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FMD: The First Mid-week Buffet

FMD: The First Mid-week Buffet

by FMD(Fan Man Dan)

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 8 at 11:35 PM

How’d you like the Super Bowl? As far as a Super Bowl goes, I give it an 8 out of 10! That’s pretty good. This Super Bowl was the Natalie Portman of Super Bowls. 

What I liked: As an internet Steeler hater, I obviously liked how the score ended up, but I thought the game was very entertaining as evidenced by my wife’s emotional involvement in it by the end. The ads were solid, unspectacular, but only a few duds (ugh Joan Rivers, Joan Rivers! I guess Go Daddy had been pushing towards this inevitable spot for sometime). I liked the halftime show, thought it was current and upbeat and had some surprises. All in all, not a compelling reason to leave the coach for 4 hours.
What I didn’t like: Not much, but any Super Bowl the Cleveland Browns don’t win (which is to say all of them so far and into the foreseeable future) can not earn a 10. My homemade buffalo blue cheese pierogies that took all afternoon to make and the fact that the Steelers were in at all also hurt the final FMD score.
Good game though. Good game.
So, this week I’m trying something a little different. Right now I am finding taking this rant into a singular direction each week proves difficult. So for the mid-week Fan Man Dan, I am trying a new format. Let me know if you like or have any suggestion at danb@whas11.com 
Dad Corner:
If you have read many of my blog entries you know how important my role as father is to me. After pressing from many sources to expand upon sharing my experience, I have chosen to dedicate a weekly segment to being a father and the stresses and joys etc. that go along with it. I know some of you don’t like the dad stuff- just skip on down to the sports section if that is your inclination. The sports section is worth it today!
There is a lot of topical stuff going on in my fatherly life right now. The kid is just now getting more comfortable in his own room and learning how to make mini-sentences. He’s playing a lot of hockey and knows as many hockey terms as he does numbers(somewhere between “rour”(4) and “niiiii” (9) depending on what he remembers each day. Potty training looms.
But since I’m feeling this right now, I’m putting it at the front of the line: every single gash dang illness he picks up- he passes to me. Right now it’s some sort of lower respitory coughing and sore throat thing. He’s had it for a week, whenever he runs or gets wound up, his little lungs can’t handle it and he goes into a coughing fit. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem to bother him except for the occasional sore throat. Even that he seems to roll with due to increased popcicles and “rogurt”(yogurt). He’s on medicine and the downhill side as well- he’ll be better by Thursday.
Oh, but not me. I’m just starting and when I get ill, I get grumpy and lazy. I was just starting to regain some semblance of physical conditioning through trips to the treadmill as well. Now I just want to lie around and I have very little patience for Max and Ruby cartoons. I am not pleasant when sick and demand that my wife cater to me. Mom is to blame for that, but it’s Mrs. FMD’s problem now.  
I used to have a healthy disposition, maybe acquiring a cold a year. Until Christmas of 2010, I had a streak of no vomit going back to baseball opening day 2004(a day which lives in infamy in our marriage as I totally ruined a beautiful spring evening with my, at the time, newlywed wife by enjoying opening day at the ballyard a little too much.) I hadn’t had a stomach bug episode since grade school. Sure enough, the kid had a day or two of stomach issues, then they struck the rest of us.
So what is the main culprit in all these various illnesses entering our home? Now some people will not like this answer, but most parents will understand. It is other people’s kids. In any public setting some other person’s kid is always sick. School, Chuck E. Cheese, library, church nursery? Yup, yup, yup and yup. 
I wonder why like a Barnes and Noble or bowling alley or country club locker room doesn’t do the same thing to adults? Adults never stay home sick from something they really want or need to do unless they are really really ill, yet before I had a child, I rarely picked up a communicable illness from others. I’m sure the answer is easily researchable, but I’m just sick of my kid coming home sick.
A child getting ill has all sorts of negative ramifications.  We have to go to the doctor (a 25 dollar co-pay) and get some expensive prescription (another 50 dollar co-pay), mom lets him get away with EVERYTHING while he’s sick(because she loves him and is caring and stuff), we try to quarantine him long enough to where he doesn’t become a carrier for some other unfortunate child and of course this drives him crazy and we end up taking him out too early and he infects some other unfortunate child. And the circle continues. 
You know who’s in a good spot in this endless viral loop? The doctors of course, they laugh all the way to the bank; and Wal-greens.
Of course the worst part of all is it infected M-E-me. That’s really what it comes down to is my comfort and routine is messed with because of other people’s kids.   OK, it’s not the worst part, but it is a bad part.
So how do we stop it? Some people say “keep a sick kid home;” which is great in theory, almost impossible in practice. People have to work and if the kid is not at daycare due illness, the parent can’t go to work. As mentioned above, kids will only behave for so long at home as well and the parents have to take them out before they drive everyone batty and the home becomes a pit of frazzled nerves and tears.
Also, there are some people who don’t care and figure if your kid gets sick that’s your problem, so you have to deal with that. Lastly, it’s tough to tell when these little buggers are sick enough to pass stuff along anyway. 
So there is no solution. Buy OTC cold medicine and hang on. That’s what I have come up with. We wash our hands and go to the doctor and do all the preventative junk, so it’s not our fault. I hope somebody writes in with a cure all, cause as a first time dad I’m at a loss. 
And I’m sick, pass me a blanket please.
Sports Observation:
We are now one month away from the start of the conference tournaments and that most lovely of time of year in Kentucky- college basketball tournament time. While we have no clue as to who our local teams may draw against in the NCAA tournament(and UK and U of L will be playing in it) there are two match-ups I’d love to see the NCAA Tournament Committee attempt to line-up.(if they can’t line up a rematch, because honestly that would be awesome to see)
For Kentucky, I’d love to see them play Ohio State. Calipari, the King of the recruiters matched up with the one that got away. Freshman big man Jared Sullinger has pushed the Buckeyes from a solid returning bunch to the last undefeated team remaining. He also would be able to fill that gaping hole in the middle of the Wildcat line-up had he come down to the commonwealth. Neither team is deep, OSU using seven players and UK primarily six, so that disadvantage UK usually walks in with is nullified. Would be a nice game.
And really why don’t these two teams play each other more anyway? Despite sharing a watery and lengthy border the teams have never regularly scheduled each other and have only played 18 times. Of the 18 times they played eachother, 1/3 of them (six) have been by accident in some tournament or another. They haven’t played since Derek Anderson and Ron Mercer led UK to a big win in 1996. Interestingly, Anderson led Ohio State in scoring in their previous meeting in 1993.
They are both major programs in major conferences. I understand the football thing, home and home games etc. but if anyone knows why these teams haven’t scheduled eachother in a regular game(‘96 was in some Rock n’Roll Shootout special game and ‘93 was in Maui) in 30 years, please forward me the info at danb@whas11.com.
I could see UK and OSU meeting in a monster sweet 16 game with UK a 4 or 5 seed and OSU a 1. If UK keeps going the way they are going, maybe even a second round game? 
For Louisville, I think Pitino disciple Billy Donovan and his Gators would provide an interesting match-up.  You of course have the always trite Pitino-Donovan-Providence connection. This season we have the Richard Pitino, Florida Gators assistant angle, and of course we have the Cardinals playing the type of ball that Donovan did for Pitino all those years ago.
The last time the two teams met was in 2004 in Gainesville. Taquan Dean and Francisco Garcia came up big for the Cards who pulled out a 4 point win late. We don’t need to remind Cards fans where that team ended up. The season before U of L knocked off the then #1 Gators in Freedom Hall.
I could see this happening on the opening weekend of the tournament. Florida is looking at a 4-10 seed and UL the same. That leaves a lot of combinations that bring these teams together. Make these match-ups happen tournament committee- do it!
Stat of the week:
Four of the last eight Notre Dame-Louisville games have gone to OT. The two teams meet Wednesday in South Bend tried to find the answer, but I have no idea what the overall percentage is in college hoops, but it isn’t close to 50%. If Saturday is any sort of reliable gauge, there were 149 games and only nine went into OT. That’s a little over 6%; Which isn’t close to the 50% these two teams have given us over the last few years.
Sports Hypothetical of the Week:
In the “Sports Hypothetical of the week” I will broach a topic for discussion or contemplation in the sports world. Sometimes the situation will be solely hypothetical and any conclusions we come to will be a matter of opinion, sometimes they will be based in researchable fact, but before I look it up, I want to debate the fact.
Today’s is the latter. Would a shot that leaves a player’s hand from outside the three point line and bounces off the floor inside the three point line and goes in be a 3 point basket or a 2 point basket?(example: In all examples, UofL starts with the ball and UK is the opponent. Peyton Siva attempts to bounce a pass from 25 feet off the free throw line and it goes in the hoop instead of being caught by another player)
 Would that change if the carom comes off of another player instead of the floor?(example: Siva attempts to pass from 25 feet and instead of bouncing off floor at free throw line, it bounces off UK defender Terrence Jones standing at the free throw line) 
And what if rather than intentionally bounced in by an offensive player, a defensive player blocks or deflects it into the hoop after the ball bounces inside the arc. (example: Siva drives and tries to kick out to Kuric. UK defender Brandon Knight deflects pass which takes wild carom off the free throw line and into the basket UK is trying to shoot at)
I will research the correct answer this week, but in the meantime: debate in the comments section below(I think they are all threes.)
Memory Lane:
This feature will give fans a chance to reminisce. Sometimes we will recall a memorable game from the past, sometimes a memorable player or moment. 
For the first installment, I thought I’d feature the player that first defined Cardinal basketball when I was growing up in Ohio- Pervis Ellison. He played in 136 games and had a block in 130 of them. He is still the all-time leader in blocks, and the only Cardinal with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds. As a freshman the Cards won their most recent title where he had a monster game 25points and 11 boards in a win over Duke in the finals. (highlights linked here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnNhM178esQ&feature=related doesn’t the court look odd without the three point lines?) He was one of only three freshmen to win the NCAA tournament’s most outstanding player award. 
In a dubious distinction Ellison still holds the all-time fouls record, and that may be a mark that is never broken. You have to big and talented enough to play a lot of minutes. Anyone fitting that description nowadays goes to the NBA after a year or two.
Whenever I was playing a Louisville Cardinals game in my driveway, I was Pervis Ellison, with big loping post moves. He, as we know, was drafted #1 in the 1989 draft by Sacramento, but had his best season two years later with the Washington Bullets. He was in Freedom Hall for the last game there last spring and according to the Cardinal media guide he currently makes his home in New Jersey.
The current Cardinals will honor the 25th anniversary of the 1986 champions this Saturday at the Yum! Center. The Cards will wear retro 1986 jerseys (surely with 2011 short length) and fans in attendance will receive a commemorative poster. Not sure if Ellison will be returning for the festivities, but he has before and it seems reasonable to think he will again.
Know what song was number 1 when Pervis and the Cards were bringing home the hardware?:
I usually won’t do two of these, but then there’s this from this week in February, 1921. I doubt anyone has a recollection of this contest, you would have to be one sharp centenarian to recall a game that happened when you were in grade school, but I stumbled across this during my research and found it very interesting.
 UK did win the return match-up 10 days later in Lexington 20-13. The loss to Centre was their only loss that season and they went on to win the SIAA tournament in Atlanta.  11 of 12 SEC teams as well as some ACC and Big 12 teams(and Louisville) were all members of the SIAA at one time or another. 1921 was UKs last season in the SIAA, leaving with other larger schools to form the Southern Conference(this was a pre-cursor to another spin-off conference: the SEC).
This caught my interest simply because it seems odd that a school like Centre at one time would compete with the current bluebloods of college hoops. In the newspaper article at the link, the writer indicated some mild surprise that the Cats were able to win. Then there is the absurdly low scores.
I don’t know what the number one song in 1921 was, so here’s some 20’s music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5H7kNJEhqA From the Paul Whiteman orchestra who according to this here link had 12 #1 hits in 1921. Could you imagine catching the rousing UK at Centre basketball contest then heading to the local Danville dance hall(?) to hear this stuff? Also: awesome.
Bold Prediction:
Each week I peer into the WHAS11.com crystal ball (kept in Taco Bell Fan of the Week host Joann Dickson’s desk) and I foresee the future! This week I see the number one team in men’s college basketball losing at least one and maybe both (the ball is a bit smudgy) of their match-ups.
Also, how can U Conn’s women not be the number one women’s team? I get that Britney Griner and Baylor are great, but c’mon. The crystal ball reveals a 20 point Huskie whenever the twain should meet.
FMD Café: 
Stealing a little bit from Pat Forde at ESPN and a little bit from Drew Magary at deadspin, this segment will feature something yummy each week with the local spin(FWIW Forde gave a shout to Saints in St. Matthews last weekend). I had hoped to feature my buffalo blue cheese pierogies this week, but they turned out horrible! Well at least NOT awesome. 
So today I salute: hibachis! We went Friday night and it was awesome. Communal food, cooked fresh to order with a live table show! Also you can get sushi on the side- a fine food item on its own. This week I planned on only sushi, but once I got there, I got swept into the euphoria of onion volcanos and juggling eggs with a spatula and got the chicken and steak special. Yummy.  My wife loves the soup and the salad dressing, I like them fine, but that’s not what I’m there for.
Whenever I go to these places I always get one of the exotic import beers on the menu. Just one, I left my heavier drinking days in 2004, but it’s always fun to try something new. I never get one of these beers when I am anywhere else though.  A Sopporo on a Saturday at Frankfort Ave. Beer Depot? No way! Point me to a hibachi though, and suddenly I’m Johnny Tokyo in my beer taste.
So that’s the new format, I will try to keep it interesting, but make no promises. Remember to check out Matt Hobbs and Adam lefkoe for all the real sports news.
 

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