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Monday, March 17, 2008

The O Zone…

Thanks to an overwhelming positive response (ok, I heard from 4 people), the BLOG will be called the O Zone. And as soon as I can figure out how to change the name officially, it will be, well… official.

Dubya Dubya Dubya DOT Clueless…

If you felt the Earth move the other day it very well may have been coming from the grave of Ernest Hemingway as he rolled over upon hearing the sheer idiocy emanating from our President’s mouth. Yes that is redundant re: idiocy and the leader of the free world but, be that as it may.

What Dubya said last Thursday was enough to cause those living and those no longer with us, such as the great writer himself, to roll over, recoil, scratch our collective heads and let out a collective “HUH??!!!!”

For the record, Hemingway, when discussing the subject of war, noted: “I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.”

Contrastingly our President sees war in a somewhat different light, say the light one would glean from reading a Harlequin romance novel.

He was speaking via videoconference with U.S. military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan about the challenges posed by war, corruption, and the poppy trade when he shared his true, apparently unrequited feelings:

“I must say I'm a little envious. If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed. It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks.”

Envious. Romantic. Exciting. Are these words any rational and sane human being would use to describe war?

Course it should be noted that Dubya used his family connections to avoid the charming and glamorous Vietnam War. I guess at that time, he wasn’t in the romantic mood and thus didn’t see the appeal of war that he does now.

MQ says it all…

As the big man’s right hand man lo these past 20+ years, MQ has always been there to help me drive a point home on a given topic. But today, I’m just going to give him the floor and let him speak his mind about a certain college team from Broad St.
“My beloved Temple Owls were slapped in the face by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. Somebody needs to explain to me how they (Temple) are a 12 seed while St. Joe's is an 11 (seed).

Let's recap here:

Temple beat St. Joe's TWICE in ONE week, the last time in the A-10 Conference Championship and yet they're a 12? Save me the RPI, SOS, hogwash! The facts are that Temple beat St. Joe's 3 of the 4 times they played this year. I was happy to see St. Joe's get in, and Villanova for that matter, but that is irrelevant now. I must cheer for the Hawks to go down and go down hard. T for TEMPLE, U for UNIVERSITY. Fight, fight, for the Cherry and the White!”

Billy shills for the ACC… what else is new?

So the brackets are out, the office pools are underway and Billy Packer is griping about his beloved ACC and how they were disrespected. Welcome to the (insert year here) Men’s College Basketball Tournament.

See just as the sun comes up, the Flyers lose and Bill Clinton eats donuts, Billy Packer will always be complaining about how the ACC did not get a fair shake from the Selection Committee.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, which according to the NCAA's Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI, was the best in the nation this year, only got four teams in. But (aghast!) conferences like the Pac-10, the Big 12 and the SEC each got 6 teams in. And (agape!) the dreaded Big East placed a whopping 8 teams in the dance.

Heavens to Mergatroid!... as Snagglepuss would so eloquently put it.

So sayeth Billy:

"The Big East, the fifth (rated) conference in RPI, ended up getting eight teams, which ties the record. How do you justify the Atlantic Coast Conference being the No. 1 RPI conference and yet with only four teams."

How do justify it you ask? Easy.

Both conferences have good teams. Think we’d all agree on that. But it's not just about how good the top teams are, but how good ALL the teams in the conference are.

Based on the RPI, the ACC has 2 of the top 7 teams in the country. But only 3 in the top 20 overall, and no others in the top 30. It has 4 of the top 40 and no others in the top 50.

On the other hand, the Big East, while it has but 1 top 10 team, it has 4 in the next 10. Plus it has 7 of the top 30 teams compared to just 3 for the mighty ACC and two others in the top 50.


ACC – 4 teams in the top 50
Big East – 9 teams in the top 50

It sounds more confusing than it is or needs to be. But then again it is Billy Packer we’re talking about.

And you call yourself a doctor?...

You may not have heard this one. Bike riders in France delayed the start of the seventh and final stage by 10 minutes on Sunday in protest of a drug test imposed on Belgium's Kevin Van Impe.

So why the protest?

Well the doctor who was sent to conduct the drug test was asked to come back a different time and he refused to do so.

Why was he asked to come back?

Because Kevin Van Impe had other things on his mind, namely burying his newborn baby who had recently passed away.

It gets better…

Race officials did not send the doctor. No Belgian authorities, his own people, sent him!

But the real kicker is Kevin Van Impe is not even competing right now as he is recovering from a knee injury!

So why the drug test? And why in the name of Eric Heiden couldn’t this dopey doctor come back? What? You got a stack of Belgian waffles waiting for you back home that you have to get to?

The man’s baby died people! And you’re worried about drug test on a rider whose not even racing!

‘Til next time.


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