Do as I say, not as I do

November 28, 2007

This is my own little op-ed with incessant ramblings. Hey, give me a break, I’m a blogger (not a journalist) and you have to bare with me while I piece together the random jumbled thoughts that the hamster in my brain is generating!
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Can you see the surprised look on my face when the world found out that Mayor Nagin didn’t vote? NOT! Really, do we really care if he did vote or not? Should we be surprised he couldn’t make it to the polls? Should this make the front page? Do we really want his vote? Did he have a shred of credibility before we found out this Earth-shattering breaking news? NOT!

What about those Jersey cops at Hooters? Who the heck really cares (except their wives)? Why is this front page news??? If there was discrimination and racism – I care – but who cares about Hooters pictures? That is all anyone got out of the article anyways.

If there is one thing the Princess of Positive (yours truly) can’t stand, it is hypocrites. Vitters preached family values and then visited a brothel. I did not have sexual relations with that woman & I did not take steroids are recent lies. However, if those involved were preaching no infidelity and no performance enhancing drugs – they are not only liars but hypocrites! I think as Americans we should expect hypocrisy from our politicians and leaders. Not that we have to like it or condone it – but accept that they will say what we want to hear. Then again, we are all hypocrites at some point in our lives. Or are we?

(this post can also be found at my personal blog, Kiss my Gumbo-come visit and don’t hesitate to shop there )

Redbirds need a W’ with Bradley coming in

The Pantagraph Bloomington, IL January 30, 2010 | Jim Benson NORMAL – Lloyd Phillips doesn’t seem to grasp this Illinois State- Bradley rivalry thing.

Or maybe he sees it better than most.

It will be a sold-out Redbird Arena at 4:35 p.m. today when ISU and Bradley renew their Interstate 74 rivalry for the first time this season. Yet to Phillips, the Redbirds’ senior point guard, all he can think about is stopping a two-game losing streak. go to website fox sports midwest

“It doesn’t matter who we play right now. We need a W,’ ” said Phillips. “Hopefully it will give the guys some extra energy and motivation to come out and play hard because we need it bad.” ISU (14-7) and Bradley (10-10) are stuck in a logjam in the middle of the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Both are 5-5 in the league and tied for fourth place with Drake and Missouri State, a game behind Creighton but only a game ahead of Southern Illinois and Indiana State.

When ISU coach Tim Jankovich was told about Phillips’ comments, he approved.

“Maybe it’s a mistake, but I don’t want them to think this game is any more important than the next two. That’s a dangerous trap,” said Jankovich. “I’m glad to hear him say that because we haven’t talked about it.

“I love rivalry games, but only because I like the crowd noise. The louder a crowd is the more fun it is for everybody. There’s a little different energy in the building. That’s what it’s all about. I wish every game was a rivalry game. But, at the same time, they count the same.” Bradley coach Jim Les agreed.

“You get into a situation where they’re all important and all big games,” said Les. “That’s the way we like it. This one more so when magnified by the proximity, rivalry and so-called bad blood.” Asked what he meant by bad blood, Les smiled when thinking about his playing days with the Braves in the 1980s.

“I’m not sure I dislike Jankovich as much as (Dick) Versace disliked (Bob) Donewald,” said Les. “Jank is a nice guy. That makes it difficult to dislike him.” There are only eight games left until the Missouri Valley Tournament in St. Louis. That should make jockeying for seeding position in the next four weeks interesting.

Phillips was under the mistaken assumption the top four teams avoid the play-in round in St. Louis. The top six seeds actually gain byes into the quarterfinals on March 5. site fox sports midwest

“We all know we have a challenge ahead of us right now, and we have to start winning starting (today),” he said. “We can’t be 5 to 10 (in the league). That would be a rough spot to be in for the Valley Tournament.” Bradley lost four of its first six Valley games before an improved defensive effort led to a three-game winning streak. However, Creighton went into Carver Arena on Wednesday and handed Bradley a 73-68 defeat.

ISU could have trouble matching up with Bradley’s two leading scorers – 6-foot-5 junior guard Andrew Warren (14.8 points per game) and 6-6 sophomore forward Taylor Brown (13.7 ppg). Junior guard Sam Maniscalco was named Valley Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 20 points on 57.9 percent shooting in victories over Southern Illinois and Evansville last week.

Coaches in sneakers Both coaching staffs will be wearing sneakers instead of dress shoes today as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend. The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches to raise cancer awareness.

—————————————————————– ——————-Redbird essentials Bradley vs. Illinois State Time: 4:35 p.m.

Site: Redbird Arena, Normal Television: Fox Sports Midwest, Comcast Chicago Radio WJBC-AM (1230), WJEZ-FM (98.9) Records Bradley 10-10, 5-5 Valley; ISU 14-7, 5-5 Series history/last meeting: Bradley leads, 61-47 (ISU won 69-65 on Jan. 31, 2009).

About the Braves: Bradley was picked to finish sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference in a preseason poll of coaches, sports information directors and media … Andrew Warren, who sat out last season with a foot injury, is the leading scorer in Valley games only at 15.8 points, while Sam Maniscalco is tied for third at 15.1. Maniscalco needs 16 points to become the 43rd player in Bradley history to score 1,000 … Freshman forward Jordan Prosser of Eureka, who was the Pantagraph Player of the Year last year, is being redshirted.

Next up: Wednesday at Indiana State, 6 p.m.

Prediction: Illinois State 66, Bradley 62 Probable starters (Scoring, rebounding averages) BRADLEY F – Taylor Brown, 6-6, So. (13.7, 6.7); C – Will Egolf, 6-9, So. (8.2, 5.2); G – Sam Maniscalco, 6-0, Jr. (11.9, 2.7); Chris Roberts, 6-4, Sr. (9.9, 4.2); Andrew Warren, 6-5, Jr. (14.8, 5.0).

ILLINOIS STATE F – Dinma Odiakosa, 6-8, Sr. (11.5, 8.3); Jackie Carmichael, 6- 9, Fr. (7.5, 4.5); G – Osiris Eldridge, 6-3, Sr. (16.9, 3.5); Lloyd Phillips, 5-10, Sr. (10.9, 2.0); Alex Rubin, 6-1, Jr. (4.9, 1.1).

Jim Benson


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