Join the World’s Largest NIT Office Pool!

March 17, 2015 – 12:15 am by Hickey

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Anybody can fill out an NCAA bracket and win their office pool. (HINT: Take Kentucky). But do you have what it really takes to prove yourself as a hoops guru?

Here at Rumors and Rants, we are looking to find the real cream of the crop — those of you capable of winning an NIT office pool.

That’s right. We are setting up the World’s Largest NIT Office Pool, which should prove to live up to its name as long as three people sign up.

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John Oliver brilliantly takes down the NCAA

March 16, 2015 – 3:07 am by Ryan Phillips
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John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight has been nothing short of phenomenal in its 30-episode run so far. His weekly attacks on major problems in society have even led to legislation being enacted, but at the very least draw attention to problems going largely ignored. On Sunday night, he took aim at one of America’s biggest bullies: the NCAA.

In a 20-minute piece on the NCAA and its ridiculous amateurism rules, Oliver points out how the impending NCAA Tournament will bring in more than $1 billion in ad revenue, which is almost as much as the entire NFL playoffs (Super Bowl included). But anytime anyone suggests that some of that money should trickle down to the athletes participating in that tournament, the NCAA scoffs.

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Yu Darvish to have Tommy John surgery, miss season

March 13, 2015 – 5:41 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The Texas Rangers were dealt a serious blow on Friday as it was announced that starting pitcher Yu Darvish would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2015 season. Darvish and the team sought several opinions before deciding the 28-year-old should have surgery, but with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, this was always going to be the outcome.

Texas is trying to bounce back from a monumentally disappointing season in 2014 and this doesn’t help things at all. Darvish has been the ace of the team’s pitching staff since he arrived after a successful career with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan.

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Three Cubs prospects go back-to-back-to-back in spring training

March 11, 2015 – 12:20 am by Hickey

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There is a reason people are excited about the future of the Chicago Cubs, and it was on full display in a spring training game against the Indians on Tuesday.

Top prospects Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant all went deep — and if you watch the video, which you’d be foolish not to, we do mean DEEP — in consecutive fourth inning at-bats.

But before you go throwing all your money in Vegas on a Cubs World Series title just because Marty McFly told you so, let’s take a few deep breaths. (Keep in mind if you believe that, you also believe that all men should be wearing double-necked ties by now).

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Oklahoma football players protest racist video

March 9, 2015 – 4:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
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There has been a ton of fallout in response to a racist video that surfaced over the weekend that shows Oklahoma University students chanting racist remarks. The video shows members of the OU chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon participating in the chants. Since its publication, Oklahoma has severed ties with the fraternity and some members could be expelled as a result. Now the school’s football team has responded.

On Monday the Sooners did not participate in their scheduled spring practice, and instead held a demonstration as a form of protest. The players stood in silence outside the team’s indoor facility, most of the team’s members were dressed in black. An Oklahoma spokesman told reporters that the practice’s cancellation was a “captain’s decision.”

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Miami Dolphins believe they will land Ndamukong Suh

March 6, 2015 – 5:52 pm by Ryan Phillips
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I’m sure plenty of teams believe they have the best chance to land free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but the Miami Dolphins are apparently really confident they will be his final destination. The 28-year-old Suh has also been linked to the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders and he can begin negotiating with teams on Saturday.

Suh is likely to command a contract in the $100 million range, worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $17 million a year with nearly $60 million in guaranteed money. That’s a lot for any franchise to give one player, but Miami appears to be willing to make Suh the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.

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Russell Westbrook has gone bananas

March 5, 2015 – 2:59 am by Hickey

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We’ve spent most of Russell Westbrook’s career considering him to the the Oklahoma City Thunder’s second banana. Now he’s simply going bananas.

Tasked with leading the Thunder in Kevin Durant’s absence, Westbrook joined a stratosphere inhabited by all-time NBA greats on Wednesday night when he recorded his fourth straight triple-double with 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a 123-118 win over the 76ers.

The company Westbrook joined in his peformance?

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Jameis Winston has meeting with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

March 3, 2015 – 6:01 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Following the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, most of the football world expected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. We’ve heard from numerous experts who believe Winston fits what the Buccaneers want to do offensively better than Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. Tampa Bay’s interest in Winston is certainly real, as they had the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner in for a visit on Tuesday.

Winston met with the team in what was a curiously early pre-draft visit. It is customary for players to meet with teams, but two months before the draft is a bit early to be having that kind of meeting. Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson claimed it was a “character visit,” which means the team’s brass is feeling out whether it can trust Winston with leading its franchise into the future.

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