playing like shit down the stretch, although MSU has no chance of not making the tournament. Had Michigan beat Indiana at home last week, I would have said they were a lock for the dance. However, Horton & co. choked and couldn't put the game away. A win or two in the big 10 tourney should guarantee them a spot in the post season, however if they lose first round today to Minnesota, they run the serious risk of having their bubble popped. Which nobody wants to see. (Game at 2:30 on ESPN2)

So check this shit out: A father in France was just sentenced to 8 years in prison after being convicted of spiking the water bottles of his children's opponents with the drug Temesta, which can cause drowsiness. Apparently his kids opponents were known for feinting, for collapsing on the court, for leaning on the fence... and one kid even died! This father wanted his kid to win so badly, that he KILLED one of his opponents. You can read more about it here. What is this world coming to?