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July 2nd, 2018

It was another great weekend in sports.

The big news broke on Sunday night. King James decided to sign with the Lakers. LeBron agreed to a four-year deal, and the Western Conference got even stronger. The Warriors-Lakers rivalry will intensify with four regular-season meetings between James and Kevin Durant.

The World Cup saw two Sunday games got to penalty kicks. Talk about drama, baby! Who would have thought Russia would make the quarterfinals and Germany, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Italy would not.

Baseball has been heating up. The Rays did a great job vs. the defending World Series champion Astros. Tampa Bay even beat Justin Verlander. The Yankees and Red Sox renewed the best rivalry in sports.

There was more NBA news as free agency got under way. Kevin Durant, Chris Paul. And Paul George re-signed with their respective teams. Trevor Ariza went to Phoenix, DeAndre Jordan to Dallas. 

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April 23rd 2018

The NBA playoffs have provided a lot of 3exciting moments already.

Anthony Davis scored 47 points as the Pelicans swept the Blazers. San Antonio got a win over Golden State to avoid a sweep. Miami and Philadelphia have battled it out.

One surprise is the 1 vs. 8 matchup in the East. John Wall has beendoing it all. What looked like a blowout series is now 2-2. Big Blue Nation had to be proud of Wall on Sunday. Washington had a strong finish and now we have a tight series.

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April 16th, 2018

The NBA playoffs are under way. Stars are shining like Ben Simmons, Klay Thompson and Victor Oladipo.

The Cavaliers were disappointing in putting up 80 points vs. the Pacers.

Golden State was impressive against the Spurs. The Pelicans beat Portland. The Celtics snuck past Milwaukee.

This is a great time of the year.

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April 9th 2018

College basketball season ended a week ago, but there has been plenty of news.

Players declaring for the NBA draft. Coaching changes. A lot going on.

There are players transferring, grad transfers landing at Division I schools. There is not much of an off-season with recruiting and so much news.

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April 2nd, 2018

What a memorable college basketball weekend.

Notre Dame edged Connecticut and Mississippi State to win the national title. Villanova and Michigan advanced to the men’s title game.

Excitement galore, baby!

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March 12th, 2018

The field is set and March Madness will be special.

I feel for some of the teams r\that were left out. They could sate their case, but the committee thought otherwise. I was surprised that Oklahoma State did not make it. Forget about numbers, the Cowboys beat Kansas twice, won at West Virginia, beat Texas Tech and Florida State. That shoud have been enough to get in. 

Now comes the fun. Looking for a first-round upset, I think Charleston of the CAA will battle a shorthanded Auburn team. Bruce Pearl did a great job but his team could be vulnerable.

March Madness is here. Arizona State and Oklahoma struggled down the stretch and got in. We will see if someone can make a run like VCU and George Mason in the past.

My picks to make the Final Four: Villanova, Virginia, Michigan State and Gonzaga. I like the Spartans to cut down the nets.

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March 5th, 2018

I love Championship week!

Teams that have had a tough season get another opportunity to make a run at the big dance. Favorites get the chance to work on their resume and improve their seed. Winning a conference tournament is something you remember the rest of your life. Nobody can take that experience away from you and you become a hero for years.

This has been a 3acky season , so you never know which tea, can surprise. We already saw a buzzer beater getting Radford in. Lipscomb made it to the tourney for the first time. Michigan had a special run to win the Big Ten tourney.

I am excited to be calling the WCC in Las Vegas and the SEC in St. Louis. It should be awesome with a capital A! Gonzaga hasn’t missed the WCC final since 1997! That is an amazing stream of conference final appearances.

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February 19th, 2018

We are just a few weeks away from Selection Sunday. March Madness should be very exciting because it is wide open.

There are so many teams on the bubble, so the end of the regular season, and Championship Week, will be vital. Each week you see so many surprising results. 

One team that has been struggling is Oklahoma. Five straight losses and 2-8 over the last 10 games. Trae Young and company need to straighten things out. 

One team coming on is Baylor. The Bears got a big win over Texas Tech.

This is a great time of the season.

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January 29th, 2018

I had a great time calling the Baylor-Florida game over the weekend. The Gators were on fire with trifectas in the win. Chris Chiozza had a big game for Florida.

Kentucky got a big win at West Virginia. Never count John Calipari and his young ‘Cats out. They rallied in the second half to get a big W, the first over a ranked team this season.

There were a lot of upsets last wee. Penn State handed Ohio State its first league loss of the season. NC State and Virginia Tech beat North Carolina, South Carolina beat Florida. And Mississippi Valley State won its first game of the season!

It has been a fun season so far.

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January 22nd, 2018

The Super Bowl is set as Tom Brady and the Patriots advanced with a comeback win over the Jaguars in the AFC Championship. It did not took good when the Pats trailed 20-10. Rob Gronkowski was injured and lost for the rest of the game.

Brady threw two touchdowns to Danny Amendola and New England moved to a record 10th Super Bowl. Congrats to Bill Belichick and his team. 

Next up is a showdown against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles. Nick Foles and company trailed Minnesota 7-0 before putting up 38 straight points. 

Two great fan bases will go to Minnesota for the Super Bowl.

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January 15th, 2018

Kentucky showed some toughness late during its win over Vanderbilt over the weekend. Big Blue Nation had to be smiling. Vandy staged a late challenge.

John Calipari’s team survived a gutty effort by the Commodores. The ‘Cats are young but can make noise in the tough SEC. Calipari can motivate this team as they move forward. I enjoyed calling their game on Saturday.

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January 8th, 2018

I was so impressed with Virginia and its defense holding North Carolina to 49 points. The Cavaliers make the extra pass to get good shots. Tony Bennett has a legit Final Four contender.

Tough weekend for blue bloods Duke, Kentucky and Not Carolina. The Blue Devil loss was stunning as NC State had been blown out by Notre Dame earlier in the week.

West Virginia got a big win over Oklahoma.

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December 25th, 2017

Only three teams entered the post-Christmad ranks unbeaten. Villanova, Arizona State and TCU remained unblemished after Miami fell to New Mexico State in Hawaii. 

This has been an exciting season. Just look at Wofford obver North Carolina, Fort Wayne over Indiana and Wrght State over Georgia Tech. 

That is why college basketball is great. It is unpredictable, baby!

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November 27th, 2017

I had a great time calling games down at the Atlantis in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving,

Congratulations to Villanova on winning the Battle4Atlantis. Jay Wright's team is so sound and Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges are true stars for the Wildcats.

The tournament had its share of surprises. Northern Iowa made a great run to make the final. NC State stunned Arizona. Purdue, which came in ranked, lost twice.

The Wildcats going 0-3 was the biggest shock. Sean Mller's team may have felt the affects of the FBI investigation. 

 Now it is off to Michigan-North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

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November 20th, 2017

I am looking forward to calling the Battle4Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

It has a great field with Villanova, Purdue, Arizona, NC State and SMU among the participants. It should be a great event. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, enjoy the feast!

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November 13th, 2017

The college hoop season is under way, baby!

I am excited to be calling the Kansas-Kentucky game on Tuesday in my opener, Two traditional powers will do battle.

The start of the season saw diaper dandies doing well. Marvin Bagley had a pair of double-doubles for Duke. Jaylen Novell of Washington had 32 big points in a win over Belmont.

There were a few interesting results. Big Blue Nation sweated as Utah Valley led by 12 in the second half before the Wildcats responded. Indiana lost by 21 to Indiana State. Tulsa lost to Lamar. Wake Forest was beaten by Georgia Southern. California lost to Cal-Riverside.

The fun is under way, baby!

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November 6th, 2017

It was a great weekend at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate tennis tournament. Congratulations to the University of Florida, which won the men's and women's titles.

We enjoyed hosting the teams, players and coaches at a party at my house. And we raised $ for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.

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October 30th, 2017

Notre Dame is for real.

Go look at the last two weeks against ranked opponents. The Irish looked great against USC and NC State. Notre Dame's lone loss this season was a nailbiter against undefeated Georgia, decided on a late field goal.

Notre Dame has a few more tests left, but several teams ahead of them in the polls have challenges too. Notre Dame deserves to be in the national championship discussion.

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October 2nd, 2017

 

There were several college football coaches that didn't sleep well over the weekend.

LSU's Ed Orgeron saw his Tigers stunned at hoe by Troy. Tennessee's Butch Jones saw his Vols shut out badly by Georgia.

USC fell from the unbeaten ranks as Clay Helton's team lost at Washington State.

One coach who slept fine was Brian Kelly of Notre Dame. The Irih looked good in a win over Miami-Ohio.

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September 11th, 2017

It was a great weekend for sports fans.

Sloane Stephens and Rafael Nadal won U. S. Open tennis championships. Stephens was ranked in the 900s earlier this year; what an amazing story to win. Nadal won his second slam tourney of the year.

College football had many exciting games and great performances. Lamar Jackson of Louisville put up more big numbers against North Carolina. Baker Mayfield had a brilliant second half in a big win at Ohio State. USC played well against Stanford. Clemson's defense dominated against Auburn. Notre Dame played with energy but came up short vs. Georgia.

The NFL kicked off with the Chiefs stunning the Patriots. Green Bay got past Seattle. The Ravens pitched a shutout against the Bengals. The Rams were big winners over the Colts. 

The Cleveland Indians rolled on in baseball.

I am also thinking about everyone in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma. Bless you all.

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Quote of the Week

"Don’t get carried away with all the stats from the NBA summer league action."

 -Dick Vitale