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Weekend What's Next?: Delivers!

Weekend What's Next?: Delivers!

by FMD Fan Man Dan; danb@whas11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 5, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 5 at 10:35 AM

This week I ordered hockey supply reinforcements. Now as a hockey player in Louisville you have to order supplies off the internet. There are a couple of places to acquire new gear here in town, but if you want selection, the internet is where it’s at. Anyway, the hockey gear isn’t important(though the new Reebok Sydney Crosby stick I ordered is sweet), but what is important is that I’m like a kid at Christmas when I’m waiting for hockey gear- or anything I ordered on the internet.

I placed my order last Sunday and immediately began watching my inbox for the shipping tracking information. When this wasn’t received by Monday midday- I wrote the company. They told me I was good to go and sure enough the shipment confirmation arrived shortly thereafter. It was Fedex (ugh- UPS packages get here like two days quicker) but there was a bonus- the order had to be shipped in two pieces! That’s like getting double presents!
I checked those shipment trackers daily this week, and when the “monster” winter storm pushed everything back a day, I was sad. Then while taking my kid to the doctor Friday (more on that in an upcoming entry), I got the notification that item #1 had arrived! Man, what a great feeling coming home to that package on your porch. It is like the first bite of a pizza you had to carry out from the store and smell all the pizza-y goodness all the way home.
It was obvious from the shape and size of the box, it was the stick! That’s the main event from this order. Accompanying it was a neck guard that I(my wife- more on that in a future entry as well) recently decided is necessary since there are 24 well-honed knives on the ice at all times on players feet and I’m a dad now and junk. So, my kid and I ripped into that box and got out dada’s new toy. Fun. AND I have a helmet and some tape on the way still. I just checked the shipment tracker- looks like that may not get here till Monday.
Also, before I get too far into this- Happy Birthday to my mom on Saturday! With living so far away I do not get to see here as much as I would like so I know it will mean a lot to her that I put that in here on the internet for the world to see. Enjoy Ma.
As for the sports this weekend:
UL looks to bounce back against Depaul (8:00PM at the KFC Yum! Center) televised on WHAS 11! I know anything’s possible, but I like the Cards chances even without Preston Knowles. I mean really, another injury for the Cards? (eyeroll)   
What a crazy weekend for the Cards last week! What with the double OT win at UConn and a nail-biting defeat to Georgetown.  At least the same scheduling gods who gave them that killer road trip also gave them most of the week off, followed by a home game against winless team in conference that just played 2 nights ago and hasn’t won on the road for the season. That will set them up nicely for the trip to South Bend against the 2nd place Fighting Irish.
I was listening to Sunday morning sports on WHAS radio with Drew Deener the day after the U Conn game. He was granting Siva Amnesty for those who criticized Siva early in his career to fess up and all would be forgiven. I guess I should step up to that plate, though to be fair, I alwas liked Siva's potential but thought he needed to develop into a good player, and he has to some degree. If he keeps his assist numbers up, he will be remembered for awhile around here.
Which brings us to Rick Bozich’s column last Sunday calling this team a league title contender. Deener advocated a wait and see approach, but I have to agree with the Courrier-Journal columnist. The big question through the 2010 part of the 2010-2011 season was how would they perform against good teams. I heard this constantly from fans and haters alike. Well now we have seen some consistent competition in these games against very good Big East teams . Now they need to take care of business against the Depauls and Rutgers and Cincis and hold their own against the ranked squads and it just may shake out for them yet.
Kentucky plays in the main ESPN gameday Saturday game(9:00PM). I had planned on writing this as a battle at the top of the SEC East- indeed the entire conference- type segment.  I gather ESPN would have liked to promote it as such as well, but due to the Cats frustrating ability to lose road games against inferior opponents, the Cats were unable to push the contest to those heights.
Kentucky is still struggling for consistency and while it’s too early to dismiss the chance that they will mature into something special, it is NOT to early to start to wonder IF they will. The national media is starting to come around to the realization we here in the bluegrass had sometime in December: this team has no end of game player. No John Wall, no Patrick Patterson, no Keith Bogans, Tayshawn Prince, Jamal Mashburn, Rex Chapman and you old-timers can keep going back if you like.
And how could they not figure it out after the team offered prime Example A Tuesday night. I really like Darius Miller, but come on man take either one of those shots. If this were last year, the ball would have never left the point guard’s hand and while I admire Brandon Knight on some levels more than Wall, he has to want it more down the stretch. 
But heck, we are 4 days out from that game and really I’m not saying anything that hasn’t been out there on the web or in print for days. The Cats have reached a plateau and until they get it figured out, they will stay decent, not yet good let alone great. 
As for Saturday night? A game at Florida is never easy. A game at Florida when the Gators are getting better every week is even harder. A game at Florida when the Gators are getting better every week and you can’t figure out how to close games may prove impossible. But this is just the type of game a good team wins, a game where it looks like they can’t or won’t- then they do. We’ll see if UK is that type of team.
The UL women play at Villanova this weekend and really could use a win. The team is talented but inconsistent winning against one of the Big East’s top teams Rutgers last week, then following with a disappointing defeat at the hands of an admittedly good Georgetown team. Both games were at home so you can’t use home court advantage as an excuse. They are just a talented, but young team.
And don’t look now, but Tom Crean and your Indiana Hoosiers have won 2 of 3 and play host to the last place team in the Big 10 Saturday at 4.
Oh yeah, there’s a football game Sunday.
Since I am a Cleveland fan, I estimate this is close to having my team in the Super Bowl as I have ever been. My team’s hated rival is in the game and the Packers are a very likable franchise and team.   While I am of the opinion that a “second favorite team” is for non-fans, the Packers are in the running for my second favorite team if I had one.
So I am looking forward to it. I am looking forward to the game, the ads, even the halftime show.  I am looking forward to a bar-b-cue chicken pizza and my new recipe that if it’s any good I’m totally telling you all about later this week.  Like delivered packages, new recipes make me excited
They say it is cold in Dallas this week- well too bad for them- doesn’t bother me. It’s usually pretty cold at Super Bowl time where I live too.
These are some things I like and hate about each team:
AJ Hawk-Packers. I like following players from my favorite college team into the pros. It gives me a reason to cheer and watch games I otherwise would care little about. 49ers-Cardinals? Forget that, wait isn’t Troy Smith starting for San Fran this week? I gotta check that out.
Clay Matthews-Packers. When the son of a player who was a star on your favorite team enters the league you think your team should get first rights. When that player becomes a superstar the magnitude of Clay Matthews III, you can’t help think “that should have been us.” You still cheer for him though, that’s Clay’s kid. Cards fans know this as “Nolan Smith Syndrome.” Clay Matthews Jr.(the current Clay’s dad) played for Cleveland during the Elway’s whipping boy glory years of my fan lifetime. The browns could have had him and chose Center Alex Mack instead. Mack made the pro bowl this year, and scored a wacky TD while there, but he’s no Matthews and boy could the Browns use Clay.
Aaron Rogers-Packers. I like it when a front office or anyone getting paid to make decisions, makes an unpopular move where all the unwashed masses think they totally screwed up and are vocal about letting everyone know what a screw up they think that manager is; then the unpopular move totally works showing everyone how dumb they are and totally vindicating the guy making the decisions. I like it because it shows that there is order to the system and that the smart guys can make it to the top, not just the best connected.
 Want to know why a GM gets  paid seven figures, sits in a heated suite during games, drives the Escalade, has a pool in his backyard and a winter home in Key West? Because he is willing to alienate the face of the team and the entire fanbase when he sees that face of the team’s skills diminishing and a better option waiting in the wings. That’s why. Now back to your sofas and mini-vans. Oh and enjoy Gatlinburg suckers. (***Disclaimer: I really enjoy couches and Gatlinburg. Same cannot be said of mini-vans however.)
Mike Wallace-Steelers. Ugh, this is the worst type of player. The under-rated player you wanted you team to draft that goes to your team’s main rival and becomes everything you knew he would.  Did you know he had more 100-yard games than anyone this season?  You want to be happy for his success because you totally knew it! You can’t be though, because he’s on your team’s main rival and catching TD passes on your boys twice a season for the foreseeable future.  At least the Browns got Mohammed Massoquoi. Yee-freaking-haw.
Bruce Arians(coach) Steelers- This guy. This guy. I mean good for him and all, but when your team fires a coach or cuts a player you NEVER want them to succeed somewhere else. You want to say “see I told you THAT guy was a problem while he was here.” No not that our quarterback belonged in Saturday Afternoon City Flag Football League, or the defense wouldn’t tackle if it was paid by the unit.(tackles being said unit- too much of a stretch?) Arians has been to three Super Bowls since he was fired by the Cleveland Browns for supposedly running ineffective offenses. I guess he wasn’t the problem after all and the dysfunction on my team goes deeper than this one guy.
As for the game analysis? Well, Ben is very good in big spots and was really quite good in his last Super Bowl appearance. I mean I see a lot of national writers doing it but, how can you pick against Pittsburgh(vile though they be)? They have the intangibles (been there before, leadership, a skill for getting big plays or flags when they need them), and the tangibles all seem fairly even. So I say Pittsburgh 27-21 and hope I am wrong
Now, some Super Bowl Fun facts courtesy the internets!YOU KNOW…That on Super Bowl Sunday,
More food is consumed than on any other holiday in America other than Thanksgiving. We are piggish when we watch our football no? This includes:

• 8 million pounds of guacamole are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday. (I don’t like guac, but holy amoley that’s alotta green!) 
• It takes 49.5 million pounds of avocados to make that guacamole. To put that in perspective, cover the football field from end zone to end zone in 12 feet of guac! (yuck right?)
• 22,000 tons of chips are eaten along with that guacamole. (thus ending our guacamole segment)
• About 1.25 billion wing portions
• 9 million pieces of pizza
• Super Bowl fans spend more than $50 million on food during the 4 days prior to the super bowl.
• The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.
 • 5% of Americans will watch the game alone.
• Of the top 10 most watched television programs of all time, 9 of them are Super Bowls.
• Budweiser has been the exclusive Super Bowl beer advertiser for the past 13 years.
• More drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year (except St. Patrick's Day), according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Enjoy America’s unofficial holiday and please drive safe.

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