No NCAA shock

Mar 30, 2010 7:04 AM

It could have all the aura of ‘Hoosiers’

There is a lot of talk about stimulus lately and if you didn’t get stimulated last week watching the basketball games you must not be a fan, or you are stuck in a cave somewhere in Kentucky.

Every game was a shoot-out except for the Kentucky game as they were a complete no show. And the only really big disappointment in the tournament so far was Ohio State, a big one for me.

By the way who were those guys in the Kentucky uniforms? I love a good conspiracy theory and I get email almost every day about one thing or the other. I will get into one concerning hoops later in this column and it does not concern Kentucky.

It is Final Four time and opening day of baseball is this Sunday, April 4 with the mighty Yanks at the Red Sox, on ESPN 5:05 p.m. If you log on to this website, I am sure we will have a selection on that game, and check out our new website, it is a beautiful thing.

Let’s take a quick look at the Final Four as it just may turn out to be a real live version of the movie, "Hoosiers," except Gene Hackman won’t be doing the coaching. If you never saw Hoosiers go out and rent it before the Michigan State/Butler game; it is one of my favorite sports movies right behind "Brian’s Song."

If Butler is able to knock off Michigan State and Duke knocks off West Virginia this game will become one wild affair with the Indiana fans going nuts over Butler.

I know that the network is rooting big time for this match-up so you never know, just another conspiracy theory. Butler opened as a 1-point favorite with the total 126 and that line has not moved. I do see this game going under the total unless there is an overtime and sorry to say there will be no conspiracy in this game as the gutty Michigan State Spartans will find some way to pull this game out over a real good Butler team.

In the other game, Duke opened -2½ with the total 131 and this game has not moved a pimple and looks to be a real dog fight; I will be on the Mountaineers in this game if the line inches up, if not I just may sit back, enjoy and get stimulated.

By the way with baseball in full gear next week, Two for Tuesday will be featuring my two best baseball selections so put a little cash away for that as I am looking for another big year.

Back to the conspiracy theory, I have my doubts about all the waste of stimulus money that our government has passed out but an email really tells me that our tax dollars are at work. If you are a really good college basketball coach you can make a lot of money not only for yourself but also for the coffers of the university; if you are a bad basketball couch you usually get fired because the university is not making any money.

Now, many have said that the stimulus hasn’t saved or created any jobs except in government; well here is a case where at least one job was saved.

Oregon State University athletic director Bob DeCarolis was considering firing their head basketball coach, Craig Robinson, after an 8-11 start (2-5 in the Pac 10). When word of this reached Washington D.C., Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter was dispatched to Corvallis with $17 million in stimulus money for the university.

Craig Robinson’s job is safe for another year. So what prey tell would be the conspiracy? For those of you unfamiliar with Coach Robinson, he just so happens to be Michelle my belle Obama’s brother, but this is just probably a coincidence.

There were a few Kentucky Derby prep races this past week; Mission Impazible won the Louisiana Derby making a determined run to get up late winning by ¾ of a length over A Little Warm who really ran a big time race on the front end. Mission Impazible is just another 3yo out of the Todd Pletcher stable and this guy could be peaking at the right time.

In the Sunland Derby – a race in which last year’s Kentucky Derby winner exited – Endorsement stalked and ran down the Bob Baffert-trained and previously undefeated Conveyance; this year’s Kentucky Derby winner will not be exiting this race.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar, Thursday April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Palace Station Race book. Myself, Vic Vivio and the all knowing Ralph Siraco will be holding our annual Kentucky Derby seminar and if you have not attended in the past we have a great time and you never know what Zany Zack Goldberg, the Race and Sports book manager, might do, like tossing in some good food and cocktail service.