My favorite tweet from the NCAA tournament

It was total destruction. It was like watching the original “Robocop” movie and realizing you didn’t want to say “Shoot him again” at the end. (Don’t watch this if you have a delicate stomach.)

Emoji madness: My bracket’s Final Four

The NCAA tournament has begun (Hampton just beat Manhattan for the honor of being slaughtered by Kentucky in the Second Round), so this is the Final Four I’m looking for:

In the East


In the Midwest


In the West


And in the South


Yes, I know some of these picks are insane, but that’s why they call it March Madness. (For the emojis for every team in the tournament, click here and make your own bracket.)

If college basketball players were paid …

… Montrezl Harrell of the Lousiville Cardinals would be a multimillionaire (via NerdWallet):


It’s striking what he’d make, but the revenue figure for Louisville basketball is up in the stratosphere. Let’s watch Montrezl in action:

Definitely a first-round draft pick.

Otto Porter is in the zone

He’s just not in the same zone as the rest of the game. This happened in the last minutes of the Washington Wizards loss to the Chicago Bulls this week.

But, as bad as that was, you see the shot didn’t result in points, so the Bulls’ Tony Snell sucks for missing. And the brain freeze by Porter still comes in second to the Philadelphia 76ers total defensive breakdown earlier this season against the Portland Trail Blazers (If it’s not moving, click the image below).


Better than Knicks basketball

Scott Cacciola covers the New York Knicks for the New York Times. But the Knicks really suck! So earlier this month, the Times ran this note:

The Knicks, in an effort to rebuild through the N.B.A. draft and free agency, appear to have officially given up on this season. They’re an unthinkable 5-32, and on Monday night they traded away J. R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, leaving a roster that might struggle against an N.B.A. Development League team.

So the Sports department’s editors feel it is only merciful to give our Knicks beat writer, Scott Cacciola, a break from such woeful basketball. He deserves to see the game played at a higher level. For the next month or so, we would like to point him to some good, quality basketball, wherever it may be. Any suggestions?

So he went to Springfield, Ill., to cover the Central Illinois Xpress basketball team:

The Xpress were already drawing attention, having emerged as an unlikely force in the fifth-grade boys’ league at the Gym, a bustling basketball center here. In running their record to 8-1 through the first half of the season, the Xpress executed a motion offense and often overwhelmed the competition. But they really stood out for another reason.

Yeah, he’s doing stories on fifth-grade girls because the Knicks are extraordinarily bad. But the girls are really good, and making the boys they play cry. Click on the link in the tweet. It’s a fun story.