The Morning Brew for March 28: ‘Nova in the Final Four, Flyers Clinging to Playoffs

Happy Easter Monday, everybody. Some of us have work. Some of us don’t. All I know is that Villanova is heading to the Final Four and the Flyers are still clinging to the second Wild Card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday night was pretty damn exciting. From the thrill of Villanova’s victory to the playoff atmosphere in a Flyers-Coyotes game that also included two questionable hits – one by Radko Gudas and the other by Martin Hanzal of the Coyotes – but neither player will face discipline by the league. Hanzal shoved Giroux and it looked really bad, and Gudas shoved Shane Doan down and his momentum carried him into the boards and wound up slamming into Doan’s head against the boards. The Flyers lost in regulation, so it wasn’t exactly a great weekend.

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And now, the brew:

Here’s everything you need to know about ‘Nova’s victory over Kansas.


Ryan Arcidiacono is adorbs.


The Wildcats will face the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday night at 6:09 P.M. The North Carolina Tar Heels play the Syracuse Orange at 8:49 P.M.



Kevin Harlan don’t mess around.

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All the Eagles news from last week you need to know is right here.


Andy Katz and Bruiser Flint let us know who they think the Sixers should draft number one overall – you know, should they have the #1 overall pick.


Pete Mackanin is fining his own players for mistakes. I kinda like it.


Speaking of the Phillies, Ruben Amaro spoke to reporters before yesterday’s Grapefruit League game between the Red Sox and Phils. More on that later.


The Flyers still play H-O-R-S-E before games to warm up.


A must-have Sixer T-shirt.


Little does everyone know, the Sixers were trying to lose on Saturday night.


Cubs outfielder, Jason Heyward, was attacked during a spring training game yesterday before the bees made their way to the stands.


A Cuban national apparently didn’t appreciate the Tampa Bay Rays trip to the country last week and threw beer into the Rays dugout on Saturday.

It was a Cuba thing,” Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi said. “I don’t speak Spanish too well. … I think it was a Cuban person, frustrated about the politics of it, I guess. He threw two beer cans. Nobody got hit. Nobody did anything. Maybe some guys got wet. It was a Cuba thing.”


A Belgian cyclist died after being struck by a race motorcycle after crashing.


Ric Flair’s daughter and Kevin Love, together? Hey, it could happen.


Current Ottawa Senator, Clarke MacArthur, reveals the battles he’s had with concussions, and how his most recent one ended his season prematurely. [OttawaCitizen.com]

MacArthur’s condition went from bad to almost intolerable.
“I needed toothpicks to keep my eyes open for the next two weeks,” he said. “The headaches. I can’t even describe the feelings. It was awful.”
MacArthur visited a specialist in Ann Arbor, Mich., who suggested he could be back playing before the new year, but weeks turned to months with no improvement. MacArthur couldn’t ride a stationary bike, couldn’t do anything that raised his heart rate, without the headaches returning. He felt useless around the house.
“I felt like I was failing, this (doctor) said I would be back by January and I can’t even work out,” he said. “I’ve got a five-month-old at home. It was tougher on Jess than me. It was pretty scary. Whatever I did with that hit in Columbus, all the vestibular (which controls balance) went to hell in a handbag. Focusing on anything was just painful.”


Panthers cornerback, Josh Norman, apparently wants $16 million a year. Good luck with that.


Katt Williams is out here fighting with middle schoolers during a kickball game.


A three-year old ate a bag containing crack cocaine at a day care center. In Philly. The day care owner saved the child, reportedly.


A few phone calls is all it took for Broncos general manager, John Elway, to express concern about Robert Griffin III’s character.


Um… ow.



Mike Krzyzewski really doesn’t like it when his team doesn’t win and thinks he can coach pretty much any athlete ever, I guess.



Dude just got an end-around and lived to tell about it.


Looking to start a podcast? BGN Radio’s John Barchard has pretty much everything you need to know right here.


Sometimes scoring is overrated.



Join us for our Phillies home opener tailgate party on April 11.



And don’t forget about our draft party at Nick’s Roast Beef along with the guys from Bleeding Green Nation.



And for any wrestling heads out there, I’ll be providing extensive coverage leading up to WrestleMania this week on PhillyVoice.com. Friday, I’ll have coverage of NXT TakeOver: Dallas, and Saturday I’ll have coverage of the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. And then, of course, WrestleMania 32 on Sunday from AT&T Stadium.



  1. hipple

    03/28/2016 at 8:12 AM

    be classic if they lose

  2. I hate beady eyes rob ellis

    03/28/2016 at 8:37 AM

    This blog runs circles around that other so called sports blog (cb).

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