Monday, January 16th, 2017

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Want to win your NCAA bracket at work? Now you can take a class for that! Just in time for March Madness, St. Joe’s is offering a college course called “Fundamentals of Bracketology”. The material covered will include such topics as an introduction to “NCAA March Madness”; a History of the NCAA Tournament; NCAA Selection Committee(s), the Selection Process, Seeding and Bracketing, RPI, and the construction of mock brackets.  It will also include a detailed explanation of the new 68 team format.

Why didn’t they offer these types of classes when I went to college? I would have paid a little more attention in class and could have won a few extra bucks for drinks.

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A star Brazilian goalkeeper jailed for 22 years for ordering the kidnap and murder of his girlfriend, who was dismembered and fed to his pet dogs, could be released to play soccer.

Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 28, confessed to the horrific crimes last March after his ex-girlfriend Eliza Samudio was murdered.

Despite his confession and prison sentence, the goalkeeper was allowed to sign a five-year contract with a Brazilian soccer team.  If a judge approves he could receive day release passes to train with the soccer team and play in matches.

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The Iron Pigs are at it again. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs who are known for their unusual promotions and unique methods (video game urinals) of drawing in new fans, will wear a special uniform every Saturday this season. Their hats will feature a picture of a strip of bacon. It’s part of their “Smell the change” campaign. Fans can also purchase scratch and sniff tee shirts which actually smell like bacon. Those pigs really know how to ham it up!

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Hockey fans in Boise, Idaho contend that they were the victims of fraud when they were sold a $7 beer that is allegedly larger than a $4 beer.

Things came to a “head” when a fan posted a YouTube video showing that the local hockey arena was ripping off fans.

Four fans sued , seeking $10,000 in damages. Those fans must either be some pretty heavy drinkers or maybe they’re still drunk ….I don’t think any judge will award $10,000 in beer damages.

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If the NBA isn’t bad enough already, this year’s playoffs are almost guaranteed to feature multiple teams with losing records. If the playoffs began today two Eastern Conference teams would make it with a sub .500 record. The Knicks and their pathetic 25-40 record are only 3 1/2 games out. I thought the playoffs were meant to feature the best teams?