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SOMM March Madness Bracket Contest

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It’s Sweet 16 time and it’s time to look at the standings in the SOMM March Madness Bracket Contest.

In the first round S2N (Signal to Noise ) led the way with 25 correctly-picked games and Ryan McNeill, owner of Hoops Addict with 24 posted the top scores after round one of the SOMM Big Dance Pick ‘Em on Yahoo! Sports. J Spraitz, MODI, and yours truly are three games behind S2N with 22 picks.

The rest of the competitors brackets looked like this: oj mustard (JB) – 21 with Clemson making a run to the Elite 8, brian – 20 who, in addition to being another Clemson casualty has Baylor becoming a feel-good story and advancing to the Elite 8, “look out for snakes” and MCB are tied with 19, and “Ink’s Hersey Hawkin’s Revenge” bringing up the rear with 18.

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March 27, 2008 at 11:42 am

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A Sunday, March Madness Recruiting Tale: Geno Auriemma and UConn – Pat Summit and the University of Tennessee

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patgeno.jpgESPN’s Bob Ley, in Sunday’s excellent Outside the Lines segment on women’s college basketball, illuminated the “feud” between University of Tennessee Women’s basketball head coach, Pat Summit, and the University of Connecticut’s head coach, Geno Auriemma. The rivalry that was reached nasty status this summer when UConn extended a contract to continue the annual regular season meeting between the two teams and Summit and Tennessee refused.

It is no secret that the coaches dislike each other. It is no secret that, as the Boston Globe‘s Jackie McMillan said today on the OTL segments, that Auriemma wishes that Summit would understand the entertainment, “grow the game” through a staged rivalry side of their jobs, while Summit wishes Auriemma would take the game and everything around it more seriously and, as McMillan said, “respect the game” more.

However, there is something more than just a difference of perspective that led Summit and the Volunteer program to refuse to sign an extension for the teams’ annual meetings. The obvious question is why, but when that question was put to Summit, she refused to answer. For his part, Auriemma said that it comes down to an intense dislike on Summit’s part: “Sometimes you wonder why” [somebody doesn’t like you]. “I don’t know. I like me.”

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SOMM NCAA Predictions From Round One to the Championship Game

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jaimedixon.jpgAfter writing out my feelings on key matchups in the East Region, I realized how similar my assessments were to those in the mainstream. So, what I’m going to do instead is just give up my main picks.

So, without further ado, here we go.


East Region

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s – UNC
No. 8 INDIANA vs. No. 9 ARKANSAS – Arkansas
No. 4 WASHINGTON STATE vs. No. 13 WINTHROP – Washington St.
No. 6 OKLAHOMA vs. No. 11 SAINT JOSEPH’S – Oklahoma
No. 3 LOUISVILLE vs. No. 14 BOISE STATE – Louisville
No. 7 BUTLER vs. No. 10 SOUTH ALABAMA – Butler
No. 2 TENNESSEE vs. No. 15 AMERICAN – Tennessee

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The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: The Bracket – First Thoughts, Gut Feelings

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The teams have been announced (I’ve been watching ESPN’s “Black Magic” – a history of basketball from the side of black players and coaches). Here are some matchups that caught my eye and my gut feeling about which team will win.

The Top Seeds
1. UNC (East)
2. Memphis (South)
3. UCLA (West)
4. Kansas (Midwest)
5. Georgetown (Midwest)
6. Duke (West)
7. Texas (South)
8. Tennessee (East)

Key First Round Matchups

#8 Indiana – #9 Arkansas (Arkansas)
#7 Butler – #10 South Alabama (Butler)
#6 Oklahoma – #11 St. Joe’s (St. Joe’s)

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March 16, 2008 at 9:53 pm

My 37 At-Large Teams (That means three have to go!)

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Update: Ruining potential brackets everywhere, Dennis Felton completed and improbable run by winning four games in three days to win the SEC Tournament. Felton took over the Bulldogs program after it was decimated by the actions of the coach he succeeded, Jim Harrick. Now the 16-16 Georgia Bulldogs, after defeating heralded teams and coaches, go dancing.

And who knows, the team he might be knocking out of the Big Dance could just well be from his own conference (or, if the South Alabama Jaguars were the final team in – they’re gone).

Because I love this time of year so much and spend so much time trying to get together a winning bracket, what I’ve decided to do is let you in on my thinking about March Madness, how I see the teams and what I see for the matchups after the bracket is announced. Here are my 34 at-large teams, by conference, according to the hundreds of games I watched throughout the season, and according to Sagarin ratings (yes, I trust in Jeff’s ratings).

Pac 10
Stanford – 89.42, Wash St. – 88.69, USC – 86.62, Zona – 85.09, Oregon – 83.86, Az. St. – 83.06

Big 12
Championship game loser, Texas A&M – 85.78, Ok – 84.26, K St. – 84.24

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March Madness: Here We Go!

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calst.jpgThis is the first installment of March Madness posts (6 hours to the pickin’s!)

Conference Tournament Winners (with Sagarin Ratings): American – 73.14 (21-11, 10-4 Patriot), Austin Peay – 73.29 (24-10, 16-4 OVC), Belmont – 75.10 (25-8, 14-2 A-Sun), Boise St. – 77.01 (25-8, 12-4 WAC), Butler – 86.35 (29-3, 16-2 Horizon), CS Full. – 78.92 (24-8, 12-4 B. West), Coppin St. – 64.12 (16-20, 7-9 MEAC), Cornell – 76.88 (22-5, 14-0 Ivy), Davidson – 85.58 (26-6, 20-0 Southern), Drake – 87.62 (28-4, 15-3 MVC), G. Mason – 78.33 (23-10, 12-6 CAA), Kent St. – 82.75 (28-6, 13-3 MAC), Memphis 94.41 (33-1, 16-0 C-USA), MVSU – 61.89 (17-15, 12-6 SWAC), O. Roberts – 80.19 (24-8, 16-2 Summit), Pittsburgh – 87.44 (26-9, 10-8 B. East), Portland St. – 75.87 (23-9, 14-2 B. Sky), Mt. St. Mary’s – 71.27 (18-14, 11-7 Neast), San Diego – 76.70 (21-13, 11-3 WCC), Siena – 77.55 (22-10, 13-5 MAAC), Temple – 80.56 (20-12, 11-5 A-10), UCLA – 94.61 (31-3, 16-2 Pac-10), UMBC – 75.28 (24-8, 13-3 AEast), UNLV 82.57 (26-7, 12-4 MWC), W. Kentucky – 82.16 (27-6, 16-2 S. Belt), Winthrop – 76.71 (22-11, 10-4 Big South), UT-Arling. – 72.45 (21-11, 7-9 Southland), North Carolina – 95.39 (32-2, 14-2 ACC), Wisconsin – 91.56 (29-4, 16-2 Big 10), Kansas – 94.32 (31-3, 13-3 Big 12), Georgia – 77.70 (16-16, 4-12 Southeastern)

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March 16, 2008 at 11:01 am

Around Internet Media: A Pro Bowl Jack Up; March Madness on Your Monitor; Sparky on Steroids; Roddick on Clay; The Ship Be Risin’; When Entertainment and News Meet

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Will the coach of the NFC special teams please report to security? Your punter has been totaled by a number 21 in blue. Coach of the NFC special teams, please reports to security. Your punter has just been totaled by a number 21 in blue.

(thanks to “medieval33O25“)


If you can’t be near a television for the early games the first two days of March Madness in 28 days, 5 hours, 17 minutes, 40 seconds and counting, you can sign up CBS Sportsline’s NCAA March Madness On Demand. Better hurry before they reach their threshold point.

FOX Sports is trying something similar, albeit with video of aspects of the Daytona 500. I hope CBS Sportline’s coverage is better than FOX’s which, when I clicked on one of the NINE-part(!) video links of the 2007 Daytona Budweiser Shootout, nothing happened. And again, and again, and again, and —— you get the point. BTW, Tony Stewart won the shootout.


Steroid Nation (SN) disses Sparky Anderson for making the following statements about steroids:

“I don’t think (McGwire) could possibly have a chance because the mood was not for getting him inducted,” said Anderson, who’s ranked fourth all-time for career managerial wins. “Maybe it will go away later on, but I knew he had no chance.

SN: The Spark is wondering what all the bluster surrounding Barry Bonds.

“The only thing I would like to see is proof. Last summer, they said they were going to indict Barry Bonds on Friday. A lot of Fridays have gone by since and I haven’t seen any indictments. Nobody has any proof.

SN: Then Anderson gets it wrong.

“Besides, when McGwire and them took it, it wasn’t illegal. Now what do you do? I think they have themselves in a corner. “

Steroid Nation points out that steroids were classified as a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1991.

However, in the end it is Steroid Nation that gets it wrong. Class III drugs have the following provision that makes them illegal except in certain circumstances. Under the CSA’s Control and Enforcement subchapter Part B under “Enforcement,” Class III drugs are illegal except when:

(B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.

And steroids are accepted in a variety of medical treatments – everything from eczema to sinus infections, from asthma to the treatment of viral pneumonia. Though Anderson was more than likely referring to the legality of steroids in baseball, he is also correct in stating that they are, in fact, legal for medical use for many treatments.


The U.S. Davis Cup team advanced to the quarter-finals with a win over the Czech Republic. This is important because the matches were played on slow clay and Andy Roddick won both of the matches he played on his least favorite surface. This bodes well for the American’s chances to advance deep into the draw at the next major, the French Open, which is played on slow red clay.


Micheal Ray Richardson, he of Magic Johnson-like talent (Richardson was the only player Johnson said he feared), voracious cocaine and alcohol abuse, and of a statement now used throughout the sporting world, “The ship be sinkin'” is the subject of a great article by Bill Finley of the New York Times. Richardson’s star has risen once again as, at 52, he is being touted as the next great NBA coach. At the moment Richardson is plying his trade in the CBA as head coach for the Albany Patroons.


On the Times’ tip, there’s also an article by Harvey Araton titled “Old Celtics Are Untainted by Failure.” Unfortunately, it’s premium content, so you need to pay to read. The premise of the article, according to the teaser, is this:

“Imagine if it were Isiah Thomas’s team instead of Larry Bird’s that since November 2004 had led the N.B.A. in behavioral lines crossed, combinations of punches thrown and shots fired from an actual gun.”

If anyone out there has a NYT premium content pass and would like to send me the article, please do; it sounds like a good one.


Finally, a great video snippet is posted over at Sports Media Watch. It’s short, subtle, and subversive, but it speaks volumes about the problems with the nature and content of news media in the U.S.


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February 11, 2007 at 12:36 pm