ALL BY MY SELF
Kansas fell to a far worse seed, No. 11 VCU, for the second straight year. And while the stat line shows Markieff Morris's eight turnovers, Thomas Robinson's foul trouble and Tyrel Reed's 1-for-7 three-pointers, Bill Self (left) still gets most of the blame. In six career Elite Eight appearances he's just 1--5.
The Cubs and the Sox were a combined 25--37 through Monday, while Carlos Silva's dismissal from the Cubs was the biggest spring story. To boot: the two teams' payrolls ($134 million and $125 million) top their divisions, yet neither has much hope for the playoffs.
The Hawks are 42--32 and playoff-bound, but no one in Atlanta seems to notice. Or care. Ranked 22nd in attendance, Hawks fans fell in the bottom five of NBA teams in a Sports Loyalty Index survey last week. And the Thrashers (32-31-12) rated dead last in a similar NHL survey.
Fans weren't expecting a title from Melo immediately, but they didn't expect this. The shell-shocked Knicks had lost nine of 10 through Sunday, including six L's to teams with losing records. Even worse, opposing players have scored 30 points on the Knicks an NBA-high 24 times.