Hit and Run: With Spring in our Step

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Here's Marquette, whose victory over Syracuse last night made me cry. (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s Monday. How are your brackets looking? Like hell? Thought so.

First of all, a warm welcome to our special guest Ladies… Bracket Brawl participants: Melissa_thistle, Courknee35, Big10Bias and fellow Canuck/friend of the blog Andrew Bucholtz (you will go read his blog The 55-Yard Line now, won’t you?) Our current leader isn’t in our Ladies… group – due to technical difficulties, we had to create another group on ESPN.com so one gal could get her picks in. That gal is Buffalita, leading the pack with 460 points and picking Ohio State to win it all. CuteSports and Raven round out the Top 3 at 440 and 430 points respectively. Any hopes I had of repeating last year’s surprise success have been flushed down the proverbial toilet. I blame Butler.

Best of luck heading into Thursday! Sweet Sixteen will be hopefully be sweet for some of you.

So what else is going on?

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Matt Cooke. Not shown: elbows.

Well, it’s Monday, so Matt Cooke must be facing another suspension. 10 games and the first round of the playoffs, in fact. There may be disagreement across the board about the Chara hit, but there is no denying that this suspension was just. Wouldn’t you agree, Mario?

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You guys, Chris Jericho is a contestant in the latest Dancing With The Stars. Granted so is Hines Ward, but he never wrested some guy named Juventud.

And baseball. OMIGOD, spring training has been glorious, no? There’s not much to say here, except that I’m actually rooting for Bartolo Colon to make the Yankees rotation (yeah, I had to read that sentence again. It’s weird.) and Opening Day is next week. NEXT WEEK. So have some pretty pretty pictures.

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*sniff!*

 

Got Melky? The Royals do. (Photo: AP)

 

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And you heard that Derek Jeter is on the cover of this month’s GQ, right? Shut up, haters. You can’t deny that the man looks terrific in dark denim.

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Know what goes well with those dreams of soft grass, cold beer and warm weather ahead? Cheesy 80s mullets! No, wait. This slice of pop perfection from The Outfield:

It’s the first week of spring! Make it a glorious one!

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