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I understand people getting worked up over presidential elections, but sometimes I don’t understand the outrage people have over this type of stuff. So this past Wednesday, all the major sports leagues in the U.S. – NCAA, NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL (let’s not forget them) filed a lawsuit against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in federal court because he signed a law that allows for betting on pro and college sports at New Jersey casinos and racetracks. Now, the leagues claim that New Jersey sports gambling law violates a federal law that is already in place – enacted years ago. But here is the outrage part – by the way, laws change all the time and so just because something is federally enacted doesn’t mean that it can’t be federally rescinded.  The NCAA and pro leagues say “such gambling would not only harm sports leagues and organizations such as the NCAA or the NFL, but would be a flagrant violation of the 1992 Congressional Act, to halt the spread of sports gaming.”

Now, here’s what I don’t get: why is everybody so anti-sports gambling in these leagues?  Does anybody remember the Tim Donaghy scandal? Do you know who tipped off the NBA? Vegas!!! They are not your enemy, they’re your alley! Vegas called the FBI and the NBA and said “you’ve got a problem” Use Vegas as your friend, they are not your enemy. Vegas tipped off the NBA or else Tim Donaghy could’ve gone years and convinced other refs to do the same. First of all, sports gambling are here, we love it and it’s not ruining society. “But Andrew, people get addicted…” people get addicted to butter! Don’t blame the beer because you’re an alcoholic and don’t blame the bagel because you’re overweight. People have to be accountable for their own addictions. Is it a moral issue? Well, more wars have been caused by religion than sports gambling. Religious zealotry scares me, who has the over on the Bengals/Ravens game, does not!

Again, I get the outrage on a lot of issues – why do people get worked up over sports gambling? Know a family friend who lived in Vegas for years, there are sleazy people in Vegas, but there’s sleazy people anywhere! This family friend once told us that he found, at the time he was in Vegas, that the people he knew in sports gambling, he found them to be incredibly trustable – it’s a highly regulated business. You know what’s not regulated? Strip clubs! If you’re anti-strip club, you may have a point! The alcohol business – every state and province is different. “In this state, it’s the Wild Wild West…in this state, you can’t drink on the Lord’s Day” But the idea that people get worked up – that I have the Rams at -6, I’ve never understood. Here’s a little secret, sports gambling is already everywhere! Did you know that? Like everybody thinks “Vegas…the evil empire that takes everyone’s money” pfft, did you know that only 4% of NFL bets take place in Las Vegas? I’ve got news for you, there’s already sports gambling in New Jersey – there’s more in New Jersey than in Las Vegas! I don’t know the industry well enough to make big predictions, but I wouldn’t be shocked and I don’t think any of you would be either if sports gambling were legalized on the internet in the next 10 years.

I mean what person have you ever met in New Jersey that says “Bob, it’s not legal for me to bet on the Giants…Guess I’m out of luck!” You want to bet? Go bet! This is like the government trying to stop television viewing. People are doing it, they’re always doing it, its part of our fabric and even if it’s illegal – and there’s a 12% underground economy in America anyways, you’ll never stop it! People are going to drink, they are going to lust, they’re going to gamble, they’re going to eat and they’re going to watch television – you can’t stop it! So legalize it, tax the hell out of it and the state of Jersey could make over $200 million a year! Really? How many are they making on strip joints? Not that much I’d assume! It is amazing how people treat sports gambling – they treat it as if were the Ebola Virus “here it comes!! We’ll bleed from our eyes…run for the hills!” I bet football games people!! Again, is it a moral issue? I mean when the government had prohibition – do you think people didn’t drink? It was more of an underground premium that ever! I simply find that the stigma just forces more illegal activity but if you legalize it, the bad guys go away – they lost their market!

It’s like going to your son and saying “Do not listen to the band Gawr, I do not like that music…that music is evil” You know what your son is probably going to do? He’s going to go to his room and crank Gawr simply because I told him he can’t. But if I say to him “you know what, Gawr is awesome!! Crank it buddy!” suddenly it’s not cool. So again, take away the stigma, legalize it everywhere! “Andrew, but you’ll have game fixing” they’ve had more game fixing in Europe. There was an Arizona State basketball game several years ago that was fixed – sports gambling wasn’t legal in Arizona yet it was legal in Vegas and UNLV games aren’t fixed! Gambling sanitizes when it’s legal, there aren’t any thumb breakers, and there aren’t any loan sharks. We’re going to gamble as a society – get over it!! Legalize it and tax the hell out of it! You can’t stop it! Illegal card room/legal card room – how about we just make them legal and get some tax revenue out of it! Think about it, what vice has the government not gotten a piece out of it?

I think they’re biggest issue is – and here’s the great thing about sports gambling for you and I – and we’re doing it right now and it’s not ruining society. I mean look around our society folks, how many of them are tied to this: you can bet on a Laker game tonight! Are any of our societal ills based on that Laker game 4 months from now? This is not asking to legalize marijuana – there are concerns that it’s a gateway drug, concerns on what it does, I mean we all went to school with corky – he was forget and sort of apathetic. I just never understood and it’s so bizarre! The family friend lived in Vegas, he knew these people who betted on sports for a living – all they really are, when you think about it, are analysts! You’re a hedge fund analyst, financial analyst, insurance analyst and then there’s sports gaming analysts. Hit 58%, manage your money and that’s your living!


So two weekends ago there was like a mad dash when the Texas A&M potentially moving to the SEC story broke out. Basically what happened is that there was this rumour out there – and I still think it will come to fruition, that Texas A&M of the Big 12 was going to move to the SEC. I don’t think it’s good for Texas A&M, I think it’s ego, I think the Texas Longhorn Network along with ESPN ticked them off and they have a right to be ticked, I myself am not in love with the Longhorn Network, I think it brings up some questions ethically, it’s kind of a precarious situation, I’ll be honest and say I don’t know enough about it to have strong comments on it. But I totally get an Oklahoma or an Oklahoma State or Texas A&M being bothered by the Texas Longhorns Network.

Now for ESPN its good business – I completely get it. If I’d grown up out west and say there was a USC Network owned by ESPN, I can tell you that Washington, Oregon, UCLA, Cal and Stanford would certainly not be pleased. But here is the thing; ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb reported that 4 other teams could go to the SEC – including Missouri, Florida State and Clemson. My gut feeling is that the SEC – which is already great, would love to have like a Florida State and a Virginia Tech and a Texas A&M.

To me, we’re getting to a point where I think we’re going to have these 4 major conferences. One out West, one in the Mid-West, one in the South and then one in the North East, I wonder if we’re getting to a point if you’re just not going to combine the Big East and the ACC because if Virginia Tech and a Florida State and Clemson left the ACC for football, it is a dreadful conference and its going to become the Big East…a laughing stock. But if you combine the Big East and you have your Louisville, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and then you combine them with the others, I think you get a better conference.

Now, it’s not a great conference, but I just look at college football and I’m not sure if it’s good for it or not. But are you going to end up with a PAC-16, a Big 16 an SEC of 16 and an ACC/Big East of 12 to 16. That’s what it kinda looks like, to me anyways. I don’t blame Texas – and this is all started by Texas signing with ESPNU, I don’t blame Texas. Texas looks at Notre Dame and says “we recruit better athletes; we are the new Notre Dame!” You know, in the 70’s and 80’s Notre Dame was the Big Independent yet nowadays Texas gets bigger ratings than Notre Dame. Young kids relate to Texas more than Notre Dame and then Texas says “we gotta bigger state, we’ve got greater revenues, we have a nicer town, and we can attract elite players. If Notre Dame is independent for football, why can’t we? Why do we have to share our revenue with Texas A&M and Baylor”

Then BYU goes independent, and you know Texas says “well, again you’ve got BYU and Notre Dame…we’ve got better players than those guys combined! Why can’t we go independent?” So I don’t blame Texas at all for signing on for a network and I don’t blame ESPN for doing it either, but that’s what started all of it. Like I’m a diehard college football fan, and I don’t know what to make of any of it. It changes, it’s incredibly fluid, it changes every day but I know this – is that as the SEC grows increasingly stronger, and they’re not taking dogs, if they’re taking anybody, they’re taking on athletic departments that make money. They’re taking on an A&M and are going to take on a Florida State or a Virginia Tech – which seems to make a lot of sense. It is really gonna weaken the Big East and the ACC in football.

You can say what you want about tobacco road and basketball – the money in college sports is in football. Even at Duke, Duke lost money in basketball last year. You think Texas ever loses money with football? There is absolutely no money in college basketball, well there’s really no big money in college basketball. Maybe outside of a Kentucky or a Kansas – but what has Kansas profited every year in basketball? Like $10 million? That’s like 2 home games for Ohio State. That’s not to say you don’t want your basketball program to be bleeding, but like think about this, think about how much bigger college football is than college basketball.

What are the top 5 college basketball programs in the U.S? UConn, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and like North Carolina – I mean like look at those! Those athletic departments aren’t even in the top 50 in terms of profit. Now look who’s great in college football, but sucks in college basketball: Penn State, Georgia, USC…they’re all top 50. Like you can be terrible in college basketball, you can be Penn State or Georgia and make a killing as an athletic department. If you don’t make money in football…you don’t make money! Like Kansas’ athletic department doesn’t make money yet their basketball is awesome and their football is pedestrian. Duke athletics doesn’t make any money yet has great basketball, UConn as well has a great basketball program yet that athletic department doesn’t make any money. Penn State Georgia and USC are irrelevant in basketball yet they make a fortune from college football!


I would like to congratulate the 1937 NCAA Basketball Champion’s UConn & Jim Calhoun, for tearing down the peach baskets Monday night!! That was honestly some sorta basketball game…wasn’t it? You know, after you have a champion, everybody always asks “well, was that the best team in the country?” Yes! UConn, in my opinion, was the best team in the country and this is the best way I can say it. They go 3-0 in the Maui Invitational beating – at the time, 2nd ranked Michigan State and top 10 ranked Kentucky. Then they go to the Big East tournament – neutral floor, and win 5 straight games over 5 straight days over four ranked teams. Then they go into the NCAA tournament and go 6-0. So UConn was 14-0 on neutral floors! It should be noted, in most of these events, there were fewer UConn fans than those who they played.

Connecticut is not a big state, UConn is not a gigantic booster program, and they don’t travel across the country. In the tournament, they were forced to go 3,000 miles away. When they played San Diego State there was like 200 UConn fans. This is the best team in college basketball! They go 14-0, beat 10 ranked teams on neutral floors, usually with a crowd disadvantage…that’s the best team in college basketball. In fact, if you take out road losses – because nobody wins in college basketball on the road, it’s just very difficult! They only had 4 losses for the year, where all of them were close home games all against ranked teams. Louisville, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Marquette…that’ the best team in college basketball.

When you’re watching how Butler is beating teams in the tournament and their coaching – to go into a game and just completely shut down Butler, was a real testament to this basketball team that has got two NBA players and in a sport that is eroding by the year, in which you have two NBA players like Jeremy Lamb, who  will be a nice NBA player, and Kemba Walker, who will be a little less nice, I don’t think he’ll be a star in the NBA, he’ll be a really nice player, Raymond Felton sorta level. But it seems to me that this is the best team in college basketball!

I will say this, we tend to over-react! One of the recurring theme’s I have on my blog is this “step back, take the emotion out of it, your over-reacting” Remember the first day or two of the tournament? People were saying “oh the Big East is over-rated!!!” Slow down, take a deep breath because the team that won last night finished 9th in the Big East conference. Any other conference in college basketball where even your 3rd place team or even your 2nd place team would win a national championship, they finished 9th in the Big East. Don’t judge the SEC in football on how Kentucky does in a bowl game okay? When the dust clears, the SEC ends up on top! And when the dust cleared, a Big East team ended up 14-0 on neutral floors. So when they play Kentucky and Hawaii, there are a lot fewer UConn fans than Kentucky fans. When UConn plays Georgetown on a neutral floor, there is definitely more Hoya fans. When they play Arizona, Kentucky or San Diego State, there is a lot more of those fans than UConn fans.

I’ve been to the state of Connecticut, it’s tiny! They don’t draw; they just don’t draw on the road!! Want to know why? Here’ another little secret, because of the airport – Hartford Airport that is. It has very few direct flights from Hartford to go anywhere, in this economy; it’s like $800 to Phoenix. When you’re in an airport like the Hartford one that doesn’t have direct flights, its super expensive! So UConn plays a bunch of neutral floor games where they are actually the road team.

But then again, I would like to congratulate the 1937 UConn Huskies, I hope you enjoyed Monday night as much as I did! God, that game was just unwatchable!! I was just waiting for an underhand free throw! I’m surprised that my television didn’t turn into black and white. Something else that you were hearing Tuesday morning, “Well Andrew, that was total defense” That is honestly a bunch of baloney.

Never forget this, at every level of basketball – high school, college and professional, the great scorers always scored! Nobody ever stopped Larry Bird – at high school, college or pros. Nobody ever stopped Dominique Wilkens, nobody ever stopped MJ. Nobody has ever stopped Kobe; nobody has ever stopped the greatest scorers in basketball. The best defensive player – the Michael Cooper of his era, still gets worked by the best offensive players. What you saw Monday night, were mediocre college basketball players, because it was not – by the way, Kemba Walker could get off his shot anytime he wanted to, Jeremy Lamb could and he’s an NBA player that was not about defense.

Adam Morrision averaged 28 points a game in college and shot 50% from the floor. In the NBA, he can’t get a shot off and shots 37% from the tile. Don’t tell me college basketball is where they play defense and nobody plays it in the NBA. Elite players – you think Lebron Monday night struggles from the floor? An elite player at every level score…Monday night was just bad basketball.

In regards to Butler, you know what…I don’t think any less of them, so let’s not bag on Butler. I still contend that it’s a top 20 program and I think they have a great coach. I do wonder if Brad Stevens wakes up in the morning and thinks “[sigh] I’m still Butler” Listen, I’m an advocate of Butler, I think they’re Gonzaga with better icing…they are literally Gonzaga with better icing. Same cake, little better icing…it’s a great job! But I do wonder if Brad Stevens wakes up and says “it’d just be nice to wake up and have Kentucky’s players or UConn’s players” because there is NBA guys in those programs…everywhere!


If VCU put uniforms on and it said “UNC” on them, wouldn’t we be calling this team easily the best in the tournament? Think about this for a second, VCU has won by 13, 18, and 18, blew out Kansas and beat Florida State. If they were called UNC, they’d be an 11 point favourite in this weekend’s game. They not only beat USC, it wasn’t even close! They not only hammered Georgetown by 18, the game was over in minutes! They not only crushed Purdue – the game was over in minutes! They not only crushed Kansas – the game was over in minutes. And they had the obligatory close win – which even the greatest teams of all time have had at least one close win in the tournament. They’re blowing out the best teams in the country!!

But we are struggling to put our arms around the VC who? If you change their uniform –it’s why I’m taking them this weekend! They’re blowing out everybody, the games aren’t even competitive!! Full court press – I mean they nailed twelve 3’s against Kansas, 3rd time in the tournament…in the tournament that they’ve hit at least twelve 3’s!! They’re suffocating 4 out of the 5 teams that they’ve played. So it seems like to me, if you just change their uniforms…that VCU is the best team in the tournament! I’ll take UConn to beat VCU though, because as I might’ve told you, I made a big mistake.

After the first game of the tournament was over for every team, I realized – in my opinion, UConn was the best team. I went to some stats from last year and they were 11-0 on neutral courts, they’re home losses that were in overtime were last second shots, this team – like Duke’s last year which won it all, had not lost on a neutral floor or at home and the losses that they did have, were last second overtime losses. I believe UConn is the best team in the tournament, I made a mistake in my bracket, I should’ve chosen them and then after completing it I realized it after they routed a pretty solid Bucknell team.

I think VCU is an underdog and that nobody will watch, but I kinda find them bizarrely fascinating, their coaches name is “Shaka” he looks like a grad assistant, he doesn’t own a sports coat and Jay Bilas said “you can’t tell me that they shouldn’t even be in the tournament” and Jay Bilas does know his stuff! So I find VCU kinda fascinating, I can’t explain quite how they really got here, but I will tell you – there was an interesting article written by David Mayo last Friday morning and he writes for the Grand Rapids Press and though I disagree with his column, he did put a lot of work into it and deserves credit.

He’s basically saying “this is the new normal” and I don’t agree with him. Don’t forget, UConn and Kentucky are both in the Final Four and Kansas was playing to get into the Final Four. Go look at the last 8 teams that were left in the tournament last week, there was a lot more Kansas and Kentucky’s, Duke, UConn’s than VCU’s. So the reality here is that I don’t think this is the new normal, he writes a very good article, David Mayo at the Grand Rapids Press, go read it here [http://www.mlive.com/sports/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/03/final_four_runs_by_vcu_butler.html ] cause everybody now is over-reacting!

Remember 2 years ago in October when the markets crashed? And people were literally saying “it’s the end of capitalism!!” We, because there is so much media and so many more websites and blogs and TV networks, we get inundated. We just massively overreact and it doesn’t mean it’s your fault or my fault, do you realize that there were more school shootings 40 years ago than today?  You don’t believe that do you??? Because it only got talked about in that specific town, now it’s on MSNBC and Nancy Grace for 6 weeks.

The reality is that crime has never been lower in New York, but if you watch the news you think there are shootings in downtown New York City, that midtown is a “firing range” pfft, its actually never been safer than today!! Los Angeles downtown, never been safer…the big cities have never been safer and so I do not believe that this is the new normal By the way, Barack Obama went almost entirely chalk, he’s in the 94.7 percentile, I went virtually all chalk and I’m still #2 in my pool. You didn’t have VCU, you didn’t have Butler, so it’s still a favourites tournament overwhelmingly! It’s been fun, I have enjoyed it but you know, it’s funny because Jay Bilas got a lot of criticism because he said VCU doesn’t deserve to be in the tournament.

But to defend Jay Bilas, here’s also – and he really nail’s it here, he also said this before the tournament started and he was very accurate “we sat here on this set in January and said that this is the weakest college basketball has ever been. We have a paper thin weak field and I’ve said from the very beginning, there is not a great team in college basketball, not one. There are some very good teams, the #1 seeds and the #2 seeds, those are very good teams and all of them are capable of doing some damage in this tournament, if we had a great team…it would sail through this tournament and quite frankly, nobody will. I mean, we’ll have really competitive games, but the end of the line…that’s why expansion made this look even worse, but at the end of the line, this is the weakest field we’ve ever had” pfft that’ right! Jay Bilas is right! And he said all of this before the tournament. This is definitely not the “new normal” it should be noted though, you wanna know who is going to be really good next year? Kentucky should bring back most of their stars, Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA  and Carolina…they’re all going to have a bunch of NBA guys next year and they’re all going to be really really good.

So my opening statement today is that I’ve got nothing against VCU, I think they’re arguably the best team left right now. I mean, if you put UNC on their uniform with a 13 point, 18 point, 18 point and 10 point win over good teams by crushing them, suffocating them in the 1st seven minutes, you’d say they’re the best team left! We just can’t embrace the fact that VCU is better than everybody, in a diluted watered down sport! But next year, a lot of these Ohio States and Kentucky’s bring back a lot of their players who are 5 star high school kids. Next year will be a big favourites tournament with the Buckeyes and the Wildcats and the Bruins and the Wolverines and Tar Heels being exceptional. This is an aberration year – and even in this crazy aberration year, we’ve got 2 big dogs and 2 small dogs and I’m sorry, I can’t call Butler a dark horse. They are equivalent to Boise State football, as a good friend of mine pointed out last week. They’re good enough on any given day to beat anybody, they have a terrific young coach like Boise State does, they play on TV, and you know all about them, they have fringe NBA guys like Boise State has got fringe NFL guys. So we got 2 big dogs, Butler and VCU is an aberration. I don’t agree with anybody, but I will tell you this…I may be in the minority!!


So I got an email before the game last Thursday – where BYU were ousted from the NCAA tournament. The emailer said to me “you do realize that Jimmer’s is going to be the Player of the Year right? And it’s not because of his religion or skin colour or because of the media; it’s because he’s the best player in the country Andrew…deal with it…grow up!”

Oh good god! I had a buddy who was watching the game Thursday night and he was watching Kemba and this Derek Williams and he’s like “these guys are NBA stars and NBA players” Don’t kid yourself, I read a story where a writer for a reputable paper was sitting beside an Eastern Conference NBA executive, this was after the NBA All Star break flying back from Los Angeles and the executive said to the writer “In our market, we could use a white guard” and the writer goes onto talk about how this NBA executive said it as if the executive was apologizing for having to say it.

The NBA executive continued and said to him “Listen, that would help our marketing” Folks, I’ve sorta talked about the great white hope in boxing, Italians rooted for Rocky Marciano – if you can’t discuss this stuff, we’re never going to make progress in either the US or Canada on anything that has to do with race. There is absolutely no question that part of the Jimmer in Tebow is this “feel good, conservative stuff” it’s honestly great!! But don’t take it – like these Tebow fans, pfft hey Bronco fan, how would you like to have a really good linebacker right now instead of a QB on the bench who was your 1st round pick? Think you could use some actual players?

Don’t fall for the hype!! Tebow is a wonderful kid, he’s never going to be a great QB, quit being a sucker!!! Hey Broncos, could you use a few good players? You drafted a great kid; you win in the league with great players! And yes, part of the Jimmer thing is that he’s a throwback, wonderful…but it is ridiculous – and I’ve sorta been consistent for 3 months now, that Jimmer is largely a media creation.

In 1980, he would be the 38th most interesting player in the tournament, Duke had 9 NBA guys, the Fab 5, Olajuwon, and the Big East had 30 NBA players!!! This year Pittsburgh had none and they were the #1 seed, come on!!! But I will say this, it added a good story! Jimmer got me watching so I enjoyed the game; it got me watching….so if you can move the eyeballs to the TV set, well good for Jimmer!

Tebow plays the number well, I like watching Tebow play as well. In terms of Jimmer, let’s go look at his last 4 games in the tournament, these are the best teams of the country. He was 10 for 25, 10 for 25, 11 for 29, 3 for 15, he plays no defense, has higher than average turnovers. Those are your best teams; he’s not very good against them. And you might say “but Andrew, all these sports writers are ranting and raving about him” Dude, nobody is going to criticize the Jimmer, nobody is going to come out and rip him. He can shoot, but his judgment is poor, Kempa Walker is the smarter player…he totally is the smarter player, he takes better shots!

You want to know what it’s like? Here’s what it’s like. Kemba Walker is Phil Hartman, the comedian. Jimmer is Chis Farley – a one trick pony! I mean Chris Farley, every joke of his, was “I’m fat…” and to the masses, that’s right up their alley!! Chris Farley, the fatter he got… the funnier. Every skit was about him being a physical mess. Phil Hartman was a brilliant writer and a great performer, could’ve done it on Broadway. But the masses don’t want any of that subtlety stuff, they want clever, they want Mike and Molly!

I mean, look around folks, HBO has got a third and an eighth of the viewers of stuff on broadcast television and HBO is doing much higher quality of work. So, Jimmer is a one trick pony and the nation falls for it. When I worked at MLSE for co-op, I had the NBA executive there tell me once “go look at Kevin Durant, look at him physically…that’s the NBA!” What was his point? Length!!! Jimmer’s is short and stocky, it’s like Carmelo and Lebron James. You can look at the stats and go “ahh but Carmelo gives you 27 a night as well, just like Lebron and Carmelo gives you…” they’re different players!! Because defensive stats don’t show up on the boxscore! Melo plays no defense, Lebron plays very good defense.

I mean, you could make the argument that – you know, Jimmer’s scores 28, D-Wade would score 28, and “well it’s the same game” you might say, pfft D-Wade is one of the best defensive players in the NBA. Jimmer doesn’t even box out with the rebounds. He’s a nice kid, clever name, catchy, fun. But just ask yourself “he’s a third of the player of Danny Ainge” Danny Ainge wasn’t a great player! He played on great NBA teams; he’s a very good NBA general manager.

Listen, Tim Tebow is going to appear in Jocky ads, Tim Tebow – who is a wonderful human being, I don’t like him as a QB, I like him as a human, great kid But apparently in Los Angeles – a month after the season, Tim Tebow went and shot Jocky underwear ads and they’re pretty wholesome, they’re not risqué or anything. The reality is that – as a society, we’ve gotten more raunchy and more coarse and Tebow now leads the industry of “nice”

When you get the emails on Jimmer – Let’s be honest about the NBA, it doesn’t look like you, you don’t know a lot of guys like that and so Jimmer is easy to embrace. But if you’re really intellectually honest about the Jimmer, really intellectually honest and not looking for affirmation to agree with you, but information…come on!! Kemba is a completely different level of prospect. He’s still Hartman – a complete comedian, he’s not a one trick pony!


So I got a lot of emails over the weekend and people were saying “Andrew, look at all these upsets!” Again, we’re overstating how many upsets we’ve had in this college basketball tournament. Obama went chalk and he’s like top 1% percentile. I know I’m doing horrible in my ESPN bracket, but if you really think about it, there hasn’t been that many upsets because we overstate them, I’ll give you an example.

Who are the 8 bet college basketball programs, Men, in the U.S? I’d list Duke, Carolina, Kansas, Arizona, Syracuse, UConn, Ohio State and Kentucky, 7 of the 8 teams are still in it! Syracuse got knocked off. Does anybody really doubt that Ohio State, Kansas are gonna lose basketball games? The 4 best teams, many believe are UConn, Ohio State, Duke and Kansas, they’re all left. Now Virginia Commonwealth, a surprise? Yes! Richmond is a surprise. But if you got to last year’s sweet 16 – go one year ago, Northern Iowa at this point a #9 seed was still in it, Cornell a #12 seed was still in it, St. Mary’s a #10 seed was still in it and the University of Washington an #11 seed was still in it, that was last year. This year? We’ve got an #11 an #11 a #12 and a #10. Last year we had a #9, a #12, a #10 and an #11. This year its Marquette, VCU, Richmond and Florida State and Marquette has always been a good program.

So the idea that – every year folks, we’ve got about four straglers, we’ve got about four teams, this year its Marquette, VCU, Richmond and Florida State and the odds maker say that Virginia Commonwealth and Richmond aren’t going to make it past here and probably Marquette isn’t either. So I just think we tend to overstate upsets. March Madness is not as mad as you think. Now, there are more upsets than the NBA because in the NBA, you have seven games. So, good luck beating the Lakers 4 times in a 2 week period. Whereas you can get lucky and beat a Kansas or have a great game and beat Syracuse, but I feel as if we’re overstating it. Chalk, still overwhelmingly dominates the brackets and overwhelmingly we haven’t had that many upsets as everyone is claiming.

Like 11 of the 16 teams left are a #5 seed or better, so 70% of your teams left are a #5 seed or better and the predictions are, the lower seeds aren’t going to make it past tonight and Friday, so there you go!


College basketball has so many mediocre teams, they want to expand these tournaments and I tried to watch the games Tuesday night and it was honestly just unwatchable, they were two bad teams and Seth Greenberg and Colorado were fuming because as D students, they think that their D students are better than your D students…but they’re both D students!

Think about this, not only do you have 68 teams in this tournament; you have 32 teams in the NIT. There’s also 24 other teams playing in another tournament that 90% of you have never heard of, that is going on right now, called “ The College Insider’s” tournament. There are 16 other teams in a college invitational tournament…yeah that’s right, these are all going on right now! You’re not aware of the latter ones, but they are tournaments created so that “everybody gets a medal” or that “everybody gets a ribbon”. We have 140 teams in tournaments right now, 68 at NCAA, 32 NIT, 24 at some College Insider tournament and 16 at another college tournament invitational.

My friend then says to me “yeah, but 50% of college football teams go to bowls” and that’s where our 2 hour argument ensued because I said to him “here is the difference” Of the 60 or 70 teams that get into bowl games, almost all of them have NFL players. “Well what do you mean?” you might ask. I said to him “go look at the Green Bay Packers alone…the best team in the league!” Their running back at the end of the year was from Buffalo. Jennings, their great receiver, is from Central Michigan, Donald Driver is from Alcorn State, and their offensive line had someone from Eastern Michigan and Central Florida.

I mean Peyton Manning’s offensive line; you’ve got Harvard, Western Michigan, and TCU. That’s not the way it works in basketball. Your NBA talent level comes from a very small group of powerful schools. I mean, go look at the NCAA basketball tournament, last year it was four #1 seeds, we’ve never had another lower than a 6 win the entire thing and we’ve almost had only a handful of teams lower than an 8 seed even get into the Final Four

In football, it’s a totally different ball game because you can have 35 bowls and you’ve got NFL players all over them. The top 15 wide receivers in the NFL this morning, I’m just going to list for you the schools that they went to: Alabama, Birmingham, Miami, Marshall, Mississippi, Monmouth College, Hofstra, LSU, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech….you don’t see that in the NBA!!!

In the NBA, they are either international or they went to major schools, even when you look at the history of the NBA. Magic went to Michigan State…powerhouse, MJ went to UNC, Bird initially at Indiana, Wilt went to Kansas, Jabaar went to UCLA, Jerry West went to West Virginia, Hakeem and Drexler…Houston (at the time) Look at how many people school’s like Georgetown has put into the NBA or Duke….it’s a whole different ball game folks!

So what you have in college basketball right now is 140 teams in tournaments and NBA guys largely come from 12 of them!!  Wednesday morning, I wrote down the NBA’s 20 best players: Lebron…high school,  Kobe…high school (now, when I say high school for a guy, you know he would’ve gone to like Duke or Carolina or Kansas…those guys aren’t going to Xavier) Rondo…Kentucky, KG…high school, Pierce…Kansas, Dirk…overseas, Derek Rose…Memphis (great basketball school), Gasol…international, Dwight Howard…high school, Chris Paul/Duncan…Wake Forest (another great basketball program…generally) D-Wade went to Marquette (very good basketball program)…see the point here?

In the NFL, you go look at any offensive or defensive line….go look at the top 15 WR receivers, they come from teams that are even worse than bowl teams, and there is talent everywhere across the US in football. So my point is that, elite NBA talent comes from a tiny tiny group of schools. I remember watching the NBA draft last year, the top 10-12 players, who were going to get drafted, was my focus…because they are the legit NBA prospects.

Now removing the international guys, here are the schools that the top 10 or top 20 players go to:  UConn, Kansas, Duke has 2, Carolina has got 1, Kentucky has got 3 and Ohio State has got 2. Again, so my point is that…you can have a lot of bowl games in college football, but you still seeing elite talent everywhere! College football players go from Boise State to starting for the Jets! I mean the New York Giants won the Superbowl a couple of years ago…all 8 guys who were drafted made the team and all 8 of them played!! Like 3 of them played in 3 crucial positions.

The New Orleans Saints go to a Superbowl, they had a ton of guys who were like – the year before, playing for Hofstra! Hofstra doesn’t even have a football program anymore!!! But in College Basketball – even in the big tournament, there’s like 14 or 15 teams that are just junk…some of those round 1 games were just absolutely brutal. So when Seth Greenberg and Colorado come out and they are whining about “we don’t get into the tournament” I honestly don’t have any pity for you man! I feel much worse for Purdue who doesn’t get into a bowl game, even if they were 7-5….Purdue puts all sorts of guys into the NFL, they’ve got 15 guys in the NFL right now.

So I don’t have too many sports arguments with my buddies very often – like not very often at all, but I had one a couple of days ago and I just said to him “dude, when you go to like a major BCS bowl game or slightly below bowl…like the Outback Bowl game, you’ve got like 20 NFL guys on the team. They are either seniors, juniors or sophomore’s, but you have 20 NFL players on the team” Like think about it, you have a team like Alabama doesn’t have a single player on their defense that won’t get either drafted or invited to an NFL camp. Now, not all of them this year, but the sophomore’s in 2 years will get invited.

When USC won 34 straight, Pete Carroll didn’t have anybody on the defense – Clay Matthew’s couldn’t start, he didn’t have a single defensive player who didn’t get invited to a camp. So the talent in college football is so much thicker and deeper, it’s not even close! I just think it’s funny…there’s 140 basketball teams in college basketball participating in a tournament. In the NCAA, NIT, College Insider or the College Invitational….everybody has to get a ribbon! “Your good, 13-15…yah you’re good…here’s a ribbon…..9-19, you get a ribbon too!”