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Mar 21

TGR’s Looker Of The Week

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 1:00 pm | Leave a Comment (2)
Category: Looker of the Week

Damn, it feels good to be a Wildcat! The Cats are back in the Sweet 16 with a shot at the #1 seed in a “no lose situation” and Billy Clyde is back in basketball! All of this, on the first full day of spring in the bluegrass! I am not sure if Donald Trump’s current wife even woke up to this much goodness this morning! Did you see Trump’s roast? “The Situation”? Child please. He almost was made Looker of the Week for that attempt at comedy.

With last week being the start of this year’s Road to the Final Four, or something like that, Lookers were abundant. Blown leads, bad calls, and terrible losses were all over the bracket over the weekend. On Friday, after weeks of anticipation, the George Rogers Clark cards met the Eastern Eagles in the 2nd round of the Sweet 16 in Rupp Arena. With most of the TGR crew from wild and wacky Winchester and Fertig hailing from Eastern High, the match-up was billed as “The Battle of TGR”. In the end, GRC was throttled by Eastern and I rode back to the tailgate with my tail tightly tucked between my legs. Fertig’s Eagles were able to celebrate for less than 24 hours because they were upset by Christian County less than a day later. Once again, the Sweet 16 makes fools of us all.

Then there was the Big East who sent 11 teams to this year’s tournament. The “super conference” sent well over half of their schools into the first weekend, but only 2 survived. Oddly enough, the two teams who managed to win, Marquette and UConn, beat a Big East team in order to advance to the Sweet 16. The Big East is taking the same stance as Michael Jackson’s father, if you can’t beat anyone else’s, beat your own.

I truly looked hard at making the University of Louisville our Looker of the Week. The problem is, MOST of the time, our Looker is someone or something who has done something silly, stupid, or embarrassing. The thing is, I loved the fact Morehead State knocked the Cards off so much, I don’t consider anything they did silly, stupid, or embarrassing. I f**kking loved it! Well done cards!

In what Rick Pitino did in a quick 15 seconds, Pitt and Butler did in 2.2, embarrassed themselves and their families. By now, I am sure most of you are aware of the situation Pitt and Butler found themselves in Saturday night. With the clock running down, Butler’s Andrew Smith hit a turn-around jumper to give Butler what seemed to be a game winning 1 point lead over the top seeded Pitt Panthers. With only a few seconds left, Butler only had to play good defense without fouling for a moment or two. Enter former Bryan Station Defender, Shelvin Mack. With 2.2 seconds left, Mack inexplicably fouled Pitt’s 5th year, redshirt, grey shirt, graduate-assistant, Gilbert Brown with only 2.2 on the clock, giving Pitt’s guard a chance to not only tie the game, but to take the lead.

In a split second, Mack had become the donkey of the tournament. Brown stepped to the line and sank the first free-throw to tie the game, on the second shot, he missed, and chaos ensued. Butler’s Matt Howard came away with the rebound and everyone in the building and watching on television KNEW the game was going to overtime. All Pitt had to do was let Butler get the board and run out the last:08 seconds, enter Nasir Robinson. On Brown’s second free-throw, Robinson went over Matt Howard’s back and drew the whistle of the referee, sending Howard to the foul line where he hit one free throw and then missed the 2nd one intentionally, ending the game.

It would be easy for us to make Nasir Robinson our TGR Looker of the Week. It would also be very easy to make Mack the Looker for the “near miss” dumb move of fouling Brown. But, before Howard made it to the foul line to win the game, I already knew who our Looker of the Week was. The first question I asked, “Why would you even have your team on the free throw line during Brown’s foul shot?” Why not clear the lane and the worst that can happen is that Butler heaves one 95 feet to beat you. The worst thing that can happen if you leave them around the lane is exactly what happened. If Butler fails to sling one in from 95 feet, the worse thing that can happen is overtime. After Brown ties the game on the first shot, take your guys off the lane! By leaving them there, you are encouraging them to attempt a tip-in or a rebound, which makes the possibility of an over the back call very likely.

Congratulations to Mr. Jamie Dixon, this week’s TGR Looker of the Week! Blame no one but yourself Dixon!

Mar 14

TGR’s Looker Of The Week

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 3:27 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Looker of the Week

Merry Bracket Monday TGR! Today is undoubtedly the most useless and unproductive day of the year in our country’s workforce. No one is making money, no one is making deals, and no one is taking pride in anything else other than their choices for the Final Four. This is where normal Americans and I differ. I am working my ass off to make sure you, my best friends, get the entertainment you deserve on a tough Monday. It is time to award a freakishly fine person, or group of people, our TGR Looker of the Week!

Until yesterday, our Looker of the Week was locked down. In the 2nd round of the SEC Tournament, we were all shown a perfect example of a “Looker”. In a tie game with only seconds left in regulation, Georgia had the ball and a time out left. Instead of calling the timeout right after Bama scored, or a few plays earlier when Georgia was in a trap, Head Coach Mark Fox waited until there was .8 seconds left on the clock and called time out. The problem was, Dustin Ware banked in a 3-pointer just ahead of the buzzer and just after Fox’s timeout, which would have won the game. Instead, the Dawgs went to overtime with the Tide and lost. I like Mark Fox, but this was proof that he is definitely a “Looker”.

Then came yesterday, the day the NCAA was to release their 2011 men’s tournament bracket. I believe that after nearly20 hours to contemplate their work, the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee has to be 10 of the most confused people on the planet. Cases can always be made for teams who get in, and those teams who are left out. No matter how large the money hungry NCAA makes the tournament in the future, you will always have those “snubs”. Saying that, UAB and VCU’s participation in this tournament is about as ridiculous as it gets. I don’t want to throw out numbers and stats on this, you can get that type of information anywhere. The problem is, it does not appear that the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee knew this information was available.

I am sure it is now clear that I am a Kentucky die-hard fan. Making that clear, how in the F**K could we be a 4 seed while Florida is a #2? I have considered Florida, its university, its fans, and it’s administration #2 for a long time, but in a different sense than the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee. Was the entire last 2 weeks of the season and the recent SEC Tournament all for not? Was there any real reason for us to embarrass one of your #2 seeds on national television yesterday in a conference championship? As much time as they claim to put in on the construction of the tournament, it really doesn’t seem that complicated. This year, it just looks like they took a few teams from each tournament, looked at their record and RPI, and threw them on a board. They then spent the next 4 weeks eating beef jerky and drinking green tea. I hope like hell that your tournament falls apart in the first weekend, the Cats are the highest seed to advance to the next round, 15 “Cinderella” teams move on, and not a damn person north of Covington or south of Corbin watches your mess.

Congratulations to Eugene Smith (2010-2011 Chair) Director of Athletics, Ohio State, Stanley M. Morrison-Director of Athletics, UC-Riverside, Jeffrey A. Hathaway-Director of Athletics, UCONN, Lynn Hickey(a woman)-Director of Athletics, UT-San Antonio, Mike Bobinski-Director of Athletics Xavier University, Dan Beebe-Commissioner Big 12 Conference, Doug Fullerton-Commissioner Big Sky Conference, Ron Wellman-Director of Athletics Wake Forest University, Steve Orsini-Director of Athletics SMU, and Scott Barnes-Director of Athletics Utah State University! The 10-member NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee! Do all of the schools they represent even have D-1 basketball teams? No matter, they are TGR’s Lookers of the Week!

Mar 7

TGR’s Looker of the Week

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 1:31 pm | Leave a Comment (73)
Category: Looker of the Week

It is amazing how much more enjoyable your Monday is when the cats hammer down on a highly underachieving opponent on their own floor! Ruining Senior Day for student-athletes at the University of Tennessee should be added to the list of games played in both the winter and summer Olympics. That is an event that I would gladly pay enormous ticket prices to view each and every year. Let’s get to it, this week’s TGR Looker of the Week!
It would be very simple for us to bestow the greatest of all honors upon the greatest man to ever live, Charlie Sheen. If you hate cocaine, whores, binge drinking, not hitting girls, winning, tiger blood, rocketing to the moon, or anything else he has referenced in the last week, you might disagree with my fascination of him. Before you get too upset with me, let me inform you that I don’t care. I am winning, you are probably not.
Tennessee’s Bruce Pearl and Scotty Hopson were mentioned as possible nominees this week. Hopson for his performance against the cats yesterday in Knoxville and Pearl, well, for just being Pearl. Pearl has already been honored by being named our Looker this year and Hopson has a great excuse for playing like a scared little girl for most of the game…he was being guarded by Deandre Liggins. His Kid’n’Play haircut and his trash talking were epic yesterday, unfortunately for him; in what could very well be his last day in Knoxville was a loss, just like Bruce’s.

The Tennessee YouTube terrorist, BigVOLdaddy, was nearly made our Looker this week for this video. In it, he references and congratulates TGR’s YouTube correspondent, CF15, aka CatsFan15. He takes a little shot at CF15 for his “Tennessee Hate” videos last week and the quantity of them, but not anything terrible. I just don’t appreciate this turd having our man’s name in his dirty pie hole.

This week’s winner could very well be a repeat winner, I am too lazy to look. She is apart of a story that I am very sick of hearing about and I am sure that most of you are too. I have vowed not to mention this woman’s name or the situation she has found herself in the last year, but I can not resist this one. In the last year or so, she has become the Queen of Louisville cardinals basketball and the apple of Big Blue nation’s eye for so many reasons. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Karen Sypher has made her return to TGR!

To catch you up on her fabulous life, she was sentenced in February to seven years and three months in federal prison for trying to extort money, cars and a home from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. We are not celebrating her and her life as a whole today, just for a comment the future federal prison inmate made recently to the congregation at Gospel Missionary Church in Louisville. The honorary member of Big Blue Nation said, “I have said over and over, I feel like Rosa Parks on the back of the bus…” Look, I am not a civil rights or African-American historian by any means. There are many points in time that I wish I knew more about, the civil rights movement in the mid-20th century being one of those times. Saying that, what on earth could have Rosa Parks been doing on that bus that would afford Karen Sypher to compare herself to the civil rights leader? I have heard many stories about Rosa and her participation in the movement, but never about anything that Karen Sypher could relate to. I guess there is an above average chance that Outkast might put Karen Sypher’s name in a song in the future, but that is the only possible comparison I could imagine. I am not sure, but I bet there might be a few individuals in the federal prison Karen Sypher will soon be apart of that might disagree with Karen’s assessment of the two individuals.

Congratulations! You are our Looker of the Week!