How old is too old to use the snapchat app? In sports news, FSU hoops is toying with our emotions by flirting with tournament chances. I'll be honest, I gave up hope on this college basketball season weeks ago and I am not about to get my hopes up only to be let down. However, it does appear that the Noles could somehow make the dance with a victory over Syracuse this weekend. So go support your Noles at the TLCCC, or don't, whatever.
The Noles did enough good things last night up in Chestnut Hill against Boston College to get the victory. There were 24 lead changes and 10 ties which made for a watchable college basketball game. We also explore who the hell number 5 was for Boston College because he is the personification of college basketball. For those who want your Seminole fix as well, don't fret, there is some FSU praise as well.
FSU baseball is down in Tampa playing USF today and Jameis Winston is in the lineup, which always moves the needle. Jeff also tells us a story about how he acquired the television that currently sits in his bedroom. If you learn anything in this segment, it's that your favorite sports talk radio host is very ostentatious.
More on the Seminoles victory over Boston College last night. Aaron Thomas was especially good, scoring 26 points on just 14 shots. FSU is officially a bubble team with one game remaining against Syracuse, who has not exactly been a powerhouse of late. Perhaps the best news of all is that Florida State is most likely a lock to make it aboard that NIT trolley! Ding Ding!
Rick Ankiel is retiring. In case you are unfamiliar with him, he was the guy who could not throw the ball over the plate to the point that it was embarassing. He reinvented himself as a major league outfielder and even had a season in which he hit over 25 home runs. I would post the video of Ankiel throwing up on himself on the mound, but unfortunately Major League Baseball polices their videos like the Gestapo.
We know how much you all crave the hockey talk here in Tallahassee. The Tampa Bay Lightening traded their captain Martin St. Louis today to the New York Rangers. St. Louis has turned into quite the villain around the Bay Area, especially after he reportedly requested a trade after his GM, Steve Yzerman did not include him on the initial Olympic roster for Canada.
The second hour of the show closes by breaking down Leonard Hamilton's celebratory fist pump during Florida State's victory over Boston College last night. He rarely shows emotion on the sidelines, but last night was quite the exception. Upon further review, it was more of a shimmy shake than anything else. Its nice to see Coach Ham let loose every once in a while.
Both Okaro White and Aaron Thomas were very efficient last night. Always good when you're shooting a high percentage and getting to the charity stripe. Can FSU actually beat Syracuse this weekend? The Orange has been struggling mightily of late, dropping another game last night to Georgia Tech.
How good of a baseball player would Jameis Winston be if he dedicated all of his time to it? We already have seen what he can do on the mound, but he showed today against USF that he can also swing the bat a little bit. No doubt that hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things to do in sports, especially when you can't practice year round because you're to busy winning Heisman Trophies and National Championships.
Kevin Sumlin, the head coach of Texas A&M is not a big fan of the spring game, essentially calling it worthless. We here at the JCS tend to agree with this notion from Sumlin. When is the last time you watched a spring game with your football thirst satiated? The answer is never because it simply does not happen. Not only do you not learn anything about your team, but most teams don't even play an actual game. Yet we will all tune in to watch the Noles in a few weeks.
We are excited today on the JCS to have Graham Gano joining us later on in the five o'clock hour. Gano was the first kicker we had in a long time that didn't suck and he also was an outstanding punter. We endearingly refer to Gano as "Onions" on this program for his propensity to convert clutch kicks. Gano recently signed a long-term contract with Carolina and therefore no longer needs to wear pants according to Jeff. FSU hoops has an important game tonight against Boston College with tourney implications!
Are you getting pumped up for FSU hoops big game tonight up in Boston? No? Ok, me neither. But in an effort to get you into the basketball move enjoy this gif of the Detroit Pistons' Brandon Knight. Watch and enjoy as Knight rises up for a very low percentage transition three-pointer. He is so confident in the shot that he sticks the pose only to see the ball hit the side of the backboard. The best part of the clip in Rasheed Wallace holding up the three from the sidline in the suit, only to shamefully retreat to his chair. Go Pistons! Oh wait, this was supposed to be about Nole hoops...oh well.
They are contemplating moving the extra point back in the NFL. It would make the extra point a 42 yarder, which would eliminate the "free point" mentality that is currently associated with the extra point. This also could make the two point conversion more desirable. This might not be welcomed by the more traditional fans, but here on the JCS we like this idea and would like to see it happen. Perhaps we will get Graham Gano's opinion on this matter later in the show.
This segment is only for all you kids out there who want to grow up to be degenerate gamblers. Time to bet some NBA games and make some money, although tonight's slate is tough. We also introduce you all to "the big salami." No further explanation of the big salami will be given, you're just going to have to tune into the segment.
Mr. Schoffel of the Tallahassee Democrat joins us live from Boston as the Noles are getting set to play Boston College on the hardwood this evening. Do the Seminoles actually have a shot at the dance? I don’t think so, but let’s see what these so called “experts” think. We also get some interesting opinions on court storming. Seminole baseball also warrants some discussion as they have had a very nice start to their season.
Any of you out there remember FSU's trip out to Boulder, Colorado back in 2007? Or perhaps you remember when that reporter got run over by Ralphie the Buffalo. Jeff certainly does, but even though the Noles got the win, this is not a fond memory for him. The best part about this segment is an old Jibo Fisher quote from that game against the University of Colorado. This was back when Fisher was a coordiantor and he was not pleased with the play of his offense. We then juxtapose his quote with good ole Bobby Bowden's. It is appointment radio folks.
I was busy doing some other things during this segment so I'm not exactly sure what it is about, but what I can tell you is that we do play some sound from John Goodman from "The Big Lebowski" and because that is an all-time classic movie, you should tune in for that reason alone. If you do not, then clearly you do not love America. Let's be honest, you're probably not even reading this part of the blog anyway, you just want to hear what Graham Gano has to say later in the program.
Are you ready for some meanigful college basketball? Because the Noles have a big game tonight up in Chestnut Hill against Boston College and tourney implications are on the line. Jeff explains during the segment why playing the Boston College Eagles is personal for him. It's actually quite odd that this is the college basketball team that he takes issue with, but hey, we all have our quirks.
Time for Onions to join the show! Our favorite FSU kicker and friend of the program Graham Gano joins the show to reminisce about his time spent in Tallahassee. Gano also reveals some interesting stuff about his time in Washington with the Redskins. Mike Shanahan was kind of a douche and you hear why from Onions himself. All is good now however as Gano is happily singned to a long contract with the Carolina Panthers.
To wrap up the show, Jeff explains his disdain for FSU fan day. If you are an adult, you should probably agree with him or else you welcome shame being brough upon you. Also, while Jeff loves America he is not a fan of the "Proud to be an American" song. I have to agree with him on this one, hopefully middle America (aka hell) is not listening on their apps for this one.
If you're looking for Oscar talk then this is not the program for you. FSU baseball took 2 out of 3 games from bitter rival Miami over the weekend. As for FSU hoops, they got a win over Georgia Tech and somehow are being considered a bubble team. I still have this team riding on the NIT trolley, but apparently the pundits are placing the Noles amongst the teams who have a chance and the dance. Like how that rhymed? I miss football season.
Jeff and Tom are both die-hard Bucs fans and therefore are both very disappointed in the Bucs new uniforms. There is a lot going on with plenty of colors and designs, resembling that of an arena league team. They even invented a new color called "Bay Orange." Perhaps you can all take solace in that Bucs fans, but it is not going to make those uni's any easier on the eyes.
Do you still watch the Oscars even if you have not seen any of the movies involved? It's always fun to watch actors celebrate how great they are at making ridiculous amounts of money for pretending in front of a camera. We're so lucky to have people like Leonardo DiCaprio , who is essentially saving the world with his great on-screen performances while driving a fuel-efficient vehicles. Don't worry sports fans, we talk more about football in this segment than anything else.
The JCS acknowledges the University of Florida's success on the hardwood thus far. They have looked like the best team in the country this season and have a good chance to make a run toward a national championship. While they are a hated rival, you have to respect what Billy Donovan has been able to do over in Gainseville. Unfortunately for Donovan, while he is a champion, there is nothing he can do about his Eddie Munster-like appearance. We also talk streaks in sports and if any of them will ever be broken.
If you want to make money just bet against the New York Knicks. The Eastern Conference has been an abomination this year, with only two teams (Miami and Indiana) that have an actual shot of winning the championship. Sure, there plenty of teams tanking but the best part about the Knicks being bad is that they will not have a lottery pick to show for their misery. If you do not like NBA talk then you should probably skip this segment all together.
FSU hoops added another win to its resume over the weekend by beating Georgia Tech. The Noles have shown the ability to score the basketball all season and it was certainly on display last night. While the tourney hopes are slim, there is a chance FSU could make the dance if they get a win against Syracuse this weekend and win a few games in the ACC tournament. I still think Florida State is headed for a ride on the NIT trolley.
The JCS takes a closer look at Florida State's victory over Georgia Tech yesterday. The Noles are finally starting their best players and allowing them to play big minutes and it has paid off. Funny how when your most talented guys stay out on the floor it results in victories. Somehow FSU hoops still has a heartbeat as far as the NCAA tourney is concerned. Makes those home losses to Miami and Clemson all the more painful.
This week's Vision Check is featured around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers new uniforms. The new threads are colorful, to say the least. As if it was bad enough that the actual football product isn't any good but now atrocious jerseys get added to the mix. Why do we need all these colors? Why is the "Bay Orange" sprinkled in and why do the numbers look like a digital alarm clock? Why are we paying homage to the creamsicles anyway?
The first ever MLB replay happened today in a spring training game...so did it really happen? It's going to be interesting to see how this works throughout the long season. The replay lasted over two and a half minutes which is about twice as long as Bud Selig and the league offices would prefer.
The 49ers are getting tired of Jim Harbaugh. He must be pretty unbearable because San Francisco has been nothing but successful since he arrived there from Stanford. Perhaps this also lends credence to Richard Sherman's extreme disdain for his former coach who he claims ruined his draft stock.
FSU baseball was down in Tampa yesterday to play the New York Yankees. As you are well aware of, there was no show yesterday because Jeff made the trip down there. While the Yanks did not employ the services of their full roster, it was still fun to see the Florida State support down in Tampa. The stands were full of folks sporting the garnet and gold as the National Championship continues to be celebrated.
The NFL combine is over and we talk the biggest winners and losers for the Noles. Terrence Brooks probably improved his stock the most with his showing. The safety ran the fastest 40-yard dash of the bunch and also had the highest vertical leap. Brooks was always a guy in the shadows of the "star" players throughout his career, yet always made plays.
How will Johnny Manziel fare in the NFL? He relies almost exclusively on his mobility to make plays which could be problematic for him in the league. Manziel took plenty of hits in college and it will only get worse for him playing against pros. Personally, I just hope "Johnny Football" continues to wear ridiculous Halloween costumes while taking advantage of the privileges his celebrity grants him.
Jimbo and Jameis signed many autographs and shook plenty of hands yesterday in Tampa. Something everyone is going to have to get used to considering Florida State is the National Champion. Jimbo Fisher even threw out the first pitch, but unfortunately coach did not throw from the mound. At least he fired it over the plate, which is more than what can be said about a certain local radio host.
If you do not watch True Detective then you are severely missing out. That show has become the highlight of my sunday now that there is no football. We talk about show watching etiquette amongst friends. Do not be the guy that sends the spoiler text. There is also some baseball talk sprinkled in.
The NFL is considering banning the "N-word" from being used by its employees. This seems like it will be difficult to police and is certainly a very polarizing topic. Since I am not exaclty qualified to discuss this topic (being that I'm extremely caucasian) I'm going to run to the parking lot for the rest of the segment.
FSU hoops got themselves a nice victory in Pittsburgh over the weekend, keeping those NIT trolley hopes alive! The JCS has discovered a very simple statistic involving Okaro White and Florida State victories. There are many variables involved, but at it's simplest form, when Okaro is on the court, good things happen for the Seminoles. The problem with the Noles winning this game is that it makes those home losses to Clemson and Miami all the more frustrating. But we give credit where it is due and certainly Okaro and the rest of the Noles' squad deserve some props for a nice win.
You don't need the JCS to remind you that Jadeveon Clowney is a freak of nature. The dude ran a 4.53 in the 40 and is all of 6-6 and 266 pounds. As for your Seminole news, they finally hired a linebackers coach and his name is Bill Miller. Also the ACC Championship game will remain in Charlotte until 2019. If this news makes you unhappy, feel free to tell us where you would prefer to have this game.
We cover quite a few topics here. The Daytona 500 happened this weekend, even though nobody in this studio saw it. Congrats to Dale Earnhardt Jr on the victory. Hulk Hogan is making his return to wrestling tonight on RAW, will you be watching? Brett Gardner got himself a big contract, does he deserve it?
After arguing about wrestling during the break, we get back to some baseball talk. Major League Baseball has tweaked some of the rules regarding home plate collisions. Essentially the new rule allows for players to collide with the catcher if they demonstrate an intent to reach the plate. Not sure this new rule would have helped Buster Posey at all, as Scott Cousins was just trying to get a run on the board. Hopefully this will eliminate the unnecessary collisions at the plate, but I'll selfishly miss them.
More discussion about the new rule concerning home plate collisions. Fortunately replay will be used by umpires to determine whether or not the collision was legal. This conversation is strangely familiar to the one we have about targeting in football in that it puts all the pressure on the one initiating the contact. In other words, the baserunner is just like a safety patrolling the middle of the field. It will be interesting to see how this plays out during the season.
Somehow we talk about video games here in this segment. The X-Box One has not sold very well compared to the PS4. This leads to some talk about how awesome MLB The Show is. Unfortunately Jeff has never completed a season because he is too busy with having a wife, two kids and a job. Makes me appreciate all the free time I have on my hands so much more. We also sprinkle in some conversation about Florida State's new coaching hire for the football team.
A 19-year-old kid was arrested for threatening to kill New York Knicks' owner James Dolan via twitter. While threatening via social media is pretty weak, it's simply perfect considering the train wreck that is the Knicks. Not that we condone threats here on the JCS, but it is awfully difficult to be a Knicks fan. Just ask Tom Lang. For those of you who care not about fun stories making fun of the Knicks, we pepper in some combine discussion as well.
All of you die-hard FSU baseball fans will appreciate this segment. Granted that the sample size is small, FSU has been very impressive on the diamond thus far. The starting rotation has been great and Jameis has been pretty close to perfect as a closer. The biggest concern for this team will be the offense, especially once they get into conference play.
Florida State’s win at Pitt was actually enjoyable to watch. The Noles’ success appears to be heavily reliant on Okaro White’s minutes. It’s pretty simple, when White plays big minutes, FSU wins. Unfortunately there will be no tournament appearance for Florida State this season unless they can somehow win the ACC tournament. Either way, it was nice to see FSU hoops get a road victory in a difficult environment.
The quarterbacks in this year’s class have not been very impressive. From Johnny Manziel to Jordan Lynch, none of these guys are turning heads at the combine. Teddy Bridgewater is the guy most scouts are projecting to be the first quarterback taken, but even he is failing to jump off the page. But hey, at the end of the day, EJ Manuel was the first passer taken in last year’s draft so I guess anything is possible. Let’s ask Lewin his opinion.
Time to check up on how some of our Noles are performing at the NFL combine. James Wilder Jr put up a less than stellar 40 time (4.86), while Telvin Smith ran sub 4.5, with his best unofficial time coming in at 4.41. As for Seminole baseball, they are now up to being ranked No. 2 in the country and have some really fun guys to watch. The Noles remain undefeated on the baseball diamond and will travel to Tampa tomorrow to play the Yankees.
Why are official and unofficial times so different in the 40 yard dash? If there is such a discrepancy between the two, why not just wait for the official? Taking a break from sports, the world lost a very funny man today in Harold Ramis. We reflect on his great career in the world of comedy and if you are not familiar with his work, you should get familiar. Thanks for making us laugh Harold, you will be missed.
USA hockey lost a tough one to Canada earlier today and therefore will not be winning gold in Sochi. Instead the men's hockey team will have to settle for the bronze medal game, which nobody watches. FSu baseball host Georgia today and perhaps the most pertinent question is why does Georgia suck so much? Teams in the south are supposed to be good at baseball. Oh well, things get started at the Dick Houser at 4:00 PM, who's calling for a FSU sweep?
While you might not want us to talk about it, we must mention the upcoming FSU hoops game against Pitt. There is still an opportunity for the Noles to board the NIT trolley, and what could be more fun than some "ding ding!" Seriously, what's more fun than the ding ding? Also, LeBron is still really good and proved it last night when the Heat beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Oh, and North Carolina stormed the court after upsetting Duke.
Johnny Manziel is officially under 6 feet tall, but fear not all of you who are obsessed with the measurables because "Johnny Football" has some big hands! Do with that what you will, and its a bit confusing to me how much importance is placed of height and weight when it has nothing to do with whether or not a guy can play quarterback. But I do know one thing, big hands cannot be a bad thing for a quarterback. Grip that ball Johnny!
Terrence Brooks is flying under the radar heading into the combine. While always overshadowed by other players, Brooks had a very consistent and very good career at Florida State. None of the draft experts have Brooks high on their lists, but if his tenure in Tallahassee was any indication, any team that does draft Brooks is getting someone that can help a team win football games.
The Noles are currently playing Georgia over at Dick Houser. This leads to a conversation on whether or not it is appropriate to keep a score book while watching a baseball game. Jeff has done it while at a baseball game, but does not condone keeping score while in the comfort of your private residence. So if you keep score at home, you're probably sad and lonely.
Apparently Jim Harbaugh was close to becoming the coach of the Cleveland Browns, but ultimately decided to remain in San Francisco where he has led his team to the NFC Championship game three seasons in a row. This move never had a chance because good things never happen to Cleveland teams, its a city with a rich history of betrayal and losing. That's not exactly Harbaugh's style.
We reluctantly talk about FSU hoops game against Pitt this weekend. The Noles no longer have any tourney hopes and are struggling for an invite aboard the NIT trolley. If you no longer care about the FSU basketball season, we won't pull your Nole card or anything...but we're certainly not letting you on the trolley. So keep that in mind as we move forward with our basketball discussion.
USA Hockey lost the gold medal but our spirits remain high around here in the studio, mostly because only Tom really cares about hockey. The ACC has been sub par at football despite having Florida State win the national title. Who else needs to step up in this conference to help get the revenue streams at a level that can compete with the SEC?
The Bucs have a new logo. It's not a whole lot different than the one they had prior. Perhaps when you mention a logo or uniform change you should actually do something that is noticeable to the human eye. Hopeully you all come out to the Midtown Pass and celebrate their grand opening tonight of their new Irish Pub. Happy Thursday!