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1/3 of the MLB season is complete and I thought it would be a good time to look back at what’s happened so far in the 2012 season. Back in my season opening column I said that “Orioles fans probably still believe Cal Ripken Jr. could still help their terrible team.” I also said “Orioles fans probably think that even Tim Tebow could help their terrible team.” Oops...

This week, in the Sports Spectrum offices, Bryce Johnson, host of Sports Yapp, brought up a rant that Jim Rome did a while back about the Florida Marlins theme song by Creed. The song is atrocious. But that got us thinking about the best and worst baseball songs out there, and it made me decide that my next column should be the top 5 best and top 5 worst baseball songs ever...

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the winter of hope, it was the spring of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us. There is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Arlington; there is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Los Angeles. It was the year of Our Lord two thousand and twelve. Spiritual revelations were conceded to Arlington at that favoured period, as at this. Mr. Hamilton had recently attained his eighteenth home run, of whom a prophetic private on the West Coast had heralded the sublime appearance by announcing that arrangements were made for the swallowing up of Oakland and Seattle...

We've completed a whole month of Major League Baseball and April certainly had its memorable moments. Here are nine things we will remember from the first month of the big league season. 1. Manager's mouths Both Bobby Valentine and Ozzie Guillien found themselves in trouble by not taming their tongues... 2. Pujols’ slump Albert Pujols signed a $250 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, and he did not hit a home run in the entire month of April... 3. Bryce Harper’s debut This month could be remembered for watching the debut of a once-in-a-generation-type player... 4. The old guys still have it Chipper Jones, Jamie Moyer and Todd Helton... 5. Brian Wilson out for season 6. Matt Kemp’s hot start 7. David Wright is back 8. D.C. Area in first place On April 30, both Baltimore and Washington were in first place in their divisions... 9. Perfection Baseball had its first perfect game of the season this month...

162 reasons to be excited for Major League Baseball this year... (1) For Opening Day, where everyone is 0-0 and even the Cubs can dream of a championship season. (2) For presidential first pitches. (3-4) For baseball in Japan, where two regular season games were played last week between Seattle and Oakland. (5) Because Bobby Valentine is back in baseball...

344 schools began play this November with the hope of becoming one of the 68 teams to reach the NCAA tournament and compete for a national championship in men’s basketball. And now we are just a few days away from Selection Sunday. And when Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony, Seth Davis, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Sir Charles Barkley appear on CBS to reveal the brackets, there will be many teams who didn’t win an automatic bid through their conference tournaments who will be sweating it out to see if they will be headed to the big dance, or depressingly, to the NIT tournament. These teams are called bubble teams, which is our theme of the week. Oh, and by the way, we will have a Sports Spectrum bracket challenge next week, so look for an update Monday morning...

What is "Mini-Madness?" Is this the end for UCLA's head coach Ben Howland? And what conference tournaments should you be watching this weekend? Find out in this week's Old School... The end for Ben Howland? UCLA has had it rough lately, going just 53-42 in the past 3 seasons. A recent report in Sports Illustrated suggests that head coach Ben Howland has lost control of the team... March Madness Word of the Week Mini-Madness (noun) Definition inside... Conference Tournaments This weekend and next will be the appetizer to the main course. The bigger conference tourneys mean more for seeding and positioning in the NCAA tournament, but for most teams across the land, the conference tournament championship is the only ticket into the big dance. With so much on the line with dreams simultaneously shattering and coming true, any conference tournament is a good watch. But in case you can’t watch every single minute of the action, here are the tournaments you should make a point to watch this weekend...

Another week in the books for college basketball. We are inching ever closer to the greatest sporting event in America: MARCH MADNESS. Last year, we held a Sports Spectrum bracket contest for Madness. I can't remember who actually won that contest, or what the person won, but we will be holding another bracket contest this year. The winner will get a nice Sports Spectrum prize package, details will be available as we get closer to the NCAA tournament. Top 5 Most Exciting Teams Last week, I had some comments in the comment section ragging some of my selections in games to watch. The commenter’s main problem is that some of the games listed, mainly any game Wisconsin is involved in, is not “fun to watch.” So, due to the personal request of mdgordon07, here are my top 5 most exciting teams to watch in college basketball. 1. VMI 2. North Carolina 3. Kentucky 4. Iona 5. Missouri

Hope you had an outstanding ValLINtine’s Day. Last night, Jeremy Lin hits a game winner for the New York Knicks to continue the Linsanity.™ It’s been hard not to pay attention to a story of a guy who was living on his brother’s couch a little over a week ago, to becoming a starting point guard for the New York Knicks and leading them to six straight wins, especially when the season was looking lost. I can only imagine the Linsanity™ if Lin and his Harvard team could have made a run in the NCAA tournament. And the cool thing about this story is that Lin continues to thank God and point people to his faith in Christ. Any-who, enough NBA. After getting grief from some of my Twitter followers after posting a top 10 ranking of conferences, I decided to rank the conferences in “Old School.” And I’d love to hear from in the comments section on what you all think. 1. Big Ten 2. Big East 3. Big 12...

What makes a good rival? The general consensus is that Duke-North Carolina is the best rivalry in college basketball, but there are plenty of others that don’t get quite the hype. Syracuse vs. Georgetown, Kansas vs. Kansas State, and how about St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga? That’s always a good game. We’ve already seen one rivalry this year that ended in a bloodbath with Xavier and Cincinnati. This week is “Rivalry Week” on ESPN, so I figured it would be rivalry week here on Old School...

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