March Madness Round 1 – FIGHT!

It’s that time of year again, MARCH MADNESS THROWDOWN! We are back with a new wrinkle in this years edition, more data! We have 23 data points about EVERY TEAM and have used those to not only pick the bracket, but to give you choices against the spread AND over/unders!

The games are listed in the order that they will happen and I even give you the TV station, I’m the generous sort. Apologies to My Friend Craig for Buffalo’s early exit, but without Bobby Hurley they are destined to revert to mediocrity where everything from Buffalo belongs.

A couple of quick notes:

  • Lines and Over/Unders are from BETDSI
  • Stats were taken from TEAMRANKINGS.com
  • The MICHIGAN/NOTRE DAME and OREGON/HOLYCROSS weren’t available yet.
  • I’ll do this again for the second round, but since everyone loves the full bracket, my full bracket is at the bottom.

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Bunting for a Hit: Turkey Wrap

curling_fThere is a shit ton going on right now in sports. 3 of the major leagues are in game operation, with the NFL being in full swing as the playoff picture begins to take shape. Don’t forget about college football either as we approach the ridiculous number of “bowl” games, but even with all those meaningless bowls in the mix, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t watch 2 incredible football games Saturday with THE Ohio State University vs. Michigan and the Auburn beating the 2 time reigning National Champion Alabama on a play that has to compare with only a walk off grand slam in terms of game ending plays. Major League Baseball’s hot stove is starting to pick up even in a down free agent year. NBC won’t let us forget that the Winter Olympics are going to happen in Russia, but until they reunite Tonya, Nancy and a crowbar I don’t know that I’m super interested. Unless I can figure out how to make or join a curling pool. I saw those guys in picture at a Bosstones Throwdown in 2011 I think! Continue reading

Bunting for a Hit 2013: Week 13

imagesThe baseball season is upon us and there has already been some great action. Clayton Kershaw not only starts opening day for the Dodgers, but throws a complete game shutout and provides all the offense his team would need with a homer run to lead off the 8th. The Astros started their new life as an American League team with a win over their cross state rival Texas Rangers. Bryce Harper started his sophomore season with a bang, actually 2 bangs, as he homered in his first 2 at bats, providing Stephen Strasburg with plenty of support as the Washington Nationals began their run at a World Series title. Continue reading

Sully’s 7: Sports Bucket List 1

Welcome to a new feature, Sully’s 7. Each list will group a series of similar things together, sometimes they will be in a particular order, sometimes they won’t. We debut the feature with Sully’s 7: Sports Bucket List 1, which appear in no particular order. Continue reading

Bunting for a Hit: 2013 Week 1

I hate Nick Saban, but god damn the man knows how to win a College Football National Championship. At this rate he will be far and away the best coach in the history of college football. I haven’t come to that conclusion mildly either. Look at the history of just the last 4 years. 3 titles and 11 first round picks, 8 in the last 2 NFL drafts. Its unprecedented and terrifying because he isn’t going to leave, and they sure aren’t going to ask him too without a scandal of Paterno like proportions. Continue reading

O’Brien to Penn State? Really?

We here at Hooking Foul have mostly steered clear of the horrible mess that has occurred in Happy Valley, PA where Penn State is located, but the story came home late last night. Sources have cited that Patriots Offensive Coordinator Bill O’Brien will take the reigns of what was once the gold standard of college football programs and is now a punchline. If this is true I think there really is only one question to start with, why?