five-at-ten: Ideal sports day of the year, comprehensive tourney schedule, suggestions, Rodgers is Favre element II

A date to bear in mind

Is now the very best sports day of the year?

If now is, then is Friday 1A?

Yes, the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament is glorious. And this year figures to be no exception.

How nuts is this tournament, which has a bona fide villain for the very first time in rather a even though. And if you consider Alabama is not going to put on heavy the crown of 1 seed with all the baggage from 3 present or former players getting straight or indirectly involved in the killing of a 25-year-old lady, ponder this for a second:

If Alabama gets to the Final 4 and faces either UK or Duke in Houston, the Tide’s final two months and the shadows about the system would make either the Wildcats or the Blue Devils the lovable national favored against the large-terrible, win-at-all-fees, all-that-is-incorrect-with-college-sports Tide. Did everyone even consider any group generating UK and Duke appear like the sentimental favored was even probable?

But back to the query at hand.

Is this the very best sports day of the year? Would it be far better with cost-free corn dogs? Is something not far better with cost-free corn dogs?

I enjoy New Year’s Day, and old-college New Year’s Day that had about two instances as quite a few bowl games as the present Jan. 1 schedule was just about every bit as great as now. But not now.

I enjoy Sunday at Augusta, but we are held hostage to the days preceding it otherwise it could be a runaway or it could be 1 of these years when Trevor Immelman wins, which is the Masters equivalent of attending your office’s mandatory well being insurance coverage re-enrollment seminar.

I consider Labor Day, and the commence of college football has turn into as great a 4-plus day stretch as this weekend, but a massive element of that is due to the fact of the make-up and the vast doldrums of the late summer season sports calendar.

Super Bowl Sunday is not even the very best day on the NFL calendar — heck, I appreciate Draft Day extra than Super Bowl Sunday most years — or the very best day of the league’s postseason.

The NBA? Please.

So, possibly now is the very best day of the sports year. What say you?

Much more Madness

Hey, we’re not something if we’re not getting reader friendly, appropriate? So, here’s today’s slate with Television instances and channels, courtesy of The Athletic:

No. 9 West Virginia vs. No. eight Maryland | 12:15 p.m. | CBS

No. 13 Furman vs. No. four Virginia | 12:40 p.m. | truTV

No. ten Utah St. vs. No. 7 Missouri |1:40 p.m. | TNT

No. 16 Howard vs. No. 1 Kansas | two p.m. | TBS

No. 16 Texas A&ampM CC vs. No. 1 Alabama | two:45 p.m. | CBS

No. 12 College of Charleston vs. No. five San Diego St. | three:ten p.m. | truTV

No. 15 Princeton vs. No. two Arizona | four:ten p.m. | TNT

No. 9 Illinois vs. No. eight Arkansas | four:30 p.m. | TBS

No. 9 Auburn vs. No. eight Iowa | six:50 p.m. | TNT

No. 12 Oral Roberts vs. No. five Duke | 7:ten p.m. | CBS

No. 15 Colgate vs. No. two Texas | 7:25 p.m. | TBS

No. ten Boise St. vs. No. 7 Northwestern | 7:35 p.m. | truTV

No. 16 Northern Kentucky vs. No. 1 Houston | 9:20 p.m. | TNT

No. 13 Louisiana vs. No. four Tennessee | 9:40 p.m. | CBS

No. ten Penn State vs. No. 7 Texas A&ampM | 9:55 p.m. | TBS

No. 15 UNC Asheville vs. No. two UCLA | ten:05 p.m. | truTV

There are some salty double digit seeds listed above. Louisiana can play. Oral Roberts could be Duke’s toughest game till the Elite Eight. Charleston is a 12 seed but is only acquiring four.five points according to VegasInsider.

Speaking of VegasInsider, we did a podcast with Brian Edwards breaking down a lot of tournament subjects. You can locate right here. Please give it a listen if you have a handful of minutes to kill.

As a reminder, you have till noon to enter the five-at-10’s “Initial 1 Out, Final One particular In” tournament challenge.

Guidelines are basic:

— Picks need to be in prior to noon now. This is non-negotiable.

— It, like all five-at-ten contests and games, is cost-free.

— Pick the No. 1 seed you consider will get bounced very first and the final double-digit seed to nonetheless be in the draw. Yes, time matters extra than round, so if each Purdue and Houston get bounced in round two, whichever game ends very first is the 1 seed that is the appropriate option.

— A appropriate 1 seed choose is worth a point the appropriate double-digit seed is worth 1.1 points, so a fantastic score is two.1. Yay Auburn math. If we have a tie, we’ll figure that out later.

Deal? Deal.

One particular extra issue: My picks now and tomorrow will be in two-for-the-identical-low-cost-of-cost-free Plays of the Day emails. The very first 1 will be a smidgen prior to noon and will cover just about every game prior to five. The common five p.m. newsletter will cover the rest. Due to the fact, whether or not you fade or stick to my picks will be up to you, and I will nonetheless supply my “1 For The Funds” very best bet, but I need to choose just about every game now and tomorrow, appropriate?

Have to, do not you consider?

I imply it really is the very best day(s) of the sports year individuals.

Lastly — once more

So, Aaron Rodgers is carrying out anything in his energy to comprehensive the Brett Favre two. repeat.

All he’s missing now is a photo of his junk and a function in a Ben Stiller rom-com.

Whilst 1 is a redneck from Mississippi and the other is a man-bun-wearing, commit-time-in-the-calming-darkness California “dude,” consider of the overlaps amongst the careers of the two Packers greats who R-U-N-N-O-F-T from Cheeseland to the Massive Apple. (Side query: Anybody place a slice of cheese on apple pie? I’ve observed it performed. Does not make sense to my brain. Stupid Auburn dwelling ec.)

So, Favre was an aging future Hall of Famer when the Packers spent a 2005 very first-round choose on its subsequent QB. Favre, who had turn into type of a drama king in the off seasons preceding his ultimate departure for the Jets, began extra than 250 games, won a Super Bowl and 3 MVPs prior to leaving Green Bay at the tender age of 39.

And Rodgers is an aging future Hall of Famer when the Packers spent a 2020 very first-round choose on its subsequent QB. Rodgers, who has turn into type of a drama king in the off seasons preceding his ultimate departure for the Jets, began extra than 230 games, won a Super Bowl and 3 MVPs prior to leaving Green Bay at the tender age of 39.

Hmmmmmm. An individual hide the camera.

So we’ll ask once more: Does this trade make the Jets an AFC contender or will history repeat itself once more — Favre went 9-7 in his very first year in NYC and missed the playoffs — when the former Packers-present-Jets QB requires more than?

This and that

— Speaking of QBs, how blessed have the Packers been more than the run of back-to-back Hall of Famers? Think about this: Considering the fact that 1993, the Packers have had two common beginning QBs and began seven players at QB1, with the other 5 coming in the course of instances Rodgers was injured. In that identical time frame, the Bears have had 37 distinct QB1s, like some names of some dudes I could not recognize if they have been sitting in my kitchen. Moses Moreno, everyone? Henry Burris? Wow.

— Cease me if you have heard this 1 prior to but the Plays split Wednesday, with the Sun Devils of Arizona State very easily delivering as the very best bet and Florida floundering. So it goes.

— Speaking of Alabama, the New York Occasions is reporting that a fourth Tide player was at the scene when Jamae Harris was shot and killed on Jan. 15. Here’s extra. Alabama has issued a statement refuting the story.

— Also, Bama star freshman Brandon Miller has received death threats and arrived to the NCAA tournament web page. He appeared prior to the media Wednesday escorted by an armed safety guard.

— Edwin Diaz, the Mets closer, looked to seriously injure his leg celebrating a WBC win final evening. Not a fairly web page, to be truthful.

— I enjoy the draft. You know this. But Wednesday was a rotten day for former Georgia star Jalen Carter, who was an absolute dude in the middle of the nation’s very best defense more than the final couple of seasons.

Today’s inquiries

Wow, it really is all right here. It is all taking place.

On an something-goes-Thursday and with the news that the Cowboys are organizing to reduce Zeke Elliott, will he be a Hall of Famer?

Dude has extra than eight,200 rushing yards and 68 rushing scores in seven seasons? Go over.

Jerry Jeff Walker is 81 now. Dude can play. Erik Estrada — Ponch from “CHiPs” — is 74 now. Dude could ride.

Do John and Ponch make the Rushmore of Television cop tandems? Go over, and bear in mind the contest and the mailbag.

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