Oregon Ducks QB Jeremiah Masoli has been suspended by head coach Chip Kelly for the 2010 season following his guilty plea of second degree burglary. Masoli and former Ducks WR Garrett Embry stole two laptops and a guitar from a campus fraternity. Embry had been kicked off the team prior to the theft. Each faces 12 months of probation, 140 hours of community service, and together must pay $5,000 in restitution. The QB will have one season of eligibility remaining for the 2011 season.
Masoli’s crime is the latest in a series of offseason problems for the Ducks, who have kicked four people from the team including Embry, suspended two for the 2010 season including Masoli, and running back LaMichael James will be serving a 1-game suspension during the Ducks first game.
On Sunday evening, the 15th annual Living Room Times NCAA Pools will get underway. Thanks to the launch of this blog — namesake of the newspaper that originally sponsored the pools from 1996-1999 — the pools’ name will make sense again to casual readers! And, for the first time, the NIT Pool (now in its 6th year) will gain the designation of a “Living Room Times” pool, joining the Men’s NCAA Pool (which is the only one that’s actually been around for all 15 years) and the Women’s NCAA Pool (held 13 out of the 15 years).
Anyway, I need a logo for the pools (collectively — i.e., one logo for all three pools). If possible, I’d like it to emphasize the milestone “15th” annual aspect. And, to signify the rebirth of the Living Room Times as an actual entity, I’d love for the pools’ logo to use the font, called “Marriage,” that appears in the masthead of the LRT blog (and of the old newspaper, circa 1993-1995). But those are just suggestions. Only one absolute rule: the logo shouldn’t include the term “NCAA,” nor incorporate use the NCAA’s logo, both for legal reasons and because one of the LRT pools is for the NIT. Better to use “basketball” instead.
Anyway, if anyone with artistic skill (which I utterly lack) can whip up a brilliant logo in the next 48 hours or so, please e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll make the deadline noon Sunday, though that can be extended a bit if someone is working on something totally awesome and needs a few more hours. :) As per usual, the “winner” of this design “contest” doesn’t get a tangible prize, but you’ll get credit, bragging rights, eternal glory and so forth. :)
After the jump, full size-versions of the last four pool logos, with artist credit.
It’s going to be a very busy weekend, what with conference-tournament craziness all weekend, plus the St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday morning, a Great Big Sea concert Saturday evening, and of course, the Selection Show and the start of the 15th Annual Living Room Times NCAA Pools on Sunday. Meanwhile, Loyacita and Loyette are both a bit sick, so Becky’s & my hands will be full on the home front.
All of this means that, even though Selection Weekend is practically a religious holiday for me, I’ll probably have even less time than usual for long-form blogging. Thus, rather than let the homepage become totally cluttered with endless tweets, I’m going to put a CoverItLive ScribbleLive window in a new post above, which will suck up all of my tweets & FriendFeed links. (This will also give me a chance to test out the CoverItLive ScribbleLive app on my new iPod Touch.) That post will be marked as “sticky,” and will stay on top of the homepage all weekend; any new blog content will appear below it.
I also probably will not do a full-fledged “live blog” of the Selection Show, as I had planned. Oh, I’ll still do some tweeting and whatnot during the show, no doubt. (I couldn’t resist doing that if I tried!) But no live-updating “Bubble Scoresheet” this year, sorry. Instead, I’ll probably just open up the live-tweet window to live-chat comments Sunday afternoon, so if people want to stop by and chat, they can. But nothing formal.
If “March Madness” hadn’t officially arrived yet, it definitely made its presence felt yesterday. ‘Twas a crazy day of hoops, capped off by a buzzer-beating bank-shot 3 for West Virginia, beating Cincinnati and ending the Bearcats’ longshot NCAA hopes:
The day’s theme was bubble teams doing their damndest to play themselves out of the conversation, as SI’s Andy Glockner explains:
Ugh. What a day of bubble carnage. At-large contenders nationwide spit the bit, leaving a gaping hole in the bottom of the bracket and a plethora of uninspiring options for the committee to sift through.
Hey, who wants a 96-team tournament? ( … chirping crickets … )
Most notably, Memphis, UAB and Arizona State all likely killed their at-large chances with quarterfinal losses to 6- or 7-seeds, and in the process rekindled the hopes of teams like Seton Hall, which had very slim aspirations 24 hours earlier. Florida and Georgia Tech took steps forward by not losing. Washington may nail down an NCAA bid merely by beating Oregon State and Stanford. Teams like William & Mary have every right to raise their hand at this point.
Latter in the Bubble Watch, here’s what Glockner says about William & Mary:
William & Mary (21-10, 12-6, RPI: 58, SOS: 104) suddenly looks a lot more viable after so many others lost on Thursday. The quality nonleague and road wins are there, but so are three bad league losses (two at home) and a terrible national TV showing at Iona in BracketBusters. The Tribe are now rooting really hard against teams like Mississippi, Mississippi State, Illinois, Rhode Island and Washington, and pulling for UTEP and Utah State to win their auto bids.
Good Wins: at Wake, at Maryland, Richmond (also beat CAA No. 2 Northeastern twice)
Bad Losses: UNC Wilmington, at James Madison, Towson, routed at Iona
Let the record show that I’m rooting for those outcomes, too — sorry, David K. and Dmytro — both because I love chaos and because I’d love to see the Tribe get their first-ever NCAA bid. Up the underdogs! Down with major-conference mediocrities!
Brendan Loy is a 31-year-old attorney, erstwhile journalist, and veteran blogger in Denver, CO. He formerly blogged as the "Irish Trojan." Brendan's wife, Rebecca Loy, also 30, is a stay-at-home mom in Denver. Brendan and Becky have three daughters, whose blog nicknames are "Loyette," "Loyacita" and "Loyabelle." More info here. Several others blog here in The Guest Room.
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