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April 08, 2014

Why UConn won

In the final they went 10-10 from the free throw line while Kentucky missed 11. UConn won by 6. QED.

In the tournament, UConn made a record 87.8%--101 for 115--from the line. Apparently, NBA star Steve Nash can take substantial credit for this. (More.)

It's good to be MJ

"How Michael Jordan Made $90 Million In 2013".

Nike released the Air Jordan 10 “Powder Blue” retro sneaker on Saturday, 20 years after the first Jordan 10s hit shelves. Like all the Jordan retro releases, this one was highly anticipated and first-day sales hit $35 million. For perspective, in all of 2013, Adidas sold $40 million in the U.S. of the signature shoes of its top star, Derrick Rose. The Bulls’ current star guard isn’t the only one operating in the shadow of Jordan. Reigning MVP LeBron James is the top seller among current NBA players with $300 million at retail last year for his Nike shoes, according to data tracker SportsOneSource. Jordan crushed those numbers with $2.25 billion in U.S. retail basketball sales in 2013. It has been more than a decade since Michael Jordan last appeared in an NBA uniform, but MJ most certainly has still got it.

April 06, 2014

"Top Tenner: Lionel Messi's Barcelona goals"

#3 is every bit the equal of Maradona's famous goal. #9 is when "the insane becomes routine".

March 30, 2014

"Who has the hardest World Cup 2014 draw?"

The U.S. has the third hardest

March 22, 2014

Goalie, don't nap on Wayne Rooney

Here's why.

March 20, 2014

***Worldwide Exclusive***

Thanks to Nancy Margolis, we present late-breaking news of the President's regulation of this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament:

President Barack Obama stunned the sports world this morning by using his pen and telephone to impose important new regulations on the NCAA tournament.  Noting rampant inequality in athletics department budgets across the nation's higher education establishments, Obama has charged the IRS with the immediate implementation of a point system that will be fair for all. 

"The bottom line is, every team should have the same chance this country gives to the top 1 percent of universities with athletics programs. Too many teams enter the tournament without a realistic chance of achieving the American Dream.  Selection into the NCAA tournament is an empty promise unless we also do more to make sure our system honors the dignity of work, and hard work pays off for every single tournament player." 

Accordingly, the IRS has ranked the 68 teams in the tournament according to their athletics budgets and has given point subsidies on a sliding scale to institutions whose budgets are below the national average.

Obama acknowledges that the system, like every big initiative, may need some tweaking, so he will be using his pen and telephone at halftime to ensure that every team has a fair shot at the prize.  In some cases, to ensure that deserving players stay in the game, he may tweak the number of permissible fouls.  In other cases, he may change the location of the three-point arc or give a player who has missed the front end of a one-and-one foul shot the chance at a second shot. 

Aides are studying a change in the arbitrary time deadline for the end of the game. 

March 19, 2014

"Precious Memories"

It's about Coach Dean Smith now. It's beautifully written but so terribly sad

March 13, 2014

"One Goal, Two Tongues"

Probably the greatest soccer goal ever--Maradona v. England, 1986--as called by both the English, BBC announcer and the Spanish, Radio Argentina announcer

March 06, 2014

"You made your bed John Calipari, now lie in it"

It doesn't surprise me that, faced with a little adversity, Coach Cal is acting like a spoiled brat

February 15, 2014

Two nice stories for a Sunday morning

"Pikus-Pace rides positivity to silver medal, dream ending to career".

And Pikus-Pace was happy. So happy. Happier, perhaps, than I’ve ever seen anyone up close. 

"‘Our hearts are overflowing’: The touching moment garbage man surprises five-year-old autistic boy with his own toy truck".

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