Thursday, December 5 2013 5:27 PM EST2013-12-05 22:27:52 GMT
(RNN) - No one tells you the "challenge" in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is the cramping your remote hand gets from flipping through two sets of three simultaneous games in back-to-back nights. Now, we'reMore >>
It's been an exciting, confusing couple of weeks in ACC basketball. Player Power Poll has got it covered with some simple truths to straighten things out.More >>
J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season.More >>
North Carolina flashed its potential again, earning another impressive victory after a second shaky setback.More >>
Jabari Parker totaled 15 points in the No. 10 Blue Devils' 79-69 win over the 22nd-ranked Michigan Wolverines on Tuesday. Quinn Cook led all Duke scorers with 24 points and nine assists in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) - Anything to fill time. That is apparently the motto of all announcers sitting on the sidelines of NCAA Tournament games.
You think they drop those anecdotes in the middle of possessions to add color?
No, my friend. They just need a way to entertain you while hiding their exasperation over having basketball injected into their veins for the past three weeks.
You might fight mental fatigue with dry wine. They fight mental fatigue with dry stories.
But we got news for you, play-by-play analysts, bloggers and slightly unattractive men who only crawl out of your holes to spew "expert knowledge" of a sporting event that defies predictability:
We. Don't. Care.
There, I said it. Someone had to. If we hear a story once, it may be slightly entertaining, possibly even interesting. But you guys kill the beauty of filling in the blanks by running with something until it drops dead.
The only reason we don't hate you is because there aren't many people in the world talented enough to scream for three consecutive days without breaking a sweat, so we kind of need you.
But we definitely don't need this:
Gushing over coaches' hot wives
The first lady of Florida Gulf Coast University, head coach Andy Enfield's wife, is a former swimsuit model. Good for her and good for Andy.
You TV guys could at least give her the dignity of mentioning her name (it's Amanda Marcum, by the way) before flashing pictures of her in a bikini.
Anyone who isn't over this already has probably found her old magazine covers and taped them to a pillow. Just saying.
It's bad enough that we have to stealthily peruse our brackets during work hours, lest we get caught doing something unproductive at work.
Now we have to explain why there are two buxom women in barely adequate clothing on either side of our computer screens.
Your "creative marketing" has not only added to the already high stress level of 8-to-5'ers everywhere, it has also significantly increased the workload of HR departments.
We hope you're happy with yourselves.
Rick Pitino "honoring" his players
By naming his race horses after them. This is an old story, but it came back up because (and this is a guess) journalists who cover Louisville got tired of talking about how good the team is.
Because really, who wants to watch a basketball game and hear thoughtful analysis of one of the most balanced teams in the country for 40 minutes? Well, maybe Joe Lunardi and Nate Silver. Wait, that was meant to be a rhetorical question.
On the other hand, it beats naming your kids after fruits or colors, [insert random celebrity couple here].
Marshall Henderson's absurdity
It's cute in a Tasmanian devil sort of way, but we have eyes. We see the kid is clearly not an "aw shucks, just trying to help the team win" type of ball player.
Why do we need a cutaway shot and replays every single time he celebrates a 3-pointer with his landshark impersonation? As an aside, that also looks like the word for "father" in American Sign Language (it helps to be bilingual these days, you know).
This might have been a better story if Ole Miss had a greater chance of winning this tournament. But as it stands, the coverage of Henderson's antics turned him and the team into a sideshow, which is unfortunate.
Jim Larranaga's Muhammad Ali impersonation
This is actually pretty cool, to tell the truth. Who doesn't want to see a 63-year-old man firing up his team with an impersonation of the Greatest of All Time?
We can enjoy this until it shows up about a dozen times during a game, turns into a meme and annoys us until it dies a slow, digital death.
Also worth noting: Christian Laettner listened to Public Enemy and Smashing Pumpkins before games (which explains a lot); Barry Larkin thinks his son, Shane, could have joined him in the 30-30 club; Oregon was underrated (perhaps the selection committee is overrated?).
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