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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 all games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Florida vs Wisconsin. This wasn't supposed to be the best game.  I'm not saying that before the game but during the game.  Florida had a nice lead late and seemed to have this thing wrapped up.  But some late threes and a wild shot to tie...
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2 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 all games going on at the same time.GAME OF THE DAY: Gonzaga vs West Virginia. This game was awesome.  So physical with so many ebbs and flows.  West Virginia's defense looked so dominant at times that I felt that Gonzaga couldn't overcome it.  Then the Zags go on a run and I felt the 'Neers...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Second Round, 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: Kentucky vs Wichita State. There was smack talk and a lively crowd.  The game was back and forth with the outcome in doubt going to the final shot.  No, it wasn't the most eye-popping game on a day filled with some good games but it was...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Second 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: Purdue vs Iowa State. From start to finish, this game was intense.  Purdue did get a huge lead going but the Cyclones fought back to make this one of the best back and forth games in the tournament.  And ... boy ... that Biggie Swanigan...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - First Round, 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: Michigan vs Oklahoma State. Even brushing away all that the Wolverines have gone through in the last ten days, this was set up to be a great game to watch.  At this time in the tournament, it's rare to have to really solid offensive teams...
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9 days ago  |  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: Northwestern vs Vanderbilt. That place was bananas as the Northwestern alumni converged on Salt Lake City to root on their Wildcats against a Vandy team that worked their way back to the tournament.  It was close all game long and, unfortunately...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Annoying People In Bracket Pools

It is bracket time again, so people all across our great land are taking pen or pencil to brackets at hoping for the best.  They reason, they debate, they flip a coin.  Most of all, they think they are correct.  They go to blogs and websites to get that last bit of info to make their selections.This isn't that post.This is for those people who collect the brackets.  Those people...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz Assassin's East Region Preview

Start spreading the news ...TEAM TO BEAT: Villanova. The defending champs are defending it well.  The Wildcats have been the best team all season long and are looking to become the first team to win consecutive national championships since Florida did so a decade ago. TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Villanova. Everyone is salivating over a possible regional final between Villanova...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz Assassin's Midwest Region Preview

With KC and Memphis as regional sites, have we had a betterBBQ tournament?  Why aren't North Carolina and Texas hosting too?TEAM TO BEAT: Kansas. The Jayhawks have been great all year long.  They have a national player of the year candidate in Frank Mason, one of the best backcourts in the country and a one-and-done talent in Josh Jackson. TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Kansas...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz Assassin's West Region Preview

Which teams will know the way to San Jose?TEAM TO BEAT: Gonzaga. The Bulldogs waited for the final regular season game to lose for the first time.  We all know that the Zags are usually good but just haven't broken through to a Final Four despite other instances when they were deemed great.  I get the skepticism, but this team deserves its seed and deserves our respect.  You...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz Assassin's South Region Preview

Memphis' famed Beale StreetTEAM TO BEAT: North Carolina. The Tar Heels won the nation's toughest league, the ACC, by two full games.  They have all the parts to win the whole thing: they are the top rebounding team, are shooting threes much better than past years, are deep and have experience. TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: North Carolina. This is kind of a glamour region with...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Boeheim ... Kindly Be Quiet

So Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim decided to trash the city of Greensboro, NC on his way out the door of the 2017 ACC Tournament on Wednesday.  Boeheim's post game press conference after the Orange's loss to the Miami Hurricanes featured the ACC's signature grump with his "get off my lawn" moment: "There's no reason to play in Greensboro," Boeheim said Wednesday. "The only reason...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Sportz' Bubble Watch (2/17)

Okay. I've been doing my whole Sportz' Bubble Watch for a few years now and I think it is time to start back up. With only a few weeks left in the season before conference tournaments, let's see how the bubble looks.So, here are my locks ... yes, by conference. Locks are teams that I think are in no matter what.  Looking good are teams that are in, barring a total collapse.  I...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

R.I.P. Russ Nixon

Former Major League catcher and manager Russ Nixon died on Tuesday.  He was 81.He played 13 seasons for the Indians, Red Sox and Twins and managed the Cincinnati Reds in the early 1980s and the Atlanta Braves in the late 80s.  He was the Red Sox catcher when Roger Maris hit his 61st home run in 1961.  As a bench coach, he won a World Series with the 1976 Reds.  He still holds...
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November 10, 2016  |  Discuss

So Ends The Kobe-Duncan Era

Kobe Bryant's Lakers and Tim Duncan's Spurs met 7 timesin the playoffs and represented the West in the Finals13 times over a 16 year period. The NBA is full of eras.  We had the early days of the NBA when George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers ran things.  In the 1960s, it was the Boston Celtics' amazing dominance.  In the 1980s, it was Bird and Magic.  In the 1990s, it was...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

What If The Big 12 Crumbled?

With the Big 12 possibly looking at expanding from ten teams to their namesake twelve, there are rumors all over about who the two new schools could be.  There is some excitement that some schools on the outside of the Power 5 could get a ticket into the party.  But what if this moves in the other direction.What if schools leave and the Big 12 is kaput?That is a realistic possibility...
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June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

My Dad, Mother's Day and A Five-Year Anniversary

Today is Mother's Day, but I'd like to take a second to talk about Father's Day.  Ten years ago, I wrote a blog post about my dad and fathers for Father's Day.  My mom would tell me that my dad really, really, really enjoyed the post and felt proud.  Here is the entire post I wrote back on June 18th, 2006: Happy Father's Day to everyone.  If you are reading this blog, then...
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May 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Where Should The Big 12 Expand?

The Big 12 is apparently looking at expanding to, uh, 12 teams.  Yes, the ten team league with a twelve team name is looking to expand.  Football is running this, per usual, but it is the fact that the league is worried about getting left out of the college football playoff.  So adding teams is going to be tough.This isn't like the last few rounds of conference realignment. ...
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May 06, 2016  |  Discuss

It Really, Really, Really Hurts ... But Congrats To Villanova

SORRY.  NO PHOTO TODAYI was stunned.  I actually knew it was going to happen, but I was still stunned.  Kris Jenkins hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the National Championship against my Heels.Ugh.Ugh.It certainly stings.  It was the first buzzer beater to win an NCAA Tournament since NC State did in against Houston in 1983.  So, yeah, as a North Carolina fan, three...
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April 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Sportz' MLB Predictions

Okay, let's take another stab at this:NL EAST1-Mets*2-Nationals*3-Marlins4-Phillies5-BravesNL CENTRAL1-Cubs*2-Cardinals*3-Pirates4-Brewers5-RedsNL WEST1-Dodgers*2-Giants3-Diamondbacks4-Padres5-RockiesAL EAST1-Blue Jays*2-Red Sox*3-Yankees4-Rays5-OriolesAL CENTRAL1-Royals*2-Indians3-Tigers4-White Sox5-TwinsAL WEST1-Astros*2-Rangers*3-Angels4-Mariners5-AthleticsWORLD SERIES:  Blue Jays over Mets
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April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Sportz Assassin's Final Four Preview

TEAM TO BEAT: North Carolina. The only No. 1 seed remaining, the Tar Heels look like a title team.  Their inside game is elite and clearly is advantage against the other three teams in Houston.  Add in their recent ability to stretch defenses with their three point shooting, and they are playing nearly unbeatable basketball. TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP: North Carolina...
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April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Multiple Teams In The Final Four ... Yet Again?

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 41 tournaments since the tournament expanded like this, there have been multiple teams from one conference in the Final Four 24 times.  Amazing that much more...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

What The Tar Heels Could Look Like In 2016-2017

Will Isaiah Hicks become the star of the 2016-17 Tar Heels? The North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball season will end this weekend.  Either it will end with the Heels' celebrating their 6th NCAA Tournament championship or it will end with a heartbreaking loss at the Final Four.Either way, we are going to sneak a peak at what next season's team could look like.  They won't...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

UConn Isn't Ruining Women's Basketball ... But I'm Not Watching It

There has been much made about Dan Shaughnessy's tweet about UConn's dominance ruining women's college basketball.  People all over the sports world are chiming in.  Most agree that it isn't the case.  UConn isn't killing the game.  Everyone else needs to step it up.That's my view as well.  It isn't the Huskies fault that they are so good and no one else can touch them.  Are...
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March 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Elite Eight

Buddy Hield has carried Oklahoma back to the Final Four Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room.GAME OF THE DAY: Villanova vs Kansas. Whenever the top overall seed goes down, it's a big deal.  This was a real good one.  The Wildcats looked like they were looking good early, then the Jayhawks predictably took the game over.  But Nova took it right back.  Their defense...
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March 28, 2016  |  Discuss
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