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Duke Blue Devils (Basketball)

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    September 26, 2014

    NFL: This Weekend's Best Bets

    Last weekend was an amazing bounce back weekend for me. After back to back 2-4 stinkers, the doubters began creeping out of the woodwork again. Actually, to say they crept out of the woodwork would imply they were hiding and then being somewhat subtle about their lack of faith in my prognosticating ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Five Reasons to Watch Atlanta Falcons On Hard Knocks

    HBO's annual episodic, award winning series Hard Knocks is one of the staples of the NFL preseason. Finding out which team will be the subject of the upcoming season is one of the more underrated NFL moments each June. Honestly, with as many things as the NFL is televising and monetizing these days ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Five Roles In the Sports World For Game of Thrones' King Joffrey

    [SPOILER ALERT] Is it safe to openly discuss the last Game of Thrones episode now? On Sunday, we finally got the moment that we've all been waiting for -- King Joffrey bit the dust, and thankfully for many of you that wanted him to suffer, suffer he did. I don't know what the "spoiler" rules are ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    March Madness: Ranking The Sweet 16 Matchups

    The first couple rounds of the NCAA Tournament is almost bulletproof. With so many games, and now the ability to actually see all of them, rarely do we come away disappointed with the first weekend of games. We get upsets, we get buzzer beaters, we get Greg Gumbel butchering interviews. With so man ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Google's Most Searched Athletes Of 2013 Shows We Love To Consume Dark, Miserable Stories

    "Mostly I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?" -- John Coffey, The Green Mile I understand, John Coffey. I really do. (And trust m ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Whodunnit? The Great Chris Duhon Attempted Vehicular Manslaughter Case

    When someone is involved in a car accident, there is a certain etiquette to how you treat the story. On Saturday night, former Duke/Chicago/New York/Orlando/Laker point guard Chris Duhon was involved in a car accident inside an Orlando parking garage. Well, it wasn't so much an accident as it was a ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    The Wait Is Finally Over!!: Way-Too-Early Odds On March Madness 2014 Are Out

    As is the case in almost everything in 2013, the shelf life for enjoyment of the 2013 NCAA men's championship game (a thrilling 82-76 Louisville win over Michigan) was a total of about five minutes before we started looking ahead to 2013-2014. Almost immediately after the game was over, already odd ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    March Madness Final Four: Championship Game Prediction and Prop Bets!

    So, here we are. Championship Monday. A lot of you had Louisville in the finals, almost none of you had Michigan in the finals, and you sure as shit didn't have then knocking off Wichita State (barely) and Syracuse (barely, again), respectively, to get there. So let's establish that right out of th ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    March Madness Elite 8: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    And then there were four! (I know, on the list of lame, cliched, bloggy catchphrases "And then there was (however many are left)" is right behind "Houston, we have a problem." but I'm still a little rattled from falling for the Dream Shake's April Fool's Day prank. I'm running simple plays here, n ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    March Madness: Further Evidence The 2013 NBA Draft Is Going To Be Terrible

    When it comes to rebuilding a professional sports team, the ultimate sign of the desperate fan is to take one possible outcome that has worked for a few teams before, apply it as gospel, and then shout from the rooftops that "[fill in name of favorite team here] needs to [do that thing that's worked ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    The Nut Shot: Olympic Basketball's New Proportional Response

    Policing your own. It's a concept that has been woven into the fabric of many sports since time immemorial. The methods are often painful, sometimes barbaric, but within each game they're understood and largely effective. In baseball, violation of the hallowed "unwritten rules," will often earn a ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    March Madness -- The Most "Live" Teams At Each Seed, 1 through 16

    Last year, the Final Four made its way to Houston and in a turn of events entirely emblematic of the type of sports year Houston sustained in 2011, we wound up with arguably the most underwhelming collection of four teams ever assembled at college basketball's marquee event. The highest seeded team ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- The Live Blog

    Keep coming back for the latest​The overwhelming consensus on the 2011 NBA Draft is that it's, by and large, a pretty underwhelming group of players, and it may quite possibly be completely devoid of future All-Stars. So why am I so excited about tonight's festivities? Because of all the thin ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- A Reminder of the Rockets' Purgatory

    NBA Draft: Do Rocket fans have anything to look forward to?​In the second season of The Sopranos, after getting shot in the abdomen and nearly dying, Christopher has dreams while in a coma about going to a place where people die every day the same painful way they died on earth. Convinced that ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    NBA Lottery -- Where Houston Rockets Point Guards Go to Die

    I see disaster in your future.​"So you're saying there's a chance..." -- Lloyd Christmas Yes. 1.82 percent, to be exact. Those are the odds that the ping pong balls will fall the Houston Rockets' way tonight at the annual NBA Draft Lottery and they wind up with a top three pick. After finis ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    The end of the Age of Aquarius ​In honor of the NCAA Tournament ending, we're going to highlight some health inspection Cinderella stories. These are the little guys that lack citywide recognition but still have to conform to the same tough sanitation standards as the big-name restaurants. For ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    The NCAA Title Game: Forget One Shining Moment, Try a Brick House Instead

    John RoyalAnd so begins one of the worst championship games in NCAA Tournament history.​Houston is the home city of two Conference USA basketball teams. That means that there's been some really bad basketball played in this city the last several years. So perhaps it was the lingering stench ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    NCAA Tournament -- Four Winners, Four Losers

    Jim Calhoun reboots once again​Well, if a Final Four of a three, four, eight and eleven seed wasn't a metaphor for Houston sports in 2011, then Connecticut and Butler establishing a watchability bar that the women's final may actually surpass tonight (ok,ay I am totally joking, but still...) m ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Friday Night: DJ Scratch at the Drake

    Photos by Marco Torres​DJ Scratch and J.Cole The Drake April 1, 2010 Roc Nation descended upon Houston Friday night as Smirnoff presented rapper J.Cole as host of the grown and sexy Final Four weekend edition of Drake Fridays. The fashionable club on Washington Avenue was transformed into eve ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Final Four Watch Parties, Team by Team

    Brittanie SheyHotel Derek, all gaudied up.​Judging by traffic, alumni from the schools playing in this weekend's Final Four are already swarming town, and if you want to get some of the sweet team-pride action, we've compiled a list of the official and unofficial watch parties happening this w ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    The Four Best Final Fours of the "One Shining Moment" Era (w/ VIDEO)

    Hopefully more shining and less Hudson this year​Some of you mistook my piece on Monday as my not being excited for the Final Four this weekend in Houston. That couldn't be further from the truth. I am incredibly excited to have the event here in our town, for a couple reasons: 1. I'm a Con ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    ESPN Headlines -- Sex, Lies, And Shrunken Testicles

    It's a bad news day when you're hoping for stories on barry Bonds' shrunken balls​"I see trees of green ... red roses too I see em bloom ... for me and you And I think to myself ... what a wonderful world." -- Louis Armstrong Clearly, Louis Armstrong would have never made it as a sports fan ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    NCAA Sweet Sixteen Central

    What the hell happened to Leslie Visser?​It's generally accepted that the first two full days of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament provide the greatest two-day watching/gambling/drinking/eating experience annually, for obvious reasons: 1. Whether by illness, approved vacation, or planned s ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Hottest Houston Media Women Tourney Boasts Cuties and Some Controversy

    www.hothits957.radio.comKelly Kelly: Apparently not hot enough.​Dear, Kelly Kelly, How does it feel to only be the 17th hottest woman in Houston media? During yesterday's J&R show on Sports Radio 610 AM, the two hosts, Josh Innes and Rich Lord, unveiled the winner of the "play-in game" in the ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    NCAA Days Three and Four -- Winners and Losers

    March madness underway.​Well, I'm guessing that this past weekend of basketball is not how the money people behind the Final Four's coming to Houston drew it up on the chalkboard. In a tournament that already had last year's regional darling Baylor on the outside looking in, the only two Te ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    NCAA Day One -- Winners and Losers

    Need some downtime for the NCAA tourney? Try a vasectomy.​Yes, you read that headline correctly -- yesterday was "Day One" of the NCAA Tournament. Not Tuesday! Despite what the NCAA propaganda machine will tell you, the greatest single two-week period of sports during the calendar year is not ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    11 Keys to Your Filling Out Your NCAA Bracket

    Have you done your brackets yet?​So it's that time of year again. Time for the Big Dance, March Madness, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. It's that one time of year when absolutely everyone in the office actually pays attention to college basketball and everyone thinks they're an expert ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    My March Madness Selections (And Lots Of Helpful Links)

    It's bracket-ology BABY!​I made this public service announcement on my radio show this week, but seeing as many of you are scrambling to fill in your brackets at the last minute, I feel compelled to print it here and remind all of you of the following: If Sports talk radio hosts (like myself) ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Why Is Everybody Hating on UAB?

    Seth Greenberg wants to know why no one likes him​"It makes you wonder if someone in that room has their own agenda, and it does not include Virginia Tech, unfortunately," Coach Seth Greenberg said Sunday night. "You'd hate to think there's politics involved, but it makes you wonder." I've ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Duke Floppers Ain't Got Nothing on the Spurs

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    The Definitive Duke Basketball Flopping Anthology (with VIDEO)

    Flopping like it's the World Cup​The calendar flip-over from February to March has a definitive feel to it, different than most "calendar flips." Most of them tend to blend into one another, but March 1 definitely feels like the beginning of something. Most will say it feels like renewal with ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Time Waster Tuesday -- NBA Superstars Videos (via YouTube)

    "'Remember when' is the lowest form of conversation." -- Tony Soprano Tony was right, you never want to be "remember when" guy, and I try my best not to be. But the fact of the matter is, for many of us, what happened between the ages of 16 and 28 constitute the "good times." High school, maybe ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Game Time: NBA DRAFT -- Worst Lottery Picks Of The Last 15 Years

    cutline​As "must see" events on the sporting calendar go, the annual NBA Draft is highly underrated. If you ask the average sports fan his or her five most watchable sports nights of the year you'll probably get canned answers like the Super Bowl, a Game 7 in the MLB or NBA playoffs, and any inte ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Five Things In Sports More Annoying Than Those Vuvuzelas

    Photo by pempempie​Folks, it's time to shut up about those stupid African trumpets already: The constant drone of cheap and tuneless plastic horns is killing the atmosphere at the World Cup. Where are loud choruses of "Oooohhhs" from enthralled crowds when a shot scorches just wide of the go ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Game Time: What If Gordon Hayward's Shot Goes In?

    As sports fans, I think we probably let single events define players and coaches more than we should. In this era where we want to evaluate things quickly and neatly, it's always easier (and oftentimes, lazier) to just let one play on a big stage define somebody. It's clear, it's concise, it's also ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Game Time: Mark Down "April 6," Because I'm About To Talk Nice About Duke

    ​With 7:10 left in last night's men's college basketball championship game, Duke senior guard Jon Scheyer hit two free throws to put the Duke Blue Devils up 56-51. I turned to the person next to me at the establishment where I was watching this instant classic unfold and said, "Well, go ahead and ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Game Time: Prediction Monday -- Men's Hoops Finals And The Astros' 2010 Season

    ​NCAA MEN'S HOOPS FINALS (Butler vs Duke, 8:21 PM tip-off)When I ranked the list of NCAA Finals permutations from "Most Compelling" to "Least Compelling" in this space last week, I had Butler vs Duke ranked as the most compelling. The figurative "Cinderella" (although let's not forget that Cinde ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Game Time: Yeah, My Bracket Blows, But At Least I'm Not This Guy

    ​Sometimes I forget that the cushy little sports world I live in is not the end-all and be-all. For the better part of the last two weeks, it has felt like everything was crashing down around me as housewives and receptionists everywhere had outpicked me on their March Madness brackets using such ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Baylor Comes Close, But Can't Pull It Off

    ​It was God versus the Devil. The school with the storied history versus the school with the sullied history. Sampson versus Goliath. A team now more known for postseason meltdowns versus a team hoping to grow into a history of postseason meltdowns.There was the school with what turned out to b ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Game Time: Assessing The 2010 Final Four

    ​I was on fire. As dismal as my bracket had become whittling the field down from 64 to 16 teams, once the field was down to the Sweet Sixteen, I was seeing things much more clearly. This wouldn't save my bracket, because brackets are like kids -- once you crank one out, it's yours for better or ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Taylor Swift Madness at the South Regional Semis in Houston

    ​Yesterday was media day at the South Regional, and while the players and coaches got used to the Reliant Stadium court set-up, and while fans got a sneak-peek of just how bad the seating and sight lines actually are, we media got busy coming up with the story lines that will guide you fans th ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    A Field Guide To The Fans In Town For The NCAA Regional

    ​Wow, having a NCAA Tournament regional is almost like having a Super Bowl!! Hordes of fans come to town, pack the bars and strip joints, throw money around like drunken sailors and appall the locals while keeping bartenders and cheap hotels happy.Except in Houston. Which has somehow managed to ge ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Game Time: Calipari Seeks His First Final Four....You Know, Because The Other Two Never Happened

    The NCAA makes me chuckle sometimes. Forget about the laughable amount of time it takes them to investigate transgressions at schools where you may as well be investigating jaywalking outside Minute Maid Park on Texas Street after an Astros game. (For those of you who don't live in Houston, after ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Game Time: "I've Done Some Pretty Bad Things"

    ​"I've done some pretty bad things..." -- Tiger Woods, 3.21.10That makes two of us, Tiger. Of course, while the bad things you did were decidedly more kinky and homewrecking than my transgressions, it doesn't make me feel any less remorseful than you. Hey, by the way, saw your texts to Joslyn ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Game Time: Hating Duke, A Visual Montage

    ​I'll admit it, I hate the Duke Blue Devils. The players, the assistant coaches, the head coach, the Cameron Crazies. All of them. In all of their floor-slapping, charge-taking, horrid-flopping, leg-humping, press-conference-crying, nose-picking, baby-whining, face-painting, Speedo-wearing Vita ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Game Time: Ten Historically Significant March Madness Buzzer Beaters

    In my effort to help everyone prepare for March Madness, I bring you the second installment of the March Madness Preview. (Click here for yesterday's first installment -- you know the part with my picks and what not.) Today, we look at some of the most historical buzzer beaters in tournament histo ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Game Time: Your March Madness Preview, Complete With WARNING LABEL

    "If Kansas is the best team in the country, college basketball is going to suck this season." -- @SeanCablinasian on Twitter That was a post I had on Twitter, dated and time stamped 10:29 PM on November 17. Kansas was the top-ranked team in the country at the time, and they were plodding their way ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    For The Final Four: Five Most Inspirational Pre-Game Speeches

    As the NCAA Tournament builds to a climax, one can only speculate about the kinds of speeches offered by the likes of Texas' Rick Barnes and OU's Jeff Capel before their respective matches against Duke and North Carolina. One thing seems certain, it probably wouldn't have hurt to have one of these d ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    25 Random March Madness Facts

    It's once again time for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, or as most refer to it, March Madness. And instead of doing an analysis and picking the winner, like I do (badly) every year, I've decided to go another way. I'm sure you've all seen those Facebook 25 random facts lists. Well, here is ... More >>

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