Finding Yourself

I apologize in advance for this post. It’s not really a sports one. Feel free to move along unless you care about things like blogging.
Just this morning, I realized that Google’s blog search is mighty damn cool. I’ve always used Technorati and BlogPulse to keep an eye on who’s been linking to my articles, but now I realize that Google just does a better a job. I should have known. I think I have a man-crush on Google.
Anyway, if you care to see who’s linked to your favorite site, just put myfavoritesite.com into the search box and you’ll get a comprehensive list. You can sort be relevency or date. You can also (and this is the really cool part) get an RSS feed of the top 10 or 100 hits. That’s going right into my RSS reader.
Just browsing through the list this morning, I found a few links from sites that Technorati and BlogPulse never showed me. Google rocks.
Of course, you can also use the service for less narcissistic ends. Want to find out what bloggers are writing about the UNC coaching search or Jason Cain’s mustache? Google will tell you. (I know you want to click that last link. Go ahead.)

Exhibitionists

Enough with football! The college basketball exhibition season has begun!
The thing about exhibition games these days is that you have to be very careful what conclusions you reach from the results. Because of the Rudy Gay rule, teams now have to play lower-division college teams instead of those roving bands of former stars, so there is a great talent disparity (or there should be). A good rule of thumb is that you can’t learn too much good from one of these games, but you can certainly learn some bad. For example, the star-studded Tar Heels ran and dunked their way to a 31-point win over St. Augustine’s last night. The game was fun and showcased the new freshmen, but ultimately it doesn’t mean much.
On the other hand, Maryland also had a game last night, squeaking by the Division II California (Pa.) Vulcans 79-78. (Raise your hand if you knew there was a school named California in Pennsylvania. Raise your other hand if you had any idea that there were schools with Star Trek baddies as their mascot.). The Terps had to hit key free throws in the final seconds to seal the win. Uh oh.