Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thursday things

* Conference basketball tournament play starts this week (and has started in some cases). Will be fun to watch as teams earn their spots in the NCAA tournament. Of course, we'll keep our eyes on everything for you on Sports Night at 10.

The ACC Seeding will get straightened out over the weekend, and then it's on the Atlanta. Looking at the conference right now, there are, in my opinion, any one of 5 teams that could end up winning the tournament. Of course, the favorite is Carolina, but you have to give a nod to these teams (in no particular order): Wake Forest, Duke, Florida State, and......


The Terps are playing some good ball over the past few weeks, and if they get hot, and stay that way...well, you just can't count them out. If I had to make a pick for the ACC Tourney winner, I would lean UNC, but if they meet Wake in the final, all bets are off.

* Props to the folks at the Quail Hollow Championship for taking an aggressive approach at getting the tournament re-branded, and trying to maintain what has been one of the premier events on the PGA Tour. I don't anticipate this year's tournament being any less than what it has been in the previous 6 years, in spite of the name change. The same tournament staff remains in place, and the best players on the planet are lining up to take on Quail Hollow Club. they unveiled the logo on Thursday. Not flashy. Not boring. Simple. Understated. Clean. Gonna look good on shirts and hats, and the tournament trophy as well. I love covering that tournament, and look forward to another great week.

* OK, now something fun. I was flipping through the channels at my desk, looking for a hockey game. Went to Versus, and found they were showing the movie "Wildcats." Goldie Hawn as the high school football coach in the roughest school in Chicago. Comedy. Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Nipsey Russell and a very young Mykelti Williamson ("Bubba" from Forrest Gump) make up the signifcant players in the cast. Not the greatest sports related movie ever made, but fun nonetheless.

Made me wonder, what your favorite sports movie ever made is. So, what is it? Go ahead and drop me a comment here at the blog. I'll give you mine in a later installment.

Thanks for dropping by!

Mike Solarte

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