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515 weeks ago @ Baltimore Sports Report - Once again, football o... · 0 replies · +2 points

For the one-time kings of the offseason, they didn't give up much to get a quarterback they can be comfortable in knowing can play right now. However, I agree with Mark-if they don't upgrade that offensive line, he will be running for his life.

As to the question in the title of the post, I think the line goes that baseball is the national pastime, but football is the national passion. It is the 800 pound gorilla in the sports world.

517 weeks ago @ Baltimore Sports Report - Saying Goodbye To The ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Bruz,

Yes, the first thirty-five minutes of play were lackluster. But if the scoreboard was correct, Michigan State had to make a shot to win the game. Fact of the matter is, if the Spartans miss the shot, we'd all have been talking about Garyland in the Sweet 16. So yes, it was snatched away by a last second shot. Of course, if it hadn't been for the five minutes of great play, the Terps aren't in a position to win the game in the first place.

517 weeks ago @ Baltimore Sports Report - Busting Brackets- Be V... · 0 replies · +1 points

If there need to be any changes to the tournament they should be one of these: If a regular season champ is knocked off in its conference tournament, they should be given entry to the NCAA tournament. It hardly seems fair that a team that wins its league in the regular season yet loses the conference tournament title can only hope for a road game in the NIT (smaller conferences of course; the big six conferences are playing for seeding if the regular season winner loses in its tournament). The second option should be that if they must have the play-in game, take the last two at large teams and put them in it, then slot them in as the last 11 or 12 seed. The third is to have four play in games and put the winners in the 12 slot in each region.

Other than that, the tournament is just fine as is. It might need tweaking, but not a major overhaul to 96 teams. But as many of you have already said, $$$$ often win out.

518 weeks ago @ Baltimore Sports Report - Making the Most Out of... · 1 reply · +2 points

Although I have threatened to set my bracket on fire numerous times (and I haven't been wishing that I filled out two, three or ten more brackets to cover where I went wrong), I am enjoying the tournament. All in all, it's been a great day of hoops.

518 weeks ago @ Baltimore Sports Report - Making the Most Out of... · 0 replies · +1 points

Expat,

Consider me guilty of the "more than one bracket" rule. Usually I fill out several brackets and enter them all over the place. This year I only filled out one and entered it in my different pools. I stressed just as much filling it out as I had in the past, but once it was done, it was done.

I can enjoy the tournament and the upsets even as I'm living and dying with each game. I'm a fan of the game, so even if my bracket goes boom early on, I still enjoy the tournament. So much so, I splurge for the mega march madness package from DirecTV (shameless plug). I make sure to get those two days off to watch wall-to-wall hoops.

523 weeks ago @ Baltimore Sports Report - Sharpe Falls Short In ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Mark, I agree that stats don't tell the whole story. That said, I agree with your assessment re: Sharpe and Carter in that they may have been "better players" than Jackson. But I disagree with your assessment of Jackson. In my view, he's a Hall of Famer. On that we will have to agree to disagree. I don't believe that he got in because he was on the list longer. It just happened that way. Certainly his being on the list longer didn't stop the voters from putting in Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith. I just think that because they are limited to seven, some players have to wait.

I have no idea what goes on in the room when they discuss the finalists, or how they cut down the numbers. But I'm sure each of the candidates have their own passionate backers, and apparently each finalist has to garner (I believe) 80% of the votes in the room. So several someones held back Sharpe and thought Jackson was deserving. Of course, if Jackson didn't get the necessary votes, he could've gotten in like LeBeau and Little did this year on the Seniors vote.

Perhaps the Football HOF is a bit more lenient as regards all-time greats.

561 weeks ago @ MKRob's Sports Blog - Former \'Canes Star LB... · 0 replies · +1 points

Great post! I had forgotten who Jay Brophy was...and it's an excellent story. Sure the book will be good.

561 weeks ago @ MKRob's Sports Blog - Los Angeles Clippers W... · 0 replies · +1 points

Of course, they might have to make that trade after a team ahead of them gets Thabeet, or somehow trade up to get him in the draft.

561 weeks ago @ MKRob's Sports Blog - Former 'Canes WR Irvin... · 0 replies · +1 points

I think you have to give a coach three seasons, not two, to put his stamp on a program. Three seasons allow the coach to get his recruits in, and not just make do with the recruits of the previous coach. Now we will see if the talent Shannon has been bringing in returns the "U" to its glory days.

561 weeks ago @ MKRob's Sports Blog - UFL Announces Coaching... · 2 replies · +1 points

I must have forgotten about this...when will this league be playing games? If they want any chance, they can't go up against the big bad NFL head to head. Even if they don't, I'm not sure there's enough of a market for another football league.