It's deja vu all over again.
Last year in this tourney a small school from New Jersey took national stage with an incredible run to the Round of 8 beating Kentucky in OT, Murray State and Purdue.
They ran out of gas against North Carolina.
Now I bring you Fairleigh Dickinson.
For the blowout of Texas Southern in the play in game, that was easy. The win against #1 seed Purdue on Friday was insanity. Only the 2nd #16 seed to beat a #1.
Now off that win, they find themselves a huge underdog against Florida Atlantic.
Folks, you don't beat the Big Ten Champions and #1 seed and get blown out by a team out of Conference USA.
I'm talking about an FDU team that since 77-48 blowout loss at Richmond on December 13th, they have lost 8 games.
Those margins of loss: 9, 7, 11, 4, 4, 6, 10 and 1.
Here is the scary thing, according to their coach Tobin Anderson, they are peaking right now.
"Here's the thing, we're getting better, too. We played really well these last two games. And that's a credit to our guys. We're definitely getting better."
He finished by saying, "That's the exciting thing."
Couldn't agree more coach.
As for Florida Atlantic, they probably shouldn't have beat Memphis if not for a favorable jump ball call with 5 seconds to go. But they got it and made the most of it.
If you watched that game that went back and forth, you would have seen both teams were gassed at the end..
In the last 5 minutes of that game, both the Owls and Tigers players were done.
And you think they are going to cover this huge number???? Not happening, not to this team and not today.
This huge double digit dog will be in this game the whole way.
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"Two For The Money" is all about me, the guy who is 25-4-2 lifetime with his Super Bowl selections!
Al Pacino plays my boss, Renee Russo plays his wife and Matthew McConaughey plays me. "Two For The Money", debuted in theaters in October of 2005 and is widely available on DVD and you'll always find it playing on one of the major streaming services.
I was born in Midland, Michigan in 1963. Sports was always my first love and I was a great athlete in high school, lettering in two sports, but my dreams of playing college ball were cut short by a knee injury.
With my playing days over, I decided to see the world by joining the Navy in 1981, getting stationed aboard the Battleship New Jersey, where I eventually became the youngest sailor to ever qualify as a master helmsman in the ship’s history.
After being honorably discharged in 1984, I traveled the world for three more years before ending up in Las Vegas in 1987. It was there I entered the sports handicapping industry, building my reputation by validating my opinion to customers worldwide. The daily highs and lows of competing against the Vegas oddsmakers filled the void left by the end of my basketball career.
In 1989, I joined a nationally-known sports service based on the East Coast and immediately embarked on one of the most historic winning streaks ever witnessed in the handicapping world. After an incredible six-year run, I just had a feeling my life story would make a fascinating movie. But, with that decision came the realization that my dream would only be fulfilled by leaving the business.
Despite sitting atop the handicapping world, I abandoned the industry in 1996, moving to Los Angeles in order to turn my movie aspirations into a reality. I networked my way in as a caddy at the prestigious Riviera Country Club, knowing the job would eventually put me in touch with a director, writer, or producer that could take my dream to the silver screen. After caddying for the likes of President Clinton, Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise, along came Dan Gilroy, whom I pitched the movie idea of a lifetime after he made a fifty-foot putt. Six years later, with Matthew McConaughey playing Brandon Lang, "Two For The Money" was born.
A funny thing happened along the way though. I had a movie about my life in production, but something was missing. It was this business. The emotion, the adrenaline rush you get every football weekend with it all coming down to the Monday Night Game. No other feeling in the world can compare to that I get from knowing people are betting hundreds of thousands of dollars on my opinion, and then having me come through in the clutch when nobody else could.
With the movie deal wrapped up, I returned to the business, making my online debut in August of 2004.
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