March 19, 2008
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Find the Next Cowgirl

Who will be the next FSU Cowgirl?. :: Bob Rosato/SI
We weren't sure what to lead with today. There was Mount St. Mary's winning the play-in game, Matt Ryan's impressive workout for NFL scouts and the revelation that Jesus Christ helped get Kentucky into the tournament. But then we saw this item -- Warchant is looking for a new Cowgirl to replace Jenn Sterger -- and we had our lead.
Update on the Michigan Academic Scandal
We've been telling you all week about a four-part series by the Ann Arbor News investigating Michigan athletes and their rather unchallenging academic course load. Well, university president Mary Sue Coleman came back swinging in an article in yesterday's Michigan Daily.
Getting to Know ... Mississippi Valley State
Our week-long series profiling No. 16 seeds takes us to Itta Bena, Miss., home of the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. Any discussion of The Valley (that's what those in the know call it) begins and ends with Jerry Rice, who attended the school after being snubbed by most of the big name colleges. The hoops team, which is led by Carl Lewis (not the track star/bad singer) and Larry Cox, is currently a 32-point underdog to UCLA.
Mascots and Buzzer Beaters
We enjoyed both these lists -- the tournament's most ridiculous mascots (brought to you by VH1's Best Week Ever blog of all places) and the tourney's top all-time buzzer beaters.
Dumb Story We Found Amusing

The Texas team bus was hit by a milk truck yesterday. :: J.P. Wilson/Icon SMI
The Texas Longhorns baseball team's bus was struck by a milk truck on its way to San Antonio to play UTSA. Luckily, nobody (or any of the milk) was injured. After waiting an hour for another bus, UT was forced to miss batting practice, but won the game, 12-6.
Steve Lavin and His Hair
We love Steve Lavin (and it has nothing to do with his gorgeous wife), but as The Sporting Blog's Chris Mottram points out, he's hardly recognizable with his new no-hair-product look.
Pop Culture Nugget
Sorry Sarah Jessica Parker -- Maxim just named you the unsexiest woman alive.
Today in Hot Clicks
Jamie Little introduction ... Jessica Simpson jinx hits ... A "Rick Roll" lesson ... Rock Madness: Best band ... Minor league team offers Clemens job -- as mascot.
Pick the Final Four Teams -- Win $2,500
The tournament is here! Make your predictions now as to which teams will be in the Final Four by entering SI Bracket Challenge on Facebook. If you correctly predict the Final Four, the final two and the national champion, you could win $2,500.
Odds and Ends
Need a name for your bracket? Here are some suggestions ... Jennifer Aniston likes Central Michigan ... Oregon Tech won the NAIA men's hoops national title ... Here's a photo of a half-destroyed Orange Bowl.
Videos of the Day
Bowling King

This dude gets 12 strikes in 12 different lanes. Very impressive.

Amazing Ball Balancing Dog

Sign him up for the Globetrotters!!

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