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Last year Jahlil Okafor promised Tony Romo a Duke championship ... and Romo promised a Cowboys title
More than a year ago, Jahlil Okafor and noted Duke fan Tony Romo took a selfie together.
Okafor, then a highly touted Blue Devils freshman-to-be, posted it to Instagram, with details of a "deal" he made with the Dallas Cowboys quarterback:
That's right. Okafor, likely to be a top-two pick in the coming NBA draft, promised a Duke title and Romo promised a Cowboys championship.
It's unknown in these parts why the Chicago native Okafor would want a Cowboys championship (although the San Diego-born, Wisconsin-raised former Eastern Illinois player Romo doesn't have a direct connection to Duke, either), but that's no matter.
Also, "next year" could be referring to the 2014 season, in which case Romo came up short.
But we'll give Romo -- who did lead the Cowboys to the divisional round of last season's playoffs before their heartbreaking (and controversial) loss to the Green Bay Packers -- the benefit of the doubt. So over to you, Romo ... even if, without DeMarco Murray, it appears to be a long shot.
Hey, so was Kentucky not winning this year's national title ...
In the crowd to watch the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Duke Blue Devils in Monday's national championship game were two rather decent NFL players:
One was Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, the Wisconsin native, former Badger and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year who took in the game alongside tennis player Caroline Wozniacki:
The other? Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP who watched with actress/girlfriend Olivia Munn (not pictured):
If you don't believe Rodgers, who played at California, can be a Badgers fan, here is what he had to say about that (note: red refers to rival Stanford's colors):
2 semesters at Butte 3 semesters at Cal 10 years a Wisconsin resident. I'll pull for any team I want. But I don't wear red.— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 29, 2015
That's some pretty hefty football firepower behind the basketball Badgers. Who's No. 1?
The NCAA tournament is nearly upon us, and chances are you might be filling out a bracket or two. SportsNation's hosts have some tips for you -- and they keep it very simple.
Dream College Hoops One-On-One Matchups
On February 21, 1970, Pete Maravich and Dan Issel gave electrifying performances -- 64 and 51 points, respectively -- in a Kentucky-LSU showdown to remember. In the spirit of the 45th anniversary of that matchup, ESPNU wants your take on which all-time great college players would have the edge if they went head-to-head by position.
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On a Wednesday SiriusXM NBA Radio appearance, Phoenix Suns guard and former Kentucky Wildcat Eric Bledsoe said his school -- fresh off a 72-40 dismantling of the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks -- would beat the 0-11 Philadelphia 76ers in a seven-game series.
"I'm definitely taking Kentucky," Bledsoe said when presented with the scenario. "I think Philly would probably get maybe one game."
Bold statement. Philadelphia indeed is terrible and Kentucky appears to be great. But would a cast of current NBA players really lose to future ones?
(Side note worth mentioning: The Suns play at Philadelphia on Friday.)