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Profile Of A Bubble Team: Southern Cal (2018)

Update:  So yeah, USC is in the NIT, preparing to blast (we hope) UNC Asheville. A few years ago I wrote about one of my alma maters (the University of South Florida) as a bubble team in a particularly contentious … Continue reading

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Book Review: Indentured

Indentured:  The Inside Story Of The Rebellion Against The NCAA, by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss This book is written with an obvious intent to shock the reader into a horror at the exploitation of college athletes, mostly from minority … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Dream Team

Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever, by Jack McCallum, narrated by Dick Hill Forever is a long time, but this is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Amateurs

The Last Amateurs, by John Feinstein Having listened to an audiobook by the author previously [1], I was intrigued by the author’s humane touch and interest in more obscure aspects of sportswriting, and I thought it would be worthwhile to … Continue reading

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Filling My Bracket

For those who are aware of my interest in sports, it ought to be of little surprise that I am particularly fond of bracketology [1], the study of how to fill brackets, most commonly (but not exclusively) related to NCAA … Continue reading

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A Private Folly

Occasionally I like to write about the corrupt business of sports, including basketball [1], and today that means the need to discuss the recent unprecedented punishment of Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a $2.5 million fine and a lifetime ban … Continue reading

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There’s No Crying In Basketball

Even though I am thousands of miles away from the United States, the phenomenon called Linsanity was still big enough for me to recognize it even in Thailand. A journeyman point guard bouncing from team to team, who had been … Continue reading

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A Family Affair

How corrupt is NBA Player’s Association Executive Director Billy Hunter? This corrupt: he makes almost as much money (over $13 million over the last five years) as the rest of the employees of the union made combined over that same … Continue reading

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Profile Of A Bubble Team: The University Of South Florida

Update: USF got in as a 12 seed in the “first four game” against Cal. I suppose I’m not a terrible bracketologist after all. Update #2: USF shows that they belong in the NCAA tournament by battering Cal into submission … Continue reading

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March Sadness

March is the time of year when the inner gambler inside many of us rears its ugly head, causing us to enter bracket pools and eagerly pour over the results of obscure conference results to see which of the mid-majors … Continue reading

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