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‘Jesus’ causes uproar at darts contest

Nathan Grindal got more than be bargained for when he went to watch a darts tournament in Somerset. Excited to be watching the televised match in pers…

The Man in the Mask

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader. Classical “Greco-Roman” wrestling can trace its roots all the way back to the ancient Greeks and romans. But what about “professional” wrestling -the kind where costumed buffoons hit each other with folding chairs? How old is that? Older than you might think. WORLD-CLASS WRESTLING In [...]

What Happened to the NIT?

Tonight at Madison Square Garden, Alabama will take on Wichita State for the National Invitation Tournament title. You might not realize it today, but the NIT wasn’t always an afterthought. Let’s take a look at how the New York tourney was eclipsed by the NCAA. Few collections of letters arouse mixed emotions in college hoops fans [...]

The Number of the Day: 2

Of the 5.9 million brackets filled out in the ESPN Tournament Challenge, only two accurately predicted the Final Four (Butler, Virginia Commonwealth, Connecticut and Kentucky). Related Fact: If UConn defeats Kentucky on Saturday, Mark Arminio wins the mental_floss NCAA pool. If not, I win—and I correctly predicted exactly zero Final Four teams. We have no future [...]

When a Nine-Month-Old Picks a Bracket

Taking a cue from Jason’s daughter and her impressive knowledge of presidential facts, I thought perhaps I had a child prodigy of a different sort on my hands: master bracketologist. Based on her picks, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that maybe this isn’t her area of expertise. I couldn’t have [...]

12 Non-Basketball March Madness Brackets

We love March Madness! We love it so much that we can’t restrict it to just a basketball tournament. See, citizens of the internet love to make charts and graphs (which includes tournament brackets), and they love reader participation polls. Some of these tournaments want your vote to select the winner, others are just for [...]