Thursday, March 13, 2014

3/13 Thursday Quickie

*Thanks to the University of Maryland's Merrill College Povich Center for Sports Journalism for having me out last night to talk about Entrepreneurial Journalism.

*I'll be back on campus tonight to watch my alma mater Whitman HS play in the boys' basketball state semifinals against Annapolis HS. Go Vikes!

*Yesterday, I also got to sit in on an Aspen Institute "Project Play" session with a bunch of really smart people talking about redefining youth sports. I'm super-intrigued by Dick's Sporting Goods' #SportsMatter concept that created a crowd-funding platform to help youth teams that need it.

*My favorite deal of NFL Free Agency week wasn't even a free-agency move -- it's the Eagles trading for Darren Sproles. Chip Kelly is going to do ridiculous things with him.

*Four days until Selection Sunday -- today is annually one of the best college hoops days of the year, with a slew of conference tournaments going all day and bubble teams in must-win positions.

-- D.S.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

3/11 SXSW Hangover Quickie

*Huge thanks to SXSW for having us as part of their inaugural "SX Sports" event. And thanks to Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury for being such a good sport for our session with him.

*Joel Embiid's back problems: He should never play another minute for Kansas again. I don't care if he is medically "cleared" for the back half of the NCAA Tournament -- everyone should be focused on his long-term future as a basketball player and caution should prevail.

*Phil Jackson to the Knicks: Posting and Toasting's Seth Rosenthal has the best take on this. I could try to pull out my favorite points, but just take the 3 minutes to read his argument.

-- D.S.