|UNC couldn't keep it competitive for most of the night in Bloomington. Hoosiers handling No. 1 pressure well. (US Presswire)|
Night one of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge was pretty much a stinker. Not a great game amongst the group. Recoup from that by checking out the selection below. As always, feel free to email any good stuff you come across: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around the World
The three most complicated words in the English language. (Grammar nerd alert.) || One of the Internet's most common acronym's was first used in 1917. || This chill 'berg could be the hunk of ice that downed the Titanic. Who knows. But it's apparently set to sell for 10K. || I was forgetful yesterday, not mentioning Jimi Hendrix would've been 70. Here's a five-minute read on the man you should look at if you enjoy his music at all -- and/or Janis Joplin's. || It's a beach of blood! Well, not really, but still very cool. Could you swim in it?
¶ Reportedly, the ACC is going to vote on if/when/who should be in the discussion for conference expansion. More fireworks to come before Christmas, for sure.
¶ Anonymous polls! Hey, we know about those. But this one's all about the players, and the questions aren't only related to hoops. The favorite-TV-show answers are particularly depressing.
¶ The WAC has fallen further than any conference amid realignment, almost literally, as it's plummeting the Grand Canyon to bring in new members.
¶ Arguably the best NBA draft site out there has a refreshed list of the top 100 prospects. Loved looking at this and internally debating where some guys were slotted.
¶ Yes. Yes, yes, yes. I've thought it and am surprised I haven't seen it said more. Conference expansion/realignment is absolutely a bubble, a bubble that will one day go pop.
¶ This is what I like to call a rabbithole read, in that it's really inside college sports, but if you want to know how Maryland got itself into a situation where it needed to go to the Big Ten to save its sports, check it out.
¶ Tom Izzo is concerned over how the Big Ten's expansion will dilute the league's regular-season arrangments in basketball.
¶ A great look by C.J. Moore at Jeff Withey's swat-happy season in context thus far. Guy's a defensive freak.
¶ And analyzation from the offensive side here, as Luke Winn looks at James Michael McAdoo's majorly upgraded responsibilities for UNC this year. Didn't come in handy last night, alas.
¶ Jim Calhoun is going to be doing some TV work but it won't have anything to do with basketball.
¶ In other UConn news, this story reads straight out of The Onion.
¶ The New Republic has so many answers on how to fix basketball. Fine read and all, but this is just not as simple as the piece is laying out.
¶ If you missed Michigan's cruising home win over N.C. State last night, get an idea of just how well things are clicking for the Wolverines right now.
¶ The lower-level realignment stuff can be a quick headline on Twitter, good for a few laments, then it evaporates. But there is real consequence here. Give this a read on the Summit's newest member.
Moving Pictures and Music
»» Tim Shelton has been making quality tunes for his alma mater in recent history. This one got some good run Tuesday, titled "Montezuma 55th". The I-believe-that-we-will win incorporation and the Steve Fisher cameo send it over the top. This is genuinely a great hip hop song. I've already listened three times. You'll like, unless you don't have ears or are allergic to all things hip-hop.
I never got massively into Interpol's "Turn on the Bright Lights," which is now, jeez, a decade old. I do really enjoy the song below, though. Interpol came out of New York City and were sort-of rivals with The Strokes. Always preferred the latter. Apparently Interpol's now broken up/on hiatus. It's a band that has the bittersweet benefit of putting out a lauded debut and never having the ability to come close to matching it.
You are a past sinner, the last winner, and everything we've come to makes you you ...