5 NFL Logos That Need To Be Changed

This was much harder than the NBA, mostly because it feels like teams in the NFL never change their logos. They do, absolutely, otherwise there would be little point in me writing this, but it’s rarely drastic. The logo generally stays  with the same style as the previous logo, as you can see with the Falcons logo below:

falcons(image via sbnation.com)

And that happens to be one of the more drastic logo changes in recent memory. With that though, I have a special message to all the NFL teams:

BE MORE CREATIVE.

It’s not a crime to put some creativity in your logos. You think you are creative? Well then why is the Philadelphia Eagles logo the only one that faces left? Every other logo, except for the Cowboys (whose logo is symmetrical), points or faces in the rightward direction. It’s actually rather jarring when you look for it. There’s more to this lack of creativity. The 49ers, Giants, Bears, Packers, Bengals and Chiefs logos are comprised of two letters or less. That’s their logos. The Chiefs have their two letters in an arrowhead. Whoop de doo. The Bears and Packers have an excuse because they’re iconic. New York and San Francisco’s are barely acceptable even as secondary logos when you compare them to logos from other sports. So, seriously, come on. Do better. You’re better than this:

1. Cincinnati Bengals

Bungles(via sportslogos.net)

Where to start? Bengal tigers are supposed to be fierce. I get nothing like that from such a lackluster logo. There’s no creativity. “But it has tiger stripes!” Uh, the team is called the Bengals. If you didn’t have tiger stripes there would be riots. I have no love for this logo, especially since they downgraded from this:

Bengals (via sportslogos.net)

which they turned into their secondary logo. So they made what’s barely a secondary logo into their current primary logo and what was a fairly good primary logo into their secondary logo… *head explodes in frustration*.

Here’s what I would choose if I were them asap:

BengalsBetter

Except it’s facing the right. FU…

2. New York Giants

Giants(via sportslogos.net)

All hail the New York Giants? The only thing giant about this logo is how much of a colossal failure it is in conveying “Giants”. Hell, even the logo is in lowercase, as if they accept inferiority. And this is a team that won 4 Super Bowls. Let’s check out a fan made NY Knicks logo for a moment:

KnickstoGiants

Take out the basketball, change Knicks to Giants, maybe change the colors a bit, and BAM! a Giants logo that’s actually good, feels giant and conveys the spirit of New York (even though they’re in New Jersey. That actually explains a bit.)

3. New York Jets

Jets (via sportslogos.net)

How, HOW do you call yourself the Jets without managing to put a jet anywhere in your logo? It’s one of the biggest inventions when it comes to flight, so this logo in comparison is lackluster at best. This logo, to compare it to aviation technology, is less of a jet and more like a third propeller. Yes, it’ll hurt if it’s destroyed, but the aircraft will go on and it won’t be ruined. But, I mean, what else do we expect a team based in New Jersey to put as a logo? Here are two better logos done by fans:

So you clearly have options. You could easily have the best logo in football.

4. San Francisco 49ers

SF (via sportslogos.net)

This is how not to do a logo for a team whose name is based on the California Gold Rush. It’s absolutely lazy, like the Giants and Bengals. I get no sense of a gold rush, more of like a Snooze Festival (get it? Snooze Festival=SF?). Hey, San Francisco, let me drop a couple tidbits to make your logo unique and memorable in the NFL, perhaps an instant classic: there’s a lack of mountain logos in the NFL and there’s only one other team in the Big 4 Sports leagues that has mining (Denver Nuggets). When life give you lemons, San Francisco, make the best lemonade possible. Don’t just sit there selling the lemon rinds:

49ers better logo

5. Los Angeles Rams

Rams(via sportslogos.net)

I have nothing personally wrong with this logo. It’s fairly decent as far as NFL logos go, but with the move to Los Angeles, it’s time to let this one drop. There’s nothing about it that screams “Los Angeles!” to me, a person who was born post original stint in Los Angeles. To me, those colors and the Ram are akin to St. Louis. Just, whatever you guys choose to do, don’t go back to this:

badrams

ANOTHER OPEN NOTE TO THE NFL:

Why oh why did you stop getting creative with the Super Bowl logos? They were fun and made it more exciting. Now all you have is this drab silver. Here’s an example of a Super Bowl in New Orleans pre-change:

SB XXXV(via sportslogo.net)

And now here’s the one for New Orleans post-change:

SB XLVII(via sportslogos.net)

Which one makes you more excited? Which one’s flashier? Which one is more sexy? For me that would be the top Super Bowl logo. Bring that style back. Then bury the current style and pretend it never happened.

What about the Redskins? They need an everything style of change. I’ll probably address that when their owner finally caves and actually starts talking about changing it.

5 NFL Logos That Need To Be Changed

4 NBA Logos That Need To Change, And A Logo That Will Be Changed Even Though I Love It

We have come upon my fourth most favorite time of year: logo changing season. This is that wonderful time of year when teams decide to reveal their long labored new logos, typeface and jerseys to the public, generally to serious critiques, and often to well deserved ridicule (I’m looking at you Cleveland Browns):

Browns

With that being said, there’s been a slew of redesigns across the sports world recently, and I wanted to point out a few that, in my eyes, need to be redesigned soon and one that (I hope) won’t be redesigned. I won’t be including logos created within the past decade because generally speaking a logo has a decade of shelf-life (sorry Raptors and Clippers fans). I also won’t include the Sacramento Kings or the Detroit Pistons because rumor has it they’ll both be changing their logos this May/June (for the Kings that’s less of a rumor these days):

KingsPatent

(via Chris Creamer at sportslogos.net) This is the trademark filing, so black and white won’t be Sacramento’s actual color scheme. I’m hoping for like a regal purple, regal red and gold scheme myself. So, without further adieu, here are the teams I hope change their logos soon:

  1. INDIANA PACERS
    Pacers (Indiana’s current logo, via sportslogos.net)

Don’t get me wrong here: I love the color scheme, and I love the slanted P with a basketball inside. It’s just SO BASIC. In looking up the definition of “Pacer” I found a pacer is “a horse bred or trained to have a distinctive lateral gait in which both legs on the same side are lifted together, used in some types of racing.” THEY COULD DO SO MUCH WITH THAT. Don’t get rid of the P, just add a racehorse to the logo. Or a racecar. Or a person running.

2. HOUSTON ROCKETS

Rockets (Houston’s current logo, via sportslogos.net)

I love the rocket R. It’s almost become a classic. But i don’t feel like it’s primary logo worthy. Secondary logo? Most definitely. This logo is just slightly too plain as well. There are logos that are way too complicated and suffer from that (Sacramento Kings cough cough), but the reverse is also true. If it’s too simple it can be straight up boring. Add some flavor, like these fan made logos below:

I personally prefer the logo to the left, in case you were wondering.

3. PHOENIX SUNS

Suns(Current Suns logo via sportslogos.net)

Now I know what you’re thinking: Didn’t they change their logo within the past decade? Technically, yes,  although it was more of a recolor of the previous logo:

SunsOld(also from sportslogos.net)

Heck, what is essentially the same logo from the 90’s has lasted a quarter century now. The box logo with the shooting sun is virtually iconic. My idea with their logo would be to stand the box upright, and turn the shooting sun into maybe a more fiery sun. Make it a little more fierce.

4. ORLANDO MAGIC

Magic (Current Magic logo via sportslogos.net)

This logo is the king of blah. There’s no emotion. It’s extremely bland. The typeface “Orlando Magic” isn’t in any way shape or form magical. IT’S SO BORING. I actually broke my 10 year rule because this logo is just so eugh. It’s 7 years old. Close enough yes? Anyway, here’s a much better logo that someone wasn’t paid to do but did it anyway:

Magicbetter

Like holy crap I’d much rather be talking about this fan made logo than the garbage that is the actual logo.

(BONUS) OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Thunder (Current Thunder logo via sportslogos.net)

I figured since I cheated when discussing the Magic, I’ll talk about a logo that is surprisingly just about to reach a full decade of existence: this thing. It’s been fairly derided over the years (What are those two lines behind the shield? Why does the OKC come out of the shield? Why is the word THUNDER in that kind of font? etc, etc.) and it strikes me more like the opposite of “Thunder”. To me it’s a nice sunny day, at least that’s what the logo is trying to tell me. Here are, for your convenience, logos that convey a much more thundery appearance:

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I personally like the bottom one, because not only does it capture that thundery feel, it also feels very Oklahoma-y.

A SPECIAL NOTE TO THE UTAH JAZZ:

Jazz (Current Jazz logo via sportslogos.net)

Dear Utah Jazz: don’t change this logo, or if you do, bring back the purple and light blue scheme you had until 2010. I’m hearing rumors that you might go back to that musical note logo this year, and I’m begging you: please don’t. That logo lacked inspiration. It was absolutely bland, and you didn’t really get a feeling that it was the UTAH Jazz. With the light blue, dark blue and purple version of the logo above, it perfectly encompassed what Utah was for me: it was the mountains, rising high above the places I lived and the usually blue skies. You kind of killed it with green-yellow abomination, which really only worked for the Seattle Sonics, but it’s still a good logo. It just needs a fresh set of paint. If you MUST change it to something more classical I’d rather it be something like this:Jazzlogomeh (which honestly need to get rid of that lime green asap) than this:

olderjazzlogo (also from sportslogos.net)

But I’d still prefer this above all:

OldJazz (sportlogos.net)

 

 

 

4 NBA Logos That Need To Change, And A Logo That Will Be Changed Even Though I Love It

Predictions Round 2

Ughhhh…. these last two days… I can’t even… my bracket is in ruins. Two of my Final Four teams were eliminated (on the plus side I didn’t have Cincinnati or Dayton going to the Championship). Many of my picks were downright wrong, with the exception of me being within a single point(!) of being 100% accurate in the UConn-Colorado game. Well, without further adieu, here’s my predictions for Round 2. I’ll probably get most of them wrong again.

Well, let the hate continue:

Yale vs Duke

I have a feeling, just a feeling, that Yale’s got this. Even though I picked Duke to lose to UNCW and they survived, they barely survived. Yale too barely survived, but they barely survived against a higher seed than Duke did. This one will go to the wire, but again, just a feeling, Yale’s got this.

Yale 78, Duke 77

Indiana vs Kentucky

I underestimated the capabilities of both these teams. I’m still gonna stand with the team I picked to get to the Sweet Sixteen: Indiana. I feel that Indiana’s the better team all around, and that Kentucky, despite it’s strengths, has some very exploitable weaknesses. Again, this one will also be a tight game.

Indiana 81, Kentucky 77

Little Rock vs Iowa State

I didn’t think Little Rock, despite having the pieces to pull off the upset, had enough time to do so. Boy was I wrong, although I didn’t look wrong until the last five minutes of that game. I don’t think Iowa State is the kind of team Little Rock matches up well with though. I suppose we’ll see Saturday though.

Iowa State 83, Little Rock 71

Butler vs Virginia

This is a matchup prediction that I got correct! And nothing either team did Thursday convinced me to change my mind that Butler will win this game. Butler is, by just a bit, the better team. Virginia benefited by playing a team that shot just 30% in it’s field goals, and Butler has a far superior defense than Hampton.

Butler 73, Virginia 66

UConn vs Kansas

I have no idea why, but every bone in my body is screaming that UConn will upset Kansas in this game. I’m going to suppress those feelings because Kansas is obviously the better team here. If UConn can win this, UConn will be my favorite here on out, but I don’t think they will.

Kansas 88, UConn 73

Gonzaga vs Utah

Did I underestimate Gonzaga? Absolutely I did. Did I overestimate Utah? Absolutely not… well maybe. They are only one of two PAC-12 teams that left the first round and aren’t currently on the bus back home. I’m still feeling bullish on the Utes though. Maybe because Utah did better against BYU than Gonzaga has done against BYU.

Utah 76, Gonzaga 72

Providence vs UNC

Providence… I absolutely despise that you beat my upset pick at practically the last second. And I think that your inconsistency doesn’t match up well against North Carolina. If you play well, you can win. If you play like you did against USC, let’s just say you won’t be able to get a last second bucket this time.

UNC 81, Providence 73

Iowa vs Villanova

Iowa had been a giant killer all season, but they waned late in the season and barely escaped Temple. Villanova rocked a #15 seed, but remains inconsistent from game to game. I look for the better team to win and go to the Sweet Sixteen, which means I have to go with Villanova here.

Villanova 78, Iowa 75

Stephen F. Austin vs Notre Dame

I’m fairly embarrassed  by what I wrote about SF Austin last time. They’re far better than I expected to be able to beat West Virginia. Still, they have to play Notre Dame. And ya know what? If you can beat West Virginia at it’s own game, you’ll probably be able to beat Notre Dame too.

Stephen F Austin 76, Notre Dame 67

VCU vs Oklahoma

Oklahoma, with a few minutes remaining against Bakersfield, looked like they could join Michigan State in the category “Teams that lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and the College Football Playoff”. Luckily for them they returned to their senses and pulled away. But that convinced me that VCU has a real shot at grinding this game out and grinding Oklahoma down. You made it farther than your football team Oklahoma, but you won’t get much farther like this.

VCU 68, Oklahoma 64

Middle Tennessee vs Syracuse

If you’d asked me what the least likely matchup would be in the second round, this probably would be in my top five least likely. But Middle Tennessee came to play and Syracuse was better than I expected. The way Middle Tennessee outplayed Michigan State though suggests to me that this team could do some serious damage and probably make it to the Sweet Sixteen and perhaps even farther.

MTSU 73, Syracuse 65

Hawaii vs Maryland

This is a hard game to judge for me really. Was Hawaii as good as they suggested against California, or was that because 2/5 Cal starters didn’t start? Is Maryland lucky to escape South Dakota State? Excluding luck though, I think Hawaii is somewhat favorable against Maryland. If they can rebound enough balls, Hawaii just might make it to the Sweet Sixteen.

Hawaii 67, Maryland 66

Northern Iowa vs Texas A&M

Northern Iowa is here by the grace of a half court three point shot. Twice to end their last two games. Texas A&M has done strong against teams similar to Northern Iowa. Lightning doesn’t strike the same place three times in a row, right? Right?

TAMU 76, Northern Iowa 74

Wisconsin vs Xavier

Wisconsin scored only 16 points in the first half against Pittsburgh. While they have a stout defense, Xavier hasn’t run into a defense they can’t score on. This could be over by halftime at worst, at best it’ll be over by the 10 minute mark in the second half.

Xavier 71, Wisconsin 53

St. Joe’s vs Oregon

After Oregon buzzed through Holy Cross like any self respecting #1 seed would have done, it’s hard to imagine St. Joe’s being able to go toe to toe with this team. Except St. Joe’s has a good defense and a scary mascot. I think I’ll give Oregon the advantage here.

Oregon 76, St. Joe’s 70

To end, here’s a picture of the St. Joe’s Hawk. Sweet dreams.

St.-Josephs-Hawk-Mascot-2

Predictions Round 2

First Four and First Round Predictions

So, instead of giving y’all the opportunity to ridicule me for picking Weber State to win it all this year, and so that if I get something wrong it won’t affect my predictions down the line, I won’t be posting brackets: I’ll be posting predictions for each round. After this round concludes Friday, I’ll post predictions for the Second Round on Saturday (and so on). Alright, fine, here’s my bracket. Don’t laugh too hard. Still giving you my predictions each week though.

printable-march-madness-bracket

Let the hate begin!

First Four

Florida Gulf Coast vs Fair Dickinson

Do you expect me to believe that Fair Dickinson stands a chance? They didn’t beat anybody good before their conference schedule. FGCU, while not as good as the 2013 squad that shocked the world of Men’s Basketball, is clearly the superior squad. Don’t expect this one to be close.

FGCU 71, FD 52

Vanderbilt vs Wichita State

The first of the “Huh?” teams arrive. Vanderbilt, which many including myself thought wouldn’t make it into the Tournament, gets a perplexing second chance to redeem itself this time against a fairly good Wichita State team. Potential spoiler alert: if Vanderbilt plays like they did against a bad Tennessee squad, they won’t get a third chance.

Wichita State 76, Vanderbilt 73

Holy Cross vs Southern University

Now, let me put it lightly: Southern doesn’t have an amazing squad. They’re a slow paced, not-so-high shooting squad. But, depending on which Holy Cross team wants to show up, Southern could wind up on a date with Oregon. Holy Cross is only here because of a miracle run through the Patriot League Tournament, and sub-par would be lenient for this team leading up to the Patriot League Tourney. I think, in the words of Metallica, “Luck runs out” for Holy Cross (maybe it’ll be a blessing in disguise: they won’t have to play against Oregon).

Southern 65, Holy Cross 60

Michigan vs Tulsa

Another game featuring a member from the “Huh?” Brigade: the ever perplexing Tulsa team. I don’t know what the committee was thinking here, and nothing other than a Sweet Sixteen appearance can make me think that the Committee was being a quiet genius picking Tulsa when there were plenty of other teams that perhaps had better resumes than Tulsa (Hello Monmouth). Aka they don’t stand a snowballs chance in Hell against Michigan.

Michigan 78, Tulsa 67

First Round

Duke vs UNCW

No, unfortunately it’s not Duke against North Carolina but rather it’s Duke against North Carolina at Wilmington. Bummer, right? Wrong, unless you’re a Duke fan. UNCW has nothing to lose and can create some matchup problems with Duke. I think Duke walks out the same way they walked out of their match with Lehigh a couple years ago: with a loss. This game will be entertaining to the very end, starting the First Round with a bang.

UNCW 70, Duke 68

Texas Tech vs Butler

Had you told me six years ago before Butler knocked off a #1 Syracuse squad that Butler would be a virtual staple of March Madness, I would have died of laughter and replied “Who?” Ask me how I feel about Butler today and I will tell you this team is always dangerous. Texas Tech right now is ice cold, giving Butler the perfect setup to make (yet another) deep run into the tournament.

Butler 81, Texas Tech 71

Colorado vs Connecticut

Connecticut gets a chance to prove that their impressive tour de force in the American Conference Tournament wasn’t a fluke by immediately battling with an improved Colorado squadron. Two seasons ago they made an impressive run to win the entire tournament. That makes them even more dangerous because their coaching staff now have experience. That is going to be the key difference in this game.

UConn 75, Colorado 67

Iowa State vs Iona

Iowa State has been inconsistent really. They’ll be good one game, poor the next. Iona is a decent squad with a lot to play for. Unfortunately for Iona, Iowa State has a lot to play for as well this year, and while it will be tough for both teams, I see Iowa State crawling out of the wreckage.

ISU 65, Iona 60

Baylor vs Yale

Baylor has some severe weaknesses, and Yale, making it’s first appearance in 54 years (aka the first time in my life and my parent’s lives) is particularly talented in the places Baylor is weak. I fully expect Yale to exploit these weaknesses excitedly, and with UNCW winning there is a path for Yale to make the Sweet Sixteen.

Yale 77, Baylor 63

Virginia vs Hampton

Virginia might be the weakest #1 seed, but they catch a break having to duke it out with Hampton. It was nice knowing ya, Hampton.

Virginia 83, Hampton 61

Kansas vs Austin Peay

If you pull this off Austin Peay, it’ll be one for all the history books ever. I’ll talk about you until I die. But, until I see you with the lead as the buzzer sounds, I won’t believe in you. RIP.

Kansas 89, Austin Peay 67

Purdue vs Arkansas Little-Rock

I wanna see Arkansas Little-Rock win this game. I just do. They have all the pieces to be able to pull of the upset, I just don’t think that they’ll be able to piece them together by the time Thursday rolls around. It’ll still be a good game though.

Purdue 76, ALR 70

Miami (Florida) vs Buffalo

I have a serious question to the Committee: did you somehow see the teams I said I’ll be pulling for and purposefully place them against teams that have an advantage over them? This one is perhaps the second most winnable for any of the teams I said I’ll be cheering for, but it’s still going to be tough for Buffalo to do it. Anything is possible though, right? Right?

Miami 78, Buffalo 65

Indiana vs Chattanooga

Talk about under the radar games and this would be right up there. Nobody has any expectations for Chattanooga against Indiana. I actually had to think long and hard about this one, because their stats are almost carbon copies of each other. Their strengths clash with each others strengths. This will perhaps be the most entertaining game (Disclaimer: I have no evidence that it will actually be entertaining. If it isn’t please change the channel) on the slate for Thursday, and I will be disappointed if it isn’t. I think Indiana wins it on a last second three pointer.

Indiana 67, Chattanooga 66

North Carolina vs FGCU

North Carolina claims the sacrificial lamb sent to them by the Committee.

North Carolina 85, FGCU 61

Utah vs Fresno State

I’ve been hearing in the winds that this game has the word “upset” written all over it. My reply to that is “I’ll smoke whatever they’re smoking.” because these two just aren’t comparable to each other. One nearly won a very strong PAC-12 Championship. One nearly lost a mediocre Mountain West Tournament (and if you think Utah is still in the Mountain West, howdy there! How’s it going back in 2007?). The Utes will roll over Fresno State, that’s just the sad truth.

Utah 78, Fresno State 66

Arizona vs Wichita State

Arizona is a mere shell of what they used to be two years ago, or even last year. At least they’re nowhere near Wisconsin in the bracket this year right? Wichita State will test Arizona immediately. If Arizona blows them out, they’ll be good to make a deep push again this year. If they barely win (1-6 point victory), which is more likely, they probably won’t get past Miami despite Miami’s flaws. If they lose, it’s fairly obvious to say “They won’t be going far.” The scary part? Any one of these scenarios wouldn’t surprise me. I’ll take the 1-6 point victory though.

Arizona 71, Wichita State 68

Kentucky vs Stony Brook

Rev up your upset alert buttons: this one should be a doozie. Because if there’s any team in ranked 10-16 that can match up well with Kentucky, it’s Stony Brook. Stony Brook is deep, and Kentucky can be deep too on good days. It’ll be a struggle for Kentucky to escape this game alive, and perhaps we could get an overtime extravaganza here too, but they’ll manage to do so. By the skin of their teeth.

Kentucky 82, Stony Brook 78 OT

USC vs Providence

The University of Southern California isn’t known for it’s basketball prowess, and perhaps that’s why they’re underdogs against Providence, but USC is a sneaky good team. They beat teams like Wichita State, Monmouth and Yale. Providence is no pushover, but they tend to lose games they should win, like against DePaul or Marquette. Will this be a good game? Who knows. But expect USC to pull one out against an inconsistant Providence.

USC 76, Providence 73

Seton Hall vs Gonzaga

Seton Hall is having a season to remember. Gonzaga, despite making the Tournament, is having a season to forget. This is a mismatch, and fully expect Seton Hall to exploit it.

Seton Hall 74, Gonzaga 63

Dayton vs Syracuse

Finally we make it to the final member of the “Huh?” Brigade with Syracuse. Now Syracuse wasn’t a bad team this year. They just weren’t particularly good either, while Dayton did a pretty good job kicking ass and chewing bubble gum while being all out of gum. I don’t expect this to be close, and I expect that people will start asking why the committee put in Vanderbilt, Tulsa and Syracuse if there were teams with better resumes and the “Huh?” Brigade fails to win a single game.

Dayton 75, Syracuse 62

Villanova vs UNC Asheville

#15 seeds are a fan favorite dark horse to take out a powerhouse team, and UNC Asheville won’t be any different in that sense. They’ll also suffer the same fate most #15’s suffer: a quick exit. While Villanova is inconsistent and doesn’t look like it’ll go real deep into the Tourney, UNC Asheville doesn’t have the capability to take down Villanova.

Villanova 79, UNCA 59

Oregon State vs VCU

Oregon State has a feel good story, but feel good stories have to have a tough edge to them in order to survive in the Madness that is March, which VCU absolutely has. Their defensive strategy of “Havoc” has gotten them places in March, and while they’re now without Shaka Smart as Head Coach, they’re still a force to be reckoned with during this month. Unfortunately for Oregon State, they have to deal with that force first.

VCU 79, Oregon State 72

California vs Hawaii

Remember Indiana and Chattanooga being carbon copies of each other? Same story here, only this time California and Hawaii have the same strengths and weaknesses to compliment each other. In other words: welcome to trench warfare. This won’t be a high scoring affair, and either team could win this game. I’ll pick the team that battled tough teams throughout the regular season though.

California 49, Hawaii 47

Michigan State vs Middle Tennessee

Woe to the person that thought Michigan State was only a #2 seed.

Michigan State 87, Middle Tennessee 52

Iowa vs Temple

Temple has been consistently good throughout the entire season. Iowa has started slipping after an incredible start. What we get depends on the kind of Iowa we get: are we getting an amazing performance? Or we will we get a bad loss and a chance to observe how far Iowa fell from grace? We’ll see this Friday, but right now I’m hedging my bets on “loss”.

Temple 75, Iowa 74

Oklahoma vs CSU Bakersfield

It was a fun run, CSU Bakersfield. You were too good for the world.

Oklahoma 78, CSUB 57

Maryland vs South Dakota State

*insert air raid siren here* Talk about upset potential here. Maryland hasn’t made it to the Second Round in over a decade, and it’s not looking like that streak will be broken anytime soon with how South Dakota State matches up with them tic for tac. It’ll be an interesting game to say the least.

South Dakota State 69, Maryland 67

Wisconsin vs Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has trouble shooting and good rebounding, Wisconsin has trouble rebounding and good rebounding. Oh boy. Strength vs Strength is a good thing, weakness vs weakness generally turns into a snooze fest or a land of absolute jaw droppingly bad plays. Hopefully for our entertainment it’s the latter.

Pittsburgh 57, Wisconsin 54

West Virginia vs Stephen F. Austin

“Hi, we’re Stephen F. Austin. You probably haven’t heard of us because we didn’t really play anyone tough this year, and when we did, we got manhandled. If you do, you probably remember the Baylor game where we got creamed by 42 points. How did we even make the Tournament? Simple: we’re in the Southland Conference, where no good teams exist.”

West Virginia 97, SFA 52

Texas A&M vs Green Bay

I feel bad for Green Bay here. Texas A&M sounds like a fairly simple task if you’re just tuning into the season here. Usually they’re not very good, let alone Tournament worthy. This year is an entirely different story though, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see A&M in the Final Four. Will it happen? Probably not. I still wouldn’t be surprised though.

TAMU 81, Green Bay 64

Oregon vs Southern

Normally I’d make a joke at the expense of the #16 seed, but not this time.

Oregon 97, Southern 48

Xavier vs Weber State

Weber State is a good team. They have a couple flaws here and there, but they’re a well rounded, deep group of guys. Unfortunately that won’t save them against the awesome power of Xavier.

Xavier 82, Weber State 64

Notre Dame vs Michigan

Every year since the inception of the 68 team bracket, one team at least from that first round of four games goes on to beat the next team they play. This year that team will be Michigan: they match up well with Notre Dame, and anything can happen in a rivalry matchup. Notre Dame hates Michigan, Michigan hates Notre Dame. Notre Dame will hate Michigan more after this game.

Michigan 75, Notre Dame 73

Texas vs Northern Iowa

Can Shaka Smart use his experience at VCU to help Texas make a deep run into the Tournament? That depends on how well he does against a team who made it to the Round of 32 last year and is looking to improve on that. Texas has battled against tough teams all year. They should be able to win this game, as long as they never count UNI out.

Texas 76, UNI 72

St. Josephs vs Cincinnati

We end an interesting First Round with perhaps one of the most intriguing matchups, up there with Indiana/Chattanooga and California/Hawaii. These are two rough and tumble teams sure to give each other waking nightmares at some point or another in the game as the momentum swings from team to team. This one will definitely be close, and I think Cincinnati does just enough to sneak out with a victory.

Until next time, take care y’all.

First Four and First Round Predictions

Women’s Madness: Women’s Teams I’ll be Cheering For In the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

Well. Today was rather unexpected in the Men’s Tournament selections. That’s something I’ll rage about tomorrow. Tonight is ladies night, when I pay attention to Women’s Basketball in an article. Hopefully this year it’ll be somebody other than Connecticut, Baylor, South Carolina and/or Notre Dame in the Final Four this year. Like for example…

1. State University of New York at Buffalo

Hey! I know these gals! This is the first time both the Men’s and Women’s teams are going dancing, as well as the first time the Women’s Basketball team is in March Madness. It’s exciting to be a Buffalo fan again with the Men’s Back to Back performances and the Women’s newfound dominance in the MAC. The next question is “Can they make it to the Sweet Sixteen? Elite Eight? Final Four?” Hopefully the answer is yes to all of those questions.

2. Hawaii

I barely… no I take that back. I don’t remember the last time Hawaii made the Tournament, because I wasn’t watching College Basketball when I was three in 1998. Yes, this is Hawaii’s first trip to the Big Dance in 18 years. People graduating this year probably weren’t alive when Hawaii last made the tournament. If you graduated from Hawaii in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree, you’re likely 40 years old or there about. So celebrate! You’re finally back! And, hopefully, Hawaii will be giving it’s students and alumni something to party about when the tournament ends.

3. Iona

If you remember the last time Iona’s Women’s Basketball Team made it to the NCAA Tournament, you’ll probably remember that time Santa Claus presented the Connecticut with the trophy and Steve Harvey’s grandfather accidentally telling Notre Dame that they won the Tournament when Michigan State actually won. Why? Because none of those things ever happened. Ever. This Iona’s first appearance, Santa Claus doesn’t exist, and Steve Harvey doesn’t have a grandfather, because Steve Harvey was formed in the belly of a far distant star and is immortal. So, yes, you can obviously expect me to be cheering for Iona.

4. Troy

Talk about teams that never get an opportunity: Troy has waited 19 years since their last postseason bid ended in flames to get back to the Dance. Yeah, they’ve been waiting longer than Hawaii to make it back. What’s worse is that 1997 was the only time previous to this one that Troy made it to the Tournament. It’s such a huge tease to their fans. Hopefully this year is an actual signal that this team is going to be a staying force in the Sun Belt, and that their players and fans don’t have to wait another twenty years or so to get another crack at it.

5. Army

One thing I absolutely despise about Women’s College Basketball, and College Basketball in general, is the amount of parity between the teams. This has been softened in Men’s College Ball in recent years, but in Women’s College Basketball the Connecticut Huskies just went undefeated. Again. Notre Dame is a powerhouse. Again. That’s why it’s good to see teams like Army come along and perform well. This is only their third tournament, and I hope that these guys can at least leave an impact on the bracket, if not knock off Notre Dame or Connecticut.

Tomorrow I will post my brackets and I will make my picks for the First Four and the First Round of the Men’s Tournament. See ya then.

Women’s Madness: Women’s Teams I’ll be Cheering For In the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

March Madness: 5 Teams That I’ll Be Cheering for in the Tournament

While 99% of the students at Alabama scuttle away for the week to their homes and/or beaches, I’m stuck in a now desolate Tuscaloosa. The bad news is that it’s going to be rather lonely. The good news is that I have more time to post my opinions about sports online.  And oh would you look at that March Madness is just around the corner. Perfect. Well without further adieu, here’s a look at the teams that I will be cheering for this month on the Men’s side of things (I’ll be looking at the Women’s teams I’ll be cheering for on the morrow). Please Note: These are not the teams I think will necessarily do well in the tournament. I’ll post my 3 brackets (one serious, one not so serious, and one “Fuck it” bracket) soon after the selections are made.

1. Weber State

If you can’t cheer for the university from the place you were born and the one both your parents at least spent some time at, I don’t know if we can be friends. Not only did both of my parents spend time there, I have a plethora of friends (maybe 3 or 4) who go to school there. Not to mention that it’s a team from a smaller conference (Big Sky), and expected to not do well. That’s my favorite kind of team, just imagine the potential Cinderella Story. Here’s an interesting (probably useless) statistic: Weber State is undefeated on neutral courts this season.

2. State University of New York at Buffalo

Who? For those of you unaware that is the full name of the University at Buffalo. This is another team where I have friends attending university at, so naturally I have to cheer them on. For those of you who don’t have that kind of personal investment, this is only the second time the Bulls have made it to the Big Dance, and this is their second year in a row doing so. This team also has a higher ceiling of potential than Weber State, with a good ability to pass the ball around and get guys open.

3. State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook

Another school from the New York Public University System, they’re on my cheer radar for the sole reason that this is their first March Madness berth. That’s right: since they joined Division I Men’s Basketball in 1999 they haven’t been to the Tournament. You gotta give it up for head coach Steve Pikiell for getting this far, and it’d be even more beautiful for this program to go deep into the Big Dance like how Florida Gulf Coast did a few years ago.

4. Holy Cross

You really can’t talk about underdogs this year without talking about Holy Cross. It’d been 9 years since they last made the trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they were bounced in the first round. This season, they finished at a dismal 10-19 record, with a 5-13 Conference record. Then they made a miracle run through the Patriot League Tournament, winning the Patriot League Championship and securing an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. Gutsy to say the least. It’ll be interesting to see if teams continue to underestimate this squad or if Holy Cross will be drubbed out of the first round. I, for one, would love to see them “shock the world”. It is known as “March Madness” for a good reason.

5. Hampton

To be honest, this team wasn’t on my radar at all. I didn’t particularly care about them until I saw Edward Joyner Jr., Hampton’s coach, just absolutely celebrate this win. It was arguably the best coaching celebration since Georgia State’s Head Coach fell out of his chair last season. Like it got me really excited for his team. They haven’t done well against good teams all year, but wouldn’t be something if they got this coach a win in the tournament?

BONUS- CSU Bakersfield

Was not expecting to put them on here, whatsoever. Just as I’m about to post this I hear this game in the background, I turn to look, and the buzzer-beater 3 point shot goes in. Wow. Not a bad way to secure your first tournament bid there eh Bakersfield? And remember how I said their coach had an amazing celebration? Bakersfield’s assistant coach literally joined the dogpile on the player who made the shot. Unlike Stony Brook, it only took Bakersfield less than 10 years to make the Division I tournament. If you’re looking for a team that could make an upset bid, I think you’ve found your squad.

 

Like I said, I’ll be back tomorrow with the Women’s teams I’ll be cheering for, and then I’ll probably post my brackets either Monday or Tuesday at the latest. Until then, take care.

 

March Madness: 5 Teams That I’ll Be Cheering for in the Tournament

Dear NCAA, Bring Back The Death Penalty

Hello everybody, it’s been over a month. Where have I been? Well school takes precedence, and apparently practicing to beat my friends in FIFA on the Xbox does as well. And there’s no guarantee of consistent posts over the next few months because of this, just so you’re aware.

The main point though is that the actions, or rather inactions of Baylor and Tennessee and perhaps other collegiate football teams that I’m unaware of, are absolutely disgusting. Allegations at both universities that both the staffs and universities ignored or disregarded several rape victims is absolutely horrifying. I feel that it is a gross abuse of the law; shielding people from rape allegations simply because they’re football players. To say that this was mishandled would be the understatement of the century. These schools and football programs actively swept these allegations under the rug, refusing to assist the victims in this horrible idea that football is somehow above the law.

Something has to be done, and it can’t just stop at firing both Butch Jones (Head Coach at Tennessee) and Art Briles (Head Coach at Baylor) as well as banning them for life from NCAA football. Drastic measures need to be taken to ensure that no school puts it’s sports team, whether it be football, basketball or baseball above the health and safety of the students within their university systems. So, why not bring back the Death Penalty? Set examples of Tennessee and Baylor to make sure that every school is very aware of the consequences of such misconduct.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Death Penalty, it is a rule in the NCAA that, basically, kills an entire program for a year. That program cannot play their next season, and all players attending the program are allowed to transfer to other universities without penalties from the NCAA. It has only ever been used on SMU football for repeated NCAA violations, culminating in SMU missing the 1987 football season and subsequently choosing to skip all home games of the 1988 season. The Death Penalty was uber-succesful. I mean, pre-1987 SMU was one of the powerhouse colleges. Today, it is a shell of it’s former self still, and instead of competing for championships they struggle to receive Bowl bids. Because of how successful the Death Penalty was, the NCAA has never used it since.

It’s bad enough that one university swept rape under the rug, but two universities covering up rape for their football programs is indicative of a larger, more systematic problem. The Death Penalty would certainly scare universities into doing things to actively help rape victims on their campus’s, and would be a step in the right direction to help end rape on campus’s in general. And while I, as a student of The University of Alabama, would miss seeing the Tide play Tennessee in any meaningful games in October, this is something that needs to be done right now. Because college comes first, and the students on the campus come first, not the football team. So, to the NCAA, I implore you to seriously consider wielding the Death Penalty on Baylor and Tennessee. To not do so would signal to not only the families of the victims, but to all universities as well, that you don’t care about it. And I am very concerned about what will happen if universities start thinking they can cover up rape to save their football programs.

Dear NCAA, Bring Back The Death Penalty