Archive for December 17th, 2009

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, Reunion

“You reach a point when you’re on these shows when you’re like, ‘I took a wrong turn in my life somewhere.’” —Evan

So last night’s reunion show offered the usual commentary on a season of the challenge: fights were brought up, feuds were explained, underlying tensions were hinted at and revealed. For the most part, though, it was a pretty tame reunion—pretty much everyone seemed apologetic and civil.

Also, the cast of Wes, KellyAnne, Brad, Sarah, Evan, Dunbar, Kenny, Johnny, Johanna, Veronica, Susie, and Katie left a little to be desired (namely: Cohutta). Our host, Maria Menounos, though, managed to get at some interesting revelations. Here are the most important/surprising/confusing elements from last night’s show: Continue reading

Aught Lang Syne: The Buzzer Beaters of the Decade

Earlier, we counted down the Top 10 Games in college basketball over the last decade. But if you’re half the college basketball fan that I am, you know that list was surely lacking. Here, in no particular order, are the games that, while overall weren’t good enough to make that list, still provoke that ineffable joy of the fantastic finish. They are good games with great finishes. Enjoy and bookmark.

2005 Michigan State v. Kentucky


This was the third best regional final that year. Yeah.

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Aught Lang Syne: Top 10 Games — College Basketball

College football, you can have your “meaningful regular season.” College basketball’s postseason will be better than yours whether you change it or not.

The perfection that is the NCAA Tournament gave me a plethora of delights to choose from for this top 10. My shortlist was actually quite long, running into the 30s. It was so long, in fact, that later today we’re adding a special post—Buzzer Beaters of the Decade—to commemorate the best at the buzzer in college basketball, even if the entire games weren’t good enough to crack this list.

Those that just missed the cut for this prized pantheon include the Aughts’ biggest upset by seed (Hampton over Iowa State in 2001), Kansas staving off Davidson in the 2008 Elite Eight, and West Virginia’s thrilling double-overtime upset of Wake Forest in 2005. But don’t worry Mountaineer fans, you’re still involved here. But, ugh, not in a good way.

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