On the Sunday Links

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I know it’s after 2 p.m., but it’s Sunday. A beautiful Sunday, at that, so I’m going to make this short and sweet. Speaking of sweet, Mississippi State’s men are still savoring Saturday’s 86-77 comeback win over Arkansas. It was a great day for former Bulldog Bailey Howell, as well, for having his jersey retired.

To football, I had a column today pondering what lies ahead for MSU in light of its 2009 recruiting class. Also, I compared the salaries of State’s coaches to those of other coaching staffs in the SEC, and AD Greg Byrne offered his thoughts.

So there you go. Now, I’m going to sip my beer and watch “Monk.”

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13 Responses to “On the Sunday Links”

  1. bishdawg Says:

    and what type of brewskey would that be, BL?

  2. midnightdawg Says:

    Saw the movie Hoosiers again today for probably the 85th time, no exaggeration. You know, one of those movies where you can quote it the whole time. When Stans, er, Hackman, comes into his first practice and confronts the “interim” coach, that makes me think of how we would treat Coach Stans as fans, if one of us were suddenly coach for a day. This blog is awesome, but it’s the proverbial barber shop in that movie.

    I love barber shops btw, been putting off a haircut for 2.5 days till mine is open again.

    I heard an “expert” on the radio this AM comment that the SEC is down this year in part because it has been hit harder than most by high school straight to NBA more than any other conference. That may be true, we certainly have our own sob stories, those what could’ve would’ve been examples at State.

    I think the future is bright for MSU basketball. This year we’ll have some exciting moments, but in the end the adage “live by the 3, die by the 3” will prove to be true. But I’m excited about our future. If Jarvis stays, which he should (here I go all barber shop again), Osby develops, and we get the infusion of frontcourt talent some of you have refered to, look out for the Dawgs in ’10!

    I stand by Stans, but we can’t win without Jimmy Chitwood!

    “I’ve seen you guys can shoot but there’s more to the game than shooting. There’s fundamentals and defense.”… Coach Norman Dale

  3. jmbulldog Says:

    midnight,
    I agree with two points of your entry….1) Hoosiers is awesome and never gets old. 2) State will be a great team in 2010 but I think this year can still be great.

    You may not feel this way, but I am tired of reading (and I know you didnt say this but others are) that State is NIT bound and the SEC won’t get very many in the tourney this year. Who knows what the rest of the year will bring….I think we will win the West, play well in the SEC tourney, and make the NCAAs.

  4. darkcooger Says:

    What gets me is all the talk about the SEC being weak this year. It seems to me that the SEC isn’t weak – it’s YOUNG. And considering what some of our lesser teams (*coughArkansascough*) have done outside of the conference this year, I think the SEC looks poised to be absolutely deadly in the near future.

    Also, I keep hearing that the SEC won’t get more than 4 bids, and everyone keeps naming Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, and LSU. How does Kentucky keep making the list? And consider this: if either MSU or LSU wins out the season, they will win the SEC outright. How is LSU a footnote on that list? They’re leading the conference!

    The talking heads who are predicting the SEC’s NCAA representatives must be smoking crack.

  5. imabulldog Says:

    And the talking heads are ESPN, which is another story…

    BUT anyway, let me say this about this upcoming year, and something I think Mullen is going to bring to this team.

    -And that is a ‘confident’ mindset, and a ‘winning’ attitude.

    For so long now, really the Croom Era, we literally walked into games worried about teams like UAB, Gardner Webb, MTSU, Maine,etc, etc, etc! I think that we’ll finally start hanging 35-40 points on these teams, and 50 on the SELU’s JSU’s on our schedule.

    I’m so tired of worrying about little opponents. I hope that Mullen just demolishes any remaining residue of that crappy mindset, and that our Boys are able to come out and KICK BUTT!

    Can I get an Amen!?!

  6. buzzardroostus Says:

    Amen! Ima.

    Guys, why should anyone think the SEC is strong in basketball. Arky is the only team that’s done well outside of conference and that’s because they played overrated Big 12 teams. There’s been horrible losses by Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, and LSU out of conference that don’t defend your position at all.

  7. dc31 Says:

    Joe Lunardi is definitely on crack. I’m so sick of that crap about the Big East and the ACC. I’m not saying that we could beat UCONN, but if we’re the hot State team who knows?

    State will go only as far as Barry Stewart takes us. When he gets 15 to 18, we are unbeatable. But when he doesn’t shoot with confidence and gets 5 or 6, we struggle.

  8. benzadawgfan Says:

    Monk rocks! oughta catch Psych too….and Burn Notice. USA has better programming than the big 3.

  9. benzadawgfan Says:

    Early season out of conference games are poor indicators of late season performance. Remember beating Xavier early season, and gettin’ drilled by ’em in the tourney. It is the only way to evaluate I guess, but those guys that say a team .500 in the big east/acc should get in, and an sec team with 10 or 11 reg season conference wins are crackheads!

  10. leeearl Says:

    Funny you bring up UCONN, Jay Bilas just had wrote a blog called “Flying elbows out of control…” and for those of you that are not ESPN Insiders, here’s a portion of the blog giving props to JV:

    POY: UConn is right with North Carolina as the best team in the country. And while the Huskies are No. 1, the glow that comes with it is making some in the media a little crazy. The campaign for Thabeet for National Player of the Year has begun. Don’t get me wrong — Thabeet is a presence that nobody else is. He is 7-foot-3 and can block and change shots. But let’s not get crazy about National Player of the Year just yet. First, there is already an award for National Defensive Player of the Year, and Thabeet is among the leading candidates for that. While people are pumping Thabeet for the amount of shots that people don’t take because of his presence, you are hearing a reprise of Thabeet’s coach and not empirical evidence. After 23 games, Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado has blocked 112 shots to Thabeet’s 94. And Varnado changes plenty of shots. Thabeet is averaging 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4.1 blocks while shooting 65 percent from the field and 63 percent from the line. Varnado is averaging over 12 points per game, 10 rebounds and 4.4 blocks while shooting 60 percent from the floor and 67 percent from the line. Varnado has fouled less and has over twice the assists. Does that mean that Varnado should be right with Thabeet for National Player of the Year?

  11. Brad Locke Says:

    Bish: That’d be Corona.
    Benza: Psych rocks. My new favorite show.

  12. rufuswasafan Says:

    Monk is a great show. I’m OCD like Monk.
    As we all know what the basketball team does it the last games will determine if they get to big dance or the NIT. Stans know what it takes. Been there before. Will the team be able to focus, listen, and play harder the rest of the year.

  13. darkcooger Says:

    Agreed, rufus. It’s the end-of-season performance that will determine who goes dancing, not the start-of-season performance. I think any honest observer would conclude that MSU (for example) is a much better team now than they were a couple of months ago. Yeah, they still make boneheaded mistakes sometimes, but they make fewer of them and they play with better poise overall.

    I see no reason that MSU should be counted out of the Big Dance already. There’s still way too much basketball left to play, and the SEC West is still well within reach (as are the conference regular season championship and the tournament championship).

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