CRAWFORD BLOG | Best of the Web, Wednesday edition
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — I have mixed emotions about this. All the World Wide Web needs is one more collection of links. One more loudmouth adding his thoughts to the cyber landfill. And yet, what happens if for some reason you go through the day and miss that one cat meme that everyone else is raving about?
It's a public service, I tell you. So in this space, my plan is to share the best (and occasionally the worst) of the web with you. The judgements are entirely subjective. The list is in no way exhaustive. But look, I don't have time to do nothing but comb the web all day, and neither do you. So here you go. A few items of interest. Nothing more (and, actually, perhaps less.)
1. A BILLION DOLLARS FOR A BRACKET? Yes, Warren Buffett, who isn't given to putting his money behind stupid things, has insured a Quicken Loans contest that will pay out $1 billion to any registered user who correctly picks all 67 games of this year's NCAA Tournament. The winner would have the option of a $25 million check for 40 years or a lump sum of $500 million. The contest is open to the first 10 million applicants.
The odds against accomplishing the feat are, according to estimates, about a billion to one.
So you're saying there's a chance.
"This will be the most fun," Buffett told The Los Angeles Times. "Just imagine if there's one person left at the last game. I will go to that final game with him or her and I'll have a check in my pocket. ... I think we'll be rooting for different teams."
Click here to read more from The Los Angeles Times.
2. NOTRE DAME GOES UNDER ARMOUR. It's no small story when one of the most storied football programs in the nation makes a move to an upstart sports apparel company. That's what has happened with Notre Dame, which will entrust its iconic blue, green and gold uniforms to Under Armour in a 10-year deal reported by ESPN to be worth about $90 million.
If accurate, that figure would make it the richest shoe and apparel deal in the history of college sports.
It's also a major loss for adidas, which held the Notre Dame contract for 17 years.
Click here to read more from ESPN.com.
3. COLEMAN LETTER TUGS AT HEARTSTRINGS. All right, I admit it. I'm a sucker for this kind of story. The Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman is believed to be the first legally deaf player in NFL history. His story itself is worth reading, and you can find it at the link below.
But add to that a letter that a hearing impaired little girl wrote to him, and it just isn't fair. This is about the sweetest fan letter you're going to read.
Take a look at the link here.
4. SEC SENDS 31 PLAYERS TO SUPER BOWL. We've talked about the four local guys headed to the Super Bowl, three from Kentucky and one from Louisville. But the Southeastern Conference flashed an impressive stat on its website yesterday. The league is sending 31 players to the big game in New York.
Read the list here.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
I don't know how this happened. Probably while I was away covering sports. But my youngest son has become enchanted with the television show, "Full House." Don't judge. We all have our issues. So today's video of the day is in honor of him. I'm sure this is one Super Bowl ad he'll be thrilled to see . . .
Watch it here.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
— As usual, we get Wednesday started with our Sports Page Live webcast at 10:30 a.m. Rick Bozich and I will talk about college hoops in the area, the latest with Bobby Petrino's football transition at Louisville and take your questions and comments in the 30-minute webcast.
— At 3 p.m., the Atlantic Coast Conference will announce next season's football schedules for all teams. It's interesting. I was there the day the University of Louisville got its first Big East football schedule. The coach we went to get thoughts from on that schedule? Bobby Petrino. The more things change . . .
— Before that, the Wooden Award committee will publish its list of 25 finalists. Nobody will have it sooner than WDRB's Rick Bozich. See his story at the web site, or follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
BEST OF WDRB.COM
Look, there's a lot of good stuff on our web site. If I start trying to link everything, I'll leave something out. Here's just a taste of some things I found interesting. And for a small fee, co-workers can see their work in this space . . .
— Marcus Green writes that a Kentucky Legislative Review panel is taking a look at the KFC Yum! Center's lease with U of L. Should be an interesting finding, but lawmakers admit, even if terms of the lease are amended, it's still not going to provide enough to completely alleviate the projected shortfall. Read it here.
— Chris Otts on an investigation into ACT testing procedures at Male High School. Read it here.
THIS MORNING IN WDRB SPORTS
— I weigh in with nine thoughts on UK's win over Texas A&M. Read it here.
— Rick Bozich has a column on IU's loss at Michigan State. Read it here.
— U of L plays tonight at South Florida. I caught up with Rick Pitino for the latest on Chris Jones' injury status and more. Read it here.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
What happens when friends are texting back and forth about a cake idea? Check it out here.
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