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Monday, Monday: Super Bowl, Heroin Ads, and Tiger’s 82

The Super Bowl is the amatuer night of sports watching.  I’m stealing this quote from a friend: “its the New Year’s Eve of sporting events.”  However, a lot happen last night, especially in the fourth quarter.  I’m not going to bore you with Super Bowl remixes and analysis; but I will say, if you are going to pass in that situation you better complete that pass 100%  of the time.  The outside receiver ran a shitty route.  He didn’t sell the fade enough to give the “pick” enough of chance to materialize and Malcom Butler made a great break.  Malcom Butler should have won the MVP.  That was a big time play.

There was a strange heroin addiction ad that ran in the St. Louis market. Poignant but strange. Northern Kentucky is experiencing a heroin epidemic and its mainly young people who are dying.  Its worth a mention on a sports page…

On to baseball…

We are only days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.  The good news is that every team starts the season in first place.  The bad news is that there are 162 games to decide who finishes in first place. This version of the Reds may make your head explode before this season is over.  But until then, beisbol is a thinking man’s game and opening day is the Christmas of sporting events.  The Reds pitchers will be the first to report  on February 18.

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On Saturday night, Virginia lost to Duke making Feinstein look ridiculous or was it a part of a bigger conspiracy to motivate Duke into beating Virginia? Could Feinstein be the genius that he thinks he is? Surely, UK has to be the unanimous number one in the most meaningless poll in sports.

Tiger Woods shot an 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  He went par, bogey, par, par, double bogey, triple bogey, par, bogey, bogey, par, par, par, double bogey, birdie, bogey, bogey, birdie, and bogey.   Sounds like the Perkin’s wait staff.

The Bearcats are looking like a tournament team with a nice win over Connecticut.

This is the worst time of year for sports.  The end of the football season, a meaningless stretch of basketball before the tournament.  Any NBA fans out there? Its better lately but lacks the identity it once had.  Even though its extremely popular, NBA stars are not as loved as they once were.  The game is different now.

Don’t believe me?  Here’s some highlights from the 1990 NBA All-Star game.  Just watch the lineups being announced if nothing else. They are ridiculous.  That was the golden age of basketball.

Have a great week everybody.

In case you missed it, here’s a 3 foot 11″ stripper and her fiancé.

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Monday Monday: Andy Being Andy, Mesoraco’s Good Deal, BBN, College Basketball Is Less Popular Than Soccer

Was your monday all you hoped it would be?

1.  Andy Dalton was booed in the Pro Bowl last night and I assume those weren’t all Bengal fans. Dalton was 9-20 for 69 yards and zero touchdowns.  On the final drive, with a chance to win the meaningless game,  Dalton engineered a drive to the 19 yard line.  Once inside the Red Zone, Dalton threw four incompletions with the final pass landing somewhere in Nevada.  Dalton remains winless in January.  Not to put much into a Pro Bowl game, but we would just like to see something out of him on a national stage just once.

2.  The best part of the Pro Bowl was this, and it wasn’t televised:

3.  The Reds signed Devon Mesoraco to a Four Year $28 million Deal.  Mesoraco’s numbers earned 4.8 WARP in 2014; he will turn 27 this coming season.  For comparison sake, the Brewers locked Lucroy in at $11 million over 5 years back in 2012.  Lucroy was a bargain last season when he produced 6 WARP.  The Cubs Miguel Montero in the middle of a 5 year $60 million contract.  Montero has two 4 WARP seasons, the last in 2012.  In 2013, the Cardinals paid Yadier Molina $75 million for 5 years.  In Molina’s long productive career, he has only put up one season that exceeded 4.8 WARP and that was 2012 when he hit 6.6.  Molina was at 4.2 WARP in 2013 and 1.9 in 2014.  Good job by the Reds. Let’s hope Mesoraca doesn’t have catcher type drop-off; if he doesn’t, then he’s a steal.

4.  The University of Kentucky picked up another first place vote and a 6’9 New Zealander today.  But despite Virginia’s struggles in a close win over lowly Virginia Tech on Sunday, the Cavaliers held on to the other in the latest rankings.

5.  College basketball is losing.   The sport is at its lowest level of popularity since 1985, according to results of the Harris Poll published this week. The survey conducted in December measures what sport the general population considers its favorite, and for the third year in a row, college hoops claimed 3 percent of the result. Dating back to the Harris Poll’s beginning, it’s down 3 percentage points.
Notably, men’s soccer for the first time jumped past college basketball in the United States with 6 percent of respondents selecting it. That’s up 3 percent since 1985. Topping the Harris Poll — of course — is pro football at 32 percent, followed by baseball with 16 percent and college football at 10 percent. Then came auto racing (7 percent), men’s pro basketball (6 percent), soccer and ice hockey (6 percent) before college basketball.  College basketball is more popular in Louisville than anywhere else in the country.