||St. Joe's students:
Always appreciate a quality chant: Credit for Thursday's simple "Bil!-ly!-Pack!-er!" (and for NO
including banal sentiments, like "sucks").
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Let's just rename UAB the University of
If they don't win tonight, it's the Tournament's -- and the
fans' -- loss.
There's no better potential matchup than 9-seed UAB
vs. 10-seed Nevada for the right to advance to the
Final Four from the Midwest. It's the ultimate
Oh, sure, there's St. Joe's, but with every win, their
likeability has decreased with the increase to the
size of the chip on their shoulder.
Oklahoma State? They're the best team that fans
couldn't care less about. UConn? We yawn. Alabama? Not
even the most exciting team in its own state.
And who can we look forward to coming out of Friday's
games? Texas? More Big 12 hoops that resembles
football. Kansas? Bill Self has to realize that KU
annually folds right around now. Duke? Two words:
Root like (40 Minutes of) Hell for UAB, Nevada and
Xavier. Scenarios with the other teams lack the same excitement.
More on Friday
Don't mean to overlook Xavier, playing
more like a top seed than a No. 7 right now. Since no
one else will do it, can I spark a good nickname for
the X-Men's star: Lionel "Superintendent" Chalmers (31
pts, 11/13 FG vs. Miss St).
Illinois' sick backcourt will give Duke fits, but if
you'll allow a small conspiracy theory, the NCAA
"needs" the star wattage that Duke will bring to the
Final Four. All you Laker-haters out there know what
I'm talking about ...
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East, West Finals
East: (1) Joe's vs. (2) OK St
SJ winning over the skeptics,
but OK St is best they've seen.
Final Four-bound: Oklahoma St
West: (2) UConn vs. (8) Bama
UConn just steamrolled Vandy;
frontcourt wall a Tide-breaker.
Final Four-bound: UConn
IOC in Athens
And taking the "gold medal" for
panicked expressions: The IOC delegation as it tours
around Athens and realizes what a cluster---- the
Olympic preparations are.
NBA Minimum Age
Age ain't nothing but a number:
NBA wants minimum age of 20. Ludicrous x 3:
*Will never hold up in court
*Age is completely arbitrary
*Two words: LeBron. Carmelo.
'Dream Job' Finale
Three best reasons to watch:
1) Winner gets chance to answer sports-trivia
questions for higher salary (but missed questions
2) Star judge Al Jaffe, ESPN's top talent exec, who is
the real breakout hit of the show.
3) Fans have complete control over who
The Pick: It's Zach Selwyn's "Job" to lose. (Sunday, 9-11
p.m. ET, ESPN).
Another allegation of rape by a recruit (for those trying to keep count, that's EIGHT); hope the numbers aren't numbing the outrage.
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