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The NCAA March Madness Tourney Comes In With A Roar

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March Madness Is Underway

It’s that time again when brackets mean everything.  So much so that the Madness of them leaves us speechless.  Yes it’s March Madness again, otherwise known as the [NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament].  Everyone will be following their own brackets.  I am just like everyone else.  I have my brackets filled out and I can’t wait to follow my teams.

Last year Villanova ran the gauntlet and ended up winning it all, becoming National Champions.  I was thrilled.  With Villanova being me father’s alma mater, I have followed Nova Basketball all my life.  It was so thrilling to see them win last year, and in the way that they did it.  I felt like a younger version of myself again, catching Tourney news in between school classes.

Once again Villanova has had a great season so far.  With a number 1 ranking in the country early on; they have shown that they can be the best.  They are the number 1 seed in the [Eastern Region].  And I have picked them to go all the way again.

They will have their work cut out for them again with the usually stacked bracket, [3 Baylor] and [2 Duke] will be teams to watch out for.  The other Teams that may give them trouble are [1 Gonzaga], [1 Kansas], [2 Arizona], [2 Louisville], [1 UNC], and [2 Kentucky].  We will see how well they play in their first game of the Tourney against [16 Mt. St. Mary’s] at 7 pm tonight.

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The Celtics Have a Bench Problem

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With the Celtics suffering a nonplussing loss at the hands of the Utah Jazz, it’s become apparent: This bench is gonna need some help. And they’re going to have to find this help from within themselves.

Ever since he was acquired from the Pistons, Marcus Morris was expected to be the most talented asset on the Celtics bench. Morris has the skills to be a secondary powerhouse in the NBA. Just last season, for Detroit, Morris averaged 14.0 PPG and just about 5 RPG.

But unfortunately his young tenure in Boston has deteriorated into “what ifs”.

Marcus has been afflicted with a lancinating and unrelenting pain in his left knee. Not only did he miss the start of the season, but he’s been sidelined yet again by this tenacious problem.

Without Morris on the court, Boston’s bench lacks that veteran’s heart and wisdom that he provides. They also are mathematically short in the scoring department, without the versatile big man.

As we saw Friday night at the Garden, somebody is going to need to step up – and fast.

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Patriots Football Talk: Pats Squish The Fish

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It was a cool November Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.  The crowd was pumped and who could blame them for the big rivalry game that we saw.  It was New England vs Miami.  It was Patriots vs Dolphins.  And boy was it a game!

The Patriots got the ball first off of opening kickoff.  They went 3 and Out but went with a fake Punt on 4th Down.  Wow did they fool Miami on that one!  Nate Ebner got the ball for the Patriots Special Teams and ran it for the 1st Down.  It was a gutsy call but the Patriots followed through with it.  Rex Burkhead would get the first points on the board with a 1 Yard TD Rush, on the very first drive of the game.  Yes folks the Patriots would go on to put the game to bed early once again!

On their next Drive of the game Tom Brady would hook up to Rob Gronkowski for 20 Yards down the field.  He would eventually score on a 5 Yard TD Pass from Brady.  Making the game [14-0] Pats.  It was just a good hook up.  Brady played unbelievably well, same with Gronk.  By Half Time it was [21-10] Patriots.  The Patriots gave up a Fumble to the Miami Defense to give them the score.  Brady just wasn’t expecting the snap from the Center at the time and the ball bounced off of him into the backfield.  It was recovered and ran into the End Zone.  Nothing you could do about that one.  Miami would get a Field Goal to make it a closer game than it actually was.

Then after Half Time Brady connected again with Gronkowski, to make it [28-10] Patriots.  It was a great connection in the End Zone and you know that Gronk was hungry for another one.  He tapped his toes and held on to the ball.  Awesome!  After that it was pretty much in the bag for the Patriots.  Yeah they would give up a Touchdown to Kenyan Drake but they weren’t seriously in trouble of losing the game.  A big play by Dion Lewis to get to the 4 Yard Line, then a flip pass to Bradin Cooks would seal the deal for a TD and the Game.  It would end with a score of [35-17] Patriots.

Some real notable stats were: 18/28 for 227 Yards with 4 TDs for Tom Brady, 15 Carries for 112 Yards for Dion Lewis, 5 Catches for 82 Yards with 2 TDs for Rob Gronkowski, 6 Catches for 83 Yards with a TD to Cooks, and 13 Carries with 1 Rushing and 1 Passing TD for Rex Burkhead.  It was another all around complete game for the Patriots.  Brady spread the ball around to 8 different receivers.  The Defense played well with several sacks, with 2 INTs, and a Fumble Recovery.  Jonathan Jones‘ had a memorable and important sack in the 4th Quarter to end a Drive by Miami.  All in all it was another outstanding performance by the reigning Super Bowl Champs.

With this Win the Patriots now go to 9-2 on the year.  Tops in the AFC.  Leader of the AFC East.  Yep this was a Division game and they mean the most.  The Fish got Squished and who is up next?  Well that would be Buffalo.  Yikes!  Good luck trying to contain this Offensive nightmare.  Except for Pittsburgh it’s all Divisional games from here on out.  Which looks great for the Pats!  Next Sunday, December 3 it’s New England at Buffalo at 1 pm on CBS.  Better bring your Popcorn for these festivities!  And what was up with Burkhead on Gronk’s back, that was an interesting TD celebration.  Gronk wouldn’t comment on it but I bet it would have been a funny story!  Go Pats!

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How the NBA has Posterized the Modern Age

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Nobody watches sports on TV anymore, right? The instant gratification, that technology offers us, overpowers our interest to consume sporting events in their entirety.

It’s like choosing a home-cooked meal over astronaut food – consuming highlights on Twitter is SO much more efficient than watching the whole game.

Analysts have deduced, from declining NFL TV Ratings, that the audience for sports is dwindling. Excuses manifold have been made in an attempt to explain this seemingly inexplicable phenomenon.

You hear things like social media, those darn video games and even Reefer Madness. Others point to rule changes and a degrading “on the field” product. Some have even conjectured that recent political controversies have dissuaded a large portion of the NFL audience from watching telecasts of the game.

There are no days like the good ol’ days!

But the NFL is not the only sports league to be afflicted with declining ratings.

In fact, America’s favorite pastime, baseball, has all but lost the viewership of the younger demographics. This is the part of the population that will buy merchandise. They actually care about who’s “in”.

The average MLB fan is now 100 years old.

I joke, but this is not a huge exaggeration. The average MLB fan is now 53 years old, while the NFL’s average fan is not much younger – at 47 years old.

Two of the major sports leagues have hopelessly seen their popularity diminish, over the past few decades. So one would presume that this trend has spread across the rest of the Sports World. But the NBA has actually prospered during this window of media volatility.

The NBA’s season-opener has increased, in Nielsen TV Ratings, by about 63% since 2015. And the average basketball fan is only 37 years old. 

Somehow basketball has managed to appeal to the younger audience that is umbilically attached to electronic distractions. Yes, the very same distractions that have syphoned away the attention of these fans from the other sports leagues.

This must suggest that the NBA is communing with some wizard who is giving Adam Silver and his subordinates total clairvoyance, right? Well, the NFL and the MLB should stop searching for their Magic 8-Ball. It’s not out there.   

The NBA’s continued success is easy to explain: It is the league of Pop Culture. Therefore the NBA is both the cure and the symptom. And it is the only institution that is impervious to the ever-changing winds of digital time.

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