Get to know the Final Four

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Published on : March 31, 2016

 

 

 

What a quality tournament so far. We’ve seen big upsets, buzzer beaters, double overtime and everything in between. Now only four teams remain. My bracket is pretty busted. I only have 1 Final Four team correct but I have them winning it all so I may still finish in a reasonable place. But this isn’t about me, let’s get to know the squads who have braved the tourney so far. These are your Final Four of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

 

Syracuse

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They are a 10 seed in the Final Four. That has never happened before. Just for that reason they should win. So hats off to the ultimate cinderella team. I’m pulling for the Orange. It’s so rare what they are attempting. Make that history. People always say that the tournament is about momentum, if that is true then head coach Jim Boeheim should be getting ready to party. Boeheim has had a great career (won the title in 2003) and this would be just gravy for one of college’s best coaches.

 

North Carolina

 

My bracket pick to win it all. The only 1 seed left alive. Coach Roy Williams has the Tar Heels firing on all cylinders. No one wants to play this crew. Historically, 1 seeds have done super well in the tourney. No other seed has more championships. As the only 1 seed, UNC, must be considered the overall favorite moving forward. The math is in their favor. And if I know anything about basketball it’s that math is a big part of it. North Carolina has five national titles. That’s a lot of trophies. Duke also has five. With only Kentucky (8) and UCLA (11) sporting more.

 

Villanova

Villanova

 

This 2 seed shocked Kansas, who many picked it win it all. Maybe¬†Highlander¬†rules apply and now Nova has all the Jayhawks’ power. If that’s true then Villa may go Super-Nova on anyone left in their path to a title. Villanova has only ever won the tournament once and that was back in 1985. The first year the bracket was expanded to 64 teams. The Wildcats are still playing in March Madness because their defense has been stout. They force turnovers and those possessions lead to easy baskets.

 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma-Sooners

 

Another 2 seed. Is it too soon to call this the Sooners year? They are playing at such a high level and have been so fun to watch. They handled a solid Oregon team and looked in complete control. Oklahoma has never won a national championship. They were runners up in 1947 (lost to Holy Cross) and 1988 (lost to Kansas) so it would be great to see this lineup bring some hardware back to Norman, OK.

 

So I like all the teams. Sue me. Oh god, please don’t do that. I’m so broke and so is my bracket. Have mercy. Jokes aside, all four of these programs look strong and poised for a big win. It’s truly hard to discount any of these schools. I can see them all cutting down the nets come April 4th. Sit back and enjoy what will be some great college hoops.

 

 

Madness.

 

 


NBA releases statement addressing anti-LGBT legislation of North Carolina

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Published on : March 25, 2016

 

The Governor of North Carolina signed a questionable law that restricts protections of the LGBT community.

 

The law came in response to a rule in the city of Charlotte that expresses a notion that transgender individuals are granted freedom to use the public restrooms of their choice. However, the new law says that restrooms and dressing rooms be entitled for use only to people based on the sex they were born with.

 

Earlier today, the NBA released a brief statement concerning the controversial law:

 

“The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.”

 

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The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to be in Charlotte, but it’s starting to look a little hostile in Charlotte, so drastic measures may be taken in the near future. The historic game filled with the league’s superstars could be looking for a new home.

 

Taking the NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte would definitely send a huge message to the public and other organizations, but the bigger issue is what sort of domino effect this law will have on other parts of the country.

 

 


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