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Should The ‘Madness’ Start At The Beginning Of March?

It’s the first week of March and most of the NCAA Division I conferences are just now finishing up their regular seasons. March Madness is taking forever to get here. This week’s college basketball results have been all about where teams land for seeding purposes in their respective conference tournaments.  Higher seeding is important for some schools because they can get a...
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March 04, 2012  |  Discuss
POOR 'BOYS

Sub shop mocks Cowboys with menu item

A quick browse through Reddit tonight brought me upon this image:   "The Dallas Cowboy" is a featured sandwich at East Coast Super Subs in Tucson, Arizona (Image source: Reddit) As you can see, the folks at East Coast Super Subs don’t think too highly of the Dallas Cowboys: 3 day old bread, wilted lettuce, and absolutely no meat – Trust Us – it Sucks! And,...
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March 04, 2012  |  Discuss

The Big Valley, Rockford Files, and WKRP in Cincinnati Still Worthy Entertainment

—– There has been an increase for televisions in homes every year up until last year.  Hulu.com is one of the reasons 2011 marked the first time ever since television was created that less people claim to have a TV in their home than the previous year. Watching on the internet has become easy and watching Hulu.com is easy, free and convenient.  There is a Hulu Plus that charges...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Indiana-Purdue Preview: Analysis, Point Spread, Prediction, TV Time and Announcers

On Sunday at 6:00 ET, the 20th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (23-7, 10-7) close out the regular season when they host the Purdue Boilermakers (20-10, 10-7) on the Big Ten Network. As always, Jerod, Ryan, and Andy will be here with another episode of The Assembly Call after the game, though this episode will come after Indiana’s seniors give their speeches following the game. IU-Purdue...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Happy 50th Birthday Jackie Joyner-Kersee, One of the Midwest’s Greatest Athletes Ever

Happy Birthday to East St. Louis, Illinois native Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who turns 50 today. Joyner-Kersee, whom ESPN named the 23rd greatest athlete of the twentieth century, won six Olympic medals, including two golds in the long jump and two golds and a silver in the heptathlon. (The heptathlon combines the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200, long jump, javelin, and 800...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

March Madness 2012: Printable Brackets For NCAA Tournament

Do you realize we less than 8 days from Selection Sunday? Seriously. Check the March Madness 2012 schedule. 7 days and a few hours from now, we’ll all be on pins and needles as Greg Gumbel and the CBS crew get ready to reveal this year’s field of 68. I get giddy with excitement just thinking about it, especially since my Hoosiers will be in the field this year. During this final...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Video Of Peyton Manning Throwing At Duke Surfaces

And the long and winding road of Peyton Manning’s potential turn to the NFL takes yet another strange yet compelling turn. “Secret” video has surfaced of Manning throwing at Duke. I say “secret” because you’ll see how stalkerish it looks, as pointed by Doug Farrar, but it undoubtedly did not appear by accident, as Bob Kravitz noted. So here it is, video of Peyton Manning...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Strategy: Shortstop – Starlin Castro Rising, Hanley Ramirez Returning, and Tulowitzki Alone At #1

This post is the latest in Ryan’s fantasy baseball position primer series. To view his primers for all other positions, click here. SS Stock Watch: Rising Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs As bad as the Cubs were last season, it is hard to ignore their rising star at short. Can Cubs shortstop build upon his breakout 2011 season? (Photo by Gamefreak777 via Wikimedia Commons) Castro...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

NBA Trade Rumors: Josh Smith From Atlanta Hawks To Boston Celtics? (Probably Not)

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is intent on changing his roster. While he is working to find a fair deal to ship point guard Rajon Rondo out of town, he is also looking at other potential moves to get his aging team younger and more athletic. Ainge has apparently been working to try and pry forward Josh Smith away from the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks reportedly are willing...
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March 03, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Podcast: A Tale Of Two Wild Cards – Pros and Cons of MLB’s New Playoff Format

On the latest episode of the Call To The Bullpen MLB Podcast, Corey and I break down the MLB’s new two wild card playoff format, giving you the pros and the cons of the decision. In addition, we also discuss: Yadier Molina signs an extention AJ Burnett breaks his face Grady Sizemore returns to the DL How Mike Piazza has inspired an opera A Franchise Focus on the Milwaukee Brewers...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

‘BountyGate’ Shines Negative Light on New Orleans Saints, Gregg Williams, and the NFL

So with a mountain of evidence containing upwards of 18,000 documents and 50,000 pages, the National Football League is about to lay the hammer on the New Orleans Saints organization for allegedly rewarding players for ‘bounties’ towards opposing players, most notably Brett Favre and Kurt Warner, during the playoffs following the 2009 season. Is anyone really surprised? ...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 2012 Pitching Staff Preview

The Chicago Cubs will kick off their 2012 season Thursday, April 5,  at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field vs. the Washington Nationals. We discussed the probable batting order and lineup, and now it’s time get a preview of the Cubs pitching staff for this season. With the loss of Carlos Zambrano and his 24 sometimes-volatile starts traded to Ozzie Gullen’s Miami Marlins...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Club Trillion Founder Mark Titus Publishes New Book: Don’t Put Me In, Coach

Former Ohio State bench warmer and blogger Mark Titus’ new book Don’t Put Me In, Coach will finally be available on bookshelves and at Amazon.com on March 6. Although Mark was never a star on the court at Ohio State, he did develop a cult following on his blog, ClubTrillion.com. On the site, Mark wrote many hilarious articles about his time at Ohio State and also about other...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III: Who Should The Indianapolis Colts Pick #1?

There’s been virtually no talk about the Colts taking Robert Griffin III over Andrew Luck with their number one overall pick. Why? Is Luck that much more of a sure thing? Is this part of the ‘black quarterback stereotype’? Andrew Luck is the presumptive #1 pick, but should the Colts take a closer look at RGIII? (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Why Not RGIII At #1? The...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Bracket Preditions on 3/2

There are quite a few changes compared to the bracket I put out earlier this week, as four new teams are now in the field.  A number of other teams are still in contention, and conference tournaments will wind up being a make-or-break proposition for quite a few squads. Below are my latest bracket projections through Thursday’s games. As usual, underneath the bracket I will give...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

A Fish Tale: The Secret Behind The Rise Of Mardy Fish, America’s Top Ranked Tennis Player

Who doesn’t love a good comeback story? This one has all the classic elements. An aging underdog sidelined with a devastating injury works hard to achieve personal and professional goals and to the surprise of almost everyone comes back better and stronger than ever. Sounds like a movie? It’ll probably be made into one someday, but for now it is the very true tale of Mardy Fish...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Strategy: Second Base – Zobrist Rising, Utley Falling, Ackley Breaking Out, And Who’s #1?

This post is the latest in Ryan’s fantasy baseball position primer series. To view his primers for all other positions, click here. 2B Stock Watch: Rising Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays There are very few second basemen who can provide in each category like Zobrist can.  The former utility man can be a huge help to any fantasy team, especially because he provides owners with multiple...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

A Captain’s Network Surprise All The Way From St. Croix

I just received a fun little gift in the mail, thanks to being one of the lucky few in “The Captain’s Network” of sports fans and bloggers. It seems that Captain Morgan recently opened up a new rum production facility, so they sent me one of the very first bottles ever produced there. Surprisingly, I was able to keep the grubby mitts of the guys I work with off of the bottle...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

MSF Interview With Nicholas Gerlach of The Twin Cats

Many of you are probably already familiar with Nicholas Gerlach. He has been a periodic contributor to MSF since the site was launched back in 2008. The music of his band, The Twin Cats, has been featured on many of our podcasts. And you may have seen the post I wrote a few weeks back during Super Bowl Week when Nick and The Twin Cats were the house band for SportsNation in Indianapolis...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

3 Reasons Why The St. Louis Blues Are A 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Contender

I’m well aware how ridiculous the title of this article sounds. For much of my life and especially in the post-lockout NHL the Blues have been mediocre at best, making the playoffs only once, which ended in a first-round knockout by the Vancouver Canucks. The Blues went to three consecutive Stanley Cups after entering the NHL as part of the expansion to 12 teams but lost each of...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dr. Seuss Birthday Special: Seuss’s Unpublished Sports Book, Tim Tebow Reading “Green Eggs & Ham,” and Kevin Love Reading “The Cat in the Hat”

As any parent of a second-grader already knows, today is the birthday of Theodore Geisel, the man known to the world as Dr. Seuss. In elementary schools, March 2—the day of which Geisel was born in 1904—has become a holiday of sorts. School children around the country will spend the day dressed as Mr. Brown or Thing 2, snacking on green eggs and ham, and listening to readings...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

College Basketball Podcast: Tim Hardaway Jr.’s Importance, Ohio State’s Issues, Conference Tournament Previews

In episode #24 of The Bottoms Line College Basketball Podcast, host Andy Bottoms is once again joined by Rob Dauster of Ballin’ Is a Habit and NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk to discuss all the latest news and events in college basketball. Among the topics discussed on this week’s episode: Virginia’s tournament fate after a late-game collapse, Bubble picture in the...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss
TEN SHINING MOMENTS

Video: 10 greatest March Madness moments

For me, nothing in sports tops March Madness. And it’s not even close. The shocking upsets, the breakout performances, the heartbreak, the joy, the Cinderella stories, the passion. All of it. As I get further into my 30s, there are plenty of things I don’t remember too well, but the number of vivid memories I have of the NCAA Tournament is extensive to say the least. Consequently...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

NBA Trade Rumors: Michael Beasley Being Shopped By Minnesota Timberwolves; Lakers In His Future?

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been looking to trade forward Michael Beasley pretty much all season. Their thinking is that by moving him it would free up a spot for Derrick Williams to get more time in the rotation. Beasley is having a decent season in Minnesota, but the Timberwolves have a crowded frontcourt and he is expendable. The Minnesota Timberwolves are clearly looking...
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March 02, 2012  |  Discuss

NBA Trade Rumors: Is Rajon Rondo Being Shopped By The Boston Celtics?

Despite Boston general manager Danny Ainge’s protestations to the contrary, the Celtics are still reportedly shopping point guard Rajon Rondo around the league. With two weeks until the NBA’s trade deadline, don’t expect rumors about Rondo’s future to stop any time soon. The Boston Celtics are reportedly shopping Rajon Rondo, despite statements by Danny Ainge to the contrary...
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March 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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