ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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Republishing from 9-16-17

To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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March Madness is Big Business, How Big? Try $10 Billion

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We’re in the midst of what many declare the greatest four days on the American sports calendar- the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Colloquially (and trademarked) known as “March Madness,” it’s a Thursday-Sunday span that sees a field of 64 college basketball teams swiftly reduced to 16.

In order to make this happen, the games start in late morning and run until very late in the evening. It’s a time when work productivity is at its lowest because, at least for these three weekends, just about everybody is a college basketball fan. The sport only enjoys a very tiny niche following the rest of the year, but for this month, it’s front and center.

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How to Pick March Madness Upsets: Top Predictive Trends of Last Decade

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Last St. Patrick’s Day, University of Maryland-Baltimore County shocked Virginia 74-54 to become the first No. 16 seed in the history of the NCAA tournament to ever beat a No. 1 seed.

And with that upset, the Retrievers became media darlings, lovable underdogs, breakers of brackets all over the world. Thanks to UMBC, there were just 25 perfect brackets remaining among the tens of millions submitted before March Madness began.

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Big Ten Has Three National Title Contenders, but None are Among the Favorites

Lots of college basketball pundits have deemed the Big Ten the strongest conference in the nation this season, and the numbers seen to verify this. From top to bottom, it’s the strongest conference in the country, but it’s strongest teams aren’t among the elite of the elite nationally.

The Big Ten has three teams, #6 Michigan State, #10 Michigan and #13 Purdue that have a legitimate shot of winning it all, but none are likely to earn a #1 seed on Selection Sunday. You won’t find any of that trio among the top favorites to be crowned kings of March Madness either. In short, the Midwestern based league, headquartered in Chicago, is just not top heavy enough.

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Michigan-Michigan State the Next North Carolina-Duke? Tom Izzo, John Beilein Opine

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Before Michigan and Michigan State played for the Big Ten Tournament title, in what was their third meeting this this season, both head coaches discussed the growing significance of their heated rivalry. Both Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and Michigan head man John Beilein opined on the idea of MSU-Michigan being/one day becoming on par with North Carolina-Duke.

Playing for the third time in a span of just three weeks, the Michigan-Michigan State blood feud is becoming more relevant and entertaining by the year.

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Montre Hartage, Northwestern Secondary Have Off Day vs Duke Blue Devils

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Senior cornerback Montre Hartage could have the highest NFL draft stock of anyone on this 2018 Northwestern football team, but even his skill set couldn’t save the Cats at home versus Duke today. On a day with autumn like conditions, winter has come to the Wildcats’ nine game winning streak (which had been the longest among all FBS teams), as they fell 21-7 at Ryan Field.

Hartage is a stud, but the NU pass defense, as a whole, stumbled today. You can’t really single anyone on the Cats out specifically, as it was a total team let down. The story of the game was the Duke passing attack, as quarterback Daniel Jones was clinical, efficient and precise.

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Northwestern Wildcats vs Duke Blue Devils Game Preview, Prediction

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Going all the way back to the Gary Barnett era, the Northwestern Wildcats often lose a September game that they really should not lose, and they sometimes lose that game in a manner not befitting the level of their program.

As Pat Fitzgerald is now 11-2 in season openers, that game comes in week two, three or four, and last season that game was the trip to Duke. The Cats got slaughtered 41-17 in week two last year, and this weekend they’ll be looking to redeem themselves from that 2017 disaster.

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College Sports Fans Beware the Nefarious Influence of the Recruiting-Industrial Complex

It’s really astounding when you think about it- in an era when almost no one is willing to pay for news content, recruiting services can survive and thrive off a subscription-based business model.

The year-round extensive coverage of college recruiting, at every step in the process, has destroyed media coverage of college sports. It’s not just the rise of the recruiting-industrial complex itself that ruined it. Recruiting sites flourished at the same time social media exploded and these two phenomena fed off of each other to concoct a toxic cocktail.

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2018 NBA Mock Draft 6-21-18 Final Edition

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Welcome to our fourth version of our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s the first edition post lottery. For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked, and that will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, and the order was derived from Tankathon, who we linked here.

You may not agree with the picks in this 2018 NBA mock draft, and yes, somebody will get left out, but you can air your grievances in the comments section. Just keep it all above board.

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Student Loan Debt Rankings of the Sweet 16 Schools

By Liz Richards

Hold on to your brackets, because we are now down to our Sweet 16 in The 2018 NCAA College Basketball Championship! Folks around the nation are glued to their screens watching some of the biggest wins, loses and upsets in college basketball history!

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Man United = Kentucky, Real Madrid = Duke and the Rest of the UCL, Sweet 16 doppelgängers

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There are two athletic competitions in this world that captivate us unlike any other: college basketball’s NCAA Tournament, known as “March Madness,” and the UEFA Champions League. In late winter and early spring, sports fans all across the globe are transfixed by both competitions.

We root for our specific teams first and foremost, and then debate if we should support our primary rivals in our respective leagues/conferences as they take on the rest of the nation/Europe. Let’s say you’re a North Carolina/Liverpool supporter- do you show solidarity for the other ACC/English Premier League teams in the competition? It’s a debate with no right or wrong answer, exactly like the 16 pairings that we’ve made below. So have at it in the comments section. 

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Man United vs Man City, Duke vs North Carolina: By the Numbers, Honors

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Tonight brings the next edition of the greatest rivalry in the sport of basketball as #9 North Carolina visits #6 Duke. Just 10.5 miles separates Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium (where the game will be held) and the Dean Dome (home to the UNC Tar Heels).

This bitter feud reminds of us another rivalry that’s heating up- the Manchester Derby.

Of course, it goes without saying that Liverpool-Manchester United is the truest rivalry of soccer/football/futbol, but the Man United-Man City bloodfeud is definitely becoming more acrimonious. Just 15 miles separate Old Trafford (United’s home ground) from The Etihad (City’s home venue), so it’s similar to UNC-Duke in that regard.

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