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The Four-Point Play (Sweet 16 Edition)

ONE - And Then There Were Four: Who Will Be Representing in Detroit?

For me, this is easy. The four are going to be Louisville, Pitt, Memphis, and Oklahoma. I’m tired of the bandwaggoning Syracuse fans, who probably couldn’t tell me who Johnny Flynn was before the six-OT game. Oklahoma will take care of them. On top of that…you know what, I’m going to stop there for now. My bracket may be garbage now, but those Final Four picks are on point. (Ed's note - Ed's picks suck, he had Wake Forest in the Final 4, VCU in the Elite 8, Gonzaga beating UNC, and other absurd picks. Shoulda went chalk. Please note, do not confuse Ed The Sports Fan as being Ed The Knowledgeable Fan, clearly this isn't the case.)

TWO - No Big Surprise: What’s up with the #1 Seeds This Year?

Simply put, anyone who has watched college basketball all year saw this coming. None of the number ones are playing like true number ones (well, UConn is, but I’ll get to them in a minute). WTF is Louisville doing in a tug-of-war with Siena? UNC had difficulty putting LSU away, and it truly took a great second-half performance by Ty Lawson for them to pull that off. As for UConn, don’t be fooled by these two blowouts we’ve seen so far. UNC did the same thing last year, and eventually got their thang busted wide open against Kansas in the semi-finals (I still remember Billy Packer saying “this thing is OVER,” and that was with seven minutes left in the FIRST HALF). In my opinion, it’s a matter of time before the same thing happens to UConn. As for Pitt, I like them a lot, but remember: it’s still Pitt, and it’s still March, which still makes me nervous. I hope Jamie Dixon proves me wrong.

THREE - They Don’t Make ‘Em like They Used to: How Much Closer is the NFL to becoming The National Flag Football League?

This sh*t is getting more and more ridiculous every year. I’m all for safety of the players, but I’m more convinced that the NFL is ten seconds away from becoming flag. I think all of the changes are stupid, but there’s one that truly, TRULY bugs me. They’ve now outlawed hitting a defenseless receiver, and if you do so, it’s a 15-yard penalty. Let’s be for real here. I mean, how else should I say it? GETTING HIT IS A PART OF THE DAMN GAME!!! If the quarterback throws the ball to a receiver, and a defender is near, you’re supposed to separate the ball from man, or, in other words, blow his ass up. No one is trying to kill anybody; they’re simply making a play on the ball. If this keeps up, I may mess around, and go try out for Michael Irvin’s reality show after all. It ain't like I’ll have to worry about getting hit anymore.

AND 1 - Shut the *bleep* Up: Why Are People Trippin’ on The Big Aristotle?

Recently, The Big Homie, aka Shaquille O’Neal, challenged LeBron James to a pre-game skit contest. Okay, it isn’t really called that, but that was the first thing I could think of. Anyway, I’ve heard people saying the Suns should not be doing it, because they’re not in the playoffs, they suck, etc, etc. Here’s what those same people either forget or ignore. Shaq’s got four rings already. If he wants to have fun, he’s more than entitled to do just that. In short, quit hatin’.

Be easy.

-K. Masenda


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