Random Thoughts

  • LSU Wins NCAA Los Angeles Baseball Regional

It would not surprise me in the least if Paul Mainieri’s team goes out west and wins the NCAA Regional at UCLA.  The Bruins are a great team but are just re-establishing themselves as a power.  UC Irvine is always tough and will be the Tigers toughest challenge…but LSU did beat the Anteaters in 2008.  I look for LSU vs. Cal. St. Fullerton in Fullerton as the NCAA Super regional next week.  Fullerton has an easy regional…I can’t see a team like Stanford sneaking up and beating the Titans.

  • Watch Out For St. John’s

The most difficult regional outside of the Los Angeles Regional is the Charlottesville, Virginia Regional.  UVA, Ole Miss and St. John’s can all play.  I know Ole Miss has lefty pitcher Drew Poneramz but I saw St. John’s play earlier this season against UNO and the Rebels should not over look the Red Storm.  St. John’s has hosted NCAA regionals in the past and is arguably the best team from the northeast over the past decade.  Don’t be surprised if St. John’s wins a few games and pulls a few upsets this weekend.

  • Schedule Better Teams Southeastern

No Offense to coach Jay Artigues and the Southeastern Lions…Artigues has built a very solid program in Hammond…but SLU has got to schedule better teams!  Back in the late 1990’s Tulane coach Rick Jones dealt with the same issues.  Tulane got snubbed in ’97 mainly because the selection committee said the Wave’s strength of schedule was not good enough.  Since then Tulane has played the likes of Arizona State, Ole Miss, USC, UCLA, Pepperdine and UC-Irvine annually.  SLU has got to schedule better teams.  I know the Lions beat Mississippi State 3 games this season but the Bulldogs are the worst team in the SEC.  Next year go with Mississippi State and a team from another power conference if you’re really serious about becoming an at-large team.  If SLU keeps filling it’s schedule with SWAC teams and schools like Sacred Heart the Lions will continue to experience heartbreak.     

  • Monty Williams Next Hornets Head Coach

The Hornets have offered the job to Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau.  I predict that the Hornets have given Thibodeau a deadline of Thursday to make a decision.  Thibodeau would announce he’s taking the Hornets job as soon as the NBA finals end.  If Thibodeau cannot commit to the Hornets by Thursday than the team will hire Monty Williams.  Franchises like Chicago and New Jersey are circling Thibodeau and Boston could hire him to replace Doc Rivers if Rivers departs following the season.  My bet is Thibodeau rolls the dice and turns the Hornets offer down.  Chris Paul is reportedly very high on Monty Williams so let’s hope that if Williams does get the job he and Paul are a marriage made in heaven.    

  • Donatas Montiejunes

Many NBA mock drafts have the Hornets selecting the Lithuanian PF/C with the 11th overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.  I’m sticking by my pick…Luke Babbitt from the University of Nevada (Reno) but I would have no problems with Montiejunas.  The past two years I’ve had the Hornets drafting two european players in the 1st round…obviously neither was taken.  Last year my choice was Nando de Colo….a combo guard that the Spurs drafted and that is playing in Europe.  de Colo is expected to come over to San Antonio this season.  Two years ago my pick for the Hornets was Goran Dragic.  Dragic is now starring for the Suns.  If the Hornets take Montiejunas they could be getting a star player that’s compared to Andrea Bargnani.  Montiejunas could be brought along slowly off the bench behind David West and  Emeka Okafor and play small forward along with those two if the team decided to sometimes play a big rotation.  Montiejunas reportedly does not offer much defensively but his offensive ceiling is high.  I can’t see the Hornets taking Montiejunas because they have never truly invested in european players but if his name is called 11th overall in the draft I’ll be pleasently surprised.

  • Peja & Emeka

I think the Hornets should shop Peja Stojakovic & Emeka Okafor this offseason.  Peja’s greatest worth is his expiring contract.  Okafor’s greatest strength is the fact that he stays healthy and never misses games.  I would not be surprised to see Peja moved for two players with longer contracts.  For example: Peja for Corey Maggette & Vladimir Radmonovic.  What about Okafor for Hedo Turkoglu?  Turkoglu has demanded out of Toronto and the Raptors will need a replacement for Chris Bosh when he departs. 

  • Goodbye JuJu

I’d also shop Julian Wright for a late 1st round or early 2nd round draft pick.  JuJu needs a change of scenery and a team like Memphis has two late 1st round picks and a 2nd round selection.  If I could get a late 1st for Wright I’d draft St. Mary’s College big man Omar Samhan.  Loved this guy in the NCAA toruney.  Samhan is a super productive college player who I think is gonna be a steal…think the big man version of Marcus Thornton.    

  • Chase Daniel

The media was allowed to watch the Saints OTA (offseason training activity) last week and I was impressed with backup quarterback Chase Daniel.  I thought he seemed to understand the system and he threw the ball with nice velocity.  He seemd very confident and had command.  After just one practice (which isn’t saying much…let’s see him in the preseason) I’m ready to say Chase Daniel should backup Drew Brees and be used as the holder on kicks.  At this point in his career Drew Brees no longer needs a veteran backup (remember the Colts have not had a quality veteran backup for Peyton in years!!!).

  • Malcolm Jenkins

I bet Malcolm Jenkins emerges as the Saints starter at free safety (maybe because of a Sharper injury….maybe because he’s better) at some point this season and thrives at his new position.

  • Garrett Hartley

I bet Garrett Hartley goes to the Pro Bowl after a huge 2010.

  • Kudos to WDSU Medical Editor Dr. Corey Hebert & his beautiful wife Alanah. 

When Jeremy Davenport and Rebirth play your wedding as a favor to you you’ve got stroke!!!  AWESOME TIME!!!!

  • Face, Jonah, Dragon

I can’t wait for the A-Team move in two weeks and Jonah Hex (filmed in NOLA) in three weeks…the A-Team was my favorite TV show growing up (Face man was my favorite character) but both movies look like they could really suck!  Speaking of movies…am I the only person who wants to see the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo????   


2 Responses

  1. woah…i actually agree with most of things you have just said

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