B1G finished the regular season with four teams ranked in the top 25. Iowa, a season-long mainstay in the polls dropped out after losing five of six to close out the year. The week I will take on the B1G bracket and give a glimpse as to which schools I think we will see representing B1G in the big dance. I've said it for the last few weeks but teams that have to play on Thursday have a monumental task to win the tourney. From the Thursday teams I would give the best shot to Indiana first, Ohio State second, and a long shot to Minnesota.
Of the teams with byes, Michigan is strongest on paper, but ripe for an upset. Nebraska? Huh. What are they doing with a bye? Ohio State beats them if they get past Purdue. Wisconsin and MSU should reach the semis and play the game of the tourney. The winner wins the whole thing, in my estimation.
So after the dust clears, who plays on in the NCAA?
Michigan gets a #4 seed.
Wisconsin gets a dreaded #5 seed.
Michigan State gets a #6.
Ohio State gets a #8.
Iowa gets a #10.
Nebraska gets a #12, if it gets in at all. Probably has to win a game, which it probably won't.
The scuttlebutt is that Nebraska is a bubble team, along with Minnesota. I'd say it is likely one of those teams gets in with at least one win, but if neither wins a game, I can't see either team making it. Conventional wisdom is that Iowa is in already. I'm not so sure.
What’s more surprising? Republicans lawmakers, typically the party that leads the charge against public-owned networks, are taking the lead on many of these bills in Tennessee!
That is broadband industry analyst Craig Settles speaking of attempts by lawmakers in Tennessee to remove restrictions on public-owned networks that had previously benefitted large Internet service providers. From Ars Technica.
I link to this story this morning for a couple of reasons. First is to inform you of an interesting development in our society and second is to point out something about our society.
You may have heard that a man's conviction was overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court this week. He had been caught capturing images up the skirts of women as they boarded a train and was charged and convicted under the state's Peeping Tom law which prohibits capturing nude or semi-nude images of unsuspecting people. The Court here said that women wearing skirts on a train are not nude. The Court also said that women have no expectation of privacy while out in public, regardless of what they are or are not wearing under their skirts.
Knowing that this doesn't sit well with most intelligent folks, the Massachusetts legislature went to work and passed a bill, which the Governor just signed, outlawing the practice of taking photos up the skirts of women, and probably other things.
It is interesting that we can enforce laws as they are written, even if flawed and even if the activity seems completely illegal, and then go to work and write a law that works in a matter of hours really. Sure wish this could happen more often, but then again the up-skirt photo lobby must not be very powerful in Massachusetts.
Stephen Soderburgh mashed the original Hitchcok version with the 1998 version by Gus Van Sant. If you are looking for an interesting movie to watch this weekend and are a fan of either or both movies, which I am, then check it out.
I'm actually not sure you would consider it a waste of time or just good, clean fun, but you can hold onto your butt while you play the role of Samuel L Jackson in trying regain control of Jurassic Park from the nefarious Dennis Nedry's UNIX system here.
Every year is the same. Who's favored to win the NL Central? Why the Cardinals, of course. Haven't you heard of the Cardinal Way? The only way for the Cardinals to be stopped is for them to stop themselves. There are none worthy to compete on the same diamond, and we do mean diamond.
Well, here is a columnist from St Louis (I know, right?) who has had enough of the attitude. Be sure to check out the comments, if you can stomach it. It's funny but when one speaks of baseball in St. Louis, the sun is always shining, the streets are paved with gold and all the women are gorgeous, the hot dogs taste of filet mignon, the beer is nectar-of-the-gods (I know it's Bud) and dogs wash cars and scoop their own poop.