Sunday, February 25, 2007

LiveBlog 6: Duke v. UNC



When Joel is right; Joel is right. Texas viewers will be treated to a phenomenal matchup between Univ. of Houston and Univ. of Memphis instead of Duke - St. John's in the 1 pm time slot. I would be hard pressed to think of a less attractive college hoops matchup. Thus, your favorite DudeSpin contributors will be joining the Journey at 3 CDT.



Be there or be a Paris Hilton sex tape peddler.

(commemorative post / jersey swatch of all time Journey great Peppi Browne, right)

121 comments:

vwz said...

Thankfully, Baylor chose not to foul in that final minute... Here comes the Journey!!!

Welcome DudeSpin contributors!

Head Dude said...

I'm in.

vwz said...

Oops... Apparently, the game is on ESPN, and not the Deuce...

I'm watching the game without the bottom line, so as to avoid the Rockets game.. which isn't being shown locally until after this game... due to National TV considerations

Head Dude said...

Wait, they're not showing a Rockets game live in Houston? That's odd.

Head Dude said...

So Dude, how about the Hawks? Pretty tough team now that they have Anthony Johnson, huh?

ThadisRad said...

As the lone dude with Vision vision, I must say, our inability to play 2nd halves is rather irritating

vwz said...

Something about the female chest bump weirds me out... especially since male basketball players don't seem to be doing that any more... but great start for the Journey!

Head Dude said...

Undude, did St. Johns really score just 10 points in the first half? I hate that we renewed the series for four more years. We should just cue it up with UConn and maybe K will beat Calhoun one of these years.

ThadisRad said...

For the last two weeks, ESPN keeps putting closed captioning on my television. It's the only channel that does that, and because I'm not paying for cable, I can't call and complain.

vwz said...

It seems that Paulus has been playing much better since Undude annointed him as the all-time Unathlete

ThadisRad said...

The first half was quite a sight... Our perimeter defense was outstanding, and then they blew the rare opportunities they had.

Yeah, St. John's is now WELL past their prime. They showed Louie C. in the crowd, and, well, I don't know if those glory days are coming back.

And a UConn series would certainly be intriguing, but too intimidating if you ask me.

vwz said...

I've never seen Alison's parents before... and now I know where she gets her size from!!

vwz said...

Undude, are you stealing cable??? That's rather unteacher like of you

Head Dude said...

You know, just because Ohio State and Wisconsin are #1 and #2 and playing right now, still doesn't mean I care about a Big 10 regular season game.

ThadisRad said...

Is it okay to occassionaly flip to Wisc-Ohio State, or is that undude?

ThadisRad said...

Wow, what a play by Harding!

ThadisRad said...

Wow, what a play by Harding!

vwz said...

Did I just see Allison Bales drill a three-pointer?!?! She's bringing out all the tricks in her bag!!

vwz said...

A disappointing aspect of the Vision's subpar season is that the Wisky-OSU game has no impact on the Vision's ranking or seeding prospects

vwz said...

I love coach G... "I saw it! I swear to you I saw it!"

Coach, you had me at "I"

Head Dude said...

Yeah, it's odd to have to pick sides in a Vandy/Kentucky game since it could impact Duke. Still, since our RPI is top 10 I think we could get a 4 or 5 seed, and possibly even a 3 if we win the acc tourney.

ThadisRad said...

I must say that I love how much has changed in 10 years... I mean, not that long ago she was bickering about Weitao's column, now she's a superstar on ESPN in front of a full crowd.

vwz said...

Uhh... Brittany, how about not turning the ball over every other possession?!?

Head Dude said...

And I think Sylvia Hatchell is balding.

ThadisRad said...

I wouldn't hold your breath on the whole win the acc tourney thing, but a 4-5 seed seems doable. And that might be just high enough to keep the Sweet 16 streak alive.

vwz said...

Head Dude, I don't think we had any idea when we originally penciled in this UMD game to watch together of how much implication this game would carry in terms of seeding.

Head Dude said...

Right, and right, though we'd almost be better off losing to Maryland, getting a 6-seed, and avoiding UNC until the Finals. Not that I want it to happen, or think it'll happen.

Neal's right, this season is solely about preserving the Sweet 16 streak.

Head Dude said...

And Weitao you realize now you'll get to join in watching the Mavs tie their all-time record winning streak Thursday. Unless they lose to Atlanta tomorrow -- I hear they've been beating Texas teams lately.

ThadisRad said...

So dude, I meant to email you last week, but can you believe it's been seven years since that romantic Valentine's Day when we learned the Bullet was Jewish?

vwz said...

If you know your elbow is hurting, why would you put up a stepback three pointer?!?

ThadisRad said...

Wow, I'm jealous of this Dude Get-together... I wish I were a wealthy, jobless aristocrat and I could take my jet to Texas to join the fun!

vwz said...

Big Bad Bales, on the putback... ONIONS!!!

ThadisRad said...

Speaking of onions, check out theonion.com real quick... I think that main article is written about Gold Star Israel

Head Dude said...

Have I told the dudes my big news?

I'm jet-setting to the homeland twice -- two weeks in late March and two weeks in mid-April. DudeSpin will receive its first visit from the Middle East!

vwz said...

I haven't seen Abby hit a basket in a few weeks... Of course, I've only seen two Journey games on TV in that time-frame...

Big Bad Bales! Another denial!

vwz said...

Wow! Is this for work dude? Is there a merger & acquisition in Israel that you need to do some due diligence for?

ThadisRad said...

Wow, that's a big step for DudeSpin viewership... you should put a few flyers out there with the web address... I think our unique blend of blog offerings will play well no matter where in the world you live.

Head Dude said...

Uh no, dude, I'll be defending about 55-60 depositions of our victims of suicide bombings.

Head Dude said...

I'll be staying near the boardwalk along the Mediterranean in Tel Aviv. A lot of youngsters tend to hang in those parts, and surely they can be drawn into DudeSpin. That way, the circle on the readership map will be big enough to appear as if it encompasses Jordan and Lebanon as well.

ThadisRad said...

Did anyone notice that Clemson's scorers table featured ads for Exxon? I thought it was pretty odd to see...

Vic, were you contractually obligated to cheer for the Tigers?

vwz said...

Big Shot by Emily... I'm pretty sure that is the first time I've ever seen her make a shot... And she just made about 7 more in a row in that little footage

Head Dude said...

It's a little-known fact that partners in Weitao's office wear sherpas out of deference to their favorite client.

vwz said...

Did y'all see that update on Deadspin about Tamir Goodman, aka the Jewish Jordan??

Dude, perhaps you can get us a DudeSpin exclusive interview with Goodman; or better yet, Will Avery! If he's still playing in Israel

Head Dude said...

What did they said about Goodman?

I hadn't thought about Avery -- maybe I can see some Willpower in person.

vwz said...

Here's the link about Goodman.

ThadisRad said...

If DudeSpin had a youtube video of Will Avery in Israel, well, that would take viewership to the next level... I think the boys at DBR would link us, and then, well, then we'll know we've made it.

vwz said...

Both of our seniors have really come to play, which is, of course, no surprise!

vwz said...

We could have closed the half a bit better with our defensive rotation and Alison's misdirected pass... and wow! Lindsey's shot nearly found its mark!! Time to tune over to Wisky-OSU

Head Dude said...

Curses!
It appears Avery has abandoned Israel and now plays in the worst possible place for any Tel Aviv alum -- Berlin.

Head Dude said...

Here's why I hate the Big 10.
No 1 is playing No. 2 and it's 25-20 at the half.
That sums it all up.

vwz said...

Nice... 25-22 halftime score in the Wisky-OSU game... now I remember why I don't watch Big Eleven basketball

vwz said...

So undude, have you formed the "Students for Barack" group at your school yet?

ThadisRad said...

So with both games at the half, I've had encounters with 2 Dude Committee Legends... Today I spoke with Jon Huntley on the phone, and on Tuesday, one Jamal Middlebrooks visited my classroom.

Quite a week of all stars!

Head Dude said...

Crack research has revealed that Ed Cota and Mario Austin play on Hapoel Jerusalem, but Hapoel Tel Aviv seems only to have natives.

ThadisRad said...

I leave my politics out of the classroom, so no such groups have been formed.

vwz said...

Wow!! Regale us with tales of Jamal's visit!

ThadisRad said...

It would be fun to see Ed Cota again... you could relive old times by bringing a picture of his mug shot to the game. I bet noone's done that to him in ages!

ThadisRad said...

All is well with Big Daddy... He wanted to see the school and watch a master at work. Instead, he watched me. But he seemed to like it and is considering venturing back into teaching. He's still got another year to finish up his Masters, and he seems to be liking that.

vwz said...

So Dude, I'm staying at the Fairmont Hotel downtown. I'm down for whatever as far as Wednesday night goes; but I definitely wouldn't be against picking up some Luby's and watching it Chez Izzy.

Head Dude said...

The Fairmont's walking distance from my office, and other such notables as Mike King have stayed there in the past few months. I'll plan to pick you up Wednesday and we'll head north -- Elizabeth can meet us at Luby's and then we'll head home to watch. It's only a 20-minute ride back to your hotel after the game.
Make note that Thursday's game starts at 7. It's an early start time for TNT.

vwz said...

Wow... this is a poor start to the second half... slow it down, run some set plays Journey.. There it is - the workaround to Bales

ThadisRad said...

Stop making me jealous dudes...

vwz said...

Nish with a huge three and bucket from the corner! A tenuous 6 point lead for the Journey though... We need to put some more distance between us and UNC

Head Dude said...

It's setting up to be quite a nice week -- I have three depos, then two nights with the dude, and then the next morning Elizabeth and I leave for a long weekend in LA. Which includes seeing our gay friend Michael (you may remember him from the wedding). He's now a personal assistant for Hayden Pane-something, that girl who plays the cheerleader on Heroes.

ThadisRad said...

Stories about her would increase our readership!

Have a double-double for me... How often do you go back to LA? I haven't been since I left. I was wondering last week if I would still be able to drive around and find stuff quickly.

vwz said...

Waner has really missed some pretty wide-open shots... let's hope that doesn't come back and haunt the Journey

ThadisRad said...

How come the Journey doesn't wear a pink ribbon? Do they hate Kay Yow?

vwz said...

Nice acrobatic play by Lindsey!!

Head Dude said...

We found out today she's filming a movie in Austin in a few months with Julia Roberts, so hopefully we'll get to go on the set if Michael's down there.

I'd say we've been back to LA once or twice a year since we left. We were there a year ago on MLK weekend, this past Labor Day for a wedding, and now just for the hell of it. I'm always happy to visit, of course visiting doesn't remind you of all the things you don't like about LA. Only the good things. It's a happy place.

vwz said...

The seniors are really taking it upon their shoulders down the stretch.. I like it!

vwz said...

Abby! Drilling the shot from the corner.... I like how she held the post, somewhat Redick-esque

Head Dude said...

Waner's by far the most undisciplined player on the team. A lot of dumb threes -- either rushed or too deep -- and this out-of-control drive.

vwz said...

Dude, do you ever visit that gay clown in West Hollywood, for old times sake??

vwz said...

Dude, whatever happened to your proclamations of Abby being your favorite player?!?1

Head Dude said...

We stayed in Hollywood a few years ago, but realize we prefer our old stomping grounds, and prefer Santa Monica or LAX. So no gay clowns.

And Big Bad Bales is my favorite player -- Waner is somewhere behind Careem Gay (for obvious reasons).

vwz said...

Bales brings the ball back down way too often; someone should have taught her to always keep the ball above her shoulders

vwz said...

did you see that coast to coast drive by Lindsey?!? Even though she didn't convert, it was ridiculously that she was able to switch hands, go behind the back, get off a controlled finger-roll

Head Dude said...

It gets heavy carrying the ball and her big boobies.

vwz said...

Nice break by Emily Waner... though I swear she travelled on the breakaway.. yep, watched the replay; she did travel...

Head Dude said...

Was there just a fight? We wouldn't know it because ESPN chose to show fan reactions instead.

vwz said...

I'm guessing the fans were calling for a technical because Hatchell was complaining about the non-travel call on Waner

Head Dude said...

No, Bales got in the way of the UNC player picking the ball up after Waner's lay-in.

Head Dude said...

Stupid pass.

vwz said...

Uh... Going straight at Bales is never a good idea!

Head Dude said...

What was the halftime score? No one can find the basket anymore.

vwz said...

Izzy is being quite harsh on Waner... did we lose the Undude?!?

Head Dude said...

I'm just frustrated by Waner's game. She was scoreless against Maryland and now this.
Undude, are you out there?

Head Dude said...

Latta's been invisible.

ThadisRad said...

I'm here, just focused on the game and research on 19th century American Lit.

vwz said...

I love that G can change defenses so adeptly, going to a 2-3 zone there to disrupt the middle

ThadisRad said...

I feel like this 2nd half speaks for why so many dislike women's hoops... very ugly at times

vwz said...

Duke appears to favor the American flags rather than the pink ribbon... I suppose we choose patriotism over battling cancer...

Head Dude said...

Neal's right, and we're abysmal from the free-throw line this half. The first half was entertaining; this half has been poor quality.

vwz said...

That was a nice move by Abby! I think she heard Joel's mockery!

Head Dude said...

Yeah, I thought it was traveling but glad it wasn't. Uh, after watching the replay, I still think it was traveling, but glad it wasn't.

ThadisRad said...

That was definitely a walk, but hey, we'll take it

Head Dude said...

Okay, I relent. Waner plays good defense. That was a nice pick.

Can I say again, what happened to Latta? She was one of hte best players in the country I thought.

vwz said...

It should be an exciting finish... nice pick by Abby at the top of the key... Speaking of ugliness, 47-46 in the Wisky-OSU game

vwz said...

Time to hit some freebies Journey! Perfection is within sight!

vwz said...

Waner's been guarding Latta when we've been in man defense... So what happened to Latta is Waner's defense...

Head Dude said...

Stars score to tie the Canucks with 30 seconds left!

Oops, watching the wrong game.

vwz said...

McCants looks like a female version of her brother... and that's scary

vwz said...

good grief!! the FT shooting is atrocious!

ThadisRad said...

Goestenkoropolis? Yuck...

MAKE some free throws!

ThadisRad said...

I think it's too early for G to be smiling like that... I hope she was remembering a funny joke, rather than thinking the game is won

vwz said...

Let's hit some FTs and get the standing O's for Allison & Lindsey...

Head Dude said...

This game wasn't exactly a tribute to women's basketball. I think the senior game in '99 was better.

vwz said...

The joke that G was laughing at:
Assistant: "Remember 9 years ago when you were worried about some Asian student newspaper writer??"
G laughs, "We've come a long way, haven't we!"

Head Dude said...

An odd site -- security guards in yellow jackets waiting in the corners. Of course, fittingly some of them are women.

Head Dude said...

Where's the Final Four?

ThadisRad said...

3.9 left in Wisc-OSU... OSU up 1, wisc. ball

vwz said...

I think the FF is in Cleveland, OH... which would be an odd site for a DudeMania

Head Dude said...

Yeah, we already had one dudemania in Ohio.
THanks for the update Undude, now I have three games to flip between.

vwz said...

That's some great one on one defense in the Wisky game

ThadisRad said...

And crazy towel guy makes an appearance! Where's Rob C?

Head Dude said...

Yeah, but 49-48? That's just terrible.
Stars win! Stars win!

ThadisRad said...

And a little smack talk to end it... That wacky Waner...

Head Dude said...

I didn't see the smack talk. What happened?

vwz said...

Perfection!!! Missing all those FTs down the stretch made it much more entertaining than it should have been!!

Later dudes!

ThadisRad said...

She deliberately ran into Latta and had some words...

Another fine dude blog event... Later all!

Head Dude said...

Until TexasMania on Wednesday!