- Jay Hart at The Dagger12 days ago
Hyperbole stinks. This is not hyperbole: The 2014 NCAA tournament has produced the most unlikely final since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
The result: millions upon millions of busted brackets.
Consider this: Of the millions who filled out brackets on Yahoo Sports, only 486 picked the correct final – 7th-seeded UConn vs. 8th-seeded Kentucky (a 74-73 winner over Wisconsin). Since 1985, at least a No. 1, 2 or 3 seed has been in every single final. Before this year, the highest combined total of seeds in a final was 11 in 2011: UConn (3) vs. Butler (8).
And when the champion is crowned Monday night, no more than 0.7 percent of Yahoo Sports users will have picked the correct winner.
Try these stats on for size:
To make the final …
• 66,196 picked Kentucky – or 1.4 percent of all entries.
• 14,053 picked UConn – or 0.3 percent of all entries.
To win the tournament:
• 31,655 picked Kentucky – or 0.7 percent of all entries.
• 7,602 picked UConn – or 0.2 percent of all entries.
- Jay Hart at The Dagger26 days ago
A day after emerging as the one person in America with a perfect bracket through two rounds of the NCAA tournament, Brad Binder became a pseudo-celebrity across social media.
He gained thousands of new followers on Twitter, received invites to appear on network television and was asked his advice on "the secrets of life."
And who wouldn't want his advice? Millions filled out brackets and entered challenges – on Yahoo Sports, on ESPN, on CBS Sports – but only Binder's entry in Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'em went 32-for-32 through the round of 64. (His bracket was not entered in the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge.)
"It's crazy!" he told Yahoo Sports late Friday night. "Still can't believe it!"
The 15 minutes of fame for the 23-year-old from Buffalo Grove, Ill., continued Saturday as his perfect bracket rolled on.
Florida won. 33 for 33.
Louisville won. 34 for 34.
Michigan won. 35 for 35.
San Diego State? Yeah, it won, too. 36 for 36.
- Jay Hart at The Dagger26 days ago
And then there was one.
Yes, after 32 "second-round" games (we put that in quotes because really it's Round 1) in this year's NCAA tournament – and one more starting Saturday's action – a perfect bracket does remain.
Congratulations Brad Binder of "Brad's Breathtaking Bracket," your bracket really is breathtaking. You picked Mercer over Duke. You picked Dayton over Ohio State. And you got lucky as hell when VCU bailed out Stephen F. Austin with a four-point play in the closing seconds of regulation and wound up losing in overtime.
You picked all 32 games correctly on Thursday and Friday, kept rolling on Saturday, going 4-for-4 so far, and for that, we commend you.
Binder, 23, told Yahoo Sports that "I did all my picks in under five minutes."
He picked Mercer because "Duke was soft all year and they live and die by the 3 ball. Mercer has that chemistry."
- Jay Hart at From The Marbles4 mths ago
Two days before Jimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup championship, Donovan McNabb went where many have gone before:
"He sits in a car and he drives, that doesn't take being athletic,'' the former quarterback said on Fox Sports One. "What athletically is he doing?"
Wednesday, Kevin Harvick, who finished third in this year's Sprint Cup standings, responded on Twitter this way:
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) November 20, 2013
Oh, snap! In case you need a refresher course, McNabb allegedly lost his lunch in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX, something Harvick clearly hasn't forgotten.
Guarantee you Eagles fans don't find it funny. Still.
- Jay Hart at The Turnstile5 mths ago
The former head of world cycling encouraged Lance Armstrong to cover up his doping, the disgraced cyclist alleges in an interview with Britain's Daily Mail.
One of the many insidious tales to come out in the Armstrong doping scandal is a story from 1999, before he'd won a single Tour de France. During that '99 Tour, Armstrong allegedly tested positive for a banned substance corticosteroid. At the time, cycling was reeling in the wake of the Festina affair, a incident in which team officials were caught trying to transport performance-enhancing drugs across the French border during the '98 Tour.
So when Armstrong tested positive in '99, he alleges Hein Verbuggen, then president of the International Cycling Union, instigated a cover up.
"The sport was on life support, and Hein just said, 'This is just a real problem. This is the knockout punch for our sport,' " Armstrong told the Daily Mail. "It was the year after Festina. And he just said, 'We gotta come up with something.' And so we just backdated the prescription."
Armstrong went on to win the '99 Tour and six straight after that.
- Jay Hart at Fourth-Place Medal5 mths ago
Jeaaah ... no.
There's never a dull moment with Ryan Lochte, right? So this shouldn't come as a surprise: the five-time Olympic gold medalist tore his MCL in a run-in with a fan.
Here's what happened, according to USA Today: in Florida Sunday, Lochte encountered an excited fan, who ran at him. When she did, Lochte caught the teenage girl, causing both to topple over. Lochte hit his left knee on a curb and, boom, torn MCL, sprained ACL.
No timetable was given on Lochte's return to competition, but it's unlikely the injury is career threatening.
"As a result of a freak injury caused by an unexpected fan encounter, Ryan has suffered a torn MCL and an ACL sprain and will be taking a break from training and competition," his publicist said via a statement. "His medical team expects him to make a full and speedy recovery and Ryan thanks everyone for their well wishes."
- Jay Hart at Big League Stew5 mths ago
After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series Wednesday night, where did Ryan Dempster celebrate?
Why at Fenway Park, of course … on the field … throwing batting practice … at 3 in the morning.
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That's him on the mound there, throwing to actor Mike O'Malley, who learned something in the wee hours of the morning:
Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster, wearing street clothes, is actually on the mound, pitching to his family and friends.
It is 2:57 a.m.
Security keeps making announcements for them to leave, but no one's listening. It took two hours just to clear family and friends from the Red Sox clubhouse so the players could shower.
Guess yelling, "You don't have to go home, you just have to get out of here," doesn't work with newly crowned world champions.
Anyway, Dempster did eventually leave Fenway sometime after three, as our own Mike Oz caught up with him signing autographs outside the park around 3:45 a.m.
- Jay Hart at The Turnstile5 mths ago
Lance Armstrong is a criminal who should go to jail, that's what Greg LeMond believes.
The three-time Tour de France winner has never pulled any punches when talking about Armstrong, and a Monday interview on CNN was no exception.
LeMond told Anderson Cooper that Armstrong would have been "top 30 at best" without the aid of performance-enhancing drugs, would not have been capable of a top-5 finish let along winning the Tour de France seven times.
[Photos: Lance Armstrong's fall from grace]
"Absolutely," LeMond said when asked if Armstrong perpetrated the greatest fraud in sports history. "… I know his physical capabilities. He's a top 30 at best. I mean, at best. No matter what. If he was clean and everybody else was clean, he's a top 30 at best. He's not capable of winning the Tour. He's not capable of the top 5."
- Jay Hart at Big League Stew6 mths ago
Everyone should have a signature "strike-three" call. Seriously. If you didn't know that, get one, cuz you need one.
Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) had the moonwalk, which was hilarious. Me, I was always partial to the straight-up punchout.
That is, until seeing this, courtesy of ex-A, ex-St. Louis Cardinal Mark Mulder, via his old teammate in Oakland Bobby Crosby:
Mulder says Crosby's brother, who is a scout in northern California, took the video. Other than that, the details are thin. But does it really matter?
Aww yeah, Tag Team back again.
- Jay Hart at Ball Don't Lie6 mths ago
So check this out: LeBron James working out in the "heat." Get it?
He wasn't the only one in what turns out not to be a remake of Backdraft but rather a Miami Heat photo shoot. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both went up in smoke, while Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen and Shane Battier – otherwise known as the "thanks for the free ring(s)" gang – looked all tough while, well, trying to look tough.
There's even a sneak-peak at some new uniform looks, though the photos were clearly taken with an iPhone 3, or maybe Jerry Jones' flip phone.