What College Basketball Program Should Each Locked-Out NBA Fan Base Adopt for the 2011-12 Season?

The longer the NBA lockout drags on, the more likely it is that fans of NBA will have to find something else to occupy their time this winter and spring. The obvious alternative for NBA fans looking to satisfy their basketball jones is, of course, to watch old NBA Superstars videos on YouTube.

I highly recommend this one on Mark Price, not only because I can appreciate a white guy in short shorts who can shoot, but mainly because of the ironically named song “Black Gold” providing the background music. Other classics are Charles Barkley as “The Warrior”, Larry Bird and his “Small Town” roots, and, of course, Michael Jordan taking our breath away.

But once NBA fans are done reminiscing with these terrific videos, what then? I mean, yeah, Google Image searches for “kurt rambis mustache” and “brian cardinal” are entertaining, but it’s not replacing watching actual basketball games.

That is why NBA fans need to direct their basketball-starved attention one level down to the college game. And for those NBA fans who are not too distraught by the lockout to acquiesce, here is a guide for which college basketball team each should follow based on his or her NBA allegiance.

Before we begin, let it be noted that you will not see Duke listed below for a reason: I cannot in good faith advise anyone to root for Duke. They already have a large “worldwide” fan base that is loud and haughty; they don’t need anyone else. In fact, I’ll advise all NBA fans to actively root against Duke. It’s actually quite fun, and for someone who doesn’t already have a college allegiance, joining the Duke Haters Club just may be more fun than attaching yourself to any particular college team anyway.

Now onto the assignments, based far less on geography than on, well, other relevant matters. (And don’t worry Kentucky fans, the comment section awaits your ire at the end of the post.)

Eastern Conference

Chicago Bulls: Xavier Musketeers

Bulls fans can appreciate good point guard play, especially guards who can put their teams on their backs to win big games, and there are few point guards in America – if any – that are as good at doing just that as Tu Holloway. In fact, he is probably the closest thing to Derrick Rose that there is in college basketball this year (and he’s not even that close, which just goes to show you how good Rose is/was.)

Miami Heat: Kentucky Wildcats

This one is easy. In fact, it’s probably the most obvious of all.

lebron-james-john-calipari-rumorsImage source: SportsBore.com

Not only do you have the LeBron-Worldwide Wes-John Calipari connection already in place, but after last year there is now a sensibility similarity between these two fan bases. Kentucky fans would sell what is left of their souls to win a national championship by any means necessary, and that is a feeling than Miami fans can probably now relate with.

Plus, Kentucky is a lot like the Heat in how they assemble their roster every year: just get the best recruits, throw them together with some decent coaching, and see what coalesces as the season goes on in hopes that it’s a contender come March. That’s exactly what the Heat did last year with their collection of the best free agents, coming up just short of winning it all…just like Calipari always does. (But hey, at least the Heat’s appearance in the Finals won’t be voided a few years from now!)

Boston Celtics: Michigan State Spartans

Obviously you can tell that geography is far from the most important factor here.

If you’re a Celtics fan, you already have a wardrobe full of green clothes that you can wear while watching Tom Izzo and the Spartans. So that’s a positive. Also, I think the Celtics and Spartans are in similar positions:

  • Boston was thought to be a title contender going into last year, but now they are seen as an aging team starting to decline. How will Danny Ainge rebuild the roster moving forward? Can he keep Boston in contention as he does it?
  • Similarly, after yet another Final 4 run two years ago, the great things were expected of the Spartans last year. They faltered, and as guys like Raymar Morgan, Kalin Lucas, and, after this year, Draymond Green depart, a new cast of characters will have to step up to keep the Spartans in contention. How will Tom Izzo rebuild the roster moving forward? Can he keep the Spartans in contention as he does it?
jared-sullinger-skinny

Jared Sliminger

As Kermit might say, it’s been easy being green over the past handful of years. It could be harder moving forward.

Orlando Magic: Ohio State Buckeyes

There just aren’t as many dominant back-to-the-basket big men in basketball anymore – college or pro. The Magic have one of them in Dwight Howard, and the best college post man is clearly second year Buckeye Jared Sullinger. Granted, Sullinger is much shorter and less athletic than the high-flying Howard, so the two don’t compare in terms of defensive impact and aerial antics, but we’ll take what we can get.

And hey, with Sullinger trimming down a ton during the offseason, he no longer looks like the complete opposite of Howard in terms of physique.

Also, Orlando is often good, even reaching the Finals a few years back, but they haven’t been able to break through to win a title. Ohio State fans not old enough to remember the days of Fred Taylor and Jerry Lucas can certainly relate with that.

Update: Robert Littal, an alum of the Ohio State University, makes a good point: “We should have been the Celtics since everyone hate THE OSU…Orlando is WEAK, who cares about the Magic.”

Atlanta Hawks: Baylor Bears

The Atlanta Hawks are a talented team that had a memorable postseason moment when it seemed like they were arriving (taking the Celtics to 7 games), but they typically underachieve and can be maddeningly inconsistent from game to game while playing an undisciplined style.

The Baylor Bears are a talented team that had a memorable postseason moment where it seemed like they were arriving (making it to the Elite 8), but they typically underachieve and and can be maddeningly inconsistent from game to game while playing an undisciplined style.

Oh, and both teams have head coaches with the last name Drew.

Yep, good fit.

New York Knicks: St. John’s Red Storm

The last time the Knicks were relevant and good, Pat Riley and his slicked-back hair were roaming the sidelines. Fans of St. John’s are hoping that their new slicked-back coach Steve Lavin can make them relevant again. He started off well last year with an experienced roster, but now we’ll have to see how he does as he builds it on his own. And since Knicks fans have suffered so much lately, I don’t want to pull them too far away from Madison Square Garden.

Philadelphia 76ers: UCLA Bruins

I really struggled with this one, so I’m glad that Chris Callaway came through with a perfect fit:

“The 76ers could be UCLA. Will Smith is now a part-owner of the Sixers, and in West Philadelphia he was born in raised. And after taking a cab – with a license plate that said “Fresh” and that had dice in the mirror – all the way from Philly to California, Will was able to sit on his throne as the Prince of Bel Air for six magical years, and 15 more in syndication.

And, as Keith Mullett pointed out, the 76ers have former Bruins Jrue Holliday and Jason Kapono. So this one really would work out great.

And, as Chris later pointed out, MSF writer Drew Lange should change his first name to Jrue. (This last point really has nothing to do with anything, but it did make me laugh.)

Indiana Pacers: Indiana/Purdue/Notre Dame/Butler

Positioned right in the middle of one of the best cities for amateur sports in America, most Pacers fans already have strong college basketball allegiances to either Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, or Butler. They should just continue rooting for whatever college team they already like more than the Pacers. [hat tip to Jon Washburn]

Milwaukee Bucks: DePaul Blue Demons

Marquette would be the easy choice here, but let’s go with DePaul. Both were good back in the day, both have had a big tall guy lead them to a title (George Mikan, Lew Alcindor), but both have been largely irrelevant since then. Plus both play in a good sports town where no one really cares about them. [hat tip Chris Callaway]

Charlotte Bobcats: North Carolina State Wolfpack

First off, picture Sidney Lowe and his 25-55 ACC record in your mind and tell me he doesn’t seem like exactly the kind of guy Michael Jordan would hire to coach the Bobcats (in between putts on the 10th green).

Update: Of course, since Sidney Lowe no longer coaches the Wolfpack, which I had forgotten about in my haste to diss Michael Jordan’s GM skills, the joke really is on me here. Thanks to the commenter who pointed this out.

Also, while the Wolfpack was relatively competitive during Herb Sendek’s tenure (he won 9 or more conference games in four of his last five seasons there), this is a program that has reached one Sweet 16 since 1989 despite being situated in the hoops hotbed of North Carolina. Bobcats fans already know all about cheering for a Tobacco Road loser. This would be a seamless transition.

Detroit Pistons: Michigan Wolverines

Michigan State is already taken, but that’s okay. Struggling Pistons fans shouldn’t align themselves with the unranked Spartans – a program possibly on the decline – anyway; they should go with the Wolverines, a program that John Beilein seems to have on the upswing. Plus, the Pistons and Wolverines both won the title together back in 1989, so maybe they can get the Michigan Magic working together again.

New Jersey Nets: Northwestern Wildcats

Jay-Z is obviously the most famous of the Nets’ management team (with apologies to the Russian dude), so I would think that Nets fans can appreciate some good rap music. Thus, the only possible choice for Nets fans would be Northwestern, because then they’d be able to rockout with their lockout to a guy who is clearly on the way to being at Jay’s level. That’s right, Chet Haze.

Washington Wizards: Central Florida Knights

When this franchise was called the Bullets, it won a championship and four conference titles. Since it became the Wizards in 1997, it hasn’t won a damn thing, except a few fleeting moments of notoriety when Michael Jordan joined the team to play at about 25% of his former greatness. But maybe there is a way for a Jordan to make it up to Wizards fans.

Despite not being heavily recruited coming out of high school, Michael Jordan’s son Marcus has turned into a pretty good player at Central Florida. As a sophomore he averaged 15 points and led the Knights to 19 victories. Heading into his junior year, Jordan has the Knights on Andy Bottoms’ preseason watch list for mid-major teams.

One MJ never gave the Wizards the title they hoped he might, but perhaps another MJ can deliver one to Wiz fans who adopt the Knights. And with the Wizards located in the nation’s capitol, what better conference to win than Conference USA?

Toronto Raptors: Carleton University Rams

I was really at a loss for the Raptors, so I’m glad that Josh Tinley stepped up with the following suggestion: “I think Raptors fans should cheer on the Carleton University Ravens, who have won 7 of the last 9 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championships. And they’re right there in Ontario.”

I honestly don’t know much about the Raptors other than that Vince Carter had some misadventures there and Chris Bosh recently left there. So Josh’s suggestion is as good as anything I can think of.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Root Against Kentucky

Last year, I’m not sure what got Cavs fans more excited: a Cavs win or a Heat loss. Maybe early in the season Cavs fans were pumped up by Cleveland victories, but once it became clear that the Cavs would end up being one of the worst NBA teams in recent memory, surely more satisfaction was taken by rooting against LeBron and the Heat. So why not apply that same thinking during the lockout?

Since LeBron and Coach Cal have their little Worldwide Wes-orchestrated love affair, and being that they are just so damn hatable anyway, Kentucky would make a perfect target for the sad, plaintive ire of Cavs fans.

Photo credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images via Esquire.com

Full disclosure: I don’t like Kentucky. In case you hadn’t noticed.

Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs: Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas is similar to the Spurs in that we take their consistent excellence under Bill Self for granted – they are almost always in the top 5 and have won the Big 12 nine out of the last ten years. They also, like San Antonio, have had some disappointing postseasons lately, but enough championships in their recent and past history to where their fans can’t get too upset.

The Spurs are so consistently good that we take them for granted. Did you even remember that they were the #1 seed in the Western Conference last year? Even with an aging nucleus they still found a way to be great in the regular season, but they just don’t seem to have the juice to make deep playoff runs anymore. This experience of playoff disappointment would allow Spurs folks to easily assimilate into the Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk crowd.

On a possibly related note, I’d love to see Greg Popovich wear Bill Self’s magic pimp shirt.

Los Angeles Lakers: North Carolina Tar Heels

After stumbling around a bit after Dean Smith left, North Carolina is back to being the nation’s glamor team under Roy Williams. Sure, they had that little blip two years ago, and Williams’ first season in Chapel Hill was one to forget, but otherwise Williams has never won fewer than 29 games and has delivered two national titles and another Final 4 appearance in less than a decade. And when Carolina is good, few other college colors start popping up nationwide like Carolina blue, as the frontrunners flock to support MJ’s alma mater.

Los Angeles Lakers fans (minus our own KVB, of course) know all about being front-runners…but very, very, very successful front-runners who have come to expect greatness, which is why any Lakers fan who turns his or her attention to college basketball will surely flock to Chapel Hill. I mean, it’s not like they can root for Kobe or Pau’s college team. Lakers fans are only satisfied by titles, and Carolina is loaded up again for another title run.

Also, it will be a nice change of pace for Lakers fans to be able to root for a coach who can actually bend his knees.

Image source: Here

Dallas Mavericks: Indiana Hoosiers

I know that I already listed Indiana among the group of Hoosier State school that Pacers fans should cheer for, but hear me out and I think you’ll agree that Mavs fans should turn their attention to their owner’s alma mater if the lockout drags on.

Not only is there the Mark Cuban connection (he got rich in part because of a desire to listen to Indiana basketball games), but if Mavs fans squint real hard (and maybe take a little LSD…) they just might be able to pretend that Cody Zeller is Dirk Nowitzki. Hell, Indiana fans already are and Zeller hasn’t even played a game yet.

And if it’s strong LSD, Mavs fans can really let their imaginations run wild and pretend that watching Jordan Hulls and Zeller together is a reunion of Nash and Nowitzki.

Besides, Mavs fans owe it to Cuban to send the positive vibes emanating throughout Dallas because of the Mavs and Rangers up to Bloomington. He delivered the city an NBA title, now Big D can do its part of get the Hoosier basketball program back on track. And since Mavs fans know a little something about cheering for a really, really crappy team and then seeing slow growth through to a title, they can give Hoosier fans some much needed perspective after the last three years.

Oklahoma City Thunder: UCONN Huskies

Thunder fans have grown accustomed to seeing a long, lanky guy drain jumpers, especially clutch ones, from all over the court. After his performance in the NCAA Tournament last year, Jeremy Lamb looks like he might be able to do the same.

Denver Nuggets: Utah Utes

First off, fans of the Nuggets would surely want to stay out in the West Coast, so if nothing else rooting for Utah gives them that. However, there is an even better reason for this one, and I guarantee you won’t see coming. (And you may just wish it hadn’t…)

Who is the most famous coach in Utah history? Rick Majerus. And what do Majerus and the word “nuggets” have in common? Well, depending on just how immature you are, and what you consider “nuggets” to be a potential euphemism for, both of the following excerpts could apply:

During a game in 1999 Majerus gathered his team around him during a timeout and zeroed in on struggling center Nate Althoff. “You’ve got none of these,” Majerus growled, and then reached over and lightly backhanded Althoff’s groin. “You’ve got no nuts!”

What happened next still haunts me to this day. Majerus took the towel, pulled his pants down, and quickly took a dump into the towel, which he was holding under his ass. After he was done he used part of the towel to wipe, wrapped it up, and HANDED IT BACK TO THE MANAGER, and told him to throw it away. The kid looked like a deer in giant Rick Majerus headlights. The whole room was silent. Rick just pulled his pants up and went back to the scout, never once mentioning it or acting like anything out of the ordinary had occurred.”

If you’d like the full context for these excerpts, click here.

Also, I just want it noted that this is the third to last one of these I’m doing. So I’m running out of ideas. And considering how crappy the NBA lockout is for fans, an excerpt that included the phrase “took a dump” and that included a description of a skidmarked towel seemed extremely appropriate.

Portland Trailblazers: New Mexico Lobos

Trailblazers fans are known for being among the most passionate in the NBA, which makes Rose Garden Arena one of the toughest places to play. That is why Trailblazers fans would fit right in if they took a trip to The Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, known for being one of the toughest and loudest places to play in America.

New Orleans Hornets: Louisville Cardinals

Hornets fans can cheer for Louisville because Peyton Siva is an exciting point guard. Sure, he’s nowhere near as good as CP3, but he’s one of the best in college basketball nonetheless. [hat tip to Jon Washburn]

For the uninitiated:

Also, people in New Orleans already are predisposed to like people named Peyton, so there’s that.

Plus, I’d add that Larry Johnson isn’t walking through that door. And Alonzo Mourning isn’t walking through that door. Nor is anyone else from the Hornets’ glory days in Charlotte. And surely Rick Pitino would be able to remind Hornets fans of this.

Memphis Grizzlies: VCU Rams

The Grizzlies were the surprise story of the 2011 NBA playoffs, an 8th seed that stunned a #1 seed and then made it all the way to a Game 7 against Oklahoma City. Similarly, VCU shocked the world by going from First Four to Final Four, knocking off #1 seeded Kansas along the way. With their underdog cheering powers combined, maybe, just maybe, Shaka Smart and the Rams can make another deep run.

Houston Rockets: Georgetown Hoyas

Georgetown would be a good fit for Rockets fans because the Hoyas just got into that massive fight with the Chinese. Here is the video if you’ve never seen it:

Houston fans might be so frustrated at Yao Ming’s injuries and unfulfilled potential that they might appreciate the audacity with which the Hoyas fought the Chinese. [hat tip to Jon Washburn]

Phoenix Suns: Wisconsin Badgers

Suns fans know all about watching a team dominated by the point guard, so watching the Jordan Taylor-led Badgers wouldn’t be so much different than watching Steve Nash lead their Suns. Except that it would. Because Wisconsin and Taylor play a much slower tempo than Nash and the Suns. I don’t think that would be such a bad thing though. It would expose Suns fans to a less frenetic style of basketball that they aren’t really used to watching.

Also, anytime they see a picture of Bo Ryan, they can pretend he’s making his scary faces in the general direction of Robert Sarver and feel a little bit better inside. And with this picture in particular, they can pretend he’s casting an evil spell on Sarver and the rest of the NBA owners.

bo-ryan-casts-spell

Utah Jazz: BYU Cougars

Or they could just pay more attention to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

And we’ll just move right along.

Golden State Warriors: Belmont Bruins

Golden State, like the Suns, is another NBA franchise known for having a run-and-gun style that makes watching them fun. Warriors fans also seem to have a chip on their shoulder and enjoying being the underdog the slays the dragon, a la a few years when they knocked off the #1 seeded Dallas Mavericks. Who better, then, for Warriors fans to root for than Belmont and its high-scoring, guard-led, underdog attack?

Read Andy Bottoms’ preview of the 2011-12 Bruins. The way he describes their leading scorer Ian Clark, it makes him sound like a cross between Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. Sounds like a guy Warriors fans can get behind, and with Belmont expected to be one of this year’s top mid-majors, perhaps Warriors fans can channel their upset energy from a few years ago and help propel the Bruins to March greatness.

Los Angeles Clippers: Texas Longhorns

As MSF’s Keith Mullett said, “Clippers fans could root for Texas since both always have loaded rosters and coaches who don’t know how to manage them.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Sacramento Kings: Sacred Heart Pioneers

Let’s be honest here: for the last several years, about the most excitement Kings fans have been able to have is the inevitable sophomoric chuckling that ensues from seeing “SAC” scroll across score tickers. With no lockout, that means no more SAC…but not if Kings fans adopt Sacred Heart as their college basketball team of choice. Plus, Sacred Heart sucks (11-18 last year), so Kings fans can just keep on expecting loss after loss, just like if the NBA season had started on time.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Butler Bulldogs

We’ll let the Timberwolves’ fans cheer for Butler. They deserve to watch a team make the most out of their talent because of good coaching and management…as opposed to…well…KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHNNNNNN!!!!! [hat tip to Jon Washburn]

**********

And now it’s your turn. Surely your perspective on this will be different mine.

What are your ideas for which college teams certain NBA fan bases should adopt during the lockout?

The comment section awaits.



About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.

Comments

  1. Nope Nuggets fans will stick to their home state teams: CU Buffs, CSU Rams, Air Force, DU and UNC Bears.

    • I don't doubt that they would. And I almost went with CSU for the Nuggets since Colton Iverson just transferred there, thinking Nuggets fans might have a better experience with that Iverson than the other Iverson, but I just happened to stumble upon those excerpts about Majerus and needed something in here for our base of readers who enjoy poop jokes. They are plentiful, and we aim to please.

  2. journalism? says:

    Brillaint article.. NSM …

    • In case your username is intended as a question for where the "journalism" is in this article, let me end the suspense: this isn't journalism. It's a blog. Big difference. Journalists go out and investigate, go to games, meet with players and coaches, etc. Here are MSF we take all of the work that journalists do, ingest it, think about it, and then try to create entertaining and informative takes on it and/or initiate interesting conversations. There is not one ounce of journalism in this article. It's all completely subjective (and at some points tongue-in-cheek) opinion. As it was meant to be. Sorry if you were disappointed because you were looking for something different.

  3. Shouldn't the Knicks be the Syracuse Orange because of the Melo connection, and the fact both wear orange and blue. Plus, the Johnnies are going to struggle whereas Syracuse should be a national title contender.

  4. Alan Thomas says:

    Check out the HOT refs in this music video of "The Tailgate Song"!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhsENN3YQIQ

  5. The "author" of this article is not a very good writer. His lame attempts at humor and his obviously jealous remarks means he fancied himself the best basketball player in the country and never got past try-outs at his local Community College. What an amazingly boring and self-righteous A-hole.

    • Well, I disagree with your opinion, but I certainly appreciate you posting it and taking the time to visit.

      While my attempts at humor may very well be lame, I can assure you that I am neither jealous nor overly confident in my own basketball abilities. No, that confidence was sapped when I got benched for an underclassmen in the sectionals my senior year. (As for the Community Club tryouts, I never went, so we'll never know.)

      I'm sorry you found the article boring. I will make urge you to do one thing however: don't judge all of MSF just by this one article. We have a great team of writers here who work hard to produce great original content. Just because you don't like my style doesn't mean you won't like someone else's. Give 'em a try.

      Thanks again for coming. Visit again anytime.

  6. TheSportsMuse says:

    Boooooooooo!!!! Isn't it time all the hatre get transferred to North Carolina, which as usual has the most talent anyehere this side of the NBA and has a world-class douche leading their program? Duke is just another scrappy underdog :-)

    • Haha…I knew you would not like my treatment of Duke here. (In fact, I partly wrote that just for your benefit.) But one thing is certain: Duke and the term "scrappy underdog" should not ever be in the same sentence.

  7. You're aware that Sidney Lowe no longer coaches at NC State, correct? Just checking.

    • I'm sure at one time that I was aware of this, but it clearly slipped my mind when writing this article…which is silly, because a simple Google search would have informed me of my error. As it did when I checked after reading your comment. Thanks. I updated the post to reflect my error.

  8. I can relate to the UNC/LA Laker comparison, but wouldn't that make Duke be Boston?

  9. Good article, but no one from Wisconsin could ever cheer for a team that is based "south of the border". You know what the difference is between a cheesehead and an A*****e, don't you? Yep, you guessed it…..the state line.

  10. I don't know if the writer has nearly enough evidence to support some of his assertions… Article seems pretty subjective overall. I wouldn't go as far as Morris to say the author isn't a good writer, but it seems as if he is just taking shots at different teams without any true analysis. Especially the parts about Kentucky. I have never really seen them as truly hatable and I think, if you look at their roster this season, that they aren't a bunch of recruits thrown together this season. Needless to say, the recruits they have are elite, will probably start and play the majority of the games, and play major roles. But if you look, they also have two great sophomores in Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb, and two key seniors in Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas. I understand your statement regarding blogging and subjectiveness, but I just feel like there isn't enough evidence to support your subjective points. Which, for me, made the article less entertaining.

    • Daniel, thanks for your candid feedback. Since I wrote the article, I can say unequivocally that it is entirely subjective. :-) Frankly, I just wanted to start some discussions and debates while taking my best shot at giving answers that make sense to me. (And when you grow up in Bloomington, Indiana, you pretty much always find anything about Kentucky hatabale…)

      I'm sure I could have spent much longer on this post and figured out answers that were more objectively based, but on the bright side it's brought about some interesting debates and disagreements, which isn't a bad thing!

      But thanks for your visit. Much appreciated.

  11. Any NBA fan should pull for or at least watch Kentucky (basically the NBAd league) as it is the closest thing to an NBA team in terms of talent and style of play that they will actually be able to watch this season. Besides that most of them will be in the NBA when it resumes next year.

  12. There is a reason Syracuse is nicknamed New York's College Team. They are the most important and cheered for team, even in the city.

  13. your a hater

  14. Hey, only skimmed through it, read the parts about Kentucky. I’ve been a Kentucky fan all my life, and yes, I would probably sell my soul for another championship. Any span of ten years without one is simply a tragedy. [/sarcasm] What you said was hilarious though, but are we really that hate-able? Go knock on Duke or UNC… they’re the real villains here.

    • Eric, you have to understand, I grew up in Bloomington, Indiana where hate for Kentucky, Purdue, and Illinois is passed down like religion. It's nothing personal, just (basketball) business. I do appreciate you seeing the humor in it though! Many haven't…

  15. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and may come back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great job, have a nice afternoon!

  16. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do
    with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog.
    A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

  17. Ahaa, its fastidious discussion on the topic of this article here at this webpage, I have read all that,
    so at this time me also commenting at this place.

  18. Hey very interesting blog!

  19. I think the admin of this website is in fact working hard
    in favor of his web site, because here every information is quality based data.

  20. Yes! Finally someone writes about quest bars.

  21. excellent issues altogether, you simply gained a new reader.
    What would you suggest about your put up that
    you just made some days ago? Any positive?

  22. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this
    onto a coworker who was doing a little homework on this.

    And he actually ordered me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this issue here on your internet site.

  23. It is appropriate time to make some plans for the longer term
    and it’s time to be happy. I’ve learn this post and if
    I may I desire to counsel you some interesting issues or suggestions.
    Perhaps you could write next articles regarding this article.
    I wish to read even more things about it!

  24. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something
    like this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  25. Having read this I believed it was really informative.

    I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this article together.
    I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and commenting.
    But so what, it was still worth it!

  26. I seriously love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m wanting to create my very
    own site and would love to learn where you got this from or exactly what
    the theme is named. Appreciate it!

  27. It’s nearly impossible to find well-informed people for this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

  28. Heya! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 3gs!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward
    to all your posts! Keep up the outstanding work!

  29. I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s equally
    educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the
    head. The issue is an issue that not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy I came across this in my hunt for something regarding this.

  30. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I
    get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any
    way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  31. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images on this
    blog loading? I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  32. Hi! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would
    be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look
    forward to new posts.

  33. I love it when people come together and share thoughts.
    Great website, continue the good work!

  34. You are a very clever individual!

  35. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly helpful & it
    helped me out much. I’m hoping to give one thing back and help others like you aided me.

  36. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the longer term and it’s
    time to be happy. I have read this put up and if I may just I want to counsel you few attention-grabbing issues or tips.
    Perhaps you could write next articles regarding this article.
    I desire to learn even more issues approximately it!

  37. This is the perfect blog for everyone who really wants to find out about this topic.
    You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not
    that I really would want to…HaHa). You definitely
    put a brand new spin on a topic which has been discussed for
    decades. Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

  38. Valuable info. Lucky me I discovered your site by accident, and I’m
    stunned why this twist of fate didn’t took place in advance!

    I bookmarked it.

  39. Pretty! This was a really wonderful article. Thanks for supplying this info.

  40. I am always searching online for articles that can help me.
    Thx!

  41. De los electrodomésticos más vulnerables al calor podemos destacar el frigorífico, el lavavajillas, la lavadora y el aire acondicionado aunque todos sufren de alguna manera pues todos nuestros electrodomésticos están diseñados para funcionar a ciertas temperaturas y en cuanto la temperatura sube de ciertos grados estos pierden efectividad y necesitan funcionar más tiempo.

  42. I got this web site from my buddy who informed me about this
    web page and now this time I am browsing this site and reading very informative content at this place.

  43. First off I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if
    you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself
    and clear your mind prior to writing. I’ve had a hard time
    clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.
    I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or
    tips? Thanks!

  44. I view something genuinely interesting about your web site so I bookmarked.

  45. That is a great tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.

    Brief but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  46. I always was interested in this topic and still am, thanks for putting up.

  47. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I definitely
    enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will remember
    to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back very soon. I want to encourage you continue your great posts, have a nice day!

  48. Keep up the fantastic work, I read few posts on this web site and I conceive that your web blog is really interesting and contains bands of superb information.

  49. Thanks for sharing these kind of wonderful blogposts. In addition, the best travel as well as medical insurance system can often eliminate those considerations that come with visiting abroad. Some sort of medical emergency can quickly become too expensive and that’s absolute to quickly slam a financial weight on the family’s finances. Setting up in place the great travel insurance bundle prior to setting off is well worth the time and effort. Thank you

  50. [url=http://buymetformin.us.com/]Buy Metformin[/url]

  51. Good – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, website theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Excellent task.

  52. We wish to thank you again for the wonderful ideas you offered Jesse when preparing a post-graduate research as well as, most importantly, for providing all of the ideas in a blog post. In case we had been aware of your web page a year ago, we may have been saved the useless measures we were choosing. Thanks to you.

  53. Real superb visual appeal on this internet site, I’d value it 10.

  54. I really value your work, Great post.

  55. My coder is trying to convince me to move to
    .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.

    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on a variety of websites for about a year and am concerned
    about switching to another platform. I have heard very good things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  56. I have been surfing online more than 3 hours nowadays, but I by no means discovered any interesting
    article like yours. It’s pretty price enough for me.

    Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you did, the
    internet will probably be much more useful than ever
    before.

  57. Unquestionably imagine that which you stated. Your favourite
    justification appeared to be at the web the easiest thing to take into
    accout of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while other people think about concerns that they
    just do not understand about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and outlined out the entire thing without
    having side effect , folks could take a signal.
    Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  58. I’ll start a severe blog which will eventually keep a great deal of articles. I are a graphic designer, and my husband does my internet programming, which means this is for reals (haha, yes I just said that). With that being said, I’ve already started collecting my content and composing entries, yet just how much content material should a whole new blog have when you “unveil” this to the world (ideally)?.. Thanks a lot: ).

  59. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but,
    I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing.

    Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it improve over
    time.

  60. Great post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Thanks! Gamefly 3 month free trial

  61. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after looking at a few
    of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely pleased I discovered it and I’ll
    be bookmarking it and checking back often! Gamefly 3 month free trial

  62. Hi there, I read your new stuff daily. Your writing style is witty, keep up the
    good work!

  63. It’s really very complex in this full of activity life to
    listen news on Television, so I simply use world wide web for that reason, and get the most up-to-date news.

  64. My partner and I stumbled over here by a different web page and thought I might as well check
    things out. I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page repeatedly.

  65. Hi! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  66. I visited several websites but the audio quality for
    audio songs present at this web page is genuinely fabulous.

  67. It’s difficult to find knowledgeable people about this subject, however, you
    seem like you know what you’re talking about!

    Thanks

  68. Hi, of course this paragraph is truly good and
    I have learned lot of things from it on the topic of blogging.
    thanks.

  69. Pues a mi se me rompio la tecla 1 del teclado, llame al servicio postvena y salio una persona super amable, que no solo me envio sin coste alguno la tecla sino que ademas me llamaba cada semana para ver si habia llegado. Es un consejo gratis , por experiencia con esas marcas , pesimo trato y mala calidad del producto, 800 euros en un portatil y 1300 en el televisor , ruina total. Mañana tengo que decidir si pagar la reparación no… me seríe muy útil recibir una respuesta cuanto antes!

  70. Hello I am so thrilled I found your site, I really found
    you by mistake, while I was looking on Askjeeve for something else,
    Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thanks
    a lot for a tremendous post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I
    don’t have time to browse it all at the minute but I have saved
    it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep
    up the excellent job.

  71. You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the work you write.
    The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not
    afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

  72. Normally I do not learn article on blogs, but I wish to say
    that this write-up very forced me to check out
    and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me.
    Thank you, quite great post.

Trackbacks

  1. […] A way for NBA fans to get their fix during the lockout: “…NBA fans need to direct their basketball-starved attention one level down to the college game. And for those NBA fans who are not too distraught by the lockout to acquiesce, here is a guide for which college basketball team each should follow based on his or her NBA allegiance.” [Midwest Sports Fans] […]

  2. […] A way for NBA fans to get their fix during the lockout: „…NBA fans need to direct their basketball-starved attention one level down to the college game. And for those NBA fans who are not too distraught by the lockout to acquiesce, here is a guide for which college basketball team each should follow based on his or her NBA allegiance.” [Midwest Sports Fans] […]

  3. […] A way for NBA fans to get their fix during the lockout: “…NBA fans need to direct their basketball-starved attention one level down to the college game. And for those NBA fans who are not too distraught by the lockout to acquiesce, here is a guide for which college basketball team each should follow based on his or her NBA allegiance.” [Midwest Sports Fans] […]

Speak Your Mind