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Sprints Hopes John Wall Does Well and the Vuvuzelas Stay in South Africa // 06.25.10

South Carolina defeats Oklahoma in semi-winners bracket
Oklahoma's Tyler Ogle looked to have won the game with his leadoff home run in the top of the 12th, giving the Sooners a 2-1 lead. But Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to extend his now 19-game hitting streak on a 3-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the frame, driving in the tying run. A walk and a Brady Thomas single later, Bradley scored the walk-off run. The Gamecocks play rival Clemson tonight at 9 p.m. ET and must win to set up a winner-take-bracket game for Saturday. The winner of that match-up will face either UCLA or TCU in the three-game championship series next week.

Wizards take John Wall with No. 1 pick in NBA Draft
It's nice to see that the expectations in Washington aren't too high for him.

In a dramatic, franchise-altering shift, the Washington Wizards have gone from "Pick 1" to No. 1 pick, moving away from the misery of a horrific campaign into the hope of new one, which arrived at The Theater at Madison Square Garden wearing a chocolate-colored pinstriped suit and powder blue shirt, tie and handkerchief.

Yep. All he has to do to be considered a success is alter the franchise. That's not too much to expect, right? As SEC fans, we hope he does well. But there are a lot of people spending a lot of money in the hopes that he's as good as he looks to be.

Kentucky sets record for NBA first round with five picks
Of course, it will be six when UK retakes the draft.

The vuvuzelas will kill us all. Maybe
Coming to a stadium near you: The vuvuzela, which will for some reason passing understanding not be banned by the SEC.

To be clear: There are no grounds for banning the vuvuzela from the World Cup. That is the culture of South Africa, and the tournament is being held in South Africa, so it stays no matter how annoying it might be.

But ... the sound drives me crazy. It's not that I'm opposed to noisemakers -- I've supported Mississippi State fans ringing their cowbells to their hearts' content, and other noisemakers are fine by me. But I hate the specific sound of the vuvuzela, particularly when it comes out of my television. It might be different in person, and if I were actually in South Africa for the World Cup, I might have one as an atmospheric thing. (If you were going to spend the money to go to another country for a tournament, you might as well make the most of it by taking part in the local culture.)

That said, I'm not sure that it's too much of a threat. I think the vuvuzela is a passing fad, sort of the noisemaker equivalent of the pet rock. Someone will make a lot of money before it goes away in about six months. Unfortunately, that might take us all the way through football season.

Urban Meyer one of Utah football's forefathers
This is according to Block U, so I guess that brings us pretty close to consensus.

It's clear he's new to the NCAA
Larry Scott says of the idea of a megaconference: "If an idea is good enough, it's going to happen." Now, aside from the fact that I disagree that the megaconference is a good idea, I have to say: He don't know us very well, do he? The NCAA enjoys killing good ideas just to watch them die.