BERKELEY — Twenty-four wins sure doesn’t buy a Pac-12 Conference basketball team what it used to. Despite finishing second in the conference with a 13-5 record (24-9 overall), Cal was relegated to the NCAA Tournament’s recently added play-in round when brackets were unveiled Sunday. Read More
There was no drama for St. Mary’s on Selection Sunday, as the Gaels already knew they were a lock for the NCAA Tournament after sewing up the West Coast Conference’s automatic bid.
The only mystery was who the Moraga-based school would match up with.
The Gaels (27-5), one of three WCC teams to make the tournament, picked up the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region and will play No. 10 Purdue (25-8) on Friday in Louisville, Ky. Read More
Why wait for Selection Sunday? March Madness has already arrived. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is planning to hire Charlie Sheen to host a new reality TV show on his network, HDNet. While Sheen’s outrageous tirades and partying with porn stars alongside his soon-to-be ex-wife has gone viral, a star BYU basketball player is kicked off the team for reportedly admitting to having consensual sex with his girlfriend. Read More
The Big East was a big letdown for President Barack Obama.Obama correctly predicted 12 of the 16 winners on the first day of the NCAA tournament Thursday. Three of the losses were by teams in the Big East: Georgetown, Notre Dame and Marquette, while the other team crossed out on Obama's bracket was Texas. Read More
You might think that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors would learn to not place unnecessary restrictions on the types of businesses that might come to The City, especially during an economic funk.
You would be wrong.
It appears the board is about to consider interim zoning rules that would require big-box retailers to secure a conditional-use permit before opening a store. It’s a pointless legislative exercise for the following reasons: Read More
St. Mary’s and Cal both traveled across the country hoping to shake the perception that the best in the West aren’t good enough to hang with the elite of college basketball. Read More
The First Fan is a big fan of basketball programs from Kansas.
President Barack Obama predicts Kansas and Kansas State to reach the men's basketball Final Four this season, along with Kentucky and Villanova.
He's picking the Jayhawks to defeat Kentucky for the title. Read More
Nobody stops at a fast-food joint before dining at a four-star restaurant. You would never go on a blind date hours before taking your girlfriend to the prom. Then why does college basketball insist on serving up conference tournaments just days before its crown jewel event, the NCAA Tournament? Read More
The National Hockey League needs to wake up, and wake up real fast. This past week was one the league did not take advantage of. We are all aware of the great game Sunday when Team USA played its guts out only to lose in overtime to the Canadians in the gold medal round of the Olympics. Read More
Nevada casinos that offer sports betting are gearing up for March Madness, the annual college men’s basketball tournament, offering incentives for sports betting enthusiasts.
Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 1992, effectively making sports betting legal in only four states, including Nevada. Read More