In the past week: NFL free agency began, the entire world left the New England Patriots, the NCAA Tournament began, USC became arguably the best team to ever be left out of the 68 team field, and Tiger Woods is maybe, kinda officially back (more on that later). Rob Gronkowski posted a cryptic Insta, Lebron James dunked all over Jusuf Nurkic, and Jake Arrieta signed with the Phillies.
With everything that went on, I’m sure there were some stories that slipped through the cracks. But don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for. I got you.
- PAC12 – Historically Bad
The Pac-12 is the fifth conference to go 0-3 or worse in the NCAA Tournament since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985:
1989 SEC 0-5
1985 Pac-10 0-4
2018 Pac-12 0-3
2004 Mountain West 0-3
1990 WAC 0-3
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 16, 2018
The PAC12 is the first major conference since 2003 to not send a team to the round of 32. You kinda had to have a feeling this was going to happen when USC got left out of the tournament. If the second place team in a conference is missing the field of 68, that typically means the conference just really sucks.
If Arizona loses to Buffalo after UCLA lost to St Bonaventure, the PAC 12 should disband & compete only at the intramural level.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) March 16, 2018
Side note: this is a really good suggestion Colin. Just fantastic.
2. Lebon James
oh shittt LeBron FED UP with Ty Lue pic.twitter.com/nYYPlRCFHr
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) March 16, 2018
I mean damn dude, have a little chill.
3. Lebron James Part 2
LeBron pulling out the mama jokes 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Ho391IA6uV
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 16, 2018
This is not funny. Don’t let the equally unfunny crying emoji fool you. If this was 2007, that’s a good comeback. At least Kyrie came back with “suck my dick”.
4. Hue Jackson
#Browns coach Hue Jackson just said at a press conference that Tyrod Taylor is their starting QB for 2018: “He’s going to be the starting quarterback. There is no competition.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2018
For a team that has the #1 and #4 overall picks, this is a bold statement.
5. Eric Reid
GMs aren’t the hold up broski. It’s ownership. People who know football know who can play. People who know me, know my character. https://t.co/M9ULziZg5V
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) March 16, 2018
I’m so sick of this shit man. Reid can play, he’ll sign a contract. But in case he hasn’t been paying attention, let’s set the scene for him: Tyrann Mathieu (better player) is still unsigned. Kenny Vaccaro (similar to slightly worse player) is still unsigned. Pretty much every safety that was a free agent is still a free agent. Today is the beginning of day 3. Chill.
*If Reid is still unsigned in August/September, I’ll admit that he is right.
6. Junior Donald Trump
Despite some local opposition, Afghan father stands by his decision to name his son Donald Trump. “My only wish is that my junior Donald Trump will follow the steps of senior Donald Trump.” https://t.co/5H6VkDFgpI pic.twitter.com/yMfpqWPEdQ
— ABC News (@ABC) March 16, 2018
Political feelings aside, there is already a Donald Trump. And a Donald Trump Jr. This is a real power move. Also very much so not an Afghan name.
7. Tiger Woods is Back
I mean there was this:
This is otherworldly. pic.twitter.com/ctIxi4nr7c
— Skratch (@Skratch) March 15, 2018
Then there was this:
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 15, 2018
And there’s also this:
Tiger Woods is now the favorite to win the 2018 Masters https://t.co/ddgmn4dY09
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 15, 2018
Here’s the deal with Tiger, he’s playing great, he’s healthy and he’s top 5 in tournaments. If he wins this weekend, he’s back. Idk about that whole Masters favorite though. Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are pretty good.
8. David Backes vs. NHL Refs
David Backes just got a match penalty for a hit from behind on this hit.
Yes, hit from behind. pic.twitter.com/zlrKRehFvJ
— PRINCIPAL POINT CONTACTER (@bruinshockeynow) March 16, 2018
Not really sure why Backes got ejected for this. Vincent Trocheck is 5’10, Backes is 6’3. Trocheck is ducking into Backes. Things happen in fast pace games. It was a minor, not a major.
After 848 suspension-free games, David Backes has apparently morphed into Raffi Torres in the eyes of the officials.
— Ryan Johnston (@Johnston985) March 16, 2018
Backes was suspended for 3 games last week. He faced a possible suspension for this hit. He’s unlikely to get suspeneded for it, which everyone seems to agree is the correct call. Except Jimmy Murphy.
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) March 16, 2018
Little pro tip for you Jimmy. If you have more comments than likes/retweets, that’s a bad tweet.
9. Crazy Baseball
How many fingers for the wiffle ball? pic.twitter.com/XOZx9Wrpas
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) March 13, 2018
No-look pickoff? This is crazy! 😱 pic.twitter.com/8LCb1Mx0JM
— MLB (@MLB) March 14, 2018
One of the best plays I’ve seen a catcher make. And probably the best I’ve ever seen from a catcher not named Yadier Molina.
This guy is taking over the world. I follow him on Twitter because he’s dope at Fortnite and he gets insane kills. The clips are fire. I think the clips on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube are why most people knew who he was. That all changed on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
JuJu, Travis Scott, Drake and Ninja set a record playing Fortnite last night: https://t.co/pEXx0YNnov
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 15, 2018
What a squad. Unfortunately it did produce one fatality.
*txt from my mom*
Mom: There was a streaming ninja who played with Drake last night.
Me: No, Mom. His online name was Ninja.
Mom: Why don’t you play with Drake? I thought you were popular.
My mom is actually ruthless.
— KPB Sharpie EN ROUTE #FR2018 (@dapurplesharpie) March 16, 2018
RIP to this guy. His mom is a savage.
-Brian Borders (@bborders12)