By Travis Duncan
Quote of the Day: “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Stat of the Day: Final Four coaches John Calipari, Bo Ryan, Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski have combined for 2,490 wins…25 Final Four appearances …6 National Championships
— The Kris Bryant controversy is good for baseball; its been a moment that a meaningful debate has taken place surrounding the game other than something about steroids, HGH, pace of play…etc…. This is something we can all get excited about because we know in due time we will get to see Bryant take his first big league at bats. Maybe that’s what the Cubbies are doing…building the momentum. None the less there is no shortage of opinoions on the the topic in today’s Daily Buzz we include a sampling beginning with Dan O’Dowd formerly front office man of the Colorado Rockies whose team was poised to have Bryant on their roster only to loose out on him. O’Dowd argues that from an organizational and positional standpoint Bryant going down is a justifiable decision by general manager Theo Epstein.
As an organization, the key is consistency when making decisions like this. If this is how you behave with every top prospect — keeping them in the Minors to start the season to save service time — it’s hard for the player and agent to really gripe.
The MLBPA on the other hand had this to say about the decision:
Today is a bad day for baseball. We all know that if Kris Bryant were a combination of the greatest Players to play our great game,and perhaps he will be before it’s all said and done, the Cubs still would have made the decision they made today. This decision, and other similar decisions made by clubs will be addressed in litigation, bargaining or both.
Coach K states Michigan State is a program of excellence, writes Mick McCabe of the Detroit Free Press.
“They’re really good, and that doesn’t surprise me at all,” Krzyzewski said on a conference call today. “Nothing surprises me that he and his program would do. They don’t have a team, they have a program.
“So as he develops each team … that group understands what the program is about — whether it be offense, defense or just characterwise. But they’re going to keep improving because it’s a program. It’s a program of excellence.”
Arizona coach Sean Miller to dissatisfied fans: ‘Go cheer for ASU’
Sally Jenkins of the WaPo writes that college basketball tournaments teach lessons.
Andy Katz of ESPN points to four underrated final four players.
Sam Bradford almost quit football last year after a devastating knee injury, a coach from his past gave him a pep talk.
An elementary school reporter calls for Cam Newton to be benched
ESPN’s Todd McShay writes that Jameis Winston looks like a No. 1 pick.