Thursday, March 29, 2007

Breaking news in Georgia....

Uga VI to retire after 2007 season

This is BIG down here!

Check out this video of Kermit the Frog!

Thursday thoughts...

Hey kids - sorry been slammed at work and be out every night this week.... so, been a bit out of it.

The pollen count is in the 5,000s in Atlanta and every car is yellow. It's just been brutal this week - everyone is getting hit by the pollen bug and it's no fun at all. Waiting for it to rain to wash the first shot of pollen away, might happen Saturday but I am not going to hold my breath.

Good story in the AJC today about car washes making money off of the pollen count being so high.

Final Four in town this weekend and this place is going to be a zoo. Traffic alerts are already at high and people are being told to stay away from the area by the Georgia Dome unless you have tickets. I am taking my father to the game on Saturday - it'll be fun. To be honest, if he didn't want to go - I would rather stay home and watch. We are in a sky box and it's a corner angle of the basket. Tough to judge depth and angles of shots. Unless you are in the first 10 rows down low, it's not a great place to watch a basketball game. But the NCAA doesn't care about that - it's all about how many butts can we put in seats and how much crap can we sell at the game. If it were at Phillips Arena, now that's a totally different story.

I like a rematch of the football title game in OSU-Florida. They played in hoops in Gainesville and the Gators killed the Buckeyes. But Greg Oden isn't the same player and OSU is a better team. Technically its a neutral floor - but the Gators will own the crowd and win back-to-back titles. Just hope Billy Donovan is smart enough to stay away from the Bluegrass State.

And for a new feature on the Barkan Dawg - it's called the Moron of the Month. This is the equivalent of the Mike and Mike Just Shut Up Award, just taking it to a proper level for this space.

The winner of the first Moron of the Month award is Michael Ray Richardson. The former NBA player was suspended for the rest of the CBA championship series for anti-Semitic remarks.

Check this out from the story on

"I've got big-time lawyers," Richardson said, according to the Times Union. "I've got big-time Jew lawyers." When told by the reporters that the comment could be offensive to people because it plays to the stereotype that Jews are crafty and shrewd, he responded with, "Are you kidding me? They are. They've got the best security system in the world. Have you ever been to an airport in Tel Aviv? They're real crafty. Listen, they are hated all over the world, so they've got to be crafty."

And he continued, "They got a lot of power in this world, you know what I mean?" he said. "Which I think is great. I don't think there's nothing wrong with it. If you look in most professional sports, they're run by Jewish people. If you look at a lot of most successful corporations and stuff, more businesses, they're run by Jewish. It's not a knock, but they are some crafty people."

Go read the story - other great lines from him...

So congrats Michael Ray ... you win the first MOM award!!! Who will be next? Only time will tell - but have faith folks, there are a lot of morons out there.....

Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday, Monday ...

Happy Monday - back from Pittsburgh and boy are my arms tired....

Actually, good to see the family for 24 hours, but that's about my limit these days. My patience with my kids is great, but not so with my family.

Perfect example, I wake up on Saturday and go to meet my grandmother, mom and aunt for breakfast in the hotel - before I even warm the seat, my mom tells me that my shoes are dirty and my grandmother wants to know why no one answer her calls at my house or even calls her. Literally, I stood up and walked out to meet my dad to go get coffee elsewhere.

I know every one's family is nuts, but I will put my Seinfeld/Costanza group up against any of them out there. Mom's reading this and getting ready to kill me - but it's not like dad's group is any better. It is what it is and you are always better with what you know - I agree with that for sure, but I need it in small doses at this point of my life.

Anyway, trip was good - and now time for Final Four week in Hotlanta. It's going to be a mess here with those Gator people. The other teams travel well, but we have Gators everywhere in the area and that ugly orange is going to be all over the city. Let's just hope UCLA puts us out of our misery on Saturday, but I doubt it.

On the college hockey front, we have the Frozen Four set for St. Louis. Odds are the winner of the Boston College - North Dakota game will win it all. But watch out for those Spartys from Michigan State. They can lock it down with the best of them.

What else can I tell you ... was at a birthday party with Abbie at Chuck E Cheese Sunday. What a racket - kids birthday party's are making serious coin these days. Find the right business, you can make serious money.

Baseball season starts next week - wow, where has the time gone. Could this be the year of the Cubs? Tell ya what, when Northeastern wins the NCAA hockey tournament - it might happen.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Friday in Hotlanta

Happy weekend all. Hope y'all good.

Sitting on a Delta flight on my way to Pittsburgh for the night for my cousin's baby naming. Going by myself for the night. Always interesting to be around my family. Sure I will have a story or two next week.

Can't believe Texas A&M and Tennessee both blew games they should have won. Just great opportunities that don't come every day - tough way to go out as seniors.

The happy, happy, joy, joy of the day goes to Tubby Smith. Not that I am happy to see him in the Big 10, but I am ecstatic he told Kentucky goodbye! The guy is a winner, he is class and he deserved to be treated better than those people in the Bluegrass State treated him. Many schools would kill to win like Kentucky did under Tubby. Gophers AD Joel Maturi deserves big time praise in getting Tubby to the Twin Cities.

I guarantee you - Tubby will win in Minny and he will make Kentucky sorry that they treated him like they did. I only hope that the big coaches tell Kentucky no. Maybe there will be justice down the road for the Wildcats - you can always call up the road and see if Rick wants to come back?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I'm going mobile ....

Hey gang - sorry I have been swamped at work this week. Just been fun times in Hotlanta.

That being said, I have found a new way to stay in touch with y'all on this blog. I am not able to shoot a post from my phone to the blog and have it post. It's just awesome technology that is going to make my ranting and raving from airports fun, fun, fun.

Anyway - hope all is well in your world. I lost Texas in my Final Four - but my other three are going strong.

The Atlanta Thrashers are heading down the backstretch and unless they don't show up to play the games, they should make the playoffs.

But the thing I still can't believe is that my old pal Jeff Jackson in South Bend, Indiana has turned Notre Dame into a legitimate title contender in two years. It's just wild. Imagine if he had a building and facilities? Scary what that man can do on a college campus. He's one of the best people, never mind, coaches I know.

That's it. More later - from my phone!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Four for the road....

Well kids - the Final Four is in Atlanta. NOT the Frozen Four ... the Final Four. Someday I hope to live long enough to host the Frozen Four here. Be one heck of a party!

Anyway - let's look ahead to April in Atlanta. Who is going to be here?

Well, I have the answers. It's very simple. Instead of Hotlanta - it will be Biglanta with one small exception.

The best three teams I have seen all year play in the same conference: the Big 12. I am taking Texas, Texas A&M and Kansas to get to the big party. The one outsider will be an insider in Atlanta. I may not like em, but I ain't dumb enough to pick against the depth of the Florida Gators. They should roll through the first two weeks of the tournament.

Once they get here, they will have issues with the Kansas Jayhawks and lose a tight semifinal. In the other game, it will be a backyard brawl between two great rivals. Kevin Durant is looking like Danny Manning in his senior year when he carried his team to the finals. Durant will match the effort and set up a fourth meeting of the year between Texas and Kansas.

Now mind you, the real reason I think Texas will be there is because Monday night is Passover and we cannot go to the games. My brother-in-law, the Texas alumni, is going to get himself killed for this one. My cousin, who can care less about the holiday, will go to the game for sure as will many other members of the tribe. But for the fact alone of family controversy - they will be here.

The last two times they have played, the games have gone to overtime. This game may not be any different. I like a tight, hard fought game with the outcome going Rock, Chalk, Go Jayhawk.

And if that happens, I will be winning the cash in the WIE pool for sure! Then I will be banned for life.....

Friday, March 09, 2007

No place in the game for it! BOTH of them!

For those of you who have not seen SportsCenter either last night or this morning, you have missed two stories that are making me very ill.

One is obvious to all that know me. N.Y. Islanders forward Chris Simon took his stick to the head of N.Y. Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg late in the third period of last night's 2-1 Rangers win. See the video of the hit from

I want to make sure this is clear: there is NO PLACE in the game of hockey for taking your hockey stick to someone head. The act shows a total disrespect for the game and its players. Speaking of disrespect, this is just sixth headline on the site ... who was in charge of that site last night?

I don't care what Simon has to say, I don't want to hear it. All I want to hear is Colin Campbell suspending Simon for the rest of the year and playoffs. If they want to suspend him for more games next year, I am all for it.

The sport is in enough trouble between having game on a network NO ONE can find in Versus to having Commissioner Gary Bettman try and tell the Pittsburgh Penguins that it's OK to take less money to stay in a city. Hey Gary, tell ya what, write a check for the difference between the deals of Pittsburgh and Kansas City. You do that - then you can tell Mario Lemieux how to run his business. Right now, you are struggling running yours ... maybe you should try and fix that first.

Bottom line - send a message that the NHL won't put up with this! The irony was that yesterday was the three year anniversary of Todd Bertuzzi's hit on Steve Moore. There's a great story on Steve Moore trying to get back into the NHL that ran yesterday, as well as a good story from Damien Cox.

Other stories to see: John Dellapina from the NY Daily News , Larry Brooks from the NY Post, Wallace Matthews from Newsday, and Greg Logan from Newsday.

The other story is one that bothers me even more. According to, Pokey Chatman resigned as the women's basketball coach at LSU after the university became aware of an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between Chatman and a former player on Chatman's team.

I know many of you don't follow women's basketball like I do, but I was totally shocked when I heard this. When the story first broke on Wednesday that Chatman would leave after the season, it didn't make any sense at all. I kept thinking why would you leave when things are going so well? Something had to be up. And unfortunately, it supposedly is.

Here's a 37-year-old woman who is running one of the most successful programs in the country. The Lady Tigers are ranked 10th and are 26-7. Chatman was 90-14 as LSU's head coach and was 15-5 as acting head coach during the end of the 2003-04 season, when longtime coach Sue Gunter left the team because of lung disease. LSU won SEC regular-season titles in her first two seasons as a head coach and made it to the Final Four both years. Chatman, a Louisiana native, has been at LSU as both a player and coach for nearly 18 years.

Read that paragraph again. This school has been her LIFE for 18 years. It's just sad that such a great coach would let herself get into such a horrible position.

Just sad.

Hate to end on a down note, so I wanted to throw in something I saw at last night's Thrashers game versus Montreal.

Midway through the 2nd period, Atlanta led 6-0 and were totally dominating the game. Once of the Montreal players tried to push and shove Ilya Kovalchuk around when out of nowhere came new Thrasher Keith Tkachuk to pummel the Canadiens player. He dropped the gloves and a building that was a little more than half filled exploded to cheer. Not only that the Thrashers bench rose as one to watch this. Read the AJC's Craig Custance story.

After all this time, last night, I felt as if Atlanta finally had a TOTAL TEAM. With that I am changing my opinion, not only will this team make the playoffs, they will win the Eastern Conference.


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Sorry.... not me

I know many of you are out there asking the question ... did Barkan win the Mega Millions? The winning tickets were sold in New Jersey and Georgia. Surely, he had to have one of the two tickets?

To quote Jerry Seinfeld, "Newman!"

Nope not me ... some guy in Dalton, which is about 90 minutes Northwest of Atlanta. I hate him/her already!

All's well here - been travelling and staying busy. What's new in your world's?

No one calls or writes anymore.... tell me tell me, whatcha doin' out there in TV land?

OK - that's it for now ... busy busy in GA when you don't win the money.

Thursday, March 01, 2007


An absolute classic - anyone remember these from TBS???