1-The Final Four is set. In State battle with Louisville and Kentucky in one semifinal….some Midwest flavor in a Big Ten-Big 8…er..12 showdown with Kansas and Ohio State. Who is playing Monday Night and who cuts down the nets?
Matt – I’m going to say that Pitino is going to get the best of Calipari and Louisville knocks off the ‘Cats. Kansas wins on the other side and Monday Night Bill Self is cutting down the nets. (**this is the scenario my boy picked on his logo bracket-so I’m hoping this happens)
Wendt – Ohio State vs Kentucky and I'm gonna pick an upset and say the Buckeyes are cutting down the nets.
Painter – Kentucky will beat Ohio State
Blake – Ohio State and Kentucky. Kentucky is still by far the best team in the Nation, the only thing that stops them is themselves and if they were to have an off night.
BSox –Gut is telling me Kentucky vs ohio st for the title, but I have this weird feeling about Louisville, and maybe this is their year. I’ll go Kentucky though, I picked them to win, and not going to give up now
Majors – Kentucky beats the Cardinals; Rock Chalk Jayhawk beats the suckeyes, and The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Jayhawks
2-The Iowa basketball seasons are over. In 3 words or less describe the instate seasons and future of the men’s basketball programs.
Matt – IOWA: Getting MAD again! IOWA ST: Keep Transfers Coming UNI: Damn you McDermott DRAKE: Future looks better
Wendt – IOWA: Future is bright IOWA ST: Future is unclear UNI: Future is average DRAKE: Future is below average
Painter – IOWA: Future is bright IOWA ST: Need high schoolers UNI: Roller coaster ride DRAKE: Cotlar loves you
Blake – IOWA: Fun Again IOWA ST: Awesome Run UNI: Gotta start improving DRAKE: Who?
BSox – IOWA: improvement, toughness, crowds IOWA ST: transfers, recruiting, magic UNI: disappointment, future, bright DRAKE: ummmmm, wha, who
Majors – IOWA: On the rise IOWA ST: does anyone care? UNI: Still hanging around DRAKE: Ummm, about them...
3-Des Moines had a successful showing at the women’s regional final that may have featured Pat Summit’s final game. Will this get Des Moines a Men’s first round game?
Matt – I would think packing in 17,000 for the session for a WOMEN’S Regional and selling out the NCAA Wrestling Championships would be enough to get a Men’s First Round site here. I flipped on the Fresno Regional final last night and ESPN wouldn’t show the crowd at all…like no one was there. NCAA give us a MENS TOURNAMENT! Des Moines will sell out!
Wendt – Not next year but I could see Des Moines getting one in the next 5 years
Painter – I'd like to think so but there needs to be some sort of hotel actually connected to Wells Fargo apparently.
Blake – I believe so, good job Des Moines!
BSox – It’s a step in the right direction, I’d say next 10 years we have a good chance of seeing it. They need to get more stuff to do around the arena to really up the shot.
Majors – Living here in FL I am not in tune with the DSM sports scene. However, it seems they are picking it up rather well. It would be cool to see the state get a 1st round game!
4-Tim Tebow is now on the J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS! He apparently picked New York over Jacksonville. Good move for Tebow and the Jets?
Matt – The Jets are going to sell jersey’s and cause controversy when Sanchez goes out and throws picks. I thought Jacksonville would have been a better fit for Tebow.
Wendt – I'm still not sure why New York thought it was a good idea to even be in the conversation and why didn't Tebow want Jacksonville? Still alot of questions unanswered if you ask me
Painter – I don't think so. The Jets don't need him and he's not real good with the media. He would have been better off going to a team with a creative offense that could fit him into certain situations.
Blake – Who cares, fun for everyone else to sit back and watch the drama!
BSox – Not at all. Jets are a mess at the moment. The first time Sanchez has a bad game they’ll be calling for Tebow. It makes no sense bringing in a guy like Tebow to an environment where you have a QB that isn’t the overall leader of the locker room. It’s going to be a huge head ache for them this season. But maybe Sanchez works way harder because of Tebow …
Majors – I think it is an okay one for each side. I do think it shows a lot that the owner, coach, & GM are in Fl when the presser happened. I know the meetings are here, but they could have arranged it. I am a firm believer in the statement: "If you have 2 QB's, you have no QB's."
5-The Saints got punished heavily by the NFL. Fair punishment or did Goodell go too far?
Matt – This was a statement punishment meant to have a ripple effect throughout the NFL down to College and then to High School. Saints fans shouldn’t cry like they are, they just got caught. Then the Cover Up is worse then the crime.
Wendt – Goodell seems to be softening a little bit on Sean Payton but the punishment was fair in my opinion
Painter – Goodell wanted to send a message which he did. Kind of hard to say he went too far or not.
Blake – Not at all. I think everyone had an idea that bounties for good clean hits were going on, but money for Cart-Offs is barbaric and wrong in a civilized society. Goodell had to leave no doubt that such activity would never happen again.
BSox –Completely fair, maybe not enough. Paying someone for a good play, good hit, getting a fumble stuff like that isn’t a big deal to me. Going out and trying to ruin someone’s career/life is a whole other issue. I almost go with the punter who says kick them out of the league
Majors – The Aints... I would say they got busted. I think the penalty is very harsh, however, they had multiple chances to stop the program as well as be honest with Goodell. They did neither. He has shown he hates being lied to, and he punished them as he saw fit. Now with them talking to The Big Tuna, who knows what will happen. I think losing Payton hurts, I think losing Loomis really hurts, though. Losing a GM for 8 weeks, including the draft? Ouch. I know they will find ways to talk, but they better not get caught.
6-WRESTLEMANIA is this weekend. The Rock vs John Cena! Finally! What is your favorite Wrestlemania moment?
Matt – Favorite match is WM3 with Ricky Steamboat vs Macho Man…one of the best matches I’ve seen. Also WM6 with Hogan vs the Warrior at Sky Dome. I think Jericho-Punk steals the show this year.
Wendt – Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant was awesome
Painter – Wrestlemania X8 in Toronto (2002). Rock vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan. The original WWF/WWE superstar passing the proverbial torch to the "People's Champion". Plus Jericho and Triple H had a good match for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship.
Blake – Um, huh?
BSox –Shawn michaels vs the undertaker…or pretty much any shawn michaels match. Those were the best matches. He sells so well, and tells such a great story throughout the match. I still consider him the greatest wrestler ever, and haven’t watched a ton since he left
Majors – Wow, haven't watched wrestling in years. Fav moment? Probably the original one. I remember being at my buddy's house watching it. Good times!