NCAA Tournament: Day 1 Recap

spartyondrumsFor the most part, everyone did what they were supposed to do yesterday, with a few exceptions. Some of the highlights:

  • Despite some fight from Valparaiso and surrendering turnovers in spades, Michigan State pulled away to a win in the tournament’s opening game.
  • Newly anointed Gonzaga nearly blew their opportunity and almost became the first #1 seed to go down in the first round, escaping with a win over a Southern team that would not go away.
  • Harvard University, which has so little going for it, finally found some success in the realm of sport, securing its first tournament win with an upset of #3 New Mexico.
  • New Mexico State also lost yesterday, making this article really sad.
  • Colorado State’s win over continually hapless Missouri was a yawner…until it wasn’t!
  • When will we stop underseeding the Pacific Twelve? Oregon pulled one of the least surprising 12-5 upsets ever by knocking off Eddie Sutton-less Oklahoma State, while #12 Cal eked one out against #5 UNLV.
  • As usual, I got greedy with underdogs in the early rounds, so the dispatching of UNLV and Belmont wasn’t too kind to my ALDLAND bracket. (If you’re a junkie, you can see the updated standings here. We’ll do a deep analysis after the first two rounds are complete.)

On that last point, keep an eye on Ole Miss and Wisconsin today, outcome to be determined by the severity of Marshall Henderson’s inevitable hangover.

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ALDLAND college football weekend update, part 1

As announced, Brendan will be attending and (has already begun) live-tweeting The Game. If you want to follow along, make sure you’re following ALDLAND on Twitter (@ALDLANDia), something you probably should be doing anyway.

Although I am indeed in the midst of a relocation project, I’m taking a break to attend senior day in Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines will be hosting the Iowa Hawkeyes. Key questions include: 1) Will Michigan senior QB Denard Robinson play a meaningful snap, and if so, at what position? 2) Will the mobile reception situation be as bad as it was last time? and 3) Without my charger, will my phone battery even last long enough to make the answer to question (2) relevant? Strategic packing during a move is difficult.

For live coverage of both games, follow @ALDLANDia on Twitter.

ALDLAND goes to The Game

Blog founder and fearless leader AD might be in the process of moving to Hotlanta, but that doesn’t mean that ALDLAND will stop bringing you exciting content.  This weekend, yours truly will be heading to the biggest rivalry around.  That’s right, The Game.  Harvard.  Yale.  The Bulldogs vs. the Crimson.  These two nerd factories have been going at it since 1875, so there’s been a lot of time to build up bad blood.  Yale is looking to break a five game losing streak to its bitter rival, but it won’t come easy, as this year’s edition of The Game is in Cambridge, MA (or Lamebridge if you are a Yale grad).  Yale is sitting at 1-5, but any Bulldog would tell you that it will be a great season if they can beat the Crimson.  As with any rivalry game, you can throw out the record books when these two rivals take the field at Harvard Stadium.  Look for more content in the coming days, as ALDLAND live tweets the gameday experience and brings you a full recap next week.  Maybe we will even snap some pictures with Handsome Dan himself.

Name Harvard Yale
Established 1636 1701
Nickname Crimson Bulldogs
Mascot John Harvard Handsome Dan
Fight Song Ten Thousand Men of Harvard Down the Field
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