#TBT March Madness Memory: Northern Iowa’s Al Farokhmanesh

Today’s #TBT sports blog rewinds the clock to 2010 when Ali Farokhmanesh of Northern Iowa emerged as that year’s March Madness Cinderella story. Paving the way for unheralded participants in this year’s Big Dance like diminutive guard KJ Maura of … Continue reading

Friday Sports Funny: NCAA Basketball’s Missed FT Celebration

Today’s Friday Sports Funny lampoons a ridiculous and far too common basketball spectacle. I’ve named the absurd sight the “missed free throw celebration.” College hoops fans witness this sorry scene every time they tune into to watch a game. During … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: The Temple Owl Without a Vowel

This Temple University Owl may have been missing vowels in his unusual last name. But, it gave birth to one of the most inventive nicknames in college basketball history. Lacking vowels aside, there was no question that whenever Bill Mlkvy … Continue reading

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Ceremony

Sports hall of fame induction events always intrigue me. They beautifully celebrate worthy individuals with inspirational tales of unique personal accomplishments.

I’m helplessly attracted to these awards ceremonies because I love listening to the honored share how their individual journeys to the podium that night were only made possible by contributions of so many others in their lives.

Their recollections tug on my emotions and serve as soothing balm, extolling what’s good and pure and noble in life.

Tuning into last night’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield, MA was no different.

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NCAA March Madness: A Smart Foul in Basketball

Since March Madness officially tipped off earlier this week, I’ve delivered an assortment of clever cliches and basketball comics.

My March Madness repertoire has included exaggerated, and metaphorical, looks at teams getting invited to the big dance, bracketologists, teams with big shoes to fill, nail biting games and players living behind the three point line.

Here’s another comic to add to my list. It brings to life an well known basketball cliche in an entirely new way.

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Wichita State Shockers Run the Table into NCAA Basketball History

Last night in Peoria, IL, the Wichita State Shockers made NCAA basketball history. They became the first college team ever to win their first 30 games in a regular season.

The Shockers defeated conference opponent Bradley 69-49 to extend their unbeaten record to 30 – 0.

Many NCAA basketball pundits question whether Wichita State deserves a #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA March Madness basketball tournament because of their marginal strength of schedule.

Others question whether the Shockers can repeat last year’s Final Four appearance and run the table through this year’s tournament.

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NBA All-Star Weekend in Louisiana: Remembering Pistol Pete Maravich

With the NBA all-star game being held in New Orleans this weekend, much is being written about the State of Louisiana’s greatest basketball player ever.

Known simply by one name, Pistol, the late Pete Maravich still entertains basketball fans who fawn over his dazzling shooting, ball handling and passing skills on You Tube highlight reels.

In addition to the splendid piece called Name of the Father written yesterday by Shaun Powell in Sports on Earth, allow me to share an excerpt from my book NCAA Basketball Favorites about college basketball’s all-time leader scorer Pistol Pete Maravich.

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MIKE’s NCAA Basketball Favorites Sports Comic Book Now Available on Amazon!

  In all-time NCAA Basketball Favorites, I include five former collegiate stars, two well-known teams, a famous expression of an ESPN announcer and one spring illness that every fan loves.   Order MIKE’s NCAA Basketball Favorites. Click for your favorite college … Continue reading