Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com. The Road to the Final Four begins tonight in Dayton. Here is a guide to help with your bracket.
By Josh Kramer
For the first time in a very long time, there will be no “Food for Thought” today (Tuesday). A higher being has taken charge. And that would be none other than March Madness. Sure there are other things going on in sports, but what else do you really want to talk about? Sorry Peyton. You will be taking a back seat today.
The brackets are finally set. And as usual, Joe Lunardi did a wonderful job with Bracketology, correctly guessing 67 of the 68 teams in the field. The guy is unbelievable. But enough speculation. Let’s talk about the actual tournament bracket.
South Region: The Region of Prestige
-Many are proclaiming this the best region in the field. I do not agree (I think the East is). But without question, it is not short on “prestigious” programs such as Kentucky, Connecticut, Indiana, and Duke. In addition, three of last year’s Final Four participants reside in the South (Kentucky, Connecticut, and VCU). But let’s be entirely realistic. This region starts and ends with the Big Blue Nation. If Kentucky comes to play, they won’t lose.
-Xavier over Notre Dame
-The Connecticut Huskies are praying that history does not repeat itself. Each time UConn has won the title under Jim Calhoun (1999, 2004) the following year has resulted in a second round exit from the tourney (would be third round this year).
-A number one overall seed has been revealed each of the past eight years. The top seed has only reached the Final Four three times. The only number one overall seed during this year eight year stretch to win the title was Florida in 2007. Kentucky is praying that they can accomplish what their SEC rival did five years ago. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Kentucky super freshman Anthony Davis (pictured above) has quickly become the frontrunner for the Naismith National Player of the Year Award.
By Josh Kramer
For the first time since the beginning of September, there will be no organized football games to speak of. America’s favorite sport will now go into hibernation until training camp and spring ball begins. After last night’s “Super” spectacle in which Eli Manning outdid Tom Brady, watching the pigskin get tossed around every Saturday and Sunday will be sorely missed. But on to the next one. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. Despite much indecision and turmoil in the form of a 130 day lockout leading up to the 92nd NFL season, the 2011/2012 NFL season did not disappoint by any means. If anything, the sport grew in popularity. ESPN proclaimed this the “Year of the Quarterback.” I think without question, next year should be the “Year of the Tight End.” Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of otrsportsonline.com. We now know that the Green Bay Packers will not go undefeated. How will Jermichael Finley (pictured above) and the Packers respond to their first loss since December 19, 2010?
By Josh Kramer
The bowl game matchups were not flattering this weekend by any means. Fortunately, two of the three games went down to the wire. In addition, there was another jam-packed schedule of college hoops in which Xavier, in their first appearance since the “Crosstown Brawl,” got slaughtered at home by Oral Roberts. There is so much going on in sports as we prep for the New Year. Here are the events to keep an eye on this week.
5. Concussions continue to plague the NHL worse than any other professional sports league. Sid “the Kid” headlines a very long list of NHL star players currently sidelined by concussion related injuries. Players such as Kris Letang, Claude Giroux, Jeff Skinner, and of course Chris Pronger. Despite the unfortunate injuries, the beat goes on in the NHL. The marquee matchup of the week takes place tonight in Canada. Continue reading
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