Nobody Cares Who You Picked in Your Bracket

Nobody Cares Who You Picked in Your Bracket

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March Madness is one of the most exciting, joyous times of the year for young men.  I've done it in Vegas, I've done it at the Metrodome watching live games, I've done it at the Boathouse in Malvern, I've done it in the library in high school with Mrs. Driscoll yelling at us for using the copy machine to duplicate our brackets, I've even done it in a conference room at my first job out of college with my manager having two of us put the games on our laptops so we could watch two different games at once.  It's March and it rocks.

UPDATE: From my mother, "You also did it on the couch when you came home from 'Nursery School.'  Honest to God, you used to watch the games when you were about 5."  That has to make me some sort of authority.

You know what I can't stand about March?  The "experts."  Mostly the guys who think they know everything.  Take the guy from Two For The Money, Brandon Lang.  He's a regular on WIP's morning show to talk picks.  I don't have a problem with that part at all.  Yesterday morning, he's on and he says he HAS THE FINAL FOUR NAILED.  God sent him the final four in a slab of rock and he's some sort of prophet.  Whatever.  Georgetown.  Texas Tech... yada yada.  Whatever, dude.  You pick sports games.  You get some right and you get some wrong.

Then last night I'm driving in the car and I had WPEN on after hours so they go into whatever National FOX has on, I think it was JT the Brick.  This guy makes me want to trade my sports fandom in for a subscription to the ballet or something.  Jesus.  This guy announces every single one of his picks like he's predicting George Mason to make it to the final four.  "LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, YOU HEARD IT HERE, I HAVE THE BALLS TO PICK KANSAS OVER UCLA!"  I swear he said that exact sentence.

These guys are all blowhard, and I concede that is part of their job as a radio personality, but I can't stand it when it comes to picking the tournament.  One out of every thirty of them will pick some crazy upsets and crown themselves sports geniuses.  You'll never hear the end of it.  In 2027, Brandon Lang will tell you how he picked 13 of the sweet 16 teams right in two consecutive years not ending in an even or prime number.  Whatever.  The thing is, if they get every game wrong they just make it into a joke about how stupid they are.  What's that fat guys name on 950?

So.. I love March Madness and I don't really care who you picked -- unless you're Sid from banking, who do you like?  I like hearing who normal people picked and why. 

I don't care who wins unless it's my team and B.C. would have to find some slippers; I want to see crazy games and sick performances.  I want to see the Penn Quakers shock the world.  I want to see Kevin Durant carry the Longhorns on his back to enter the realm of mythical NCAA legend. 

March Madness, baby.  I like Oregon and UCLA.  How bout them balls!

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

The Eagles have brought back a familiar face to take Ron Brooks' roster spot.

On Monday, the team claimed defensive tackle Taylor Hart off waivers from San Francisco. Hart was just waived on Saturday by the 49ers, who claimed him after the Eagles waived him at final cuts.

So, Hart is coming back to Philly after a stint with Chip Kelly in San Francisco.

Hart, 25, played in one game for the 49ers this year. The Eagles are light at defensive tackle thanks to Bennie Logan's groin injury. While head coach Doug Pederson on Monday said Logan was getting better, the Eagles still brought in more depth by claiming Hart.

While still with the Eagles, Kelly had a hand in drafting Hart, an Oregon product, in the fifth round of 2014.

Hart worked hard this offseason to learn how to play in Jim Schwartz's aggressive 4-3 defense, which is very unlike the ones he had played in during college and in the NFL.

Brooks has been placed on IR after rupturing a quad tendon during Sunday's game against the Vikings. He'll have surgery this week.

In addition to adding Hart to the active roster, the Eagles also added cornerback Aaron Grymes to their practice squad.

Grymes, 25, was having an impressive training camp and preseason with the Eagles before injuring his right shoulder. He was waived shortly after that.

After coming out of the University of Idaho in 2013, Grymes didn't make an NFL team so he went to Canada. He ended up as a starter and All-Star on the Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup in 2015.

To make room for Grymes, the Eagles cut OL Matt Rotheram from the practice squad.