March 25, 2023 8:36 am

A date to recall

Is now the most effective sports day of the year?

If now is, then is Friday 1A?

Yes, the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament is glorious. And this year figures to be no exception.

How nuts is this tournament, which has a bona fide villain for the very first time in pretty a when. And if you believe Alabama is not going to put on heavy the crown of 1 seed with all the baggage from 3 present or former players getting straight or indirectly involved in the killing of a 25-year-old lady, ponder this for a second:

If Alabama gets to the Final 4 and faces either UK or Duke in Houston, the Tide’s final two months and the shadows about the plan would make either the Wildcats or the Blue Devils the lovable national favored against the massive-negative, win-at-all-fees, all-that-is-incorrect-with-college-sports Tide. Did anybody even believe any group creating UK and Duke appear like the sentimental favored was even attainable?

But back to the query at hand.

Is this the most effective sports day of the year? Would it be improved with no cost corn dogs? Is something not improved with no cost corn dogs?

I like New Year’s Day, and old-college New Year’s Day that had about two occasions as several bowl games as the present Jan. 1 schedule was just about every bit as great as now. But not now.

I like Sunday at Augusta, but we are held hostage to the days preceding it otherwise it could be a runaway or it could be 1 of these years when Trevor Immelman wins, which is the Masters equivalent of attending your office’s mandatory wellness insurance coverage re-enrollment seminar.

I believe Labor Day, and the commence of college football has grow to be as great a 4-plus day stretch as this weekend, but a massive portion of that is due to the fact of the create-up and the vast doldrums of the late summer season sports calendar.

Super Bowl Sunday is not even the most effective day on the NFL calendar — heck, I love Draft Day additional than Super Bowl Sunday most years — or the most effective day of the league’s postseason.

The NBA? Please.

So, perhaps now is the most effective day of the sports year. What say you?

Far more Madness

Hey, we’re not something if we’re not getting reader friendly, suitable? So, here’s today’s slate with Television occasions and channels, courtesy of The Athletic:

No. 9 West Virginia vs. No. eight Maryland | 12:15 p.m. | CBS

No. 13 Furman vs. No. four Virginia | 12:40 p.m. | truTV

No. ten Utah St. vs. No. 7 Missouri |1:40 p.m. | TNT

No. 16 Howard vs. No. 1 Kansas | two p.m. | TBS

No. 16 Texas A&ampM CC vs. No. 1 Alabama | two:45 p.m. | CBS

No. 12 College of Charleston vs. No. five San Diego St. | three:ten p.m. | truTV

No. 15 Princeton vs. No. two Arizona | four:ten p.m. | TNT

No. 9 Illinois vs. No. eight Arkansas | four:30 p.m. | TBS

No. 9 Auburn vs. No. eight Iowa | six:50 p.m. | TNT

No. 12 Oral Roberts vs. No. five Duke | 7:ten p.m. | CBS

No. 15 Colgate vs. No. two Texas | 7:25 p.m. | TBS

No. ten Boise St. vs. No. 7 Northwestern | 7:35 p.m. | truTV

No. 16 Northern Kentucky vs. No. 1 Houston | 9:20 p.m. | TNT

No. 13 Louisiana vs. No. four Tennessee | 9:40 p.m. | CBS

No. ten Penn State vs. No. 7 Texas A&ampM | 9:55 p.m. | TBS

No. 15 UNC Asheville vs. No. two UCLA | ten:05 p.m. | truTV

There are some salty double digit seeds listed above. Louisiana can play. Oral Roberts could be Duke’s toughest game till the Elite Eight. Charleston is a 12 seed but is only having four.five points according to VegasInsider.

Speaking of VegasInsider, we did a podcast with Brian Edwards breaking down a lot of tournament subjects. You can come across right here. Please give it a listen if you have a couple of minutes to kill.

As a reminder, you have till noon to enter the five-at-10’s “1st 1 Out, Final One particular In” tournament challenge.

Guidelines are uncomplicated:

— Picks should be in ahead of noon now. This is non-negotiable.

— It, like all five-at-ten contests and games, is no cost.

— Pick the No. 1 seed you believe will get bounced very first and the final double-digit seed to nonetheless be in the draw. Yes, time matters additional than round, so if each Purdue and Houston get bounced in round two, whichever game ends very first is the 1 seed that is the appropriate option.

— A appropriate 1 seed choose is worth a point the appropriate double-digit seed is worth 1.1 points, so a great score is two.1. Yay Auburn math. If we have a tie, we’ll figure that out later.

Deal? Deal.

One particular additional issue: My picks now and tomorrow will be in two-for-the-similar-low-cost-of-no cost Plays of the Day emails. The very first 1 will be a smidgen ahead of noon and will cover just about every game ahead of five. The normal five p.m. newsletter will cover the rest. Since, no matter if you fade or stick to my picks will be up to you, and I will nonetheless give my “1 For The Income” most effective bet, but I should choose just about every game now and tomorrow, suitable?

Have to, never you believe?

I imply it is the most effective day(s) of the sports year folks.

Ultimately — once again

So, Aaron Rodgers is performing all the things in his energy to total the Brett Favre two. repeat.

All he’s missing now is a photo of his junk and a part in a Ben Stiller rom-com.

Even though 1 is a redneck from Mississippi and the other is a man-bun-wearing, invest-time-in-the-calming-darkness California “dude,” believe of the overlaps involving the careers of the two Packers greats who R-U-N-N-O-F-T from Cheeseland to the Major Apple. (Side query: Everyone place a slice of cheese on apple pie? I’ve observed it completed. Does not make sense to my brain. Stupid Auburn household ec.)

So, Favre was an aging future Hall of Famer when the Packers spent a 2005 very first-round choose on its subsequent QB. Favre, who had grow to be type of a drama king in the off seasons preceding his ultimate departure for the Jets, began additional than 250 games, won a Super Bowl and 3 MVPs ahead of leaving Green Bay at the tender age of 39.

And Rodgers is an aging future Hall of Famer when the Packers spent a 2020 very first-round choose on its subsequent QB. Rodgers, who has grow to be type of a drama king in the off seasons preceding his ultimate departure for the Jets, began additional than 230 games, won a Super Bowl and 3 MVPs ahead of leaving Green Bay at the tender age of 39.

Hmmmmmm. An individual hide the camera.

So we’ll ask once again: Does this trade make the Jets an AFC contender or will history repeat itself once again — Favre went 9-7 in his very first year in NYC and missed the playoffs — when the former Packers-present-Jets QB requires more than?

This and that

— Speaking of QBs, how blessed have the Packers been more than the run of back-to-back Hall of Famers? Think about this: Considering that 1993, the Packers have had two normal beginning QBs and began seven players at QB1, with the other 5 coming through occasions Rodgers was injured. In that similar time frame, the Bears have had 37 distinct QB1s, which includes some names of some dudes I could not recognize if they have been sitting in my kitchen. Moses Moreno, anybody? Henry Burris? Wow.

— Cease me if you have heard this 1 ahead of but the Plays split Wednesday, with the Sun Devils of Arizona State quickly delivering as the most effective bet and Florida floundering. So it goes.

— Speaking of Alabama, the New York Instances is reporting that a fourth Tide player was at the scene when Jamae Harris was shot and killed on Jan. 15. Here’s additional. Alabama has issued a statement refuting the story.

— Also, Bama star freshman Brandon Miller has received death threats and arrived to the NCAA tournament web-site. He appeared ahead of the media Wednesday escorted by an armed safety guard.

— Edwin Diaz, the Mets closer, looked to seriously injure his leg celebrating a WBC win final evening. Not a fairly web-site, to be sincere.

— I like the draft. You know this. But Wednesday was a rotten day for former Georgia star Jalen Carter, who was an absolute dude in the middle of the nation’s most effective defense more than the final couple of seasons.

Today’s concerns

Wow, it is all right here. It really is all taking place.

On an something-goes-Thursday and with the news that the Cowboys are arranging to reduce Zeke Elliott, will he be a Hall of Famer?

Dude has additional than eight,200 rushing yards and 68 rushing scores in seven seasons? Talk about.

Jerry Jeff Walker is 81 now. Dude can play. Erik Estrada — Ponch from “CHiPs” — is 74 now. Dude could ride.

Do John and Ponch make the Rushmore of Television cop tandems? Talk about, and recall the contest and the mailbag.

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