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March Madness is upon us and, for some strange reason, I’m more excited about it than I was last year. Maybe the fact that North Carolina is in it this year has gotten my juices flowing or maybe it has something to do with Jimmermania. Who knows?

What I do know is that it’s absolutely ridiculous to have play-in games for the 11 seed in the Southwest region and the 12 seed in the East region. Who thought this was a good idea? So let me get this straight, UAB was good enough to play for the right to be the 12th seed against Clemson but since they lost, they are completely out of the tournament? They were good enough to play for a 12th seed but not good enough to be a 13, 14, 15 or even a 16th seed? So, the Conference USA regular season champion (UAB) isn’t good enough to be in the tournament but the fourth place team (Memphis) is good enough to be a 12th seed? How does that work? I can see the play-in game for the 16th seed being that way but if you’re playing for a seed higher than 16, you should be good enough for the lower seed if you lose. I guess logic went out the window when the NCAA was thinking about how to add more games to the Tournament and how to make more money from it. Plus, how does the losing team not go to the NIT? I forgot, it’s the NIT and nobody really cares.

I’m not gonna break down the regions because that’s boring and no one really knows what’s gonna happen until it happens. Brackets will be busted by the weekend, count on it. If you’re like me, you usually have a good Thursday but Friday kills you. Thursday goes something like 14-2 but Friday you go 10-6, 9-7 or the dreaded 8-8.

Just looking at the bracket, I’m trying to figure out why Notre Dame is a 2nd seed. Yes, they had a great year but are they better than Texas who somehow fell to a 4 seed? Am I supposed to buy that the Big East is tougher than the Big 12?

Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team that’s a legit threat in this tournament. Big Ten basketball doesn’t translate to the tournament unless you have a highly talented Michigan State team with the coaching ability of Tom Izzo. MSU has Izzo but the horses aren’t there. Ohio State will be the first #1 seed to fall. They don’t get past West Virginia. Wisconsin has a great D but they can’t afford to get behind. The Badgers aren’t made to play up-tempo and defense at the same time.

I’m not buying Kansas State to do anything. Good luck against Wisconsin in round 2. I’m also not buying St. John’s to scare anyone in the tournament. They might get past a weak Gonzaga team in round one but not BYU in round 2.

This brings me to Jimmermania. I hope everyone is ready to have Jimmer Fredette of BYU shoved down their throats. You know it’s coming. The kid can play but is he the second coming of (insert the best white player ever in college basketball)? Too bad Billy Packer isn’t doing games anymore because you just know he would be all over this kid. Remember the 2000 Tournament? Packer was head over heels in love with Mateen Cleaves. It was embarrassing. I don’t think we’ll ever see man-love like that anytime soon.

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Maybe Jimmermania won’t make it past the Sweet Sixteen. BYU would most likely meet Florida there. Plus, The Bearded One doesn’t think BYU is all that. He told me earlier in the week, “They don’t scare me. They got their shit kicked in by San Diego State in the Mountain West Final.” Word!

The 5-12 matchup in the West regional between Arizona (5) and Memphis (12) should be a good one. Good luck to Memphis. It would be nice to see them in their first Final Four since 1973. I wouldn’t hold my breath if I’m a Tiger fan, this is the same Memphis team that got hammered by UTEP 74-47 in late February and they’re young. Maybe next year.

So, who wins the whole thing? Unless someone can tell me why they shouldn’t win, Kansas has to be the favorite to cut down the nets in Houston on April 4th. The Jayhawks are 1st in the nation in field goal percentage and 5th in points per game. Their two losses came in conference play to Texas and Kansas State. Notre Dame can’t beat them if the seeds held until the Southwest final. Pittsburgh would play them tough if they met in the Final Four. Nobody from the East region scares me. Duke and San Diego State don’t have enough to beat the Jayhawks if they met in the Final.

Who's better?

The announcer pairings are out and I’m looking forward to Gus Johnson/Len Elmore, Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery and Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg. I don’t think the addition of the TNT NBA group adds anything to the announcing mix.

We all win

The one thing I hope happens, besides Michigan losing to Tennessee in round one, is that they’ll bring back the Luther Vandross version of One Shining Moment. The Jennifer Hudson version they did last year was terrible.

See you after the first weekend.

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I just caught up with the first two episodes of WWE NXT and I am really impressed with this show.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked what the new ECW was but it had run its course.  Guys like Christian, Zack Ryder, and Shelton Benjamin should be in the big time.  ECW gave us new stars and reinvented some veterans but WWE needed to make the change and try something different.  Now we have NXT and, if you’re a wrestling fan, you should be watching it.

TNA is garbage.  It’s always been garbage and now, with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, it’s even bigger garbage that probably won’t live to see 2011.  The NXT rookies are more compelling and have more swagger and charisma than TNA World Champion AJ Styles and he’s been in TNA for eight years.  Maybe that’s why NXT is doing better ratings in the last two weeks than TNA.  It took TNA seven years to make it to at least a 1.4 rating and NXT did it in its first week.  If you’re not watching TNA, don’t bother.  If you are watching it, why?

TNA wishes it was this good

The premise of NXT is simple.  Eight “rookies” are each paired with a WWE “pro”  There are some good pairings and some pairings are train wrecks.  I’m sure the relationships between the individual rookies and pro’s will develop and, in some cases, deteriorate over the course of the show.  The pro’s will vote for and against a rookie but they can’t vote for their own rookie either way.  This means that the rookies have to learn from their pro’s but they have to impress everyone.  The winner will become a WWE Superstar.

Matt Striker is the host of the show which airs on Syfy on Tuesday nights at 10pm EST.  Josh Matthews and, a heelish, Michael Cole are the announcers.  Matthews jocks all the rookies and Cole reminds him that they’ve never done anything in WWE.  Striker sides with Cole when it comes to how to treat the rookies, and we already know he’s a heel announcer on SmackDown.  Striker, with the absence of Jim Ross, is the best announcer in WWE right now.  What the hell, throw TNA in there too.

So far my favorite aspect of the show is that CM Punk, who is paired with Darren Young, doesn’t want to be on the show and doesn’t want anything to do with his rookie.  On the first episode Punk is interviewed and openly says, “I don’t understand why I’m here.  I have no idea why I’m on this show.  I don’t know who Darren Young is or who he thinks he is but I mentor Luke Gallows and Sarina so if Darren Young wishes to be mentored by the Straight Edge Savior, CM Punk, I suggest he thinks about accepting straight edge into his life.”

The Pairings:


The Miz and Daniel Brian – This is by far the most intriguing pairing on the show.  For those of you who don’t know, Daniel Bryan is Bryan Danielson.  Danielson has been a star overseas and on the independents for ten years.  He has a loyal following.  The Miz (Mike Mizanin) is a former reality star who’s resume includes The Real World 10, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, The Gauntlet and many others.  ESPN’s Bill Simmons and writer Chuck Klosterman regard The Miz to be one of the best, if not the best, pure athletes in all the MTV challenge shows.  The Miz has been in WWE since 2006 and he’s the current United States Champion and Unified Tag Team Champion with The Big Show (Show Mizzness).

ROH marks went crazy on the internet when they heard this pairing.  How could The Miz be mentoring someone who is better and way more experienced than him?  That’s why WWE is king.  They know people won’t like it but will watch.  This storyline is what makes the show good.  It seems everyone, except Matthews, hates Daniel Bryan because he thinks he’s too good to be on the show ( but he will work hard to prove himself) and they want him to respect the business.  He’s already lost twice in the first two weeks but look for him to shine very soon.  He took a nasty bump when he flew out of the ring at Chris Jericho.  Jericho reversed it and sent him flying into the announcer’s table.  You could just see the pain on Bryan’s face but he went on.  On last week’s episode he had a big welt on his ribs.

King of The Gauntlet and mentor to Daniel Bryan

Chris Jericho and Wade Barrett – These two were made for each other.  Both Jericho and Barrett think they’re better than everyone.  The tall Barrett is from Manchester England and I think he regards himself as someone superior to the commoners.  Jericho, the current World Heavyweight Champion, talks a good game and so does Barrett.

R-Truth and Davis Otunga – If you don’t know, David Otunga is the fiance of Jennifer Hudson.  He has been on the red carpet and met the President (twice).  Otunga thinks his star power is enough for him to win this competition.  He tangled with Darren Young on the first two episodes.  After his loss to Young in episode two, Otunga pushed Truth away after the match.  The intense R-Truth found him backstage and the two started to brawl.  We’ll see where this goes.

CM Punk  and Darren Young – As I said earlier, this is my favorite part of the show.  CM Punk doesn’t look like a mentor in this relationship.  When Young makes his ring entrance, Punk and The Straight Edge Society (Luke Gallows and Sarina) don’t even walk with him.  It’s like someone is forcing them to be with Darren Young.  During Young’s second match with Davis Otunga, Punk looks at Gallows and says, “Why am I here?”.  He looks disinterested, bored and like he’s being punished.

Darren Young is the South Beach playboy and he likes to party.  That doesn’t sit well with The Straight Edge Society.  In episode two, Young says he’s interested in Punk’s straight edge lifestyle.  I see a different/changing Darren Young in the weeks ahead and Punk will warm up to his protégé.  A haircut could very well be in Darren Young’s future.

Why are we on this show?

Matt Hardy and Justin Gabriel – Gabriel has Hardy Boyz moves and works well with Hardy.  The only problem so far with Gabriel is his look.  He looks gay and his wardrobe doesn’t help.  I think the announcers made an Adam Lambert reference in the second episode.  Justin Gabriel is from South Africa and wrestled under the name, Justin Angel.  His 540 splash against William Regal and Skip Sheffield was awesome.  Man up your look a little bit Justin.  A gay character doesn’t play well in WWE, as Orlando Jordan.

Carlito and Michael Tarver – Tarver is a muscular, fast wrestler but being paired with Carlito doesn’t do him any favors.  Carlito is known to be one of the lazier wrestlers in the business and somehow manages to not get fired whenever the roster cuts happen.  I wonder if Tarver will be jobbing on NXT like Carlito does on RAW?

William Regal and Skip Sheffield – Regal is not a big fan of Sheffield and feels negative comments are the best way to teach your rookie.  Sheffield is muscular and has some moves.  He’s not the smartest person, he said it, but this odd couple pairing should be entertaining.  Regal could definitely show this guy how to be physical in the ring and not just use his power.  During their tag team match with Hardy and Gabriel, Regal spent most of the time yelling at Sheffield.  At least he was teaching him something (see Punk-Young).

If you want to learn how to fight (dirty), this is your man

Christian and Heath Slater – My first problem with Heath Slater is that he looks like Jessie/Slam Master J.  Secondly, he looks like an idiot jumping around and celebrating.  I see Christian having a problem with that too.  Christian looks like he genuinely wants to help Slater and I’m sure we’ll see the One Man Rock Band (Slater) mature over the course of this show.

I can’t wait to see the next episode.  I just wonder what will happen to the wrestlers who don’t win?  I can’t see WWE just giving up on any of these guys.  So far it’s been The Daniel Bryan Show but I’m sure the tone of the show will change.  It’s still too early to separate these guys but I’m sure, with more exposure, someone will rise and fall.  The rookies all seem to like each other but that can’t last.  There’s gonna have to be some conflict introduced and backstabbing.

At any rate, these guys are all interesting.  Check them out on twitter.  WWE is using twitter to market this show and it’s working.  Don’t forget, TNA sucks!