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cuseWe all remember hearing about how Syracuse wasn’t even supposed to make it to the NCAA tournament this year with their 19-13 regular season record (9-9 ACC) and seemingly sub-par play. They looked like a mediocre ACC team that more so belonged in the NIT than the NCAA tournament. But once March came, Syracuse limped in to the tournament as a 10-seed. Some say they got in because of their storied tradition, others say it’s because of how deep the ACC is. A little bit of luck got them in and the Orange have not looked back. The feeling of Syracuse as underdogs is hard to get used to but they have wrecked brackets since they played 7-seed Dayton back on March 18th. The Orange look to upset another 1-seed UNC on April 2nd as they have already upset 1-seed Virginia. Here is a look at some crazy Syracuse stats:

  • Syracuse is the fourth team ever to be a double digit seed in the Final Four. Joining the ranks of LSU (1985), George Mason (2006), and VCU (2011).
  • Syracuse’s starting 5 all average over 30 minutes of playing time a game, DaJuan Coleman is next up with just 17.5 minutes a game.
  • Syracuse lost in the First Round of the ACC tournament this year to Pittsburgh (third loss of the year to Pitt).
  • At the start of tournament play, the official odds of Syracuse making it to the championship were 300-1.
  • This is Syracuse’s sixth trip to the Final Four (1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013).
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Kansas State pulled the upset, beating the nation’s top ranked team Oklahoma 69-80 at Fred Bramlage Coliseum, home of the Wildcats. After the game concluded, many eager student fans were waiting to join their beloved team on the court to celebrate the win but were stopped by many security officers. So the Kansas State players saw only one option- to go in to the stands and celebrate with their fellow students.

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Notre Dame pulled off the next best upset of the day by beating #2 UNC at home 76-80 in South Bend, Indiana. The buildup for this game was huge as ESPN GameDay covered the game. Once the final buzzer sounded, hundreds of Notre Dame students stormed the court- the first students on the court of course were shirtless. The spectacle created by students hugging the players and crowding the court was impressive to say the least.

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This year’s version of the NHL All-Star game in Nashville set records for TV ratings on NBCSN. The 1.17 rating was up 24% compared to last year’s All-Star game held in Columbus. The Top 5 viewership markets were as follows:

T1. Buffalo & Pittsburgh (3.7)

  1. Chicago (3.3)
    T4. St. Louis & Detroit (2.9)

The biggest reason for the spike in interest was undoubtedly the participation of John Scott in this year’s game. The 6’8, 270lb enforcer led all NHL players in fan voting and was one of four captains for the game. Who were the other three captains? Jaromir Jagr, Alexander Ovechkin, and Patrick Kane. Scott’s 5 career goals in 285 games played doesn’t exactly match Jagr’s 738 in 1,599 games, Ovechkin’s 504 in 808 games, or Kane’s 237 in 632 games. Regardless, NHL fans and many common sports fans couldn’t wait to see him play with the leagues most talented in a newly formatted 3 on 3 game. There was excitement throughout the entire game and Scott provided pure entertainment. Evidence of this can be found in the link below where he hits and “fights” Patrick Kane (5’11, 177lb). The NHL might want to have John Scott participate in every All-Star game for the rest of his career after the results received from this year’s game.

 

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It’s incredible that either Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Ben Roethlisberger have played in 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls. Never before in the league’s 50 year history has there been such remarkable consistency of quarterbacks playing for the Lombardi trophy. The one Super Bowl that didn’t follow suite? 2013- Baltimore (Flacco) versus San Francisco (Kaepernick)

There is another string of Hall of Fame quarterbacks that pulled a similar feat, appearing in 10 of 13 Super Bowls from 1982 until 1994. These three quarterbacks would be Joe Montana, John Elway, and Jim Kelly. While falling short of the mark set by Manning, Brady, and Big Ben recently, this group includes Joe Montana whom most consider to be the greatest Super Bowl performer ever (4-0 in Super Bowls). One team that didn’t follow suite during this time period? The legendary 1985-86 Chicago Bears (McMahon).

The scary part about the record Manning, Brady, and Roethlisberger have set is that even if Manning retires after this season, Brady and Big Ben can certainly find their ways back to the Super Bowl in the next few seasons.

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AT&T Stadium: Dallas Cowboys
Home to the Cowyboys and Jerry Jones, AT&T Stadium is the biggest and baddest of them all. What did you expect? Everything is bigger in Texas. Packing in 100,000 fans and a giant HDTV makes this place top of the league.
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Levis Stadium: San Fransisco 49ers
So what if they are having a tough start. Their stadium is much more impressive than their record and that’s half the fun of going to games. This is the NFL’s newest stadium with more technology than a computer nerd can handle. You can order food and beverages from your seat while enjoying free Wi-Fi, and watch football if you want.
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Sports Authority Field: Denver Broncos
What’s not to love breathing in mountain air, looking at the Rocky Mountains in the distance and watching Peyton Manning throw bullets up and down the field. Beer is cheap and the upper deck has quite the view here in Denver – the Sunshine State.
Broncos

Century Link Field: Seattle Seahawks
Home of the 12th man, this stadium rocks, and it rocks loud. Looking past the field at beautiful downtown Seattle in between plays is nothing short of fantastic. Not to mention the Pacific Ocean is a few miles away.
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Heinz Field: Pittsburgh
Home of the Steelers and the Terrible Towel located on the river, Heinz Field offers a unique tailgate where boaters can tie up to the walls and join the party. With a beautiful city in the background and mega fan base this stadium boasts everything a stadium should be and more.
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  1. AT&T Stadium: Dallas Cowboys – Home to the Cowboys and Jerry Jones, AT&T Stadium is the biggest and baddest of them all. What did you expect? Everything is bigger in Texas. Packing in 100,000 fans and a giant HDTV makes this place top of the league.
  2. Levis Stadium: San Fransisco 49ers – So what if they are having a tough start. Their stadium is much more impressive than their record and that’s half the fun of going to games. This is the NFL’s newest stadium with more technology than a computer nerd can handle. You can order food and beverages from your seat while enjoying free Wi-Fi, and watch football if you want.
  3. Sports Authority Field: Denver Bronco’s – What’s not to love breathing in mountain air, looking at the Rocky Mountains in the distance and watching Peyton Manning throw bullets up and down the field. Beer is cheap and the upper deck has quite the view here in Denver – the Sunshine State.
  4. Century Link Field: Seattle Seahawks – Home of the 12th man, this stadium rocks, and it rocks loud. Looking past the field at beautiful downtown Seattle in between plays is nothing short of fantastic. Not to mention the Pacific Ocean is a few miles away.
  5. Heinz Field: Pittsburgh – Home of the Steelers and the Terrible Towel located on the river, Heinz Field offers a unique tailgate where boaters can tie up to the walls and join the party. With a beautiful city in the background and mega fan base this stadium boasts everything a stadium should be and more.Heinz Field

 

 

 

 

 

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Huge win for the Buffalo Bills today. I’d be willing to bet there was at least 100+ similar scenarios today after the win over Miami at the Ralph.

Bills make me want to SHOUT!

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Alex Rodriguez
$30,000,000.00
3B for the New York Yankees

Cliff Lee
$25,000,000
SP for the Philadelphia Phillies

Johan Santana
$24,644,708
SP for the New York Mets

Mark Teixeira
$23,125,000
1B for the New York Yankees

Prince Fielder
$23,000,000
1B for the Texas Rangers

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