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The Irish finally know who they will face in Brooklyn

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame faces it’s kryptonite

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Virginia vs Pittsburgh Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Sixth seeded Virginia took down 13th seed Pittsburgh late on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Waiting for them is our very own Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Hoos are the only team Notre Dame has yet to beat as a member of the ACC. Make sure to check out our preview of the game, which will be released later this morning.

First spring practice is in the books

As our fearless site leader has stated before, spring practice is pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things. But nevertheless it gives us a little to talk about.

NCAA Football: Massachusetts at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame football completed their first spring practice on Wednesday. The one thing that I, at least, kept seeing on the social interwebs was how good starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush looked. I read that his footwork and ball placement was pretty incredible, but at the same time we have to remember this is just spring ball. Still, it’s encouraging to see that the Irish shouldn’t stand to lose much behind center this season.

Frank Mason III keeps raking in the awards

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas senior guard Frank Mason III has already added to his trophy case, and the scary part is — he’s probably not done yet. Since Sunday Mason has been named: Big 12 Player of the Year, first team All-Big 12, Bleacher Report’s National Player of the Year, USA Today’s National Player of the Year, NBC Sports’ National Player of the Year and Sporting News’ National Player of the Year. He also had a rap song about himself released on Wednesday as well.

The big awards such as the Wooden Award and Naismith Award aren’t announced until a later date, but with the early results in, it’s a pretty good indication that Mason will take those home as well. But as Mason always does, he insists that a National Title is No. 1 on his list.

Worst tattoo of all time...or worst tattoo of all time?

Over the past couple of seasons we’ve seen fans get some pretty outrageous (looking at you Kentucky fans), but I genuinely think this one takes the cake. The fact that he branded himself with a tattoo, predicting the Tennessee Titans will win the AFC South is not only embarrassing, but downright shameful. Even if this prediction comes to fruition, the tattoo is still idiotic — big deal you won the WORST division in football. He didn’t even have the guts to put Super Bowl champs either.

You just have to wonder how many beverages this guy consumed before he decided to do this. That had to be the reason he did this...right?

Team Israel for the win!

If you have been caught up in college basketball, you might not have noticed that the World Baseball Classic started this week, and an underdog has already made some noise. Team Israel has already advanced on from pool play and to the second round of the tournament after beating traditional powers South Korea and Taiwan. Going into the tournament Israel was tied with China for the worst odds at 200/1.

It’s pretty impressive what they are doing when you consider the talent they have on their club. The top Jewish plays, such as Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson and Ian Kinsler, declined to play in the WBC, so it left them with a rag-tag bunch of players. The top players on the roster are probably Sam Fuld and Jason Marquis, and neither of them are currently on an MLB roster!

If the United States can’t make a run, I sure hope Team Israel can keep defying the odds.

Tim Tebow...baseball player?

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at New York Mets Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Former Florida Gators’ quarterback Tim Tebow made his spring training debut for the New York Mets on Wednesday, and well it didn’t go to well to say the least. He went 0-3 with a two strikeouts. He did reach base after getting hit by a pitch, but then was promptly doubled off first the next at bat.

I never had a problem with Tebow trying to give baseball a try because if any were us were in his shoes, we probably would do the same thing. But you just have to wonder how long Tebow, and most importantly, the Mets will be willing to let this experiment last.