Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Everywhere you look, everywhere you look

So I get home around 9ish and before I check the flyers' score, I turn on the TV. Staring back at me is none other than Lori Loughlin, Aunt Becky from Full House. Apparently, she's on some ABC show now.
And then I look at the score and it's exactly what I want to see.
With the DVD cover down below, and the Dave Coulier reference in the predicition, plus this Aunt Becky sighting, there's clearly a Full House connection at work here.
If anybody sees Kimmie Gibbler, we're winning the A-10 Tournament.

The D-Zone Game Thread: Temple

Complaining about Dave Coulier? Cut. It. Out.

Temple Prediction

You know the drill by now. When we play on the road, we lose. Temple 74 - Dayton 65.

How does Dave Coulier not make the cover of the Full House DVD? Talk about a big-time snub. Game thread tonight? I'll be in the D-Zone...

Know The Flyers' Foe

Once again, it's time for Know The Flyers' Foe. I'm Uncreative Commuter, and I will hopefully tell you some things you didn't know about Temple University and its Owls.

First, the basics...
Game: Dayton (16-11, 6-8 Atlantic 10) at Temple (12-15, 6-8)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007
Location: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia
Time: 7 p.m. Eastern
All Time Series: Temple leads 14-8

Temple's last time out: Junior Mark Tyndale scored a career-high 37 points as the Owls defeated visiting Charlotte, 81-69, Saturday.

Temple had lost three in a row before the 49ers came to the Liacouras Center, and Leemire Goldwire did his best to extend that streak to four with 20 of his 26 points in the second half. However, Tyndale's performance was better. he made 14 of his 17 shots from the field and was 5-for-5 from beyond the arc. His 37 points was three most in Liacouras Center history.

Temple led by 12 (43-31) and by as many as 17 (70-53) in the second half before Goldwire scored 11 straight points to cut the lead to six. Temple held on in the final five minutes to earn the victory.

Dionte Christmas scored 13 points for Temple, as did E.J. Drayton of Charlotte.

About Temple University: One of the largest Philadelphia-area universities, Temple was founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell and was originally named Temple College in 1888. In 1907, Temple became a fully-accredited university, and it is now the 28th largest in the United States.

TU is a state-related university in Pennsylvania, which means it receives public funds and offers reduced tuition rates for Pennsylvania residents. However, the school is under independent control. The University of Pittsburgh is the same way.

The school has an enrollment of 34,000, roughly 9,000 of which live on campus.

Temple's athletic teams are known as the Owls, and that goes back to when it was a night school. The school was among the first to sponsor extracurricular athletic activities for its students. The Owls are members of the Atlantic 10 except for in football. Temple is transitioning into the Mid-American Conference after being a NCAA Division I-A independent. Temple also plays in the Philadelphia Big 5 with Villanova, St. Joseph's, Penn and La Salle.

Temple's women's basketball may be the school's most successful program. The team is guided by Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley, and the Owls have had four NCAA Tournament appearances under her (2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006).

Famous alumni: Notable Owls include Bill Cosby, crazy-ass Tom Sizemore, NBA player Aaron McKie and comedian Bob Saget. Oh, in case you are curious about who is on the Full House box, other than Saget. From left to right, the Owl as Uncle Jesse, a box of Jell-O pudding as crystal-meth addict Stephanie, David West (to make up for not having any fun graphics for Xavier) as baby Michelle, Saget as Danny Tanner, Bill Cosby as Uncle Joey and John Chaney as D.J.

About the Owls: Led by first-year head coach Fran Dunphy, the Owls have been hot and cold this season. They've had a three-game winning streak and a four-game winning streak. However, Temple has also had a five-game losing streak and two three-game losing streaks.

The Owls are led by Dionte Christmas and Mark Tyndale. The pair are looking to become the first teammates to finish one-two in scoring in the A-10. Christmas has led the league all season and currently has a 20.3 average per game. Tyndale upped his scoring average to 18.4 per game with his 37-point performance Saturday against Charlotte.

Temple has won the last three meetings against UD, including a 53-51 victory in January 2006. UD is 4-11 against the Owls since joining the A-10, and Brian Gregory has only one win against Temple.

About the logo: It is what it is. It's an Owl. They do have a mascot at games, and its name is "T-Bird."

Uncreative prediction: I could be called "Captain Negativity" instead of Uncreative Commuter because I don't see UD winning another game this season. Temple big – 72-54.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

What's That Press Credentials? for whatever reason the world has not officially recognized Peanut Butter & A Blanket as a "legitimate" media outlet..but that isn't stopping us from attending tomorrow night's matchup between the Temple Owls and your very own Dayton Flyers. Granted it cost us $41 (maybe it can be written off as a "business" expense for next year's taxes), but we will be there live and in color.

Sadly our dear old friend and inspiration for the Owl mascot, John Chaney, will not be there..otherwise full sticks apparel would be in order for the travelling Flyers. That's not stopping us from giving you a full report of the Liacouras Center, and running diary complete with too many Bill Cosby references.

So if you're listening (since there's no TV coverage), when Larry and Bucky mention some peculiar young man with a blanket and jar of peanut butter cheering'll know it's us.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Observations from Another Loss to Xavier

It took a lot to get me to sit down at a computer at this hour of the night, frustrated as I am with this Flyers team and the world in general, but here I am. I'd be lying if I said I thought we had a shot going into the game against Xavier. And yet, I sat there, cheering when good things happened (every time Charles Little touched the ball) and, for some reason, acting upset and shocked when bad things happened (seriously, when does Justin Doellman graduate?).

Begin random thought sputtering... now.

Is there any doubt that this team is infinitely better now that London Warren is running the point? Sandoval fills a role, but he's definitely not the answer to any prayers... at least not any that I've said. Calling Rita, the queen of Flyer Feedback... better prayers needed on aisle 75.

Is it possible that Kurt Huelsman is even whiter than Sean Finn? I haven't decided, but coming from St. Henry, Ohio is certainly giving the blanc-o-meter a huge boost. If it turns out that he shares anything at all in common with Finn (other than free throw shooting) then we're all in for a real treat the next couple of years. I have faith in him yet; he's grown a lot in just a few months.

Can we please insist that Rudy Flyer stick to either the flight suit or the bomber jacket? If there's possibly anyone whiter than Sean Finn or Kurt Huelsman out there, then Rudy in a jersey proves it. And lose the T-shirt.

Charles Little is a man among boys. If this guy had a jump shot from 15 feet, he'd be unreal. He'd also be playing somewhere besides Dayton.

Whether you like Brian Gregory or not, don't look to Oliver Purnell as your shining example of what can be done at Dayton. First, take a look at how his Clemson team that went undefeated out of conference is doing in the ACC... ouch. Second, look at his recruiting classes in the last two years. White, Cripe, Bennett, Spears? This guy knew that Waleskowski and Finn would punch his ticket to the big show and lost interest. BG is still cleaning up the mess.

And yes, D'Artangan (namesake of the Xavier mascot) is easily the lamest of the Musketeers and not just among the most famous; he's the lamest of all the Musketeers. Just look at the movie examples of Disney's "The Three Musketeers" and "The Man in the Iron Mask." Aramis: Charlie Sheen, Jeremy Irons. Porthos: Oliver Platt, Gerard Depardieu. Athos: Kiefer Sutherland, John Malkovich. Malkovich, Platt and Irons are awesome in anything and Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer of FOX's "24") is obviously the most badass man on the planet. But D'Artangan?: Chris O'Donnell, Gabriel Byrne. Seriously, Chris O'Donnell sucks in everything (thank you for "Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin," I want my money back) and who the hell is Gabriel Byrne?

So we got swept by Xavier this season, it could be worse. We could have gone to school there.

Cheap shot... yeah, I did it.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Same Old Crap

Dayton loses to Xavier again. Larry says "The gap isn't as big as you may think" between UD and Xavier. There used to not be a gap at all.


There used to be a time where the UD-Xavier rivalry actually was one. We couldn't win there, and they couldn't win here. The gap has gone. We can't beat them anywhere.

UD is not a program on the rise. Next year had better be better than this.

Now let's see if this group is even going to win another game.

Xavier Game Thread

Where the spirits of Sammy Smith and Dedrick Finn collide.

Dayton vs. Xavier.

We need to win this.

(I have to work and will not be participating in any discussions. Stupid job.)

Know The Flyers' Foe: Xavier

So, with the whole "Real World" and "Work Deadlines" and all that crap, I was unable to write a Know The Flyers' Foe for Xavier. But I don't feel that bad about it. If you don't know your rival, I can't help you.

Nonetheless, I will tell you what I think.

• David West is still a whiny fucking bitch.
• Romain Sato lived in Dayton and went to Xavier. That's straight treason.
• Xavier has two mascots and they're both lame. Archduke McRapist and the fat friend of the Cookie Monster. I'd be happy if someone clubbed them in the legs.
• I hate Xavier as much as I hate Michigan, and I'm a big Ohio State football fan.
• The Cintas Center is overrated.
• The only reason Xavier doesn't have football is because they'd get crushed by UD every year, worse than that Marshall scrub team did in "We Are Marshall."
• Marianists > Jesuits
• UD = One Final Four Appearance. Xavier = the alma mater of Ken Blackwell.
• And lastly, there's a reason it's the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy and not the McCafferty/Blackburn Trophy.


Still A Bitch

What Sammy Smith thinks of Xavier

Sammy caught wind of this little blog experiment, so during free time at the nuthouse, he fired off an email to me, chronicling a few of his thoughts on Xavier.

David West killed Barbaro.

In their Michael Bolton – Mike Bolton situation, Xavier’s Stanley Burrell is the no-talent ass-clown. MC is too legit to quit.

Michael Bolton likes Xavier.

Cincinnati is called the queen city because the hills that surround it resemble a crown. Or something.

The Cintas Center is ugly.

Justin Doellman has been in college for seven years.

Xavier is run by Jesuits, and Jesuits are crazy.

Will Caudle sucked.

I could beat up Johnny Wolf.

There is no Xavier blog with a ridiculously clever name, inspired by my own insanity.

Xavier recently held a ‘Nearly Naked Mile’ to benefit charity. The girls were too ugly to make it a naked mile.

Xavier Newswire isn’t nearly as good a campus newspaper as the venerable Flyer News.

Thad Matta used to speak extremely quietly at post-game press conferences.

Xavier sent Romain Sato bobbleheads to members of the media a few years ago, promoting his player of the year candidacy.

I hate Romain Sato.

Xavier is now apparently giving away blue blob bobble bodies.

Xavier’s campus is not in the D-Zone.

To our knowledge, Xavier does not have anybody named Bucky affiliated with its program.

I still love peanut butter.

Xavier people like to say, ‘Xavier Football: Undefeated since 1973.’ They don’t have a team, so this is what they say. Funny. Clever, even.

The French word for musketeer is mousquetaire. In Spanish, it’s whale’s vagina.

I love lamp.

Xavier hasn’t had nearly as many awkward white centers as Dayton has had.

A kid from my high school went to Xavier. He was not cool.

According to Wikipedia, Xavier’s official mascot is named D’Artagnan. I’m pretty sure he was the worst of the three musketeers.

Byron Larkin, Barry’s brother, does radio commentary for Xavier.

Barry is the better Larkin.

If O.P. had played me back in the day, I would have owned Xavier.

That guy who kidnapped me is a Xavier alum.

We drove through Cincinnati on our way to Texas and took a detour past the Xavier campus, and the guy goes, “If you had gone to Xavier, we wouldn’t be driving to Texas right now.”

And I was like, “No way, man. I’m out of my fucking mind. This is destiny. Can you pass the peanut butter?”

Friday, February 23, 2007

Xavier Prediction

This is blasphemy. I can't believe I'm about to type it. Please don't hold this against me in the future. In fact, let's just pretend this never happened, OK? Good.

Xavier 83 - Dayton 72

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

St. Louis Game Thread

There wasn't one of these for the UMass game. So, if a game happens in a forest and no one is around to talk about it on a little known blog, did it really happen?

Yes. Shit. They lost to UMass.

(Not in a forest, though)

Any win would be nice right now. May the spirit of Sammy Smith be with you.

Know The Flyers' Foe: Saint Louis

Welcome to another thrilling Know The Flyers' Foe. I'm Uncreative Commuter, and I will give you the lowdown on the Saint Louis Billikens.

First, the basics...
Game: Dayton (16-9, 6-6 Atlantic-10) at Saint Louis (16-10, 6-6 A-10)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007
Location: Scottrade Center; St. Louis, Mo.
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern
All Time Series: Dayton leads 18-17, including the two meetings last season. UD won both of those games by two points, including an overtime win at the Scottrade Center last season.
Previews: Dayton Daily News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Last time out: A 14-2 run in late in the second half helped push Saint Louis to a home victory over La Salle, 59-55, Saturday night at the Scottrade Center.

Sophomore guard Kevin Lisch had 10 straight points during a span in the second half and led all scorers with 24 points in a come-from-behind win. After SLU's Luke Meyer scored with a jumper with 3 minutes left to tie the game 53-53, center Ian Vouyoukas gave the Billikens the lead for good with a lay-up.

The Explorers and Billikens traded the lead four times in a low-scoring first half that ended with the teams tied 23-23. La Salle led by as many as eight (53-45) with under eight minutes to play, but Saint Louis clawed back into it and evened up its record in the A-10.

Mike St. John led La Salle with 11 points, and Kimmani Barrett and Ruben Guillandeaux both added eight points.

About Saint Louis University: The oldest university west of the Mississippi, SLU is a Catholic Jesuit school. It is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Other schools include Creighton, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Saint Joseph's, Fordham and Evil Itself – Xavier.

The school's basketball teams share its home with the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League, and neither can fill its nearly 20,000 seats. Things should get better for the Billikens when they move into a yet-unnamed on-campus arena. The construction began in August 2006 and will cost $80 million. The arena will have more than 10,000 seats, a training facility, state of the art locker rooms and a practice facility that can hold 1,000 spectators. The arena should be ready for the 2008-09 season.

The men's soccer program is SLU's most successful, winning 10 national titles, with the last coming in 1972-73. U.S. soccer player Brian McBride was a Billiken. SLU does not have a football team.

Saint Louis joined the A-10 with Charlotte in 2005. The A-10 is SLU's six conference since 1937. The Billikens have been affiliated with the Missouri Valley Conference (1937-1974), the now-defunct Metro Conference (1975-1982), the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now known as the Horizon League (1982-1991), the defunct Great Midwest Conference (1991-1995) and Conference USA (1996-2004).

Notable alumni include President of Nicaragua Enrique Bolaños and James Gunn, the guy responsible for the awful Scooby-Doo movies. He wrote both and will pay for his sins in the afterlife.

Current President and CEO of the Anheuser-Busch Company August Busch IV and NBA basketball player Larry Hughes were also Billikens.

About the Billikens: The Flyers will see a similar team in the Billikens. Saint Louis has played well at home and just as bad on the road. Both teams have 5-1 conference records at home and 1-5 marks on the road.

The Billikens are led by sophomore guard Tommie Liddell. He leads the team in scoring with 16.2 poins per game and is tied for the team lead in rebounding with 7.2 boards per game. Liddell has become a shooting threat from beyond the arc this season, shooting 50.5 percent (46-of-91) from long range after making just two 3-pointers last season. Lisch and Ian Vouyoukas also average double figures for SLU, with 14.6 and 11.0 respectively. Vouyoukas has struggled recently, however, and was benched against La Salle. He had been a first-team all-Atlantic 10 player last season.

SLU is coached by Brad Soderberg, who was the coach at Wisconsin before Bo Ryan took over.

OK, so what is a billiken?: Other than an unusual nickname for athletic teams, it was a charm doll created by Florence Pretz of Kansas City, Mo., who said she saw the billiken in her dream. In 1908 she pantented the billiken with pointed ears and an elf-shaped face. The billiken was actually named for an Ohio native – then president William Howard Taft. The dolls' manufacturer had earlier named a line of bears "Teddy" bears after previous president Theodore Roosevelt.

Essentially, the billiken was a fad toy in the early 1900s, but SLU still has its athletic teams named after the doll.

Uncreative prediction: I have nothing to back this up, but I think UD is going to rally around Monty Scott's injury for these last four games of the regular season. I'll take the Flyers over SLU, 57-51.

St. Louis Prediction

I could never be a college basketball coach for one reason; OK, OK there are actually dozens (if not hundreds) of reasons. Anyway, there would come a point in a season like this where I'd just say, "Screw it. We suck. I'm forgetting about this season and playing for the future." Then I'd roll out a three-guard starting line-up of Warren, Roberts and Johnson with Little and Huelsman as my "big men" for the rest of the season. We'd get beat by 20 every game, but I'd convince myself it was worth it to get the young guys more game experience. I'd play each of the freshmen 25+ minutes a game, and I'm certain I'd be fired shortly thereafter.

As for the game, Flyers on the road = Flyers lose.
St. Louis 53 - Dayton 46

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Farewell Monty Scott

Monty Scott, the player former Dayton guard Brooks Hall once said "There goes the best basketball player on campus," this when Keith Waleskowski was still there, has finished his career as a Flyer.

Scott, who had injred his knee earlier this season, re-aggrevated it during the loss to UMass on Sunday. An MRI was done, and shown he had torn his patellar tendon, which I assure you, I have no idea what that means, but certainly hurts.

Brought in by former coach Oliver Purnell, Scott was a partial qualifier, who took his first year at Dayton to get his academics in order before joining the team. Like his senior season at UD being cut short, his career mirrors that, as he never seemed to meet the high expectations that were put on his shoulders, even before he donned the Red & White. At times, Scott seemed hesitant and for his size passive on the floor, while occasionally teasing us with his flashes of brilliance both inside the key and along the perimeter.

Regardless of both the highs and the lows, we will miss Monty Scott, since no one's collegiate career should be cut short due to injury, especially since his last game at UDArena not only was a loss, but was not on Senior night..a night he would have had all to himself being the only senior.

However, Brian Gregory if you're reading this..Sammy Smith does still have a year of eligibility left

Saturday, February 17, 2007

UMass Prediction

I hate to be the one to say it, but I smell blowout in this one. The Flyers finally got that elusive first road victory in their last game, but I’m predicting UD falls for the first time at home this season on Sunday.

The obvious reason to pick UMass in this one is its dominant frontcourt. Rashaun Freeman averages 16 and 8, and Stephane Lasme gets 13.4, 9.6 boards and 5.2 blocks per game. Among UD’s “big men,” Norman Plummer averages 8.5 and 5 while Charles Little scores 8.7 points and grabs 4.2 rebounds a game. By the way, Plummer and Little come off the bench, and I’m scared to death at the thought of Kurt Huelsman and Jimmy Binnie trying to match up with Lasme and Freeman. Oh, and one last thing, Lasme has 130 blocks this season. As a team, the Flyers have 72.

The pick: Lasme flirts with a triple-double (think 13 points, 11 boards, 7 blocks) and UMass blows the Flyers out of the gym (sadly). Minutemen 71 – Flyers 58.

Know The Flyers' Foe: UMass

Welcome to the second Know The Flyers' Foe. I'm Uncreative Commuter, and I will be taking you through a crash course on the UMass Minutemen.

First, the basics...
Game: UMass (18-7, 8-3 Atlantic-10) at Dayton (16-8, 6-5 A-10)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007
Location: UD Arena; Dayton, Ohio
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern
All Time Series: Dayton leads 7-5

Last time out: The Minutemen won for the first time in seven years at Rose Hill Gym Thursday night, 74-59, over Fordham. The win moved UMass one-half game behind A-10 leading Rhode Island in the standings.
Redshirt junior Dante Milligan had a happy birthday and homecoming in leading UMass with nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds. The New York native was celebrating his 23rd birthday. Senior Brandon Thomas had a season-high 12 points, and fellow senior Stephane Lasme had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
UMass led by three (30-27) at halftime before blowing the game open in the second half. Lasme had 12 points in the second half, and Gary Forbes had 11 in the period. The Minutemen pulled away with a 26-9 run to start the half.

About UMass: UMass is actually the University of Massachusetts Amherst. UMass is a five-campus public university system – UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell and the UMass Medical School. The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers over 90 undergraduate and 65 graduate areas of study. It has an enrollment of 22, 812. Famous alumni of UMass include crappy NBA player Marcus Camby, crappy former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ron Villone, crappy actor Bill Pullman and the crappy founder of Jeff Taylor. Not so crappy coaches have called UMass home too, such as Louisville's Rick Pitino and Boston College's Al Skinner.

About the Minutemen: Second-year head coach Travis Ford has certainly turned things around quickly at UMass. After a 13-15 2005-06 campaign in which the Minutemen finished a pedestrian 8-8 in the A-10, UMass will likely be one of the favorites in the upcoming conference tournament. Of the Minutemen's seven losses, most have come against quality competition (Pittsburgh, Boston College, Kentucky, Miami (Fla.), Xavier and Temple). Basically all but Miami (Fla.).
This is been one of the best seasons for the Minutemen in recent history. In fact, before its loss to Temple Feb. 11, UMass led the A-10 for the first time since 1998.
It has been a big year for UMass athletics, with the success of the football team highlighting the fall season. UMass advanced to the Division I-AA National Championship game before falling to 28-17. It was also the final year UMass would play football in the A-10. The conference's 12 football teams will compete in the new Colonial Athletic Association's football conference next fall. Last Spring, the men's lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA title game as well. The Minutemen were unseeded and defeated three seeded teams (Cornell, Hofstra and Maryland) before losing to top-ranked Virginia.

About the logo: Pictured to the right is Sam the Minuteman, which is probably the only situation where being called Sam the Minuteman is not a problem. Sam was second in the 2005 Capital One Mascot of the Year competition, losing to Nebraska's Herbie the Husker. More recently, Sam was in a "This Is SportsCenter" commercial, knocking a tennis ball away from Andy Roddick.

Uncreative prediction: It's at home. That's pretty much all that needs to be said this season, even though UMass may be the best team that has graced the UD Arena floor. Flyers 63, UMass 59.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Frank Igoudala does indeed live

Yes, that's right, the man who chipped his tooth on the rim during a dunk contest at midnight madness is alive and well.

How do I know this? Because I found him on myspace. Yes, Frank the Tank is indeed a myspacer.

Now I don't feel that it's right to encourage stalking by posting a link to his page. All I'm saying is that if you do a search for 2004 UD grads living in Philadelphia who list "basketball" as one of their "clubs", then you might come across the legendary Frank Igoudala.

That is all.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Trail of (Muske)teers

I fear that Xavier is going to win the Atlantic 10 Tournament for the second consecutive year and for the fourth time in the last six … and I am going to cry.

If this happens, Xavier – the team I loathe and detest with every inch of my being – will appear in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six seasons … and I will cry.

Dayton – the team I love, adore, cheer for and follow to what is probably an unhealthy extent – has made the Big Dance just twice in that span. UD has not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1990. The Musketeers, in the same time frame, have won NINE tournament games, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2004.

A few weeks ago, I attended the UD-XU game at the Cintas Center. While there I spotted a sign in the Xavier students’ section which read, “You’re not our rival.”

At first, I merely laughed it off, assuming this particular student was yet another uneducated slob who carried a picture of David West in his wallet. Though I’m certain my assumptions about this individual are correct, his message left a bitter taste in my mouth. I got to thinking: does he have a point?

Now, to bring this up on a website full of Dayton Flyers fans is probably blasphemous. In Flyer country, there is no bigger date on the athletic calendar than when the hated Musketeers come to town. This is the day when you set your alarm for 9 a.m. to wake up and start drinking (as opposed to the more commonly practiced rolling out of bed at noon or one and starting to drink). This is the game that makes enduring the Gramblings and the North Carolina A&Ts of the world all worth it.

Yet I couldn’t help but wonder: if one team is consistently more successful than the other; consistently makes the postseason (and even wins sometimes); consistently sends more players to the NBA; and beats the other team 22 straight times on its home floor, how much of a rivalry actually exists?

Of course, different people will use different criteria to define a rivalry game. For example, Dayton and Xavier play in the same conference and play twice each season. That certainly is the basis for a rivalry. Geography is another element, and scale of the rivalry can factor into the equation. Just because the game is not of the same echelon as, say, Duke and North Carolina doesn’t mean UD and XU should not be considered rivals.

Nonetheless, one humble (and disgruntled) Flyers fan wishes the “rivalry” was a little more equal, especially lately. I’ve grown tired of players coming in with tons of promise and limitless potential, only to see them fail to fulfill it. I’ve become tired of teams which are not well-coached and which peak in early December instead of in March. I’m tired of hoping against hope for an NIT bid when an NCAA bid should be the goal with the NIT a mere fallback.

Mostly, though, I’m tired of that school 50 miles to the south of UD which seems to be able to get the most out of its athletes, which seems to peak at just right the time each season and which seems to expect to participate in the Big Dance.

In the end, Dayton-Xavier will still be considered a huge game. And you could even make a case for it as the biggest and fiercest rivalry in the Atlantic 10 (not that that’s saying much these days).

If the Musketeers fall at the hands of the Flyers on February 24 and bow out early in the A10 Tournament, they will most likely miss out on NCAA Tournament play and my outlook will change drastically. But if (and when) Xavier wins the conference tourney while UD misses out on postseason play entirely for the third straight year, I’ll be nothing short of distraught as I cry myself to sleep on that fateful Selection Sunday night.

Monday, February 12, 2007

No Game Until Sunday-What's A Fan To Do?!!

8 Days...that's right 8 days between the last Dayton Flyer basketball game, and the next one. Some people might go out of their mind..some of your bloggers are past that point. But have no fear, Peanut Butter and a Blanket is here! (We're gonna get sued from the people at Underdog for using that phrase).

Continue to come back here for more coverage about America's favorite basketball team that plays their home games right off of Edwin Moses Blvd. For those who can't wait though, here's a couple of tips to fill your Flyer needs

1) You can play as Dayton on March Madness 07..they even have Rudy..we love Rudy

2) Find old broadcasts of classic Dayton games such as
-Dayton v. DePaul in 1984
- Dayton v. Marquette in 2003 (and gloat about beating Dwayne Wade)
- 2003 Atlantic 10 Final v. Temple

3) Rename your foosball players for Dayton favorites (my goalie is Greg Kohls)

There's many more ways to quench your Flyer thirst, but these should get you started..or divorced.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Recap: Dayton Flyers 69, St. Bonaventure Bonnies 62

The Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and OJ didn't do it. Maybe it's time to start believing again, after the Dayton Flyers snapped their winless streak on the road, defeating St. Bonaventuire, 69-62, Saturday afternoon.

In the first half, the Flyers came out slow, at one point fronting the Bonnies a 14-point lead. With neither team looking spectacualar, or even servicable (case in point the leading scorer for the Flyers was Charles Little. While there's nothing wrong with Charles Little being the leading scorer, there's a lot wrong when he's the team leading scorer at the half with..4 points), the law of averages would say one team would come out strong in the second half. This time the law of averages chose Dayton.

The Flyers came out strong, making 10 straight field goals, including 6 of freshman Marcus Johnson's team-high 13 points. While things seemed well in hand, slowly the Bonnies chipped away at the lead, getting it within four at 59-55, thanks in part to A.J Hawkins and his game-high 24 points. That was until Monty Scott came along.

Scott, who's known to be a streaky shooter, picked the right time to turn it on, nailing a 3-pointer from the right corner that would serve as a nail in the coffin. For good measure Charles Little wrapped the coffin in duct tape with a dunk following the three.

With the win Dayton moves to 16-8 overall, 6-5 in Atlantic-10 play, which moves them into a tie for seventh place, with the Fordham Rams. UD will have eight days to prepare for the UMass Minutemen at UD Arena.

Game Notes & Other Random Facts:
-Both Brian Roberts and Monty Scott were held scoreless the entire first-half, only combining for 14 points for the game.

-Speaking of Roberts, his bid for the school's consecutive made free-throw streak ended last night, as Roberts missed the second of two shots in the waning minutes of the game. Roberts finishes with 34 consecutive made free-throws, good enough to tie him for 2nd all time in Dayton history with Bobby Joe Hooper back in 1965-1966. More useless info, the current holder of the streak is Damon Goodwin with 36 back in the 83-84 campaign. Who doesn't like a Bobby Joe Hooper reference every now and then?

- Sammy Smith was not in attendance for last night's game

Saturday, February 10, 2007

You're Welcome

You think it was a coincidence that this blog starts and the Flyers get their first road win? Me either.

Think about it. This blog has re-evoked the spirit of Sammy Smith. And Sammy Smith was the ultimate road warrior. He drove to Texas by himself/with an armed man. Without his shirt on. With only peanut butter to nourish him and a blanket to keep him warm.

So we'll take credit for this.

St. Bonaventure Welding School Game Thread

We can't get off this welding kick. Not even a little bit.
May Sammy Smith be with you. Discuss.

Friday, February 9, 2007

St. Bonaventure Prediction

Call us Peyton Manning because we’re getting that monkey off our back today, baby! (Bonus points for including truly awful and overused sports cliché.)

I’m taking the Flyers in a very tight game over St. Bonaventure. I think this is one of those games where UD is clearly the superior team in every aspect of the game, yet inexplicably allows its opponent to hang around. Because of their struggles on the road and their seeming inability to pull away from teams, the Flyers make this one a lot closer than it has to be. Not coincidentally, I think this is why being a UD hoops fan ultimately leads me to develop some sort of stomach ulcer by my mid-thirties.

The pick: Dayton 67 – St. Bona 63

On the road again....

Let me first start by offering my apologies to Willie Nelson for stealing the title to this blog. Willie is a fine musician, but contrary to popular belief, he is not the band director at UD. Interestingly enough, while broadcasting a UD game a few years ago on the great Flyer Radio, my partner broadcaster actually said, "Tonight's national anthem will be performed by Willie Nelson, uh, Willie Greene, um, Willie Morris the Third." This was back in my early days of broadcasting, before I learned how to keep my composure. Thus, I was hysterical for the first 5 minutes of the game. But I digress....

The reason for this blog is to talk about the Flyers upcoming game at St. Bonaventure. You've seen the previews, and you know that the Bonnies aren't very good. That being said, the Flyers are awful on the road. Actually, I don't think awful is a strong enough word to describe their road woes. I don't know if there is a word strong enough to describe how much they have stunk on the road.

Given the Flyers mediocre conference record, everyone is certainly hoping that they take care of business and pick up their first road win of the season. The only chance Dayton has at the NCAA tournament is by winning the A-10 tourney. The only chance UD has to win the A-10 tourney is to be one of the top seeds and having an easier draw. Thus, the more wins you can get in the season, the better off you are in the A-10 seeding.

That being said, how many people reading this would actually be intrigued if UD lost on the road again? I realize 8 road losses is certainly enough for anyone, but if they fall apart this weekend, they would be entering that unchartered territory of "Can UD be the first team to win all their home games and lose all their road games since (insert team name) in (insert year)?"

I honestly don't know if this has ever happened before, and I would find out for you, but my Gooogle search for "win all home games, lose all road games" gave me over 10 million results, and I don't have that much time.

Even still, wouldn't it kind of be neat to be part of basketball history? Wouldn't it be cool to say that UD went undefeated at home, and winless on the road in 2006-07? Wouldn't it get the Flyers some much needed recognition on a national stage?

If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. True fans never root against their team, especially when they are playing the weak Bonnies. Bill Simmons of fame might be okay with "Fantanking" as he calls it, but we hear at Peanut Butter and a Blanket will not stand for it.

If Bucky Bockhorn Wrote A Column For Us..

We here at Peanut Butter & A Blanket pride ourselves on having a creative, opinionated and sometimes knowledgeable array of contributors. Over time, perhaps we'll even have some, we'll call them special guests. For the time being, we can only imagine (since our budget can't support paying guests, but the finance department has given us the green light for dreaming).
We present to you, If Bucky Bockhorn Wrote A Column For Us

Back here at UD Arena..err I mean the Bockhorn living room, we've got 15 minutes left in this column before dinner's ready. I'll tell you what though, Ms. Bockhorn makes a mean casserole.

Let's talk about the Dayton Flyers. We're 15-8 going up to St. Bonaventure's and I'm more excited and scared than...a cat. I mean we haven't won a road game since it seems like well, 1958 when I was drafted in the third round.

But I'll tell you what, we need to get the ball to Brian Roberts more often. We're only getting him 15 shots a game, we need to just clear out and let him score. If Brian Gregory would do that, we'd be at least 16-9. We also have to be patient on offense. I mean maybe we should let that female astronaut teach us patience and sacrifice. If anyone can, I mean she wore a diaper while driving 900 miles..that's patience and sacrifice.

Like my good buddy Larry Hansgen says, it's time to warm up the bus..we shouldn't be heading to Tank's, we should be heading to victory..and maybe we can see if RaMond Marshall can still play for us. It's time for me to head to dinner as it's Me 6 and the Mrs. 8 with 3 minutes to go in Jeopardy. This is your ol' pal Bucky Bockhorn with the final score..I mean saying goodbye from Peanut Butter & A Blanket

Thursday, February 8, 2007

So who is this Mickey Perry?

I noticed while reading the comments for the Fordham game (otherwise known as a conversation between stonemill and Secaur) that there were some questions regarding future Flyer shooting guard Mickey Perry. Perry is a 6-2 guard who transferred from the University of Wisconsin and will eligible to play for UD following the 2007 fall semester. He will ultimately have 2 and 1/2 years of eligibility at Dayton.
Now for a little bit of background on Perry. He comes from a very strong high school tradition at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. Proviso alumni includes Doc Rivers, Dee Brown, Michael Finley and Shannon Brown. His senior season, Perry was third team all-state and averaged 20 points, 7 assists and 5 boards a game. He was rated as a three star recruit by coming out of high school.
After redshirting his first year at Wisconsin, Perry showed signs of his potential during the Badgers summer trip to Italy where he averaged 7 points and 2 assists a game while shooting 60% from the field. Despite his success there, Perry was buried on the bench at Wisconsin this season and was only averaging 3 minutes and 1 point a game.
The general consensus regarding Perry is that he is a pure shooter who was expected to play an important role at Wisconsin in the future. One thing that is undeniable is that after spending a season and a half learning under Bo Ryan, Perry should be a strong defender by the time he takes the court for the Flyers. It seems that Perry has the potential to be quite a catch for Coach Gregory down the line.
That's all on the recruiting front for now, but with the high school season wrapping up there will be a lot more to come soon.

Tryin’ so hard to hide the way they feel

From Bearded Flyer:

Know The Flyers' Foe

Welcome to a new feature here at Peanut Butter & A Blanket: Know The Flyers' Foe. I'm Uncreative Commuter, and I will be taking you through a crash course on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. Each "Know The Flyers' Foe" post will give you the basics, history and some fun facts about the Flyers' next foe.

First, let's get the basics out of the way..
Game: Dayton (15-8, 5-5 Atlantic 10) at St. Bonaventure (6-17, 3-7 A-10)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
Location: Reilly Center; Olean, N.Y.
Time: Noon Eastern
All Time Series: Dayton leads 10-8

Last time out: The Bonnies got 23 points from sophomore A.J. Hawkins, but that's about the only good thing that happened to SBU in a 109-70 drubbing Wednesday at Temple.
Atlantic-10 leading scorer Dionte Christmas scored 31 points and Dustin Salisbery added 21 for the Owls. Christmas shot 12-of-18 from the field, including 6-for-11 from beyond the arc. Mark Tyndale had a double double with 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Dion Dacons added 16 points and 10 boards for another double double.
The Bonnies also got double-figure efforts from guards Zarryon Fereti (14) and Tyler Relph (13).
The Owls led 47-38 at halftime and blew the game open with a pair of 9-0 runs early in the second half. Temple also out-rebounded SBU 49-21.
Temple moved its record to 47-6 against St. Bonaventure, and the Owls have won the last nine meetings.
St. Bonaventure has lost three straight and gave up 100-plus points for the second straight game. The Bonnies lost 111-92 at home to Duquesne Feb. 3.

About St. Bonaventure and his university: The easy joke would be to say St. Bonaventure is the patron saint of welding, but that's not fair. St. Bonaventure lived in the 1200s in Italy. He was born Giovanni di Fidanza and was a Franciscan theologian. SBU was established by the Franciscan Brothers in 1858 and is located near Olean, N.Y. It has just under 3,000 students.
SBU is partly known for its student media. The school's campus newspaper, The Bona Venture (how creative!), has been published since 1926, and The Laurel is the nation's oldest continuously published college literary magazine. Also, it's student radio station, WSBU, is ranked No. 2 nationally by The Princeton Review.

About the Bonnies: Some people think the nickname is a little lame, but it's mascot could have been Waldo the Welder (see above). Actually, athletes at SBU used to be called the Brown Indians. Yup, not just the Indians. The Brown Indians. Classy.
Anyway, SBU has produced some pretty talented basketball players in the past. Hall of Famer Bob Lanier played for the Bonnies and led the school to the Final Four in 1970. The last SBU player to reach the NBA was J.R. Bremer, who played for the Celtics and Cavaliers in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Hall of Fame NBA coach Chuck Daly also played for SBU.
The basketball program took a big hit in 2003 when it was found that the school had accepted a juco transfer whose only academic credential was a welding certificate. The university president, basketball coaching staff and athletic director were all dismissed. The Bonnies have been pretty bad at basketball ever since. Anthony Solomon is the Bonnies' head coach.
Both the men's and women's basketball teams play at the Riley Center Arena, which holds around 5,800.

About the logo: No, Waldo the Welder is not the athletic logo, but the wolf behind him is. Word is that SBU uses a wolf in its logo because of a legend about St. Francis. He could apparently speak to animals and once convinced a wolf to stop attacking a town. Rudy could so kick a wolf's ass though.

Uncreative prediction: If UD is ever going to win a road game, this is the one. Flyers 69, Bonnies 57.

Next: Bonnies

Those were good times, when the Bonnies had to forfeit all those games.
I wish Jan van Breda Kolff was still involved.

JvBK: Probably coaching seventh-grade girls' basketball these days.
But if you have a welding certificate, he'll make room for you.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Recap: Dayton Flyers 57, Fordham Rams 45

In tennis they call it holding serve, which is exactly what the Flyers did Wednesday night, as they won their 14th straight home game, 57-45 over the 2nd place (yes you read that right) Fordham Rams.

Once again, it was the play of junior guard Brian Roberts leading all Dayton scorers with 18 points. While not his solid self shooting (case in point: 6-15 from the field, including 4 missed layups), Roberts set the tone for Dayton from the charity stripe, going 4-4 and proving why he's the Atlantic-10 leader in free-throw percentage at over 90%. As he has shot well from 15 feet away, often the free-throw has been Dayton's achilles heel, turf toe and any other 21st century injury you can think of. However, that was not the case tonight, as the team shot 80% going 12 for 15.

It wasn't just Roberts providing the offense, Norman Plummer and Monty Scott each finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds, going with a bizarro Flyers offense, instead of pushing the tempo, Dayton slowed the game down and often ran the shot clock to 10. Defensively, the Flyers held Fordham's top scorer Marcus Stout to 12 points and forced Bryant Dunston into first half foul trouble.

The encouraging news, Dayton has moved to 5-5 in the Atlantic-10 good enough for a tie of 8th place with Saint Louis . Now it's on to St. Bonaventure for what could perhaps be, the first road win of the season and a step towards the ever..ahem.. elusive NIT bid

Fordham Game Thread

I don't know if this is technically a big game, but it's a big game for everybody here at peanut butter & a blanket. The first time we're "covering" a game. We'll always remember you, random Wednesday in February.

"Discuss the game in the comments section," he said to the all-star cast and the people he thinks somehow already found this blog.

Fordham Preview

Remember the halcyon days when Fordham was the most guaranteed of guaranteed wins?

Those days were gone last year, and they haven’t returned.

I miss those days.

The Rams come into tonight’s game with a 6-3 A-10 record. That’s good for second place. They were riding a five-game winning streak before fellow upstart Rhode Island posted a 45-44 victory Saturday at Rose Hill Gym.

Bryant Dunston – who we all knew would be very good when we saw him two years ago as a freshman – was a bright spot against Rhode Island. Actually, more than a bright spot. He scored 29 of the team’s 44 points and missed only two shots.

For the year, Dunston is only the second-leading scorer on the team. Fellow junior Marcus Stout averages 15.3 points per game to lead the way.

So this one will not be easy. But it is at home, and we all know what that means. Sadly, I don’t like saying that, even if it’s a good thing. This home-road craziness is too much of a bad thing.

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: UD Arena

All-time series: UD leads 16-5

Last meeting: Fordham won for the first time in its last seven tries against the Flyers, topping UD 66-56

What it means: With eight games left, the Flyers just need to win, regardless of what those wins mean in terms of a postseason push. UD could get back to .500 in the A-10 with a victory.

Good luck to the Flyers and good luck to you, dear reader. May the spirit of Sammy Smith be with you. Enjoy the game.

Fordham Prediction

I thought it would be cool to post a quick prediction before every game. I’ll offer a very brief breakdown and then an educated guess on what I think is going to happen in the upcoming Flyers game. Also, it’ll be fun to look back at these and say stuff like, “Secaur, remember the time you predicted we were gonna beat Pitt and then we lost by 30?”

As for tonight’s game against Fordham, I’m predicting the Flyers remain unbeaten at home. UD had actually played pretty good defense early this season before giving up 80-plus points in four of the last seven games (including an abysmal 93 to Duquesne). I say the Flyers return to their resilient defensive ways, Brian Roberts scores 22 with no other Flyer in double figures, and UD wins it 61-54.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

An imaginary letter to Bucky Albers (or: the origins of peanut butter & a blanket)

Dear Bucky,

Honestly, I miss you.

I never thought I’d say it, sir. I really didn’t. You probably didn’t think I’d say it, either, since you don’t know who I am, per se.

But nonetheless, I wasn’t your biggest fan. I thought things had passed you by a little bit. Your leads were occasionally corny. Your style, a little strange. And this one time, you talked about how the student section was chanting Norman Plummer’s name, but instead of just writing “the student section was chanting Norman Plummer’s name” you wrote, “ the student section was chanting nor-MAN plum-MER.” It was entirely unnecessary and on top of that, you put the emphasis on the wrong syllables. They were chanting NOR-man PLUM-mer. This bothered me.

Anyways, I was sort of looking forward to seeing how the DDN’s coverage of the Flyers would evolve once you retired.

Well, Bucky, it sucks. I mean no offense to Doug Harris and the rest of the crew, but it sucks. It just does.

Somebody decided it would be a good idea to run tiny little stories with the same pre-fabricated structure. Essentially, they cut way back, at least in comparison to the days when I was a regular reader.

And so, with the DDN sucking, I’m left scouring every corner of the internets for interesting stories about the Flyers. I’ve found some good things. Message boards help. The official site gives you some good nuts and bolts.

But it’s not enough.

Enter this little corner of the internets. Of course, it would be stupid if I was trying to provide myself with information by creating something myself. Vaguely counter-productive, I would imagine.

So I’ve enlisted the help of the all-star cast you see listed on the right side of the page. These people are all UD alums. They’re all talented, smart, insightful, sexy and funny.

Together, we’re going to give this thing a shot. As the season winds down, we’ll bombard the world with opinions, recaps, reactions, previews, randomness and anything else that strikes our fancy (including repeated references to our namesake, Sammy Smith).

We will try to be funny. We will try to be smart. We will try anything.

If, by some miracle, you’ve stumbled across this blog, please come back again real soon. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

And, Bucky, if you read this, I really do miss you.



Sunday, February 4, 2007

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