Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Weekly Nickel”

Washington National's 18 year old phenom Bryce Harper (pictured above) suffered a sprained ankle today in a scrimmage. Major League baseball opens up in just 9 days.

Now I will admit it is hard for me to say, but there is really not a whole lot going on in the sporting world this week outside of March Madness.  Let me rephrase that actually.  There is plenty going on, but nothing even compares to the Madness that has struck.  What a first weekend for the tournament.  I cannot wait until the Sweet 16 picks up on Thursday.  But I digress.  Here is a look at this week’s top sporting events.

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“Big East? Big Deal”

According to our guest writer Mike Jarvis, the Big East is no big deal. America's best conference went into Thursday with 11 teams in the tournament. After the first weekend, there are just 2 remaining.

Today we have a special guest blogger.  His name is Mike Jarvis.

 
Mike is a sports buff that never shies away from sharing his opinion or flexing his Buckeye muscles.  You can follow Mike on twitter @jarvismb
 
First off, I must admit that my conference allegiance lies with the Big Ten, and at the beginning of the season I was convinced they were the best conference in the nation. However, once the season started my opinion changed, as I think almost everyone came to regard the Big East as the best conference in the nation. Once the Big East schedule was underway this sentiment only seemed to grow. But this is when I started having questions about the talent of the Big East conference. I still thought they were the best conference from top to bottom, but how did they stack up nationally? Once the conference schedule started the rankings were all relative to each other. By that I mean the Big East teams were only playing each other which made it harder to determine how good they were nationally.

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“Madness Highlights Thus Far Part II”

Duke has been pronounced as the favorite with the return of super freshman Kyrie Irving (pictured above). Irving is an outstanding player but I am still not entirely sold on the Blue Devils.

The 2nd and 3rd rounds sure have lived up to the hype this year.  MoreheadState, Richmond, Butler and more.  The upsets have been galore, and many games have come down to the final seconds.  What more could you really ask for? Since my last update, here are my thoughts for the Saturday and Sunday games thus far. Continue reading

“Madness Highlights Thus Far”

UConn star Kemba Walker made a name for himself in Maui. He continued his great play throughout the regular season and wowed New York in the Big East Tournament. Now he looks to take his team to the Final Four.

As if there is anything else going on in the wide world of sports that is on the same wave length as the NCAA Tournament right now.  Sure there is the Roger Goodell versus Kevin Burnett bickering, Spring Training, and NBA Action.  But none of these things compare to the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament.  And yes I said the first Thursday, because it is no longer the first round technically.  It is the start of Round 2.  Whatever it is the start of, you got to love it.

No predictions today.  I will let my bracket play out a little.  But I wanted to check in and let you know my initial thoughts of this year’s edition of March Madness. Continue reading

“NCAA March Madness Preview Part II: BRACKETOLOGY”

Take a look at the official March Madness selections from TheSportsKraze…

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“Food for Thought 3-15-11”

I am not sure how Florida Coach Billy Donovan (pictured above) and the Gators received a number 2 seed. But you can count on the Southeast Region to be a wild one.

It is an extreme chore not to focus all of my attention on the NCAA Tournament.  And I will admit, the majority of my thought over the past 24 hours has been focused on the Madness.  How should I fill out my bracket?  Will it be an upset city marathon like last year?  Or will all the parity hype just be for not?  Well there is one thing I do know.  The Southeast Region will by far be the most unpredictable.  Since viewing the Selection Show on Sunday, I was utterly shocked at the way this region came out. Continue reading

“Weekly Nickel”

Charles Barkley has found his way into helping out with calling some of the March Madness Games. Strap in for the greatest tournament we have in American sports.

It is the Monday following the one and only “Selection Sunday.”  What a week we have ahead in sports.  It is arguably the best sporting week we have all year.    The 1st, 2nd, and now 3rd rounds of the NCAA’s March Madness will take place.  Do your best to remain focused at work.  But make sure to utilize your mobile devices and dual monitors to keep in the loop on the day games if it is permitted at your respective offices.  You will not want to miss these early round games.

Now I will admit, everything else in sports kind of takes a backseat for the next few weeks.  The event of March Madness captures the entire country’s attention and really holds on for the better part of 3 weeks.  Will my bracket outdo yours?  Do I have a shot at winning my office pool?  Now is the time to show off your knowledge.  But as is the tradition on Monday’s, we will discuss the weekly top five.  Contrary to popular belief, the other sports do not go into actual hibernation during March Madness. Continue reading

“NCAA March Madness Preview Part 1”

The brackets are out. Let the journey to Houston begin!

The Brackets are finally officially set.  No more speculation.  No more bracketology.  I will admit that what ESPN Bracketology specialist Joe Lunardi does is pretty remarkable.  But it is made out as if his bracket is more important than the real thing some times.  I will take the bracket presented by the CBS Selection Show every day of the week over Lunardi’s.  Anyways, after watching the Selection Show this evening, here are a few initial items that really jumped out at me: Continue reading

“Xavier: A Coaching Gold Mine”

Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack is just the latest great coach that has led the Muskie basketball team to tournament success.

I realize that most Xavier fans are deeply disheartened today by a loss to their 2nd biggest rival Dayton (Cincinnati is the biggest).  Nobody foresaw the number 1 seeded Muskies bailing out in the Quarterfinals of the very weak A-10 Tournament.  I unfortunately was unable to watch the game today due to work commitments. 

But from reading and hearing about the game, it sounds like the Muskies played pitiful basketball for well over 2/3rds of the game, yet they did just enough to be in it when the game was on the line.  And was it a foul on Lyons?  The refs called it, so I guess it was.  Is this loss a reason for Muskie Nation to panic? Continue reading

“Not Entirely Sold on Miami”

This image of Chris Bosh from a few days ago was long forgotten tonight. Do not expect to see another Bosh press conference like this anytime soon.

This image of Chris Bosh from a few days ago was long forgotten tonight. Do not expect to see another Bosh press conference like this anytime soon.

I will admit that I am very surprised by tonight’s outcome of the marquee NBA matchup.  I fully expected the Lakers to win and even predicted it on this very blog.  I was wrong.  It is unusual for Los Angeles to not show up for a big game.  Much less show up for the 4th Quarter.  I guess the Heat have their number.  Or maybe it was just Miami’s time to win a ballgame and LA’s time to lose.  Luckily for the Lake Show, they would not have to face the Miami Trifecta until the NBA Finals.  And lets be real, at this point, I can’t see Miami getting through Boston or Chicago. Continue reading