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  1. Heads up for any comedy(?) fans out there... Former MTV VJ and "Encino Man" star Pauly Shore is coming to Hyena's in Dallas for two shows on February 10th, 2023. Tickets are available now. Mods, if there's any controversy over links about Pauly tix, please feel free to remove.
  2. Hey guys! Haven't posted in a while. But, read about an alarming trend and wanted to see if anyone else is a little concerned. Research from Universidade Santo Amaro shows a troubling trend in human transmission vectors for the potentially fatal Brazilian Spotted Fever. Obviously, it's a long way from Brazil to Texas. But, when a study finds serological and molecular evidence of widespread incidence, it's probably a good idea to stay informed and on guard. From ticks, to dogs, to humans... It's a pathway to potentially deadly illness that's as easy to visualize here as it is there. Mods, please feel free to move if there's any issue with discussion of São Paulo ticks.
  3. Budget, mostly. National reputation allowing for non-conference scheduling on relatively equal footing with power conference schools, to a lesser extent. There used to be a site that defined mid-major very precisely, primarily by conference but with a handful of standout schools (Gonzaga, Memphis, etc.) that spent on basketball at or above the level of a power conference school. They called the annual basketball budget cutoff the "red line," and anyone below it was a mid-major according to their measure. Basically, if you're in the West Coast Conference and you're not Gonzaga, you're at a disadvantageous position in negotiating OOC games with power conference schools, and you're spending more like a CUSA school than like an ACC school. If you're Gonzaga, back in 2017 you spent triple what Saint Mary's spend on their basketball program, and in 2020 you spent more on your basketball team than any school in the Pac 12 other than UCLA. Those aren't meant to be cherry-picked figures, just the most recent years from which I could quickly find the numbers side by side. Saint Mary's best home non-conference game this year was Yale or Missouri State. They had one nice multi-team tournament in Hawaii, on a neutral court with Notre Dame, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Gonzaga, because of sustained reputation and budget, had a legit home game with Texas, and another with Washington that was cancelled due to COVID issues. They played in four multi-team events, with games against ranked teams in Duke, Alabama, Texas Tech, and UCLA. Gonzaga and Saint Mary's are in the same conference, but they're not in the same league. If they spent like the rest of their conference, or went on a 4-5 year bad run that killed their ability to headline in-season tournaments and get home-and-homes with traditional basketball powerhouses? Gonzaga would be a mid-major.
  4. Sorry, buddy. All of my podcasting energy is currently directed at my other sports passion: fighting roosters. I miss The Peach Basket, but I have too much time invested in "The Combat Chicken Hour", available weekly on Apple and Spotify. Some people may have a voice strong enough to do more than one online radio show, but all those 'cocks are more than enough to wear out this old throat of mine. I used to wonder sometimes whether you were a listener or not. On the one hand, it was sound and not text, so you wouldn't wear out your mouth reading along, or need anyone to help you sound out the bigger words. On the other hand, there were no pictures to keep your attention. Mystery solved!
  5. Curious to see what people see as our greatest accomplishment after 6 years.
  6. Wells leaves Texas Tech at 5-3 on the season, and with a 13-17 record overall in his Tech career. Meanwhile, in his last 30 games at UNT, Seth Littrell has a 9-21 record. And 3 of those 9 wins are against FCS schools.
  7. We can't host cut-and-pasted articles taken from other publications. This goes back years... You can look up a batch of lawsuits filed over a decade ago by the Las Vegas newspaper (and then any number of other publications when the Vegas paper started winning) targeting web forums, message boards... Even a blog about cats. In this case, it's not just a full cut-and-paste, but also one taken from a gated, subscription-driven website. Since their whole model depends on people paying to access the full article, they tend to be even more aggressive and litigious. Nobody is suspended or anything... But it is absolutely critical that anyone who doesn't want to see Harry paying out thousands in lawsuit settlements abide by this clear, longstanding forum rule, and not copy articles here.
  8. UrbanDictionary has no guidance. We can only imagine.
  9. If I had to guess, he held out for better offers around 10 years ago that never quite materialized, and finally decided to jump on a shot at a decent mid major head coach position. Completely uninformed, total speculation.
  10. One Shining Moment is sort of like the Super Bowl MVP "I'm going to Disney World!" traditional spotlight of success. Think of it as the year's time capsule for that tournament. They try to include a spotlight shot of every team, but with 68 teams and only 190 seconds in the song... Sometimes your spotlight is your team getting dunked on or walking off the court crying. In 2010, I think we may have had a player or two visible in the background of closeups of K-State players. In 2007, I don't think we appeared at all. So, unless you're an Elite 8 team... You may get a glancing appearance or maybe nothing at all. But when something big happens (like the buzzer beater shot Ty Rogers hit for WKU back in 2008), you can get a little mini-spotlight. For us, to get a sequence of shots and a spotlight audio clip about how it's our first ever win is a nice little niche in this year's time capsule. That's not common for a team that gets knocked out in round 1 or 2 unless it's a crazy 15 or 16 seed upset that loses in round 2. It's not world-changing, but it's nice that we're a featured school. Especially for the sort of people that go back and watch those like highlight reels as the years go by.
  11. 3 hero shots and an audio drop. For a 2nd round exit, that's pretty phenomenal.
  12. 18 years ago, Gonzaga was fresh off 6 NCAA berths in 8 years, including 8 tournament wins, an Elite Eight appearance, and multiple Sweet 16s.
  13. Thanks, buddy. Hadn't updated my signature in a few months.
  14. I mean... I had fun watching, but I'm a filthy, distant, casual observer at best these days. I'm glad for people who were heavily invested in the season. I know if this had happened 10 years ago or so, when I was traveling to see as many as 27 games in person one year... This might have literally killed me. Stopped my heart cold. Anyone who was ride or die all year, I'm glad they got to experience this as a possible once a generation or once a lifetime payoff. Hopefully there's more basketball to come.
  15. All I could think was that hopefully, somewhere out in the wilderness, @UNTflyer and Dewey the Bear were celebrating like crazy.
  16. Who can even think about that when I'm sitting here worrying that someone forgot to turn off the oven or unplug the iron before they left for Indianapolis. The whole damn Athletics Center may be gone by the time the team gets home!
  17. And maybe the bus back to the hotel will catch fire and the entire team will die in the explosion. Take 5 minutes and enjoy things. This is a neat thing that just happened.
  18. Enjoying Avery's insights into Coach McAllen... McCallum... McCasland.
  19. Both issues are fixed. I am very relieved that we would not have to face a Johnny Jones Texas Southern team until the national championship game. Here's to hoping both schools make it that far.
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