HIGH POSTS – Raptors Republic podcast out today – MORE Madness!

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Well, March has indeed brought madness, as the NCAA tournament saw a record 6 overtime games in the first weekend of play, and three upset wins by 12th-seeded teams.  (And a sweet, sweet upset of Duke.)

I got together with the regular cast of roundball junkies at Raptors Republic this week to talk about the zany happenings in college ball to start off the tournament.  We also talk about the Raptors (as usual) and I spit some sweet stats to help give an impression of just how special the play of Kevin Durant and Kyle Lowry has been this season in the NBA.

ALSO: I am excited to announce that we are starting to put together our own podcast at TFQ, called The Shit Show, with Count Yorga and Jerkules!  We hope to record it during the final round of the Masters PGA tournament (April 13) and release it for your enjoyment that week.  It will be some fun sports insight and debates, in the unique, blunted and goofy way that you’ve come to expect from TFQ.

Here’s a summary of what we discuss in this week’s Podcast, courtesy Raps Repub.  You can find the podcast here.

The simple fact that Lowry is freaking amazing
The week that was for the Raps:
– The OKC loss and just how damn good Durant is
– The 4th quarter comeback vs Atlanta
– Another last minute loss, but this time to Cleveland
– Is Dwane Casey day drinking again? I mean have you seen some of his rotations
– The next week has a stretch of winnable games: Bos, Bos, Orlando before Mia and Houston
– Should we be worried about a Knicks or Brooklyn team on the rise
– More Cowbell

NCAA

– Andrew Wiggins: was he all hype? Did a quick Kansas exit hurt his draft stock? What about Jabari Parker? Should they stay? Should they go?
– What does your bracket look like? Blair and Steve lick their wounds and count their losses
– He is the prophet (ND State #pigfarmers)!
– Florida vs UCLA and all the fun that comes with a game like that!

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HIGH POSTS – Raptors Republic podcast out today – March Madness!

Blair Miller > HIGH POSTS

Our leading (and only) basketball writer gives his, um, blunted, unconventional – and occasionally obsessively detailed – take on recent happenings in the hoops world.

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It’s the MADNESS!!!!!  Madness!!!  This is MY World Cup, and it comes annually!

March Madness is in full swing, but I want to draw our devoted roundball freaks to another edition of The Dr. Is In podcast on Raptors Republic because we do an extended and fun breakdown of the NCAA tourney, as well as some analysis on where the Raptors are at, having held onto the 3-seed in the East last night with a close win against the Pelicans.

You can find the podcast here.

It’s off to a great start!  As I’m posting this, (11)Dayton is leading (6)Ohio State, which I predicted… (UPDATE: Although my printout for that pool and all my others say Dayton, somehow the posted one says OSU….never recheck your picks on St. Paddys’ day?? Oh well) but we’ll see if they can hang on.  My main fear on Day 1 of the main rounds (I’m still not used to the play-in games, and have mixed feelings about them) is (4)Louisville vs. (13)Manhattan.  Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino taught Manhattan’s head coach Steve Masiello, and the two squads run strikingly similar sets on both ends of the court – so much so that Pitino is not happy about the decision of the selection committee to pair them up on Thursday night, calling it “a bunch of soccer ADs?”

Overall, my brackets are eerily similar to Barack Obama’s, especially an identical Final Four, with the same results.  I hope the Prez didn’t enter in the Jimmy Buffett $1 billion challenge, because if we tie, my ass is getting droned for sure.

I’m having testicle difficulties uploading my bracket, but there’s a link to it on the podcast page (link above), and I am off to EMBRACE THE MADDNESS!!!

HIGH POSTS – NBA Commissioner also says the term tanking is misused

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Hey, hardcourt fanatics,

I just wanted to put up a quick follow-up post to my mini-rant about “rebuilding” being irresponsibly called “tanking” in the NBA.  It started with a good 20-plus minutes about the topic on my last appearance on a Raptors Republic podcast.

In short, it’s been bothering me a LOT this season that the media tends to label any team that is willing to undergo in-season rebuilding as “tanking”.  It’s an awfully misleading use of a term that describes cheating and/or intentionally losing games.

Well, it turns out that, via ESPN and the Associated Press, that league commish Adam Silver agrees!  It’s like he took the words right out of my mouth…if I hadn’t been spewing them more than once over the last month or so.

Here’s the article that details Silver’s stance towards tanking.

Don’t get me wrong.  I require no vindication.  But it tends to be useful to, within a controversial debate about a misunderstood topic, point out that someone of higher credibility – namely the guy who runs the whole NBA – makes the same distinction.

So please, people.  I know this won’t stop the trend, but try to use the term “tanking” more judiciously.  No one likes to be called a cheater, especially people who aren’t cheating.