The Weekend Kick-Off with Chris Callaway

Split Allegiances

Last night was thrilling, as a basketball fan. I was emotionally invested in three of the four games airing last night, as I am a joint Wisconsin Badgers/Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan, and I may or may not have had something riding on the Arizona-Xavier game. (Legally speaking, of course.)

It made for an interesting evening. I love this Wisconsin Badgers team, and have watched probably 99%  of their action this season. I’m all in. It’s easy to be a fan of this team, and given the fact that so many people from around the state and around the community are […]

Half-Dozen Highlights: NCAA Opening Rounds

Your bracket is busted. We get that. But the fact that we went from 64 teams on Thursday to 16 entering this week is just crazy.

That means that 48 teams got eliminated in four days. That’s a lot. And although we only got to see (at most) two games for each team, we learned quite a bit. Here are the highlights of what I learned.

1) The ACC is really good. Duke, UNC, Louisville, Notre Dame and NC State are all still alive. That’s substantial.

2) The Big 12 maybe wasn’t that good. Baylor and Iowa State got upset early, and […]


Unless you have money on (or a strong allegiance toward) the favorite, everyone loves the underdog.

Take yesterday for example. My brother, an Iowa State alum, was more than a little upset with the Cyclones’ loss to UAB. However, nearly everyone I talked to was pumped that Georgia State beat Baylor in dramatic fashion.

Upsets are just one of the many reasons that this is the most wonderful time of the year, but they’re better for your brain too. I found a very interesting Vox article detailing the science behind upsets. You can read the full article here, but here’s a […]

Gut Feelings

I watch plenty of college basketball over the course of the season, and when it comes to filling out my bracket, I rely mostly on that knowledge rather than a bunch of new analytics that come out right around this time.

Sure, that might make me sound like a crotchety old fart, but since March Madness is such a crapshoot anyways, why not rely on your gut and instinct when filling out your bracket?

My bracket has remained largely unchanged since I filled it out immediately after it was released on Sunday night. There are a few teams that I really […]

Chris Borland

There’s rarely sports news anymore that really makes me stop and think. I’m not fazed by $300 million dollar contracts, athletes being arrested, busted for steroids, any of it. But this one got to me.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker (and former Wisconsin Badgers player) Chris Borland announced his retirement yesterday after just one, healthy, productive season in the NFL.

According to Borland, the reward simply wasn’t worth subjecting his body to the pounding it would inevitably take.

“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t […]

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