UConn’s Improbable March to the Final Four

While both the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball teams reached the Final Four, the word “improbable” in the title should make it clear which one I’m referring to. After sitting out the postseason last year because of an academics-related ban, the men’s squad finished third in the American Athletic Conference this season, three games behind the co-leaders. They were placed in the NCAA Tournament’s East Region as the 7 seed and needed a late comeback and overtime to beat St. Joe’s in Round One.

Two days later they upset Villanova to reach the Sweet 16 in Madison Square Garden. Once there, the Huskies fed off a pro-UConn crowd—and a defense now ranked 10th in the country according to KenPom.com—to beat Iowa State and Michigan State to advance to the Final Four. They will face top overall seed Florida on Saturday in Dallas.

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New York Mets Opening Day 2014

The good: I saw a cute little baby bundled up in Mets apparel.
The bad: He had to be bundled up because the temperature at first pitch was 44 degrees with strong winds.

The good: I, too, got to wear a Mets winter cap, one that was a promotional giveaway at a game last September.
The bad: I’m not sure I’ll ever get to wear the hat in Citi Field in October.

The good: They had pocket schedules at the stadium!
The bad: The fact that this is a cause for celebration. But it is, because in past years, there have been no schedules available at Citi for the first few home stands, as if the season snuck up on the organization.

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What’s in a Name?

Andrew McCutchen (Credit: Keith Allison)

Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates: The best Andrew in sports right now?

This is going to be the Year of Andrew, at least in sports. Andrew McCutchen will try to defend his National League MVP award. Andrew Luck led the Colts to a playoff win. Andrew Wiggins is expected to be a top pick in this summer’s NBA draft. I can’t turn on a game without seeing one of my namesakes playing well.

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