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Handicapping the broadcast pairings for the NCAA tournament........
8) Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore—Hopefully Harlan’s hysterical act stays in the NBA; being paired with scholarly Elmore should help with that.
7) Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel—Worked Nets’ games together for years. Nothing special.
6) Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner— Anderson does Milwaukee Brewer games in summer; haven’t heard him do lot of basketball. Bonner has been around forever, an impressive feat for a someone as vanilla as he is.
5) Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg—Kellogg, like lot of analysts, regressed once he started working less games. There’s no way he talks in real life like he does on TV.
4) Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery—I think Raftery is better when he works with a younger play-by-play guy. Like Lundquist better on football.
3) Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel—Wenzel is underrated as an analyst; former coach, enthusiastic, knows his stuff. Fun to listen to.
2) Tim Brando/Mike Gminski—Brando is highly underrated as a play-by-play guy. These two did ACC Sunday night games for years together on FOX Sports.
1) Marv Albert/Steve Kerr—Far and away the best of these pairings. Not even close
12) Mets probably won’t trade David Wright this season, since if they do, he becomes a free agent after this season instead of after 2013, which would greatly reduce what they could get back for him.
11) If you see college basketball coaches wearing blue bow ties this week, its not a tribute to Pee Wee Herman, it’s a thing for prostate cancer awareness. Definitely catches your attention.
10) Guy was driving in New York City this week; a piece of Queensboro Bridge fell off and smashed his Mercedes; now that’s a bad day. Its also a hell of a lawsuit waiting to happen.
9) Maryland football coach Randy Edsall allowed QB Danny O’Brien a full release from his scholarship, so he can transfer anywhere he wants, namely Vanderbilt, where former Terp assistant James Franklin is now head coach, but then they filed tampering charges against Vandy. Blocking a kid from transferring to a certain place makes the coach look like a bully, whether he is or not. Maryland looks bad in all of this.
8) Illinois actually gave up a 36-4 run at Nebraska Saturday: I’d love to know the last time the Cornhuskers had a 36-4 run in a conference game. In basketball, not football.
7) American golfers won the first seven tournaments this season on the PGA Tour, first time that has happened since 2001.
6) This year’s Match Play tournament is first one where none of the #1 seeds is an American.
5) How many debates do these Republican Presidential candidates have? Don’t they get sick of talking to each other? Or do they like the free TV publicity? Politicians never, ever get sick of publicity.
4) If anyone asks you, Jaromir Jagr has scored 16 regular season OT goals, the most of anyone in NHL history.
3) West Virginia paid $350,000 to get out of its football game with Florida State, which had trouble replacing the Mountaineers on its 2012 schedule. FSU finally added I-AA Savannah State. Will be interesting to find out if they charge less for those tickets than for the WVU game.
2) Rajan Rondo is an NBA All-Star, replacing Joe Johnson, and Iman Shumpert is out of the dunk contest because of a sore knee. Thank the Lord they didn’t add Jeremy Lin to the All-Star team. Don’t think it wasn’t discussed.
1) Big East is adding Temple in all sports, which is somewhat confusing, since Temple is actually in the east and not near San Diego or Boise; this gives the Big East 13 football schools, 18 basketball schools and cuts the Atlantic 13 down by a school. Interesting to see if they lose someone else or add one to get back to 14.