NCAA tournament “Round of Two”. Indiana Hoosiers v. Rutgers pregame thoughts and optimism.

I woke up today feeling like Jack Skellington…

WHAT! IS! THIS!!?!?!

Oh what a wonderful feeling! My breakfast is tasting better, the birds are singing prettier, and by God I’d say I have a pep in my step this morning. Our boys have grown together quick enough to say to hell with the growing pains. When most were expecting an underwhelming season with a developing gameplan, our boys mustered together a season that has us still holding our breaths with each shot into the month of March!

Mike Woodson has already managed to give me something Archie Miller had failed to in his entire tenure as Head Coach of Indiana, a season where I’m not resigned to mediocrity by the end of February. After taking loss after loss in that 5 game losing streak, Indiana spit out its loose teeth and in a  “Rocky”esque effort the Hoosiers finally began punching back and now have an absolute showdown with Rutgers over a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Hail to the Chief!

I titled this “Round of Two” because this game today is just that. This is the first round in the NCAA tournament! Both teams are on the first four out or last four in on most of if not all the major bracketology reports available. Meaning this win is absolutely crucial to not only your team’s victory, but also your closest bid competition’s downfall. That’s double dipping on your own success if I’ve ever heard it.

Being essentially win and your in here, the Hoosiers are behind the wheel of their own destiny. And while yesterday, I wrote my Love Letter to this year’s Hoosier squad, I would be lying if I said my heart won’t be pumping out of my chest, hanging on every shot praying for that Hoosier victory. I know it’s selfish to ask for more when I truly believe this Indiana team owes the fans absolutely nothing, but I’m begging you basketball gods!!! Let my Hoosiers pull this one out today!

I won’t ask for anything else! Just give me more of the excitement I feel in this moment! When your team’s playing for something, everything’s better in life. So sad reading that after typing it, but I STAND BY THAT! I mean come on let’s be real its the same reason half of all of our timelines are clogged with Hoosier posts separated only by the millionth picture of your coworkers baby you could give two about.

We live for this. We live for March. We are a different breed of fan. Our blood runs Crimson (as most does I guess, but NONETHELESS!!!). Give me the stakes. Give me the highs and I’ll gladly take those lows. I mean… this is Indiana after all.

If Xavier Johnson could turn his pair of games into a trilogy of greatness I see no reason why Indiana doesn’t march into Assembly Hall and handle their business. This is a special group of young men and when it’s clicking Indiana can run with anyone. Win and you’re in here, and based on how frequently the top teams have been losing this year, seems like if you’re in, you’re in contention to mess around and win the whole darn thing!

1 more solid game from Xavier and we are talking best trilogy I’ve seen since Lord of the Rings.

So gather your loved ones around your biggest, baddest TV. And let’s all root on our boys who have absolutely battled this season as they look to cement a position in the NCAA tournament. See you all on the other side! Here’s to some more heart attack level stress inducing games to come.

LUX ET VERITAS!!!!,

This hopelessly optimistic fan boy

Also, if you came here looking for stats. I do apologize… there are nerdier sources available for that.

Tom Hanks discovers talent in the trailer for “Elvis”

Elvis is an upcoming biographical musical drama film about Elvis Presley directed by Baz Luhrmann, from a screenplay written by Luhrmann, Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, and Jeremy Doner, with a story by Luhrmann and Doner. It stars Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, with Helen ThomsonRichard RoxburghOlivia DeJongeLuke BraceyNatasha BassettDavid WenhamKelvin Harrison Jr.Xavier Samuel, and Kodi Smit-McPhee in supporting roles. -Wikipedia

Elvis is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 24, 2022, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

I’m feeling fairly competent that this one is going to be an absolute banger of a film. Tom Hanks doesn’t sign up for crappy scripts.

Now my love for Elvis runs deep. The King has long held a place in my heart since my Granny was bopping to it all the time growing up. And this really looks pretty great. Elvis’ music was absolutely revolutionary and the musical biopic has been pretty popular as of late, If Tom Hanks is attached I’m all in.

This movie comes to me personally at a great time because I have been actually recycling a lot of my Elvis favorites into my daily music shuffles. This all came about because my 3 month olds favorite song is “Suspicious Minds”, yes the song about potential adultery… I don’t know what it is but it works like a soothing lullaby and my baby is knocked. Any, yeah this all is coming at a great time for me personally I just really hope everyone else can out to the theatre for it. Because the musical biopic has got to be one of my favorite genres in film there is. What’s not to love, all the drama and writing of great filmmakers while also playing some of the most iconic and popular music in American or human history.

The King is the King and I think this film is more than long overdue. Elvis absolutely revolutionized American culture, really bringing popular music to a new and far, far more exciting age. The absolute garbage that could pass for a popular hit prior to that…. I mean come on… Elvis was perceived as the coolest thing to happen to music, well ever. I say perceived, because in fact it was Chuck Berry who invented Rock and Roll music. I mean that is an undeniable credit to have. Giving birth to a musical genre… that’s impressive.

I know this one kind of spiraled, but whatever… I’m excited for this movie and you should be too. ALL HAIL THE KING!!!

A look at the Madden’s Super Bowl simulations prediction history. Also a tangent on EA.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow can light up one more victory cigar — at least if the virtual prediction of Sunday’s Super Bowl ends up coming true.

In the official Madden ’22 simulation of Super Bowl LVI, the Bengals knock off the Los Angeles Rams, 24-21, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and it is Burrow, the second-year quarterback out of LSU, who becomes the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Burrow, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, led Cincinnati down the field to set up kicker Evan McPherson for a 49-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati the win.

credit: EA SPORTS

Well the nerds over at EA have decided the Bengals won the Super Bowl. Great season everybody. That’s a wrap!

But seriously let’s take a look at the simulations pick history…

Super Bowl 54KC 35, SF 31KC 31, SF 20Right!
Super Bowl 53LA 30, NE 27NE 13, LA 3Wrong!
Super Bowl 52NE 24, PHI 20PHI 41, NE 33Wrong!
Super Bowl 51NE 27, ATL 24NE 34, ATL 28Right!
Super Bowl 50CAR 24, DEN 20DEN 24, CAR 10Wrong!
Super Bowl 49NE 28, SEA 24NE 28, SEA 24Spooky Good!
Super Bowl 48DEN 31, SEA 28SEA 43, DEN 8Wrong!
Super Bowl 47BAL 27, SF 24BAL 34, SF 31Right!
Super Bowl 46NYG 27, NE 24NYG 21, NE 17Right!
-credit Eddie Makuch gamespot.com

It is so interesting to see these simulations in a grid like the one above. I was fully ready to get on here and absolute rip the simulations apart for being no real reading or barometer for what will be happening in the Super Bowl, but I got to say, looking at these numbers laid out like this, this thing is actually kind of amazing!

If this simulation were just a mere degenerate gambler, he would be in the black for sure!

Look at the years it was right, It got within a close margin for the actual scores on several occasions. And then there is Super Bowl 49! The simulation predicted New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24. I’ll be damned if that wasn’t the score. That being said, 28 to 24 is the one of the more “football score” games (you know games where the numbers are typical integers of 7 and 3). So, not really taking any risks. Had it hit on Super Bowl 54’s prediction of 35 to 31, a far less common “football score” that would have been impressive.

As for 24 to 21 Cincinnati Bengals over Los Angeles Rams, I’m here for it. Not the most risky scoring bet. Honestly 24 to 21 with either team pulling out the win sounds fairly logical and that even sounds like the logical score. But, we aren’t here for logic! We are here for miraculous drives, unlikely heroes, and moments that make you think “Man there was just no predicting that”. So with that I’ve come all the way back around. BOO these nerds.

Also,

side tangent.

EA Sports should be ashamed for the crimes they’ve committed against the public and the American people. By having a monopoly on NFL simulation games, they have stifled game mechanic development and graphic development as well! Their lack of competition in the market is a detriment to the product and gaming culture as a whole. They’ve pumped out the same game, on the same engine since like 2016. It has to stop. Same could be said for NBA 2K22… Complacent. Every last one of them…

Assassins Creed Valhalla is an absolute marvel of modern gaming and everyone who can’t appreciate and enjoy it just has a dump in their shorts.

-Burke

Pro Bowlers think that Jonathon Taylor should be League MVP, as his biggest fan I have to disagree.

“Rodgers or Brady for offensive MVP? How about neither?

We asked players to name their offensive and defensive MVPs for the 2021 season, and though the overall honor has been publicly debated between Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, neither won the players’ vote.

Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, who led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, took that honor easily, getting eight votes, twice as many as any other player before the final ballot was cast. Rodgers took second with five votes, and Brady took third with three votes, with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow next with two votes.”

-Greg Auman, The Athletic

Jonathon Taylor has been an absolute monster for the Indianapolis Colts, and this year has been an unquestionably historic outing for the every down back that any team would kill for. JT23 has come into the league and set it on fire behind the blocking of a tight knit line that can dominate the trenches when healthy and at full force.

All this being said, there is no way in hell I believe the writers award the MVP to Taylor and in all fairness I can’t blame them. I bleed blue and I have got to say there’s no way he actually deserves the MVP. Show him consideration as a nod for an undeniably historic and record setting season, but he can’t be given it.

The MVP is supposed to be the single most valuable individual to a teams success, with the degree of success also being considered. Jonathon Taylor is the best running back in the league in my opinion. He has a patience and slipperyness (that’s a word right?) that Derrick Henry doesn’t possess. They do play different games, but I’m taking Taylors game all day. The guy takes the softest hits. Somehow positions himself to be laid down like he’s being tucked in bed by momma each time he isn’t just evading or trucking someone. But that’s beside the point. MY POINT IS!!!! Jonathon Taylor, while the best running back in the league was also aided by a line full of potential HOFers. HOFers people. This must be considered.

In my honest opinion, the MVP award should go to Joe Burrow. This guy is going to drag the Bengals to a Super Bowl victory in spite of themselves. He has brought a swagger and attitude of winning to a franchise that was lacking any identity whatsoever. Joe Burrow is the Truth. He’s here to stay.

And Damn it… I wish he was a Colt.

Set phasers to… stunt.

-Burke

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