John Rooke

NTS Shows/Hosts/Authors Recent Content Multiple Columns

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    Tiger Woods wins Masters
    Rob Schumacher/USA Today Sports
    April 19, 2019 - 3:49 pm
    Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to commitment in college athletics, from college athletes? Tweet of the Week I, from @MattVautour: “A 43-year old won the Masters. A 41-year old won the Super Bowl. Take that, millennials.” Tiger Woods’ win at The Masters was certainly one for the...
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    USA Today Sports
    April 12, 2019 - 1:46 pm
    Thinking out loud…while wondering what Johnny Football’s next move might be? Late night hoops weren’t what I was looking for when it comes to college basketball’s national championship game. A 9:20 start? No desire to try and attract a younger – or perhaps only moderately interested crowd, NCAA and...
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    Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports
    April 05, 2019 - 3:50 pm
    Thinking out loud…while wondering what took so long for Ernie D to reach the College Basketball Hall? Six straight years in the NCAA Tournament. A realistic chance at a 2nd national title in five years, by participating in next week’s Frozen Four. Sure, it’s great that the Commonwealth’s flagship...
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    USA Today Sports
    March 29, 2019 - 4:04 pm
    Thinking out loud…while wondering if the Red Sox can wipe that smirk off of Yankee faces – and repeat this year? Got brackets left in good standing? Thought this might be coming. With the unpredictable nature of the college basketball regular season being what it was, “chalk” was likely to prevail...
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    Villanova celebrates its Big East title
    Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports
    March 22, 2019 - 3:16 pm
    Thinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to Ira Bowman… Sometimes, I fret over the state of amateur athletics as we presently know them. There’s nothing amateur about them and hasn’t been for a long while. Most colleges and universities are huge business entities, relying on the...
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    Stew Milne/USA Today Sports
    March 20, 2019 - 9:56 am
    The postseason for Providence basketball was a lot like a visit to the tax preparer’s office – brief, and no one really wants to be there. Except for the tax preparer, of course. Arkansas was only too happy to hang around the Dunkin Donuts Center Tuesday night to take what the Friars would give...
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    Jim Brown/USA Today Sports
    March 18, 2019 - 3:06 pm
    The National Invitational Tournament has been roasted, toasted and generally lambasted since being relegated to second-class status more than 50 years ago. The one-time, true national collegiate basketball championship is more often referred to these days as the “Not Interested Tournament.” It...
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    Providence coach Ed Cooley
    Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports
    March 17, 2019 - 9:53 pm
    At the beginning of the season, the NIT wasn’t exactly the postseason tournament Providence figured to get into. After all, out of the 10 Big East schools, only PC, Villanova and Xavier had reached each of the previous five NCAA tournaments since the league reconfigured itself before the beginning...
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    Paul Rutherford/USA Today Sports
    March 15, 2019 - 3:16 pm
    Thinking out loud…while wondering if we can ever turn off life’s constant ebb-and-flow, if even for just a minute… Happy “$4-billion-in-corporate-losses-due-to-unproductive-workers-during-March-Madness” Week! The surprises in the Big East Tournament this week haven’t measured up – yet – to the...
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    Providence coach Ed Cooley
    Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports
    March 14, 2019 - 5:34 pm
    It sounded like a plan, at the least. Take some of the energy and momentum from a Wednesday night blowout win over Butler – turn it around in about 10 hours’ time and then and use it to your advantage against the regular season conference champs from Villanova. Only one problem with that scenario,...
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