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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Calls to move Final Four continue after Indiana’s passage of ‘religious freedom’ bill

03.30.15 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Hornets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Suns at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: CBI finals, Louisiana-Monroe at Loyola (Chicago), 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Dayton vs. UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Tennessee vs. Maryland, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Kings at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Twins at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Marlins at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Giants at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)


— With the Final Four just days away, there’s no way the NCAA could move it from Indianapolis at this late date. However, there are calls nationwide for the event to be rescheduled in response to Indiana’s passage of a bill that critics say is a veiled attempt to allow discrimination against gays.

According to opponents, Indiana Senate Bill 101, which was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday and goes into effect July 1, allows businesses in the state to refuse service to gay people based on religious objections.

The NCAA, which is based in Indianapolis, said in a statement from president Mark Emmert that it intends to “closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce.”

Other individuals were more pointed in their criticism.

“As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities,” Charles Barkley said in a statement.

Tweeted Pacers legend Reggie Miller: I’ve never been big into politics but I’m very disappointed in my home state of Indiana and the passing of Senate Bill 101.. I’ve always been about inclusion for all, no matter your skin color, gender or sexual preference.. We are all the same people, beautiful creatures..

Pence has stood firm against the criticism, insisting the opposition has been using “shameless rhetoric” to imply that the bill is meant to OK discrimination.

Said Pence in a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week”: “We’re not going to change the law, but if the general assembly in Indiana sends me a bill that adds a section that reiterates and amplifies and clarifies what the law really is and what it has been for the last 20 years, then I’m open to that.”

— Dave Leitao is headed back to DePaul, 10 years after he left the Chicago school to take over at Virginia.

Leitao, a Massachusetts native who played at Northeastern and later coached there, led DePaul from 2002-05, after a six-year stint as Jim Calhoun‘s assistant at UConn. He guided the Blue Demons to a 58-34 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. DePaul has not been back since.

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Thinking Out Loud: Providence not tough enough for NCAA Tournament success

03.27.15 at 1:29 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Steve DeMeo?

— Your bracket is busted, no doubt. For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, five games were decided by one point on the opening day of the Round of 64 games. But did you know that last Friday higher-seeded teams were 15-1, just the second time in tournament history that has happened in a single day in the Round of 64? The one, of course, belonged to Providence.

— It’s a question I’ve been asked plenty over the past week — why did PC lose to Dayton? The answer isn’t as concrete as you might think it would be, but it really boils down to one thing: toughness. A story published this week appears true — the Friars simply weren’t tough enough to beat the Flyers in that environment, and it’s hard to argue the premise.

— The access Ed Cooley allowed Fox during the Big East Tournament, and Grantland for the NCAA appearance, is pretty much unprecedented during my tenure as radio voice. Kudos to the coach for recognizing the advantages of program exposure and PR. The disadvantages? Well, it helps if you win. And the Friars came up a little short in that department — through no fault of their own in New York, anyway. Just sayin’.

— You can argue the NCAA screwed up the seedings, the pairings, the First Four game — all of it. And you would be right. The NCAA Tournament committee seriously messed this up, and undervalued the home-court advantage it handed to Dayton. It would not have taken much to fix the problem, however, if the committee had just switched out Providence’s 6 seed with Xavier. You could have had a blockbuster event in Columbus, with the arena split evenly between UD and XU fans, who already hate each other. Yup, blew that one.

— Not for nuthin,’ but Dayton was the last team in the Dance? In whose mind?

— The fallout from the disappointment of the second-round loss didn’t take long to get started. Tyler Harris announced this week he would be leaving the program, with one year of eligibility remaining. He is graduating in May, and by rule is entitled to transfer and play right away for his last year. Or, he can turn pro. This rule disappears in another year, so I’ve heard, so he’s getting out while the getting is still good. Best of luck, Tyler.

— Replacements? Well, 6-foot-6 forward Eric Paschall has announced his intention to transfer from Fordham — he was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year — and there should be mutual interest, as he was on the Friars’ recruiting radar a year ago. His father, Juan, told this week he wants to visit PC and Villanova soon.

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Michael Sam: ‘I am not the only gay person in the NFL’

03.27.15 at 1:20 pm ET
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Michael Sam

Michael Sam

Michael Sam, the openly gay player who was drafted by the Rams last year, said that there are other gay players in the league during an appearance in Dallas on Thursday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“I am not the only gay person in the NFL,” Sam said. “I’m just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL.

“Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn’€™t going to be a big deal. Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there’€™s gay NFL players. There’€™s gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal.

“The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they are [on]. I’€™m just saying there’€™s some famous people, and I’€™m not the only one.”

Sam has yet to see regular-season playing time in the NFL. After being drafted in the seventh round by St. Louis, he did not make the team and was placed on the Cowboys’ practice squad. He was released by Dallas in October and has been a free agent since.

“Hopefully I’m not being discriminated [against] because I’m gay,” Sam said. “I don’t believe that I’m being discriminated [against] because I’m gay. I just want to know if I’m truly not in the NFL, it’s because of talent. Let it be because of my talents. But you’ve got to prove that I can’t play this game. If you look at the film, clearly I can. So, I’ll leave it at that.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee reportedly set to testify

03.27.15 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, UCLA vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, N.C. State vs. Louisville, 7:15 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Utah vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Michigan State vs. Oklahoma, 9:55 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, North Carolina vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Iowa vs. Baylor, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Arizona State vs. Florida State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Stanford vs. Notre Dame, 9:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament, Yale vs. Boston University, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament, Minnesota vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament, Quinnipiac vs. North Dakota, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Diamondbacks at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Mariners at Royals, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: European Championship qualifying, Ukraine at Spain, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Prosecutors will call Aaron Hernandez‘s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, to testify in the former Patriots tight end’s murder trial Friday, according to an Associated Press report.

It had been unclear if Jenkins would be called to the stand. The 25-year-old, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, was granted immunity by the court in February, so she could face jail time if she does not testify.

Hernandez is accused of the June 1013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins’ sister. Prosecutors showed the jury surveillance video of Jenkins removing a box from the North Attleboro home she shared with Hernandez, and they have said they believe the box contained the murder weapon, which has never been found. Jenkins was accused of lying to a grand jury that was investigating the murder, but she pleaded not guilty to perjury.

The prosecution has tried to paint Hernandez as an unfaithful, dishonest fiancee, but Jenkins has appeared supportive of him when she has attended the trial, sitting behind him and whispering “I love you.” However, she has not appeared in court since March 6.

Jenkins’ sister, Shaneah, who testified early in the trial, has been sitting with Lloyd’s family in court.

— West Virginia freshman Daxter Miles Jr., who promised an upset of top-seeded Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, was quiet Thursday night after his team was routed by the Wildcats, 78-39.

Miles responded to every question after the game by saying, “Kentucky played good.”

That was an understatement. The Wildcats jumped out to an 18-2 lead and were up by as much as 26 in the first half.

“They did what they had to do,” West Virginia forward Devin Williams said. “You can’t stop something that’s destined.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: West Virginia player guarantees upset of top-seeded Kentucky

03.26.15 at 8:09 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Mighty Ducks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Wichita State vs. Notre Dame, 7:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: North Carolina vs. Wisconsin, 7:47 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Kentucky, 9:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Arizona, 10:17 p.m. (TBS)
MLB exhibition: Orioles at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Royals at Mariners, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Angels at Cubs, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Exhibition, Brazil at France, 3:55 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Kentucky puts its undefeated record on the line Thursday night when it plays fifth-seeded West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. According to WVU freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr., the Wildcats’ season won’t be perfect by the end of the night.

“I give them their props,” Miles told reporters Wednesday in Cleveland. “Salute them to getting to 36-0. But [Thursday night] they’re going to be 36-1.”

Added Miles: “I don’t think they’ve played a team like us. To me, they don’t play hard. To me, they don’t play as hard as we play. Nobody is invincible, so their time will come, and I think we’re going to pull it out.”

Although the Kentucky roster is loaded with future NBA players, Miles said West Virginia won’t be the team playing scared.

“They should be more intimidated,” he said. “Because they’re the ones who have the high standard, and we’re coming for them.”

Miles said the Mountaineers’ vaunted press will give Kentucky trouble, and teammates Juwan Staten agreed.

“Why wouldn’t it?” Staten said. “We’ve been playing this way all year, we’ve had success against everybody no matter what style or what type of players they have. That’s the only way we play, and it’s just up to us to make it work.”

Informed about WVU’s comments, Kentucky 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein said his team now will have more inspiration.

“That’s good. Adds fuel to the fire. Puts a little personal stuff into it,” he said. “When teams talk like that, it puts a different mindset into your head. It’s not just playing to try to win the game anymore.”

Added Kentucky freshman guard Devin Booker: “A lot of teams have said things, but eventually they have to step into the ring. We’ll see how that turns out.”

— Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball after being accused of tweeting a gambler for betting advice.

After someone posted a couple of direct tweets purportedly from Cosart to a gambler, one saying that Cosart bets “large” and is looking for help, word spread of the accusation.

Cosart, who has run into trouble for his tweeting in the past, deleted his account, then apparently opened a new one and claimed he had been hacked.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Former landlord sues Paul Pierce for damaging Tribeca condo

03.25.15 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Heat at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Raptors, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Murray State at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Louisiana Tech at Temple, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Blackhawks at Flyers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Mets at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Brewers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: White Sox at Royals, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States at Denmark, 3 p.m. (ESPN)


Paul Pierce probably would like to forget his one year in Brooklyn, as the Nets went into the 2013-14 season with high hopes after adding some big names but underperformed and ended up in another rebuilding phase.

However, his former landlords aren’t ready to move on as Pierce did when he signed with the Wizards last offseason.

Rejeev Tewari and Anuragini Pandey, who own the Tribeca condo where Pierce and his wife, Julie, lived last season, sued Pierce for failing to live up to his two-year lease and for making unauthorized changes — including replacing wood floors with pink carpet in all four bedrooms. They are seeking $425,000 plus back rent.

“[They] left the apartment in shambles, converting some of the items … to their personal gain and . . . ripping out carpeting, wooden floors … a washer and dryer and an expensive and unique stone hearth from the fireplace,” the court filing reads (via the New York Daily News).

The landlords, who live in Singapore, claim there was damage to radiator covers, halogen lights, kitchen tiling, a shower head, a towel hanger, a soap dish and a cabinet door, and that it took five months and $225,000 to fix the problems.

While the Pierces were paying $32,000 per month, the landlords say now they can only rent the Franklin Street condo for $23,000 due at least in part to the issues.

— Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Tuesday to a sexual assault charge in Nevada, the third of four states in which he agreed to a plea deal that will have him serve about nine years in federal prison.

Appearing via the Internet from a courtroom in Los Angeles, Sharper said, “Guilty,” when asked for his plea. His lawyer issued a statement noting that Sharper accepted responsibility for his actions.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: LLWS star Mo’ne Davis asks for leniency for offensive tweeter

03.24.15 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Kings at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Miami at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Vanderbilt at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Phillies at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Angels at Rangers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Tigers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)


Mo'ne Davis

Mo’ne Davis

Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis showed remarkable class in responding to a college baseball player’s dismissal from his team due to his insult of Davis in a tweet.

Bloomsburg (Pa.) University junior first baseman Joey Casselberry was booted from the team Sunday after he complained about Davis getting a movie made about her, tweeting: Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada.

Davis said Monday that she emailed the school to ask that Casselberry, who apologized for his tweet, be reinstated.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” Davis told ESPN. “Everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn’t mean it that type of way. I know people get tired of seeing me on TV. But sometimes you’ve got to think about what you’re doing before you do it.

“It hurt on my part, but he hurt even more. If it was me, I would want to take that back. I know how hard he’s worked. Why not give him a second chance?”

The school acknowledged receiving Davis’ email but did not give any indication that it would reverse its decision.

“Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her,” the school said in a statement. “Bloomsburg University stands firm on our decision; however, his consequences will be reviewed as is common in disciplinary actions like this.”

— The Princeton women’s basketball team’s previously undefeated season came to an end Monday with a loss to host Maryland in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, and there was increased security at the arena following a threat made against a Princeton player who is the niece of President Barack Obama.

According to media reports, a phone message threatening Princeton freshman Leslie Robinson — whose father, Craig Robinson, is Michelle Obama’s brother — was left at Maryland.

Barack and Michelle Obama attended Saturday’s opening-round game but were not in attendance for Monday’s contest, which the Terrapins won 85-70.

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Steelers LB James Harrison not quite done yet

03.23.15 at 10:29 am ET
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Steelers linebacker James Harrison is rejoining his team this season. The five-time Pro Bowler signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh on Sunday after he had been tempted out of his brief run at retirement last year. He announced the signing on Instagram with a picture of him signing his contract.

In 2014, the 36-year-old was retired for 18 days before the Steelers got him back on the roster in September. With little time to train or prepare, it took Harrison a few games to get his legs under him. This go around, he has time to get ready for his 13th NFL season.

Harrison began a training program as the offseason began and had been considering either returning to Pittsburgh or heading to the Titans with former Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, whose contract was not renewed in January.

With linebackers coach Keith Butler taking over for LeBeau, Pittsburgh’s defense will have a different look to it.

The signing also comes in handy for the Steelers, who had linebacker Jason Worilds announce his retirement a couple of weeks ago, as Harrison is one of two players on the roster with more than nominal experience at the position. The team is expected to pick up another edge pass rusher in the draft, though.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Sam ‘confident’ of NFL chances despite unimpressive performance at veteran free agent combine

03.23.15 at 7:41 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: NIT, Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Illinois State at Old Dominion, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Murray State at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament, Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Kings at Devils, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLB exhibition: Yankees at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Indians, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Reds at Rangers, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)


Michael Sam

Michael Sam

— Michael Sam, the openly gay linebacker who spent parts of his rookie season on the practice squad with the Cowboys before being released, participated in a veteran free agent combine Sunday in Tempe, Arizona, and said of his prospects of landing a spot with an NFL team, “I think my chances are high.”

“As long as I have that will to play the game and I am healthy, you’ll continue to see me trying to play in this league,” he said. “I am very confident I will be playing football somewhere.”

Added Sam: “I’m young and I’m still good. I don’t have any injuries. I’m going to play.”

Sam, 25, was drafted in the seventh round by the Rams last April but was cut in training camp. He said he’d be “on the first flight out” if the Rams or Cowboys wanted him, and he would consider playing in the Canadian Football League as well

“If that’s the opportunity, I’ll take it,” he said. “I’m a fighter and I’m going to keep fighting.”

Along with more than 100 other free agents in front of scouts from all 32 NFL teams, Sam went through drills similar to the NFL scouting combine for rookies. According to ESPN, his fastest 40-yard dash was an unimpressive 5.07 seconds, slower than the 4.91 he clocked at last year’s combine.

Sam said he has been working out in California while also participating on “Dancing With the Stars.” He is scheduled to appear on Monday’s live show.

— A baseball player from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania became the latest to be punished for an offensive tweet, which strangely was directed at Little League star Mo’ne Davis.

Joey Casselberry, a junior first baseman from the Philadelphia area, was dismissed from the team after tweeting: Disney is making a movie about Mo’Ne Davis ? WHAT A JOKE That slut got rocked by Nevada.

The Twitter account was deactivated by Saturday night, but a screenshot of the insulting comment made its way around the web. Bloomsburg responded by dismissing Casselberry, tweeting that it was “deeply saddened” by his tweet.

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Thinking Out Loud: March Madness most wonderful time of year in sports

03.20.15 at 10:09 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Ricky Ledo.

— Bracket busted yet? One of the sure things in life, and in the NCAA Tournament, is that an early round upset is going to break a big, wide hole in the middle of your personal plan to stardom through a perfect bracket. Iowa State did that to mine Thursday, with a second-round loss to Alabama-Birmingham. Now, the storyteller in me would love to have seen UAB win — a program that dumped its Division 1 football team earlier this year — but nah, Iowa State was coming off a great run in the Big 12 tourney, right? Who had Baylor over Georgia State? Stupid is as stupid does.

— Even with the disappointment of losing a potential Final Four team within the opening couple of hours of March Madness, it’s still the two greatest days on the yearly sports calendar. Thursday and Friday opening-round games. Can’t. Beat. It. I know a half-dozen guys personally who call in sick or take vacation days just to be couch potatoes and watch hoop around the clock. Oh, you too?

— Our friends at Awful Announcing reminded this week how good we really have it. When the NCAA Tournament began in 1939, it was the little sister to the National Invitational Tournament, and didn’t become the true national championship until Texas Western (now Texas-El Paso) put the college game on the map by whipping Adolph Rupp’s vaunted Kentucky Wildcats in 1966. TV coverage of the event didn’t even begin until 1969, and TV showed only select games through 1981 (on NBC) until ESPN started the round-the-clock marathons we now know and love in 1982. CBS took over the rights by buying everything in 1991, and my guess is the network is glad it did.

— Until 2010, only one game at a time was available to a particular region, and most of the time you had to subscribe to a service to gain access to other games. This is when Turner Sports stepped in and brought TBS, TNT and truTV into the mix with CBS. As in all things within the sports world, television rules over everything. But in this case, hoop fans should be glad it does. TV helped turn a fringe sport, college basketball, into a national passion.

— Tweet of the Week, from @CorkGaines: Happy Where the Hell is truTV on my TV guide day!

— Good thing they can play football in the state of Texas. Because the basketball play was a little ripe this week, to say the least. Zero-for-5 in the NCAA Tournament? Texas, Baylor, SMU, Stephen F. Austin and Texas Southern all went down on Thursday’s opening day. That was no slam dunk in Dallas or Austin or Waco you might have heard, it was a resounding thud on the basketball court.

— All four 12 seeds managed to lose this year, which is an upset in its own right. Fives usually get popped, but no one did this year, and it’s the first time in eight years that the favored teams (the 5s) managed to win every game over the 12s. This year, the 3 seeds had trouble. Sorry, bracket busters.

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