Want to win the NCAA tournament bracket pool in your office/circle of friends/Facebook/the world? Chris Wilson at Slate says pick like a hedge-fund manager. Like evaluating risk on the stock market, check the conventional wisdom to find undervalued teams that actually have a good chance of winning. The best bargain at the moment is Florida, with a 21 percent chance of winning as calculated by Ken Pomeroy, whom only 2.8 percent of ESPN amateur bracketologists have chosen to win it all.
Rafael Nadal's return to dominance from roughly three-quarters of a year sidelined with a knee injury has been nothing short of amazing, agree both Juan Martin del Potro and Peter Bondo at Tennis.com. Bondo writes that perhaps Nadal unwittingly set us up with unnecessary melodrama, the product of an honest young man faced with a possibly devastating injury.
If March Madness isn't fulfilling your gambling needs, the NFL has you covered. Vegas has updated its 2013-14 Super Bowl odds with a week of free agency in the books, and Joe Fortenbaugh at National Football Post takes a look at the changes, or lack thereof, in the favorites. San Francisco, Denver, and Seattle all gained a bit of ground on the Patriots. On the other end, the Chiefs dropped despite making several big-money acquisitions.
LeBron James dunked over Jason Terry in a big way on this alley-oop during the Miami Heat's 23rd consecutive victory.
Also... Brooklyn crushed Detroit by a margin of 37 points.
Jrue Holiday and the Philadelphia 76ers edged Portland 101-100.
And Steph Curry dropped 30 on New Orleans in Golden State's easy win.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. Vinnie Iyer at Sporting News writes that Wes Welker's move shifts power in the AFC. (1-4)
2. Pat Forde at Yahoo! Sports breaks down the 2013 bracket. (NA-1)
3. Mike DeCourcy at Sporting News picks some possible winners in a wide-open tournament. (NA-1)