College basketball

David Hookstead | Reporter

Is there anybody in this March Madness tournament capable of beating the Duke Blue Devils?

This is the question on everybody’s mind as the games begin in a couple days, and the conventional thinking has already changed so much over the course of a week.

If you asked anybody 10 days ago if Duke would likely win it all, their answer would have been simple. As long as Zion remains on the bench, then no.

Hell, I was locked into that camp. I’ve often said Duke was the best team in the country when healthy, but they stumbled often and ugly in their final six games as the freshman freak of nature rehabbed a sprained knee. They didn’t even look like a Sweet 16 team at times. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Well, I’ve got news, and the haters of the Blue Devils aren’t going to like it. Duke looks unbeatable right now. Sure, they could lose. Anybody could lose on any given day, but it’s not likely if they play their A-game for six straight matches of basketball. That’s just the reality of the situation.

UNC might be the second best team in America, and they lost to Coach K’s guys last week. Duke has handled Virginia with ease this season. Yes, they did lose early on to Gonzaga, but that was due in large part to the growing pains associated with playing such young freshman. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

Let me be crystal clear, and it is painful for me to even utter. This young Duke team looks unstoppable, and I say that as somebody who hates them. Let’s not forget they stole a ring off my finger in 2015.

I get paid to tell the truth. That’s why my checks get signed, delivered and cashed. As far as I can see, there isn’t anybody I’d take over Coach K and his guys right now.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

March Madness is here, and that means it’s time to throw some serious cash on the table.

As everybody knows, I’m a bit of a gambler. It’s just how I’m wired, and I generally do pretty well. March Madness is like Christmas on cocaine for gamblers.

It’s three solid weeks of games. It literally doesn’t get better at all. That’s why I asked people on Twitter how much they planned on gambling, and the results shocked me! Of the 1,295 voters, 71 percent said they’d gamble under $100.

Only 15 percent said they’d gamble more than $1,000.

These results were shocking to me, and they actually made me distraught. How is it possible that nearly three-quarters of the voters aren’t going to wager more than $100? I must be dreaming, right?

A great gambling rush during March Madness is like a drug being shot straight into my veins. It’s even better in fact because unlike drugs, a little gambling on college basketball never killed anybody. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Plus, are you really living life if your next mortgage payment isn’t on the line? I don’t think so.

There are some days you just know are going to suck. You just know, and that’s exactly what happened when I saw the results of this poll.

This isn’t what our founding fathers fought for. This isn’t why we dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. We didn’t go to the moon so that you guys could play it safe. We’re Americans.

We did all that cool stuff to have the freedom to drink some beers and piss our money away as we experience an emotional rollercoaster.

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Second greatest emotional swing this country ever had was the Boston Tea Party. The first was when Duke stole a national title from Wisconsin. See, it all ties together. By not gambling on March Madness and risking your mental health and happiness, you’re pretty much saying that you hate freedom. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

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Don’t hate freedom. Don’t force me to associate with people like that. Do the right thing here. Put some beer on ice, get the grill fired up, and prepare for some great games.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The Wisconsin Badgers have been wildly successful as an athletic program over the past 25 years.

In fact, since 1995, they lead the country in combined football bowl games and appearances in the college basketball national championship tournament with 43 total. Texas came in second at 40.

Do you hear that noise off in the distance? That’s the noise of weeping SEC fans on their knees pleading as they try to rationalize this news.

That’s the sounds of broken souls and broken minds. How could Wisconsin, a program the SEC fans on here love to criticize on a routine basis, be arguably the most successful athletic program in America during my lifetime? (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Good look wrapping your brain around that one.

How much does it hurt, SEC fans? How much? Be honest with me. I know it does! I know it does! Don’t lie to yourself.

You have to look at the numbers, and you have to admit that I’m correct. Soak it up, live in the moment and recognize that you will never beat me.

Welcome to the big stage, gentlemen. This is the Big Ten, and we’re the crown jewel.* Get with it or get out. It’s that simple.

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*I’m choosing to ignore our awful basketball season last year and our atrocious football campaign in 2018. It’s important to have a short term memory in sports. Hanging onto the past does us no good.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The Big Ten has another accomplishment to hang on the wall.

The conference led the country with the most teams to make the NCAA basketball tournament and to make a football bowl game. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State and Minnesota all made both. No other conference had more than five teams.

Oh man, do you hear that noise off in the distance? That’s the sound of millions and millions of SEC fans losing their minds, and I couldn’t be happier.

Look, I know that I rag on the SEC on a routine basis, but it’s only because they deserve it. The people down there are great. Don’t get me wrong. (RELATED: Clemson Beats Alabama For National Title)

People in SEC country are incredible. I love all of them. They’re awesome and the women are hot. Having said that, nothing is more fun than watching them explode with jealousy.

Here’s the deal, folks. If you don’t want the Big Ten rubbing it in your face and laughing at you, then have more teams in the big dance and in bowl games. It’s really that simple. This isn’t rocket science.

As for the big boys in the Big Ten, we just continue to dominate. When the lights come on, you either perform or fade away. There are no other options.

As for my fellow Midwestern people, let’s enjoy watching our teams stomp all over people in a few days. It’s going to be fun!

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