Get your brackets ready!
For all of those that are fans of the NIT Tournament, here is the 2014 bracket. The one thing I have a problem with is SMU being apart of this tournament and not the big dance. SMU was ranked in the AP polls for the final 4 weeks of the season and has 23 wins under their belt. They split with Cincinnati and Memphis, and are 2-0 against UConn, all 3 are in the tournament. The only thing I can blame for SMU being outside looking in, is their loss to Houston in the 2nd round of the AAC tournament, that still isn't enough to keep them out though. Teams like BYU(23-11), who play in a weaker West Coast conference, Stanford (21-12), who has less wins and more losses, and Nebraska(19-12), who didn't even eclipse 20 wins this season, made it over the Pony Express. Now Larry Brown and the Pony Express has to make sure they prove the selection committee wrong and win the NIT, which should be entertaining this year.
Arian Foster made his return to twitter yesterday with some fan interaction and also letting us know that he has been medically cleared after missing 12 games last season with a spinal injury. I thought this tweet was the most entertaining of them all because of his history with the NCAA in the past year. Foster has gone on record saying that he did accept money while playing at Tennessee, that led to backlash from the likes of Dick Vitale, who described Foster as a "prostitute"(would later apologize). I understand completely where Foster is coming from but I know he will not miss out on these great games that's about to go down. Come on now Arian.
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas to claim his first title in 2014. Novak also avenged a semi-final loss he suffered to Federer in Dubai Championship last month. This was the 33rd time these two have face each other, Federer leading the series 17-16, making this one of the best rivalries in all sports. This is Novak's 42nd title, putting him 14th on the all-time list at the age of 26. Novak is now #2 in the ATP World Rankings behind Raphael Nadal while Federer moves up 3 spots to 5th.
Lionel Messi is without question one of the best futbol players in the world, if not the best. The 26-year old Argentine, broke the all-time goal record for Barcelona Club, a record that stood for 87 years. Messi broke Paulino Alcantara, who scored 369 goals(142 in official games, 227 in Friendlies) with his hat trick in the clubs 7-0 win over Osasuna, bringing his total to 371(344 in official games, 27 in Friendlies). With another 6-7 good years left in the tank, I expect Messi to make that record untouchable.