Some major sports developments in the past seven days. Thank goodness for SSM to remind of us all that was good in sports this week.
Hey Lord Stanley’s Cup, Colorado’s your new home Avs are your new champs, sitting on top of the throne Beat the Bolts in six, won it down in Tampa Bay Lotta young pups on that squad, call it child’s play
Men’s college world series, time to talk some ping Ole Miss and Oklahoma came out and did their thing No action through five, then the runs came pouring in Three run rally in the eighth gave the Rebs the win
Another baseball battle, this one in The Show Had some real fists fly between the M’s and the Halos Unwritten rules of baseball, as old as they are dumb Real baseball fights are rare though, nice to see a scrum
NBA Draft on Thursday, dreams being made Not too many surprises, they pick and we grade Kind of a boring watch, most picks are gonna miss Give it two or three years, guys are bound for the abyss
In the new age of NIL, it’s the wild west when it comes to NCAA “recruiting.” Money’s out in the open, and college prospects are finally getting what they deserve for the services rendered to their chosen university.
In the ultimate pot calling the kettle black move, two of the college football’s richest coaches from two of the richest universities are now pissing into the wind about it.
On Monday, Nick Saban launched a verbal grenade on the current state of recruiting, singling out ‘ol Jimbo and the boys down at Texas A&M:
Nicky…sweet sweet Nicky. It’s incredible that you can look yourself in the mirror after spewing that garbage. It’s all in the open now baby, just let it fly. We all know everyone’s been dropping bags on recruits for years, now it’s just legal. It’s not the fact that you did it, as everyone else does, it’s the “holier than thou” smear campaign that you never took part in it. Maybe not you directly but, you know what’s going on. We all do.
Jimbo put his big boy britches on in response to Saban; some of the highlights below:
Both of these guys are acting like clowns, including Texas A&M saying Saban “violated SEC Sportsmanship Rules,” and guess what? It’s working. Football is king and the second NBA & NHL Playoffs pick up, baseball gets into the chunk of their season, and the PGA Championship is on, guess what we’re reading about? SEC drama baby.
Alabama and Texas A&M meet up on October 8th this year when the Aggies head down to Tuscaloosa. Probably have to tune in to that one.
Another week come and gone, another Sunday State of Mind.
An always touching tribute, a statue was revealed This week in Oklahoma this one should have stayed concealed Poor Baker Mayfield, guy can’t catch a break If I were him that statue would have ended up in a lake
Big loss in Chicago, Eloy Jimenez Out for up to two months, so the doctor says Add another name to the White Sox injury list Tough break for a good team, that bat will be missed
A happier baseball note, it’s Miguel Cabrera Joined the 3k hit club, maybe the last in this era Only 32 other players have reached that career mark Miggy one of the greatest to do it at the ballpark
NBA playoffs are here, and some teams are in trouble Raptors, Bulls, Nets and Nuggets are all on the bubble Mavs and Jazz, Grizz and Wolves both sitting at 2-2 We get action everyday as the games continue
If you’ve ever read this blog, you know we love NASCAR Driving for 500 miles but not going far The most famous track in all of motor sports The Talladega Speedway, running today of course
We did it, basketball fans. We’ve found ourselves with a Final Four in this year’s March Madness tournament. In this week’s SSM, we outline the blue bloods, Cinderellas, and others left in the tourney.
Villanova is first, a familiar sight Wildcats never wrong when their coach is Jay Wright Had a hard path bracket, beat Houston’s tough D Coach Wright looking for championship number three
Guess who’s back, back again Duke is back, tell a friend You heard that right, Coach K still alive Even better than Wright, K wants to add to his five
Blue blood number three, the Kansas Jayhawks Continue to win in this college playoff Bill Self and his fake hair are are ready to roll He’s two wins away from the ultimate goal
They killed Cinderella, those stupid Tar Heels Ended St. Peter’s run, stopped their wheels UNC, Final Four, what an absolute shock We all wanted to see those feisty Peacocks
We made it, folks. Not just to another Sunday State of Mind, but to March Madness. We dedicate the latest edition of SSM to college basketball’s annual tournament.
Only place to start, the St. Peter’s Peacocks Fifteen seed came to play, major rising stock Beat second seed Kentucky, and then Murray State A classic Cinderella, what makes March Madness great
A big name eleven seed making a little noise Juwan Howard and Michigan, showing some Madness poise A bad regular season, turning it on at the right time Seems like only yesterday, the open hand slap crime
It happens every year, dreaded 12-5 upset This time around Iowa and UConn won’t forget New Mexico ended UConn, Richmond nipped the Hawks That’s why when doing your bracket you just can’t go chalk
Hate it or love it, The Dukies still alive Coach K beat Coach Izzo, the Blue Devils survive This retirement tour does just not seem to end With every win Coach K’s career extends
We’re in a thinner time in the sports schedule then we’d all like, but that won’t stop us from enjoying what we can and waxing poetic in this week’s Sunday State of Mind.
Bad faith negotiations in the MLB The lockout continues, something you hate to see The owners and the players are way too far apart More and more looking like Opening Day late start
Moving to basketball, James Harden holy shit First two games in Philly, seems like a real nice fit Double double Friday, triple dub today Joel Embiid’s new teammate certainly came to play
Some major scoring weekends in the association Ja, Bam, Joel, Kyrie, numbers full of inflation 46, 36, 37, 38 are point totals we saw Offensive performances leaving fans in awe
Georgetown Hoyas basketball, program’s a dumpster fire For head coach Patrick Ewing this was a job that he desired Eighteen straight losses, haven’t won since 2021 Two more games for the Hoyas and the season’s finally done
With our Super Bowl hangovers cured, it’s time to move along in the sports calendar. This week’s SSM reviews the week that was in sports.
Baseball’s continued locked out, two sides can not agree Between the player’s union and owners from the MLB Spring Training scheduled for last week, of course that’s a no go Hopefully resolve comes soon so we can see The Show
NBA All-Star Weekend, they always do it right Skills, three point, and dunk contest happened Saturday night Cavs, KAT, and Obi, winners respectively Team LeBron beat Team Durant tonight on TNT
College basketball fight! But not between the players Michigan’s Juwan Howard was the slap conveyor Wisconsin winning big, but called a late timeout Pissed off the Wolverines and lead to the postgame coach bout
Deion Sanders, who needs no introduction, is a stone cold killer. He also played his college ball at Florida State University, where he’s wanted to coach for years. For whatever reason, this seemingly perfect match never (or has yet to) came to fruition. In 2020, Sanders finally got his first college coach gig at Jackson State, a HBCU is Mississippi.
Not that anyone expected it to, but it didn’t take long for Coach Prime to make a splash. His introductory press conference aside, he won the SWAC and was the 2021 SWAC Coach of the Year.
On Wednesday, the splash came in the recruiting game.
The 2022 number one overall recruit Travis Hunter de-committed from Florida State, Deion’s alma mater, to Jackson State:
The move was also announced with a reported $1.5M NIL deal with Barstool Sports, Coach Prime’s current other employer.
Why isn’t the weekend five days, and the work week two days? Who knows, but we know this week’s SSM is now live.
Conference championship weekend in college football Some teams show up, and others just fall Utah, Bama, and Michigan were among the winners The amount of football left keeps getting thinner and thinner
Our long national nightmare has ended, my friends The Detroit Lions losing streak ends A squeak out win over Minnesota The Lions have now met their season win quota
Minshew mania, back and better than ever Taking over Philly, Gardner’s new endeavor A good start for him, but maybe hedge your bets His first start and win was against the Jets
We’ve got a lockout in the MLB Owners and players could not agree On a new CBA, no baseball for now Between the two sides, who will kowtow?
Best game of the season, in our opinion OKC versus Memphis, and the Grizz went in A record setting blowout, 73 point win When you watch that game tape, where to even begin?