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April 22nd, 2019

This is an exciting week as the NFL draft starts Thursday.

Will Kyler Murray go number one? Will the Giants pick up a QB at 6? What will the Raiders do with multiple early picks?
 
The coaching carousel of college basketball is almost finished spinning. St. John’s hired Mike Anderson as its next coach.
 
The NBA and NHL playoffs roll on. I’m sad that the Lightning, after winning 62 games in the regular season, was swept by Columbus.
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April 15th, 2019

Congrats to Virginia on winning the national championship.Tony Bennett’s team responded after losing in the first round last year to UMBC, the first 1-seed fell to a 16.
 
The Cavaliers found ways to win over Purdue, Auburn and Texas Tech. Congrats to Kyle Guy, DeAndre Hunter, Ty Jerome and the entire team.
 
The Tiger Wood won his fifth green jacket at The Masters. What a performance by Woods, his first major title in 11 years. He was brilliant in the final round, looking like the Tiger of old. It’s amazing because many thought he would not play competitive golf again. Now he is a major champion again.
 
What a week in sports.
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April 8th 2019

The national championship should be special s Virginia battles Texas Tech. I will call the game on ESPN International.
 
It has been a busy week for me representing a number of groups in Minneapolis at the Final Four, including Coke. 
 
Congrats also to Kimm Mulkey and Baylor as they won the women’s title, edging Notre Dame in a thriller.
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April 1st 2019

The Final Four is set and I cannot wait to go to Minnesota.

There are so many great storylines. Texas Tech, picked seventh in the preseason Big 12 poll, is going to its first Final Four. Chris Beard has done an incredible job leading the Red Raiders. Defense got them to Minnesota, stopping Michigan and Gonzaga.

Virginia made up for last year's disappointing first-round loss to UMBC. Tony Bennett is a class act who is making history. His father, Dick, led Wisconsin to the 2000 Final Four, meaning the Bennetts are the second father-son duo at the Final Four, joining John Thompson and JT III.

Michigan State knocked off Duke to send Tom Izzo to his eighth Final Four. Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett were sent home short of a Final Four.
 
Auburn continued its Cinderella run. Bruce Pearl’s team beat blue bloods Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky en route to Minnesota.
 
Should be a fun Final Four.
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March 25th 2019

The field of 68 has been trimmed to the Sweet 16, baby!
 
The first week of the big dance saw upsets. Cal-Irvine beat Kansas State. Liberty knocked off Mississippi State.
 
Stars shined. Purdue's Carsen Edwards scored 42 vs. Villanova. Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke had 36 vs Baylor. 
 
I was on SportsCenter breaking down games and dancing, baby!
 
 
 
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March 17th, 2018

The field of 68 is set. It is time to start dancing.

Congrats to the top four seeds: Virginia, Gonzaga, Duke and North Carolina.

The bubbles burst for: Texas, TCU, Indiana, NC State and Alabama.

Let the fun begin, the best three weeks in sports.

It was also a busy week in the NFL as free agency and a numbers of trades happened too. The Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr.


The Jets landed LeVeon Bell and CJ Mosley. The Ravens added Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram. The Jaguars signed Nick Foles. The Redskins signed Landon Collins. The Lions added WR Danny Amendola. The Bills signed Frank Gore. The Eagles acquired DeSean Jackson. The Chiefs landed Tyrann Mathieu. The Cardinals landed Terrell Suggs. The Niners acquired Dee Ford.


The Titans got Cameron Wake.

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March 11th 2019

I had a great time calling the Tennessee-Auburn game. It was a great win for Bruce Pearl’s team and it was a great environment.

Championship Week should be special. I am excited to call the WCC and SEC tournaments.

It will be interesting to see how the bubble teams fare and see which teams earn the !-seeds.

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March 4th, 2019

I enjoyed another super college game on Saturday. Florida State edged NC State in an ACC showdown.

There were plenty of upsets. Indiana stunned Michigan State. UCF knocked off Houston. Utah State beat Nevada.
 
One of the best performances came at Tebbessee. Jordan Bone scored a career-high 27 points as the Vols dominated the Wildcats of Kentucky.
 
It was a great week for Bryce Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies.
 
Roger Federer added to his illustrious career, earning his 100th career title.
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February 25th 2019

It was another great week in college hoops. I got to call a thrilling game between Tennessee and LSU. It was an overtime thriller, with the Tigers pulling out the win with a pair late free throws. 
 
North Carolina had a big week, beating Duke and Florida State, two ranked teams.
 
Jeremiah Martin of Memphis came up huge, averaging 40 ppg. In a pair of wins.
 
Mike Daum of South Dakota State joined the 3000-point club.
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February 18th, 2019

A busy weekend of college hoops. I loved being at Duke as Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1123rd win, setting an NCAA record.

Kentucky got a big win over Tennessee.

Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500.

The NBA All-Stars put on a show.

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February 11th 2019

I had a great time calling to Florida State-Louisville game. Leonard Hamilton had a good week with a win at Syracuse and an OT Thriller over Louisville.

Duke swept Virginia wil RJ Barrett scoring 26 points.

The NBA trade deadline was a number of moves. The Sixers added Tobias Harris to their stacked lineup.

Will this be the week that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado sign?

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February 4th 2019

Congratulations to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Julian Edelman had a special game. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick got ring number six.

In college basketball, there were several surprises. Indiana snapped a seven-game losing streak, stunning Michigan State in East Lansing. LSU lost to Arkansas. Michigan fell at Iowa.

Zion Williamson put on a show against St. John’s with 29 points. Duke beat the red Storm by 30.

Patrick Mahomes was named NFL MVP. Ed Reed and Tony Gonzalez headlined a new Pro Football Hall of Fame class. James Harden kept putting up ridiculous numbers. 

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January 21st, 2019

The two championship football games were classic.

It was the first time both went to overtime. The Rams won on a 57-yard field goal. The Patriots won on a drive engineered by the GOAT, Tom Brady. Two great games.
 
It sets up an exciting Super Bowl.
 
College basketball saw the last two unbeaten fall, as Virginia lost to Duke while Michigan lost at Wisconsin.
 
I had a blast calling the exciting Auburn-Kentucky game. The Wildcats escaped with a big win.
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January 14th, 2018

Duke showed why it is number one, winning at Florida State. With Zion Williamson hurt, RJ Barrett scored 32 points. Cam Reddish hit the game-winning trifecta.

Tennessee got a big win at Florida. Gonzaga beat a tough San Francisco squad. Texas Tech won at Texas.
The NFL playoffs continued. The Patriots advanced to their eighth straight AFC championship game with a win over the Chargers. The Chiefs were impressive in dispatching the Colts. The Rams took down the Cowboys, wile the Saints edged the Eagles.
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January 7th, 2019

The NFL postseason got under way. I was really impressed with Andrew Luck and the Colts, with an impressive win at Houston. The Chargers hung on to beat the Ravens in Baltimore. The Cowboys got past the Seahawks.

College basketball had a busy Saturday. I saw Duke impressively beat a good Clemson team. Virginia was convincing over Florida State in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated.
Nevada fell from the unbeaten ranks, losing badly at New Mexico. Kentucky was upset by Alabama. Kansas lost at Iowa State.
One of the most impressive comebacks was staged by Old Dominion. The Monarchs trailed  21-0 against western Kentucky and rallied to win.
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December 31st, 2018

The college football championship game is set. Alabama and Clemson head West.

The Tide outscored Oklahoma while Clemson was too good against Notre Dame. Trevor Lawrence dominated the Irish.

The NFL playoffs are set and the excitement is building on the road to the Super Bowl.
James Harden had a big week with three straight 40+ point games.
It was upset city last weekend. Princeton beat Arizona State, earning its first win over a ranked team in six years.. Liberty beat UCLA by 15. Texas Southern beat Texas A&M. Florida Atlantic beat Illinois. The Owls finished their nonconference schedule with nine wins, tied for the most since joining Division I. Gardner-Webb knocked off Wake Forest.
Wishing everyone a Happy 2019!
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December 24th, 2018

College bowl season is heating up with the playoffs this week. Notre Dame faces Clemson and Alabama meets Oklahoma.

Army made its impression on the bowls by putting up 70 on Houston.
 
NBA action is heating up. Christmas Day gives us a gift as LeBron and the Lakers meet the Warriors.
 
The NFL is closing in on its playoffs and several games will have an impact this week.
 
Big Blue Nation got a Christmas gift with a win over North Carolina. Duke showed a lot of heart by beating a tough, experienced Texas Tech team.
 
I want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas!
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December 19th, 2018

I was really impressed with North Carolina. Solid passing, a great job on the boards and the Tar Heels beat Gonzaga. It was the first back-to-back losses for the Zags since 2014.

The Steelers got a huge win over the Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger and company needed that one and the defense stopped tom Brady late.

The Chicago Bears won their first division title since 2010. Chicago beat Green Bay to lock it up.

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December 10th, 2018

It was another great sports week.

The NFL saw some great action. The Dolphins used a series of laterals to score the winning touchdown against the Patriots. 
The Chiefs beat the Ravens in an exciting OT thriller.
Kyler Murray gave Oklahoma its second straight Heisman.
In college hoops, Admiral Schofield led Tennessee to an upset over #1 Gonzaga. Kentucky was upset by Seton Hall.
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December 3rd, 2018

The college football playoff is set.

Alabama will meet Oklahoma while Note Dame meets Clemson.

Michigan has been so impressive in college hoops. I was so impressed calling their win over North Carolina. Then the Wolverines added a big win over Purdue.

In the NFL, the Packers were upset by the Cardninals and it cost Mike McCarthy his job.

Im excited to be calling the Florida-West Virginia Tuesday at the Jimmy V Classic!

 

 

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Quote of the Week

"Get the gold Rookie of the Year trophy engraved to Pete Alonso as the runaway winner!”

-Dick Vitale