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Book Review: Chasing Perfection

  One of the first podcasts I listened to was an early version of the ESPN college basketball show with Andy Katz and Andy Glockner. I was neither here nor there about Katz, but I liked Glockner. He had a sense of humor and he loved the numbers. I was sad when he left ESPN, […]

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 15:  Brandon Ingram #14 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play during their game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 15, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Skinny of Draft Prognostication

  Draft prognostication is an inexact science. There are so many things that can go right or wrong for a player that even the experts are just guessing. One theory that I have long held is that skinny players from college should be avoided. This theory will once again be tested in 2016 because Brandon […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers takes a shot from the bench prior to the game against the Utah Jazz on October 30, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

How To Build a Team (Starring the Thunder – Not the 76ers)

  In the early days of Missner’s Manifesto, one of my greatest targets was the Philadelphia 76ers and their attempt to game the NBA draft process by losing intentionally over multiple seasons. I thought this was an inane way to build a team and I was a bit ahead of the curve in disparaging Sam […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 5: Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats attempts a shot as L.J. Peak #0 of the Georgetown Hoyas defends during the second half in an NCAA college basketball game on March 5, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Villanova defeated Georgetown 84-71. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

2016 Final Four Live Blog

Final Four Saturday is quickly becoming one of my favorite days. It generally features two great games back-to-back and I get to shoo away any other responsibilities and just watch (and type). I’ll be doing another live blog on Saturday evening and you can follow along, if you like. I am much more interested in […]

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24:  Ben Simmons #25 of the LSU Tigers looks on against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Barclays Center on November 24, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Missing Ben Simmons

  The 2016 NCAA tournament has been great. We had all of the first round upsets that a person could want. The signature moment will likely be the crazy Texas A&M comeback from 12 points down with less than a minute remaining. While I have enjoyed it and will surely enjoy the Final Four coming […]

NORMAN, OK - JANUARY 16: Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after making his first two point shot against West Virginia during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game at the Lloyd Noble Center on January 16, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

Bracketology Bracket-Busting Breakdown

For the past couple of seasons, I have not filled out a bracket. It had something to do with feeling stupid after not being able to pick the games correctly. I also have the belief that everybody is doing something, it must be wrong. This year, I will be back to bracket-filling (and I am […]

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Jake Layman #10 of the Maryland Terrapins dunks the ball against A.J. Hammons #20 of the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on February 27, 2016 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Giving The Big 10 Some Much Needed Love

    Over the past few weeks, I have noticed that I have given the Big 10 a short shrift this year. While the Big 12 deserves plenty of attention, I have spent too much time looking at teams from the SEC (LSU, Kentucky, I am looking at you). I have attempted to rectify things […]

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This Is Your Brain on Sports Book Review

  If you want to avoid changing how you view sports, and the world at large, then This Is Your Brain on Sports isn’t the book for you.  Sports Illustrated executive editor L. Jon Wertheim and psychologist Sam Sommers break down the science behind how athletes perform and how we watch them perform in the tome.  And […]

of the Duke Blue Devils during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at KFC YUM! Center on February 20, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Louisville’s Self-imposed Ban Opens March Madness Door for Rivals

  A promising season for the Louisville Cardinals came to a screeching halt in early February with the announcement of the school’s self-imposed ban on postseason action this year, after it came to light that members of the program had broken unspecified NCAA rules. While this is not the first time a squad has faced […]

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24:  Ben Simmons #25 of the LSU Tigers looks on against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Barclays Center on November 24, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Ben Simmons & The Freshman of Yore

  When we look back at the 2015-16 college basketball season, it is easy to think that this will be seen as the season of Ben Simmons. This is an amazing fact since Simmons’s team is on the edge of the NCAA tournament bubble (Joe Lunardi has the Tigers as an 11-seed), but he has […]

at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on January 30, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

College Hoops Recap: These Cajuns Are Ragin’ (and Hield vs Simmons)

  I dedicated my Saturday to basketball in Louisiana. While I did not take in a Pelicans’ game or head to Louisiana-Monroe, I did see a doubleheader at the Cajun Dome between Louisiana-Lafayette and UT-Arlington. I headed home and immediately watched the intense Oklahoma-LSU game. That’s a lot of basketball and it was quite fun. […]

College Hoops Recap: Big East Battle

  It has come to my attention that there was a blizzard in the northeast this weekend. How did I know? Because some of my basketball games got postponed. I was not happy. I thought I wouldn’t even get to see the game I wanted: Providence vs. Villanova because it wasn’t listed on TV yesterday. […]

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2015 Podcast Hall of Fame

  2015 was a tumultuous year in my podcast world. I had a good routine going when Chris Morgan and Seth Macy decided to hang up their Existential Parachute Pants. The loss of my typing podcast was followed by the end of Grantland, which supplied a good chunk of my podcast listening, particularly in terms […]

NORMAN, OK - JANUARY 16: Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after making his first two point shot against West Virginia during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game at the Lloyd Noble Center on January 16, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

College Hoops Recap: Sooners Shine

  By this time of the season, I have usually seen the best teams in college basketball play a handful of times and I am starting to think about the postseason. I don’t always have a favorite in terms of the NCAA tournament, but this year I think that team is going to be Oklahoma. […]

SYRACUSE, NY - JANUARY 09:  Tyler Lydon #20 of the Syracuse Orange slam dunks the ball during the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels on January 9, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.  North Carolina defeats Syracuse 84-73.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyler Lydon

College Hoops Recap: UNC Beats Boeheim & The Orange

  Sportswriters are always looking for easy narratives. I am not exception in this regard, although I am not sure I consider myself a sportswriter. I do write about sports, so perhaps I shouldn’t make this distinction. When I saw North Carolina visiting Syracuse in the return of coach Jim Boeheim from his nine-game “exile” […]

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