Duke Snider: A Legend

Hall of Famer Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers passed away at the age of 84 yesterday. Known as the “Silver Fox,” he played 18 seasons, 10 of them in his prime for Brooklyn. A fan favorite, Snider played center field, and helped the Dodgers win two World Championships in the 1950’s (one in L.A.). While playing for Brooklyn, he played alongside ionic teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella. His number, 4, was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1980.

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Calhoun Back to Winning in Cincy

After a brief absence as coach of the Connecticut Huskies, due to a family death, Jim Calhoun returned to the helm of his #15 ranked team. It was his first on-court appearance since the Huskies received penalties (he will be suspended next year for three games) due to recruiting violations. Connecticut defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 67-59. The Huskies and Bearcats are both 9-7 in Big East Conference play.

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Tournament Resumes: Cincinnati & Xavier

The local batch of teams are hoping to improve their NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament resumes, so when March arrives, they will be in the Big Dance. How do they Fare? Take a look:

Cincinnati Bearcats:

  1. Record: 20-6
  2. Strength of Schedule Rank (SOS): 95
  3. RPI Rank: 47

Quality Wins: Dayton, Miami (OH), Seton Hall, Xavier, St. John’s, and Louisville.

Bad Losses: None

Xavier Musketeers:

  1. Record: 19-6
  2. SOS Rank: 37
  3. RPI Rank: 19

Quality Wins: Seton Hall, Butler, Rhode Island, Dayton, Temple, Richmond, Georgia, Duquesne.

Bad Losses: Charlotte

Bottom Line: Xavier is nearly a lock to get in, as long as they continue to roll over the Atlantic 10, and is projected as a no.7 seed. Cincinnati’s future is more of a mystery. However, a win over Louisville greatly helps their chances. As of now they are projected to be a no. 10 seed.

Click here for bracket predictions by Joe Lunardi of ESPN: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology

March Madness Preview

 

Yes, it’s a time when football dies, and basketball is born. All attention is brought to the hardwood come February time. Although the NBA is popular, it’s hard to overlook the excitement of college hoops. This year there will be a few changes to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. One includes the format, and the other involves the television rights:

Changes:

1. There will be 68 teams this year in the tournament instead of the usual 65. There was one additional no.16 seed before (play-in game). But now there will be two additional no.16 seeds (total of 6) and two additional no.13 seeds (total of 6). Thus, there will be four games that will comprise the First Round (First Four). Then everything after that round will be played as in the years past.

2. CBS will share television rights with TruTV, TNT, and TBS (Turner Broadcasting). All live games will be available in their entirety in this layout.

There was initially going to be 96 teams in the tournament, but it was decided that a modest expansion was more appropriate.

Green Bay Brings Home Lombardi Trophy

Green Bay won the Super Bowl by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. The Packers jumped on top 21-3 in the second quarter. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led rallied his team to 28-25, cutting the lead to three. However a failed fourth down conversion sealed the Steelers’ fate. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named MVP.

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