The Daily Download – March 15, 2015

The first story of the day… pie, or rather pi. Yesterday was National Pi Day, and to be honest, there really wasn’t enough pie involved to get me excited about it. Moving past my disappointment, let’s recap Saturday.

Texas Two Step

UFC 185 was held in Dallas with two belts on the line, and alas we have two new champions. Rafael dos Anjos is your new lightweight champion, ousting Anthony Pettis. And UFC’s newest division, women’s strawweight, already has a second champion. If you thought a name like Rowengartner is hard to pronounce, get ready for this: Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Yep, good luck with that one.

Madness Ensues

There were a number of NCAA conference tournaments that wrapped up Saturday, some very boring (#4 Villanova crushing Xavier & #5 Arizona pummeling Oregon). Some were incredibly exciting, like the Ivy League playoff and America East tournament.

But the strangest, was a team locking a bid before playing their title game. Texas Southern faced off against Southern in the SWAC title game Saturday. Before the game ever started, Texas Southern was given the SWAC bid because Southern was ineligible for the tournament for not meeting academic standards (One of five schools in the conference, begging the question: does SWAC stand for “So What’s A College?”). The NCAA caring about academics? Shocking, I know. Don’t worry, Texas Southern won the final anyway.

New York State of My God the Knicks are Terrible

The splash brothers and the Warriors hosted the bottom-dwelling Knicks Saturday night. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 12 3-pt FGs, as Golden State easily took care of business making it splash all over the place. A little bizarre that Steve Kerr rested his stars for Friday night’s game against the Nuggets to rest them up for the Knicks, but clearly his strategy worked… well let’s be honest, almost any strategy works against the Knicks. Bad news for New York though, they are now officially eliminated from the postseason. So don’t worry Eric Clapton, you can now have your 70th birthday shindig at the Garden.

I Wanna Go Fast… OK Not That Fast

At NHRA qualifying Saturday morning, Larry Dixon lost control of his dragster and this happened.

He somehow walked away from the accident. “It’s like a roller-coaster ride that flies off the track,” Dixon said. “Now what are you going to do? You just have to wait to land and hope everything does its job for you.” Safety in cars these days is incredible.

Almost as important, he had more composure than one of the most famous drivers of all-time. I wonder who he asked for help? Probably not Tom Cruise.

Teddy Bridgewater: Coolest Kid in Middle School


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