Inside the Huddle: March 13

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Travis Gibson
Sports Editor
Carl Rosen
Sports Copy Editor
Josh Brannock
Staff Reporter
Christian Ayers
Staff Reporter

What’s more surprising, the Anquan Boldin or Percy Harvin trade?


Travis Gibson: I’m not surprised by the trades, but I am surprised by the teams each player ended up with. If you’re the Ravens, why trade Boldin, your most experienced and consistent wide-reciever to the team who was five yards away from beating you in the Super Bowl? As for Harvin, I just figured he would end up in a larger market. Can’t wait for those Seahawks – 49ers games.

Carl Rosen: Boldin, for sure. He is one of the reasons the Ravens are Super Bowl champs, and now they’re just tossing him to the ‘Niners for a sixth round draft pick and to free up some team salary. It sounds like Boldin can thank Flacco for bleeding the organization dry.

Josh Brannock: Although I’m a Vikings fan and was somewhat shocked by the Harvin trade, I have to say Boldin. How in the world do you only get a sixth round pick from a guy who was arguably the MVP of the Super Bowl and playoffs? Calling it now, the 49ers will be holding the Lombardi.

Christian Ayers: Neither of the trades really surprised me, but the fact that Baltimore got a mere sixth rounder for Boldin raises my eyebrows. Sure they rake back some cap room for anyone they plan on signing in the coming months, and Boldin isn’t as good as his playoff performance would dictate, but a sixth round draft pick? I smell a little brotherly love.

 

What is your favorite aspect of college basketball’s March Madness?


Travis Gibson: My favorite thing about March Madness is when my bracket blows up in the first two days of competition. I love when my extensive knowledge about college basketball gained through watching hours of games and reading countless expert analysis is trumped by one of my friends who picks Indiana because he thinks Victor Oladipo has a funny name.

Carl Rosen: “The wild women. The wild women. The ripping and the tearing. The ripping and the tearing.”

Josh Brannock: The mini heart attacks I get every year from the buzzer beaters. Nothing like filling out a bracket and having it ruined because a No. 8 team hits a three with four seconds left to beat your National Champion pick.

Christian Ayers: My favorite aspect of March Madness is the “madness” part. In any given game, powerhouse teams could be on upset alert. Thankfully, there isn’t a crazy Calipari Wildcat team that would presumably run the table this season. I hope for a lot of close games and a handful of upsets to get me going during this month of madness.

 

If you could be dunked on by any NBA basketball player, who would it be?


Travis Gibson: I don’t think it gets any better than getting posterized by Michael Jordan. MJ’s famous dunking pose can be seen on the back of millions of sneakers around the world. How can his “Jumpman” pose get any better? Just place me under the basket, cowering.

Carl Rosen: If you’re going to get dunked on, you might as well treat yo’ self with a spectacle from the best: King James. It must be a full-fledged sci-fi event; witnessing the amount of force he throws down with, especially when it’s taking place on top of you. I think the NBA may have recently started a counseling center for his previously “dunked-on” victims to seek out help and comfort.

Josh Brannock: It’s a tie between Mugsy Bogues and Nate Robinson. Sure it would be humiliating, but how many people can say they’ve been dunked on by those guys? I’d be in the highlight reel for my entire life. I’d be that one guy who got dunked on, my life goal accomplished.

Christian Ayers: Javale McGee. I’m tired of everyone getting on McGee when he does absent-minded things on the court. He graduated college with a 3.6 GPA and he’s making more money when he’s on the four-letter network’s NT Top Plays than you are on your couch making fun of him.