Posted: March 15, 2013
I read six newspapers every day and one of my favorite and yet most frustrating news item I peruse daily is the State-by-State capsule in the USA Today. For those not familiar, the full-page feature includes a small paragraph highlighting something newsworthy from every state. This past week, the Village of Lake Hallie was in the "Nation's Newspaper ".
The story about the guy who was arrested trying to return a printer to the Wal-Mart in Lake Hallie was featured in Monday's edition of USA Today. It was learned that the suspect was likely making counterfeit $100 bills after the printer he was trying to return contained a sheet of paper with two photocopies of Benjamin Franklin.
I often think about the USA Today editor who has the job of selecting one news item for each state every day. I wonder how he/she considers what is newsworthy and what others across the country must think when they read stories about what happens in Wisconsin.
I remember another time when a news item from Augusta appeared in the USA Today. Unfortunately, that particular story wasn't nearly as funny since it relayed the story about the guy who was showing too much affection for one of his farm animals.
At least some morning disc jockeys had some good material to work with if they read the daily feature in the USA Today. But it's still frustrating.
MARCH MADNESS: This will be the first time in 32 years that I have not administered my annual NCAA Men's Basketball Pool. For a variety of reasons, I will not spend hours going through the 150+ brackets this March. But that doesn't mean I don't have an opinion on who might win "The Big Dance" this year - even if the brackets haven't been released yet.
For instance, I think two teams from the Big Ten could make it to the Final Four. I don't think Gonzaga, currently ranked the top team in the country, will make it to the Elite Eight. I also don't believe that this will be the year that a #16 seed beats a #1 seed.
Four teams to consider for your Final Four that will not be #1 seeds:Valparaiso (five senior starters), Ohio State (peaking at the right time), Virginia (coached by former Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett's son, Tony) and New Mexico (most underrated team). Keep in mind that I've never done well with my predictions in the annual college basketball tournament, so your guess is as good as mine. Good luck!