From diaper dandies during Midnight Madness, through a season of super, scintillating sensational slams and Maalox mashers, we’ve finally reached March Madness. By Sunday, we’ll be down to the Sweet Sixteen, but the action just started a little earlier this afternoon so let’s jump in, baby.

College Sports Blog starts off with its take on today’s matchups. NCAA Double-A Zone takes us behind the brackets with anecdotes about the contestants. Beyond The Arc feels presidential, as their bracket is very similar to a well-in-tune President Obama. And The Dagger says Clark Kellogg is too safe to fill Billy Packer’s shoes.

NESN University invokes the anything-can-happen cliche to defend some bad bracketology. Thanks For Playing understands Rick Pitino’s collegiate success is incomprehensible by our Bostonian pro standards, but he’ll be staying a long time at this year’s dance just the same. On Campus says Pitino’s Cardinals are overrated.

Blogging the Bracket has this a good weekend good for the UConn Huskies and not so good for the BC Eagles. But the Huskies’ prognosis isn’t good everywhere. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon picks today’s opponent, the Tennessee Chattanooga Mocs, to win it all. UConn Men’s Basketball says that these Huskies will have to keep their minds on current goals if they are to avoid another 2006. In Storrs Now scouts out the Mocs, whom the Huskies will have to beat without Coach Jim Calhoun.

On BC Interruption, both Brian and Jeff see the Eagles getting by this weekend. BC All-Access runs down the opening matchup against the USC Trojans, who have been horrible on the road this season. At The Eagle flies into enemy territory to learn the keys in beating USC tomorrow.

Before moving on, we can’t forget about the NCAA Women’s Tournament. Sox & Dawgs has their selection of 64 hotties that adds new meaning to filling out these brackets.

Celtics / NBA

More injuries every day, as the C’s split on back-to-back nights. In Tuesday’s loss in Chicago, I found myself rooting for the wrong Green all night. I *Heart* Celtics says St. Patrick was dissed by the Bulls’ uniform switch-a-roo. Standing Room Only secong-guesses Doc’s use of Starbury as a defensive answer in that one, while Red’s Army recaps the game’s infirmities.

A different ending last night. Green Street has Paul Pierce showcasing his MVP candidacy with a refuse-to-lose performance against Miami at TD Banknorth. Boston.com’s Celtics Blog says Pierce hasn’t forgotten how to fly solo. The Heat win wrapped up the Atlantic Division, but SB’s CelticsBlog has Doc throwing in the towel on the East.

Boston Sports Blog has both the C’s and B’s sinking fast in the standings. Celtics Stuff Live says the C’s aren’t giving themselves permission to lose. In another Green Room contribution, Jessica Camerato has Mikki Moore no stranger to those piercing sounds ringing in his ears.

If a 9-2 record without him hurt KG’s MVP chances last year, Celtics 17 contends that going 7-7 without him this year should prove his value. WGS Celtics Blog has another member of the 1976 champion C’s inducted into another Hall of Fame.

Bruins / NHL / AHL?

Wicked Bruins Fan assures everyone he’s still with us and uses some simple math to conclude the B’s are not in a slump. Naoko Funayama talks X’s and A’s in defending the B’s two-month slide. As part of the new ‘EEI look, Pucks With Haggs is no more. The renamed Big Bad Blog has same old Haggs sharing Bruisms from bruised ankles to pirouetting goalies to closet Britney Spears fans.

Kathryn Tappen lauds girlhood hero and trapeziod godfather Martin Brodeur after he pulled ahead of Manny Fernandez, 552-141, in career victories. Stanley Cup of Chowder brings the heart-felt high-five of one Seinfeld character to Brodeur. Cornelius Hardenbergh And The Hockey Blogging Adventure continues our goalie tributes by calling Mr. Zero the greatest player he never saw.

Yes, our own Manchester Monarchs have made the big time as Puck Daddy puts ‘Rock The Mullet Night’ right up there with other hair-brained schemes.

Red Sox

Hot Stove Talk tries to help me make sense of this Josh Bard revolving-door thing. The last time the Sox dumped him, Bard hit .338 for the remainder of the season, but who needs hitting in the catcher’s spot anyway? The Bottom Line smells a trade brewing, but Over The Monster says George Kottaras’ promotion rules out a trade. Full Count has Theo explaining how Kottaras became the new backstop backup and knuckleballs do get mentioned.

As if injuries weren’t enough, Fire Brand of the American League poses a question that will have us all whistling past April. WGS Red Sox Blog is not as impressed with Josh Beckett’s off-field commitment as is Brad Penny.

Subway Squawker Jon is enjoying the WBC, even though his Mets have to play alongside Yanks and Sox. Don’t worry, Jon. Winning isn’t really contagious. Eric Ortiz defends The Hub from Beantown-hating Manny sympathists who think their own water don’t stink.

Patriots / NFL

The Patriot Act counters one key point in Adam Schefter’s case for why the Pats and Julius Peppers won’t be doing business together. NESN’s New England Patriots Blog has Bill Belichick getting more for his bucks than say, Daniel Snyder.

Pats Pulpit wants no part of an 18-game regular season, but it would give the Detriot Lions two more chances to crack a W. You know, it’s hard to understand how they went 0-16 considering their Pro Day due diligence. Consider, for example, their sleuth work with BC DT Ron Brace, which Shutdown Corner dissects for the benefit of other draftees.

Thanks for breaking away from all the Tournament action and visiting. Be sure to join us each Thursday afternoon and, until the next time, if you’ve got a thought just drop me a line at bob02878@yahoo.com.

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