NCAA Update, NFL Free Agency
New England was eliminated from the NCAA tournament with the defeat of both Harvard and defending champion UConn.
Vanderbilt 79, Harvard 70
Harvard was the 12th seed, and took on #5 Vanderbilt. Vandy is often called the Harvard of the South, but it is only so in the manner that Orleans is the New Orleans of the North.
Harvard fell close to 20 points behind for most of the game, but they launched a comeback late in the game. A series of unconscious three pointers from Laurent Rivard closed the gap. Rivard was 6-7 from the field, and every shot he took was from trey range.
However, Vandy had some dude named Festus who grabbed 11 rebounds, swatted 4 shots, and basically dominated the inside. They also got 27 points from John Jenkins.
The 1% got it down to 6, but Vandy pulled away at the end to advance.
Iowa State 77, UConn 64
Defending champ UConn was eliminated yesterday, killing both their chance for a repeat and any New England representation in the March Madness.
I didn't watch this game, but UConn shot 37% and were pounded on the boards. You don't win a lot of games if the other team gets all the shots you miss.
NFL Free Agency
The NFL is in full free agent mode, with several top names changing hometowns.
The big name who relocated was Houston pass rusher Mario Williams. Williams, the #1 pick a few years ago, has like 55 sacks in 4 seasons or so. He signed a 6 year deal for $100 million, with $50 million guaranteed.
Williams signed with the Buffalo Bills, btw... he'll get 2 shots a season at Tom Brady, more if we meet them in the playoffs.
New England signed Johnathan Fanene, a defensive end from the Bengals. He's more of a rotational player than a star like Williams, but we aren't giving him a tenth of a billion dollars, either.
Other big names moving were Brandon Marshall to Chicago, Vincent Jackson/Carl Nicks to Tampa Bay, cornerback Brandon Carr to Dallas, old pal Randy Moss to San Francisco, other old friend Brandon Meriweather to Washington, and Cortland Finnegan to St. Louis.
The big name that New England is said to be chasing is former Washington safety Laron Landry.
We'll keep you updated.