The Weekend Rewind

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The Weekend Rewind
In what might become a weekly feature here on the Buckets blog I'll break down what I believe to be the three biggest stories of the weekend. On a big weekend it might go beyond just three stories, and I'll probably throw any relevant Baylor information in this segment.

3. The SEC has decided to hold off on allowing Texas A&M into the league for now. University of Florida President Bernie Machen said:
"We recognize, however, that future conditions may make it advantageous to expand the number of institutions in the league," Machen said. "We discussed criteria and process associated with expansion. No action was taken with respect to any institution including Texas A&M."
While momentarily it is enjoyable to laugh at the Aggies and the fact that the SEC decided not to extend an invitation to them, we need to come to a realization that is only a matter of time. is reporting that the A&M will be a SEC member within three weeks, while many others are thinking the SEC is just waiting for A&M to depart from the Big XII before extending an invite to avoid legal problems.

2a. Dan Uggla's hit streak came to a halt Sunday at 33 games. Uggla's hitting streaking was the longest the MLB has seen in five years, and Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney made a diving catch to keep Uggla hitless in the 5th inning. Uggla's streak ending at 33 games leaves many people believing Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hit streak is the most untouchable in sports.

2b. Hot headed Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano got rocked on Friday night in Atlanta. After giving up five homers, Zambrano through dangerously close to Chipper Jones (who has been playing for 18 years!) twice in a row drawing an ejection. Zambrano then stormed into the Cubs locker room, through a tantrum, cleaned out his locker, and said he was retiring. Zambrano thought about his actions, realized he was an idiot, took back his retirement and has been placed on the Cubs disqualified list. For Zambrano this means he won't play or have any contact with the Cubs for 30 days, look for a grievance to be filed on Monday.

1. With only three holes to play at the 93rd PGA Championship Keegan Bradley found himself trailing Jason Dufner by 5 strokes. Combined with an epic collapse from Dufner, Bradley stormed back and forced a playoff. Bradley then birdied the Par-4 16th in the first hole of a three hole playoff and hung on to win by one stroke. In his only major of the season, Keegan won over 1.4 million dollars and became the 13th different golfer to win a major in the past 13 events.

Baylor Bonus
The Baylor men's basketball team is in Canada and has played three games on the trip. Saturday night their game against Ryerson University was broadcast online giving Baylor fans a chance to get a look at the team. Luckily I got a chance to watch the game, so here are some things I took from it:

  • Perry Jones looked excellent. While Ryerson isn't comparable to any team the Bears will be playing, Jones scored from all over the court. He hit smooth turn around jumpers, faced up and blew by his man, and found himself hitting back to back three's. 
  • Baylor's newcomers looked excellent. Pierre Jackson brings a new dynamic to the Bears and was by far the quickest player on the court. Brady Heslip is better than advertised. Not only did he hit trey after trey, he worked hard defensively and ran the point at times for Baylor.
  • Gary Franklin, Quincy Acy, and Quincy Miller, all sat out for different reasons. Acy has a minor injury and is resting up, Miller is still recovering from ACL surgery his senior year, and Franklin isn't eligible until December. 
  • Cory Jefferson has put up some excellent numbers thus far on the Bears trip to Canada. He might be the answer in the middle that Baylor has been missing since the graduation of Josh Lomers.
  • After struggling last season at Point Guard, the Bears have multiple options this year. Heslip provides an outside shooting threat, Jackson will provide great court vision, and Walton will be his same old self providing plenty of defense. On top of all that, who knows what Cal transfer Gary Franklin can provide. 

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