Feel free to comment away. The Kentucky v. Lamar game is still on Fox Sports South so I have no clue what is going on.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I am ready to put this disappointing football season behind me and focus on basketball. It is tougher to get pumped for basketball games since there is less alcohol involved but lets change that and drink heavily for every game.
Tonight, at 9 p.m., CBH faces his old mentee Andy Kennedy in a crucial game for our Mountaineers. After a demoralizing defeat at the hands Blue Ball Nation, the Mountaineers need to make a statement on the road. With a 32-3 home record under Kennedy, getting a W could be a much tougher task than I originally thought.
While the rest of you prepare for the Backyard Brawl, I am getting excited for the Mountaineers basketball match up with Iowa in Vegas.
The game is 3 years in the making, as WVU was supposed to play #3 seed Iowa in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament in Detroit in 2006. However, a circus shot at the buzzer by Northwestern St. essentially allowed WVU to become one of the only teams in history to advance to the Sweet 16 before even playing a game.
Minus Steve Alford and John Beilein, it looks like the corn-growers from “it’s not Heaven, it’s Iowa” finally get to play “almost Heaven West Virginia” in the battle for Heaven on Earth.
But honestly, that’s not exactly what excites me. You see, what you probably don’t know is that for Iowa fans, Sin City is whatever bathroom stall city the Hawkeyes are currently in, as evidenced by these Hawkeyes who channeled their inner Larry Craig.
Sometimes we’re Texas Tech with 5 wideouts, sometimes we’re channeling 1970 in a single receiver, double tight end, I set, sometimes, we run fully loaded shotgun, sometimes we run half the team in motion. But everytime, we suck.
Offensive identity? “Bread and butter” plays? Who needs that when you can just randomly pick plays from nearly every offensive philosophy ever invented.
Is it really time for the first basketball practice of the season? Normally, the start of the season is like a girlfriends period, it always comes at the worst time. This year, however, it comes at a time that will divert some of our attention from a struggling football team. Hopefully, when we look up after analyzing the basketball team our football team will be back on track.
If you are going to be in town for the Syracuse game get your bitch ass to the Coliseum Friday night for Mountaineer Madness. CBH wants the place packed and if you don’t go he will choke a bitch. You will not only get a glimpse of the basketball teams but also get to experience the new technology in the Coliseum. I have seen some of it and it looks fucking spectacular.
Billy Hahn, aka “The Mock Turtle,” joined other WVU coaches on a trip last week through Charley West (the town, not your author, because that would be gross). During that trip, he had some interesting insights and comments on this most recently signed recruiting class.
The most interesting was this little tidbit (and I’m slightly paraphrasing):
“Devin Ebanks is a great player, but the coaches like Kevin Jones more.”
This is not that bold of a statement when you remember Kevin Jones is the #29 ranked player according to Scout. Comments like this also put our recruiting class in the proper perspective.
That perspective? It’s fucking insanely good.
“The 25314,” I ask myself, “you sexy, good looking zip code, I know Devin Ebanks gives West Virginia a solid recruiting class, but how good is it?”
Well, recruiting rankings are out for the classes of 2008, and West Virginia – the place to which John Beilein swore you could not recruit – is ranked fourth in the country by ESPN.
Not to be outdone, Scout.com’s new team rankings came out today and West Virginia is ranked 10th, right in front of Arizona, Duke, and Kansas.
The 25314 knew that Huggins could recruit – he brought the #1 class for 2007 to Manhattan, BFE – but I was hoping for top 20, not top 5.
When Huggins finally arrived in Morgantown (15 years too late), there were questions if he really could recruit his typical players to Morgantown or could win with Beilein’s guys. I thought it might take a couple years to build a successful team and start landing impressive recruits.
I was wrong. Man, was I wrong. Wrong-er than the Jersey kid who rolls out of bed on a Friday night and thinks, you know what would look really good with this black wife beater, candy-striped or black shirt, blowback haircut, bachne, and guyliner? JAEGERBOMBS!!!
One point away from the Elite Eight, Top 10 recruiting class, and a lifetime contract. Fairly decent year one.
Not to mention a timeless and epic rant after the first Pitt game, in which Joe Alexander scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, where Huggins, without naming Joe, said, “I don’t know why I keep calling plays for him. He doesn’t want the ball when the game is on the line, and he won’t get it anymore. I’ll never call another play for him. As far as I’m concerned he’s a screener from now on.”
Huggins first year in West Virginia has been so incredible good, I think a new letter needs to be invented to grade it. Maybe ZJ.