Photo courtesy of kimoracochran.com. President Obama (pictured above) has proven that he really knows his hoops finishing in the 87.4 percentile of ESPN's Bracket Challenge last year.
By Josh Kramer
We have entered the third month of “Throwback Saturdays” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the routine. This is a day where I look back at my posts on this date one year ago and two years ago. Then we can decipher how spot on I was with my thoughts or how miserably wrong I was. Typically, it is the latter scenario. So what was happening on March 17, 2011? How about March 17, 2010? Let’s find out.
Nearly one year ago (March 18, 2011)..
Madness Highlights Thus Far
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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.
-Number one, I only went 11 of 16 in Round 2 (Round of 64). That is not too good. Shows how much I know. President Obama went 14 of 16 and at the end of Thursday was in the 99.7th percentile in the ESPN Bracket Challenge (over 5.9 million participants). Our President definitely knows his hoops.
-The Louisville game was by far the biggest shocker of the day. I realize there were other upsets, but the Cardinals going down to an in-state Morehead State team? I guess Louisville could technically be considered the 3rd best team in the state of Kentucky now?
-What a start to the first few games of the tournament. 4 of the first 5 contests came down to final second shots. The tournament lived up to all of the hype and more in the first few hours of play. And it is a good thing it did. Because outside of the Michigan St./UCLA game, the nightcap was very weak, featuring multiple blowouts (To finish reading this post, click this link). Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. According to our guest blogger Andrew Wittry, John Calipari (pictured above) will be a happy man on the night of April 2nd as he finally gets the monkey off his back and brings home a national championship.
By Andrew Wittry
Andrew Wittry is a senior at St. Xavier High School who literally eats and sleeps sports. He is looking forward to college and avidly pursuing a career in sports journalism. Andrew has an already well- established blog called Sports.Eat.Sleep.Repeat., where he posts new content regarding both professional and collegiate sports a few times each week.
Which month would you give up to have more March? While Buffalo Wild Wings jokingly uses this phrase in their recent March Madness advertising campaign, in all seriousness, I would willingly give up a few days of each month to be able to have more of the NCAA Tournament.
After coming home on from practice the other night and looking at the bracket, I could not have been more pleased with the field. When the biggest complaint about a team being left out is Drexel, a team out of the Colonial Athletic Association, who did win nineteen of its final twenty games, but did not have a single quality win out of conference, the committee did an excellent job. Though Drexel’s amazing late season surge in which they reeled off 19 wins in their last 20 games was highly impressive. I was very excited about how well the local teams fared as Xavier’s run in the A-10 Tournament earned the team a 10 seed and Cincinnati claimed a six spot. UC’s six was due in large part to giving #2 Syracuse its second loss of the season.
Here are my initial reactions from Selection Sunday:
Is Kentucky’s road to the Final Four too tough? Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Golf took a trip down memory lane this weekend with both Phil Mickelson (left) and Tiger Woods (right) in contention on Sunday. Mickelson ended up going home with the victory.
By Josh Kramer
“Linsanity” has hit a whole new level as the lowly New York Knicks have now won five straight games. The little-known point guard out of Harvard whom nobody wanted is now both “known” and “wanted” by all. Though it was weird having no professional or collegiate football games this past week, it still was a great week in the wide world of sports. As I always like to say though. On to the next one. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was without question a blast this past weekend. It was quite refreshing to have some of the “Big” names in golf back around the top of the leaderboard (Mickelson, Woods). For a short period, it felt as if golf was drifting back into the golden era of five years ago. Mickelson came out victorious, while Tiger struggled to a 15th place finish (though he was in contention until the final round). Well the tour does not start and end in Pebble Beach. Next weekend, all eyes will be on the Riviera Country Club in California. CBS will be heading up the coverage. I have a distinct feeling that the Woods/Mickelson Show could return in the very near future. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of theoldprincetonlanding.com. All eyes will be focused on Indianapolis this week as America gears up for the biggest sporting event of the year.
By Josh Kramer
Yes, this past weekend, no “real” football games (college or professional) were played for the first time since the beginning of September (and no the Pro Bowl is not a real game). Tennis jumped to the forefront of the sporting stratosphere and rightfully so. The Djokovic/Nadal 5 hour and 53 minute thriller was a match for the ages, that anybody who had a chance to bear witness will not soon forget. In addition, the Men’s Australian Open final made up for a Women’s final that was perhaps the worst Grand Slam final of all time. Last week was great, but you better believe this week will be pretty amazing in its own right. Here are the events to keep an eye on. Continue reading
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