Peter Sung Ohr, the regional director of the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board, ruled Wednesday that Northwestern football players under the College Athletes Players Association have the right to unionize, a decision that eventually could have far-reaching impacts on college sports.
The ruling comes less than two week after the university and CAPA submitted their briefs to Ohr for his consideration. Northwestern released a statement on the precedent-setting decision, saying that it is disappointed in the ruling and plans to appeal to the National Labor Relations board in Washington, D.C. [Continue Reading]
If you read this blog you know I am 100% anti-college players getting paid. I think it’s ridiculous. Yes, I understand that they generate millions of dollars for their respective schools, but it’s college. You have a scholarship and education. It’s just plain greedy. If you think it’s too much of a commitment go to school like everyone else these days – just ask the 35-year old still paying off his student loan.
John Calipari stood frozen on the Kentucky sideline. Every player on the Wichita State bench held his breath. Everything seemed to stop inside the Scottrade Center as Fred VanVleet let loose with a 3-pointer that could have kept the Shockers perfect. When it bounced harmlessly off the rim, everything was set in motion once again.
Calipari spontaneously leaped into the air, bad hip and all, as the eighth-seeded Wildcats poured off their bench to celebrate their 78-76 victory over the Midwest Region’s top seed. The boys from Wichita State slumped to their seats, their faces buried in their jerseys. [Continue Reading]
A lot of times the good guys don’t always win. Wichita State’s loss to Kentucky wasn’t just the end of a great season it was a loss for college basketball as a whole. There was no doubt that Kentucky had more athleticism and talent on the floor and as long as that can win it’s going to stay like that. Kudos to the guys at Wichita State. There are so many reasons to commend that team. Regardless, it was a great season and we, just like each one of you, wish it ended differently.
It took about two hours for most of America’s billion-dollar dream to end. After the first game in the billion-dollar perfect bracket challenge insured by billionaire Warren Buffett, four out of five would-be winners were already finished, thanks to Dayton’s upset of No. 6 seed Ohio State. On Yahoo’s Tourney Pick ‘Em game, 83.7% of users took the Buckeyes. (Those poolers aren’t necessarily entered in the Quicken Loans Challenge, but any fluctuation would likely be minor.) Last year, none of the 11 million entrants on ESPN.com were perfect after the first day of games and only four went 15-for-16, so it was a matter of when, not if, most of America busted out. The ending for most just happened to come earlier than anyone expected. [Continue Reading]
I would be one of those 80%. I didn’t even really LOOK at that game. And not to toot my own horn, but I did go 15 for 16 on the first day. Warren Buffet isn’t a gazillionaire for nothing. I must say, it really does irritate me that completing a successful NCAA bracket is so damn hard and some chick in your office who doesn’t even know the first thing about basketball wins. It’s irritating and awesome at the same time.
In the NCAA tournament, upsets are bound to happen. You never know when a shocking result will occur, but don’t be surprised if these games end up going to the underdogs.
(5) VCU vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin, South Region
Shaka Smart’s VCU Rams have played the part of Cinderella before. This year, they’ll find out what it’s like to be on the other end — in more ways than one. While the Rams’ “Havoc” defense leads the nation in defensive turnover rate, the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin aren’t far behind, ranking third. They also hold on to it, too. With a talented guard rotation of Trey Pinkney, Deshaunt Walker and Desmond Haymon, who all do a good job of taking care of the ball, VCU will find it hard to force turnovers with their press.
In the Atlantic 10 title game, the Rams struggled to force turnovers on St. Joseph’s and get fast break points, which crippled their offense. VCU struggles to shoot at times, and if they can’t get easy offense off turnovers, their offense can be anemic. Stephen F. Austin hasn’t lost a game since November — if Brad Underwood’s team can avoid turnovers and knock down some shots, that streak might continue for a couple more games.
Just remember – you can win $1 billion if you pick the perfect bracket. Knowing that – you have to have the upsets. Hope this helps! We’ll be back tomorrow with more!
The NCAA Tournament bracket has been released, and the University of Florida headlines the South Region as its No. 1 seed. The Gators were awarded the top seed after an impressive run to close out the season.
Florida finished 18-0 in SEC play, including two wins against Kentucky during the regular season, and won the 2014 SEC Tournament. The Gators finished 4-2 against ranked teams in the regular season, holding wins over Kansas and Memphis in non-conference play. The only losses for Billy Donovan’s team this season were to Wisconsin and UConn, and the Gators have won 26 straight games. Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin was named the SEC Player of the Year, averaging 12.9 points and 3.9 assists per game. [Continue Reading]
Did you see that SMU, who was ranked, didn’t get into the tournament? Has that ever happened before? Crazy stuff last night when the tournament was released. I’m wondering if Louisville’s 4-seed is a sign of an early departure or puts them in a unique position to run table. We’ll be back all week discussing our picks leading up to Thursday.
The 15 finalists were announced on Saturday for 2014′s John R. Wooden Award, given annually to the nation’s best college basketball player. Since this year’s award has an obvious front-runner (Dougie Fresh, cough, cough), here’s a look at those 15 players ranked based on the seasons they’ve had in 2013-14.
1. Doug McDermott, Creighton: The senior forward is playing like the two-time All-American he is. The nation’s second-leading scorer has more than 30 points seven times this season, most recently in a 39-point effort vs. St. John’s.
2. Jabari Parker, Duke: The 6-8 freshman forward can play five positions and has spearheaded Duke, averaging more than 18 points and nine rebounds a game. Among a decorated freshman class, Parker has emerged as the best.
3. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas: The country’s No. 1 recruit has been a key catalyst for the Jayhawks all season and finally starting to blossom into a superstar. Had 41 points in a loss to West Virginia on Saturday.
If we had to put together our top five it would go a little something like this: 1.) Doug McDermott, 2.) Jabari Parker, 3.) Nick Johnson – Arizona, 4.) C.J. Fair – Syracuse, and 5.) Cleanthony Early – Wichita State (Come on they’re undefeated). I guess announcing this list is pretty stupid considering it’s Doug McDermott and that’s about it. It’s cool – it’s one of those times the guy who truly deserves to win wins.
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