10. Al Eshbach goes on vacation a lot
Eshbach himself isn’t intolerable. In fact, I find the Eshbach/Traber/Tramel/Deano show tolerable, and at times amusing. Probably because it’s not the 2 hour OU football blowjob masquerading as the AM drive time sports hour. And, most importantly, there are no callers. Sports radio is much better when the phones don’t work. When the minions can’t rehash the same stupid questions and comments about Landry Jones and Kevin Wilson.
That’s what makes Al’s vacations so grand. When Al leaves, his callers go back to cleaning out portable shitters. Al’s listeners are the BBJs of sports radio callers.
This may come as a surprise to you, but I love basketball. And even back when I hated the NBA, I still watched the NBA draft religiously. Now that the league has improved and we have a local interest, my obsession has only increased.
The sad thing is that as the demand for NBA information has increased, the local media’s knowledge has not kept up. With the exception of The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry, we get very little informed opinion or speculation about the draft in this market. Most of the talk is centered around guys who played in the Big XII or else made the cover of Sports Illustrated. So, to fix this, I recruited some of Oklahoma City’s best internet basketball writers to collaborate on a mock draft.
Since I think Mayberry has my email address blocked, he was not involved, but these guys were:
Anyway, I wanted to see how informed three ginormous Thunder fans could be when it came to prognosticating the NBA Draft, and the results are as follows:
With the 1st pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select…Blake Griffin, Power Forward, University of Oklahoma
(Pick made by Clark Matthews)
The words above are bound to be heard on Thursday night and most Oklahomans will have their hearts break when they are uttered. This is the biggest no-brainer of the draft. Griffin is a legitimate 6’10″, has explosive athleticism, great rebounding instincts, is strong as a bull, and already has an offensive game. While the Clippers have to take him, it is the worst short term fit possible for the Sooner Goliath. L.A. has $39MM wrapped up into three players who play in the post. Griffin will probably be the most talented of the bunch, but veterans earning $16MM (Zach Randolph), $12MM (Chris Kaman), and $11MM (Marcus Camby) will not take well to losing their minutes to a rookie. Chemistry, which isn’t great in Clipperland to begin with, is bound to suffer.
Today begins the Sweet Sixteen round of Ogle Madness, with matchups from the East and Midwest Regions. With the top 4 seeds advancing in both regions, we have some compelling games being played today. These contests will take place at Robber’s Cave State Park near Wilburton and The Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley.
Vote until midnight after the jump. UPDATE: Voting actually will continue through Tuesday. Keep voting, people.
(1) Gary England vs. (4) Carrie Underwood
(3) Jessica Schambach vs. (2) Cardboard Jim Traber
(1) Sam Bradford vs. (4) Mike Gundy
(3) Blake Griffin vs. (2) Jaime Cerreta
Recently, I read Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs (which I highly recommend) and there was a passage in the book where Chuck Klosterman assails the concept of probability:
Life is chock-full of lies, but the biggest lie is math. That’s particularly clear in the discipline of probability, a field of study that’s completely and wholly fake. When push comes to shove–when you truly get down to the core essence of existence–there is only one mathematical possibility: Everything is 50-50. Either something will happen, or something will not.
If you are one of those people still holding out hope that University of Oklahoma basketball stud Blake Griffin will continue his career here in the Sooner state, I suggest you embrace Mr. Klosterman’s philosophy. I, on the other hand, subscribe to math being all-powerful, and as a result, I am convinced that Blake Griffin in a Thunder uniform is a pipe dream.
Look! It’s Rhett Bomar, Honeybee Talor and Kevin Bookout. They are excited about Ogle Madness. Are you?
Anyway, today’s round of games from the lower half of the Midwest Region concludes the first full week of Ogle Madness II. These games will all take place at The Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley. The match-ups are:
(6) Brad Henry vs. (11) Steve Hunt
(3) Blake Griffin vs. (14) The Mathis Brothers
(7) Aubrey McClendon vs. (10) Joey & Heather
(2) Jaime Cerreta vs. (15) Billy Sims
Find out a little bit about each person and vote after the jump. Voting ends at midnight tonight.
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