Friday, November 16, 2007

Devils get pissy

We did what their Scum Devils couldn't do, and they don't like it? Hey - you're next.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Agent Zero on the Move?

It seems hard to believe that the Wizards would trade Gilbert to anybody, but according to this article, a Gilbert for Kobe swap could be possible. Dad would love it if Zero went to the Lakers. Hey - they've got Luke Walton, too. That could be interesting, since they've worked on their teamwork before.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

22 Points in 12+ Minutes...?...??

Husky fan, I know how you feel. Been there, done that, and we'll no doubt be there again. Tonight, though, I will sleep well. The Mildcats became Riledcats, got a great win on the road, and gave us the offense we've dreamed about. Next week, UCLA rolls in; the place will be rockin'!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Holiday Idea

Think there isn't anything for a Wildcat fan to cheer about? This should make you happy - get your picture taken with a UA cheerleader (or Wilbur and Wilma) for your Christmas cards. How cool is that?

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Post game stuff

We were one of the few who stuck it out for the entire UA/NAU game last night. Post-game traffic was sure light, thanks to those who exited starting at halftime. One guy puts it like this:
Props to those students who helped fill the entire Arizona Zoo prior to Saturday night’s kickoff against NAU. Despite last weekend’s setback to BYU and the fact that NAU is a Big Sky Conference member who plays in the Championship Sub-division (new name for the old Division I-AA), the students were not deterred. I was informed, however, that Arizona Stadium was nearly half empty with 12:25 to go in the fourth with the Wildcats leading 45-24. I don’t understand this. All UA fans have been doing is griping over and bemoaning their team for not winning games and yet when the ‘Cats finally do treat them to a scoreboard game you bail early on them. Nice. The one caveat is that the game did not end until almost 11 p.m. and many UA fans drive for hours from all parts of the state to attend the games. These fans are excused. Actually, so are the others who are trying to get to Dirtbags for a little nightlife after the game, or to the students who need to get to that party where their ‘new’ classmate – the one they’ve been eyeing in Statistics 275 – is supposed to be at. You’re all excused. Those who are not excused: Freshmen. You are required to sing Bear Down and All Hail, Arizona along with our cheer, spirit, and football teams after the game.

Did you hear the one about the UA student who got tasered (TWICE) because the UA oversold the student section? I really don't understand why they couldn't have put them in those empty seats on the East side, upper level. There were plenty more than enough seats to accomodate the 400-500 extra kids who showed up to root on their Cats. Bonus - chances are they would sober up taking all those ramps to the top.

Wilma and I noticed a few changes around the stadium last night. There are new flags spelling out WILDCATS that circle the track after each score. The nerdy Red Zone lights and sirens were missing, and no scoreboard warning either. The Red Zone section seemed smaller and much less vocal, but that could be due to the opponent. Speaking of the scoreboard - the "closed captions" were on all night, which obscured the top third of the image on the screen. We can't really comment on the new announcer - we can't hear him in the South endzone. Please, UA, give us some speakers down there. Another thing we didn't hear - the Pride of Arizona. Once again, the visitors' band was much louder and more energized. We noticed a dude on the UA Flag Line, also. At least he's a little trimmer than the one in there 2 years ago.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Air Zona? More like Ground Turkey

All that talk about a new wide-open offense with multiple weapons was just that. Talk. It looked like the same old Wildcats out there running the ball, but the kicker was the defense, which played on its heels for the first half until getting into stride in the second. I had figured it would take a little time for Dykes' new offensive plan to work out the kinks, so I was expecting a slow start when we had the ball. This just in.....1 first down in the first half. The Cougar defense looked like they knew our playbook better than we did, so if you like seeing your team get stuffed, this was one is a keeper.
It could be much worse, though. I could be a Michigan fan tonight.

Game 1 2007(08?) Season

Last year’s season-opening tilt between the Arizona Wildcats and BYU Cougars at Arizona Stadium produced one of the most exciting wins of head coach Mike Stoops’ three-year tenure.
Nick Folk banged home a 48-yard field goal with one second remaining on the clock to give the Wildcats a surprising 16-13 win in front of one of the largest crowds in Arizona football history.
This year, the Cougars will be looking for revenge as the Wildcats travel to Provo, Utah on Saturday for the rematch.
We know the defense will show up strong, and we hope upon hope that the Cats will finally have an offense that works.
Bear Down.
  • Here's one oddsmaker that has seen the light. Take the Cats and the points +3 1/2
  • The Cougars think we kept them out of the BCS games last year so they're fired up today. Danger - mad Mormons.
  • BYU trots out what they hope is their next great QB. The fact that he's from the Valley of the Dead, dedshirted a year at Tempe Normal, and is the nephew of that "other" Danny White adds a little something extra to the game. Watch the UA defense key in on poor Max Hall....ouch.
  • Too bad that tonight's game between San Jose State and Tempe won't be on TV. I'd love to see the Tomey/Erickson matchup, the tenth time the coaches have met. I'm thinking Fiesta Bowl 2004, a 29-0 whuppin' Dick laid on Dennis.
  • Willie T has plenty of experience running the spread offense, according to his hometown paper. He completed 19 of 23 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in a
    50-45 victory over Nevada Union in the 2004 Sac-Joaquin Section
    Division I final. The more I hear, the more excited I get about the Cats' potential this year.
  • Here are some great football nicknames that aren't of your garden variety. No Banana Slugs or Artichokes, though.
  • Ex-Batcat Jordan Brown makes the Cleveland Indians stand up and take notice of him. MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in back to back seasons.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Bear Down, South Park Style

Check out this video of our Great Fight Song.
Take that, Sparky.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Best Headline Nominee

I just had to share this with someone out there! How do these guys get away with this stuff??

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Wildcats Repeat at WCWS

An unbelievable performance by the entire Women's Softball team resulted in  the UA's 8th National Title, and its second in a row.  Watching their play in OKC renewed our faith in college athletics, as the Cats won with grit, grace, and a spirit that would not be denied.

Way to go, ladies!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Cats vow to toughen up

Chase B'inger will be around next year. His trainer confirmed that Noodles isn't quite ready for the NBA:
"I know he's not ready," (Trent) Suzuki said. "He can't guard Kobe Bryant. He can't even guard Kyle Weaver" of Washington State.

Let's hope the entire team is committed to the new toughness regime.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Lute in good company

Lute Olson was joined by good friends Bobby Knight and Coach K in the "One and Done" club. The three coaching legends were booted from the NCAA tournament just as the fun was starting.

Wait 'til next year

With yesterday's drubbing by Purdue, Arizona Basketball v.2006-07 is over. Finally. Not the way Ivan or Shakur pictured it, I'm sure, when they started their careers here. Here are a few reasons we had the season we did:
  • Shakur was not the kind of player we all thought he was. The freshman "Golden Child" turned into another false point guard.
  • We thought were tough. We weren't.
  • Not enough depth. Either the bench didn't develop for the entire season or the talent just isn't there.
  • And what about Lute? You know the talk is going to be "he's too old...he's lost it...his age hurts us in recruiting.." The guy only needs 19 more wins to reach 800 career victories, so let's make sure he gets them here.
  • We struggled without JMac and got too little too late.
  • No passion. The team just didn't seem to care about the game, at least not as much as all those of us cheering them on.
  • Bad Karma. When Williams declared Zona as the "Standard in the Pac10 against which all others are judged" it spelled the beginning of the end of the season. It figures it would happen in the city of Voodoo.
So another basketball season wraps up and we can start thinking Wildcat Football again! Life is always good in Wildcat Country.

Here's the first sign that the end is near - Don King to meet with the Pope.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Agent Zero Update

Wilma found this great video about Gilbert and his drive to excel. And what a cute baby picture....
Oh - check out Hibachi's NBA Best Blog. Or this one even.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tourney Time!

It's getting down to crunch time in the bracket challenge, and I can't wait to see who the other players are picking to take it all. How many of us picked the Cats to get past Purdue?
So Niagara played itself in to the tourney tonight - welcome aboard, Purple Eagles.

Is it Thursday yet?

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Man Behind the Madness

We've all heard of the Sagarin Rankings, so here's the story of the man behind it all.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Utt Bugly

That's about the only way to describe yesterday's PAC10 tourney game against Oregon.  Since I was working, I had Brian Jeffries on the radio, telling me for a couple of hours how much the Cats sucked in LA.  I don't know if the new uniforms went to their heads (or cut off the circulation), but if we see a repeat performance next week in the Big Dance we'll be back in the "one and done" circle of friends.  No heart, no brains - Lute's got to figure out a way to get these kids back on track, pronto.  And, no - I don't care that UCLA and Duke both lost yesterday, too.  We're talking about the Cats here.
  • Miles Simon - Q&A with the Wildcat Asst. Coach
  • Daniel Schlereth - UA's closer on the mound leads Batcats to Hawaii.  How come I didn't see this road trip coming??
  • What's Your Seed? - this writer puts AZ as the #6 seed in the San Antonio Regional.  Is he dreaming?  I say no higher than an 8 seed.
  • Nic Costa sighting - former Cat QB signs with the Toronto Argonauts.  Last seen scrambling to the border.
Go Cats!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Get Your Brackets Here

It's easy to get in on the Family Pool Bracket Challenge. Go to this link:
You'll need the group password, which is - what else- wilbur

Create a profile if you're a new player (or can't remember last year's login) then wait for the pairings to be announced. Don't forget - $10 a bracket.

And remember - it pays to be bad. Your money refunded if you come in dead last.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Who are these guys?

Five straight road wins (total margin - 22 pts), a season-ending sweep of the Bay, and the PAC10 tourney dead ahead. Are these Cats actually thriving on the mostly self-inflicted challenges they face daily? It's been crazy being a fan, too. Poor Wilma - I haven't heard her say "Gosh Darn!" this much in a loooong time.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Put time back on the clock

The NCAA decided that trying to shorten the game of football was futile, so the rules revert back to pre-2006 standards or starting the clock on the snap of the ball, not on change of possession. Smart move. As a fan, I don't want a quick game. I've waited all week (sometimes longer) to be at the game, and I don't want it to be over in 3 hours. Give me overtime!
Also, kick-offs will be moved back 5 yards (to the 30-yard line), which should add a little excitement to the game as well. Does that mean we'll have fewer footballs to toss out of the South endzone??

Monday, February 12, 2007

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Nice Shirt

There is mention of the UA/Oregon game in this column, but I just thought that the fan's shirt was priceless.

Red Road Uni's Help Cats Find Their Mojo

After going 0-4 in close games this season the Cats finally win one. It's also nice to play against a team that is struggling just like AZ has done this year. Wasn't it sweet to hold Brooks to just 6 points? That rumbling sound you hear is the bandwagon loading up. Again.
  • Quacked up - Seeing Aaron Brooks with a bandage on his cheek and Coach Kent with his left shoulder useless was kind of a strange ending, though.
  • Batcats roll - Starting off 7-0 this season gives hopes for the season. I hope this doesn't work like the old announcer jinx on free-throw shooters.
  • Commitment to Excrement - the Sun Dribbles continue to flame out, big-time.
  • Ivan to Win - I just liked the headline of this article. And what a shot by Ivan.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Agent Zero Saves DC

I couldn't believe it when I saw this article in Time Magazine on Mr. Arenas. You know you've hit the big time when Time is on your side.

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Tarred, Heeled, Declawed, Redemption

Wilbur here has been MIA for the past week, much like the Wildcats have been.  After suffering through the meltdown against Carolina last week, then watching a rare home loss to WSU (giving the Cougs their first season sweep of the Cats - ever!), I admit I was a little concerned as I prepared to watch today's game against Washington.  The Cats psyche was to the fragile state, shooting percentages were lower than low, and fans were jumping off the bandwagon faster than partners off Paris Hilton.  Turns out the Huskies were just what Dr. Lute ordered, as the Cats pounded UDub for a 30-point win.  And this in an early morning game for a team that can't seem to wake up late enough.  The confidence gained from today's win will be much needed for the road trip to the Oregon schools next week.  Have the Cats got their mojo back?  Time will tell, but a good showing for the rest of the season will be a requisite going into the PAC10 tourney and beyond.  Go Cats!
Go Cats!  The bandwagon is loading up again.

Friday, January 26, 2007

More Gilbert

I just can't get enough of this guy. Read about some of his pranks here.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

More from the Hibachi

Gilbert Arenas says he'd give up one year in the NBA if he could go back to college just to play Duke. Ever since Coach K and others cut him from the national team last summer, Agent Zero has been on a Revenge Tour.

Cats Swagger while Sun Dribbles Stagger

What a great night last night.  Wilma and I celebrated our 37th anniversary in style, taking in the movie Dreamgirls before hustling over to Rookies Sports Bar in Oceanside to watch the Cats pummel ASwho.  Just before tipoff, a young man wearing a Wildcat cap sat down at a nearby table.  "Go Cats!" I said to him, whereby he scooted over and joined us to watch the game on one of the big screens which we'd already requested the game be shown on.  Turns out this wasn't just any young man.  "My girlfriend is Chase Budinger's sister," he said, which immediately endeared him to Wilma and I.  We talked about Chase quite a bit, and learned even more about the Wildcats' freshman phenom.  Soon after the game started, another couple decked out in Wildcat gear walked in.  "Is this the Wildcat section?," the gentleman asked.  "Go Cats!," was the response, so they joined, too.  Turns out the husband works in the UA Athletics department, and he and his wife were spending the week at the beach, too.  Not only that, but his wife went to the same high school as Wilbur, Rincon HS in Tucson.  The party really kicked off then, and the five of us easily made as much noise as the UA student section does for most games.  The 24-point victory over ASwho made it all the sweeter.
If you're reading this, Frank - thanks again for the beers.
  • Mohamed out indefinitely - we heard the announcers say that a Wildcat had been taken to the hospital with a concussion, but didn't find out much else until today.  We all wish him a speedy recovery.
  • Marcus Williams' X-ray experience - according to this article, Marcus had to wait 3 hours at UCLA Medical Center for wrist X-rays after last week's loss.  Ex-Bruin Don MacLean went to his own private physician instead of waitng in the ER when he was a student there.  The good news is the X-rays were negative, much like the whole experience in LA.
  • How's your trivia? - check out the trivia question in this article.
  • Tired legs, bad defense - interesting take in this SI article about Arizona's short bench.
  • National game of the week - and it's at McKale.  UA vs UNC.  This Saturday.  In Highdef.  Be there.

Agent Zero for Hire

Gilbert Arenas, the human highlight reel, is looking for something more. Something more to go along with his game-winning shots and hot sound bites. He'd like some commercial endorsements.

Still, Arenas hasn't busted through to the upper tier of marketable
players in the NBA despite the dazzling performances, the MVP-caliber
numbers and the long-range buzzer-beaters that now are part of his
nightly routine.

Don't let the hibachi cool off just yet, Gilbert. Your time is coming.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Rivalry Night

Herb Sendak gets his first taste of the UA/ASSu rivalry tonight, and signs point to another lopsided loss for those hated Sun Dribbles. Wilma and I will be watching the "game" at Rookies, a sports bar here in Oceanside, celebrating our 37th anniversary in style. I was checking the odds earlier this morning and the Cats are anywhere from a 17-point favorite to a No Line, meaning no competition.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

True love

Who wouldn't love a wife who would induce labor 3 days early so her husband could go to the Bears game today? Wilma is just like that, too.

R Jefferson to have surgery

Ex-Cat and current Net Richard Jefferson will have surgery on his right ankle tomorrow, sidelining him for an unknown length of time. Best wishes, RJ.

And The Slump goes on

Well, this is certainly strange.  The Wildcats haven't lost 3 straight conference games in 23 years - Olson's first year at the helm.  And losing 4 straight to UCLA?  Did anyone see that coming?  Things look a little brighter in the near future (if you don't look at that game against the Tar Heels next weekend), and hopefully a little home cookin' will help the Cats get back their shooting touch, teamwork, and chemistry.  I'm looking at it this way:  better to have a little slump now than when the PAC10 and national tourneys roll around.  I don't like this trend of losing, though.  Now I know what Farky feels like up north.
  • The Slump - Coach O says we'll be OK.  I trust him.
  • More on the above - I still don't understand why Greg Hansen stays in Tucson.  Sure, he can't be a homer all the time, but he still dredges up ghosts of Wildcats past (Larry Smith) any chance he gets.  Check out the last line of his article here.
  • 2007 football schedule released - and it's full of surprises.  Only one non-conference road game (BYU), only 2 November games (one on a Thursday night), and a Dec. 1 matchup against, well, you-know-who.
  • New O-line coach - coming from Texas Tech also, he should work very well with Dykes.
  • How about a wide receivers coach? - this could be our guy.  Maybe he'll bring a few sweet recruits along, too.
Go Cats!  I'm still drivin' the bandwagon!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Waiting for the ax to fall

After going one and one at home last week against the Oregon schools, the Cats take their show on the road to LA for a very tough 2-game stretch with USC and UCLA.   After that, it's back home again for the Scum Dribbles and another "gimmee" on their non-conference - North Carolina. Such is life.
  • The PAC 10 in review - what a conference. The tourney at Staples in March should be one helluva show.
  • Softball team set to defend title - how can we expect the girls to practice in this cold weather??
  • Shakur stepping it up - and getting some well-deserved national press.  Has this kid turned it around or what this year.
  • Lute....Lute - UA's timeless wonder continues to crank out the winners.
  • JP volunteers - as I said earlier, those reports of Prince going to Vanderbilt might be just a tad premature.  Sure enough, he winds up at UT.
  • Agent Zero - Gilbert still lighting it up.  And remember - he wears the number the 0 because that's the chances some college recruiters gave him of making it to the big time.
  • Peaked too early? - hardly.  Better to have a little slump now than later in March. 

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Commitment to Excrement

Catchy, eh? My new slogan for asu fits perfectly. Nice job against the Beavs yesterday, too, Dribbles. I think I'm going to like Herb.

What's going on with the "fans" at McKale?

This from Greg Hansen in today's Star:
Oregon State basketball coach Jay John did not bring his wife, Lisa to last week's UA-OSU game at McKale Center, in part, because of what John termed were "problems with UA fans'' behind the Beavers' bench.
Those problems were manifest again last week when OSU's Kyle Jeffers had a post-game spat with several UA fans, which resulted in Jeffers being detained by police officers. No charges were filed.
A day later, John, a Salpointe Catholic High School and UA grad, told the Corvallis Gazette-Times that he will no longer permit his team to walk through the northeast entrance/exit to the McKale Center court.
The sad part is that John and his family are longtime Tucsonans; even though the Beavers haven't been competitive at McKale, isolated pockets of UA fans have treated them with no respect.
Is a little civility too much to ask in the sacred game of college hoops?

Or how about this UA fan who was kicked out of the game for standing up the entire game and refusing to sit? All this makes it hard for me to understand what the UA was thinking when they put the students so close to the floor for basketball games. I don't mind a little good-natured ribbing of opposing teams and players, but this mind-spirited stuff has got to stop. Say what you will about the gray-hairs who hold season tickets, at least they appreciate a good game and don't try to throw themselves into the mix.

Wilma and I can relate to the fans sitting (or trying to) behind the nut who refused to sit down. Our season tickets were behind a guy (much older than the student body) who popped up out of his chair for any little reason. When asked to sit down, he refused, insisting instead that everyone else rise in support. Just because the Lemonade Guy ("It's so lemon-y") is working his way up the aisle, that's no reason to bounce up....

Jay "Jaybird" Dobyns rides again

When Jay played for the UA in the '80s, his long blonde hair flowed from under his helmet. As an ATF agent, he shaved his head, tattooed and pierced his body, and became one scary dude. I had the opportunity to meet Jay a few months ago. I remembered his days as a wide out for the UA - and before that at Sahuaro HS here in town - and had kept up on his adventures working undercover for the ATF. He was pleased that I knew who he was (not from any earlier bust, mind you) and I spent a few minutes chatting with him. What an inspiration he is, and deserves all the respect and admiration he's garnished. I'm glad guys like Jay are on our side.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Cats and Beavs

After coming up short against Wazzu - a game which propelled WSU into the Top 25 - the Cats get ready to shake off the loss and start a new win streak going.
That's all for now....Go Cats!

PAC-10/Big 12 Basketball Series Announced

Starting December '07, the PAC-10 and the Big 12 will start a 4-year head to head battle. I guess the bottom 2 Big 12 teams are out of luck. (oh, wait - Kansas and Texas Tech drew the first byes) First up for UA this December - Texas A

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Gilbert's B'Day Bash

Nothing bashful about "The Hibachi," as you can read in this article about his 25th birthday party (middle of story).
What? Lute wasn't invited??

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Duke Sucks

Duke ranked #5?? How did that happen? Here's another Dookie hater's take on it....

Getting ready to go to Santisi Brothers Pizzeria and Sports Grill to catch the UA/WSU hoops game. Yes, we'll all be wearing our finest Wildcat Gear in the heart of Scum Devil country.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Dawgs Pounded

Team chemistry and out-of-body shooting led the Cats over UDub last night in Seattle.  What a great showing by the Cats.
  • Huskies defenseless against the Wildcats hot shooting --  With Shakur, J-Mac, and Noodles hitting clutch threes, all that the UW big men could do was gather the ball and throw it back inbounds.  The rebounds aren't happening, guys, when the other team shoots over 65%.
  • For a good time, call -- so that's what the Dawg pack was chanting last night.
  • Redemption -- Marcus Williams redeems himself after those 2 missed FTs last year.
  • Longest streak since '98 -- keep it up, Cats.
  • Not so fast -- rumor had it that JP Prince was transferring to Vanderbilt, but his Dad was quoted last as saying that JP hadn't made a final decision yet.  Good luck, JP.

Firing Up

Gilbert Arenas keeps up the swag and heats up the hibachi for the Wizards.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Ex-Wildcats on Opposite Sides of Call

Was it a dirty hit or not?  When Bobby Wade (of the Tenn. Titans) laid a block on the NE Patriots' Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi was right in there, ready to take on the Titan's bench. 

The Dark Side of Recruiting

Here's a very interesting article about AAU basketball teams and the demands they place on college teams.  Seems like a cash donation is required to even talk to team players, with money coming in also from shoe company giants Nike, Reebok, and others.  No mention in the article about Josh Pastner's father's Houston team, but.....