Monthly Archives: April 2013

It’s Time to Fire George Karl

Welcome to Tuesdays With Mitch, this week’s edition 100 percent free of both tear gas and pepper spray. Off we go…

What’s the point of another season with George Karl? AP Photo

Over the past eight and a half years, every now and then some Denver Nuggets fans or media members would start a little uprising calling for George Karl to be fired as the Nuggets’ head coach.

I never really bought into those theories. I shrugged and thought Karl was a fine coach, but not the reason the Nuggets weren’t advancing in the playoffs.

This is Karl’s ninth season in Denver. His teams have made the playoffs nine times. They’ve advanced past the first round once. That won’t be changing this year unless the Nugs win three in a row against Golden State beginning tonight. To put it mildly, that seems unlikely.

This off-season is the time to fire George Karl.

Heading into the playoffs, things were different this year.

This isn’t the Nuggets as a 7-seed trying to pull off an upset like in many previous seasons. The Nuggets were heavily favored to win this series. The Nuggets have the all-important home court advantage. This team won 57 (fifty-seven!) regular season games.

Including tonight, the Nuggets have been favored in Vegas in all five games. It looks like they’ll lose the series in five or six games, but keep in mind they’re one Andre Miller layup away from getting swept.

The Nuggets’ performance in these playoffs is an enormous underachievement.

Denver is without Danilo Gallinari, which I predicted would be a huge blow in the playoffs, but Golden State is without their all-star. David Lee going down allowed Mark Jackson to tinker with his lineup– going small by starting three guards– and in doing so, badly outcoach Karl.

Yes, Stephen Curry has gotten weird and sometimes there’s just not much you can do, but if you don’t think Karl’s been outcoached by Jackson, you’re a lunatic.

This isn’t the Broncos losing a somewhat flukey game to the eventual champion. This is one of the best Nuggets teams ever getting blown-the-hell-out by a mediocre team in the first round.

The system that’s in place is not working. Eventually the organization has to try something new. Why not? What’s at risk aside from another few years of first-round exits?

This team is talented enough and young enough to make the playoffs by sleepwalking through the regular season over the next few years. When the regular season ends is when they need some fresh thinking and a new outlook.

At this point, we know who George Karl is. It is not unfair to label him as a successful regular-season coach who can’t win in the playoffs. He’s a perennial underachiever  He’s a coach that loses in the first round.

And year after year, season after season, what is the point of that?

Feel free to comment at the bottom of this story if you think I’m wrong about GK, or preferably, if you think I’m right.


It was an eventful few days for the Avalanche. They finally had their nightmare of a season come to an end. Then they fire Joe Sacco (to the surprise of no one. It will be more interesting to see if they shake up the front office as well). Then they won the draft lottery. They’re expected to pick Seth Jones, which is a cool story.

The Rockies continue to play well, but the big story from the past week was the call-up of Nolan Arenado, who started at third base Sunday in the most anticipated Rockies debut in years. If you follow the Rockies, you’ve been hearing about this kid for some time. He went 0-3 with a walk on Sunday, but went 3-6 with a 2-run homer last night. His family and friends had almost a whole section to themselves and they kind of went nuts in what was a pretty cool moment. If Arenado can provide some pop and Helton comes back soon, it could make the Rockies lineup ridiculous. Like, best-in-baseball ridiculous.

The Sports Pickle compiled a handful of old newspaper articles praising horrible draft picks. This essentially explains my position on why analyzing the NFL Draft is just a really stupid and pointless thing to do.

Frank Caliendo can get old in a hurry, but anyone making fun of Mel Kiper Jr. is all right with me.


I don’t know why I found this to be so funny, but I was pretty much crying uncontrollably throughout.

I suppose the 3 million views in three days means I’m not alone.

We lost a legend on Friday. George Jones was one of the greats and a personal favorite of mine. (Yeah, I like that kind of music.) Here he his with his first hit in 1959. (Just look at that flat-top!)

He lived one wild life and there’s a lot in this NYT obituary you didn’t know.

The guy who was carjacked by the alleged Boston bombers talked to the Boston Globe. This is just a gripping, fascinating, incredible story.

And finally, well, I’ll let you piece together the details of this episode. The world needs more people like this.

Happy Tuesday everybody. See you next week.

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Inside the Rockies’ Dominant Start

Welcome to this week’s Tuesdays With Mitch, where it’s the middle of April and the weather in Colorado is complete crap. That sounds familiar. It’s a big Tuesday ’round these parts. The MLB-Best Colorado Rockies (huh?) play a double header against the other MLB-Best Atlanta Braves (they’re scheduled to do so anyway). The Nuggets host a playoff game. ESPN drops a 30 for 30 about John Elway. Hope you have a DVR. Let’s jump in.

Dexter Fowler hits home runs now. Like, all the time. He’s been a huge part of the best offense in the game. (Photo Hyoung Chang / Denver Post).

The Colorado Rockies will not lose 100 games this year. Barring catastrophic injuries, that much is clear. They are not the worst team in baseball. They are not the worst team in the National League. They might not even be the worst team in National League West. They’re generating a little buzz. And some other buzz.

The Rockies and Braves are both 13-5, tied for the best record in the Bigs. What I find most interesting is that the Rox haven’t just got off to a solid start, they’ve gotten off to a dominant start, particularly offensively. Check out their National League rankings in the major offensive categories:

Rox Offense

Through games played Monday 4-22.

So the Rockies rank 1st or 2nd in just about every major offensive category in the National League. They’re also in the bottom 3 in offensive strikeouts. (OPS+ is Park Adjusted OPS, which is an advanced stat from that eliminates any advantages or disadvantages that a team gets from the parks they play in).

So 18 games in, the Rockies have the best offense in the National League. The issue though, has always been their pitching.

So far they’re pitching has been pretty average. Given the expectations for this staff, that’s very encouraging. More specifically, the Rockies currently rank within a team or two of the league average in most pitching categories. However, Colorado ranks 2nd in baseball-reference’s ERA+ (which is the Park Adjusted ERA, just like the OPS+ explained above).

Jhoulys Chacin has been an ace. (3-0, 4 runs in 24.2 innings, 1.46 ERA). JC will miss his next two starts, which is concerning. Fans have to hope that doesn’t completely derail his season. Jorge De La Rosa has a streak of 17 consecutive scoreless innings. I still think he is the key to this rotation and, really, this season. John Garland has been very steady with a quality start in each game. He appears to be a savvy pickup. Both Francis and Nacasio have been good and not-that-good.

In the bullpen Rafael Betancourt is 7-7 in save opportunities. Wilton Lopez has been horrible and has fans frustrated, but his career numbers suggest that his 9.00 ERA is an aberration.

Many fans have said that average pitching and a baller offense could work for the Rockies and so far, it has.

What do we know from 18 games? Well, that’s a small sample size. That’s 11 percent of a season. That’s equal to about 36 NBA games. That’s not quite equal to two NFL games.

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, the Rox got off to a hot start in 2011, then completely fell apart. This feels different though. If the key cogs in the lineup stay healthy, the offense will be one of the best in the game all year. If the pitching can be somewhat stable the Rockies should greatly exceed the dismal preseason expectations. It’s just 18 games, but I feel comfortable saying that.

It’s reasonable to surmise that this team can flirt with a .500 record, which sounded crazy a few weeks ago. Maybe in September, this post will be something to laugh at when the Rockies prove to be just as bad as we all thought,  but as of right now, there’s certainly reason for optimism.

My official prediction for the Nuggets-Warriors series was Nuggets in five. The Warriors showed some brass on Saturday by nearly pulling off the upset, but they couldn’t get it done and this series is over. David Lee going down took out any potential for remaining intrigue. Kenneth Faried coming back only further cements the matter. I still think Golden State wins one in Oakland. Nuggets in five. I’m keeping the analysis fairly short on this because I don’t think the rest of the series will be all that interesting.

I’ve said for a few years that Andre Miller is probably my all time favorite Nugget, so I thought this was awesome.

My grandma can jump higher than Andre Miller and he just put up 28 points and a game winner in the NBA playoffs.


Kevin Harlan goes pretty hard in the proverbial play-by-play paint and he enjoyed Chris Anderson’s (Remember him?) dunk last night.


Heartwarming baseball moment here to remind you why we love sports. (Full Story here)

A feature on Allen Iverson’s crappy life is a good read. Truly sad story.

This aired on SportsCenter when I was at a bar. Looked interesting so I found it online. An equally sad look at Jamarcus Russell’s downfall with a spin forward to his desire for a comeback. It was worth my 12 minutes.


A couple moments of levity from all the reporting from a crazy week in Boston:

Boom! Double stiff arm while hardly breaking stride. Not today, losers! What a strong play. He brushes those chicks off  like they were Manti Te’o playing Alabama.


I don’t care who you are, that’s just funny.

And here’s a couple excellent pieces coming out of Boston you should read:

The New York Times on 22 of the people seen in an image at the time of the first explosion.

The Washington Post on how we found the bad guys.

And finally, don’t ask me for insight on the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. Nobody knows anything and all the extreme analysis is just absurd. The draft is crucially important, but all the talk surrounding it is just nonsense. I half-assed this post a year ago that expands my thoughts on this.

Happy Tuesday everybody. See you next week.

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Your Weekly Roundup from the Sports World and Internet

Welcome to this week’s Tuesdays With Mitch, where it’s the middle of April and the weather in Colorado is complete crap. Seems like a good reason to settle in and enjoy everything worth reading or watching from the past week in sports and the internet.

I’ll start with a quick thought on yesterday’s horrific developments in Boston. I don’t have the perspective to provide much that hasn’t already been said, but I’ll add that as Americans I hope times like these do not further separate a divided nation but instead bring us all closer together. That should not be too much to ask.

A couple links worth looking at from Monday.

USA Today found various acts of kindness.

Comedian Patton Oswald struck the right tone on a Facebook post that went viral.

Some helpful words from Mr. Rogers also spread around social media.

Thoughts and prayers, y’all. Thoughts and prayers.

Aaaaaaaaaand impossible segue into the local sports scene… now.

The Nuggets are one win away from securing the 3-seed in the west after Monday’s dramatic win over Milwaukee because Ty Lawson did this:

That came after the Bucks took the lead on 4-point play on a phantom foul call. A road win with no Faried and no Gallo. Pretty resilient bunch, these guys. Faried hurt his ankle Sunday but says he should be back in time for the playoffs. He better be, lest my playoff outlook become even more dire.

On the bright side, Lawson already appears to be pretty darn close to 100 percent. He had 26-7-5 in Milwaukee including that brass game winner. The Nuggs play at The Can on Wednesday; a win over Phoenix locks up that 3-seed.

The Rockies-Mets series is supposed to be four games. As I write this it’s been snowing for like 24 straight hours and the forecast is still bleak. There’s a legit possibility none of the four games get played, which I think would be a first in Rockies’ history. It would also make rescheduling the games nearly impossible, as this is the Mets’ only visit to Denver this season. Stay tuned for scheduling chaos. Two doubleheaders later in the year on common, non-consecutive off days? The Rox playing “home” games at Citi Field? Life is just easier when it doesn’t dump a crapload of snow in the middle of April. Update: The Rockies are attempting a double header today and are currently playing the first game of the series, so ignore the second half of that paragraph. Still, life is just easier when it doesn’t dump a crapload of snow in the middle of April.

Oh by the way, the Rockies looked horrible when they got swept by the Giants. Looked great in a road sweep of the Padres. They’re now 6-0 against San Diego this season. My sources are reporting they are filing a motion with MLB to replace all remaining games against the Giants with matchups vs. the Friars.

If you know me, you know that this made my Sunday.


You should really read this. Seriously. It’s great. I put it first in this section for a reason. Read it.

Official Twitter accounts of teams or businesses are almost always boring public relations professionals with nothing humorous or the least bit interesting to say. On the rare occasion these accounts prove that they’re run by actual people with actual personalities it enhances Twitter tremendously. The most famous example was the Brooklyn Nets PR account, but then they decided being interesting and relevant wasn’t a good idea. (They’re most funny and famous tweet read, “#Nets now 32-0 when outscoring oppenents this season”). Anyway, we had a good example of effective Twitteration this week. After the Padres pretty much started a brawl with the Dodgers, @Dodgers tweeted this:


An official account of a big time franchise with a relevant and funny Anchorman quote that that trolls another franchise? Why can’t every team do this all the time?

I’ve never caught a home run or foul ball at a baseball game. I would guess I’ve been to about 250 Rockies games and never done it. Never even had a player or even field usher guy flip me a ball, which is really remarkable. Anyway, this is probably the coolest possible way a guy can accomplish this feat. (MLB won’t let anyone post their videos anywhere so you have to click the link). The post-catch beer chug is just legendary stuff.

There is a show on TV called “Splash.” At first glance it appears to be the dumbest thing in the history of television. Apparently they find D-List “celebrities” and try to teach them to dive like those flamboyant Olympians. Fear not though, for the show has provided us with a moment of perfection. I present to you a very fat Louie Anderson with arms raised, rolling backwards into the water from a 16-foot platform.

via / @worldofisaac

What a glorious age we live in.

This commercial made me laugh harder than I’d like to admit.


I haven’t yet seen “42” but yesterday was “Jackie Robinson Day” in baseball. Here’s a great article on the legendary man’s life. USC also tweeted this rare footage of Robinson playing football at UCLA in 1939, which is pretty cool.

I really enjoyed this SI piece from last week about The Best Player You Never Saw.

I love me some 60 Minutes and this story on R.A. Dickey is worth your 15 minutes.

And finally, Papa John enjoyed Louisville’s championship last week.

papa john

Maybe the most random celebrity(?) drunk picture ever. Can we get the wasted, sweaty, falling-over, eyes-half-closed version of Papa John on the next season of “Splash”?! That would be a win for everybody. Make it happen, America.

Happy Tuesday everybody.

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The Nuggets’ NBA Finals Hopes Were Ripped Apart Along With Gallinari’s ACL

It’s starting to look like the Nuggets are going to lock up the 3-seed in the West. That’s good. Ty Lawson should be back for the playoffs, but might not be at 100 percent. That’s also good. Danilo Gallinari’s ACL appears to be in several pieces. That’s really, really bad. This GIF is gross, but I didn’t show Kevin Ware’s last week, so I’m going for it. Sorry if you’re squeamish.

Ouch. (via SB Nation)

So where do the Nuggets go from here? They should still lock up the 3-seed and will have home court in the first round against probably Golden State or Houston. They went 4-0 against Houston this season, including a 132-114 blowout on Saturday without Lawson or Gallinari. The Nuggets went 3-1 vs Golden State. The one loss came 106-105 in Oakland when Andre Iguodala’s last second three was determined to be after the buzzer.

If Lawson is able to play, the Nuggets should win a first round series, which is progress, but a lesser aspiration than what fans had in mind a couple weeks ago. Wilson Chandler should be able to step in and fill Gallo’s role in the starting lineup adequately. Chandler was even getting more minutes than Danilo for a multiple-game stretch a few weeks ago. Thing is, when Ill-Will starts, there’s nobody to step in and fill his role off the bench.

I considered the Nuggets a threat to make the NBA Finals because they legitimately have 9 different guys who can beat you on a given night. Their depth is what made them dangerous. Without the versatile offensive threat of Gallinari in their half court offense, that depth is diminished remarkably. This is particularly true in the playoffs, when fast-break points are harder to come by and the Nuggets will be forced to rely on running a half court offense. Gallinari’s slashing dunks and quick-release threes will be missed sorely against San Antonio in the second round.

The entire NBA looked at the Nuggets as an interesting experiment because they don’t have a superstar and play at such a high-octane pace. Many, including me, considered them a serious contender to come out of the Western Conference.

That standpoint was torn in half at the same time as Gallinari’s ACL.


The NCAA National Championship didn’t disappoint. I can’t remember watching a better college basketball game. It was back and forth. Surprise stars came out of nowhere, then faded (Raise your hand if you had heard of Spike Albrecht before last night).  Huge dunks and alley-oops. The whole game was just played at a really high level. I’ve always thought “It’s a shame one team had to lose this game” is a corny expression, but that really applied to this one.

Rick Pitino thinking he was getting capped as fireworks went off in the Georgia Dome kind of stole the post game show last night.

Found this on Twitter via @worldofisaac

Until, of course One Shining Moment played on CBS (after midnight on the East Coast). Nothing even comes close to perfectly wrapping up a great season like this song.


No CSU Rams snuck in there for the second year in a row. Kind of lame. Really, there’s no Mountain West in there at all. No CU either.

Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the release of a cinematic masterpiece. The Sandlot is a staple of my generation and easily one of my favorite movies ever. If you’ve ever played baseball with your friends or just lived for the summer as a kid, it’s probably one of your favorites too. Bleacher Report had a fun breakdown. Here’s my favorite scene from the classic about nostalgia, summer, camaraderie among young boys, America, the good ol’ days and, of course, baseball:


Squints grabbing the back of Wendy’s head right when “This Magic Moment” starts playing is one of the great moments is movie history. Then the narration ending with, “But everyday after that the lifeguard looked down from her tower, right over at Squints… and smiled.” That’s some darn good stuff.

Here’s a long, in-depth piece from ESPN The Magazine inside the collapse of the Auburn football and the huge role synthetic marijuana played. “For lack of a better term, they were out of their minds.” Stuff sounds terrifying. Really good investigative journalism.

This screencap from Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) is gold.

So is the reaction of this kid sitting behind home plate. I could watch this GIF 1000 times in a row.

The Denver Post had a good breakdown of the decline of the Avalanche on Sunday. Pretty crazy how far they’ve fallen.

This is a called third strike to end a one-run MLB game.

Found this on Twitter via @ycpb and @citizenmeyers .

Neither the batter, pitcher nor catcher appear to have initially thought that was a strike. Rays manager Joe Maddon wasn’t happy.

And finally, allow me to rain on your parade when it comes to the Rockies. They jumped out to a 5-2 start and their starting pitching looks really good, with six quality starts in seven games. Their lineup will be a beast all year. Opening weekend at Coors Field was great. I’ll just remind you that there’s 155 games left. In 2011 they started 11-2, then went 62-87. I’ll stand by last week’s prediction.

What to Watch For in the Rockies’ 2013; Lawson Injury is Huge; Other Stuff

My official prediction for the Rockies’ 2013 season: 75-87.

I’m slightly more optimistic than most, which is really saying something since I’m picking them to finish 12 games under .500.

The single reason for all the pessimism and negativity and complete lack of excitement about this team is the starting rotation. Anybody with a clue knows the rotation stinks. Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa, Juan Nicasio, Jeff Francis and John Garland. Seriously. Those are the five starting pitchers on a Major League Baseball team. In 2013. (Deliberate sentence fragments for dramatic effect).

Jorge De La Rosa

If Jorge De La Rosa can regain flashes of his old self that would really help the Rockies because, you know… They don’t have any good pitchers.

I suppose I’m a little more bullish than most because I can’t imagine the rotation is as bad as last year, even if it consists of the guys mentioned above. Last year the rotation was historically bad. It was a laughing stock. It was legitimately one of the worst performances by a starting staff in the history of baseball. If nothing else, regression to the mean suggests they’ll improve at least a little bit.

The key is Jorge De La Rosa. A few years back he had the makings of a legitimate number-2 starter and borderline ace. Then his arm exploded and he had Tommy John surgery. If he can his regain his control and throw in low-to-mid 90s (rare from the left side) and win 13-16 games, that would change the dynamic of the rotation and bullpen dramatically.

Aside from the rotation, here are some things worth keeping an eye on:

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST could be the best division in baseball this year, which doesn’t bode well for the Rox. The Giants are trying to establish a dynasty. The Dodgers are spending more money than any team ever. The Diamondbacks should be battling for positioning with those two. Even the Padres have a bunch of decent pitchers in a pitchers’ park and a fringe MVP candidate in Chase Headley (who’s a Fountain-Fort Carson grad). And the Rockies… don’t have any pitchers. Is it too late to change my prediction?

DEXTER FOWLER could be an all-star.

TODD HELTON IS 80 hits shy of 2,500. He’ll get there if he stays remotely healthy. That would be a significant milestone in his Hall of Fame case.

Here’s hoping 2013 sends the Toddfather (and hands-down my all time favorite athlete/childhood hero) out in style. Nothing in sports would make me happier than watching Helton belt opposite field doulbes off the wall and turn on down-and-in fastballs and slap bloop singles after flicking away six 2-strike pitches and charge bunts like a mad man and scoop up bad throws like a ballerina with a glove all summer long. (Run-on sentence for dramatic effect).

TROY TULOWITZKI’S HEALTH. If he misses long stretches again this year, that’s just who he is. Then we start talking about “glimpsing greatness” and “what could have been” and making stretch comparisons to Ken Griffey Jr. and Kerry Wood. (I know, I know. That’s why I said stretch comparison.)

HOW LONG NOLAN ARENADO AND DREW POMERANZ  are playing in Colorado Springs. It would bode well for the Rockies if they both headed up I-25 and contributed sooner than later.

CAN WILIN ROSARIO catch the damn ball?

WHO EMERGERS AMONG all the role players. Jordan Pacheco hit .309 as a rookie last year but Chris Nelson is starting at third base. What about Arenado? DJ LeMahieu could be a decent player. Josh Rutledge came out guns blazing last year, then faded. So did Tyler Colvin, who is starting the year in AAA. Jon Herrara has had his moments. Why is Reid Brignac on the roster? Can EYJ ever be an everyday player? Can Dan O’Dowd trade all of these guys for a starting pitcher?

ATTENDANCE. Will the fans continue to support a bad baseball team? Attendance has not suffered much the past couple of years, despite the team’s failures. If Coors Field continues to host 30,000 or more each game, it’s hard to see the Monforts changing their business plan.


The Nuggets championship run may have been completely derailed when it was announced that Ty Lawson had a complete tear of his plantar fascia. Lots of confusion around this one. Ty said he was at about 60 percent when he played (and aggravated his injury) against San Antonio. Nobody can seem to figure out why in the hell he played in a game the Nuggets didn’t really have to have. Also a little weird that he figured out what the injury was nine days after he injured it. Also a little weird that he is listed as “day to day” when this injury usually takes several weeks to heal.

The bottom line is, regardless of seed, the Nuggets won’t be going to the NBA finals without Ty Lawson and his incredible speed and his incredible burst flying around at 100 percent. With Manu Ginobli’s injury announced on Monday, it seems like the road is being paved for another Heat-Thunder finals. I honestly had no idea David Stern had the power control which players get injured.

Not all that surprised though.

Just look at the reaction of these people.

@worldofisaac /

Of course, if you haven’t been living in a cave since Sunday, you know those people recoiling in horror just saw Kevin Ware’s leg do several things a leg is not supposed to do. If you haven’t seen it and want to, you can find it on YouTube. For me, the most interesting aspect of Ware’s injury is the way the media handled it. Should we show it? Should we link it? The reaction of people on social media was naturally way over the top, acting like we had just seen live video of someone entering a woodchipper in Fargo and anyone who references or shows or links to it is a crazy animal.

Don’t get me wrong it was gross. I squinted, pushed away from my laptop, made a face like I smelled rotten milk, covered my mouth with the back of my hand and said something along the lines of, “Hohhhewwwwughh.” But we didn’t watch anybody die. I have no problem with news outlets linking or showing the video with a little warning. Hell, Daniel Tosh makes a living out of showing crap like this with no warning whatsoever.

Also, the whole incident provided one of the sports images of the year.

This made it’s way around Twitter Sunday. I’d prefer it without the hashtag, but what a great shot.

Trey Burke will probably win the national Player of the Year award and on Saturday night he hit the biggest, most unreal shot of the tournament.


Are these the best commercials ever? Seriously, everybody just loves these. I’m an avid commercial muter, but if I’m in the room with someone and one of these comes on, demands of, “Unmute it!” are flung in my direction. One would have to imagine they’re scripted, but the kids are just goofy and sincere enough and “that guy” is just enough of a dick to really make it seem like they’re not.  There’s like 15 of different ones, but I suppose this one is my favorite. (Just ahead of “Hold on I’m watching this” and “Sand full of sugar” and “Tape a cheetah to her back“.)

Naturally they went and ruined the concept by making these horribly acted, horribly scripted spots with basketball legends.

This is what happens when you combine “Peter” and “join us.”


Ocean’s 11 was based on the thievery of masterminds like this:

Or maybe not.

A couple links that are about sports, but aren’t really about sports:

This moving story about overcoming adversity.

This long feature about douchey NBA players competing in the world of high-end fashion.

And finally, my prediction for the rest of the NCAA tournament: Give me Louisville over Michigan Monday night in a game that isn’t particularly close. All that talk about having “no elite team” in college basketball is way off base. Nobody is beating the Cards.

Happy Tuesday everybody.

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