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Thanks to StatsTweet!

Providence has been pretty bad against the spread this year, sporting a 2-5 record ATS.

They only covered versus Charlotte (PC was getting 3 pts and they won outright) and Brown (PC was favored by 16.5 and won by 26).

I think it’s going to be a real tight game tomorrow, so IF I condoned gambling, I would recommend taking PC and the points.  Cuz you know, gambling is illegal.

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Some Weekend Links

dave@friarblog —  December 19th, 2008 10:47 PM

While we anxiously await Saturday at 4PM for the BC game (and for those of us in NY, start to shovel and break our backs), here are some links from around the Big East Blogosphere to help pass the time (and ease the back pain)

Update: I’m an idiot, its Flynn not Floyd!

PC mention on Deadspin.com!

Some female writers wrote about “Shocking college sporting traditions”

Waxing Off: Undie Run, Naked Pogo-Sticking, And Darth Vader’s Boobs

Jess Mac:

I love Providence College with all my heart, but it is a sorry excuse for a Division I school. We don’t have a football team or a baseball team. We don’t have any chants besides “THIS SIDE GO…..THAT SIDE FRIARS….GO……….FRIARS” and our fight song is “When the Saints Go Marching In” (seriously). Our mascot is a man of the religious order for Christ’s sake AND hits more threes fucking around during timeouts than any of our starting guards. Perhaps the most disappointing shortcoming, however, is the fact that no one ever made up a lasting song or chant exalting God Shammgod (probably something about “thou shalt not have any other (Shamm)gods before me). So to make up for all of this, the PC study body concentrated on another favorite pastime.

Binge drinking.

One of the curriculum requirements at PC was a two-year long course in Western Civilization that was supposed to make us “well-rounded” and “good at Jeopardy.” All of the Civ exams were on the same day, so the night before at midnight Civ Scream would be held in the quad, pretty much just an excuse for all the upperclassmen who didn’t have the exam to get shitfaced and fill water balloons full of piss to throw at freshmen. Additionally, this was the chance for that quiet girl in your Advanced Writing class to funnel some Franzia before showing her tits as there was a vast array of streaking and flashing. The more modest streakers would don a mask (Darth Vader’s boobs bouncing around in the crisp spring air was surely someone’s fantasy) which was probably the smarter idea anyways, since the ubiquitous balloons of piss would inevitably end up hitting someone in the face, to massive applause. One year a girl decided it was a good idea to bring her pogo stick along as well. I’m positive that the Dominican fathers that founded our fair institution would have been thrilled to see a topless girl pogoing down the quad, forgetting the key fact that it’s always a terrible idea to pogo when you’re drunk. Inevitably she completely busted ass (also to massive applause), balloons were thrown, and somebody’s video of it made it to Collegehumor (I scoured that site and sadly couldn’t find it or the dignity I left behind).

So instead of the Undie Run, PC students suck down enough alcohol to kill Vince Wilfork, get naked, and pogo stick naked in front of the majority of the student body. Ahhhhh college.

H/T: twothirds

PC-BC Gamenotes Showdown

dave@friarblog —  December 19th, 2008 4:34 PM

The “Good Guys” Version

Today’s game marks the 103rd all-time meeting between the Friars and Boston College. PC defeated the Eagles, 98-89, in overtime last season as part of the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase played at the
TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The Friars have won the last two contests between the two teams. In the all-time series, Providence holds a 57-45 lead. PC is 35-15 all-time at home against Boston College, 19-27 on the road and 3-3 on neutral courts against the Eagles. The two teams first met on February 16, 1942 when the Friars earned a 64-37 win at the Rhode Island Coliseum. The last time the teams met at Conte Forum, BC earned a 69-60 win on January 8, 2005. PC’s last victory at Conte Forum was 61-52 win on February 14, 2004.

The “Bad Guys” Version

The Eagles are far from a one-man team. In fact, through the season’s first 10 games, BC has benefited greatly from a balanced attack. So far, five different players have topped the team in scoring at least once — led by Tyrese Rice (five times) and Rakim Sanders (twice). Four players — Sanders, Josh Southern, Joe Trapani and Corey Raji — have recorded at least one double-digit rebounding effort. Southern and Trapani have both registered two double-figure rebounding games.

Don’t know what Twitter is? Get with the times!

From their website:

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

So basically you can send short messages of up to 140 characters and follow people so you can receive their messages.  It works through the web, your cellphone, and other applications people build.

The man behind the great site StatSheet.com announced earlier this week a service built on top of Twitter called StatTweets.com.

Here is the about blurb:

For a growing number of people, Twitter is an important source of information and social interaction. Yet little has been done to integrate sports data in interesting ways.

Most sports-related media outlets that have a Twitter account simply blast everything through a single account. I don’t know about you, but I don’t find this very useful. I prefer Twitter updates targeted at just the teams I’m interested in. And I’m not talking about just a news feed. It needs to be as if each sports team had a twitter account and a stats geek behind the scenes tweeting interesting stuff.

That’s exactly what the StatTweets accounts are intended to do (but it is all automated). Not only can you follow just the teams you are interested in, but you can interact with each account to retrieve team and player stats dynamically. Check out the usage pagefor more details.

So what does this mean?  You can follow @ProvidenceStats and get in-game score updates, rankings, and point spreads via automatic Twitter posts.

Next time I am away during a game, I am defintely going to follow the score through this account.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

When you are away from home and trying to get scores through your phone, what do you use?

Another cool feature is that you can send stat requests to the account and it will reply with the stats!

@UNCStats #StatMe

Results in @UNCStats (UNC Basketball) sending this reply:

@statsheet FG% 51.4, FT% 71.4, 3PT% 41.1, PPG 97.0, RPG 47.8, APG 21.1, TOPG 11.4, SPG 11.9, BPG 6.0, FPG 16.6

Pretty cool stuff

If there are any existing Twitter users out there, be sure to follow me!

Since Austin Croshere don’t get any run on his team, Ryan Gomes is the only former Friar in the NBA who gets any serious playing time. So, I am going to try to give a little Gomes update after each Timberwolves game.

Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night 97-70.  70 fucking points?  It just keeps getting worse and worse.  Kevin McHale is now 0-6 since taking over as coach.  Good move!

The poor Timberwolves fans who have had absolutely nothing to cheer about lately, gave Lebron James (game high 32 points) a STANDING FUCKING OVATION when he left the court.  If that doesn’t motivate you to try and win the next game, I don’t know what will.

Ryan Gomes had his second straight night to forget.  Although he played almost 35 minutes, he only registered 3 points on 1-6 shooting (1-3 from downtown).  He also only pulled in one rebound and committed two turnovers.  Gomes also added a blocked shot and 2 assists.

Through 25 games, here are Gomes’ averages.

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30 minutes

10.1 Points

4.1 Rebounds

1.8 Assists

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Minnesota is now 4-21 (2nd worst record in the NBA).  Their next game is Saturday night against Houston.

I can’t say that on TV. I’ve never seen him talk like that, but it got us fired up.

Jeff Xavier via NewportDailyNews.com

Ah making fun of Boston College.  I really do miss them in the Big East.  At least we still have been playing them once a year.

Don’t know what Boston College is?  Let Urban Dictionary help you out!

I’ve picked out the good ones :)

BOSTON COLLEGE

Definition #9

A university (not college) located outside just outside of Boston where only 95% of the stereotypes regarding the student body and the Jesuit administration are true.

Example:

Boston College basketball player, “Come’on I have to get to my bookie so I can lay $50 on us to cover the spread on Sat.”

Boston College student, “Dude, I can’t believe that your not popping up that collar on the Lacoste polo.”

Boston College administrator, “We believe in supporting all lifestyles even those of people who are going to burn in hell or spend eternity in purgatory.”

Definition #10

A school where Bostonians are in a catch-22: They want to see a local college do well and compete in division one athletics, but since the school is comprised of douchebags, they secretly rejoice in BC’s constant failures.

See “Inferiority Complex,” “Douchebag,” “Roofies,” and “Date Rape” for further definitions

Example in a sentence:


“I went out on a date with this guy wearing a “salmon” polo shirt with the collar popped, and he took me to the Cheesecake Factory. After sipping my lemonade, I felt weird, and woke up in his dorm room without my dignity. I then realized he was enrolled at Boston College.”

Definition #11

oxymoron- not in boston and not a college…yet they still think they’re smarter than everyone else

Example:

random guy – Where do you go to school?
bc kid – I go to Boston College
random guy – you just lied to me twice. First your school is not in Boston, and second your university is not a college you fuckin fag.

Definition #12

a university outside of boston, whose top twenty-five-ranked men’s basketball team has no heart, no hustle, and is just plain embarassing to watch.

Example:


2007 Valentine’s Day massacre: Duke Destroys Boston College on BC’s home court

Definition #14

Anal sex with a woman who has never had conventional (i.e. vaginal) intercourse.

Because Boston College is a Catholic university, many of it’s students feel obliged to maintain their virginity, or at least *pretend* to do so. Therefore, situations that would often lead to conventional intercourse (a serious relationship, or a heavy drinking) often instead lead to other alternatives.

Example:

Have you gone all the with Tiffany?

No way, dude. She’s still a virgin. But I gave her a Boston College last night. It was sweet!


Wha??

Definition #21

The University of Notre Dame’s waiting list.
Example:
Bill has been on the Notre Dame waiting list for four years, and has given up all hope of getting in. Luckily, Bill is a stupid prick, so he has been very happy at Boston College.

Boston College Eagles vs Providence Friars Tickets

For anyone still looking to get tickets to Saturday’s game at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill…2 Tickets…there are no bids on this yet and the minimum is 99 cents (shipping is $10).  11 hours left in the auction (as of 11am EST).

Tickets are also available on StubHub for about 8 bucks.

I don’t know why I find this so amusing.  I guess I’m just so used to Wey’s name that I don’t realize how difficult it must look to pronounce the first time you read it.

Every time Efejuku has a great game and his name is mentioned first, the Associated Press articles always sounds out the name for you.  If he had a smaller role in the game, theres only a 50/50 chance that you need to know how to prounounce his name.

The last two games Wey has been the star of the team…so we get two different ways to say it.

* Weyinmi Efejuku (WAY’-mee ehf-eh-JOO’-koo) scored 18 points to help Providence dispatch Jackson State 85-71 on Wednesday night.

* Weyinmi Efejuku (Way-In-Mee Eff-eh-Juke-Oo) scored a season-high 21 points and pulled down 8 rebounds as Providence edged in-state rival Rhode Island, 66-65, on Saturday.

Can’t wait to see whats next!