The Rundown: My Kind Of Party

All of this talk about Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four has us rethinking our nickname. Couch potatoes doesn’t quite carry the same bravado.

 

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The Last Night’s Game Team


World Baseball Classic

NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament

  • Michigander. The Michigan Wolverines were on a winning streak since their airplane crash a few weeks ago. All good things come to an end. They lost last night to the Oregon Ducks.
  • Narrowing it down. The field goes from the Sweet 16 tonight to the Elite Eight starting Saturday. If you want to cheer for the underdogs, Xavier and Gonzaga are playing each other in the Elite Eight on Saturday, and neither team has ever made it to the next round, the Final Four. Somebody has to win, might as well be you.

PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association)

  • Family matters. Golfer Jason Day (#3) withdrew from this weekend’s tournament to spend time with his mom who is battling lung cancer. During a tear-filled interview, he talked about how “family comes first.” American doctors have upgraded her prognosis from the grave one she received in their native Australia but it’s still a long road ahead.  

Overtime

  • According to Fortune Magazine, when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last season - breaking their 108-year championship drought, it was nothing short of a modern marvel. The magazine named Cubs’ president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein, this year’s “World’s Greatest Leader.” Epstein, who also ended the Boston Red Sox 86-year losing streak in 2004, beat out the Pope, Melinda Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and a few other underachievers.

Sideline stat

  • "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." That’s the athletes motto in the Special Olympics which has been repeated thousands of times at their World Winter Games in Austria. The games come to a close on Saturday but over 2.700 athletes from 107 nations have been brave in their quest for gold. Click here for more about the games.

Coaches’ Corner

  • There’s a tradition of doing a “shoey” after a victory in F1 (Formula One) racing. The shoey was introduced by Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo when he drank his victory champagne out of his gross, sweaty shoe after winning a race. Maybe a new pair of Jimmy Choos’ is a better idea? (Missed it? Here’s our five things to know about F1 racing in advance of this weekend’s season opener). 

The Rundown: 5 Things to Know About Formula One Racing

The popularity of NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing) in America has nothing on the global excitement around F1 (Formula One) racing. Since an American company now owns the majority of F1, and they are pushing for more races in the States, we thought you should be ahead of the curve when the season starts this weekend.

 

Taking home the checkered flag,

The Last Night’s Game Team


Five Things to Know About F1 (Formula One) Racing

  1. The races take place in some of the most picturesque places in the world including the scenic streets of Monaco, the desert of Abu Dhabi and under the lights in Singapore (the only night race). Even if you don’t like F1, it’s worth watching for the postcard worthy scenery. The only race in America is in Austin, TX. The season starts this Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
  2. F1 cars are designed to be light and fast. Like a trip to Jenny Craig, the car and the drivers, with all of their gear, are weighed in at the end of each race to ensure they meet the car weight restrictions. 
  3. One of the best part about being an F1 fan is that the races are done in two hours regardless of if the total number of laps have been completed or not.
  4. Last year’s champion Nico Rosberg went out on top when he retired days after winning his first championship at the age of 31.
  5. F1 has always had an international feel, but times are changing as U.S.A. based Liberty Media became the main stakeholder last year, buying in at a mere $4.4 billion.  
  • Bonus: Think you can distinguish F1 drivers from the bad guys in movies? Take this quiz.

World Baseball Classic

  • Uniting the country. Team U.S.A. beat two-time champion Japan for a place in the World Baseball Classic finals. They will take on a tough Puerto Rico team tonight in Los Angeles. Break out your red, white and blue for good luck as U.S.A has never won the title.

Overtime

  • The curious case of New England Patriots (football) quarterback Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been solved. The culprit? A Mexican media executive who snuck off with the jersey after the game.  It was also uncovered that the same guy stole Brady’s jersey from the 2015 Super Bowl and a Denver Broncos helmet from the 2016 Super Bowl.

Sideline stat

  • Billionaire Warren Buffett offered $1 million a year for life to any employee who could pick every game correctly through the March Madness Sweet 16 (48 games). A factory worker was one game short of perfect but he will still receive a $100,000 prize. There were more than 96,000 entrants from Berkshire Hathaway’s 367,000 employees.

Coaches’ Corner

  • Just when you started going through withdrawals, bracket basketball is back. The Sweet 16 teams (final 16 teams left in the bracket) begin playing tomorrow through Friday. Here’s the schedule