Last night, the Louisville Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA Tournament. They’re now in the rare company of schools that have won a BCS bowl and the men’s NCAA basketball tournament in the same season; throw in a trade-up to the ACC and that school has had quite a year.
I don’t know about you, but I regularly find myself on ESPN.com. It could hardly be said that I’m a big fan of their programming outside of live game broadcasts, but their website is usually the first place I go for scores and news.
About the only time I pay any consideration to opinions on ESPN is when I scroll to the bottom of the page and vote in the SportsNation poll of the moment. Curiosity then almost always gets the better of me, and I end up clicking on the “more polls” link and vote in the other 15.
Every day, it seems they ask the same question, and it’s about the Los Angeles Lakers.
It’s a good thing for the Bronx Bombers that there are still 160 games to go.
That’s because the first two — home losses to their hated rivals, the Boston Red Sox — have each produced dreadful results. ”The Rivalry” may be a shell of its former self, but the Sox are probably quite pleased of the lickings they’ve dealt.
Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice became former head basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday morning after a video surfaced that he assaulted and verbally abused players in practice. It was the right call, but at the wrong time, and several things about the situation reek.
It’s not too late to offer some opinions on how this new 2013 Major League Baseball season might shake out. Sure, things look a little different with the Houston Astros changing their color scheme and moving to the American League, and interleague play becoming a year-round phenomenon, but individual teams look different, too. Namely, in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays after having been traded half of the Miami Marlins and making other moves, and the New York Yankees for most of their big-name position players being on the disabled list.
Who will win the AL East in 2013? Hell if I know, but I can take a stab at it.
In a few hours, the bubble teams will know their fates and folks will start filling in their brackets. While we wait, PUP will issue one more look at the field of 68. Remember, this is not a prediction of how the field will look per se — it is our opinion on how the bracket should look.
The Madness has already begun with the conference tournaments, but what about the 2013 NCAA Tournament? Let’s look:
Who can touch the Chicago Blackhawks in this week’s NHL Power Rankings? Nobody, so don’t even ask.
We have to put the other 29 teams in the NHL somewhere, though. Just because everyone’s chasing one dominant team that essentially refuses to lose doesn’t mean there aren’t other good teams. There are enough bad teams too, and they know who they are.
You will very shortly as well, because here are the NHL Power Rankings.
Given today’s S-curve for March 1, this is the 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket that PUP would create if given this chance. All games through yesterday, February 28, are considered.
Pursuant to what we’ve been doing for the last few days, and given that it is now officially March, we’ll take a look at the updated bracket several times weekly as we approach March Madness and the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Remember, this is not a predicted S-curve; rather, it is the one we would draw up. There have been several changes since yesterday, so pay attention, folks.
You may have heard last night that we had a couple upsets.
Now that you’re caught up, we’re going to take a look at the S-curve we put together yesterday, gather all of the scores, and make adjustments as necessary to our own faux field of 68 for the 2013 NCAA Tournament. If that sounds alright to you, then let’s proceed.