Every year, right after St. Patrick's Day, I think about the luck of Ned Irish. It's a great time of year for basketball fans, college and pro, with the NIT and NCAA tournaments beginning and the NBA in full swing. We would have had basketball without Ned Irish, but I wonder what it would look like. ... More >>
You have a problem: You love watching college hoops, but you also love being employed so you can pay rent and feed your freeloading family. Every March, these two loves come head-to-head in a battle for your attention. Slam dunks and buzzer-beaters vs. shelter and nourished children--it's too close ... More >>
For some reason--probably because they figure the tournament will settle the issue anyway-- college basketball fans don't pay attention to computer power ratings the way football fans do. The best power ratings around are Jeff Sagarin's at USA Today, and a quick glance at his numbers gives some insi ... More >>
All those great memories of the Anthony Davis-era Kentucky Wildcats...let' see, there was the 2011-2012 season and there was...well, nowadays in college basketball, one season's about it. So before the memory fades of a player so great he can score just 6 points in the championship game and still d ... More >>
It's the time of year for office pools and for articles about what's wrong with college basketball in general and the March NCAA tournament in particular. Most of the arguments for both are covered by Steve Wieberg in Friday's USA Today.
"Attendance, a key vital sign in any sport, is slipping in c ... More >>
Phenoms who come in under the sports radar are almost exclusively confined to baseball. There are so many examples of this that they almost defy counting -- a 19-year-old Dwight Gooden matures early, just a year out of high school and can suddenly throw a 97 mph fastball past experienced major leag ... More >>
Writing for the Atlantic Monthly, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Taylor Branch offers a powerful indictment of the hypocrisy built into college sports, where universities make billions off of athletes who are essentially working full-time jobs for free.
viaGo ahead and turn Twitter off today, you'll thank us. There will be only two types of tweets: people talking about South by Southwest (or, "South by," if you're an insufferable nincompoop) and people talking about March Madness. Both of them will make you very angry. Just so you don't miss ... More >>
viaBig news! March Madness starts today! Well, the play-in games start today, which isn't very big news, but still: MARCH MADNESS! Tonight's juicy match-ups: UNC Asheville vs. Arkansas Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. and UAB vs. Clemson at 9 p.m. Both games will be airing on truTV, which used to be ... More >>
The surest signs of spring are upon us: flowers blooming, scantily clad NYU students smoking in the park, and most importantly, coworkers who have never showed any semblance of sports fandom live-streaming basketball for the next two weeks and yelling at their computers things like "Cinderella!" "B ... More >>
Knowing that our friend, Morning Joe's Willie Geist--"The Oracle of MSNBC"--is a big sports fan, we thought we'd check in with him about the NCAA's Final Four. Willie has fielded some questions from us before, so we're pleased he had time--between Indian-wrestling matches with co-host Mike Barnicle- ... More >>