Sports Snobs Episode 2: MLB Preview, March Madness

This went way longer than we planned for, but I think there’s some pretty good stuff in here. In the future, we’ll try to keep it under 30 minutes, but when we get talking time really flies by and an hour is gone in an instant.

In this episode, we discuss some of the key offseason moves in Major League Baseball, make our predictions for division and wild card winners, and call our shots on who will win the MVP awards. Then we talk about the headlines of March Madness, including Duke escaping with a victory over UCF and Texas Tech dominating Buffalo in their second round matchup. We close with a couple of shoutouts to those that had questions for us, and preview our next episode. Which could go really long…

 

 

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NCAA Tournament Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament is in the books and the 12 seeds are here to stay! Honestly, at this point I think the 5 seed might be the worst spot to be in in the whole bracket. Lets get into a quick breakdown of each region.

East Region

Duke is the story of this region until they’re no longer in the Tournament, so we’ll start with them. They won, easily… Thats the whole story lets move on, Virginia Tech looked really good in their win over Saint Louis. That sets up a matchup with 12 seed Liberty (whom I picked to beat Miss State). Id expect VT to have a relatively easy time against Liberty. UCF beat VCU, setting up a very interesting matchup between Taco Fall and Zion Williamson. I don’t know if Zion will guard Fall, and I seriously doubt Fall would check Zion. But it will still be hella fun to see those too freaks on the court together.

West Region

Only two games on day 2 in the West region. Texas Tech handled Northern Kentucky fairly easily. The offense was pretty shaky in the first half with turnovers and lack of ball movement. But Jarrett Culver was the best player on the court as usual and Tech pulled away to an easy win in the 2nd half. Game two featured Buffalo bullying Arizona State. Nick Perkins was a force off the bench and will be a tough matchup for Texas Tech. That game is going to be an absolute war.

South Region

The South was busy yesterday and featured two pretty huge upsets. Oregon handled Wisconsin and UC Irvine beat 4 seed Kansas State in a shocker. But still the most shocking outcome to me was Oklahoma absolutely smashing Ole Miss. That sets up an intriguing matchup with Virginia, who ended up with a conformable win over 16 seed Gardener-Webb after a scary first half. Iowa “upset” Cincinnati and Tennessee took care of business. This bracket looks prime for a Virginia-Tennessee Elite 8, which would be really fun.

Midwest Region

North Carolina, much like Virginia, had a shaky first half but pulled away comfortably from 16 seed Iona. They’ll face Washington on Sunday, who looked really good in their win over Utah State. Houston took care of Georgia State easily. They’ll face a tough Ohio State team that just barely hung on to upset 6 seed Iowa State (and screw up my bracket in the process!). Like the South, the Midwest looks to be on course for a heavyweight matchup in the Elite 8 between UNC and UK. Although the combination of PJ Washington likely being out, and Wofford looking REALLY impressive in their first round win could make that game interesting.

So that’ll do it for the first round of the NCA Tourney. We’ll do a full 2nd round wrap up blog in stead of the doing one for each day. So get a good breakfast and get ready to enjoy another great day of basketball. And if you only watch one game, make sure it’s Kentucky Vs Wofford.

 

-Josh

 

All hail the best player in basketball, James Edward Harden Jr.

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I’ve avoided blogging much about Harden because it’s difficult to put into words just how incredible he’s been this season. But come on man! This is just crazy… 61 points on on 19-34 from the field! 9-13 on 3 pointers! Oh yeah, he also had 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Despite going for 37 in the first half, the Rockets were in a dog fight with San Antonio. The MVP wasn’t getting ANY help from his teammates tonight. He re entered the game in the fourth quarter with 48 points and his team trailing by 6… Then he decided to win the game! Harden went on a 13-2 run by himself. It was one of those games that I will never forget watching.

Somehow… This guy still has more haters than anyone in the league. After he scores 61 points including 13 strait to give his team a win, I still have to defend him from asinine tweets like this…

 

One day I will ignore idiots like this… But not tonight! Not after James Harden once again did something that no one else in the league can do, including the Greatest Of All Time Lebron James.

Harden is the best player in basketball right now. He deserves to win MVP for the second strait year (really should be his 4th in 5 years, but whatever). And he certainly deserves more respect than the average NBA fan gives him.

 

-Josh

God Bless Alex Bregman!

 

How can you not love this guy! Not only is he an absolute problem on the baseball field, but he is as relatable of a superstar as there is in sports right now. Is he a bit brash at times? yes. Does he sometimes run his mouth when it would benefit him not to? sure! But more than any of that he’s a blue collar dude tat worked his butt off to get where he is. And you will not find someone who wants to win more than him!

Since his arrival to Houston, he’s been the heart of the city. In a sports market that is absolutely stacked with superstar and Hall of Fame talent right now, Bregman stands out as probably the most likable in my opinion. Harden is about to be a 2 time defending MVP and is currently the best player in basketball. Chris Paul is one of the 5 greatest Point Guards of all time. JJ Watt is, in my opinion, right up there with Lawrence Taylor and Reggie White as far as pass rushers are concerned. Even on his own team, Bregman is surrounded by superstar talents like Altuve, Verlander, Correa and Springer. But none of those guys put on for the city the way Bregman does.

So thank you Alex Bregman! Thank you for not compromising that swagger just because you play a sport that often looks down on brash confidence. Thank you for never backing down to those that want to take shots or try to tear down the city of Houston. But most of all, thank you for that RBI single in the 10th inning of game 5. The biggest hit in Houston Astros history. You deserve every penny of this contract!

NCAA Tournament Day 1 Recap

Day 1 of March Madness is in the books and unfortunately it lacked anything resembling Madness. There were a few “upsets” but even those didn’t really feel like upsets… Here’s a quick rundown of the first day’s games.

East Region

No major surprises here. Belmont and Yale both flirted with upsets over Maryland and LSU, but the higher seeds prevailed as expected. Michigan State struggled more than they would have liked to against Bradley, headlined by Tom Izzo pissing our soft modern sports media off for coaching a kid… Somehow the kid overcame getting yelled at and was able to finish the game without taking a Xanax, probably. The headliner of the East region games was Minnesota “upsetting” Louisville in the Pitino Bowl. Although even that wasn’t much of a surprise, I had Minnesota in my bracket (humble brag).

West Region

Gonzaga, Michigan, and Florida State all took care of business as expected. Baylor outlasted Syracuse. But the story of the day was Murrey State over Marquette. A couple stories to take away from that game… 1. I didn’t really understand Marquette as a 5 seed, and their no-show yesterday really makes you wonder why they were that high. 2. Ja Morant is the clear number 2 pick in the upcoming draft, and should get more consideration for the number 1 spot. I had them making the Sweet 16 all because of Ja, and after watching them today I think they could beat Gonzaga in that potential matchup.

South Region

Saint Mary’s gave Villanova a run for their money… But Nova held on relatively drama free. Purdue took care of business as expected. No real stories coming out of the South so far.

Midwest Region

Auburn tried blow their game against NM State. And NM State seemed like they just had no interest in moving on in this tournament. People are mad that an Auburn player made a “choking” sign as NM State choked away their chance at an upset… I just don’t get that. This is basketball, trash talk happens. Get over it. Kansas smashed Northeastern and now people think their good again, that seems weird to me. I really hoped ACU would represent the Southland Conference well and pull off the unlikeliest upset of the year, but that obviously never had a chance at happening. Lastly, I picked Seton Hall pretty much based on reputation alone. I hadn’t seen Wofford play this year, and their name is Wofford which is just ridiculous. I can’t see the name “Wofford” and think those guys can play basketball. But I was wrong, these kids can shoot the rock as well as anyone I have seen this season. Even though I had Seton Hall, I enjoyed watching Wofford play more than any other game I watched yesterday. I think they have a chance against Kentucky in round 2.

Day 2 should be more fun across the board I would think. Even if the games suck, Tech gets to begin their run to the Final 4! The rest of the games can all get canceled as far as I’m concerned. GunsUp!

 

-Josh

Sports Snobs Episode 1: Bracket talk

I’m still not exactly sure on what to call this, its not really a podcast, but we’re sort of treating it like it is. I’m still working through the kinks a little bit. Audio is shaky at times, but we’re new at this and I guarantee that the more we do it, the better product we will put out.

In our first episode, we talk about our brackets, reveal our picks for the Final Four and the National Title. Before that we break down the struggles for Shaka Smart and UT Basketball, and I share a story that most pickup basketball players can relate to. If you enjoy this and want to see more or even get involved, please be sure to like our social media pages, share our posts, subscribe to the YouTube Channel, and continue reading the site.