by John Walters
Tweet du Jour
Allderdice’s Shaun Morris lifts Mt. Lebanon’s Blaine Gartley after he was knocked over during a PIAA playoff game on March 10, 2018, at Barack Obama Academy in East Liberty. Allderdice beat Mt. Lebanon, 63-54. (Steph Chambers/Post-Gazette) #PIAA #PIAABasketball #CityLeague #WPIAL pic.twitter.com/yXkSg9hE66
— Steph A Chambers (@StephChambers76) March 11, 2018
This kid’s like
“CHALLENGE ACCEPTED GRAYSON ALLEN!”pic.twitter.com/8FOpeVsJp8
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) March 10, 2018
One seeds are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier.
Just missed, or “snubbed”: USC, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Notre Dame.
Schools that screwed them: San Diego State, Davidson (by winning conference tourneys).
Happy/Surprised to be in: Oklahoma, Syracuse, Arizona State, UCLA
Toughest Bracket? People gonna say Midwest (Kansas/Duke/Michigan State) but I’ll go with West, where Xavier is a tenuous 1 Seed having to share bracket with North Carolina, Michigan and Gonzaga.
MH Final Four picks: Arizona, West Virginia, Duke, North Carolina.
2. Tiger Tough
At the Valspar Open in Florida, Tiger Woods flirted briefly atop the leader board and finished in second place, one stroke back. A 50-foot putt on 17 on Sunday made it possible for the winner of 14 majors, who last won a tourney five years ago, to force a playoff with a birdie on 18. Alas, he shot par.
But the first round of the Masters will be must-see TV next month…
3. Oral Exam
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 12, 2018
One can imagine Betsy DeVos’ inner monologue during this exchange be like, “Nobody told me this would be on the test.”
4. The Next Bold Step of Fascism
Speaking to a crowd in France, former White House—what was his job title, anyway?—resident white supremacist Steve Bannon exhorts them, “Let them call you racists. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor.”
5. You Go, Girl!
— Athletics GIF (@AthleticsGif) March 11, 2018
That’s Harvard junior Gabrielle “Gabby” Thomas setting a new collegiate indoor 200 record (22.38) while winning the indoor national championship this weekend. Yes, Harvard. Hot damn!
After returning from their 1981 world tour to promote breakout No. 1 hit (in the U.K.) “Don’t You Want Me”, The Human League returned home to the British Isles and followed up with this No. 2 in 1982. More than a decade letter the band would confess that the song was about their contemporary, Adam Ant, about whom they feared (rightly) success had gone to his head.
Charlie Wilson’s War
9:35 p.m. TMC (not TCM)
We’d argue that this 2007 film is Tom Hanks’ last great role, and that Philip Seymour Hoffman definitely should’ve won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the work he did here as the son of a soda pop salesman from Aliquippa, Pa. This was director Mike Nichols’ final film and the reason the script zips and zaps so well is because Aaron Sorkin wrote it. If you’ve never seen this, it’s from the same era as Argo and so much more deserving of a Best Picture Oscar. Never understood how this was so overlooked.