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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 2/22/15

3 Up

1. Cornerstone University - After what started out as an idea, the Cornerstone University new baseball field has dorms built into the stadium allowing their players to literally live at the baseball field. This my friends, is so, so, so, so awesome! I hope many other smaller school follow this trend. 

2. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao - Well, we can gripe about this being too late and that how the sport of boxing treats it's fans, but we'll just be happy this gets done. It'll be the highest grossing boxing event ever. And it should be intriguing. I'm also calling it now, we'll probably get a rematch somewhere down the line. 

3. Customized NFL Helmets - I'm such a sucker for sport uniforms and equipment. These latest customized helmets done by Deeyung Entertainment are pretty interesting. Not a fan of all of them, but many of them are really cool. 

3 Down

1. New York Knicks/Carmelo Anthony - What a mess! From having your franchise player play in the all-star game when he needs surgery, to delaying said surgery until it affects your next season, the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony are a complete and utter mess. And oh yeah, the team's on-the-court product stinks. I can't honestly say the last time I've watched a game. 

2. Sterling Gibbs - I know kid do stupid things at times, but the elbow Gibbs threw was uncalled for and unnecessary. 

3. Anderson Silva - Silva, once heralded as a prized fighter, now busted for PEDs. The issue is becoming a growing problem for MMA, and you have to wonder, how many other sports that haven't been as strict as baseball currently have, or will have, the same problem. 

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So, here goes...
Division I Basketball is getting more and more difficult for me to watch and support. 
Just like I once laid out regarding my ethical feelings towards the NFL (and really, football, overall), thus is the same credence and feelings I have developing for Division I Basketball - mainly the NCAA's approach to it. Now of course, my feelings aren't something new as many share my thoughts and opinions on this - the NCAA is corrupt and college basketball is a sham. But for me, it goes even deeper - certain programs, coaches, and communities enable this exploitation of young men. And yes, many shy away from that word, but that's exactly what college basketball has become, an exploitation of services.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 3/18/18

3 Up 
1. UMBC - I'm really struggling to watch these tournament games. The games have been entertaining, but morally, I can't stomach the exploitation of these young men (more on that some other time). Regardless, kudos to the young men of UMBC who made history this week. I'm thrilled to see such a program make headlines, and of course, for a coach from the DII and DIII ranks who did it the right way. 
2. UMBC Social Media Team - Yo, whoever is running the UMBC Twitter following their defeat of Virginia deserves a raise. There was some serious shade being thrown, and to be honest, everyone who was in their way in some ways, deserves it. 
3. 2018 Paralympics - Oddly, I watched a tremendous amount of these games and was totally in awe of the athletes. Shockingly, the hockey games were super entertaining to me. So much love and credit to those who participated, and even more importantly, continue to persevere despite disabilities. 
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