Can March Madness exist in April? Regardless of answer, the madness carries over to the early days of April; four teams and three games inside a state-of-the-art facility to decide a national champion. The North Carolina Tar Heels got redemption in 2017 after losing to Villanova at the buzzer in 2016. Gonzaga was looking for […]Read more "Notes from the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament"
The first weekend of the 2017 NCAA Tournament featured 48 games — the majority, closely contested — but no game had a defying buzzer-beater or overtime. That’s disappointing. However, there are 15 more games to be played over the next 12 days. Meanwhile, String & Laces’ bracket is fucked. Had Duke winning the title; Duke’s […]Read more "Notes from the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament"
My bracket fared well in the first round — correctly picked 27 of 32 games. Losses by SMU and UNC Wilmington will hurt; I picked them to make the Sweet Sixteen. Losses by Miami, Nevada, and Kansas State won’t matter much; had those teams losing in the second round. Most of us thought that SMU […]Read more "Notes from the First Round of the NCAA Tournament"
One bracket is all I need. That way, I stay focused. For the past five years, I’ve been involved in a very competitive bracket pool that keeps growing in participants with each NCAA Tournament. There’s a lot on the line. And here we are, another NCAA Tournament! Some say that it’s the best event in […]Read more "Bracket Breakdown 2017"
The steaks can be no higher than Divisional Round weekend: eight teams trying to prove its championship worthiness. Two games on Saturday, two games on Sunday, and no overlapping. If you’re a true NFL fan, you’re glued to the television all weekend; seething competition is on display. This year, the Wild Card Round was weak. […]Read more "Analysis: NFL Divisional Round 2017"
The NFL 2016 season is through Week 11; not much is clear as far as playoff positioning. And ratings are going up as 27 teams sort things out over the next six weeks. (The Jets, Jaguars, and Bears may not be “mathematically” eliminated, but let’s get real.) The following is a Strings & Laces hot […]Read more "The NFL is a Fantastic Mess"
During NFL football season, many fans’ Sunday plans revolve around NFL football games. They’re either up early to get ready to attend an actual game at a stadium, or prepping themselves a nice, warm seat on their couch. For at least 16 weeks per year, Sunday is for football; better get your chores and errands […]Read more "This is What Happens When You Watch 10 Straight Hours of Football on Sunday"