Yes, I am back from a nice vacation in Mexico as I went out of the country to get married. I would like to thank Brandon Pope for filling in with a nice column last week. The Ndamukong Suh story was a popular one while I was gone. The sixyear contract at $114 million and the $60 million guaranteed signing bonus is crazy money. The Miami Dolphins will regret this one, trust me.
The year is 2016 and Suh’s deal will cost Miami $28.6 million against the cap! One must ask, is a defensive tackle worth the money and does it equal an extra three to four wins a year? I say, a great big NO! The Lions did the right thing by letting him walk. Suh is a not a great team leader in my opinion. He is a great player, I will give him all the credit for his on-field play and work ethic. Detroit signed Haloti Ngata and that removes the sting of losing Suh. Detroit can spend its money better elsewhere than on one defensive tackle. Mr. Suh, I enjoyed watching you play, but you weren’t worth the cap space.
The Detroit Lions made the right call.
Three-week love affair
The month of March brings one thing and one thing only: Basketball and more basketball. It’s the bouncing of the orange pumpkin, the squeaky sound of tennis shoes, thunder dunks, upsets, and buzzer beaters. Man, do I love these next three weeks.
The first weekend is a total lock down in the Man Cave!
My refrigerator is already loaded up with some barley pops. Wednesday is all about filling out all my brackets and then anxiously waiting for noon on Thursday and that opening tip off. Let’s take a look at each of the regionals.
The East No. 1 seed is Villanova and the Michigan State Spartans are in this region. MSU, the No. 7 seed, will face Georgia, the No. 10 seed in the first round. I like Sparty to win this one and then face Virginia in round two. The Virginia Cavaliers have struggled with the injury to Justin Anderson. I like Virginia to defeat the Spartans, however. MSU has struggled at the free-throw line and struggled closing out games. I just don’t trust the Spartans. The No. 5 seed, Northern Iowa, will not lose to No. 12 seeded Wyoming either.
The West region has the No. 1-seeded Wisconsin Badgers. The No. 2-seeded Arizona Wildcats are playing good basketball currently as is Wisconsin. These two will play for the right to go to the Final Four. A great match up is Ohio State and VCU and I like VCU in this one. Arkansas, the No. 5 seed will not lose to No. 12 seed Wofford. So far, I have both five seeds moving on.
The South region has No. 1-seeded Duke Blue Devils and No. 2-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs. Is this the year the Gonzaga basketball team finally reaches the Final Four? I personally would like to see it. Utah, the No. 5 seed, draws a tough No. 12 seed in Stephen F. Austin. Is this the 12-5 upset that happens every year? I say, no, give me the Utah Utes. The UCLA Bruins are a No. 11 seed who don’t belong in the tourney. SMU will beat them and make the selection committee look bad.
The Midwest has the tourney favorite in 34-0 Kentucky. Will the Wildcats do the improbable and go 40-0 and win it all? I like their chances, to be honest. The best offense in the country belongs to Notre Dame which could get hot and win the bracket. I want to see a Kansas and Wichita State round-two match up. Kansas refuses to schedule the Shockers during the regular season is why. Buffalo, the No. 12 seed, defeats the No. 5-seeded West Virginia team. It will be the only 12-5 upset this season. firstname.lastname@example.org