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Alex Balcerski is the owner of RideThePine.com and a former radio talk show host for CBS Radio. His work has been featured on SportsIllustrated.com, Fox Sports, MSN, and the Los Angeles Times.

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Drake Kentucky

…and those who jumped on the bandwagon.

The University of Connecticut became one of the most surprising NCAA Men’s Basketball champions after their 60-54 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. The 7th-seeded Huskies returned to tournament play this year after serving a one-year ban for multiple academic violations.

Drake jumped on the wrong bandwagon during the Final Four.

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Undertaker 21-1 at Wrestlemania 30

Last night at Wrestlemania 30, Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker in one of the most shocking losses in sports entertainment history. Lesnar snapped Undertaker’s 21-0 Wrestlemania winning streak which has been a prominent WWE storyline over the past 15 years.

The moment that Lesnar won the match, shock and stunned silence fell on the Superdome crowd in New Orleans.

Here are some of the best crowd reactions from Wrestlemania 30.

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Who needs enemies when you have friends like Dwight Howard? The seven-foot Houston Rockets center posted the picture above on his Instagram feed on April Fools Day, which painted in some hair on Lebron James’s receding hairline.

If I was Lebron James, I would photoshop the Larry O’brien trophy in Dwight Howard’s hands and say April Fools back.

Lebron, feel free to use this as retaliation.

Dwight Howard April Fools trophy

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Former 1979 AL MVP and current Angels hitting coach Don Baylor suffered a fractured right femur while catching the first ceremonial first pitch of the season.

Former Angels great Vladimir Guerrero threw the ball towards dirt which caused Baylor’s leg to twist in a gruesome manner. It took a few seconds, and assistance, for Baylor to get back to his feet.  He tried to take a step on his right leg but his body buckled and it was clear that something was seriously wrong.

The bizarre breaking of his leg was influenced by a type of cancer, called Multiple Myeloma, that Baylor was diagnosed with 11 years ago. Multiple Myeloma creates soften spots in your bones and makes one susceptible to breaks.

Fucking cancer.

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Over the weekend, the Arizona Wildcats suffered a loss to Wisconsin in the the Elite Eight of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.  Arizona students took to the streets after the upset loss to the Badgers, which caused the local riot to show up in an effort to disperse the gathering.

Out of this confrontation between students and police, a star was born.  His name is Alex Davidson, now known as The Terminator of Tucson.  Davidson was captured on video being repeatedly shot with pepper balls, withoutflinching.  In fact, he walked towards police.

I don’t know how this guy didn’t react but judging by the welts he displayed on Twitter after, it had to hurt.

Here is the original video that went viral.

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NFL teams are taking their game day experience to the next level this season by offering fans the ability to have cheerleaders com to your seats for a meet and greet during the game.

The dream is coming true.
You’re telling me that I can watch a football game live.
Order a girl to come to my seats
And not have to worry about getting food poisoning from a shady Salisbury steak buffet, next to the glitter station by the champagne room?
Sounds like heaven.
Can I bury my face in their pom-poms?

It is reasons like this the NFL will not implode in 10 years like Mark Cuban predicts.
In fact, lets look at what baseball has done to improve the fan experience next year.
The Chicago White Sox are going to offer a 3 pound, $17 ice cream sundae
The Diamondbacks are offering a $25 18-inch stuffed corn dog.
The Rangers are offering a giant piece of bacon on a stick for $7.
Sidenote: If you constantly profess your love of bacon, you’re really annoying.  Hey, what do you want for breakfast. I love bacon, I’ll have bacon-wrapped bacon on bacon bread with bacon flavored-coffee. Look, I can’t help it that bacon is the most awesome food ever.
Can you shut up?

Hey baseball, how about instead of coming up with enormous food options you find a way to not make your beers the same price as a 12 pack of Natty-Lights.

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When are professional athletes going to learn, that when you take selfies off your dick…it will probably end up on the internet.

Indiana Pacers star Paul George was involved in one of the more bizarre stories of the week as provocative pictures that he took of himself ended up on the internet.
George was allegedly the victim of a “catfishing” scheme by a man.
Let’s check out Urban Dictornary to explain catfish
“A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using social media to create false identities.”
Let’s check out Ride The Pine’s dictionary to find out what we call the victim of a catfish scheme.
“a fucking idiot.”
George denied the catfish claims.  The pictures got out there because of girl and he knows exactly who it is.
Look for whatever reason, athletes have no problem sending pictures of their dick to anyone with a cell phone.
That’s not news.
What is news is that George took the sexting game to a whole new level but showing us kissy lips.
Bro, no one blows kisses when their sexting.
You got the selfie game of an 8th grader.
Duck Lips.

Paul George Kissy Lips

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Louisville Couch Fire Warning

The University of Louisville On-Campus Housing department is putting up flyers in preparation for the big in-State Sweet Sixteen matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats by informing their students that “Couch Fires aren’t cool.”

Apparently this is a thing that needs to be reminded.

I’ve seen couches catch on fire before, but it was because some drunk jerk fell asleep while smoking a cigarette.

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Peyton Manning Denver Broncos signing

The 2014 NFL owners meetings are currently going on in Orlando and by the sound of it there is so much bullshit being talked that it is hard to figure out what is truth.

This interesting tidbit was posted by SI’s MMQB and discussed the negotiations that took place when Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos.

Tom Condon relayed the fascinating and humorous story of Peyton Manning’s free agency. With 12 teams interested, Condon licked his chops, anticipating a certain record-breaking deal. Manning, however, was in charge; he would make four visits and then decide. Now down to four instead of twelve teams, Condon was disappointed but still confident in a megadeal. Manning, however, said he wanted to pick the team first, before any negotiations would ensue, meaning Condon was now down to one team to negotiate with. And when Manning picked Denver, he simply asked Condon:

“What does Tom Brady make?”

“$18 million a year.”

“Then I don’t want to make a penny more than that.”

Condon’s visions of a $25 million a year deal were dashed, although the Broncos’ opening offer was $19.4 million a year. Condon phoned to tell Manning, who was incensed:

“I told you I didn’t want to make more than Brady!”

Condon apologized, hung up and called Manning’s wife, who responded, “I’ll take care of it,” and coaxed Manning to accept the Broncos’ offer.

If this story is true, Manning has some serious emotional issues with Tom Brady.  You get “incensed” when a team offers you more money than Tom Brady?

Couldn’t have been that angry because you took the money anyway.

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Kings Twitter fight with Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers are hosting the Los Angeles Kings tonight which marks former Flyer and current King Jeff Carter‘s return to the organization that drafted him back in 2003.

The Kings tweeted out the first barb, showing a picture of Carter holding the Stanley Cup he won with the Kings in 2012, sarcastically stating that they were “not sure why” the Philly fans were booing.

There is something very unhockey-like about fighting with hashtags.

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Stanford Band Dance

The Stanford Cardinal pulled off a major upset in the Men’s Basketball NCAA tournament with 60-57 victory over (2)Kansas.

Despite the Round of 32 upset win, the Stanford band has become a bigger story after CBS cameras caught they rocking out like crazy during the game. There were even initial reports that band members were caught smuggling alcohol in their tubas, that turned out to be false.

Either way, this band knows how to have fun…and probably drank before the game anyway.

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(12)SF Austin defeated (5)VCU in one of the biggest upsets of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. SF Austin was down four points late in the game but was able to convert the rare 4-point play which forced the game to overtime.

SF Austin ended up capitalizing on their momentum and winning 77-75.

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Roddy White Duke bet

At the beginning of this week Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was discussing the Duke Blue Devils‘s chance to win the Men’s 2014 NCAA basketball tournament.  White claimed that Duke would win it all. He was so confident that when one Tweeter claimed that the Mercer Bears would pull off the upset, he offered “season tickets 50 yard line first row.”

By now, you know Mercer pulled off the major upset.

Instead of owning up on his bet, White said he would give tickets to “the bears game.”

Bitter, Roddy? How about you man-up and give this guy season tickets like you offered. Typical Falcon, act like you’re going to do something and then fold like napkin when everything is on the line.

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It doesn’t matter that the University of North Carolina is playing Providence in the opening round of March Madness. It doesn’t matter that Duke suffered an embarrassing upset loss to Mercer today. The best rivalry in sports never ends.

This UNC fan casually photobombed Steve Kerr and Marv Albert during the second half of (6)UNC vs (11)Providence rolling up his jersey and revealing a shirt that said “Fuck Duke.”