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Indiana-Kentucky Preview: Cavernous Georgia Dome Should Not Adversely Affect Sharp-Shooting Hoosiers

This post originally appeared over at AssemblyCall.com, where Andy, Ryan, and I host a regular IU basketball postgame show. Stop by AssemblyCall.com/live as soon as the IU-Kentucky game ends Friday night for immediate analysis and fan reaction. Before you begin reading this, understand that I acknowledge how small the sample size is that I’m about to analyze. For this reason, I...
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March 22, 2012  |  Discuss
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Sixteen sweet facts about Sweet Sixteen

The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Regional Semifinals, better known as the Sweet Sixteen, begin tonight. To get you ready for the Regional Semis, here are sixteen facts about this year’s Sweet Sixteen. 1. For the first time since 1985 none of the Sweet Sixteen teams are from the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones. The westernmost school to send a team to this year’s...
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March 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Sweet 16 Primer: Syracuse-Wisconsin and Ohio State-Cincinnati Preview, Prediction, Poll, Spreads, and TV Info

Boston is the host for the East Region quarterfinal and semifinal games this weekend, better known as the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8. The quarterfinal games tip off tonight. To see my ranking from 1-8 of all the Sweet 16 matchups, click here. This primer, which contains info from our Syracuse-Wisconsin and Ohio State-Cincinnati previews will get you ready for both West Region Sweet...
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March 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Sweet 16 Primer: Marquette-Florida and Michigan State-Louisville Preview, Prediction, Poll, Spreads, and TV Info

Phoenix is the host for the West Region quarterfinal and semifinal games this weekend, better known as the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8. The quarterfinal games tip off tonight. To see my ranking from 1-8 of all the Sweet 16 matchups, click here. This primer, which contains info from our Marquette-Florida and Michigan State-Louisville previews will get you ready for both West Region Sweet...
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March 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Montreal Impact Score First Home Goal In Front Of 58,000 Fans

The Montreal Impact score their first goal at home as part of MLS: —– In their first game against Vancouver, they failed to score, losing 2-0. The expansion team had its second game of the season played in front of a record crowd of 58,000 people at the old Olympic dome where the Expos from MLB used to play. The game ended in a tie, 1-1. The Impact will play their next home...
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March 22, 2012  |  Discuss

MLS Average Score Offensive In The Wrong Way

Around the world’s best Soccer leagues, the average amount of goals per game year to year has been higher than MLS. In the English Premier League, the average tally is exactly 2.8 per game before Sunday’s matches. La Liga from Spain is averaging 2.72 goals per game before Sunday’s matches. MLS has had difficulty in past years getting above 2.5 goals per game. More Slow Goal...
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March 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Shaka Smart Turns Down Illinois, Will Remain at VCU

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, VCU head coach Shaka Smart has turned down Illinois’ offer to become its men’s basketball coach. Smart had been Illinois’ top choice to replace the recently fired Bruce Weber, but multiple anonymous sources told the paper that the 34-year-old coach informed the school’s athletic director Mike Thomas of his decision on Wednesday. VCU then...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Bottoms Line Podcast: Sweet 16 Preview and Final Four Picks

In episode #28 of The Bottoms Line College Basketball Podcast, another March Madness edition, I am once again joined by Troy Machir of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk and Raphielle Johnson of CollegeHoopsNet.com to quickly recap the NCAA Tournament’s first weekend and then look ahead to the Sweet 16. We look at each Sweet 16 matchup and then provide our Final Four picks...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball 2012 Strategy and Advice: Breaking Down in Tiers – Third Base

Other positions already covered in the series: C | 1B | 2B | SS When organizing each position into tiers, it enables owners to see which players should produce relatively the same statistics, and easily spot under/overvalued players in each tier. To refresh, let’s define the tiers that we will classify each position by: Elite: These players can be the foundation for your...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Sweet 16 Preview: Ranking The Matchups 1-8

Not sure about everyone else, but I have suffering some serious tournament withdrawal these last couple days after being spoiled with 48 games from Thursday through Sunday. Fear not my friends, as things get rolling again on Thursday when the East and West regionals tip off in Boston and Phoenix, respectively. I’ve already previewed each game, but in order to hold me over until...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow Traded To New York Jets

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports a deal has been reached between the Denver Broncos and New York Jets for Tim Tebow. Tim Teow is heading to the New York Jets. (Photo by Jeffrey Beall via Wikimedia Commons) Denver Trades Tim Tebow to New York Jets The Jets have given up a 4th round pick to acquire the services of Tim Tebow. If I were John Elway, I would have tried to get more, but...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Best Apps For Sports Fans: TuneIn Radio

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. As we all take a quick breath before the Madness picks back up again tomorrow night, this seemed like the perfect time to write it. I have absolutely fallen in love with the iPhone app for TuneIn Radio, and I want to share the recommendation with you. And I will also have to thank Dan Dakich in the process. As much as I enjoy living...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow And The Jacksonville Jaguars: A Logical Match

During the NFL season, Tim Tebow was the biggest story in sports that we have seen in a very long time. He had more national coverage than even Jeremy Lin received, and he led his team to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. But now he is in a holding pattern waiting to see where he will inevitably be dealt. Broncos Signing Peyton Manning Makes Sense As everyone now knows...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow: With Jaguars, Dolphins, Bucs, Jets, Eagles, Patriots, and Packers Being Mentioned…Where Will He Land?

Do I really have to beat on the dead horse – or in this case a deceased Bronco – named Tim Tebow yet again? Now that Peyton Manning has signed on the dotted line, he has officially recreated John Elway’s migration from Blue Horseshoe to the Denver Broncos, three decades later. (At least Manning was nice enough to play for the Colts and make them relevant for 13 seasons first...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

News Report: Michigan Woman Falls Off Pier While Texting; Indiana Woman Saves Her

Maybe it’s just one of those days, because this isn’t that funny, but I lost it when I heard the bearded guy say “…this appears to be a case of distracted strolling.” hat tip to Reddit —– If only there were video of the actual tumble. Alas… Anyway, now you know the difference between people from Michigan and people from Indiana. That is all. Carry on. THE PIER OF DOOM.  
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Martin Havlat’s Return Is Exactly What The San Jose Sharks Needed

Martin Havlat returned to the lineup last Thursday Night at the Shark Tank in San Jose in an important game against the Nashville Predators, which the Sharks won 2-1 in a shootout. His return is exactly what the Sharks need to make that final playoff push and get them into the post-season.   In the 10 games before Havlat’s return, San Jose had gone (2-6-2), scored only 17 goals...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe’s Reddit AMA Is Predictably Entertaining

Chris Kluwe of the Vikings (@ChrisWarcraft on Twitter) is an entertaining guy. He’s a punter by day, a musician by night, and apparently a gamer at all other points in between. Today, Kluwe took to Reddit to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session. Naturally, I dropped what I was doing – procrastinating by browsing Reddit – as soon as I saw it so that I could perform the much-needed...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Sweet 16 Midwest Region Primer: North Carolina-Ohio and Kansas-NC State Preview, Prediction, Poll, Spreads, and TV Info

St. Louis is the host for the Midwest Region quarterfinal and semifinal games this weekend, better known as the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8. This primer, which contains info from our North Carolina-Ohio and Kansas-NC State previews from over the weekend, will get you ready for both Sweet 16 games this weekend. Depending on the outcomes, we could have the chalkiest of chalky regional...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

March Madness: What The History Of Double-Digit Seeds In The Sweet 16 Suggests For Ohio, NC State, and Xavier

For the 9th time in the last 33 NCAA Tournaments, the Sweet 16 is comprised of at least three double-digit seeds: 13th-seed Ohio faces #1 seed North Carolina in the Midwest Region. 11th-seed North Carolina State faces #2 seed Kansas in the Midwest Region. 10th-seed Xavier faces #3 seed Baylor in the South Region. Interestingly, there has never been a Sweet 16 with four double-digit...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Cain McKnight, Thank You For Donating – An Update On The MSF Charity Initiative

We are less than a month into our long-term charity initiative here at MSF (details here), and we are already starting to make a difference. I got an email yesterday from Cain McKnight, who was on MSF to keep up with March Madness while he is traveling out of the country.  To summarize it, our call to action for Operation Homefront led him to make a significant donation to the charity...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Ultimate Roster Project: The Greatest Possible Lineup and Pitching Staff in Fantasy Baseball History

Baseball, more than any other major sport, uses individual statistics to tell its story. Records are cherished, benchmarks glorified, and the usage of modern era advanced metrics – while sometimes derided as “nerdy” – is turned into bestselling books and critically acclaimed movies. The tendency to evaluate baseball by adding up the sum of a team’s individual players...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

White Sox Off Day Podcast: Interview With Jim Margalus

White Sox Off Day is a new regular podcast I am hosting with KVB that will take place during every regularly schedule off day for the White Sox in 2012. For now, episodes will be hosted here at MSF, and you can follow us on Twitter (@WhiteSoxOffDay) for White Sox commentary, links, and in-game tweets. In the first episode, Kevin and I interview Jim Margalus of South Side Sox to discuss...
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March 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball 2012 Strategy and Advice: Breaking Down in Tiers – Shortstop

Other positions already covered in the series: C | 1B | 2B When organizing each position into tiers, it enables owners to see which players should produce relatively the same statistics, and easily spot under/overvalued players in each tier. To refresh, let’s define the tiers that we will classify each position by: Elite: These players can be the foundation for your fantasy...
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March 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Indiana-Kentucky Preview: 7 Reasons Why Friday’s Sweet 16 Outcome Is Far From A Foregone Conclusion

This post originally appeared over at AssemblyCall.com, where Jerod, Andy, and Ryan host a postgame show immediately following every IU basketball game. Kentucky is a great college basketball team. In this era of college hoops, with parity supposedly reigning throughout Division I, a team does not go 34-2 while winning all of its regular season conference games (even in a down cycle...
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March 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Peyton Manning To The Broncos; Denver Will Try To Trade Tim Tebow

Word is breaking via texts on my phone and tweets on my Twitter that Peyton Manning has finally made up his mind where he is going to play. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Peyton Manning is heading to Denver. More details are apparently to come, including what the contract will be, but here is the first detail of consequence that has already come in, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter...
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March 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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