Archive for March, 2009

Road to the Final Four

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament resumes tonight and only 16 teams are still alive in the chase for the national championship. Here’s the schedule for tonight and Friday:

WEST REGION – TONIGHT

(1) Connecticut vs. (5) Purdue, 7:07 p.m. (CBS)

(2) Memphis vs. (3) Missouri, 9:37 p.m.

EAST REGION – TONIGHT

(1) Pittsburgh vs. (4) Xavier, 7:27 p.m.

(2) Duke vs. (3) Villanova, 9:57 p.m. (CBS)

MIDWEST REGION – FRIDAY

(1) Louisville vs. (12) Arizona, 7:07 p.m. (CBS)

(2) Michigan State vs. (3) Kansas, 9:37 p.m.

SOUTH REGION – FRIDAY

(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Syracuse, 7:27 p.m.

(1) North Carolina vs. (4) Gonzaga, 9:57 p.m. (CBS)

So, who do you think will prevail in the next round of games? More importantly, are your brackets still in decent shape?

Let us know what you think about the next round of games and who you think will win it all.

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Baseball: Schilling’s retired; will Smoltz step up as new Red Sox go-to guy?

Curt Schilling (AP)

RETIRED: Curt Schilling (AP)

As Red Sox Nation mourns the loss of gutsy starting pitcher / World Series winning “Curse” breaker / Bloody Sock legend / fan favorite Curt Schilling (to retirement) at age 42 after 23 years of gritty play on the diamond and blunt, sometimes controversial commentary off it, those of us among the Braves Faithful feel their pain – somewhat.

After all, it was to Boston that we lost our own gritty, gutsy, oft-controversial, play-through-the-pain go-to guy, John Smoltz, this January.

WHY THEY’LL MISS SCHILLING

  • WIN-WIN-WIN SITUATIONS: Schilling won a World Series with Arizona in 2001 and with Boston in 2004 and 2007.
  • THE CURSE REVERSED: In his first year in Boston in 2004, he helped the team win its first World Series in 86 years, pitching Game 2 of a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals after a surgical procedure to suture a loose tendon in his right ankle and with blood seeping through his sock. The sock is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

But we here …

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Terrell Owens + Atlanta Falcons: Is it T.O. Time in the ATL?

Terrell Owens' on-field stats may be sweet but the locker room controversies leave a bitter aftertaste.

Terrell Owens

ESPN reports that even Jerry Jones has had it with Terrell Owens’ one-man sideshow, resulting in the Cowboys releasing the star wide receiver after a tumultuous three seasons in Dallas.

While cutting T.O. rids Dallas of mega-locker room drama — after exiting his first team, San Francisco, he insinuated in a Playboy interview that then-49ers QB Jeff Garcia was homosexual; claimed Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was soft while in Philadelphia; and reportedly feuded with fellow Cowboys receiver Jason Witten — it comes with a hefty salary cap hit to the tune of $9 million. But Owens caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 games with the Cowboys and led the NFL with 13 TDs receiving in 2006, his first season in Dallas. Over his 13-year career, he’s a five-time All-Pro and ranks second in career touchdowns, fifth in career yards receiving and sixth in career receptions. 

Falcons starting WR Roddy White hauled in 88 receptions for 7 TDs and 1,382 yards …

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