Hoops stuff. Hey, remember the Auburn women? They're hosting a get-together at the Buffalo Connection to watch the Selection Show early Monday evening. That should kind of kick ass, partly because the only drama is whether they're a 1 or 2 and whether they miss UConn, so it should be mostly celebratory. Also, partly because I always liked the wings there and am stuck with "BW3's" or nothing up here.
Take a moment to sympathize with Quantez Robertson, please, who as a senior has seen his minutes and role cut dramatically. One of the few positives about that sort of thing is that you're due the requisite "he's a senior who's just happy to do whatever he can for the team!" fluff piece (not that Robertson doesn't deserve it), which came out today ... with the name "Robinson" in the headline. I'm sure it's not the first time Quantez's surname has been altered in this fashion, but still.
Also worth reading is this breakdown of what Auburn's been doing with themselves in Tampa while they wait to become the last team to play their first game in the SEC tourney. (I recommend blog reading.) It has to be a weird situation--by the time Auburn tips off, it'll be after 10 p.m. local time. How a team would respond to that, I doubt anyone would really know. It makes me nervous, frankly.
Lunardi. Andy Bitter updating us on the thoughts of the web's preeminent bracketologist reminded me of something I've meant to mention for a couple of days: if there's any team Lunardi has am unhappy history with, it's Auburn. In 1999, Lunardi had Auburn as a No. 2 seed, claiming Stanford had the better body of work. Miss! In 2003, he had Texas Tech as the last team in the field, Auburn as one of the first four out. Surprise! So where Auburn's concerned, his word's not quite gospel.
Hey, other sports. Not much is going on in Auburn football right at the moment, but Lifetime of Defeats had a nice look at where he thinks Auburn's Pro Day prospects might get drafted (or not). That James Swinton might get even a courtesy phone call from an NFL team is kind of baffling. Also out there in the football blAUgosphere at the moment is Acid's newest edition in the "Tubby's Greatest Games" series and the Auburner wrote this:
He's the Benjamin Franklin of Auburn football. You know that everything he says is true because his name is Eltoro Freeman or “the bull-free man”.Genius.
Over on the diamond, Auburn's riding a nine-game winning streak against sub-par competition ('Bama excepted ... WAIT! 'Bama not excepted, ha ha ha!). The Tigers move up a level today when they start a three-game series up in Knoxville against the Vols. PPL has both your preview and an early ratings-based guess at how many wins Auburn's going to finish with this year.
I'll be back tomorrow a.m. Enjoy the game, everyone.