Raise your hand if you had Northern Iowa beating overall #1 seed Kansas in the second round, not to mention calling that clearly misranked 12-seed Cornell would become the first Ivy in more than 30 years to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. That's what I thought.
Anyway, now that my bracket was unable to make it past the first weekend for the second straight year (thank you, Ali Farokhmanesh), it's time to turn our attention back to baseball. Honestly, I've practically forgotten that spring training is still going on. I'm sure I say this every year, but it feels like it's been underway for months, and it even started later than usual this year. With Opening Day just under two weeks away, this is arguably the most frustrating time of the year for baseball fans.
Anyway, here are a few links to get your week going:
So much for that. As I'm sure you know by now, the Twins finally locked Joe Mauer up to a long-term extension. Enticing as it may have been to envision Mauer in pinstripes, this is ultimately a good thing for baseball, especially for Minnesota and its fans. It's good to see a mid-market franchise finally do the right thing and ensure its signature player retires in its uniform.
Steve at TYU writes that according to new YES beat reporter Jack Curry, 2010 is very likely Andy Pettitte's final year as a Yankee.
RAB's Joe P. debunks the idea that Tex's low UZR makes him a poor defensive first baseman.