FSU is dead to me — but Capel is very much alive

 

Transylvania, Serbia, Hades, Tuscaloosa

The Count's Final Four picks: Transylvania, Hades, the Bat Cave and Alabama.

It has been a difficult week at the Countdown, as I let my man love for Toney Douglas get the best of me, and it resulted in picking Florida State to get to the Final Four. So now, after a monumental face plant against Wisconsin — and there is the ACC’s general tournament showing in a nutshell — I wake up in the morning and look at my bracket and the entire East Regional is curled up in the fetal position, as my wife and daughter mock me, knowing I’m all but dead in our house pool for a $10 Starbucks card (which, of course, I paid for.) If nothing else, I have something in common with Braves general manager Frank Wren. He also had the Seminoles in the Final Four in his bracket. The difference is, Wren had the Noles defeating North Carolina and going to the championship game. John Schuerholz would NEVER have done that. (Sorry. That was too easy.) You can find the picks of all four of Atlanta’s GMs in this week’s Countdown. But first, we would like to commend Damon Evans for his decision to not make a decision yet. Let me explain. Take it, Count . . .

10. Grant is great, but is there somebody better?

This absolutely is not a knock on Anthony Grant, the Virginia Commonwealth coach and former Florida assistant who is on several teams’ radar. If Evans hires Grant as Georgia’s next basketball coach, he will have made a terrific choice. Grant is an up-and-coming coach from a mid-major who knows the South and should be able to recruit in Georgia and instill some life into the Bulldogs’ program. But that said, if you have the chance to talk to a head coach who already has proven himself at a major conference, why would you pass that up?

9. I’m talking of course about Bobby Knight (kidding)

Jeff Capel is a long shot -- but he's a long shot worth taking

Jeff Capel is a long shot -- but he's a long shot worth taking.

There are at least two proven coaches still in the tournament who might be open to leaving their current jobs. You know the names: Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel and Missouri’s Mike Anderson. Let’s start with Capel. Nothing against Grant. (I felt the need to repeat that.) But Capel is the one who handed Grant a winning program at VCU (50-22 in CAA conference games in four years). At Oklahoma, Capel has taken the Sooners (please note: a football school) from 6-10 to 9-7 to 13-3 in the Big 12. He is young and bright and also knows the South (born in Fayetteville, N.C., played at Duke). Now, I don’t know if getting Capel ranks as any more than a pipe dream. It’s possible he’ll choose to stay right where he is. It’s also possible he would prefer a program with a little more cache than Georgia. It’s also possible he’s just waiting for Mike Krzyzewski to retire, because logic dictates he would be a top candidate there. But I know from past conversations with Evans that he has extremely high expectations for the basketball program. It follows that he is going to aim high. This is as high as you can aim. We’ve already had one report linking Capel with Georgia. It only makes sense for Evans to gauge Capel’s interest before moving on to . . .

8: Mike Anderson: non-denial denials.

Missouri fans aren’t happy that their coach’s name is being floated everywhere while the team is in the Sweet 16. The problem is Anderson left the door open Monday. When asked about his possible candidacy at Georgia or Alabama, the Mizzou coach did not say, “I’m not interested.” He said, “We’re in the Sweet 16. We’re talking about the Memphis Tigers today.”  Anderson makes sense for Alabama because he’s from Birmingham. But Evans should like the fact he made a dent in the SEC as far back as 2004: He was coaching UAB when the Blazers upset Kentucky — which at the time, was a big deal — and advanced to the Sweet 16. Come to think of it, maybe Kentucky wants him. There’s only 16 coaches left in the tournament. If you’re really shooting that high, why wouldn’t you talk to two of them before making a decision?

7. Horford is big on Grant, but . . .

The Hawks’ Al Horford knows Grant from his days at Florida. “He’s a great coach,” he said. Some background: Grant was going to be named as Billy Donovan’s replacement when the latter said he was going to the NBA, before a U-turn. Grant stayed at VCU. When asked about Grant possibly going to Georgia, Horford said, “He’d be a great choice for them. But honestly, I don’t know if he’ll leave VCU. He has a pretty good situation where he’s at now and I know he’s real comfortable there. He might now want to go.”

6. GM’s Final Four Throwdown!!!

DON WADDELL: (Final Four) North Carolina, Michigan State, Memphis, Pittsburgh. (Title) Michigan State over UNC.

(Final Four) North Carolina, Villanova, Louisville, Memphis. (Title) UNC over Louisville.

THOMAS DIMITROFF: (Final Four) North Carolina, Villanova, Louisville, Memphis. (Title) UNC over Louisville.

(Exclamation points drive page views.) Before the start of the NCAA tournament, I asked the four general managers of the pro sports teams in town — Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons), Frank Wren (Braves), Rick Sund (Hawks) and Don Waddell (Thrashers) — to predict the Final Four teams and a champion. I considered having them do the entire NCAA bracket. But I figured Mark Bradley might sue for contest copyright

(Final Four) North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida State (out), Louisville. (Title) Louisville over Florida State.

FRANK WREN: (Final Four) North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida State (out), Louisville. (Title) Louisville over Florida State.

 

(Final Four) North Carolina, Connecticut, Wake Forest (out), Pittsburgh. (Title) UNC over Connecticut

RICK SUND: (Final Four) North Carolina, Connecticut, Wake Forest (out), Pittsburgh. (Title) UNC over Connecticut

infringement. Besides, isn’t it all about the final two minutes in basketball, anyway? Well, the early returns are in, and two of the Atlanta Four — Dimitroff and Waddell — have all of their Final Four teams intact. The difference is that Dimitroff has the Tar Heels winning the championship over Louisville, but Waddell (maybe because of his Michigan roots and his adoration of Jim Slater) went with Michigan State over UNC in the title game. You can find all of their selections below their mugshots. The winner of the contest gets absolutely nothing, beyond recognition by the Countdown and all of its mildly disturbed followers.

5. Japan conquers the World!

Japan won the World Baseball Classic over Korea. They have stolen our game. Americans every where hide their faces in shame. (Pause) OK, I’m fine now. When’s the season start?

4. Mizzou: Somebody even better than Mike Anderson.

This is Sheryl Crow, in full uniform.

This is Sheryl Crow, in full uniform.

 

This is Brad Pitt, in full uniform.

This is Brad Pitt, in full uniform.

Yes, it’s that time in the Countdown for the Cheap Page View Tool of the Week. As has been out custom, we’re trying to keep the hotties loosely related to a sports issue of the week, and also provide a picture of a famous male for the women readers. Everybody should be happy this week. While the NCAA tournament generally has been devoid of upsets, Missouri has an RPI of only 117, easily the lowest of the remaining teams. But the school has a long list of famous alums, including Sheryl Crow and Brad Pitt. So here are pictures of both. Let me take this opportunity to point out that Lance Armstrong left this woman and, therefore, is the dumbest person on the face of the earth. Regarding Pitt: It turns out that when he was studying to be an actor, he worked at an El Pollo Loco restaurant, dressed up as the chicken mascot, to support himself. But ladies: check out the shoulders!

3. Flip Murray and other unexpected developments

Guess who's coming to Philips?

Guess who's coming to Philips?

The Hawks suddenly have a three and a half game lead over Miami for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, which is kind of an important thing. They’ve won eight straight at Philips Arena, where they’re 28-7, compared to 14-22 on the road, where they just got shellacked by Cleveland. Now, I realize there’s still a lot of angst among fans about the road record. I know this from my emails. But the Hawks’ next three games are at home against San Antonio, Boston and Los Angeles. Those three teams have a combined record of 154-56 (.733). Philips Arena, Boston Garden, Neptune — I don’t care. A strong showing in these three games should tell you all you need to know about this team moving forward.

2. They’re hot! This is good news, right?

The Thrashers are 12-6-1 in their last 19 game, which is a credit to coach John Anderson because it’s not easy keeping players motivated when they’re out of the playoff race, particularly after the trade deadline when contenders turn it up. Here’s the issue: Owners and GMs tend to look at the big picture, not day to day (like coaches and players). This hot streak accomplishes little in terms of ticket sales and sponsorships. Big picture: While the play of some young players is a good sign, the Thrashers might be winning themselves out of the John Tavares sweepstakes. Tavares is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. He broke Wayne Gretzky’s Ontario Hockey League record for goals with 72 when he was 16. The NHL has a draft lottery for all non-playoff teams. But only the five worst teams are eligible for the No. 1 pick. The Thrashers’ current standing: 27th (fourth from the bottom). They are only four points behind the last non-Tavares-eligible team, Los Angeles (25th). So maybe they should slow down just a little.

1. No wonder he’s dead by October.

Coming next week: The six women Alex Rodriguez hasn’t slept with.

  Jeff Schultz, fighting to stay relevant with peeps under 40, can be reached via email (jschultz@ajc.com), Facebook, Tweeter (SchultzAJC) or carrier pigeon (exit 7a off 400).

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Basketball 101

March 24th, 2009
11:54 am

Anyone, including you Jeff, who thinks that Evans has any say so in who is hired at UGA, knows nothing about Michael Adams. Adams will hire a puppet, and puppets usually don’t make good coaches. Mike handles a knife as well as Ian McShane. Just ask his good friend, Jim Harrick.

Elmo

March 24th, 2009
12:07 pm

I think that the situation at Georgia is like that at Alabama. The Money People want somebody that is compliant and obedient. Somebody that will not be too uppity with the Football Lobby.

Cuz

March 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

Jeff we need to get together on our brackets. I got the entire East and South in the Sweet Sixteen, the other two, not so much. We could have split that $10 Starbucks card. That should have been about two small coffees anyway.

Lord Adams will have a sayso in the hire. Well he is the dictator, uh president. Wait, what’s the difference? I bet he is the one who gave Hugo Chavez that Georgia cap.

Red Blooded Male

March 24th, 2009
12:34 pm

Jeff, regarding Sheryl Crow, “looks aren’t everything.”……she can also sing!

georgia basketball

March 24th, 2009
12:47 pm

Why would someone like Capel come to coach at Georgia? Or Mike Anderson for that matter? UGA has the dinkiest, oldest basketball arena in the sec at a paltry 9,000 seats. Its more like a high school gym than a D-1 basketball stadium.

Also, Sherryl Crow is better than average looking but she aint all that. She has got to be pushing mid 40s. Lance needs a hottie in her early to mid 30s who can keep up with him.

[...] is not actually a word), Mr. Schultz believes the Bulldogs braintrust should be sure to talk to Jeff Capel and Mike Anderson before any final decisions are made.Capel is running the Oklahoma program right now and [...]

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

UGAg want’s a big name, explains why it’s still vacant. Forget it, won’t happen, nobody wants the job.

Good thing for you and Terence, knowing something about sports isn’t a requirement for this paper.

…any word on Sheryl Crow playing some AIG parties coming up like she did for the bailed out Banks?

UnderDog

March 24th, 2009
2:12 pm

Can anybody make UGA relevant in basketball for the first time since 1983?

Dave in Buford

March 24th, 2009
2:24 pm

Unfortunately, I can’t believe anyone who is coaching in the ACC or Big 12 would want to come to UGA … its not a step up. Our best hope is to attract a smaller conference coach and hope we can keep him there for four years … then if they’re successful, they’ll leave for a school in a real basketball conference.

Thats been our history and I can’t see it changing.

StingerSplash

March 24th, 2009
2:24 pm

Schultz!
Have you seen that picture of A-Rod bussing himself in the mirror? He’s not sleeping with any women! He’s too busy having an affair with himself! There’s enough A-Rod to go around for A-Rod to enjoy! Aren’t exclamation points great! LOL!

Doug

March 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

On point 10…did we not just get done being destroyed by an up an comming coach from a mid major? Why would we go back there. We need a proven leader from a top team. If it means open the checkbook then so be it.

Charles

March 24th, 2009
3:24 pm

What about Coach Metress at Augusta State? All he has done is take a doormat and turned them into a consistent top 5 program in div. II. Can’t believe Georgia will be able to get a successful coach from another D-1 school.

PTC DAWG

March 24th, 2009
3:48 pm

All the doubters of Damon, keep it up.

country boy

March 24th, 2009
3:49 pm

Jeffy Boy, Yep my brackets stink too as the ACC took a dump in this tourney. Still in shock that Wake was so pounded by Cleveland State. Like you say Toney and Fla St. should have handled Badgers. For the record nice image of Sheryl. She went thru a grunge faze a few years ago and always looked like she needed a bath.

Terrible Truth

March 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

Lance got tired of using only one square of TP per trip to the loo, that’s why he left Sheryl.

If Bob Knight wants a real challenge, Damon should fire Andy Landers and offer him the Lady Dog’s job. I’ve had no use for Landers since he said it didn’t bother him then and that it never would bother him that he has never won a national championship.

If A-Rod was stock, he would be trading for about .03 a share about now wouldn’t he?

Alphar

March 24th, 2009
4:02 pm

Why settle for 2nd tier coach like Capel or Anderson? why not coach K of Duke, or Roy Williams of NC, or Billy Donovan or Florida? I mean this is University of Georgia I am talking about. Once we have a coaching job open, anybody would die for the job.

Jeff Schultz

March 24th, 2009
4:10 pm

Basketball 101: I’m sure Adams will have “input.” That extent of that, I have no idea. But I really don’t think he would bring in somebody that Damon Evans doesn’t want.

Georgia basketball: If you say one more thing about Sheryl, I’m pulling this column over young man.

Dave in Buford: You could not work for Damon Evans if that’s your mindset.

Stingersplash: I like this photo better, after one of A-Rod’s many bimbo escapades. http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/images/gallery/alex-rodriguez-joslyn-noel-morse-masks.jpg

Doug: Point taken on Felton, although I think we all know no coach was going to do great for a few years in Athens, given the mess he inherited.

Charles: Nothing against the coach at Augusta State, but that’s quite a leap, don’t you think?

Country Boy: Given your moniker, I would’ve thought that uncleansed look would appeal to you. But alas — she has a full set of choppers.

country boy

March 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

Cold brother.

Jeff Schultz

March 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

Terrible Truth: I’m not sure I get that line — but I’m sure I don’t want to know. On Landers: I’m sure it bothers him. Every coach says that — until they win one, and then they say, “Yeah, it bothered me.” But Bob Knight coaching women — now THAT would be funny.

Alphar: OK. I get it.

Jeff Schultz

March 24th, 2009
4:14 pm

Country: You can’t just lob ‘em to me like that.

Ted Striker

March 24th, 2009
4:15 pm

Bring the hotties on. “Loosely related to sports”, loose as a goose, loose for use, whatever. Just bring ‘em.

Ted Striker

March 24th, 2009
4:18 pm

Word association: Sheryl Crow. (Country: “Bath”) Me: (”Tongue Bath”)

blufftondawg

March 24th, 2009
4:27 pm

This is Damon’s call, i’ll give him that. But I don’t think he has his heart in it, nor does he have any pressure from Dawg b’ball fans – what b’ball fans!
David Boyd could coach UGA better than Dennis Felton, and he’s a nicer guy. BTW, you might have a chance with Sheryl. She fell for a guy with one testicle, didnt she?

TW

March 24th, 2009
4:36 pm

Like the format, Schultz.

The guy who got canned at IU last year was pretty successful at OKlahome before he left. While that school might be football, they still have a history of good hoops.

All comes down to recruiting – period. Make your top five list and then hire the best recruiter. Felton is a great coach who simply could not fill the pantry in Athens. How anybody in this day and age will ever get a kid to choose our toilet of an arena over the competition’s is a mystery to me. Sure, the practice facility is a peach – but the game place sux, especially for one that is not in a city. No kid wants to play in a barn.

Ted Striker

March 24th, 2009
4:44 pm

Bluffton: Damon’s competitive about everything. We used to tease him over the fact he wouldn’t allow anyone else to cut his grass — he claimed he did it better than anyone he could hire. (He still thinks as much although he eventually aquiesced).

TW: I hear what you’re saying about Stegman. But UGA’s coeds trump those in most ACC schools any day.

Dave in Buford

March 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

You’re right, but my attitude is tempered by experience.

Frankly, (and this admittedly is a rose-colored glasses outlook) I can’t understand why an up and comer would NOT want to come to a school like UGA.

Basically, you’ve got an opportunity there to create your own empire (see Dooley, Vince) … if you come in to UGA and become successful at basketball, you’ve written your own ticket and can stay as long as you want. I thought Tubby had that opportunity, but I guess the Kentucky job was more important. I wonder what he thinks of that decision now?

Jeff Schultz

March 24th, 2009
5:17 pm

TED: As always, thank you for representin’ the lowest common denominator. My man!

BLUFFTON: I think you’re wrong about Damon. My sense from talking to him is he’s been psyched for this hire for 2 years now. Of course, being psyched and actually getting somebody good are two different things. … On Sheryl: Really, I mean, how hard can it be land her, right?Her last boyfriend is still riding a bicycle. I have a CAR.

TW: We agree on recruiting being priority one. I’m convinced Felton would still have his job if he had great classes last year and next year. But, he didn’t … and doesn’t.

Dave in Buford: Tubby in Kentucky obviously didn’t end well. But he did win a championship there, so safe to say it was worth it. And in the end, he left them and now Kentucky stinks. So that’s a nice bonus.

Cuz

March 24th, 2009
5:30 pm

Jeff, Tubby left before they showed him the door. After that NC he got them anything less was not appreciated. I knew Kentucky alums who would growl like a, like a, yeah like a Wildcat when his name was mentioned. Minnessotta may be cold, but it was Antartica in Lexington. Penguins, seals, Killer Whales in the fountains. Get the picture.

[...] Stephen McGhee posted a noteworthy aricle today onHere’s a small snippetWhy would someone like Capel come to coach at Georgia? Or Mike Anderson for that matter? UGA has the dinkiest, oldest basketball arena in the sec at a paltry 9000 seats. Its more like a high school gym than a D-1 basketball stadium. … [...]

1953 dawg

March 24th, 2009
5:54 pm

First of all, Evans has never made an important decision as it relates to coaches at UGA, and he never will as long as he is a puppet of Adams. If Evans had any authority at all, he would have forced Richt to get rid of his pathetic Defensive Coodinator after sitting in the stands in Athens and watching the pathetic performance of Maritinez’s defense against Alabama, and Ga.Tech. Yet all he could say is “that is not UGA football”. No joke Evans, everyone knows that except your head coach, who has a problem facing reality. So go ahead Adams and wait on a big name coach, who will laugh at you and the pathetic facilities UGA has, as well as it’s pathetic program. The other problem is that no top coach will ever work for your little puppet Evans, much less you. Looks like another Ron Jirsa situation coming for UGA!!

Edgar

March 24th, 2009
6:18 pm

Jeff, you and I have been hoping (since *”THE PUKE”*) UGA hoops can get it’s act together and start winning and not only playing in the NCAA Tournament but getting a championship. I guess I had my hopes up too high thinking Dennis Felton had finally turned the corner with the program after last year and this season UGA would win 22 or 25 games so what are we going to hope for in a coach. My eyes got big as a mason jar and I started sweatin’. Your man love is for Toney Douglas but mine is for Jeff Capel. He’s the coach that will do for hoops at UGA like Bobby Cremins did for GT. We gotta have him. He’ll not only get UGA in the MADNESS but I believe he can get the school to get him a brand spanking new arena. I saw his work this past weekend and he’s the man.

spotts

March 24th, 2009
6:19 pm

I think we were all hoping Waddell would make stupid picks. But then he goes and makes a logical choice….for once

Oledawg

March 24th, 2009
6:22 pm

1953 dawg- You ain’t no Dawg.

Cuz

March 24th, 2009
6:39 pm

Edgar, the Gymdawgs will get a new arena before the B-ballers. Maybe if the B-ballers are nice, the Gymdawgs will let them play in the Youclan Arena. It could happen.

Jeff Schultz

March 24th, 2009
6:40 pm

1953 DOG: It’s not Damon Evans’ job to tell Mark Richt to fire his defensive coordinator. It’s Mark Richt’s job to determine if Willie Martinez is doing the job. If Martinez isn’t doing the job, Richt fires him or he goes down to with him. But coaches — in any sport — should be allowed to pick their own assistants.

EDGAR: Obviously I agree. You’ve got to take a run at him.

SPOTTS: Just guessing. But I’m pretty sure if Don nails his Final Four and champion, it won’t be a factor in whether or not he keeps his job.

Bo Williams

March 24th, 2009
6:44 pm

UNC appears to be making a return to football prominence. All it needed was a coach who could restart what previous coaches had done. (Bill Dooley, Dick Crum (before he let things get away from him), and Mack Brown. Four defensive players from Mack’s last year were chosen in the first round. Could the right coach do the same thing for UGA basketball?

UGA Basketball

March 24th, 2009
6:52 pm

Didnt UGA just spend 30 million on a state of the art basketball practice facility. Facilities are not the issue. Ive been to Cameron Indoor and its a biggest dump anywhere. Doesnt hurt there program.

Facilities have been a crutch, an excuse for this team too long. The bottom line to win here any coach will have to recruit the state well. After that everything else will fall into place.

UGA Basketball

March 24th, 2009
6:55 pm

Sorry for the grammer. Been going since 4:30 am

Bo Williams

March 24th, 2009
6:56 pm

I’m confused about Cameron being analogous to a “dump”. From everything I’ve heard, It is “understated” class. Which is right? Or, are people just that different in their taste?

Jeff Schultz

March 24th, 2009
7:06 pm

BO: Losing team? It’s a dump. Winning team? It’s understated class, or quaint, or charming, or rustic.

Sharecropper

March 24th, 2009
7:32 pm

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Sharecropper

March 24th, 2009
7:35 pm

You AJC guys need to give it up. They fired the wrong people. You know have such a long list of coaches that it almost has to be one of them, except if it ain’t. Tucker the other day reported Grant was “rumored” to be a favorite, but it was a rumor started by the AJC. (Start a rumor, report on the rumor, keep the rumor alive, then say he wasn’t picked when he was never considered. Sounds like TV to me.)

Cuz

March 24th, 2009
7:41 pm

Jeff, I gotta go with Bradley on this one. Cameron is a dump, and they like it that way for some “Krazy” reason. Make it a pain, be a pain. I mean they are the Blue Devils. Just a little bit of Hades here on Earth. Is it true that Charon is in the ticket booth on game nights?

Doug

March 24th, 2009
8:45 pm

Jeff I have always been a Bobby Knight fan. What are the real odds of getting him given the Adams connection? What this program needs is some hard a.. basics and discipline. Name someone better to do what needs to be done here. I know he comes w/baggage, but I would send my son to Bob Knight.

Ted Striker

March 24th, 2009
9:16 pm

Doug: The odds of UGA “getting Knight” are nil — UGA doesn’t want Knight.

Terrible Truth

March 24th, 2009
10:36 pm

“Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, those pesky occasions where 2-3 could be required.”
Sheryl Crow
April 19, 2007

Gee, Jeff, your pop culture Wonderlic is in the Percy Harvin range isn’t it? :)

Brendan

March 24th, 2009
11:38 pm

Jeff, the Thrashers have played a lot better since they dumped Havelid, Schneider and Christensen at the trade deadline. Addition by subtraction? Maybe. But the “youth movement” seems to be taking shape for the Thrashers. One wonders why Don Waddell didn’t embark on this path starting in 1999. By 2005, his Thrashers were the oldest or 2nd oldest team in the NHL. We certainly can’t call that a “youth movement.” But, I suppose, the drafting wasn’t there between 1999-2003. Nikulin still hasn’t bothered to report to camp! Geez, I can’t even call that being “fashionably late.”

Waddell’s NCAA picks actually look halfway decent. I give him credit. I also give him credit for some better drafting since 2004. It’s nice to see the organization TRYING to develop its draft picks. But, another truth is … Waddell had eight (8) Top 10 picks with which to mold and shape this franchise. (Stefan (1), Heatley (2), Kovalchuk (1), Lehtonen (2), Coburn (8), Valabik (10), an 8th overall that he traded, twice, in 2005, and Zach Bogosian (3).

Did he succeed? Well, before you answer, Jeff, keep an eye out on the Columbus Blue Jackets. The CBJ’s are poised to make the playoffs for the 1st time in their franchise history. And if they manage to win ONE GAME in the playoffs, it will leave the Thrashers as the only “winless” team in the NHL, in terms of the playoffs. How did Columbus get there?

After a 73-point campaign in 2007, which was one-point LESS than the previous year, they canned then GM Doug MacLean, hiring … (say it with me!) Scott Howson. Who was Scott Howson??? It’s a fair-enough question. Well, he was an Assistant GM with the Edmonton Oilers, who just wanted a chance to be a full-time GM in the NHL. Anywhere in the NHL.

Now, Jeff, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t you offer FREE ADVICE to Thrashers co-owner Bruce Levensen in April of 2008 … that what he should do was (1) contact Brian Burke to see if he still had any interest in the Thrashers GM position, (He’s with Toronto now!) and (2) talk to any and ALL Assistant GM’s around the league about coming to Atlanta. And (3) above all, didn’t you advocate that “Doing Nothing” was the ONE (1) thing they should NOT do, back in the summer of 2008?

Well, Jeff. Are the Thrashers “moving in the right direction?” Last year, they had 76-points. This year, they “could” get back to that mark. Technically, 82-points is still theoretically possible. I’m estimating 74-points. I wouldn’t be totally surprised to see 78-points. But if it is FEWER points than last season, what should the consequences of that finish be?

Should Waddell be fired? Should Anderson be fired? Should Dan Marr, Head of Scouting, be fired? Should Kari Lehtonen’s goalie coach be fired? Or, once again, should no one be fired? I’m just curious, is all.

KP

March 25th, 2009
12:59 am

UGA basketball is getting ready to explode. What will bring a big time coach to Athens? $$$$$$$ No doubt about it! Its all about the money and UGA is loaded and ready. I can tell you, the Dawg nation has seen enough of being the whipping post of the SEC. Get ready Dawg fans this next coach will bring a strong winning record to A-town. You mix a good coach in this breeding ground state that has excellent players every year…. LOOKOUT! You might need that new arena to hold all the fans that want in!

JustaThought

March 25th, 2009
7:30 am

Capel is going to be Virginia’s next coach, or he’s staying at OK. Why leave OK to come to Athens, try to rebuild a program when he’s already started to rebuild OK. Basketball is identical “second class” at both schools, and neither the Big 12 or SEC basketball is much better that the other.

Keeping It Real

March 25th, 2009
9:11 am

If Anderson and Capel were to read this blog, they would never consider coaching at Jawja. Felton gave up a good position at Western Kentucky to come to the football school. Big mistake. Bring in someone with nothing to lose. Someone like Bobby Knight. It sure would be entertaining to hear him tell the Jawja fans to go to hell when they get on him for losing.