Wednesday Link-Off: The Fool or the Fool Who Follows Him?

alessandra-ambrosio-victoriassecret13-14I’ve been busy this week so today’s set of links might be a little shorter than usual. Hopefully, it’s a case of the decrease in quantity is made up for with an increase in quality. Anyhow, let’s start with Alessandra Ambrosio.

One of the all-time greatest hockey players, Gordie Howe, turned 85 this past Sunday. While he’s just as spry as any 85-year-old. The problem is the toll the game seems to have taken on his mind. (Detroit Free Press)

Disney is a massive corporation. Not many companies would have been able to afford to buy LucasFilm, after all. However, it’s not the Mouse but the Mothership, ESPN, that brings in the biggest dollars. (The Economist)

How does the NRA protect the right to bear arms? Not through meaningful discourse or the use of facts. Solely though scaremongering. (TPM)

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Join The Lowdown Blog Fantasy Basketball Pool

With the NHL’s players and owners locked in a bitter labour dispute with no end in sight, we’re turned to a different league to give us our fantasy sports fix for the winter. That’s why we’ve launched our first fantasy basketball league. There are 16 spots in the league and it’s a public pool so anyone can join which means spaces will go quickly. It’s a head-to-head league with the winner of each match-up based on winning the most of the nine categories (Points, Blocks, Steals, Assists, Rebounds, FG%, FT%, 3P%, Double-Doubles). The autopick is on October 25th so sign up now so you’re not left in the cold.

Click here to join The LowdownBlog.com Fantasy Basketball League.

The Economics of March Madness (Infographic)

The Final Four of March Madness goes down on Saturday and the final is Monday night. The final will be the 67th game played in the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship tournament over the last three weeks from the first game of the First Four to the final game of the Final Four. Over that time, over $175 million worth of worker productivity was lost.

For more on the dollars and cents of March Madness, we have a handy infographic for you. Continue reading

Join The Lowdown Blog March Madness Bracket Challenge

In addition to all the other March Madness and bracketology happening here this month, we’re launching our own March Madness Bracket Challenge. If you have an ESPN.com account, signing up is as simple filling out a bracket. Click here to get to our March Madness challenge page.

Remember, this challenge is all about pride and bragging rights.

The Perfect March Madness Bracket [Infographic]

March Madness kicks off tomorrow with the First Four play-in games. Whether you watch NCAA basketball or not, almost everyone fills out a bracket at this time of year for a pool with friends or coworkers. But when you lose to the girl who knows nothing, it shouldn’t come as a shock. The odds of filling out a perfect bracket is more than one in a number so large that you probably think it’s made up.

For that and more fun March Madness facts, we have a handy infographic after the jump. Continue reading

Wednesday Link-Off: Big Game Hangover

We’re less than a week from the launch of the SI Swimsuit Issue so here’s one of the girls on our shortlist, Genevieve Morton.

The gang at Baseball Prospectus have come up with the most important baseball movie article ever. They’ve figured out which baseball game Ferris Bueller went to. (Baseball Prospectus)

Ever want to be/meet Gus Johnson? Well, a new Big Ten Network contest has you covered. (Big Ten Network)

Odd personal fact: I’m a fan of British grime artist Lethal Bizzle. So when his song Pow (Forward) became one of the songs of the student protests over there, I had to link to the article. (Guardian)

After the jump, a Super Bowl photo diary, the hypothetical NBA Guardian Project, and the greatest sports pep talk ever. Continue reading

Tracy Morgan Is A Sarah Palin Fan

Tracy Morgan is a funny guy and we can never exactly be sure what’s going to come out of his mouth. The NBA on TNT crew found this out first-hand when they had him on their pregame show Thursday night before a Heat/Knicks game. When asked if Sarah Palin was hot, Morgan had one of the all-time great answers. Continue reading