Jet’s and Matt’s picks … Linkner joins UH staff … NFL OT: What took so long?

March 24th, 2010
By dreardon

Here are bracketologist Jet Wong’s picks to win the Sweet 16 games, followed by his comments.

Michigan State, Ohio State, Syracuse, Kansas State, Kentucky, Washington, Duke, Baylor

It’s gonna be a good Sweet 16. We’ll see if Northern Iowa, St. Mary’s and Cornell can defeat their opponents and move on. I still like Michigan State even though they lost Kalin Lucas for the year because they’re a veteran team but we’ll have to wait and see. I picked Kentucky but there’s no doubt I’ll be cheering on Cornell to continue their magical run. If Kentucky moves on, I think they’re the favorite to win it all even though I hate to say that.

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Here are the thoughts of another guru, Matt Furuto:

Never thought I would say this, but I’m gonna take Butler over Cuse.  I believe that the Onuaku injury catches up to the Orange here.  Butler has that look this year, and we’ve already witnessed too many upsets to just brush this one aside.  Hayward can go shot for shot with Johnson, and Butler has a lot of other shooters who can exploit the famed 2-3 zone Syracuse runs.  This will be a classic.
Washington is hot, but so is West Virginia.  I’m gonna go ‘Eers here, and hope that everyone else doesn’t rack up too many points with this pick.
No reason to change my KSU pick now.  Pullen and Clemente are as dynamic as any backcourt left.
To cap off Thursday’s games, it’s Big Blue over Big Red.  As good a story as Cornell is, there’s no way they knock out Kentucky.  Calipari is a master motivator, and there’s no way is team will overlook the best Cinderella story in sometime.

Tennessee has proven to be a good story, but it’s the Buckeyes over the Vols.  Evan Turner is hands down the most dominant player in college basketball this season.  The Midwest seems to be opening up real nice for them.
Saint Mary’s continues to roll over the Baylor Bears.  Samhan will have rack up another huge double double against the long, athletic Bears.  I expect this to be one of the best games of the round.
Northern Iowa will knock out Michigan State.  The injury to Lucas will prove too much to overcome.  And, Northern Iowa can “out-ugly” the Spartans (aka. the best team at playing “ugly” basketball).
Duke will continue its roll big over Purdue.  They’re just better.

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Former Hawaii receiver Dylan Linkner is joining the UH staff as a video assistant. The position will likely be that of a student assistant or graduate assistant.

Linkner, who interned at KITV last year, will be working with former UH linebacker Chris Williams.

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The new NFL overtime rules aren’t that complicated, and should help make overtime closer to being fair.

Anyone with half a brain could see something needed to be done YEARS BEFORE Brett Favre didn’t get onto the field in OT in the playoffs against the Saints last January.

You know why the NFL liked the sudden-death OT, first to score wins? TV (not injuries, like is being claimed now). TV … that’s also why the new OT rule is only being implemented for the postseason. In the regular season, the NFL doesn’t want games too long because of TV.

Yes, I also agree that  the league would rather have quarterbacks determining the outcome more often than kickers in postseason overtime, and that’s another reason for the change.

–By Dave Reardon

3 Responses to “Jet’s and Matt’s picks … Linkner joins UH staff … NFL OT: What took so long?”

  1. Warrior Dave:

    Yes this change is long overdue. Too bad its not for the regular season but you hit the nail on the head. TV dictates this move. Coupled with NFL egos that didn’t want to mirror the college game.


  2. Rainbow Fan:

    Rumor from a blog at another paper, that a current basketball player may not be returning.
    Also Gib may not have been informed of recruiting restrictions that may be in force, similar to those put on Nash.

    Note that Wheeler was an able recruiter who recruited Anthony Harris, Tony Maroney, Trevor Ruffin, Anthony Carter, Troy Ostler, Michael Kuebler, and Julian Sensley, Rod Flemings. Harris led the WAC in scoring during the 1995-96 season, while Maroney was the league’s rebounder in 94-95, per UH website. Also Matt Lojeski, per McInnis article.


  3. J Kurchner:

    Appreciate letting us know about it. Keep up wonderful work.


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