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By Benjamin StandigCSNwashington.com
Dan Patrick Show (CSN): DPs pull remains en fuego when it comes to landing timely guests, as evidenced by his chat Monday with VCUs Shaka Smart. Beyond the Rams unlikely run to the Final Four, the two talked about the coachs unique first name and the childhood taunts that followed (think 1980s R&B singer and potential middle names). Patrick also asked Smart to break down his own game when he starred at Division III Kenyon College. Not surprisingly, the schools all-time assists leader called himself a pass-first point guard.
Tony Kornheiser Show (ESPN 980): Mr. Tony spent ample time on VCU, stating how sure he was that Kansas was going to run away with the game once the Jayhawks surged to open the second half. He also touched on my favorite stat heading into Houston: The combined ages of Smart (33) and Butlers Brad Stevens (34) dont equal the number of birthday candles needed currently for Connecticuts Jim Calhoun, 68. Golf Worlds Ron Sirak also called in to discuss the state of Tiger Woods golf game (inadequate scrambling, to paraphrase), his oft-injured knee and whether there is an obvious worlds No. 1 player with the Masters fast approaching (not so much).
Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner (106.7 The Fan): Much love for the NCAA tournament, but the VCU-Butler match-up was tagged by some for having a BracketBuster vibe, while Wise called the meeting between the recently NCAA-sanctioned Connecticut Huskies and John Caliparis Kentucky Wildcats the Al Capone semifinal.
The duo also briefly went down that time-honored radio show path of banging on the college football powers for not having a playoff, but then delved into whether the one-and-done format used by the hoops side is a fair way to determine a championship.
Led by their energetic point guard, senior big man transfer and 33-year-old coach, the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth continued its improbable run from the First Four to the Final Four with a win Sunday over top seed Kansas. The Washington Posts Mike Wise notes the No. 11 seeds addition in the odd-looking ending quartet of teams, which does not include any No. 1 or No. 2 seeds for the first time ever.
Nearly everyone outside of Donovan McNabbs mother and Rex Grossmans former babysitter has the Redskins searching for a young passer to groom. So, its not shocking that one draft pundit has the Burgundy and Gold interested in four of these five potential first- or second-round picks.
The Georgetown Hoyas journey in the NCAA womens tournament ended Sunday with a loss to Connecticut, the reigning two-time champions. It was also the final game for fiery senior leader Monica McNutt (Academy of the Holy Cross), the only player the rising program is losing to graduation.
Of the recent NFL mock draft links posted on Hailredskins.com, the vast majority have the Redskins selecting a receiver and most often Alabamas Julio Jones. This one from the Cincinnati Enquirer is no different, though it also projects some first-round love for Marylands Torrey Smith. (Hint: He wont have far to go.)
From over the weekend
Heres the cheesehead states take on deal that sent the enigmatic Nyjer Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers and Single-A prospect Cutter Dykstra to the Nationals. It sounds like the price was right for the Brewers once the Nats apparently came down on their original offer.
Cutter is indeed the son of former MLB star Lenny Dykstra, who was also in the news this week for his reported ties to a certain Charlie Sheen. Despite filing for bankruptcy in 2009 because of owing potentially upwards of a not-so-winning 50 million, Nails reportedly helped the TV star and soon-to-be touring performer secure a loan for a 7 million home.
The Washington Examiners Rick Snider floats the notion that GM Ernie Grunfeld and coach Flip Saunders should not be long for the Wizards world. With more kids than the Brady Bunch on the roster, it makes sense that any new sideline hire should be the motivating type but John Lucas?
Before coming off the bench to score his third goal of the season in D.C. Uniteds 2-1 road loss at New England, former Boston College star Charlie Davies talked with the Boston Globe about his recovery from his 2009 car accident.