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Saturday, December 21, 2013

 

Thinking out loud…and wondering what the heck I could possibly do with $648 million

Mega Millions lottery madness…if you walked down the street and found a dollar bill on the ground every 10 feet, you'd have to walk the circumference of the Earth at least 41 times to pick up all 600 million of those bills. I don’t know how long that would take me, but I sure would like to find out…

• So…hell actually froze over this week. It snowed in Cairo, Egypt for the first time in 112 years…

Not for nuthin’…but there were 763 points scored in the NFL during last Sunday’s games, the most on a single day in NFL history. Happy now?

• Gotta love the fact (if only because you’d be crying otherwise) that the guy who made the game-saving pick in the end zone on TB12 for the Dolphins was a signee off of San Francisco’s practice squad just a couple of days before the game. Michael Thomas was so new to the Dolphins most of the players on the team didn’t even know his first name…

• Ok, so TB12 uttered a profanity on live TV this week. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll undoubtedly hear it again. That doesn’t mean it’s right. The problem here, as I see it, isn’t the use of the word itself. The problem is that we’re USED to it, and that’s a shame. There’s a reason why the FCC still bleeps it out, when given the chance. It wasn’t spoken on cable TV or the internet, where the rules are more relaxed. And, it came from someone who you expect more from. I get frustration, and I understand being angry. But what I don’t get is a lack of civility. It’s what makes us better – in theory – than animals. He has quite a few people who look up to him…and not just because he’s a HOF-caliber QB…

• Shame on WBZ-TV, too, for not having a delay so they could dump out of the profanity. We can cure diseases and put men on the moon, but not catch a curse word on TV? This is now the 21st century. Act like you’re in it…

• The way I see it – and I’ve called it correctly for a while now (11-3 ATS for Patriots’ games this season, btw) – the only way the Patriots advance this season is to somehow outscore the other guys. Because the defense “is what it is…”

• You can’t have 15 and 16-play offensive drives and get only field goals out of those, which is what happened against Miami. The entire offense – play-caller Josh McDaniels included – needs to look in the mirror. They also need to recognize who they are, and that they don’t have Rob Gronkowski

• But you do have “Minitron.” Julian Edelman put up Calvin Johnson-type numbers (or Wes Welker-type numbers?) with his 13 catches for 139 yards against the Dolphins. Playing on a one-year contract this year, he deserves a nice, new deal in the off-season, don’t you think? Hmmm…maybe you should think again. These ARE the Patriots we’re talking about.  Just sayin'...

• And let’s give some credit to Miami. They’ve bounced back nicely from the midyear circus surrounding Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito – and neither player has returned to the team. They took TB12’s newest binky, Shane Vereen, out of the offense…holding him to three receptions for eight yards. Gotta do better than that with the play calls before criticizing performance…

• The defense? It’s not going to get appreciably better than what you see out there right now. All is not lost, however. Sure, it hurts to lose Pro Bowl caliber players from your lineup (Wilfork, Kelly, Mayo)…but if the defense could somehow figure out a way to force turnovers again – which they’ve stopped doing – you’ll see rapid improvement on that side of the ball…

Ryan Tannehill’s passer rating was a season high 120.6. Brady’s was 85.7. Tom, if you want to get upset…start with the guys on the other side of the ball…

• They’re better against the run now that Sealver Siliga is in the rotation at tackle, and that they’re playing more four-man fronts. But the linebackers aren’t reacting well at all once a runner, or receiver, gets past the line of scrimmage. Reverses and receiver rushes are getting big yards…

• After making some great halftime adjustments in recent weeks to come from behind, the Patriots were out-adjusted by Miami’s staff last week. They took TE Charles Clay effectively out of the mix, but in the second half Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace found themselves against a lot of man coverage…when the Pats had played primarily zone in previous weeks. And there was little to no pressure on Tannehill in the second half, after sacking him three times in the first half. Seems to me somebody in the MIA locker room made some changes, while someone else was simply M-I-A…

• The stark reality of this week’s game at Baltimore has the Pats going from a potential 1-seed a week ago to OUT of the playoffs altogether. Bizarre. But true. And the way this team is limping to the finish line, it’s hard to feel like they could “go on a run” anytime soon. But then again, a big win wouldn’t surprise me, either. That’s just the nature of these Patriots. Edge-of-the-seat stuff, but a gambler’s nightmare…

• Know what $648 million is? It's your salary for 6,480 years if you earn $100,000 a year…

• Pats fans, maybe this will make you feel better. The combined record of the New York Jets, Giants, Knicks and Brooklyn Nets was 26-48 at the beginning of the week…

• And, the Yankees still have A-Fraud

Tweet of the Week – from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (@MMehtaNYDN): “Since Santonio Holmes signed with the Jets after 2010, he has made $269,662.92 per catch…”

• No matter how bad you have it, someone else always has it worse. Like Cincinnati. The Bengals had the chance to slide into the two-slot in the AFC last week, and threw up a stinker at Pittsburgh. Yes, it hurts to lose. But New England hasn’t really lost anything. Yet

• The Bengals are banged up like the Patriots are on defense, missing Geno Atkins, Leon Hall and Terence Newman…and they lost Dre Kirkpatrick late against the Steelers, leaving them with barely enough defensive backs to play. They also lost James Harrison to a concussion. Small wonder they struggled stopping the Steelers…

• For $648 million, you could buy a thousand $648,000 houses…or one from Shaquille O’Neal

• Don’t look now…but there isn’t much run on the Friars right now in the Big East. No one is talking about them, no one thinks much of them…few believe they can do anything once the conference season begins primarily because of the loss of Kris Dunn to the lineup. One web story I saw this week even failed to include them in a weekly power ranking of the teams – listing only NINE, not 10 teams. Talk about falling off the radar…

• I will say this right now…the Big East is there for the taking. There is no dominant team. There are several good ones, but no monster in the group. Everybody’s team du jour, Villanova, lost to the Friars twice last season. One anonymous league coach thinks the Friars will be helped immeasurably if Brandon Austin reappears from suspension. Opportunity continues to knock for Providence. Let’s see if they can answer…

Free the Friar Two? I’m not privy to the inner-decision making process at PC when it comes to the suspensions of freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock. But I do know this…no one is happy with the way things have been handled here. Yes, there were transgressions, mistakes made, penalties served. What really happened? Nothing criminal, it appears. But egregious enough to cause this delay…at the expense of watching the athletic departments’ only revenue-generating program – with high expectations this year – twist in the wind with depth problems. Someone needs to show some leadership and decide this thing already…

• The personnel losses continue to pile up for Seton Hall…after losing guard Tom Maayan to the Israeli military, now Sterling Gibbs could be out awhile with a knee injury he suffered in an OT loss to St. Peter’s. Fuquan Edwin and Patrik Auda also have ankle problems, but Edwin is expected back after Christmas. Just in time, perhaps, to face the Friars on New Years’ Eve…

• At URI, the realization that three out of five students are still a relatively short distance from the campus during the semester holiday sparked a plea from the athletic department…to those same students. Please show up at our winter break games. Good grief – they’re free! Ingenious, yet sad that they had to do it in the first place…

UMass just completed its’ second season as a full-fledged, FBS school. And it wasn’t pretty. They need to generate revenue through ticket sales and donations…but who will give to a one-win program? Add to the problem having to travel 90+ miles from campus for your “home games” at Gillette Stadium, and you can see why the phrase “revenue shortfall” is a common one on campus. To remedy some of this, half of their home games will move back to campus next season, as McGuirk Stadium nears the completion of renovations. But football expenses will continue to outpace revenues…at about double the amount from when the program was in the FCS. How long until the phrase “it ain’t worth it” becomes popular on campus?

• Do you know the name Barry Hinson? If you’re a hoop junkie, you might know he’s the head coach at Southern Illinois, and that he’s having a tough time getting through to his players right now. So…coach has turned the tables on “molly-coddling” his players, by ripping them. Publicly. Maybe the truth will embarrass, or hurt? Dude came unhinged the other night after a loss at Murray State…if you haven’t seen or heard what he said, it was funny, brutally honest stuff. Hope the PC-police (politically correct) don’t ditch this guy…

• You know, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe wrote this week that basically it’s his job to cover the games and write about them…and not to root for the teams involved. Couldn’t agree more. When you are attached to a team, however, through years of observance (if not an actual paycheck), the line between having a rooting interest and not having one blurs considerably, and that’s what we have in the present day and age of instant information. Teams hiring journalists is nothing new, and they do it in an effort to attract interest, if not control it. And fans often expect the media to be fans, too. Combine this with the unprecedented era we have going on in New England sports over the past decade-plus, and if you offer an opinion that differs with the mainstream, you’ll probably get beaten up for it…

• I get asked all the time – “don’t you want the Friars (or Patriots) to win?” Those are the two teams that have been a huge part of my broadcast past and present. And my answer is always the same. I root for the story…and for the paycheck…

• Shaughnessy is rarely accurate in his prognostications, which I can only assume he throws out there just to “juice” his audience. ‘Cuz he’s really, really bad at predicting. Either that or he simply doesn’t watch the games he’s paid to cover…

• On very rare occasions when I feel like splurging, I can come up with a $5-plus drink at Starbucks or a breakfast sandwich at Dunkin Donuts. But with $648 million, it's triple venti caramel macchiatos and sausage, egg and cheese on a croissant on the house! You could buy more than 100 million of the drinks -- or one for everyone in the state of California, New York and Texas and still have enough to buy two of them for all your friends in Washington state – plus if you were feeling generous, one for everyone in Oregon too…

Shawn Thornton (weei.com)

Shawn Thornton deserved every game of the 15-game suspension he was dealt by the NHL for his sucker-punching Brooks Orpik. I’m surprised it wasn’t more. This was the proverbial black-eye for hockey, an indefensible act of random violence that really has no place in organized sports or in society…even though fighting is condoned (applauded?) in pro hockey. I know there’s a history of bad blood between the Bruins and Penguins, and I know Orpik is no angel himself. And sure, I’m happy Thornton was apparently trying to defend what he thought was a cheap shot on a teammate. But with another cheap shot? No, no…the sport is better than that. So is tough-guy Thornton. There’s a time and a place for everything…

• If the NHL really wanted to eliminate fighting, they’d simply give out more game misconduct penalties. And then suspend players, like they do in the NFL, the NBA and MLB. But they don’t want to…and the fans? They don’t want to see the fighting stop, either. So throw the book at yourself, NHL, while you use Thornton as a whipping boy for what’s wrong with your sport…

• Is it just me, or is Tony Romo one of the all-time biggest choke artists we’ve seen in recent memory within pro sports? Or is that just the Dallas Cowboys as a whole? Because they both give up more leads than a front-running politician on election day…except in Rhode Island, of course…

• Zen question of the Week: Is Peyton Manning the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year because he gave away all of those free pizzas on TV?

• To my follicly-challenged friends…I heard this week that eating onions and garlic will help your hair grow. So good luck with that, as you spend the rest of your days in solitude…

• 240 years ago this week, American colonists decided to object to England’s overly-taxing Tea Act…and dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor. Just wondering, but do you think the price of tea jumped a bit in Boston thereafter?

Business Insider and USA Today combined on some research you might find interesting…the highest paid/compensated college basketball coaches in the country. Not a shock at all to find Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski at the top of the list, with an annual take of $7.2 million. A few you might find curious, however – Kentucky’s John Calipari is #2, but at a mere $5.4 million. Rick Pitino is 3rd, earning $5 million. Former Friar Billy Donovan has done nicely for himself, in the #6 spot earning $3.7 million at Florida. The top Big East coach? Surprise…Marquette’s Buzz Williams, ranked 9th at $2.8 million…

• A few others of interest here – Texas’ (and former PC coach) Rick Barnes is 13th in total compensation, earning $2.4 million; Villanova’s Jay Wright is 14th at $2.3 million annually, Georgetown’s John Thompson 16th at $2.2 million, and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is a mere 21st in salary…earning a pittance of $1.9 million per year. That one surprised me…

• If you need some comparison for sanity’s sake…the highest paid college football coach is Alabama’s Nick Saban, after getting a boost (and an alleged courtship from Texas) to $7 million annually. Overall, the top football coaches do earn more than their hoop counterparts. The highest paid college president? That honor belongs to University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, who made more than $3 million in 2011…less than half of the top-paid football and basketball coaches. Do not weep for these educators, however…42 of them made more than $1 million annually, according to data from 2011…

• If you think our priorities are out of whack, consider what top CEO’s for the highest-earning corporations make…and perhaps you can begin to understand our system of economics. College sports are big business, and the CEO’s (the coaches) earnings are commensurate with what they bring in…

(fanpop.com)

• Or you know what? For $648 million, maybe I’ll just buy out a huge share of Dunkin Donuts. And 100 pair of Prada shoes for the gal in my life. What, you didn’t win? Yep, that was my ticket out in San Jose, CA. I pulled six teeth, too, just to give me a little insurance…

• That overwhelming need to hit the mute button during NFL games? Here’s one man’s take on the best – and worst – NFL announcing teams, based on the facts and opinions they present during their broadcasts. Hard for me to disagree with much, but my rule of thumb is “did they say anything really dumb?” If I can answer “I don’t remember,” they did ok…

• I get it, but didn’t like it. Happy that Family Guy creator Seth McFarland brought Brian Griffin “back to life” last week…through the ingenious use of Stewie’s “time machine.” The message? Never take those you love for granted. Very true. Also, never kill off a money-making character or brand, and always re-invest in your product to keep it relevant…

• You’ve heard the phrase ‘love is more important than money?’ My buddy Statbeast sez he doesn’t buy that. If love was more important, he could pay off his bills with just a hug…

• Ok, so Money magazine tells me this week that my odds for winning the Mega Millions jackpot were roughly 1-in-176 million. Not my kind of odds, but hey…you can’t win if you don’t play, right? You stand a better chance of getting hit by a meteorite (1-in-700K), or struck by lightning 1-in-280K), than you do of winning that kind of a jackpot. But after all of the taxes are paid, and everyone gets their cut…with that kind of jack you can make roughly $100K in interest every three days, without spending a single penny of the principle. Whoa. That’s NBA dough. Or, New York Yankee cash. Belly up to the lottery ticket counter…

• From the mailbag this week – Shawn from Sacramento, CA laments the sudden demise of the Patriots via Facebook: “The Patriots are too banged up, they’re not good in the Red Zone, and I don't think the defense will be able to get a stop or turnover when they need it. And next weekend will determine if the Patriots go forward or not. I don't like it, hope I'm wrong.” Shawn: Join the club. Tough to see the team as it currently stands making an impact during the playoffs – if they even get there. But things are so wide open in the AFC, all you need is a little momentum push to get there. Having a home game (or two) would certainly help. I’m not in a “buy” mode on these Patriots, but I’m not yet ready to “sell” my stock, either…

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joe adamowicz

Interesting begging plea from desperate URI team members imploring "fans" to show up for free games.I think the real problem is apathetic public and student attitude and total disinterest in seeing a state university bottom feeder program that hasn't made the NCAAs in one-and-a-half DECADES. This is all complicated by an unqualified coach who really belongs back at his daddy's high school program. We don't need a screaming lunatic who stomps on the court and thinks he can be successful berating the referees the entire game. Team may still be a big bottom feeder but let's admit the mistake of hiring him and buy out this clown. Send him back home to high school where he belongs in the first place.

joe adamowicz

Sorry John, but PC has nothing to do with thinly veiled verbal abuse dished out by this a..clown aka Barry Hinson. Maybe he plain doesn't have the talent or coaching ability to bring about "success."

R Hertz

Easy, Joe...did you forget your meds this morning? "I think the real problem is apathetic public and student attitude and total disinterest in seeing a ... bottom feeder program that hasn't made the NCAAs" in ...a DECADE is being a little hard on the FRIARS, don't you? I think they can improve on the "3,281" from Tuesday's Yale game with powerful Maine coming in, don't you?

Relax, we are all fans here.

joe adamowicz

Remedy for URI basketball. 1. Fire Hurley. 2. Give tax tuition credit for students who attend games. 3. Schedule for 2014-2015: VA Intermont, Goucher, Haskell Indians Nations, Alice Lyoyd College, Go Ask Alice College, Wofford, Immaculata, RIC, Fisher, Incarnate Word, Fisk, St. Benedict's Prep, Pacific Lutheran, Bethune-Cookman, Tinkerville, Mount Ida, Purdue Calumet, Open Bible, Bacone College, Bacon University, Dillard, Dullard, Presentation College, Tx Pan American, Troy, Saint Martin's, Winthrop, Little School for Good Listeners, Fisher, Connecticut College, Brown, Bentley, UCONN and Bryant.

R Hertz

That's not a bad idea, Joe. It reminds me of PC's non-conference schedule that's been necessary to offset the annual Big East beat downs that have been endured for a few decades.

I would swap out Bryant with PC though if you are looking to lower the overall RPI of the schedule, as PC is currently lower.

Rod Carri

Remedy for Joe Admbowit, get a brain transplant from a chicken.
That will make you twice as smart as you are today.
Something in the water in Ipswich, MA?
Idiot.

Wally M

Hopefully the 2 freshman will play today and we can start the New Year off with a full compliment of healthy players. Without Austin I don't believe PC will reach its' full potential. With him, Cotton will be able to play his game and definitely give the Friar team their best chance for a post season appearance. DEFINITLEY need Austin to play 2day!!!!! GO FRIARS!

I think Ward got off with a pass: he targeted Gronk's knee, end of story. I watched McCourty make some open field tackles against Miami and he hit the runner on the side right below the hip. That's the way u tackle and I don't want to hear that Gronk is such a big guy that wouldn't work. Yes it would!!!

joe adamowicz

In reality, maybe fans would sow up for a good product. In other words, you need to win, baby, not lose. Again, this goes back to the coach. You need a leader not a screamer. Very, very, immature individual who cannot learn that his constant ranting is hurting the team. Grow up Dan. You are no longer in high school.

joe adamowicz

I guess the bottom line is you need to wins games for fans to show up. In reality, the University of Rhode Island has been a non player for decades, having not won against a top 15 opponent for what, 15 years, and missing out on the tournament equally as long. All this talk about Hurley as a young and upcoming coach, blah, blah, blah means nothing to me. Again fans, because it is human nature, want a winner, and that again, IMO, is not going to happen in lonely Kingston with Hurley at the helm. He is simply a ranting, lunatic screamer who is in way over his head. The honeymoon is over and it won't be much longer before he'll be chomping to get out of Kingston. Unfortunately for him, he won't be such a hot commodity but maybe he will end up on the end of the bench in Buffalo through his brother's connections.

Rod Carri

Decades? This stupid remark from a guy who needs to drop his pants to count to 21.
He dummy, we were Elite 8 in 1998 and went to the NCAAs as A-10 champions in 1999.
We also went to four NITs and an CBI since 2002.
So, as usual, you're talking out of your constipated mini-mind.
But keep on embarassing yourself with this written lunacy.
You clearly have a problem and should seek help.
Dan is very accessable. Why don't you come out of your mommy's basement, stop hiding behind a keyboard and go to the Ryan Center, a place you've never been, and tell your pus filled remarks to Hurley's face?

joe adamowicz

Oh, yes of course. Decades isn't totally accurate. I'm so sorry. Let's go with your year of 1999 so that makes it 15 years or a decade and a half. Now as far as the NIT and what ever the CBI is ????? those are joke tournaments, as in not invited tournament. Really joke material. Who the hell cares about not being invited. I am sure you're aware of that. So don't further embarrass yourself here on this posting site where "most" (with a few exceptions, like your ranting over-emotional self, are knowledgeable.. So, and I won't stoop to name calling, like you, I stick to the facts. And again the facts are 15 years of irrelevant basketball. Yes, irrelevant. Now as far as Hurley goes, here's the deal. The man is a S-C-R-E-A-M-E-R. plain and simple. He screaaaams and that's about it. He is an embarrassment. What has he done? Try lose, period. By the way I will not be surprised if that clown coaches himself into a defeat this afternoon against UNH, one of the most pitiful D1 programs in the history of basketball. we shall see.

Rod Carri

You don't have any facts, in your garbage posting.In a battle of wits, you are totally defenseless. Also a hypocrite. You say you won't stoop to calling names, but you call Dan Hurley a clown? You are a moron in the first degree.
You're like some old lady whining about a jilted lover in her past.
You are clearly someone with an unhealthy fixation on Rhody basketball.
You need counseling.

joe adamowicz

15 years of no NCAA is a FACT. Ok, Clown is not accurate, and name calling, but again this man is a screamer, and IMO, this is clownish-behavior. Look, I feel your frustration. 15 years is a long time, and in this day and age of Kentuckys and Syracuses and Calhoun-led shady programs such as UCONN stocked with NBA players, it is almost impossible for a school like URI to be "relevant." Let's just hope Hurley stops screaming long enough to beat UNH. Now even you have to admit that would be embarrassing.

D Vot

You know, it will be 10 years THIS SEASON, that PC hasn't made it to the NCAA's as well. I think its safe to say that Rhode Island (in general) needs some college basketball excitement.

Joe you say you wont be reduced to name calling and then you call Hurley a "S-C-R-E-A-M-E-R" a "clown". What you should need to do is hop off of Rod's nuts and stick to talking college basketball as opposed to strictly bashing URI and coach Hurley. Your not making the rivalry better by doing so. Stick to the facts and try to support your claims with legit items like stats. If not just do us readers a favor and find a new hobby.

D Vot

BTW it must feel good to be 10-2 right now, right PC? Your essentially at the top of the conference before BE play begins.

When Joe Lunardi was asked the other day whether PC has a chance of getting into the NCAAs his response: "Doubtful".

So don't even go there buddy...

joe adamowicz

D Vot, a good point. Yes it has been a long time and in URI's case 15 years is ...well to put it frankly D Vot .... an eternity. As far as name calling, look I simply think Hurley is not qualified to be a college coach. That's just an opinion, D Vot. Fair enough. I never bought into all the hype. All you have to do is watch the man during a game. What does he do? Scream, D Vot, scream. Now this is 2013 and screaming is something we should leave in the past. It is uncalled for and again, D Vot, unprofessional. You don't scream at referees the entire game. You simply don't do that. D Vot, you seem like a sensible person. So let's cut to the chase here. In my opinion Hurley should resign or stop screaming and at least lose with dignity. He may not be cut out for college coaching but the least this man can do is don't embarrass the university and all the 1000s of fans. Fair enough? Now keep your finger crossed for the Rams against UNH D Vot. With all the screaming going on the team is going to need some good luck.

D Vot

I'm pretty sure your the only one who cares about Dan's yelling. Maybe you have an emotional issue...in which case...stop watching him yell and try to go to your happy place or something to that effect.

No one is embarrassed but you so again if you have an issue close your ears or something. The sport is obviously too intense for you. Maybe get into swimming?? I hear that's relaxing.

its always nice to win! Go Rams!!

joe adamowicz

Yes, D Vot it always is nice to win isn't it. But win ( aka make the Big Dance) is something the Rams have not done since 1999. And D Vot that is a long, long, time. This year ( I'm already countin' URI out, D Vot) will make 15 consecutive years of watching from the sidelines when the Big Dance begins. And D Vot, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but many I know care about Dan's yelling ( And yes, D Vot, it is good that you acknowledge that Dan Hurley IS a yeller, screamer, shouter, call it whatever you like) The end result is losing and embarrassment. Many have told me they can put up with the losing but seeing a wild-eyed lunatic screaming his brains off at the referees like a temper tantrum child who doesn't get his second chocolate chip cookie IS EMBARRASSING, D Vot. It's always nice to win but even nicer to win with dignity and class. D Vot, Dan Hurley is not the man. And we don't need his type embarrassing us on the sidelines, do we? So I am afraid it is time for Dan to go back to New Jersey now. He's had his chance and many, many of us have seen enough. Screamers are not wanted in Kingston. We deserve far better than that. Have some pride, man!!

Rod Carri

What's this "we" crap? You don't speak for us, and I doubt you've ever sat you sorry ass in a seat at The Ryan Center in Kingston.
We are people like me, who put their money and time where our mouths are, not some internet troll, bashing a school and program he knows zero about.
I've seen your Facebook profile. You're a PC worshiper, and a hater or all else. (love the cowardly shots you take at UConn WOMEN)Trying to pass yourself as a Ram, with "we" is laughable.
I'm sure not many PC fans would claim your idiocy, either.

joe adamowicz

Look, let's all hope RI fairs better in post season play aka NCAA tournament. Admit it. It's the goal of all teams. Unfortunately, URI, after this season, will have not been to the Big Dance in 15 years. No matter how you look at it, that's pretty disheartening and a sad state of affairs. "We" - all of Rhode Island - wish it could be different but alas it looks to be the case. When will the Rams dance again? Well, that's a matter of opinion, not a fact like 15 years, where everyone had their own take. Mine is gulp!! maybe never again. And having a coach like Dan "screamin' Hurley only makes it more painful (and embarrassing) to watch on the sidelines. But in spite of this reality, let's go beat the Wildcats!!Go Rhody, go!!!

R Hertz

That's some great insight, Joe. Keep it coming.

Look, let's all hope PC fairs better in post season play aka NCAA tournament. Admit it. It's the goal of all teams. Unfortunately, PC, after this season, will have not been to the Big Dance in 10 years. No matter how you look at it, that's pretty disheartening and a sad state of affairs. "We" - all of Rhode Island - wish it could be different but alas it looks to be the case. When will the Friars dance again? Well, that's a matter of opinion, not a fact like 10 years, where everyone had their own take. Mine is gulp!! maybe never again. And having had coaches like Tim and Keno only makes it more painful (and embarrassing) to watch on the sidelines. But in spite of this reality, let's go beat the Bears!!Go PC, go!!!

Howard Miller

if you won 648 million the next time your boss yells at you ----you could tell them what you think of them




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