The 11-seed Dayton Flyers kept the party going last night with an 82-72 Sweet 16 victory over the No. 10 Stanford Cardinal. While both teams were enjoying Cinderella status, only one of them could continue to the big dance (*bicycle horn*) and that team featured the lovable scamps from Ohio. In fact, the Flyers have been the most Tweeted about team during the 2014 NCAA Tournament, which is pretty cool, I guess, but it’s about a billion times less cool than, say, making it to the Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years with a team that almost everyone had written off in the first round.
Though I love NBA basketball, arguably the best thing about TNT’s NBA on TNT broadcast is Charles Barkley. So when CBS added he and TNT sidekick Kenny Smith to the studio for the NCAA tournament a couple of years ago, Chuck was destined to annually become one of the best things about the NCAA tournament. Dude just makes everything better.
Yesterday, we brought you the story of poor Joe, a Jeopardy! contestant who had a brief brain fart and posed the question, “Who is Magic Johnson?” to a question about the NHL. Well, Joe wasn’t as poor as we thought. It turns out that Joe, despite this hilarious mistake, went on to win that episode from last week, despite his deficit to Diane, before losing on Monday.
The answer: “100+ assists in an NHL season has been accomplished only 13 times, 11 times by this player.” The question, of course, is “Who is Wayne Gretzky?” Hell, even if you didn’t know that, and you’re one of three Jeopardy! contestants with the chance to ring in, just click your damn button and say, “Who is Wayne Gretzky?” because guessing the Great One on any question involving hockey is better than what happened with this specific answer.
The Denver Nuggets were in San Antonio to play the Spurs on Wednesday and they lost the ball out of bounds. Aaron Brooks went after it, ran into the Spurs Coyote and oooooh MY GOD WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR FACE?
The Coyote initially has his eyes readjusted vertically, then loses them COMPLETELY and is forced to stagger around blind.
In case you missed it, LeBron James is in the hottest water LeBron James is allowed to be in (read: lukewarm water) for a flagrant foul on Roy Hibbert during Wednesday night’s Heat/Pacers game. They met in front of the basket in mid-air and LeBron’s elbow caught Hibbert in the jaw. Or the brain, depending on how melodramatic you are.
The Clemson Tigers overcame a late deficit last night to defeat the Belmont Bruins 73-68 and advance to the semifinals of the NIT, and they’ll face the winner of tonight’s game between SMU and Cal next week. However, you’d think that the Tigers had just won the NIT Championship after fans stormed the court at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum to celebrate their team’s 12th straight NIT home win.
Meet Wesley. According to his dad, this 1-year old is currently enjoying his first ever NCAA Tournament, and even though this kid obviously has no clue what’s going on and he’s just clapping and reacting to his father’s cues, this is absolutely adorable. In fact, if I’m ever finally invited to speak at Harvard about my theory on why parents who record videos of their little kids crying over sports are the absolute worst, I’d like to use this video of Wesley as my example of how videos of kids reacting to sports can be awesome if they’re done properly.
The gentleman on the sign above is University of Dayton President Daniel Curran, as Dayton Flyers fans were apparently using his likeness to inspire fear in the hearts of the Alabama Crimson Tide players during a game several years ago. On Saturday, though, Dayton fans got the chance to literally wave their school’s leader around in the air, because he took to the streets to celebrate with them after the Flyers’ incredible 55-53 upset victory over the No.
By the time that the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament had ended (depending on how you feel about calling the play-in games the first round, like people have been doing), 23-year old Brad Binder had sort of become a star in the world of people who are obsessed with college basketball. After Matthew Berry Tweeted the statistics of the remaining perfect brackets after Thursday’s action, ESPN claimed there were no perfect brackets remaining in its own NCAA Tournament challenge as of Friday’s games, but Yahoo!