Happy Ides of March everyone, here's my Top 5 for March 15, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Gentlemen, and ladies, start your office pools! The field of 65 is now set for the NCAA basketball championship.
* The Jets replace one "old" running back, Thomas Jones, with another "old" running back, LaDainian Tomlinson.
* On your Cleveland Browns quarterback scorecard, they have signed Jake Delhomme and traded Brady Quinn to Denver.
* Ouch. David Beckham tears his Achilles, ending his World Cup hopes.
* After losing her first race Saturday, the filly Rachel Alexandra will not face undefeated mare Zenyatta in that much anticipated showdown next month in Arkansas.
2. Monday Musings
*He'll be less of a presence in the locker room. Jets Coach Rex Ryan undergoes weight loss surgery.
*Geographically challenged. That noted Eastern establishment state of West Virginia wins the Big East basketball championship.
*1/8th of the NCAA Tournament comes from the Big East, 8 teams. Then again it seems like they have hundreds of teams in the Big East Conference.
*Your 8-zillionth example why not to bet on sports. Dallas hosted the awful Knicks Saturday night. The Mavs were riding a 13 game winning streak and were favored by 11 1/2 points. The last time they played, the Mavs won by 50. A lock for Dallas right? The Knicks won by 28.
3. March Madness
Here we go. The top seeds are Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and Syracuse. What have you done for me lately? Big name schools like North Carolina, UCLA, Indiana, Connecticut and Arizona all missed the cut. And don't you love those TV shots of schools making the tournament? East Tennessee State is seeded 16th and will have its doors blown off by Kentucky. They celebrated live on CBS by jumping up and down, with one of the players dancing around and grabbing his crotch. Touching... so to speak.
4. Have a Seat
The latest twist in personal seat licenses. In Boston, at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill near Fenway Park, $500 guarantees you a "season ticket" for Red Sox games. You pay to watch the games on TV. I'm thinking of selling PSL's in my basement. Anyone?
5. The Miami of the North
Fascinating piece in the New York Times yesterday about Red Badge of Courage author Stephen Crane, who went to my alma mater in the 1890's. He said he went to Syracuse University "more to play baseball than study." What an oddball. Baseball over books? What about the sororities and the keg parties? What was wrong with that guy?
Happy Birthday: Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox. 31.
Bonus Birthday: Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria. Mrs. Tony Parker. 35.
Today in Sports: Cy-onara. The great pitcher Cy Young hangs 'em up with an unreachable 511 career wins. 1912.
Bonus Event: Et tu Brute? Julius Caesar gets whacked. 44 B.C.
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