The Bracket Yard Daily, March 3, 2021: Bracketology, Crimson Tide, Mickey Callaway
You get a bid, and you get a bid, and you…
Once a week is just not enough updating college basketball bracketology in March. This is part of why we have the Daily. If we could have a live board on our website constantly updating the 68-team S-curve, we would. In fact, we might next year, who knows.
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Top Sports Stories
|[CBB] March 2nd’s College Basketball Results and Bracketology Update|
- Illinois defeated Michigan in a lopsided one, 76 to 53. The Illini are a one seed now; there’s no doubt. Michigan is probably still a one seed.
- Baylor defeated West Virginia, 94 to 89, in an overtime thriller. The Bears move back up to #2 overall and West Virginia should remain a two seed.
- Arkansas blitzed South Carolina, 101 to 73. They are moving up to the three line and are becoming a very dangerous opponent.
- Boise State lost to Fresno State, 67 to 64. They’re in trouble now, falling to second-to-last team in.
- Xavier and Indiana, two bubble teams on the outside, lost to Georgetown and Michigan State, respectively. Indiana’s case for a bubble in particular is finished.
- Georgia Tech is still last four in, but with some breathing room after beating Duke, 81 to 77 in overtime.
- Memphis and Ole Miss remain on the fringes of the bubble, but are hanging around long enough for us to notice.
|[CFB] Alabama Plans to Have Fans in Tuscaloosa This Fall|
Has the United States turned the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic? Between a fast-reducing case count and a vaccine becoming widespread, there is every reason to think that by the summer, the situation will be under better control. Now, we are not epidemiologists around here (does this look like a medical blog to you?), but if that trajectory holds, that’s excellent news for college football teams hoping to get asses in seats in September. The Alabama Crimson Tide, defending national champions, have already taken it to the next step, as Alabama AD Greg Byrne are planning for Bryant-Denny Stadium to be loud and full in the Fall. In fact, we would go so far as to say it would be a miscalculation not to be prepared for it. Not because we are sure stadiums will be full in September, but because it is a possibility. Any school that is not ready for it could be missing out.
|[MLB] Mickey Callaway Mess Gets Messier|
Mickey Callaway, the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of the United States, and former manager of the New York Mets, is in some hot water. Last month, the sexual harassment allegations surfaced, and he was suspended from his pitching coach gig. Yesterday, further reports came out that the Cleveland Indians, specifically manager Terry Francona and former Indians GM Chris Antonetti, knew about Callaway’s activities before the Athletic story became public. This could get nasty for Cleveland and even the Mets, neither of whom are presently employing Callaway but both are organizations which allegedly knew the details and kept him around.
Games of the Day
[NHL] Washington at Boston: Top two teams in the East Division taking a whack at each other.
[NHL] Minnesota at (Las) Vegas: Looking at a possible playoff preview.
[CBB] Creighton at Villanova: Big East on the line.
5 Good Sports Links
- [MLB] “Spring training ‘mercy rule,’ explained: MLB teams take advantage of ‘rolling the inning’,” Washington Post
- [NFL] “J.J. Watt to Cardinals: Daughter of franchise legend gives ‘blessings’ as team unretires No. 99 jersey,” CBS Sports (Patrik Walker)
- [NHL] “Penguins captain Sidney Crosby to be placed on Covid-19 list,” TribLive (Seth Rorabaugh)
- [CFB] “21 Things for Spring: The college football teams, names and storylines you need to know in 2021,” CBS Sports (Dennis Dodd)
- [NHL] “Rangers will be at front of line when Sabres shop Jack Eichel,” New York Post (Larry Brooks)