Fun Fact of the Day: The Cleveland Browns have started a league-high 24 quarterbacks since returning to the NFL in 1999, and they have only made 1 playoff appearance. Ouch.
Your bracket’s looking pretty good for a change of pace… In last night’s Sweet 16 games all the favored teams won, and they won BIG with point margins of 14 points or more. Now the Elite 8 is starting to take shape with: #1 Kansas playing #2 Villanova and #1 Oregon playing #2 Oklahoma on Saturday. Who should I be really happy for? Villanova! They have been haunted by early tournament exits in the past. In fact, they haven’t made it past the first weekend of the tournament since 2009. Now they’re showing all the haters by blowing out their opponents by an average of 24 points in each game of this tournament. Watch out! They could give tournament-favorite Kansas a run for their money in the next round.
Hot in Cleveland. Former Heisman winning QB Robert Griffin III (“RGIII”) is joining the Cleveland Browns. Great expectations. RGIII won rookie of the year in his first year with the Washington Redskins, but then he struggled with knee and ankle injuries and never bounced back. Last year, he fell all the way down to the Redskins’ 3rd string QB and didn’t play a single game. Will things get better with the Browns? Hopefully, for both their sakes. Fortunately, the new Browns head coach Hue Jackson is known to work magic on offenses, so RGIII stands a chance to return to his former glory. But RGIII may have to compete for the starting job with the Browns current roster of QBs and a possible newbie that they get in the NFL draft with their 2nd overall pick.
A great footballer that will be missed. Yesterday, legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff lost his battle with lung cancer at the age 68. He was known for playing with Ajax Amsterdam and the Netherlands national team and managing Barcelona. He won numerous accolades including 4 European Cups (3 as a player, 1 as a coach), 3 Ballon d’Or trophies (given to the best footballer in Europe), and being voted Europe’s best player of the 20th century. He will be remembered for his charisma, philosophical football musings, and near-psychic ability to see plays develop in his mind’s eye.
Seen and Heard
This is going to sound crazy, but… Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said that he saw a UFO way back in 2005. The sighting happened after dinner with a Cal teammate’s family. Apparently, the UFO was accompanied by a loud nuclear power plant alarm and nearby fighter jets. Well, that proves it. Rodgers explained “if you know anything about UFO sightings or you’ve done research, you know that a lot of times [those] two things are connected to UFO sightings.” We’ll have to take your word for it…
It’s the first full weekend of spring! Obvi you want to spend it watching March Madness. Here’s your weekend schedule…
Who’s going to the Final Four? Now, it’s time to sit back and enjoy all the craziness and excitement! The Sweet 16 continues tonight and the winners move on to the Elite 8 this weekend!
Sick of watching those amateurs? Check out these Western Conference heavy weights duke it out! San Antonio Spurs v. Oklahoma City Thunder, Saturday 8pm ET
Have a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday, Goalposters!