You’ve Got to be Kidding Me

20 05 2009

By Jim Chandley

Sorry all for the lack of updates of late.  Hope this holds you over for a while…





UVM’s Present For NCAA Bid Is UConn

17 03 2009
Terriers' Aly Hinton attempts to take the ball away from Vermont's May Kotsopoulos in the America East Championship. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

Terriers' Aly Hinton attempts to take the ball away from Vermont's May Kotsopoulos in the America East Championship. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

By: Brendan Tyman

The University of Vermont’s Women’s Basketball team was not supposed to win the America East Tourney. Boston University went 16-0 in the conference during the regular season and won their first two games heading into the championship.

A funny thing happened as the Catamounts of Vermont upset both Hartford and BU to take the league tournament. They also punched a ticket to the Big Dance.

UVM is led by Juniors Courtnay Pilypaitis and May Kotsopoulos and Senior Amy Rosenkrantz. Pilypaitis averaged 14.9 points per game and Kotsopoulous was slighlty below with 14.2 ppg. They were both finalists for the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year. Rosenkrantz was a great floor leader.

Sharon Dawley (6th season) is the Head Coach. She hails from Revere, Massachusetts, and her record is 101-78 at Vermont.

Last night the Cats found out their first round opponent is the Connecticut Huskies in the Huskies’ home court. UConn is currently 33-0 and is being considered as one of the most dominant teams of all time in Women’s College Basketball history.

This squad is primed to compete and give the Huskies everything they can handle on Sunday.





March Madness Is Set

16 03 2009
Gerald Henderson and Duke could be making an appearance at the Garden in the Sweet 16. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Gerald Henderson and Duke could be making an appearance at the Garden in the Sweet 16. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By: Brendan Tyman

At last, the college basketball world is down to 65 Division I teams in the infamous NCAA Tournament that will begin on Thursday.

Three of the four top seeds are from the Big East Conference (Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut). The other number 1 seed is North Carolina (out of the Atlantic Coast Conference), who was considered one of the most dominant squads early in the season before falling off against some conference opponents.

Brackets are being made and there could be some interesting Cinderella stories this year. One crew to watch is Virginia Commonwealth, who is led by guard Eric Maynor. If you remember, he hit the game-winning basket against Duke two years ago. They play the sixth-seeded UCLA Bruins in the opening round on Thursday night.

UConn and Memphis should be able to play each other in the Elite Eight because the West bracket is not stacked. Meanwhile, the Midwest side presents many challenges for Louisville. West Virginia is a very tough  team in the sixth spot and they could be scary for the higher ranked clubs.

The most disappointed team today should be St. Mary’s as they were a Patrick Mills injury away from overcoming Gonzaga. Instead, they have to compete in the NIT, but they were being compared to Davidson. Mills was the point guard on the Australian group in the Olympics last summer blowing by Chris Paul

As Dick Vitale would say, “these next few weeks will be awesome baby! “





Jacks Americana

9 03 2009
US Venezuela World Baseball Classic

Kevin Youkilis (right) is congratulated by teammates after his two-run bomb in the 6th last night against Venezuela

By Jim Chandley

Team USA advanced to the second round of the World Baseball Classic yesterday with a 15-6 beat-down of team Venezuela.  As the winner of their own pool, they await a match-up with the runner-up in pool C.  That spot is wide open and could be filled by the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands or Puerto Rico.

The United States is riding a set of very hot bats at the moment.  They are first in the tournament in total bases (50) and are second only to Korea in run production.  The attack has come from all different angles; Adam Dunn has two HR in two games, Kevin Youkilis (with two bombs of his own) has scored seven runs, Brian McCann drove in three runs in only two at-bats in game one.  Dunn is a force, slugging an impossible 2.2450.

The pitching has been solid as well.  Each team only plans to start two different pitchers.  While some would say Jake Peavy and Roy Oswalt have left something to be desired at the front end, USA’s bullpen has been too much.  Johnathan Broxton and J.J. Putz are just two of the Major League stars who are devastating teams late in games for USA.

Now Team USA has five days off before the second round.  They sit five wins away from international bragging rights.  Will the starting pitching be good enough?  Will the offensive onslaught continue?