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Chalk it up to ignorance: How my upset empire crumbled

Photo Credit: AP/Journal-Sentinal

Photo Credit: AP/Journal-Sentinal

BY TROY PHILLIPS

This year, yes, this year, 2013, would be MY year.

2011 was supposed to be my year, once upon a time. But then Louisville lost in the Round of 64 instead of the Final Four and all of my other Elite Eight teams were heartbreakingly slaughtered to rest before they could complete their circuit through my bracket.

2012 was the year that I came in knowledgeable; I studied, read and projected my way through the entire month of February with a fervor. I knew that I had to adapt and learn from previous mistakes; I made sure that Louisville got bounced early and selected teams like Missouri to make their way to the final games with good guard play and positive momentum. Once again I was pommeled in the early rounds. I probably still owe Anthony Davis and the rest of last year’s Kentucky team a muffin basket, they were the only reason that I finished in the top half of my pool.

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Yelling isn’t coverage: The best sports month of the year is the one with no ESPN

espnBY ALEX RUSSELL

I love March.

March is a beautiful month for sports for many reasons, but it’s obviously primarily about March Madness. I watch the “Second Round” (I refuse to not put that in quotes, we’ll call it the “Second Round” if you add more games, dammit) every year in Vegas. I have multiple screens going. I’m in too many pools to remember. I pretend I know anything about Vermont or Albany. I watch the tournament the same way a lot of people do: completely. THE ONLY WAY.

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Under-the-Radar storylines to watch in March

simbhullarBY TROY PHILLIPS

Finally, gracefully, NCAA tournament week has descended upon millions of easily distracted Americans like a powerful swell.

Anyone with any meaningful objectives that need to be completed over the next few weeks will have a heart wrenching choice to make. Teachers will have an (even) smaller attentive audience, bosses will cruise around offices slapping wrists and thousands of trees will be unceremoniously demolished to print millions of brackets that will eventually be butchered in every way imaginable by overzealous armchair hoops gurus. Yes, tournament time is upon us, and it remains the most engrossing time of year for anyone with an athletic pulse. Even those who otherwise have no business in the world of sports betting fork over low denominations of legal tender in the hope of catching the wave that sweeps so many others off towards the shores of hope, and, in time, despair.

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Relax, Woj

Photo Credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo Credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

BY HAROLD BAYLESS

In terms of transactions in the NBA, there is only one reporter working that I look to for the latest information — Adrian Wojnarowski.

After reading his column today, he remains one of, if not the best, news reporter for all things NBA in my dreary eyes. I haven’t heard, seen or read anyone better at getting the news first.

However, his opinion has now lost all credibility with me and I will no longer waste more than a second to read anything with his byline unless it is a news report.

Before you read any further, please read his column.

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Basebrawl is back: America’s little bros duke it out

Photo Credit: Christian Peterson/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Christian Peterson/Getty Images

BY SCOTT PHILLIPS

I don’t know many people that are following the World Baseball Classic. It could be because the telecasts are exclusively on MLB Network, or the WBC is lacking all of the major necessary stars to rope the casual fan into a baseball tournament that occurs outside of baseball’s regular season and in the midst of March Madness and the regular seasons of the NBA and NHL.

But if the World Baseball Classic had more brawls like the one between America’s little brothers, Canada and Mexico, I would surely tune in.

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An overview of OverDog: Video games with athletes

overdogBY TROY PHILLIPS

For those that have been wondering, I would agree that we at Poor Scholars have been missing out on a large component of pop culture by not including video games in any of our articles. I’m not here to promise that there are any large scale changes coming to appease the gaming community, but I think that ex-Bear Hunter Hillenmeyer’s new idea should be a great way to make up for some of that lost time.

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Dennis Rodman: America’s favorite new foreign diplomat


RodmanBY SCOTT PHILLIPS

“There is nobody at the CIA who can tell you more personally about Kim Jong-un than Dennis Rodman, and that in itself is scary.” — Col. Steve Ganyard, former deputy assistant secretary of state.

Fresh off a recent trip to North Korea — and spending time with controversial leader Kim Jong-un — former NBA legend Dennis Rodman sat down on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos and gave an interview about his experiences. Yes, somebody let Dennis Rodman speak on television and Dennis wore a suit with imprinted money and a purple Polo hat.

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Tag, you’re still it 40 years later

tagbannerBY TROY PHILLIPS

It was one of the fluffier stories featured on an episode of SportsCenter, there’s no denying that. If you happened to tune in to ESPN on Sunday in search of a sports fix like I was, you probably saw the five-minute segment about a group of friends that play a month-long game of tag every year. The peculiar part of the story — which must have also must have been classified as the intrigue for SportsCenter producers — is that these ten men have been playing for the last 23 years and have no intentions of calling off their annual return to adolescence.

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Impressions of the NFL Draft Combine

BY TROY PHILLIPS

The NFL Draft Scouting Combine is currently going on in Indianapolis and prospects from across the country are working out for NFL teams. Poor Scholars asked Troy Phillips, noted NFL draft enthusiast, to watch the combine and take notes on the action. He glady accepted and broke down a few positions of players to watch.

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