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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: March 18, 2015


This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 18:

SI swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes gets you ready for March Madness.

• Strange times at the 'Cuse: AD Daryl Gross is out, and coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three years.

Watch March Madness announcers imitate each other's signature calls.

• The Madness has begun: Hampton's coach called Jesus during his postgame presser, and the big guy hung up on him. Also, the Hampton bench players pulled off a Major League free throw celebration. Too bad they won't be around long.

This WSJ writer throws cold water on the whole nasty business of March Madness.

• In case you're interested, here's POTUS revealing his bracket

• The Spurs allowed a Larry Bird-style performance from some guy named Alexey Shved in a loss to the Knicks, prompting Gregg Popovich to call his team "pathetic."

Reggie Jackson was shocked to learn he had 20 assists last night.

The office of NFL Commissioner is too dignified for Between Two Ferns.

• DeAndre Jordan fulfilled a fantasy that many of us harbor: He wiped boogers on JJ Redick.

• Watch Kevin Nealon describe his pranking at the hands of the Manning brothers.

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