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Hump Day Hot Takes: 3.21.28

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Hump Day Hot Takes: 3.21.28

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Have you lit your bracket on fire yet? Because I have. Sunday was absolutely brutal, but it wasn’t the only day to have some major upsets. We here at The Turf have been discussing that this seems like the “Maddest March” in a long time, and I’m sure you agree.

It’s A Two Member Club

Arguably the best/craziest thing to happen this tournament was the upset of #1 overall Virgina by the UMBC Retrievers. (And their twitter account.) However, most coverage of the game, including our own, have said something along the lines of “UMBC has done something that no team has ever done before. This is wrong. The Harvard Women’s Basketball team beat Stanford as a 16 Seed in the 1998 Women’s NCAA Tournament. Just because it hasn’t happened until this year on the men’s side doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened before. It’s still something historic and should be celebrated (except by UVA fans), but do not disrespect the Harvard women’s team by leaving them out of the discussion.

Dear ESPN… WHAT?!?

Today, in celebration of 20 years of ESPN the Magazine, ESPN published an article entitled The Dominant 20, in which they rank the 20 most dominant players of the last 20 years. And to look at the list is the most head-scratchingly confusing thing. Tiger Woods is ranked number 1. Tiger Woods. Now, there is no argument for keeping him off this list, and I don’t have an argument for keeping him out of the top 5, but he’s not number one. No that should belong to the GOAT. Which GOAT you ask? Well, the true GOAT, Serena Williams. But ESPN has her ranked 12th. TWELFTH. This woman has more titles than any athlete ever, won her most recent one whilst pregnant, and in 2015, more points separated her as number 1 from then number 2 Maria Sharapova (who was doping mind you), than there were from Maria to the bottom of the list.

It seems ESPN knew there list would be divisive because they felt the need to publish an article answering some common questions, but even that doesn’t absolve them of this mistake. By claiming that Serena is not higher on the list because her dominance had some gaps in it in nearly the same breath as saying Tiger is number one because of how dominant he was for the first 11 years of the sample period is some sexist bullshit.  And I would like to say I expect better from ESPN, but at this point, I’m barely even surprised.

Watch This

I don’t know much of anything about squash, other then the fact its basically racquetball with a larger racquet and a smaller ball. I do know racquetball is lots of fun, and it is extremely difficult. If you miss the ball, you’re screwed, so the concept of intentionally missing the ball to fake out your opponent is some next level stuff. To purposefully miss multiple times? Absolutley savage. And I also know this isn’t the first time this man, James Willstrop has pulled of this thing of beauty.

I think I need to watch more squash.

You’re Killing Me Smalls

Guys, we don’t need to play baseball this year. Give the trophy to the Milwaukee Brewers because they have won everything with this video.

The Sandlot is one of the Top 3 Sports movies ever. EVER. (I will die on this hill) And this recreation is spot on. Give them the trophy. Come back next year.

Andrew Mark Wilhelm is a professional Sound Engineer/Designer, and amateur photographer, writer, musician who recently relocated from California to Rochester, NY. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit has made Andrew an avid fan of all things Detroit but nothing more so than his beloved Detroit Tigers. Every year he tells himself he won't drink the Lions Kool-Aid, and every year winds up heartbroken come January. A Spartan by heart, and a Golden Grizzly by degree, you can catch his (almost) weekly Hot Takes every Hump Day here at The Turf.

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