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Published: Saturday, 3/20/2010

March madness is upon us and FREE TV!!!!!!


"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.

MEANWHILE, WORK GRINDS TO A HALT: DId you know that you can watch the NCAA basketball games that start today on your computer? For free? You can at www.ncaa.com where they will be streaming throughout the tourney. This will explain why you'll see 15 coworkers gathered around a computer cheering passionately for Xavier. Here are the requirements:

* Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista

* Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or above

* Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 or above

* Or you can watch them on your iPhone (RL)

MAN BEHIND THE THRONE: When big-time athletes like Lebron James become big-time athletes, they don't do it by magic. Lots of hard work, grueling practice, and sacrifice goes into it, which this story about James and former Ohio State Buckeye Chris Jent spells out. (RL)

THE ANSWER MY FRIEND: To the question, What does Bob Dylan's guard's poop smell like? is, unfortunately, blowin' in the wind. (RL)

ATTENTION CLASSIC GAMERS: Do you prefer the golden age of gaming -- the days of Defender, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Zaxxon -- to today's all-look, no-substance video games? If so, are you running emulators such as MAME and MESS on your PC, Mac or other gaming system? Perhaps you even have a dedicated MAME cabinet in your house. If so, we'd like to talk with you for an upcoming story to run in The Blade. Please contact Kirk Baird at 419-724-6734 or kbaird@theblade.com.

CREATIVE CORNED BEEF: We couldn't let St. Patrick's Day pass without a recipe for gross Irish food. And here's your one-stop shopping for the parties going on today and tonight to celebrate Ireland's favorite saint. (RL)

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN: With the sports radio blabbermouths abuzz with Bracketology and the NCAA tournament kicking off tonight with the play-in game, take a moment to soak in the wisdom of one of the all-time great coaches, John Wooden. (RL)

OH, THIS IS JUST SILLY: The Sci-Fi channel is changing its name to SyFy. Seriously, offering this highfalutin explanation: to "broad[en] perceptions and embrac[e] a wider and more diverse range of imagination-based entertainment including fantasy, paranormal, reality, mystery, action and adventure, as well as science fiction," according to the network's statement. Puh-leeze. (RL)

BULLET DODGED: Yesterday we said Lindsay Lohan was in trouble again. Not so fast, Batman! Actually a judge quashed the arrrest warrant, calling it "much ado about nothing." (RL)

HMMMM: Lindsay Lohan is in trouble again and we are, yawn, shocked! Shocked, I say. Now she has to go back to court, deal with that messy DWI, her dad's mad at her and, oh, it's all a mess. What we find most interesting is that apparently on Saturday she ended up at Jack Nicholson's house. (RL)

MODELS GONE BERSERK: Watch even a moment of TV anymore and there are Jerry Springer like fights between all kinds of bimbos and menbos on reality TV. So it shouldn't come as a suprise that a casting call for America's Top Model devolved into a melee. Break it up, girls. (RL)

YES, WE WERE SQUIRMING TOO: Anyone who saw Jon Stewart dig his claws into Mad Money's Jim Cramer on The Daily Show Thursday night had to feel a kind of weird mix of pity and disdain. Now Cramer's going to have to piece his career back together. Here's one person's advice for him. (RL)

Rod Lockwood


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