SportsNet - March 2013
When Roy Hodgson was made England manager, one of the first jobs he had was to decide what to do about the John Terry affair. Terry had racially abused Rio Ferdinand`s brother, Anton, in a match between QPR and Chelsea. He was subsequently charged by the Crown Prosecution Service, but found not guilty by a magistrate’s court. One of the reasons for this verdict was the narrow nature of the charges brought against Terry. All that left Hodgson with a dilemma. Should he pick both Rio Ferdinand and terry, in the knowledge that there was real friction between them? In the end, and as it turned out incorrectly, he chose Terry.
Sunderland are fast becoming the team of 2013 which is embroiled in the relegation scrap despite on paper having ‘too many good players to go down’.
There are few things in sports that are more enjoyable than watching a lower-seeded team take down a national powerhouse in the NCAA Tournament – particularly if you happened to predict a win for said team in your bracket.
But how often does this actually happen? Some of the most memorable games in Tournament history involve wins by double-digit seeds, but a big reason for that is because they are fairly rare occurrences. Predicting a bracket full of upsets may be fun, but it isn’t likely to win an office pool.
So to help everybody out, here is some advice on picking the bracket, based on the historical data dating back to 1985:
A. No 16-seed has ever defeated a top seed in the Men’s Tournament. If it were to happen this year, it would be an upset of monumental proportions. Keep this in mind before boldly deciding that Gonzaga will be the first top seed to fall this year.
B. 15-seeds have upset 2-seeds exactly six times in 112 attempts, though two of them (Norfolk State over Oklahoma State and Lehigh over Duke) happened last year. However, no 15-seed has ever reached the Sweet Sixteen.
March Madness is the best sporting event in America. While many sport fans may not agree with my opinion, I maintain—not Super bowl weekend, NBA All-Star weekend, nor the pageantry of the Kentucky Derby can be compared to March Madness.
The gruesome three-week long, “win-or-go-home tourney” is in full effect.
March Madness is the greatest spectacle in sports because the players are fully-vested; they don’t play with egos, contracts, or shoe deals but for the pure love of the game of basketball and the school logos on their jerseys.
For all the spontaneity and drama of the Tournament, the player’s emotions are raw, uncut, and authentic. For most student-athletes who get to players play in the Tournament, this is the biggest stage of their lives. Ninety percent of these players will not be turning pro, so they have to make the best of this opportunity. When players yell, hug, and cry fans know it’s not pretentious but genuine.
This year the NCAA Tournament has been extended to 68 teams. The Tournament officially kicks off on Tuesday March 19, 2013.
The 20-year-old, a former captain of Greece's Under-19 team, made the gesture in celebrating his winning goal in a 2-1 Super League victory over lowly Veria on Saturday.
Katidis apologized and asked to be dropped from AEK's first team.
"I would like to confess that I am totally unacceptable and I feel terrible for those I upset with the stupidity of my act," Katidis said in a statement.
"I made the mistake so I will be the one to pay for it, AEK is not responsible. So that is why I have decided to put myself out of the team because I have now realized how much I have offended the history of the club.
"Also, I understand fully the reasons for the decision made by the Greek Football Federation to which I owe a huge apology as it has helped me to get where I am in the professional game."
Katidis reiterated that he was not a fascist or racist.