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NCAA Tourney Turns Into Bracketology Blow Up

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The Dance

By John Ventola

The NCAA hung the popular moniker on the annual March event, Garth Brooks sings a song so titled. Today The Dance is down to sixteen teams. By tomorrow night it will dwindle to the Elite Eight. Sunday nigh there will only be four teams left to dance in next weekend’s Final Four. Continue reading

NCAA Basketball Tournament Has No Clear Favorite

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Dance Will Feature Parity and Various Styles

By John Ventola

The 68-team NCAA Division I basketball bracket will be announced today. The tournament, which runs from March 14 until championship night April 3, will feature several teams capable of winning the national championship. Last season’s champion Villanova showed that the slippers (sneakers) can fit a Cinderella. With parity very much the current state of college basketball, true hoops junkies will not be surprised to see another underdog climb the ladders and cut down the nets come April. Continue reading

Clemson And Alabama Semifinal Rankings Will Prove Accurate

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Bama Should Roll If Secondary Plays Well

By John Ventola

The second College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinals will be played today as the four top-ranked teams battle it out in the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The victors will meet for the CFP championship on Monday, January 11th, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Continue reading

LSU And Notre Dame Capture Impressive Victories

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Great Football Weekend For This Blogger

By John Ventola

The third weekend of the 2015 collegiate football season is in the books and already top teams are vying for the four College Football Playoff spots, and players are pushing for individual performance recognition such as the Heisman Trophy. Continue reading

Virginia Pieces It Together To Capture First Baseball Title

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Cavaliers Win First College World Series Championship

By John Ventola

“Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus” was the title of an editorial published in 1897, about the time Thomas Jefferson’s carefully planned out university started playing baseball (1889) in Charlottesville. While most Cavalier players and fans feel that Christmas came six months early this year, sports writers across the country can write today about the wonderful present that was unwrapped in Omaha by a relentless, underdog college baseball team. Yes, Virginia, You Are The 2015 CWS Champions! Continue reading

Kentucky-Wisconsin Rematch, Duke Possibility Top Final Four

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Indy Final Four Features Three Top Seeds

By John Ventola

Kentucky proved they are not perfect while remaining unbeaten, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker showed white guys can have game, three Duke freshmen continued to exhibit skill-sets every bit as impressive as that of the Wildcats highly acclaimed frosh class, and Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo’s adjustments and strategy again showcased why a team’s coaching talent on the sideline is just as important as its athletic ability on the court. Continue reading

Kentucky Continues Down The Road To Perfection

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Tournament Parity On Display As Teams Advance To Sweet 16

By John Ventola

After four days of following the bouncing ball, and hearing on-court exploits described with such phrases as dribble drive penetration, kiss off the glass, drive and deliver, crossover dribble, and dominating the boards/tempo, it is time to say goodbye to fifty-two college basketball squads that started the week with various levels of confidence that they would advance to next week’s Sweet Sixteen. Continue reading

Coaching Carousel Now In Full Motion As Hoke Joins Group

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Muschamp Pelini Hoke And More Walk The Plank

By John Ventola

The collegiate coaching carousel for 2014 has begun. Already, before this season’s bowl matchups have been announced, Florida’s Will Muschamp, Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, and Michigan’s Brady Hoke have been relieved of their duties at three of the big-name universities in the country. Continue reading

McIlroy the New Face of Golf

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Rory Has Them Roaring

By John Ventola

Rory McIlroy has game. Plenty of it. While great things were expected of the Northern Ireland golfer after he won the 2011 U.S. Open at age 22 and he captured his first PGA championship the next year, he now has reached first name only status after winning two majors in consecutive months this year. Yesterday’s one stroke victory at the Valhalla Golf Club, site of this year’s PGA Championship, showcased McIlroy’s ability to fight through a challenging field after relinquishing a lead. Continue reading