Don’t come knocking at the Werkes!

We’re busy watching hoops!

Should we cut Greg Gard some slack? (We still have a few inches remaining.) The Werkes went molten over the Wisconsin Badger blaskaball loss to Ohio State  Wednesday 03-08-23. During the first half, looked like his players were staging a labor dispute — a work slow down, teaching to the contract, like the teachers union.

Bobby Knight would have hurled a folding chair at that first-half team.

But we see 13th-seeded The Ohio State edged #5 Iowa yesterday 03-09-23 by a score of 73-69. Wish we could have seen Fran McCaffery’s meltdown over that one! His face turns redder than a fire alarm at a May Day parade.

UPDATE: The Buckeyes, the #13 seed in a 14-team conference, beats #4 Michigan State 68-58 to go to the semi-finals in the BIG tournament.

Got some snow ‘here’

Facebook feed here at the Werkes is replete with weather reports this snowed-in Friday morning. They read something like: We got 5, 6, 7.5, 8¼  inches of snow here. HERE! We have a coupla thousand Facebook “friends.” Some of whom are actually friendly. Blaska asks “Where, pray tell, is HERE? (!!!)”

One lady answers: “My back yard.” Now that’s the Spirit of ’76!

Underdogs won in five of the first six games played in the Big 14 tournament. Even last-seeded Minnesota (albeit over almost-as-lowly Nebraska)! We also tend to forget that Bucky Buckets was a pre-season consensus pick to finish ninth. That’s not far off our ultimate 11th place finish.

The one really bad team is Minnesota. Canaries died in a thousand coal mines on March 5 when the Badgers struggled to put the Gophers away 71 – 67. Only three days earlier, we almost beat Purdue! (Now ranked 5th in the nation.) How did Bucky ever beat Marquette (now ranked 6th nationally) 80 – 77 back in December? But December was a different season.

Badgers were 11 – 2 and nationally ranked on January 3, having just defeated Minnesota (but only by 3 points). Thereupon lost six of seven in the Big 14. Will the Badgers be “up” for the NIT? (Back in the day, the National Invitational Tournament was THE big dance.)

The 24/7 Sports pre-season media poll:

  1. Indiana
  2. Illinois
  3. Michigan
  4. Michigan State
  5. Purdue
  6. Ohio State
  7. Iowa
  8. Rutgers
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Maryland
  11. Penn State
  12. Minnesota
  13. Northwestern
  14. Nebraska

The actual regular season finish (all-season win-loss totals):

  1. Purdue 26-5
  2. Indiana 21-10
  3. Northwestern 21-10
  4. Michigan State 19-11
  5. Maryland 21-11
  6. Illinois 20-12
  7. Iowa 19-13
  8. Michigan 17-15
  9. Penn State 20-12
  10. Rutgers 19-13
  11. Wisconsin 17-14
  12. Nebraska 16-16
  13. Ohio State 15-18
  14. Minnesota 9-22

Blaska’s Bottom Line: We armchair coaches tend to forget that Bucky Buckets was a pre-season consensus pick to finish ninth. (CBS and Sports Illustrated also picked us 9th.) That’s not far off our ultimate 11th place finish.

Who do YOU like in the NCAAs?


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14 Responses to Don’t come knocking at the Werkes!

  1. Steve says:

    What happened to Tyler Wahl, Steve Crowl and Chuckie after January…..

    Liked by 1 person

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  3. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Seven (7)”/17.78 cms measured @The Gotchberg Compound, ~ one (1) mile/1.61 kms NE (as the crow flies) of The Werkes.

    And because we hit it early, ALL the concrete is now bone dry; EQUITY that effort, Lefty!

    Who do YOU like in the NCAAs?

    Charles “(I)f White (NBA MVP) voters want to vote only for White guys, WHY HAS A WHITE GUY ONLY WON IT LIKE FIVE TIMES IN THE LAST 30 YEARS? Barkley. (bolds/caps/italics)

    Charles Barkley B!TCHSLAPS KENDRICK PERKINS After ESPN Star’s RAYcist NBA Take

    Say what you want about Sir Charles, bruthah don’t mince words!

    The Gotch


  4. Bob says:

    Just waiting to see if the Athletic Director has a trifecta coming. Wouldn’t that be something. The three money making sports get coaching changes.


  5. Meade Laurence says:

    My head says Boilermakers, my heart says Buckeyes.


  6. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    In a monumentally idiotic move which surprises no one, the comically inept Bi-Polar bares have FUMBLED AWAY the #1 overall pick in next month’s NFL draft.

    And it (heh!) seems that the player they acquired (D.J. Moore) is NONE_TOO_HAPPY about getting traded to THE_WORST_TEAM_IN_THE_KNOWN_UNIVERSE

    How will they FUBAR this positively Mensan personnel move? Stay tuned; the midgets of the midway never fail to provide abysmal, self-inflicted failure for all the world to see.

    Can you imagine how imbecilic you’d NEED to be to admit to being a fan of this FIVE_ALARM_DUMPSTER_FIRE?

    Neither can The Gotch!

    The Gotch


    • richard lesiak says:

      Moore had more yards and TDs than any Pucker last season.


      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        Moore had more yards** and TDs*** than any 13 Time World Champion Green Bay Packer last season.

        Only someone who’s breathtakingly STOOPID thinks that 888 yards** is more than 1121 yards** (Aaron Jones) or that 7 TDs*** is more than 7 TDs*** (Christian Watson AND Aaron Jones).

        The Lazy @$$ Blogge Idiot TROLT thinks that 888 yards** is more than 1121 yards (Aaron Jones) and that 7 TDs*** is more than 7 TDs (Christian Watson AND Aaron Jones).

        Solve for X.

        The Gotch


  7. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    It should be noted that OSU was ranked in the AP Top 25 the same poll (1/03/2023) in which Bucky hit their zenith, and their subsequent slide (losing 14 of the next 15) was worse.

    They’re playing great right now and The Gotch (for one) would like to see ’em take the B1G Ten Tourney and its attendant automatic NCAA bid; it’d make the Badger’s dismal showing easier to swallow.


    The Gotch

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  8. richard lesiak says:



    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      The pitiably pathetic Bi-Polar bares are so comically worthless that their slovenly fans won’t even post about them?


      Instead, they (heh!) post about the 13 Time World Champion Green Bay Packers who call TitleTown their home.

      What else do they post?

      The Bi-Polar bares Are A F***ING Dumpster Fire!

      Such pride, am I right…?

      Ah midgets of the midway fans; so MUCH ineptitude, so little time!

      The Gotch


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