Friday, June 23, 2017
Basketball: College

Basketball: College

An Inside Out look at the gambler’s mind during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament

It’s time for DPB’s 2016 Guide to March Madness in Vegas. In previous iterations, we’ve introduced you to the (short-term) locals and taught you how to handle your shit during the biggest gambling holiday of the year. For the third annual edition, we’re taking you deep into the mind of a gambler when the stakes are at their highest. Written...

How Oregon can beat North Carolina

It's time to call on the ghost of Bill Bowerman and his epicurean analogies. By Andrew J. Pridgen Rooting against North Carolina is a bit like hating on your friend who’s got the perfect home with the granite slab counters and the double vanity and the real wood, not laminate floors, the Photoshopped spouse, the overperforming children, the on-time Christmas card,...

March Madness 2016: Ranking Conference Tournament Sites

March Madness kicks off from coast to coast this week with league men’s basketball tournaments. These might be the better option for travel and viewing than heading to the big show later this month--more teams, better chances for your team to win, cheaper/more intimate venues. We’ve ranked every conference tournament location by desirability. Written by Kyle Magin 1) Home sites--America East,...

Michigan State is Going Backward, and That’s OK

Regarding the Acadians: They shout and curse, stabbing wildly; more brawlers than warriors. They make a wondrous mess of things. Written by Kyle Magin The final seconds of Michigan State basketball’s second Big Ten win fittingly ticked away with the ball in the hands of Alvin Ellis III. The Spartans are 2-0 in the league--with an overtime victory on the road against...

2017 NBA Finals Game 1: An homage to Magic and Bird

For the most part, Game 1 was called like a pre-hand-check-era tilt. And the performances to ensue spoke volumes. By Andrew J. Pridgen I stayed up too late Thursday night enjoying what was likely my double-digit viewing of Bird and Magic: A Courtship of Rivals on HBO. It was one of those I-was-about-to-go-to-bed-doing-one-last-flip-through-and-it-was-just-starting moments. I’m regretting the decision this morning but...

One More For Coach

Legendary--in the non-hyperbolic, actual sense of that word--basketball Coach Pat Summitt died Tuesday at age 64 from complications of Alzheimer’s-type dementia. She essentially founded the women’s basketball game in America and has had a direct hand on all 10 U.S. medals earned in Olympic play. Written by Kyle Magin You’ll read far more in-depth pieces on former Tennessee Lady Vols...

Pints and Picks March Madness Special Edition: Vegas from the Ground Up

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. This week our annual special edition for March Madness: #tourneytime #MarchDadness By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Kyle is poolside at the Wynn in Vegas with Pete Rose...

A Funeral for Sparty

Michigan State lost 90-81 to Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. On Monday, we here at DPB sat in on the funeral as Spartans past and present came to pay their respects. Written by Kyle Magin East Lansing, Mich.--It’s fitting that Steve Smith bore the casket in. As Lupe Izzo--veiled in Nike-supplied black--audibly choked back...

Gavin Newsom’s call on California’s public colleges and universities to review athletic departments should merely be the beginning of higher education reform

Newsom’s mandate after NCAA sanctions hit a state school for academic fraud is the right move. But UC and CSU needs to recognize major flaws extend far beyond the court, field and classroom. By Andrew J. Pridgen As California takes on the responsibilities of becoming an emerging rogue state, Sacramento should not overlook the need for a wholesale review of...

NCAA March Madness opening weekend as told by guys texting about how f*cked their brackets are

Your tournament is over the first weekend. You are not alone. By Andrew J. Pridgen Thursday noon Group text begins: PETER: UConn. Whoa. Who had Colorado? CHRIS: I did. MATT: Fucking idiot. JUSTIN: Bold move. You must’ve not seen the shitty team through all the smoke. CHRIS: LOL MATT: Save your LOLs for the chick you’re trying to convince you own a start up. MATT L.: Who’s got Baylor? CHRIS:...

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