Three Things: NCAA Refs, Romo, And A New Team For Me To Root For.

Every day there are three things, none worth devoting an individual post to, but each worth at least mentioning. 

Note: A blog recapping Opening Day is here.

1) Tar Heels win. Zags lose. Refs are silent.  I had big hopes of the title game of the NCAA Tournament.  Two teams who were among the best all season, both number one seeds in the tournament, Interesting storylines all over the place, and a couple of squads who, when at their best, play exceptionally entertaining ball.

Instead, we got a choppy foul-fest that often looked like it was a part of an exempt event in November.  And of course, some officiating controversy.

North Carolina deserved to win because the Tar Heels wore down Gonzaga, but the win didn't come without a sufficient question about a key call in the game's final minute that should've given the Zags the ball down by one with 49.1 seconds to go.

Here's what bothers me about it: Players who lose in the NCAA Tournament have to answer questions about how and why they lost. They're the amateurs.

Refs who make critical decisions in key moments aren't made available to answer for them.  They're the adults.

2) No Mo Romo.  Tony Romo is reportedly retiring to enter broadcasting.  Romo leaves the game as an active player as one of the consistently criminally underrated players of his era, and a guy who - and I need to think about this more before I come down on either side of the debate - will merit serious Hall of Fame consideration.

I'm more interested in how this affects what the Bengals might do with AJ McCarron.  With Romo seemingly no longer and option, and the Patriots reportedly doubling-down on not trading Jimmy Garoppolo (I'm skeptical), how much more of a viable option to teams in need of a QB is AJ? 

How tired are you of me talking about trading AJ McCarron?

3) Patrick Ewing.  As a life-long, long-suffering, hopeless Knicks fan, you can understand how much I love Patrick Ewing.  Many years ago, when I started writing this blog, I devoted 2300 words to his Hall of Fame induction (no longer available for reasons that my company refuses to explain), and I once tried to name our cat Ewing after one of the greatest Knicks of all-time (didn't take, because my fiancee had a hard time saying the name "Ewing.").

Simply put, I love Patrick Ewing. (There are Knicks fans who don't love Patrick as much as they should. Those fans are morons.)

After serving as an NBA assistant for nearly a decade and a half, he's getting his chance to be a head coach.

At Georgetown, where he authored a college basketball career that still ranks him as the greatest Hoya of all-time. 

I have no idea if this will work, and I understand the skepticism that some have that it will.  What I do know, is that as long as Patrick Ewing is the head coach, Georgetown will join my list of favorite college basketball teams. 

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