Dahntay Jones took down Kobe Bryant Wednesday night on a play that both the NBA and legendary rough defender Bruce Bowen said should have been a foul. Bowen even mused, "You're wondering why is he continuing to walk toward Kobe at that particular moment," insinuating more than just a foul. Henry Abbot at ESPN's TrueHoop writes that, despite being distasteful, dirty play wins in the NBA.
The NCAA tournament wouldn't be March Madness without brackets, and basketball fans gleefully measure matchups and seeds in their attempts to predict winners. Ken Pomeroy at Slate analyzes the tournament each year, and writes that seeding actually has little effect on a team's title shot. Much more important than a team's seeding, says Pomeroy, is the difficulty of the region it is placed in.
NFL free agency's early winners include the Broncos, Chiefs, Dolphins, Eagles, and Seattle and San Francisco. The Seahawks started with acquiring Percy Harvin from the Vikings, and followed it up by signing two additions to an already strong defensive line. Vinnie Iyer at Sporting News says Seattle's been making all the right moves, while the NFC West defending champ 49ers added wide receiver Anquan Boldin. With these moves, writes Tom Krasovic, Seattle and San Francisco hold the keys to the NFC.
Illinois's Brandon Paul drained a buzzer-beater to sink Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament:
Also... Louisville cruised against Villanova in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.
Tennessee's Jordan McRae threw down a 360 dunk against Mississippi State.
And Iowa's Eric May threw down an authoritative slam on Northwestern.
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. (NA-1)
2. Tim Kawakami at San Jose Mercury News says the Boldin deal is grand larceny, (1-3)
3. A.J. Perez at Fox Sports writes that former Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr. is not happy with the Big East split. (2-3)