Hello, friends. Welcome to the greatest sports week of the year, when small-minded hicks from schools you've never heard of (and Harvard) get to be a punching bag for the nation’s elite basketball programs. I’m Jim Nantz and this is my partner Clark Kellogg. But enough about him. I have a better life than you, as evidenced by the fact that I’ll be calling 12 basketball games this month and then will head to Augusta National, where I will narrate The Masters, a traditional unlike any other™, on CBS. Also, I’m married to a 33-year-old and I live on the seventh hole at Pebble Beach. Fuck you, America.
Let’s hit it!
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Philahoops.com is well worth checking out this week. They have reactions from all three NCAA teams as well as St. Joe’s on their little selection into the prestigious NIT.
Dave Grzybowski from La Salle’s SportsTalk Philadelphia has video of La Salle waiting anxiously to hear their name called. Gotta be happy for them.
VUHoops.com is the Villanova site you should be following all week.
And for Temple stuff, just read any of the local newspapers, watch any of the TV stations, or listen to the radio… because all the people who work at those places went to Temple.
- Roy Halladay was pulled from his start after one inning yesterday. He was supposedly sick and threw up, but the fact that he showed up in Clearwater this morning to get medicine, ostensibly for a stomach bug, has some wondering if there’s more to the story. Pretty much anything about Halladay is conjecture, and I know there were all sorts of rumors about him being (we’ll call it) ill last year, but ever since that day he overheated in Chicago in 2011, something has seemed off about him. And though he’s probably just getting old, you can’t help but wonder if there is more to the story.
Regardless of what – if anything – is wrong with Doc, can we stop talking about his decreased velocity? We knew this last year. No one is surprised that his fastball is in the high-80s.
- For some reason, Adam Aron thinks it’s a good idea to keep reminding fans that the Sixers lost to the Heat:
The St. John’s basketball team subscribes to Aron’s tweeting philosophy. Here’s their Tweet from last night… about making the NIT:
- Michael Young was the only Phillie to shave his head for the Tampa Bay Rays’ “Cut for the Cure.” Pretty cool:
- There’s an entire website dedicated to college cheerleaders. So, enjoy that.
- I spoke with former Daily News gossip columnist and Newspaper Guild President Dan Gross on Episode 2 of Crossing Streams. He talked about breaking the Dry Island story and the time Allen Iverson told him , “Kiss my ass.”
- Donte Stallworth crashed his hot air balloon into power lines because karma is a big busted bitch.
- Reader Jim spotted a loon at the liquor store on Columbus Blvd:
- Connor Barwin’s paperboy left him just the sweetest message:
- A source told the Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi that Paul Holmgren’s job is secure: [Philly.com]
"Look at his body of work. He's done a very good job," said the source. "He's not going anywhere."
Yes, the team has taken a step backward each of the past two seasons since Holmgren over-tinkered with the team.
- The great aunt of Nick from Bleeding Brotherly Love was the owner of the Rocky II house that is now for sale. Aunt Dolly passed away on February 1 at the age of 97. Nick describes her quasi-famous home thusly:
Now publicly up for sale, the "Rocky II" house's asking price is $139,000. Not too shabby for a house mired in history. Before becoming an adolescent, I frequented this house many a time. A month didn't go by that I didn't visit my aunt with my family. As I grew older and had more responsibility, that changed. However, for her birthday every year, Christmas night, we all would go over there and have another year full of great memories to tell. And she never let anyone hear the end of it. "You know, this house was in "Rocky II." I let them film here. They gave me a lot of dough for them to do that. You're gonna be an actor someday and do the same thing. You're gonna film your movies here. And you're gonna give me money for it, too." As we would laugh at the jokes she would tell, the constant pride my aunt felt that they filmed that movie at her house was evident. Everyone knew. The whole block. The whole family. Some random people here and there. But, now she's gone, and the house I semi grew up in will be part of another family.
- Go 'Cats!