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It’s March Madness Time!

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It’s that time of year again! The time of year when we furiously fill out brackets and try to predict what wild and crazy ending will come from the NCAA Tournament!

I don’t know about anyone else, but this year has been absolutely crazy when it comes to college basketball. Last year, everyone knew Kentucky was the best and would likely win it all. This year, it truly is anyone’s game. Get hot at the right time, and your team could be hoisting that trophy!

We’re only one day in and there have already been some pretty big upsets, such as Harvard taking down #3 seed New Mexico and Oregon beating Oklahoma State, although that really wasn’t much of an upset since a lot of folks thought Oregon was seeded too low.

We’ve also seen some ridiculous blowouts! VCU took Akron behind the woodshed and left them there for the woodland animals. Syracuse did the same, dismissing Montana by 47 points. And Gonzaga narrowly escaped the first #16 seed upset of a #1 seed.

Personally, I like my Buckeyes’ chances again this year; especially for getting back to the Final Four. We shall see, though. You never know until the games are played!

Have you filled out any brackets? Who do you have going all the way?

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How Bandwagon Fans & Diva Players Ruined The NBA For Me

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I grew up playing basketball. Everyone in my family did, to a point. My Uncle even played and coached in the NBA. Up until last year. I grew up on Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Isiah Thomas. Those guys. I was alive and old enough to remember the Dream Team. That was the brand of NBA I liked. Sure there were superstars, but people were fans of the teams first and foremost.

Fast forward 20 years and it’s allllll about the superstars. And, at this point, it’s pretty much an NBA thing, because I don’t see what irks me going on in baseball or football.

People can like whomever they want, but I respect those who are fans a team through its failures, its history, and its success far more than these new-age fans who really only care about the stats of their superstar and whichever team they happy to play for at the moment. Case in point, Miami Heat fans, Oklahoma City Thunder fans, and earlier this year, Los Angeles Clippers fans. I’ve really never seen anything like it, and hope other sports fans are able to keep their integrity a little better.

When Peyton Manning announced he was signing with the Denver Broncos, there weren’t a ton of Indianapolis Colts fans saying “Oh shit! I’m #TeamBroncos now!”, were there? No. Most of the ones I came across on Twitter stated that they’d always be fans of his, wished him well, and continued to pledge their allegiance to the Colts. I love and respect that.

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Sammy Prahalis Drafted 6th Overall; Headed to Phoenix

I shocked the world when I posted that WNBA post last week. Yes, the entire world. Well, I hope y’all are ready because I’m going to do it again! It’s follow-up time!

The WNBA Draft was held Monday afternoon, and my girl, Sammy Prahalis, was the 6th selection by the Phoenix Mercury. And she looked fab!

I am definitely jealous Phoenix fans right now. While I’ve been spoiled by easily being able to see Sammy play, they are now get to enjoy the massive swagger of Styles P for the forseeable future. Enjoy it!

P.S. A friend and I have already circled the date when the Mercury head to the Midwest and play the Indiana Fever. Don’t be surprised if we make that short road trip to Indy to check her out.

P.P.S. Check out the highlight video she just uploaded. You’ll understand why I love what she brings to the women’s game.

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This Is A WNBA Post

2012 WNBA Draft

I know, I know. Don’t fall over in shock. You read that right. I am here, today, to talk about the WNBA. And why? Because my favorite women’s college hoops players is draft eligible and I plan on following/supporting her career where she is drafted.

I am talking about Sammy Prahalis, of course. Y’all know I stan for her.

Ideally, I’d like for the LA Sparks to draft her. Why?

1. They have Candace Parker already, whom I’ve loved for years.

2. They drafted Sammy’s former Ohio State teammate, Jantel Lavender, last year. Reuniting those two, would be something I’d truly enjoy. They already have tons of on-court chemistry.

3. I watched enough Sparks games to know that that team is in dire need of a point guard. Sammy would be perfect!

But, the Sparks have the first pick, and Sammy isn’t home run pick for the overall lottery pick. That honor likely goes to Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Will Sammy still be available the next time the Sparks pick? I doubt it, but trades happen all the time. She could honestly go anywhere from #2 to #15.

All I really want is to be able to go see Sammy play, in person, from time to time. Preferably when/if her team plays the Indiana Fever. I would also die if she ended up rejoining Team USA and represent our country in International tourneys.

The 2012 WNBA Draft takes place on April 16th @ 2:00 PM (ET). You can watch Round 1 on ESPN2, while the 2nd and 3rd rounds will air on ESPNU and NBA TV. (ESPN3 is an option as well)

So, good luck to Sammy!

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Candace Parker Out for the Rest of the Season

No more Candace Parker in 2010

BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

The only reason I watch the WNBA, the amazing Candace Parker, has been placed on the LA Sparks IR. (Yes, I’m aware basketball teams don’t have IRs, but just go with me here, ok?)

She dislocated her left shoulder in a recent game and is out for the remainder of the season now that it’s been revealed that the injured shoulder needs surgery.

So, what do I do now? Is it football season yet, or what?

In other CP3 news, Candace is up for the Subway Sportswoman of the Year at next week’s (June 27) BET Awards.

ETA: Candace tweeted her thanks for fan support after news spread that she was on the shelf for the rest of the season.

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