Thursday, April 27, 2006

Wild about the Cats

Hee's a blast from the past - Arizona Wildcats college basketball rap! I just wish I could find a way to save this video. Check out a younger Wilbur at the start of the video....I was a little thinner then.

Kindall's spot just a matter of time

Kindall's spot just a matter of time, but he didn't make the cut for the first class inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Marcus Makes Us Happy

Arizona’s Marcus Williams returning for sophomore season, and you could hear the collective sigh of relief from AZ fans all the way to Academy Village. Free picture of FRANK Williams in this article. More here.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Injuries, NBA draft alter trip plans

The combo of injuries and the upcoming NBA draft have doomed the UA's planned trip to Europe this spring. Eight players remain available for the trip, not enough for a competitive trip. A possible September foray into Vancouver BC could help to make it up to the kids.

Injuries, NBA draft alter trip plans

The combo of injuries and the upcoming NBA draft have doomed the UA's planned trip to Europe this spring. Eight players remain available for the trip, not enough for a competitive trip. A possible September foray into Vancouver BC could help to make it up to the kids.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Wilbur, wherefore art thou, Wilbur?

Just taking some time off to tend to matters around the Cat Den here. Wilma and KaceyKat have been putting in a lawn in the back yard, so the whole family is invited over to roll in the grass with us. That's gotta feel good. Much to catch up on in the Wildcat Nation, so here goes:

PAC10 Hoops race 2006-07 in a spin -- With so many players entering the NBA draft (with or without an agent), no clear cut favorite emerges. If Shakur and Williams leave Lute's lair, the Cats could drop back to the middle of the PAC again next season. Come on, freshmen....

Batcats take series -- not a sweep yet, but they did finish off Stanford today. Post-season hopes are still fading, though, as the Cats are below .500 for the season (17-20) and in league play (5-7). Nice new park, though.

Spring football over, now wait until fall -- From all indications we're in for a much better season in '06 than we've witnessed in quite awhile. Over 8000 showing up for yesterday's scrimmage? Amazing. Some other facts here. Stoops doesn't see the players enjoying their summer on the beach, either.

Former Wildcat wideout gains hero status -- "Angels of Death has a real-life hero, Jay Dobyns, a towering, former star receiver for the University of Arizona Wildcats, who joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in search of excitement." New book out about the Hell's Angels crime network stars one of our own.

Louis Holmes watch -- he's still talking like he'll suit up in the fall.

Fiesta Bowl Classic gets a makeover -- Memphis will be the only team to make it to McKale for the basketball classic. We've had enough of the lower seeded teams, anyway. There was no suspense who would play in the final, was there?

Greg Hansen has a good column again today
-- Of interest is the news that Lou Campanelli is stepping down as supervisor of PAC10 hoops refs. (clap)(clap)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

B-Dub.........always a character

Matt Othick played in 106 winning basketball games at Arizona from 1989 to 1992, a point guard and three-point shooter of note from Las Vegas who was part of three Pac-10 championship teams.
He has since become a successful investor in Las Vegas and Del Mar, Calif., and is now part of a Hollywood group that is developing a movie based on the life of the late Brian Williams, a UA and NBA power forward who played high school and college basketball with Othick.
Insomnia Entertainment, a firm headed by UA grad Trent Othick, Matt's brother, is working with ex-UA basketball manager Kevin Porter on the script. Porter was Williams' former manager and confidant. Matt Othick describes the project as something similar to "The Talented Mr. Ripley" or "Dead Calm."
More immediate, Trent Othick's first major film, "Standing Still," will be released nationally this week, beginning in Tucson theaters Friday. It is a "Big Chill" type film with a 21st century theme, and includes actress Mena Suvari.
"Standing Still" premiered last week in Hollywood. The Othick brothers attended, as did Othick's UA teammate Sean Rooks.
"I still see a lot of Steve Kerr, Jud Buechler and Kevin Flanagan every summer," said Othick, who remains close friends with his UA backcourt partner, Tucson attorney Matt Muehlebach.
"I had a wonderful time in Tucson," said Othick, whose mother lives here. "My only regret was our play during the NCAA tournament. We really should have won at least one national title while I was there." Opinion from Greg Hanson

Othick is developing film of Williams' life | ®

Opinion by Greg Hansen < Here's a movie I might have to go see. B-Dub was certainly a character and should be remembered as a member of Lute's legions.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Life After Basketball

Now that the Final Four is fading, and all monies have been paid out to the bracket winnders, our thoughts turn to other news in and around the UA. Spring football is underway, baseball and softball are in full swing, and Wilbur has some tidbits he's found along the way.

Football penalty reduced -- Good news bad news for Stoops troops. Scholarships will be reduced by 3, not 4, but the penalty is extended. I bet we barely notice.
Something we will notice -- a rise in ticket prices after exemptions end. Those of us in the south endzone seem safe, though. Unless they start charging us for the footballs we toss out of Arizona Stadium onto 6th Street.
Second scrimmage -- the second spring scrimmage is today. Too bad Wilbur's on call or he'd be there!
Budingermania hits town -- long before Chase himself arrives. Let the kid at least find a place to stay....
Mike Bibby -- takes a look at what might have been. I just wish we could have kept him for more than 2 years.
Baseball -- loses.
Softball -- wins. Hollowell is back.
Stepping out of the Twilight Zone -- that's how Roz views the attitude towards next season.
J.P. Prince headed to Europe -- with the rest of the team for their tour. He's not planning a transfer.
Preseason #12?? -- that's where some folks put Lute's team next year. That would be something.

Bear Down.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

After the Final Flop

Better late than never, but the Final Four was anything but a hit. After 2 weeks of OT's, buzzer-beaters, and upsets, this past weekend was a sorry shadow of the first rounds. Not only that, but the bRuins cost me $110 in the family bracket challenge. And to think I was actually rooting for them.

Tempe gets a "dream hire" for hoops coach -- if you listen to this guy. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Tucson's take on Sendek? -- Dullsville.
The Central California Connection -- with UA football.
Free Willie -- Willie T goes to QB school during the off-season. First test is Sept. 2 vs. BYU.
Lute explains remarks -- when he dissed UDub for their easy non-conference (and HOME) schedule, he just was assuring everyone that by talking about future schedules he's not going anywhere soon.
Batcats drub Devils -- chase those little boogers all over Chase Field.
High wire act? -- that's how to describe the hoops team if Darrell Arthur joins Chase Budinger in next year's class.

I would have used my Mr. Chip Up

Bobcat attacks golfer, is beaten to death with 7-irons

Poor golf etiquette

Remind me not to play 18 when this guy is on the same course. Warning: slow play ahead.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Final Four weekend

Arizona's not in Indy, but either are any of the #1 seeds in this year's tourney. How about that? There's still plenty of things to catch up on, though.