It’s March Madness, and the whole damn nation is feeling it, including some of the double-digit seeds as three out of the last 16 teams left are 10-seed or higher. So far teams that have shone in particular include North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida, the latter of which is currently playing on a level well above the number seven seed it was designated. Only time will tell what team is worthy of a Final Four bid and, in this writer’s opinion, Kentucky will ultimately reign supreme as this year’s champion. If UNC can somehow manage to get Kendall Marshall back from his injury before the tourney ends, however, they have a chance to be a major player themselves.
After a five-year marriage that was marked more by its shortcomings than its accomplishments, the University of Texas and its women’s head basketball coach Gail Goestenkors have parted ways after Goestenkors resigned on the heels of another lackluster season. Although basketball fans on the 40 Acres probably wish they had gotten more out of Goestenkor’s tenure while she was here, it was clear it was time to move on for both parties. One thing people won’t forget from this year’s run, however, will be the Lady Longhorn’s pounding of the defending national championship Aggies in coach G’s last game against A&M. All the best to coach G in the future and a big salute for her service on the 40 Acres.
We officially have a winner in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes and the lucky team is the Denver Broncos! In what could easily be the biggest upgrade in quarterback play one team has ever experienced in a one-year period in the league’s history, questions about Tim Tebow’s future are running rampant. While Denver has pretty much accepted that they’ll be trading the spunky QB with questionable mechanics but a penchant for winning, it’ll be interesting to see who picks him up. Even more interesting will be to see if he can win a starting job or if there is any team in particular that has a demand for his unique skill-set. Only time will tell but I’ll be damned if this hasn’t been one of the craziest seasons of free agency in recent memory.
Top three best teams in the NBA right now, in order: Chicago, Oklahoma City, Miami.
Speaking of the Bulls, how great is it for them that they’ve been able to be such a force even with the reigning MVP being out for the last week or two? That is a direct reflection of the fantastic job head coach Tom Thibodeau has done in coaching this group of guys as well as the great chemistry this squad has been able to develop. After flying somewhat under the radar in the first half of the season (if you can believe it since it’s the freakin’ Bulls after all), Chicago is clicking on all cylinders right now and will only get that much better when Derrick Rose returns. Teams in the east better be on watch.