In this extended discussion with Rece Davis and Hubert Brown on Monday night, Digger Phelps started talking about the Syracuse Orange and how they were going to dominate once center Fab Melo's academic issues were cleared up for good. One problem: Digger didn't call Melo by his name, instead calling him Thad Matta. Matta is of course the coach of Ohio State, who plays in the Big Ten, and not the Big East.
In Digger's defense, Fab Melo kind of sounds like Thad Matta. Well, I guess it does a little bit at least. But the two really don't have much in common, being more than 20 years apart and not even having the same job or playing in the same conference, let alone on the same team. Maybe the fact that both teams have white jerseys is what threw Digger off. Or, maybe Digger was just having an off night, which happens sometimes. At least his underlying point was good, and not a giant load of garbage.
[h/t: Lost Lettermen]
Huddo is one of the better callers of Aussie rules, and that was an absolute classic match. Easily the best game I've been to in 5 years. The real problem with AFL is that it doesn't translate as well onto TV as other football codes. It is a 360 degree game, where what's happening 50-80m away from the person with the ball directly effects the play. It very hard to get a feel for until you watch it live.
I wish AFL was more readily available on the basic sports network. The few times in my life I've ben able to watch Aussie Rules, I've enjoyed it...and I love being able to watch live sports at 2am! Don't really get why FSN won't just air it live overnight...
I know Fox has the rights to this - but I don't feel like paying an extra $15 a month to get FoxSoccer Plus, where it airs.