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Since Grantland… (Week of 8 February 2016)

Every week, we’ll pull some highlights from the ESPN media world on articles, stories, ideas, arguments, concepts, schticks, and discussions that appeared on the World Wide Leader since the demise of Grantland and its unneeded contribution to the world of sports.  Pretty much, this is what the brain trusts at ESPN thought was more worthy of coverage than whatever the brains over at Grantland were producing…

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Since Grantland… (Week of 1 February 2016)

Every week, we’ll pull some highlights from the ESPN media world on articles, stories, ideas, arguments, concepts, schticks, and discussions that appeared on the World Wide Leader since the demise of Grantland and its unneeded contribution to the world of sports.  Pretty much, this is what the brain trusts at ESPN thought was more worthy of coverage than whatever the brains over at Grantland were producing…

 

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Since Grantland… (Week of 25 January 2016)

Every week, we’ll pull some highlights from the ESPN media world on articles, stories, ideas, arguments, concepts, schticks, and discussions that appeared on the World Wide Leader since the demise of Grantland and its unneeded contribution to the world of sports.  Pretty much, this is what the brain trusts at ESPN thought was more worthy of coverage than whatever the brains over at Grantland were producing…

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2015 Miss 500 Dirty 32 Roundup – Cinderellas

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The greatest irony of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament is that most fans interest peaks during the early rounds, only to fall off as the quality of the games increases along the way.  Despite most college ball fans adamantly showcasing the game’s purist version of the competition relative to professional versions, March Madness has tilted more towards entertainment than sporting event.  While college football continues to suffer through debate after debate as to how to crown The Best Team, college basketball has figured out a more efficient process through The Tourney.  Yet, most fans don’t watch or even care who is eventually crowed the National Champion.  Fans watch to be entertained, not to find out who is the best.  Its a Sports Republican’s worst nightmare.  And so, upsets garner attention and following.  LSU in 1986, George Mason in 2006, VCU in 2011, hell the entire 2011 tournament.  People seem to remember these Cinderella stories even though no 9 seed or lower has ever won a national title.  When the last net is cut down, it winds up being a jersey we’ve seen before or expected to climb the 64 team high mountain.

And Miss 500 is not immune to such races against midnight voting deadlines before our favorite ladies turn into pumpkins themselves.  Every year, despite hours of blood, sweat, tears, more blood, and more alcohol induced sweat suffered during the Miss 500 draft, initial seedings only say so much when raising hands among friends.  Once a voter is hidden behind their home computer curtain, they become their own Wizard of Oz.  Underdogs become juggernauts.  For years, the Emma Watson factor has always struck fear into the hearts and DDs for Maxim blondes everywhere.  This year, Emma the Immortal became Emma the Muggle with a first round exit.  In her stead, Miss Anna “Every Guy Thinks I’m So Attainable” Kendrick has dutifully filled the role.  Eight of the sixteen contestants in the 2015 Sultry 16 have upset a higher seed.  If Cinderellas can dance, then this year’s Miss 500 is going to be crazier than that rave in that Matrix movie.

We’ve been drafting and voting long enough now that we start to see trends in our favorite, only to fall early and unknowns only to become household names contestants.  To help get an idea of who’s who, let’s do our best Miss 500 – NCAA Team comps!

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Without the utmost respect for Coach Peter Clay Carroll

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Pop Quiz: What’s going on in this photo?

A) A scene from Breaking Bad where a disgruntled USC fan has decided to go all Walter White on former coach Pete Carroll as revenge for Carroll’s awful handling of the USC-Reggie Bush scandal and his immediate departure as the law closed in, end of Butch and Sundance style

B) The collective piss cups samples by the 2013-2014 Seattle Seahawks rosters that tested positive

C) Peyton Manning’s tears mixed with the piles of orange Denver Broncos Super Bowl XLVIII title shirts accidentally still sitting on the locker room tables that he used as Kleenex and later wrung out by Richard Sherman

D) Orange Gatorade

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Top 8 Mascot Gifs

The 500 Section Sub-Committee on Mascots and In-Game Entertainment is still in preliminary debates on the upcoming Mascot Super Bracket.  In the meantime, may we present to you our top 8 best mascot moments, presented in lovely GIF format:

8. The 12th Mascot
Just remember, mascots are just as committed to their team as fans are.  If not more…

Even if it means committing mascot-on-mascot crimes (which The 500 Section does not condone)

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If Sports Were Girlfriend Relationships…

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The steady, long-term, daytime girlfriend.  

Very pretty, but not flashy and over the top (both in and out of bed).  We spend the most time hanging out after work and during the day on weekends.  Take road trips just to see in person for a few hours and super comfortable with doing the introduction to all my friends since they really like her too.  And that might be a problem since everyone also gawks at Miss Popular.  However, there’s nothing of a high reward at the end of the day (aka the Buffalo Bills in the SB and every fantasy season).  Although things are steady, except for the occasional disagreement over something trivial that got out of hand (aka forgetting an important relationship date/the referee lockout), they are not surprising and sometimes guys gotta mix it up a bit.

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