Fun Fact of the Day: The Golden State Warriors collected their 6th loss yesterday to the LA Lakers. Statistically, it was the biggest upset in NBA history because the teams have a .727 difference in win-percentage. Splash Brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson went ice cold, shooting only 13% from 3-point range.
The last rodeo. Everybody’s favorite chicken parm-eating and Budweiser-guzzling QB Peyton “the Sheriff” Manning is expected to announce his retirement today. After 18 seasons and 2 Super Bowl rings, Manning will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time, holding dozens of records including most all time passing yards (71,940), passing touchdowns (539), and quarterback wins (186, tied with Brett Favre). He’s known for his professionalism and preparation on the field and hilarious acting abilities and endorsements off the field. Many were expecting Manning to ride off into the sunset after winning the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, but it became less clear when HGH allegations and the revival of an alleged hostile sexual environment incident from his time at Tennessee threatened to tarnish his legacy.
#8 UNC beat archrival #17 Duke (76-72). This weekend, UNC won their first game at Duke since 2012. How’d they do it? They dominated in the paint with star Brice Johnson collecting 18 points and 21 rebounds. The Tar Heels never trailed, despite Duke’s ability to stay in the game with 3-pointers by Luke Kennard and that villain Grayson Allen.
Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings (3-2) to collect their 11th straight win and take over the top spot in the Pacific Division. Back where we belong... The Ducks probably feel right at home because they have won the Pacific divisional title for the past 3 seasons. They still have 18 games left in the regular season so let’s see if they can hold onto it yet again!
Spotlight on the NCAA Tournament
March Madness starts next week! It’s that wonderful time of year when your office internet slows to a crawl because everyone is “working” aka busy watching games. We’ll start spotlighting the big storylines for you to watch out for, but let’s start with the basics.
What is it? March Madness or “the Big Dance” is the single elimination tournament that starts with 68 teams and whittles them down to 1 champion over several rounds.
Who gets in? 32 teams automatically qualify based on winning their conference championship and a selection committee picks the remaining teams. Then the committee “seeds” or ranks them all and divides them into 4 different regions.
Who are the conference champs? Nearly all of them will be determined this week based on conference tournaments. Only the Ivy League does things a bit differently, giving the March Madness spot to the top regular season record holder, which is Yale this season for the first time since 1962.
Seen and Heard
Things that make you go hmm… A retired police officer came forward with a knife that he claims was found on the OJ Simpson property. A construction worker allegedly turned it in to him when the property was being destroyed in 1998. Unclear what he’s been doing with it since then or if this is some kind of bizarre hoax… People v. OJ Simpson season 2?
Out for the count… LSU announced that their basketball phenom Ben Simmons is ineligible to receive the Wooden Award (given to the best player in college basketball each year). Why? They didn’t say, but many think he didn’t meet the 2.0 GPA requirement. This isn’t great news for Simmons, who is expected to be the NBA’s #1 draft pick but might not even appear in March Madness because of LSU’s so-so record.