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This morning we woke up to news that Anthony Grant signed the first recruit of his tenure: three-star point guard out of Memphis, Jalen Crutcher. Praise the Good Lord Jesus Christ, we have a Point Guard on our roster (with perhaps another being re-added in the near future). Some people will credit Grant’s resume and charm behind the signing, but anyone with a brain knows the real heroes are the grown men who spent the last month...

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Recent30 Years

5 years ago333 min

I’m not going to lie, I found myself welling up as Tyler Ennis’ three-pointer caromed harmlessly off the back of the rim, giving UD its first trip to the Sweet 16 in 30 years. My emotions snuck up on me, I was completely caught off guard. I took my first deep breath since 7 PM and just stood at the bar, looking at whatever game was on but not watching it. I didn’t respond to...

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RecentBTB: First Sunday

5 years ago34 min

UD is in the Sweet 16 and I’m not sure anything else matters. Money seems completey secondary at this point. DAYTON IS IN THE SWEET 16. Record: 18-25-1 Bankroll: ↓456.59 🙁   You think I give a fuck? UD is in the Sweet 16!! • • • • • Stanford vs. Kansas (-6) The Jayhawks will once again be without the services of Joel Embiid. I don’t care, chalk ’em up. Kentucky (+4) vs. Wichita State I, for some reason,...

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I should really stop gambling. Like now. By my estimation, I have bet $1,800 on tournament games and I haven’t had a single shred of fun yet. The biggest oversight in my attempt to mentally create what it would be like to wager on all 67 NCAA games in Vegas is that I would be stone cold sober for most of it, and sitting at my desk watching George Washington unnecessarily foul with less than...

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RecentRecon: Syracuse

5 years ago88 min

We’ve always discussed how vital it is for programs like Dayton to make it to the second week of the NCAA tournament. A trip to the Sweet 16 for a mid-major team results in increased media exposure and further recognition from the general public. These are significant benefits that bigger programs take for granted. Tournament appearances are important, they represent success. A tournament win is great, it proves you can compete. A visit to the...

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RecentBTB: Day Two

5 years ago26 min

Now I know what Iowa feels like. After rolling off six straight, capped off by Dayton’s victory over Ohio State, I ran into a buzzsaw. A couple of tough beats, but that’s the name of the game — only the names change, kids. Record: 9-10-1 Bankroll: ↓  113.67 🙁 Mercer vs. Duke (-12.5) Can’t remember the last time I looked at Duke and felt like they were national title worthy. This year is no different. Jabari...

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RecentBTB: Day One

5 years ago210 min

Today is the first day of Degenerate Christmas. Time to forego your child support payments and punch those tickets. Today is one of the most joyous occasions of the year, why not ruin it with frivolous wagering? After another 2-0 performance from your boy yesterday, I’d expect an absolute bedshiiter today. My confidence level in today’s picks is hovering around 28%. Don’t smoke and don’t gamble, kids. Record: 4-0 Bankroll:  ↑ $159.08 🙂 • • • • • Dayton (+6) vs....

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What a bountiful few weeks this has been for the UD basketball program. An at-large bid after a very tumultuous season resulting in a matchup with THE Ohio State University in the first-round of the NCAA tournament, what Flyer fan could possibly ask for anything more? The NCAA tournament, by and large, is a reward for subjectively good play during the season and the Flyers, and the Sweater Nation, should treat it as such. A...

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Two for two last night which means the odds are stacked against me today. The real fun begins tomorrow, there are just two games on the docket tonight. If you are signing up for a Sportsbook.com account let me know (send me an email @ blackburnreview@gmail.com before you do) so I can get a goddamn referral fee, look out for a brother. Record: 2-0 Bankroll: ↑ $68.18 🙂 • • • • • Cal Poly (-4) vs. Texas Southern Crazy Mike...

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I never had any expectation of being anything more than a taxpayer when I grew up. I don’t really have any life goals, never have and I probably never will. I recall taking one of those “career” tests in high-school and coming up with something like air traffic controller or a dental hygienist assistant. No matter, in hindsight either of those careers would have be fine with me, my life probably wouldn’t have been that much...

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Hello, little reader. Boy, I sure heard a bunch about you. See, I was a good friend of your favorite Dayton blogger. We were in that Founders pit of hell together over five years. Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience this yourself, but when two men are in a situation like me and your blogger were, for as long as we were, you take on certain responsibilities of the other. If it had been me...