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Jibber 3 18-14


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Fort Meade Soundoff Jibber, March 20, 2014

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Jibber 3 18-14

  1. 1. SOUNDOFF! March 20, 2014 Sports It’s a week full of decisions for Mr. Jones. It started March 13 when I had the 11th pick in a 12-team fantasy baseball league. FYI, if you are in a league full of Orioles fans, do not have a team name that insults Saint Cal unless you want to draft late. But you know what? If folks had an ounce of objectivity, they’d see that former Detroit Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell was Cal Rip- ken Jr.’s daddy. The good news regarding O’s fans’ lack of objectivity is that Chris Davis and Adam Jones were grabbed in the first round, so I was able to fill my middle infield with the best second baseman, Robinson Cano, and shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, with my first two picks. This weekend, I am making my annual March pilgrimage to Michigan so I can pick fourth in “The League” with Cousin Claw at Slows Bar B-Q in Detroit. I should be able to grab Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen or Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Gold- schmidt. The real decisions will come later in the draft when I have nine picks in Rounds 5-10. So if I play my picks right, I should be able to control the middle part of the draft and start a premature run on closers or catchers so that more talented players fall to me. And today, I’m writing Jibber two days before the real start of the NCAA tournament. I am not counting Tuesday and Wednesday’s play-in games. So the most important decisions I am making involve a bracket and my Sheet of Integrity. For those of you reading this Thursday morning, you still have a few hours to register for a chance to win a $100 gift card in the Meade TV and Corvias Military Living Tour- nament Challenge. But since I am such a magnanimous Prince of Prognostication, I’m going to make Phil, Rona and the gang get you this week’s dose of Jibber a little early on the Fort Meade Face- book page. That way, you can take advantage of my knowledge and hopefully bring home the cash — or card, if you want to be all literal. South Region: • Cinderella: Stephen F. Austin The Lumberjacks are small, but they have four players who average double-digits in scor- ing and have won 28 straight. They should be able to handle VCU’s pres- sure and take advantage of UCLA’s lack of defense on its way to the Sweet 16. Western Michigan will beat Syracuse in the first round. • Sweet 16: Flor- ida, SFA, Ohio State and Kansas • Elite 8: Florida will defeat Kansas East Region: • Cinderella: St. Joseph’s Seniors Halil Kanacevicis and Langston Galloway lead a tough team, and head coach Phil Martel- li knows how to coach in the tournament. The Hawks will run past their Big-5 rival, Villanova, and make their way to the Elite 8. • Sweet 16: Virginia, Michigan State, North Carolina, St. Joe’s • Elite 8: Michigan State will defeat St. Joe’s West Region: • Cinderella: I’m going chalk in the West, but Nebraska could beat Creighton and get to the Sweet 16. Also, if Oklahoma State gets by top-seed Arizona in the Round of 32, they could easily shake off their mid-season slump and dance all the way to the Final Four. • Sweet 16: Arizona, San Diego State, Creighton, Wisconsin • Elite 8: Arizona defeats Wisconsin Midwest Region: • Cinderella: Kentucky I know it is hard to consider the preseason No. 1 as a Cinderella, but the Wildcats have more than enough talent to make up for a poor regular season, and as much as I dislike John Calipari’s style, the dude can coach. Kentucky will beat tourney favorite Lou- isville and make it to the Elite 8. Also, don’t be surprised when Iowa makes it out of the play-in game and upsets Duke to make it to the Sweet 16. • Sweet 16: Kentucky, Louisville, Iowa and Michigan • Elite 8: Michigan will defeat Kentucky Final Four Michigan State will defeat Florida. Arizona will defeat Michigan. Champion Tom Izzo’s Spartans are healthy, ready and too much for anyone to handle. Good luck with your brackets ... And if you have comments on this or anything to do with sports, contact me at chad.t.jones.civ@, or hit me up on Twitter @ctjibber. Which way to go Chad T. Jones, Public Affairs Officer Jibber Jabber - OpinionSports Shorts Spring sports Registration for spring sports is underway at Parent Central Services, 1900 Reece Road. Spring sports include soccer, swimming, baseball, track, flag football and basketball. Participants can register at the CYSS Central Registration Office at 1900 Reece Road or online at For more information, call 301-677-1149 or 1156. Flag Football Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports is now offering NFL Flag Football through USA Football for ages 6 to 13. Cost is $55 per player and includes an NFL-branded jersey, flag football belt, game shorts and participation trophy. Two practices and one game will be held each week at the Fort Meade Youth Sports Complex. Games will played Friday evenings. Flag football will be played as a spring and fall sport. For more information, call 301-677-1329 or 301-677-1179. Dollar Days Dollar Days at the Lanes is every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bowlers receive a game of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog, hamburger, small fries, pizza slice or small soda for $1 each. For more information, call 301-677-5541. Texas Hold ‘em Texas Hold ‘em no buy-in games are played Mondays and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Lanes. Games are free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-677-5541. For more Fort Meade sports, visit Have an improvement? Your comments and suggestions will help maintain the quality of excellence on Fort Meade. ICE Interactive Customer Evaluation Visit: