Itâ€™s that time again for another edition of Inside Sports With The General. And there is plenty that went on in sports over the week.
Letâ€™s start with March Madness. Plenty of teams entered with hopes of making it all the way. One of the teams that was a preseason favorite to win the National Title was the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Tar Heels were cruising along when suddenly their title chances took a HUGE blow. Their star point guard, Kendall Marshall, took a hard foul from Creightonâ€™s Ethan Wragge and went tumbling to the floor. In that tumble, Marshall landed and fractured his wrist. He underwent a procedure to have a screw inserted into his wrist and now his status for the rest of the tournament is in question.
Moving forward, the Tar Heels must get backup utility man Justin Watts and freshman Stillman White ready at the point guard spot if Marshall cannot play. We shall see what happens, but if Marshall is lost, then the Tar Heels could be in trouble.
On a good note about the tournament, it was excellent to see the lower seeds come out and not give in to the higher seeds. In fact, this tournament has given us two 15 seeds (Lehigh and Norfolk State) winning for the first time in NCAA tournament history. All this shows me is that for all the talent that all the bigger schools have, the smaller schools have one thing that they donâ€™t have: experience.
Experience is something that you cannot undervalue and something that allows teams like Lehigh and Norfolk State to succeed. These teams werenâ€™t in awe of their opponents (Duke and Missouri). Sure, both Lehigh and Norfolk State got beat in the next round, but their showing, along with 13 seed Ohio making the Sweet 16, has shown that anyone can get beat on any given day and that March Madness is the single-best event going in sports.
Well, we have gone long enough without mentioning it. The latest in the Peyton Manning decision had Peyton choosing between the Denver Broncos, the San Francisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans. Manning is loved in Tennessee because he played in the state in college and with the Niners being a championship contender, he could have taken them over the top. But he surprised a lot of people and chose to take his talents to the Mile High City.
A lot of people cannot understand why he decided to go to Denver. Well, the answer is a lot simpler than you think. In my opinion, the reason he did not come to the Titans was simple. The Titans arenâ€™t ready to win as currently constructed. The offense would be spectacular with the likes of Chris Johnson in the backfield. They would be special, I must admit. But letâ€™s not forget, with the Colts, Peyton had two big-time pass rushers (Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis) that struck fear in opposing offenses when he got them up. The Titans donâ€™t possess a guy that compares to those two and wouldnâ€™t have the money available to pick up a guy like that would they have signed Manning.
As for the 49ers, it is being said that Peyton did not want to play in the Bay Area because of the expectations on the team to win the title. I donâ€™t believe that is true, but I truly believe that he did not want to go to the same conference as his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning,Â and block him from going to the Super Bowl.
And that leaves Denver standing out as the perfect choice. They have two very good pass rushers in Von Miller and Elvis Dummervil and they also have one of the easiest divisions in football to play in, the AFC West. Peyton Watch is officially over and we can all get back to regularly scheduled programming.
All in Clipperland can breathe easy. The number one fan is back on the sidelines. Clipper Darrell, whose real name is Darrell Bailey, has returned. Well, he actually never missed any games (the team was on a 6 game roadtrip during his issue with the organization), but that was in serious jeopardy of happening after this latest incident.
Darrell has been a fan of the team for ages, even wearing a custom made half-red, half-blue suit to the games. The issue that the team had with Darrell was surrounding possible endorsements that he may receive using the â€œClipper Darrellâ€ name. The Clippers wanted him to be cognizant of the fact that he is using the name of the team and that they would need to be notified. They even went as far as to talk about him potentially being a bandwagon fan. I think that statement was wrong to say to your number one fan, but Iâ€™m glad that they have worked it out. Now that the issue is out of the way, Clipper Darrell is back to his normal ways and cheering on his favorite team.
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