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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2020 NFL Mock Draft 3-22-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, for the first time, right here, right now. It’s our first ever 2020 NFL mock draft, and the order, for now was simply replicated from 2019. Team needs, nor the 2019 NFL mock draft (which you can view over at this link), were taken into account.

As we have a whole draft, and two rounds of free agency to go through, it’s just too early to factor in team needs. Obviously this will be modified and reworked hundreds, if not thousands of times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day. Enjoy!

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Michigan State or Michigan: Who Has a Better Final Four Shot?

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Asked to give his initial thoughts on drawing #15 seed Bradley in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo was surprisingly defensive.

“I don’t have any thoughts on that. I guess the only thoughts I have is I’ve been-1-seed and been a 7-seed. Got to a Final Four as a 7 and got beat the first weekend as the 1,” he responded in a tone that was less jovial than expected from a coach who had just won the Big Ten Tournament title.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 3-20-19

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft update time! It’s our second update post Scouting Combine, and the underwear olympics in Indianapolis really shook things up; big time. Massive changes were made in last week’s edition. Now, with the first few days of free agency behind us, we made a couple more changes this week.

Team needs have now been taken into account, as free agency is in our midst. (Also, here is our very first 2020 NFL mock draft over at this link)

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Michigan Basketball Players, Coach John Beilein React to On Campus Shooter Alert

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(UPDATE: local police say there is no threat at this time, go to this link for more)

There have been unconfirmed reports of an active shooter situation on the campus of the University of Michigan.

Although details are still coming in at this time, the University sent out the following alert message less than an hour ago, while the Michigan basketball team was finishing its Big Ten tournament semi-final game at the United Center in Chicago:

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College Football Postseason: They Want Chaos and Debate, Never Sensibility and Reason

Mark Twain famously said that history doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. Today’s college football playoff debate does in fact rhyme with the BCS, and the AP/UPI/Coaches/Insert Poll Name Here era of “deciding” the national champion. When it comes to the college football postseason, it’s all about the click-bait, and conflict, of course moves the needle. 

The same will hold true if/when they go to 8, and then if when they go to 16. Today it’s about #5 and #6 getting shout out. In the future it will be about #9 getting shafted, and then #17 getting left out; if and when it comes to that. It may not because the more teams you add, the fewer the number of deserving teams get jobbed.

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Michigan, Michigan State at Top of Early Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

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Early December polls and rankings are to be taken with a grain of salt, but we do know this about the Big Ten- “the Michigans” currently rule the roost. College hoops is a sport as synonymous with gambling as any you will find anywhere in the entire world. Wagering on college basketball at this time of year can be like real money online pokies, there is a ton of luck and chance involved. However, if you want a blue chip then #GoBlue, as the Michigan Wolverines have consistently shown a capability to beat the spread by by a comfortable margin.

They are the clear number one in the Big Ten with arch-rival Michigan State a solid #2 in the league. Next to each team name below you’ll find the following numerical values: overall record, conference record, AP ranking (when applicable) Sagarin rating and kenpom rating.

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#5 Michigan Basketball, Big Ten Bellwether, Provide Good Early Test for Northwestern Wildcats

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University of Michigan- basketball school? Well, it certainly feels like it right now as the Wolverines moved up to #5 in the latest AP poll, and hold the highest current position of any Big Ten team. John Beilein has guided Michigan basketball to two national title game appearances, three elite eights and four sweet sixteens in the past five seasons.

Meanwhile Jim Harbaugh, who is paid more than three times as much as Beilein, has yet to accomplish any of the three things he was hired to do in 2015 (beat Ohio State, win Big Ten titles, compete for national titles).

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Michigan and Ohio’s Toledo War of 1835, and the Frostbitten Convention

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This week is rivalry week in college football. Which conjures up memories of the Toledo War and the Frostbitten Convention.

This weekend brings awesome games with cool names like “The Iron Bowl” (Alabama-Auburn) and “The Holy War” (BYU-Utah). But only one of these rivalry games can claim an actual war in the history of its geographic region. That’s the Michigan Wolverines vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes, or “The Game,” as it’s called.

The Toledo War is one of the many reasons ESPN Classic is running a marathon of past tOSU-UM games today.

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Michigan State #1, Purdue #2 in Big Ten Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

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Believe it or not, Big Ten basketball media day is Thursday. Yes, hoops talking season arrives though it may not feel like it, given the 80+ degree temperatures in much of Big Ten country currently. Some schools have actually already had their media days, and you know what that means- overlap season is here.

So while every single outlet on the planet is posting Big Ten football power rankings today, we’re doing the hoops equivalent. 

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Recapping the Momentum Swings as Northwestern Blows Upset Chance vs Michigan

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The Northwestern Wildcats, who entered their home meeting with the #14 Michigan Wolverines as two touchdown underdogs, went up 17-0 before eventually falling 20-17. Instead of doing a traditional game recap, we’re just going to post a revised version of our updates that we did for CBS Sports national radio “Eye on College Football.”

Before calling in our updates, we typed out what we were going to read, and here are those updates, in order, pretty much unabridged, but sometimes slightly revised. A game like this is the classic narrative of a moment shift, because you saw a team with a 17-0 advantage slowly yield to a 20-17 deficit and thus defeat.

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Michigan Wolverines Boast Trio of 1st Round Draft Pick Prospects on D

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The #14 Michigan Wolverines are loaded with individual talent, and most of it resides on the defensive side of the ball.  The Wolverines boast a trio of NFL first round draft pick prospects, The triad consists of DE Rashan Gary, LB Devin Bush and DE/OLB Chase Winovich. Go here to see where we have all three of these Michigan Wolverines in our latest NFL mock draft.

Gary, one of the highest rated recruits in the Jim Harbaugh era, was first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches last season as a sophomore.  He had 66 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2017.  Through the first third of the season, Gary racked up 18 tackles (3.5 for loss), two sacks and three quarterback hurries.

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