MSU Likes ESPN Polls

Over at ESPN, they have a poll going on right now about who’ll win the NCAA basketball tournament. I think there are just a few people from Michigan State voting based on the results from when I took the poll, particularly in questions 3, 7, 8 & 10. I’m a big fan of the results for question 2 though.

1) Which team will win the East Regional?
48.6% North Carolina
39.5% Tennessee
8.9% Louisville
3.0% Washington State

2) Which team will win the Midwest Regional?
46.8% Wisconsin
45.9% Kansas
4.8% Davidson
2.5% Villanova

3) Which team will win the South Regional?
50.4% Michigan State
30.9% Texas
10.8% Memphis
8.0% Stanford

4) Which team will win the West Regional?
73.8% UCLA
17.0% Xavier
7.4% West Virginia
1.8% Western Kentucky

5) What was the biggest surprise of the first two rounds?
36.3% (12) Western Kentucky’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer over (5) Drake
27.6% (10) Davidson upsets (2) Georgetown behind Stephen Curry’s 25 second-half points
23.8% (2) Duke beats (15) Belmont by only one point
8.5% (13) San Diego’s De’Jon Jackson beats (4) Connecticut with a last-second jumper
2.9% (9) Texas A+M loses to (1) UCLA by only two points
0.9% (16) Mississippi Valley State scores fewest points in tournament (29) since 1946 vs. (1) UCLA

6) Which No. 1 seed is most likely to lose before the Final Four?
77.1% Memphis
12.1% UCLA
6.0% Kansas
4.8% North Carolina

7) Who has been the most outstanding player of the first two rounds?
43.9% Drew Neitzel, Michigan State
29.1% Stephen Curry, Davidson
3.7% Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
3.3% Ty Lawson, North Carolina
3.0% Joe Alexander, West Virginia
2.3% A.J. Abrams, Texas
2.2% Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin
1.8% Wayne Ellington, North Carolina
1.6% Kevin Love, UCLA
1.0% Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
++more people that I’ve omitted.

8) Which Cinderella is most likely to reach the Final Four?
61.0% (5) Michigan State
17.9% (10) Davidson
14.6% (7) West Virginia
3.7% (12) Villanova
2.8% (12) Western Kentucky

9) How many of your Final Four teams remain?
49.5% 4
43.9% 3
4.9% 2
1.0% 1
0.7% 0

10) Which team will win the NCAA tournament?
44.6% Michigan State
20.5% North Carolina
7.9% Kansas
7.2% UCLA
3.5% Wisconsin
3.1% Texas
2.5% Memphis
2.5% Tennessee
2.2% Louisville
1.7% West Virginia
1.1% Washington State
1.0% Davidson
0.8% Xavier
0.7% Villanova
0.5% Stanford
0.3% Western Kentucky

Total Votes: 213,403

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Hydrofoil Wakeboards = Old News

Not really, but kinda. Over on WakeBoarder’s Spot they had an article about a new form of wake boarding called Hydrofoil Wakeboarding. Basically, you have a wakeboard that instead of the basic fins on the bottom has a hydrofoil. Granted, they still aren’t being mass produced, but it really isn’t that new of an idea.

As I previously documented, some guy in the UK is trying to patent this idea of a hydrofoil wakeboard and I did my own personal debunking of it. If you look closely at the patent, it’s kinda vague and isn’t even new. Laird Hamilton and his crew of surfers in Hawaii have been doing this for years (as shown in the movie Step into Liquid). They stumbled upon an air chair, decided to get rid of the chair and then put some boots on it so they could get towed into the really big waves for surfing purposes. I’ve previously posted about this here and here. The movie came out in 2003 and it looked like they had been doing the foil surfing for several years. They had the process pretty well refined.

But my documentation of the foil boards goes back even further now. In the pilot episode of the classic cartoon Jonny Quest titled Mystery of the Lizard Men they show Jonny on what could almost be a hyrdofoil wakeboard. This back in 1964. Here’s the proof…

Jonny Quest – Mystery of the Lizard Men (1964)

Now this isn’t the best arguement because they put pretty much every water craft that the Quests owned on a foil of some sort, but it does show an elongated board for the purpose of being towed on the water with his feet secured and a hydrofoil.

This also gives me a good place to recommend the modern day version of Jonny Quest titled The Venture Brothers. It airs on [adult swim]. Great little cartoon and the make fun of Jonny Quest too.

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Whole Lotta Updates…

Where to start… it’s been about a month since my last post. No, I haven’t gone away, just been busy dealing with “winter” stuff here in Wisconsin.

I guess the first big update from the last month would be I hit up Think Tank. For those that are wondering what that is, it’s a water skiing convention put on by the Wisconsin Water Ski Federation. You can go there and learn about a lot of different aspects of water skiing. 3-event, collegiate, wake boarding, barefooting and show skiing. Lots of show skiing stuff there. It’s a good way to get people excited about the ski season starting here in Wisconsin (not that it has yet, but it’s getting close). It’s also a good excuse to get a bunch of water skiers together and have a big party. Only real complaint from the weekend is the hotel bar at the Chula Vista is not big enough to hold all the skiers. Over at BFC, they’ve posted a pretty good update about there trip to Think Tank.

My personal experience there was a lot of fun. I had my friend Linda, a show skier herself, up from Florida for the weekend. We got up there late afternoon on Friday and hit the water park in the hotel. I think it’s the first time I’ve gone to a water park in about 15 years. That was a lot of fun. Then we hit the outdoor hot tub for drinks before changing and heading down to the doubles competition and fashion show (better known as 2 good reasons to drink at Think Tank.) Saturday was rough, dranks lots of water, taught my tank in the afternoon and partied some more that night.

Shortly after Think Tank, I heard about a new water skiing movie coming out this summer. H2O Extreme. Guess the plot synopsis is a talented water skier and hockey player moves from Wisconsin to Florida to pursue the big money in professional show skiing, passing on a professional hockey career. Personally, it’s like my life story. Grew up playing hockey, in Wisconsin no less, love to show ski and water ski in general, but still not getting paid. I guess the main difference between me and the guy in the movie, he’s got some made show ski skills. Flying high on the wakeboard and fronts and gainers off the ramp, where as I’m a chick hauler who likes to try and jump. Want some more details? Check out the trailer…

If watch the trailer closely, you’ll see the newest skis from HO (yes that’s a real ski company name), twin tip jump skis. Yes, they’ve been doing it for years on the slopes and now they’ve done it for jump skis. Seen on the water ski blog-o-sphere first over on the Row Boat, you can pick up your own pair for four bills over at

While I’ve been lacking in my blog posts, the Row Boat has not. Then been posting up a flurry lately. Word on the street is the Row Boat has expanded a little bit. It’s no longer one man on the oars and it sounds likes he’s got a couple people over there helping to row himself around the lake.

Meanwhile, it looks like winter may actually be over here in Wisconsin. Spring officially starts tomorrow and my yard is pretty empty of snow (except where I piled it up clearing off the driveway). The lakes are still not open yet, and probably won’t be for a couple weeks yet. Too much ice needs to melt.

To compare the weather from this year (tons of snow) to years past (not tons of snow), back in 06 I actually went skiing without a dry suit and didn’t freeze on Good Friday. This Friday, which happens to be Good Friday I’ll definitely not be on the water. One reason, the water is still frozen solid. The second reason, which actually trumps the first, is it will likely be snowing here on Friday. Southern Wisco is under a winter storm warning from Thursday night thru Friday. 4 to 6 inches expected. Now you’re thinking “but it’s spring”? Well, spring here in Wisco still means we get some snow now and then.

Finally, been busy with Mad-City stuff. You’re thinking, but it’s winter, how can you be busy. Well, Mad-City goes year round. Being on the board keeps me pretty busy, but I’ve been helping out on the show committee helping to plan next years show, also keeps me pretty busy. Plus, we’ve had some winter practices. Those don’t take up much time, but they are there. We’ve got a small army of new people on the team this year and need to get them up to speed for climbing so once the water thaws, we can get the pyramids going.

We’ll, I try not to go a month before posting again. I’ll be getting my boat ready to hopefully hit the hopefully no longer frozen water the first weekend in April. Won’t be breaking my record season start of March 24 from last year, mainly because the lakes are frozen. Although as you can see from the previous post, I did get a little water time in January. (Still get shivers in my spine thinking about that.)

Couple last things… over on the right, you may have noticed it looks a little different. First off, there’s a section titled What I’m Reading. That’s mainly random funny or interesting things I’ve found on the net. Click on one of the links now and then, it might make you laugh. Just below that there’s my attempt to help cross promote the other skiing sites on the web as I Scour the Web for Water Skiing. The good sites that I’ve found, I’ve set up in a feed so as they post stories, you’ll see them in the feed there on the right. Way down at bottom of the right side column, there’s a place to sign up for email updates from here. Put your email address in, and after you confirm your subscription, these posts will come right to your Inbox. Inbox cluttered, just use the RSS feed… don’t know what an RSS feed is? Go here to get a crash course on what they are, then make your way over to Google Reader. Sign up or use your existing Google/Gmail account and it’ll keep track of all your RSS feeds.

Lastly, if you’ve made it this far, you’re a dedicated reader. Show your dedication by sending my a barefooting story my other site… Tales from the Foot. I want to get some reader generated content up there. Send me barefoot successes, failures or funny stories.

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Finally managed to pick up the barefooting movie Soul this past weekend.  Gotta say, I liked it, I liked it a lot.

First off, the camera work is very slick.  They have lots of good views of the tricks and the cameras look like they are right in the face of the footers.  Next, the footing is phenomenal.  They’ve got Scarpa, Small, MacDonald and Stokes.  Finally, they’ve got some good music backing all of the action on the screen.  I recognized pretty much every song they used and they made good choices.

You can tell that for some of the shots, they really put some thought into both the trick and how they were going to capture it on video.  Then there was one trick that made me back the video up to watch it again.  It made me go WOW!  They do a barefoot whip up.  And they nail it.  There are show ski teams that have trouble doing a whip up with jumpers.  Be sure to watch the first extra on the DVD because that shows them planning the trick.

Even with all of the sick tricks they show, they have shots of tumble turns being done that really let you see what you need to do.  Simply slide the handle at your waist from the center, to one side, to the other and back.

Want your own copy?  Make your way over to Lake Elmo Sports, they’ve got it in stock.

Here’s the trailer