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04/20/2017 - 8:06pm Rutgers AKA 'tgers

Rutgers AKA 'tgers

04/12/2017 - 11:10pm So what's this guy some

So what's this guy some off-brand Eddie Murphy?

04/01/2017 - 7:24pm

04/01/2017 - 11:27am All hands on deck. I'm gonna

All hands on deck. I'm gonna do a seppuku if we lose this.

03/26/2017 - 2:31pm I suppose, at this point, it

I suppose, at this point, it is just none of our business.

Still, as long as we’ve been watching the NCAA Tournament contested by student-athletes, isn’t there someone — anyone — on these telecasts who can explain for us how the players attend college, when they attend and whether their courses are taught in English?

Chris Webber, a Michigan man working Tournament telecasts, could’ve helped us figure out the presence of 6-foot-11 Moritz Wagner, who arrived at Michigan from Germany last season.

Given that Michigan is a tough academic school for English-speaking kids, given that Wagner presumably speaks English as a second language, and given that he misses so many classes to play basketball, how does he legitimately matriculate at such a school?

But Webber, who must know how it works at Michigan, apparently wasn’t asked.

If we’re talking about fraud here — colleges operating as wholesome fronts for basketball teams — TV’s silent financial partnering on such matters makes CBS and Turner a prominent party to the fraud, no?

CBS’ Kevin Harlan didn’t help us out, either. Thursday he seemed delighted to declare Michigan recently “won four games in four days!”

Perhaps that was the week Michigan gave Wagner’s German-speaking professors off.

Gonzaga-West Virginia on TBS was filled with such wonder. Forget about attending classes, are Gonzaga’s practices conducted in English? In addition to a player freshly arrived from Japan, the Zags have recruits from Poland, Denmark and France.

They must be exchange students, enrolled in exchange for helping the college win games — a lofty goal among so many of our institutions of higher learning and social engineering.

Would it be cynical or rude to ask how these full-scholarship players receive a legitimate, useful college education?

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A few years back, CBS tried listing players’ academic majors. But, perhaps because so many were identified as majoring in “general studies” and “undecided” — “I’m majoring in General Indecision” — it was, you should excuse the expression, a one-and-done.

That year a French-speaking player recruited from a former French protectorate in Africa was shown to be majoring in French.

Deep into the second half of Oregon-Michigan, Harlan let us in on a secret: Oregon’s Dylan Ennis, 25, is the oldest player in the Tournament.

He might’ve added that he also is among the most immature. After scoring on a layup, he struck an all-about me, double-arm muscle flex.

But at 25, Ennis by now must know that such demonstrations, as seen live, then on tape, throughout the Tournament, guarantee replay attention. CBS immediately rewarded his immodesty with a recorded encore.

As a student-athlete, Ennis has circled the continent playing college basketball. From his home in Ontario, Canada, he first went to Texas to play for Rice, then to Villanova and now Oregon. Before that, he went to high school in The Bronx, then in Chicago.

But no one on CBS/Turner has found that suspicious, let alone curious.

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Early in Gonzaga-West Virginia, sideline reporter Louis Johnson seemed pleased to report that WVU coach Bob Huggins’ motto is “No days off, and make every day count.” No days off? What about studying for midterms? Finals? Or am I being facetious? What does college have to do with college basketball?

Moments later, play-by-play man Brian Anderson, in what sounded like a salute to Huggins, reported this about WVU:

“This is a team that won on Saturday in the round of 32, bussed from Buffalo back to Morgantown, and were in the gym later that night.”

Of course, there was no chance we would be told that Huggins, while the coach at Cincinnati then Kansas State, annually produced graduation rates of zero percent.

But that didn’t matter to the shot-callers at WVU, who hired him to return to his alma mater to coach their student-athletes. WVU, after all, is where Adam “Pacman” Jones refined his social graces before being unleashed on the NFL.

So maybe it doesn’t matter if you speak English to become a full scholarship college student-athlete in the United States — as long as you can, as they say in German, erzielte das basketball! (score the basketball!)

Rose hoops picks don’t rise above the fray

Surprise! CBS’ special halftime guest during Oregon-Michigan was Charlie Rose, the CBS News journalist who stopped by to prove that he also is a willing network shill!

Rose, who identified himself as a big college basketball fan, said he would like to see North Carolina play Kentucky, thus he apparently has no problem with how either school — Kentucky’s one-and-done NBA warehouse, UNC’s 15-plus recent years of rank, sustained academic fraud — annually achieved basketball success.

Why we watch: Best game seen all week? Defying logic, it was Tuesday’s Rangers-Devils. After all, the Rangers are in; the Devils are out.

Yet, throughout it was played with fury — aggressive, fast and with both goalies, Antti Raanta and Cory Schneider, making tremendous saves to keep it 2-2, before Jersey won in overtime. It was time well spent, as riveting as any game played for greater stakes.

It brought to mind Chris Russo’s dismissive day-before wisdom on an Army-Navy game when both were unranked: “This game does nothing for me.”

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A timely Clemson prediction

The ease with which Mike Francesa tells self-inflating lies would be stunning only if we expected better.

Not that his guest asked, but Thursday he told FOX Sports’ Peter Schrager that he picked Clemson to win this year’s national football title. He has claimed that several times despite demonstrable proof — type in SportsFunhouse for the audio — to the contrary.

In early November, after Clemson lost at home to Pitt, Francesa abandoned Clemson’s bandwagon as if it had been hit by lightning. He repeatedly said — he is known to repeat himself, repeat himself — that Clemson is not a good football team.

Though Francesa is 25 years overdue to get one right, this wasn’t it.

One can hear Pinocchio defending himself to Geppetto: “Oh no, Dad, there’s a guy on the radio in New York who’s much worse!”

Had Oregon, 69-68 Sweet 16 winners over Michigan, lost, it would’ve been a residual of modern, TV-inspired, senselessness.

In the first half, Oregon’s 6-foot-9 Jordan Bell took an inside pass and had an unrestricted path to the basket. He could’ve laid it in, dropped it in or given it a two-handed slam.

Instead, he shifted the ball to his right hand, took it high above his head then went for an ESPN “Top 10” wrecking ball slam. Clang, boing, bing, he missed.

Michigan ran it the other way and scored an easy layup. As Reggie Miller said, “A four-point swing, right there.” Miller was kind. He should’ve added “absolutely ridiculous.”


03/25/2017 - 12:21pm i like sex videos

i like sex videos

03/22/2017 - 10:55am She started jackin me off

She started jackin me off while she was suckin my thang

03/21/2017 - 7:33pm $126/hr is pretty damn

$126/hr is pretty damn expensive, unless he planned on never returning.

03/20/2017 - 10:07am thank u goochy man

thank u goochy man

03/16/2017 - 3:00pm Pistol Pete looks like he

Pistol Pete looks like he smokes about a thousand cigarettes a day.

03/12/2017 - 8:45pm Blow it off!!!! 

Blow it off!!!! 

03/12/2017 - 5:50pm Toothbirds loom in the second

Toothbirds loom in the second round.

03/09/2017 - 2:26pm I like winning basketball

I like winning basketball games - AMA

02/27/2017 - 2:07pm OP is able to utilize African

OP is able to utilize African American vernacular, therefore he is cool.

02/22/2017 - 10:03am Shame. He was building

Shame. He was building something special at MSU.

02/09/2017 - 8:19am Set one up for me too pls

Set one up for me too pls

03/16/2016 - 2:30pm MSU's two proudest basketball

MSU's two proudest basketball sons. One has AIDS, the other charged with sexual assault.

02/05/2016 - 10:20am I'm jealous of your ability

I'm jealous of your ability to see things in such simple terms. Must be a weight off your shoulders, not having to think about things with any amount of depth.

02/03/2016 - 10:18pm There's a reason I call him

There's a reason I call him the Powerheisel.

02/03/2016 - 12:39pm Science has gone too far.

Science has gone too far.

01/31/2016 - 3:51pm Who is the woman in your

Who is the woman in your avatar? I've been curious about that for a while now.

01/29/2016 - 8:49pm The exception rather than the

The exception rather than the rule. That's like saying if you drop out of college, you'll be as rich as Bill Gates.

01/29/2016 - 7:40pm I watched his tape and saw

I watched his tape and saw someone who could dominate... at a place like Central Michigan. All this circlejerking over him here makes no sense whatsoever. I think you're all just brown nosing Brian.

01/29/2016 - 7:36pm Hopefully you're right.

Hopefully you're right.

01/29/2016 - 7:28pm You're trying to downplay

You're trying to downplay this now after starting it off with ohboy.gif.

01/29/2016 - 7:16pm Ugh. Viramontes would be a

Ugh. Viramontes would be a disappointment after all this hooplah.

01/29/2016 - 11:34am Hackett is just that good.

Hackett is just that good.

01/29/2016 - 11:32am Should have used a .png for

Should have used a .png for the signature. Otherwise, good.

01/28/2016 - 1:07pm That's amazing. Right after I

That's amazing. Right after I post that, two 247 instaballz pop up.

01/28/2016 - 12:46pm I'll need some non-Bleacher

I'll need some non-Bleacher Report ballz on Asiasi for me to believe he's the reason this is happening.

01/28/2016 - 12:39pm He may follow the DM; HS

He may follow the DM; HS philosophy.

01/28/2016 - 12:37pm That is possibly the most

That is possibly the most queer-looking face like this I have seen... and I spend way too much time on the internet.

01/24/2016 - 2:30pm "Drop" meaning commit? Or

"Drop" meaning commit? Or drop as in drop from the class? Given the context, I would think it's the former, but I'm far too crazed to leave it to question.

01/24/2016 - 2:28pm (No subject)

01/20/2016 - 10:01am Apparently the "150 years ago

Apparently the "150 years ago you would have been working our fields, now we want you to play on them" pitch didn't work.

01/14/2016 - 11:19am A higher perceived social

A higher perceived social status will result in more breeding opportunities for the male.

12/07/2015 - 9:05pm The Fick will be their DC. 

The Fick will be their DC. 

11/14/2015 - 12:15am That kid looks like a New

That kid looks like a New World primate of some sort.

11/14/2015 - 12:03am My understanding is that he

My understanding is that he sodomized him then locked him in a shed. 

11/13/2015 - 11:31pm Kiffin would certainly bring

Kiffin would certainly bring visibility and an "attitude" that UA might like. Who knows.

11/13/2015 - 11:09pm I don't, actually. I think

I don't, actually. I think that a school like Maryland is in a position (read: not much to lose) to take a gamble on a fellow like the Kiff, and it may be a good segue into a higher-tier coaching job if he performs well and if that is in fact what he wants.

10/16/2015 - 8:45am Oh


10/13/2015 - 12:53pm Fancy looking post with weird

Fancy looking post with weird symbols and stuff, therefore upvote.

09/30/2015 - 8:50am I thought it was "ALIENS"

I thought it was "ALIENS"

09/20/2015 - 7:33pm Well that would be

Well that would be legitimately spooky.

09/20/2015 - 3:05pm It ended with that sort of

It ended with that sort of squiggly thing with a dot under it, so I think so.

09/20/2015 - 11:25am Our WR's really haven't been

Our receivers really haven't been the problem, with the exception of Perry.

09/20/2015 - 11:23am Rudock is not particularly

Rudock is not particularly serviceable.

09/18/2015 - 7:47pm Wherever he goes, I just hope

Wherever he goes, I just hope the announcers say his full name whenever he's involved in a play.

09/16/2015 - 12:47pm Custom made to Harbaugh

Custom made to Harbaugh specs, Bo M, darker blue, whatever else he needs.