What we watched: The college basketball rankings take a hit. Whether it was Duke losing at the last second or Syracuse getting beat on the road at Notre Dame, yesterday had a little bit of everything for upset-minded.
Missouri beat Baylor by a point. Arkansas beat Michigan by two and Tennessee upended UConn by three. If that's not enough for you, plenty of games were this close to piling on. Both Mississippi State and Georgetown hung on to beat their opponents by a bucket and Kansas outlasted Texas by three points. All in all, a nice little Saturday.
What we're watching (all times EST, unless noted): NBA: Boston at Washington at 1:00 p.m. (NBA TV). NHL: Washington at Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m. (NBC). College Basketball: NC State at Miami at 12:00 p.m. (ESPN3), Virginia Tech at Virginia at 6:00 p.m. (ESPNU). NFL: Baltimore at New England at 3:00 p.m. (CBS) and New York Giants at San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. (FOX).
The Crispin Glover road show: "Crispin Glover is still perhaps most remembered as the geeky, gawky Layne from River's Edge, the geeky, gawky dad from Back To The Future, and the silent badass from the Charlie's Angels movies. But in spite of a lengthy roll of prominent film credits-most recently including memorable roles in Tim Burton's unmemorable Alice In Wonderland and a hilarious role in the generally non-hilarious Hot Tub Time Machine-his heart has never been in Hollywood. He's far more invested in his own filmmaking, and the tours that take him around the country to present his work directly to audiences. This week, Glover shopped in Chicago to give critics a preview of his touring show, which consists of a slideshow performance and live reading of several of his books-mostly arty cut-up creations, edited together from turn-of-the-century public-domain found books-followed by one of his two films, then an audience Q&A that lasts between 45 and 90 minutes, then a book-signing where he tries to talk to all comers. It's an intimate, personal evening with his fans, unusual for a movie star, but Glover is committed to his evangelism about what he feels art should be, and if that means convincing fans one at a time, in person, so be it."[AV Club]
One of many upsets: "'I can't even describe this right now. They were 20-0. I can't put it to words how amazing this is,' [Notre Dame's Jack] Cooley said. 'We came out with energy. This was a great opportunity and we didn't want to squander it.' Melo had started all 20 of the Orange's first games, was their leading rebounder with 5.7 a game, and averaged 7.2 points and three blocks. School officials gave no explanation why the talented center did not make the trip. He will also miss Monday's game against Cincinnati. 'We had all week to prepare for Melo (not playing). We didn't know for sure (he would not play), but we were prepared for it,' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, without elaborating on the reasons. 'I don't know how he affected the game because he wasn't here.'" [SI]
Ryan Braun breaks silence, sort of: National League MVP Ryan Braun, in his first public comments since testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, told a packed Manhattan ballroom crowd Saturday night that 'everything I have done in my career has been done with respect and appreciation for the game of baseball.' Although he never directly addressed the allegations against him — that his MVP season was accomplished with the help of a banned substance — it was clear Braun's remarks were pointed at the legal battle he is currently involved in. 'You know, sometimes in life, we all deal with challenges we never expected to endure,' Braun said, while accepting his award at the annual dinner of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. 'We have an opportunity to look at those challenges and view them either as obstacles or as opportunities, and I've chosen to view every challenge I've ever faced as an opportunity and this will be no different. I have always believed that a person's character is revealed through the way they deal with those moments of adversity.'" [ESPN]
Your Singing pizza man Interlude:
Why the long face?: "Authorities say a fast-moving fire destroyed a barn owned by a noted New Jersey equestrian family, killing 22 show horses worth tens of thousands of dollars each. State Police Sgt. Brian Polite says the barn was engulfed in flames when troopers arrived around 1:40 a.m. Saturday in Lafayette. The blaze was soon extinguished, but all the horses inside were killed. Betty Hahn, whose family owns the barn, tells The Star-Ledger that the animals were valued at $10,000 to $60,000 apiece. Her family has competed and won awards in equestrian competitions along the East Coast. She said no hay or fuel was stored in the barn, so she's baffled about how the blaze began. Officials would not say whether they considered the blaze suspicious, citing the ongoing investigation." [NJ.com]
Baseball!: "The Rockies have completed a deal to acquire Boston infielder Marco Scutaro for pitcher Clayton Mortensen. The Rockies' earmarked Scutaro as a target when the offseason began, seeing him as a starting second baseman and potential No. 2 hitter in the lineup. The deal went on life support Friday, but was revived today when the Rockies were able to work through some financial issues to take on Scutaro's $6 million contract. Scutaro, 36, batted a career-high .299 with seven home runs, 54 RBIs and .358 on-base percentage last season. He projected as the Red Sox's starting shortstop, but Boston has been looking to move money to make a run at free agent starter Roy Oswalt, while staying under the luxury tax. The native of San Felipe, Venezuela hit 26 doubles and scored 59 runs in 2011. A veteran of 10 big league seasons, Scutaro is a career .270 hitter with 214 doubles, 14 triples, 68 home runs, 404 RBI and 538 runs scored." [Denver Post]
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