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Blake Griffin Should Be Suspended For Water Incident

To me, this is unreal. Yeah, it is partially funny just because it would be cool to do that to a buddy or something and we've all had that feeling about someone bugging you.  But for an NBA player ... playing at home ... to act like that is quite shocking.Blake Griffin should be suspended.If Griffin confronted a fan and pushed him, he'd be suspended.  If he threw a towel...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hack-a-Howard? Fouling Up Three? We Just Saw Both Strategies Work

Every NBA playoff series has had their first game done and we've seen five road teams win that game.  That may be the lead on the postseason thus far, but underneath it all is two unpopular strategies showing that they really work.The first one is Hack-a-Bad-Foul-Shooter.  In this instance, it is Dwight Howard who got the treatment.  The Portland Trail Blazers trailed by 10...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ranking My Favorite Pro Sports Franchise That Lack The "S"

I'm not a big fan of pro sports nicknames that don't end in an "s".  I don't like those spiffy names like the MLS does and have the Crew, Fire, Impact, Galaxy and several others.  I can work in college (Fighting Irish, Orange, Minutemen, Wolfpack) but I'm just not a fan of it in my major pro sports.There are nine teams who fall under this umbrella in the...
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"Bad Boys" Documentary Should Shock NBA Fans Now

The 1980s-90s Pistons always had a way withticking off their opponentsJust got done watching ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary "Bad Boys", which follows the rise of the Detroit Pistons of the 1980s and early 1990s.  This was a particular interesting doc for me due to the fact that this is the era of NBA basketball I grew up in. I am a Lakers fan and the Detroit Pistons...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

College Players Should Get Paid, But Maybe Not Directly From Schools

If you've ever read my site, you know that I'm not a fan of the NCAA as an "organization" and I think players should be able to make money.  I've wrote this idea for a decade now and it is as hot a debate as ever.Of course, most people see that and say, "the NCAA and the schools should pay the players for sacrificing their bodies, time and schooling so...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ways To Make College Basketball On TV Better

College basketball season is over, but it still is bubbling in my blood.  You still have the recruiting circuit going on with those All-Star games, late signing recruits and transfers.  You also have the early entry announcements for the NBA Draft as well as a few coaching changes and other tidying up.But it is also a good time to look back and see what just took place.  It is...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chick-fil-A Bowl Renaming Is Just Peach-y To Me

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is changing their name again.  It will be ... the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl!  Okay, while that isn't entirely new, it is refreshing to see that name again.See, the Peach Bowl has been played since 1968 and was known as such until 1997.  That year, Chick-fil-A bought the sponsorship rights and the game was named the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.  In 2006, they...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' First Round NBA Predictions

It is NBA Playoffs time once again and ... well ... uh ... uh ... my beloved Lakers aren't in it.  Not even close.  And it feels weird, although very expected.For 16 teams, however, the playoffs are an exciting time.  For teams like the Heat, Spurs and Thunder, it is what they've waited all year for -- a shot to get back to the Finals.  For teams like the Pacers, Rockets...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

UConn Joins The College Basketball Elite

UConn beat Kentucky for the NCAA Championship which places the Huskies in some elite company.  As you can see below, they've had quite the run.  Well, it is really time to look at UConn a little closer and maybe put them with those "blue bloods" we always hear about.*UConn won their 4th title.  Only UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina and Indiana has won more.  UConn...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Is James Michael McAdoo making a mistake leaving UNC?

McAdoo will leave UNC with a rather mixed opinionof his career in baby blue.Junior forward James Michael McAdoo has announced he is entering the NBA draft.  It has caught a lot of people off guard because he seemed to be using "we" a lot when discussing next year's Tar Heels squad and ... well ... if hadn't left for the 2012 or 2013 drafts when his stock was a...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking ahead to 2014 conference realignment

Louisville is the biggest name to switchconferences this summer.With the Final Four set and ready to roll on Saturday, let's remember how much of a business college sports is.Meaning, while this last summer was filled with schools moving all over the place, there is still some big time moves going on in this coming July.  I'm more of a college hoops kinda guy so I'm...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Elite 8

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room.GAME OF THE ROUND: Wisconsin vs Arizona. Nothing better than extra basketball!  Two teams going toe-to-toe at the end of both regulation and overtime.  I know it doesn't seem pretty when a game is such a defensive battle, but true basketball fans loved it.  Wisconsin looks like a champion and I think can beat anyone left...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Multiple conference teams in Final Four normal, meaningless

The 1975 tournament was the first that allowed multiple teams from one conference to qualify for the event.  The very next season, Indiana and Michigan met for the championship ... obviously both were from the Big Ten.In the 39 tournaments since the tournament expanded like this, there have been multiple teams from one conference in the Final Four 22 times.  Amazing that more than...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Sweet 16, Day 2

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch two games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Kentucky vs Louisville. Truth be told, all four games were pretty good.  All four went down to the final minute.  All four were decided by five points or less.  Louisville led this game pretty much the entire way but Kentucky's poise...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

2013-2014 Will Be Remembered As Bad NBA Season

What will the 2013-14 NBA season be most remembered for? Well, Adam Silver took over for David Stern.  That is huge.  Whomever wins the championship will have it be memorable.  Maybe it is the Heat's three-peat season?  Maybe the Pacers first ring?  Oklahoma City's first title.  Maybe the Spurs win their 5th title?And there you have it.  Silver and the fact that we...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Sweet 16, Day 1

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch two games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Arizona vs San Diego State. Heading into the Sweet 16, SDSU was my sleeper pick for a Final Four run.  This is a fine defensive team who I felt could give Zona some problems.  In the first half, that fact was clear.  The Aztecs owned the...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Round of 32, Day Two

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Kentucky vs Wichita State. The  Iowa State-North Carolina game was a close second due to a last second shot and a controversial ending, but this game had two teams playing at a high level trading punches.  It had big shots, big defensive...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Round of 32, Day 1

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Dayton vs Syracuse. There were a few really good games and a couple came down to the closing minutes.  This one, however, went down to the final shot.  Dayton and Syracuse truly traded the lead all through the second half and Tyler Ennis...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking Ahead To The 2014-15 Tar Heels

The Tar Heels will suit up to battle the Iowa State Cyclones in the third round of the NCAA Tournament tomorrow.  UNC will try to get back to the Sweet 16 ... but it also could be the final game of this season.  Say what you want about this season and how it has gone down, but aside from this tournament, it is in the past. So let's look ahead.  What will the 2014-15 Tar Heels...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Please Change The NCAA Tournament Courts

Every year I complain about this.  Please listen, NCAA.  Sure, I may be the only person out there who cares but I care a lot!CHANGE THESE COURTS!  THEY ARE BORING!You can see the photo to the left.  That is how every court looks.  The "left" side of the court has the name of the city on the baseline.  The "right" side of the court has the name of the arena...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Round of 64, Day 2

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Stephen F Austin vs VCU. One of the better tournament games I have watched in a long time.  Not only was it fast paced, but there were wild momentum swings.  The four point play by SFA to tie the game at the end of regulation was out...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Calhoun To BC? Imagine The ACC Coaches Meetings

Now that the Boston College job is open, there is all kinds of speculation of who might fill the void.  Now comes a report that former UConn legendary coach Jim Calhoun is very interested in it.  If I'm Boston College, I do that.   Now.  I know this isn't a long term answer, but it is an answer for a program that has floundered since early successes in the early to mid...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - First Round, Day 1

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Dayton vs Ohio State. There were several good games that could fit in here, but this one was truly back and forth that featured a game winner with less than 4 seconds left and a missed shot by one of college basketball's best known...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

North Dakota State's Taylor Braun gets kicked in the head

North Dakota State star Taylor Braun got quite a knot on his head after he was inadvertently kicked in the noggin by Oklahoma's Cameron Clark.  Braun just hit a go ahead runner when he hit the deck and was kicked.  No penalty was called on the play even though the officials reviewed it on the replay monitor.
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

NCAA tourney's First Four should all be at-large teams

We just finished up the First Four of the NCAA Tournament and today begins the "real" tournament.That's what it feels like.  Because of the NCAA's weird bracket of 68 schools, we get a four game first round that people mistakenly call play-in games and then call the second round the first round and the third round is the second round.  Blah blah blah blah.I get...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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