Double Drivel 3/25/14 Issue

Dick’s Thoughts - With Pitt’s win over Colorado in the first round of the NCAA tourney, the Panthers have now advanced to the second round 12 out of the past 13 seasons. 
I write a lot about Ohio State but year after year they are consistently overrated.  This year in football they almost got to play for the national title before being exposed by the one good team on their schedule.  Then comes basketball and they are ranked as high as #3 by playing a weak non conference schedule.  Once into Big 10 play they stumbled repeatedly, lost out in the Big 10 tournament, and then got ousted in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  They should get credit though for having a tremendous PR program.
The city of Durham NC has more basketball teams in the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament than the basketball rich states of Indiana and Illinois combined. 
In 2010 WVU won the Big East and made it to the Final Four.  Since then the Mountaineers have staggered to a 70-62 record and are 49-50 over the past 3 seasons. 
The Pirates may soon be holding open tryouts for someone to play first base as of this writing Andrew Lambo is hitting under 100.
Nice to see mighty Indiana refusing to play in the CBI tournament.   Who do they thing they are.  The Hoosiers have only made the NCAA tourney 2 out of the past 6 seasons with some tremendous talent.
No Detroit Lion coach has ever been rehired by another team to be their head coach.  The Lions last title was in 1957.
Thought of the week:  Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be.

Mike’s Commentary: Buzzer beaters, overtime games, upsets and genuine emotion are just a few of the things that make the NCAA tournament the greatest spectacle in sports. In just over 1 full day of action, the likes of Oklahoma, Ohio State, Cincinnati and Duke have been knocked out of the tournament with the likes of North Dakota State, Dayton, Harvard and Mercer moving on. The tournament truly is March Madness at its best.
—I know it was a cold, wet day last Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, but, it looks like NASCAR has a lot more work to do. A venue that had seen 160,000 fans fill the stands for years was less than l/2 full this time around. NASCAR has changed the points system, the Chase format and how they qualify for the races in an attempt to get fans back.  I would suggest more short tracks instead of building all cookie-cutter mile and a halfers and moving more of the races back to the root of NASCAR in the southern states.
—Spring has sprung and while it is still winter-like out there, the local high schools will soon be starting track meets and softball and baseball games and the local golf courses will be opened up.
 

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