SportingNews.com: Outstanding TSN College Hoops columnist Mike DeCourcy suggests, “Don’t believe all the David-Goliath nonsense.” And you know what? I agree, Mike. In fact, not only will I take the Bulldogs and the 7.5 points, but I’ll pick Butler outright. Just saying, the Monday night National Championship Game is the easiest big-time sports ticket to get your hands on. You better believe all those West Virginia and Michigan State fans’ seats will be occupied with folks from Indy rooting for Butler. If this game is tight with four minutes to go, it’ll be great to watch Duke’s Big 3 try to score against the stingy Bulldogs’ defense in front of a hugely pro-Butler crowd. Butler has won 25 games in a row and hasn’t allowed any opponent in the Tournament to score more than 59 points. If guard Shelvin Mack, who battled leg cramp issues, and center Matt Howard, who had concussion like symptoms, are ready to roll 100 percent with Gordon Hayward, Duke gets over that 60-point watermark, but it won’t be enough to prevent coach Brad Stevens’ team’s 26th straight win.
SI.com: College Basketball columnist, Andy Glockner breaks down tonight’s title tilt position by position in, “Title game matchup: Duke vs. Butler.”
NY Times: Kevin Armstrong takes a closer look at the off-court statistics of Duke and Butler in, “For Butler and Duke, a Very Public Affair.” They are the first two private schools to meet for the National Championship since Villanova-Georgetown 25 years ago.
USAToday.com: Bob Kimball dissects Tiger’s press conference from The Masters this afternoon in, “Tiger Woods speaks: Praises fans, apologizes to fellow pros on Tour”
ESPN.com: Sal Paolantonio looks back at McNabb’s career in Philadelphia in, “Eagles decide McNabb’s time is up.”
SI.com: A weekly must read, Peter King’s, “Monday Morning Quarterback: How the McNabb-to-Redskins trade impacts the rest of the NFL, draft.”
FanHouse: Kevin Blackistone unfortunately tells us about Matt James, an All American football recruit headed to Notre Dame in September, whom fell to his death while on Spring Break with friends in Panama City, FL this past weekend in, “An ‘Incredible future’ ends needlessly.”
ESPN.com: Boxing columnist Dan Rafael says, “It’s time for Hopkins and Jones to retire,” after their bout this weekend in Las Vegas, won by Bernard Hopkins via unanimous decision.
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There’s been a lot of talk about DaSean Butler’s knee injury and its aftermath Saturday night with Bob Huggins consoling his senior, whom turned out to have a torn ACL and sprained MCL. An odd sight sure… but a definite true sign of a coach’s compassion for his player. I loved it; thought it was great. However, I do have a HUGE problem with something. The way Butler was carried from the floor was utterly UNACCEPTABLE! How can a team physician and training staff not immobilize the knee in any way and allow two other players to carry their teammate of the floor with his leg just dangling, knocking against the ground with every step. Jeez, further damage can be done so easily in that situation. Unreal.
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The President of the United States, Barack Obama – BarackObama
Opening the 2010 baseball season with the first pitch at Nationals Park today.
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ESPN MLB Columnist, Jayson Stark – jaysonst
Nationals haven’t allowed 11 R on Opening Day since . . . well, last year . . . when they gave up 12 to Florida. Quite a tradition.
SI MLB Insider, Jon Heyman – SI_JonHeyman
just asked lasorda in lunchroom why padilla started today. “i dont know. you know how many people asked me that question?”
New York Times College Basketball Columnist, Pete Thamel – PeteThamelNYT
Just talked to a Butler official who said that the players went to their 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. classes today. Back for 12:30 film.
WNST NFL Correspondent, Chris Pika – BlogAndTackle
Butler-Duke tonight would be a game I’d like to see Jim Nantz lose his voice, and CBS go to the bullpen for Gus Johnson.
FoxSports.com College Basketball Columnist, Jeff Goodman – goodmanonfox
Fran Fraschilla, according to sources close to the situation, has withdrawn from the Iona opening.
SI.com NFL Columnist, Peter King – SI_PeterKing
I like the trade. Helps both teams. Lets Reid move on with kid he thinks could be ARodgers. Gives Shanny top-12 QB to play aerial game.
Former Ravens, Browns Scout and friend of WNST, Daniel Jeremiah – MoveTheSticks
Theory for the Eagles must be to let Kolb and the other young skill guys grow up together. That way they hit their prime at the same time
ESPN NFL Insider, Chris Pika – Adam_Schefter
McNabb has 3rd-highest winning percentage among active quarterbacks (83-45-1, .647) behind Manning (119-59, .669) and Brady (88-25, .779).