NCAA Basketball: My Current Top 25

 Michigan State (26-3) (1) – All this stuff about quadrant wins and what not.  I don’t care – Michigan State is peaking, and they pass all of my smell and eye tests.   If they win out, I don’t understand how a #1 seed can be avoided. Virginia (24-2) (2) – That said, Virginia has certainly earned their way to the #1 line in the NCAA Tournament as well.  I will…

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NCAA Basketball: Sweet 16 Seed Thoughts & Top 25

Thoughts on the Committee’s Release of the Current Top 16 Seeds The NCAA Tournament committee chairman released the Sweet 16 seeds in the tournament on Sunday afternoon (if games ended today), and a few things may have raised eyebrows. The first thing that popped out at me was that Oklahoma is hanging on to a Sweet 16 seed as of now, despite their recent poor play.  This speaks to the…

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NCAA Basketball: Takeaways & Top 25

The Blue Blue Devils I don’t know what to say about the Duke Blue Devils at this point.  On Saturday afternoon, they finally decided to show up in the first half against an inferior opponent…only to get blitzed in the second half by that opponent.  St. John’s hasn’t won a Big East game all season.  They have some close games on their resume, but most teams have close games on…

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NFL: Super Bowl Preview (?)

Oakland over Dallas. I will say that again:   Oakland over Dallas.   That was my preseason pick for Super Bowl LII, and you wonder why I don’t write much about football on this site.   I picked Derek Carr to win the League MVP, and was so convinced of that becoming a reality that I drafted him to pilot both of my fantasy football squads.  Thankfully, I also had Carson Wentz and…

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NCAA Basketball: Takeaways & Top 25

The Big 12/SEC Challenge For most of the season, the Big 12 has been the toast of NCAA Basketball.  Considered the toughest and deepest conference in the nation, six of the 12 institutions in the conference have placed in the AP Top 25 at some point this season, with five of those six schools gracing the Top 10.   Meanwhile, entering this week, the SEC conference had three teams ranked in…

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MLB: Brewers Reshape OF With Christian Yelich & Lorenzo Cain

The Brewers mean business in 2018. After a surprising 2017 campaign that didn’t end up with a playoff berth, the Brewers have been linked to many top free agents and trade candidates this off-season.   Two of those players have now landed in their lap, one via the trade route and one via free agency. I will start with the free agent signing, because that only requires looking at one player…

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NCAA Basketball: Takeaways & Top 25

Gaels Blow Over the Bulldogs Statement made. Back in the preseason, many picked St. Mary’s to finally release the stranglehold Gonzaga has on the West Coast Conference.   The Bulldogs have won five straight conference championships (one of them was a shared title with St. Mary’s in 2016, a year in which Gonzaga defeated St. Mary’s in the conference tournament title game.   St. Mary’s not only lost the title game, they…

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MLB Hot Stove: Pirates, Giants Continue Transformations in Andrew McCutchen Deal

What happens when you attempt to put together a playoff contender by using super glue and duct tape?  The San Francisco Giants want to find out. After making a deal earlier this winter for veteran Evan Longoria, the Giants took it even further on Monday, when they acquired former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen from the (now rebuilding) Pittsburgh Pirates for a package of two players:  pitcher Kyle Crick and…

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NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

Red Raiders are for Real Given how the 2017-2018 season has gone thus far across college basketball, the above headline is a risky one to make.  Many teams who seemed like they were “for real” not long ago (*cough* Texas A&M *cough*) have not been able to keep up the momentum, so what should make Texas Tech any different? After defeating West Virginia on Saturday, the Red Raiders are now…

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