Brendan Maloy
Thursday March 19th, 2015

Andy is away for the remainder of the week so I, Brendan Maloy, am back to catch you up on all the things you missed while trying to make sure everyone pays for your office NCAA pool. You can find me at Extra Mustard, always, or on Twitter, sometimes.

March Madness, Finally

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The NCAA starts in earnest today after the First Four finished up on Wednesday night with Robert Morris and Dayton earning the right to take on Duke and Providence respectively. Even if college basketball is in a bit of a scoring rut this season, the sheer volume of games being played always makes the tourney's first round one of the most exciting in sports. Check out SI's previews of all the action here, and find out where to watch it here.

Brackets on Brackets on Brackets

March also means it is time for novelty brackets galore, and this year is no different, with mascot deathbracketsNFL nicknames late night college eating staples and best movie death scenes.

UNC Demotes Roy Williams

Poor Roy Williams. He leads North Carolina to a four-seed in the tournament and then opens the team's postseason program to discover he has been demoted to assistant coach. Congrats to Steve Robinson on the new gig though.

Lovely Lady of the Day

Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic advanced to the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas open at Indian Wells on Wednesday, which is a great reason to showcase his girlfriend, Danielle Knudson. (View the full-size gallery here)

Best. Team Name. Ever.

Hartford's new Double A affiliate needed a name, so it sought the community's advice, and the good people of Hartford came through big time, as the team is now called the Hartford Yard Goats. Some people will tell you this is a terrible name. Those people are boring.

Bikes More Dangerous than J.J. Watt?

A member of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee is trying to reframe Chris Borland's early retirement by telling everyone football is safer than riding a bike. That seems unlikely.

Rajon Rondo is Made of Magic

Great Passes Give Kevin Durant Boogie Fever

This Pamphlet Ended a Lot of Middle Relief Careers

Watch the Cheerleaders Faces

Odds and Ends

Timofey Mozgov of the Cleveland Cavaliers got his languages mixed up... Steve Spurrier's SEC trolling has no off-season ... NASCAR's Joey Logano takes the Batmobile for a ride... Byron Scott doesn't like Nick Young's new 'do... UK fans are committed... Nike is going all white everything ... The legendary Hot Doug's lives on in pizza form ... Two amazing plays at the plate

Next Caller: Will from Bel Air, CA

This is perfect execution of a prank call. Washington Journal always delivers.

Clayton Kershaw's Return Game is on Point

Budweiser With Some Masterful Troll Work

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