Mar 24 2019

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Regional Quarterfinals, Day 1- Afternoon

Letting my freak Flag fly.

Ok, arguably Baylor had a better day than UConn because margin. They also had a weaker seed being #1 and all, I don’t begrudge them.

Not so many upsets, there rarely are in the Women’s Tournament during the Round of 64 since there is such a difference between the Premier Programs and everybody else. As you move forward you get more. On Day 1 you had Buffalo, Clemson, and Indiana.

That’s it.

Results 3/22/2019

 

Seed School Record Score Seed School Record Score Region
1 Louisville 30 – 3 69 16 Robert Morris 22 – 11 34 East
4 South Carolina 22 – 9 74 13 Belmont 26 – 7 52 South
5 Marquette 27 – 7 58 12 Rice 28 – 4 54 Midwest
2 Iowa 27 – 6 66 15 Mercer 25 – 8 61 South
8 Michigan 22 – 11 84 9 Kansas State 21 – 12 54 East
5 Florida State 24 – 8 70 12 Bucknell 28 – 6 67 South
7 Rutgers 22 – 10 71 10 * Buffalo 24 – 9 82 East
4 Texas A&M 25 – 7 84 13 Wright State 27 – 7 61 Midwest
7 Missouri 24 – 10 77 10 Drake 27 – 7 76 South
2 Connecticut 32 – 2 110 15 Towson 20 – 13 61 East
8 South Dakota 28 – 6 66 9 * Clemson 22 – 12 79 West
5 Arizona State 21 – 10 60 12 UCF 26 – 7 45 West
7 Texas 23 – 10 65 10 * Indiana 21 – 12 69 West
4 Miami (FL) 25 – 8 69 13 Florida Gulf Coast 28 – 5 62 West
1 Mississippi State 31 – 2 103 16 Southern 21 – 12 46 West
2 Oregon 30 – 4 78 15 Portland State 25 – 8 40 West

ESPN is doing Regional Coverage which I suppose means that if you’re in a geographic area with a strong demographic for a particular team you’ll get more of that unless it’s boring.

In other words the same as they always do.

Afternoon Games

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
12:00 pm ESPN2 1 Louisville 30 – 3 8 Michigan 22 – 11 East
2:00 pm ESPN2 4 South Carolina 22 – 9 5 Florida State 24 – 8 South
2:00 pm ESPN2 2 Iowa 27 – 6 7 Missouri 24 – 10 South
2:00 pm ESPN2 4 Texas A&M 25 – 7 5 Marquette 27 – 7 Midwest

My favorites in this group? Michigan and Marquette.

Mar 24 2019

The Breakfast Club (Drugged orangutan and other bad ideas)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.
 

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AP’s Today in History for March 24

 

NATO launches airstrikes over Yugoslavia; Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska; Elvis Presley inducted into US Army; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens on Broadway.

 

Breakfast Tune Cat on a Leash – Fiddle & Banjo

 

 

Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

 

Progressives Refuse to Back Down as DCCC Moves to Kneecap Primary Challengers
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Progressives made clear they have no intention of backing down to the party establishment after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday threatened to cut off funds to firms and strategists that support primary challengers against incumbents.

“The DCCC can do anything it wants to try to prevent the next generation of Democrats from taking power. They will not succeed,” Sean McElwee—co-founder of Data for Progress, which is recruiting progressives to oust conservative Democrats—said in a statement.

The new policy was included in the DCCC’s list of vendor hiring standards, which state that the organization “will not conduct business with, nor recommend to any of its targeted campaigns, any consultant that works with an opponent of a sitting member of the House Democratic Caucus.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something to think about over coffee prozac

 
Drugged orangutan found in Russian’s airline luggage
Agence France-Presse
 

A Russian tourist attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Indonesia in his suitcase to bring home and keep as a pet has been arrested in Bali, police said on Saturday.

Andrei Zhestkov was detained in Denpasar airport late on Friday while passing through a security screening before a planned flight back to Russia.

Suspicious officers stopped him and opened his luggage to find a two-year-old male orangutan sleeping inside a rattan basket.

“We believe the orangutan was fed allergy pills which caused him to sleep. We found the pills inside the suitcase,” Bali conservation agency official I Ketut Catur Marbawa said.

“[Zhestkov] seemed prepared, like he was transporting a baby,” he added.

The 27-year-old also packed baby formula and blankets for the orangutan, Marbawa said.

Police also found two live geckos and five lizards inside the suitcase.

Mar 24 2019

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview EditionPondering the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

Follow us on Twitter @StarsHollowGzt

The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); and Oversight Committee Ranking A$$hole Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

The guests on a special panel to discuss the Mueller report latest developents are: Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams; Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce; Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl; and Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.

The roundtable guests are: ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, former New Jersey Governor and ABC News Contributor Chris Christie, former DNC Chair and Fox News Contributor Donna Brazile, and Republican Strategist and Bush White House Political Affairs Director Sara Fagen.

Face the Nation: Host Margaret Brennan’s guests are: House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA);  Oversight Committee Ranking A$$hole Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH);  Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY); retired Marine Gen. John Allen; Jonathan Turley, law professor at George Washington University, and CBS News Correspondent Paula Reid.

Her panel guests are:Shawna Thomas; CBS News Political Correspondent Ed O’Keefe; and Susan Davis, NPR.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

The panel guests are: Former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Chuck Rosenberg and MSNBC host and chief legal corespondent Ari Melber.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY);

His panel guests are: Former Rep. Scott Jennings (R-KY); Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA); “Bloody” Bill Kristol; and Democratic strategist Karen Finney

Mar 23 2019

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Regional Quarterfinals- Day 1, Evening

Think it’s over? Four more games including one that won’t start before 9:40 so you better DVR Saturday Night Live (not that I’ve even checked if it’s a repeat).

Evening Games

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
7:10 pm TBS 1 Gonzaga 31 – 3 9 Baylor 20 – 13 West
7:45 pm CBS 2 Mich. St. 29 – 6 10 Minnesota 22 – 13 East
8:40 pm TNT 3 Purdue 24 – 9 6 Villanova 26 – 9 South
9:40 pm TBS 4 Kansas 26 – 9 5 Auburn 27 – 9 Midwest

Of this group? Gonzaga, Spartans, ‘Nova. Do I hate Kansas enough so I don’t care who takes them down?

Yes.

Mar 23 2019

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Round of 64- Day 2, Late Afternoon

Not really it’s own thing so much as an arbitrary division.

I have no quarrel with Baylor being a #1, never too soon to see them leave.

Late Afternoon Games

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
3:30 pm ESPN2 5 Gonzaga 28 – 4 12 Little Rock 21 – 10 East
3:30 pm ESPN2 6 DePaul 26 – 7 11 Missouri State 23 – 9 Midwest
3:30 pm ESPN2 7 BYU 25 – 6 10 Auburn 22 – 9 Midwest
3:30 pm ESPN2 8 California 19 – 12 9 North Carolina 18 – 14 South
6:00 pm ESPN2 4 Oregon State 24 – 7 13 Boise State 28 – 4 East
6:00 pm ESPN2 3 Iowa State 25 – 8 14 New Mexico State 26 – 6 Midwest
6:00 pm ESPN2 2 Stanford 28 – 4 15 UC Davis 25 – 6 Midwest
6:00 pm ESPN2 1 Baylor 31 – 1 16 Abilene Christian 23 – 9 South

Otherwise I like Gonzaga because… Gonzaga.

Mar 23 2019

House

Midnight City – M83

Suspirium – Thom Yorke

All Over Now – The Cranberries

Mar 23 2019

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Regional Quarterfinals- Day 1, Afternoon

New and Improved with Special (and a subtly different pain in the ass) Table for Results.

Oh, you want me to talk about it? Next week maybe when I’m not quite so sleep deprived and the load is easier. All about the process I am.

Since I’m batch processing these you’ll get outcomes in the early session piece until the distinction becomes irrelevant. Winners’ scores are Bolded. Upsets have a Vonnegut Cat’s Ass next to the School (though it should be obvious anyway as lower seeds are always on the right).

Speaking of, upsets on Day 1 of the Round of 64 were Minnesota, Murray State, Florida, and Baylor.

Results 3/21/2019

 

Seed School Record Score Seed School Record Score Region
7 Louisville 20 – 14 76 10 * Minnesota 22 – 13 86 East
3 LSU 27 – 6 79 14 Yale 22 – 8 74 East
5 Auburn 27 – 9 78 12 New Mexico St. 30 – 5 77 Midwest
4 Florida State 28 – 7 76 13 Vermont 27 – 7 69 West
2 Mich. St. 29 – 6 76 15 Bradley 20 – 15 65 East
6 Maryland 23 – 10 79 11 Belmont 26 – 6 77 East
4 Kansas 26 – 9 87 13 Northeastern 23 – 11 53 Midwest
5 Marquette 24 – 10 64 12 * Murray State 28 – 4 83 West
7 Nevada 29 – 5 61 10 * Florida 20 – 15 70 West
2 Kentucky 28 – 6 79 15 Abilene Christian 27 – 8 44 Midwest
6 Villanova 26 – 9 61 11 St. Mary’s (Cal.) 22 – 12 57 South
1 Gonzaga 31 – 3 87 16 Fairleigh D’son 20 – 14 49 West
2 Michigan 29 – 6 74 15 Montana 26 – 9 55 West
7 Wofford 30 – 4 84 10 Seton Hall 20 – 14 68 Midwest
3 Purdue 24 – 9 61 14 Old Dominion 26 – 9 48 South
8 Syracuse 20 – 14 69 9 * Baylor 20 – 13 78 West

I’ve decided to break the games into Early and Late sessions. CBS of course wants you to plant your butt in front of the screen all day, but the truth is that the Early stuff is all CBS all the time so you could watch every single game from beginning to end if sheer volume is your goal.

I’m dividing it because of the tendency of items to slide out of consciousness off the bottom, especially on busy days (Did something happen? I wasn’t paying attention. March Madness!). Thus the Prime Time games will be posted closer to Prime Time.

Afternoon Games

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
12:10 pm CBS 3 LSU 27 – 6 6 Maryland 23 – 10 East
2:40 pm CBS 2 Kentucky 28 – 6 7 Wofford 30 – 4 Midwest
5:15 pm CBS 2 Michigan 29 – 6 10 Florida 20 – 15 West
6:10 pm TNT 4 Florida State 28 – 7 12 Murray State 28 – 4 West

Out of this group? Michigan.

Mar 23 2019

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Round of 64- Day 2, Early Afternoon

Ok, I’ll bite. WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU THINKING GIVING NOTRE DAME AT 30 – 3 A #1 SEED AND SNOOTING UCONN AT 31 – 2?! Bless your hearts (which you’ll recall refers to someone with an Oedipal Conflict in Dixie)!

I haven’t been following Notre Dame so I just figured they were 32 – 1 or something like that. UCONN KICKED THEIR ASSES THIS SEASON! Seriously, UConn 89 – Notre Dame 71, you could look it up and I encourage you to do so.

Muffy McGraw can’t get booted soon enough for my taste. We lost to Louisville (in our Region) and Baylor. That’s it! Blah, blah, blah parity. Time to let my freak flag fly!

Oh, I have more where that came from. UConn is safely through (though awkwardly placed) beating Towson 110 (yes, that’s right, 110) to 61. Must have been a bad night on Defense, Geno should talk to them about that.

Louisville on the other hand was only able to eke out a 35 point victory over Robert Morris, 69 -34 (to be fair they did double up).

Grrr…

Early Afternoon Games

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
11:00 am ESPN2 3 Maryland 28 – 4 14 Radford 26 – 6 East
11:00 am ESPN2 1 Notre Dame 30 – 3 16 Bethune-Cookman 21-10 Midwest
11:00 am ESPN2 6 Kentucky 24 – 7 11 Princeton 22 – 9 South
11:00 am ESPN2 6 South Dakota State 26 – 6 11 Quinnipiac 26 – 6 West
1:00 pm ESPN2 3 North Carolina State 26 – 5 14 Maine 25 – 7 South
1:30 pm ESPN2 6 UCLA 20 – 12 11 Tennessee 19 – 12 East
1:30 pm ESPN2 8 Central Michigan 25 – 7 9 Michigan State 20 – 11 Midwest
1:30 pm ESPN2 3 Syracuse 24 – 8 14 Fordham 25 – 8 West

Michigan State, Quinnipiac, and Syracuse are my favorites in this group.

Mar 23 2019

The Breakfast Club (Outer Space)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

This Day in History

Patrick Henry declares, ‘Give me liberty, or give me death,’ German parliament grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers, President Reagan proposes anti-nuke ‘Star Wars’ program, Movie ‘Titanic’ wins 11 Oscars.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program – your tax-dollar will go further.

Wernher von Braun

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Mar 22 2019

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Round of 64 Day 1- Evening

If you’re reading this it’s because I’m still napping. It is the debut of the Lady Huskies in this year’s Tournament and I’d look up the fight song but I’m also lazy.

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
7:00 pm ESPN2 2 Connecticut 31 – 2 15 Towson 20 – 12 East
7:00 pm ESPN2 8 South Dakota 28 – 5 9 Clemson 21 – 12 West
7:00 pm ESPN2 5 Arizona State 20 – 10 12 UCF 26 – 6 West
7:00 pm ESPN2 7 Texas 23 – 9 10 Indiana 20 – 12 West
9:30 pm ESPN2 4 Miami (FL) 24 – 8 13 Florida Gulf Coast 28 – 4 West
9:30 pm ESPN2 1 Mississippi State 30 – 2 16 Southern 21 – 11 West
9:30 pm ESPN2 2 Oregon 29 – 4 15 Portland State 25 – 7 West

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