It was quite the season in college basketball, but it ended the "Wright" way Monday night with Villanova and coach Jay Wright cutting down the nets. Like any sport or publicly played out business, there are obstacles and uncertainties. College basketball has its share of demons which will need to be addressed, but the game is still beautiful at its highest level. Congrats to Villanova.
The Villanova Wildcats are your NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions for the second time in three years. Led by a 31-point night from Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova took control of the title game late in the first half before knocking off Michigan 79-62 inside the AlamoDome in San Antonio. Villanova won each game in the NCAA Tournament by double digits and finish the season with a record of 36-4. The Wildcats have won the national title three times, joining Kansas and sitting just one behind the University of Connecticut.
Wright joined an exclusive club on Monday night after winning his second NCAA Championship in three years. Along with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Roy Williams, Wright is only the third active college basketball coach with two national championships under his belt.
Tiger's gonna be Tiger
The Masters isn’t the only thing Tiger Woods has to worry about this week.
According to an article in this morning's New York Post, Kristin Smith, who dated golf’s emerging comeback star from 2015 to 2017, is in arbitration with Woods, 42, over a non-disclosure agreement, sources tell TMZ.
Smith is said to have ended the romance after suspecting Woods had been unfaithful. The golfer, who sought treatment for sex addiction in 2010, allegedly offered his former lady love money to sign an NDA in hopes of avoiding another public scandal. According to the gossip site, stylist Smith accepted it but is now hoping to break it, claiming it cannot be enforced.
Woods, it appears, won’t go down without a fight, as insiders note to the site that the father of two is threatening to unveil curious photos of Smith should she not adhere to the terms of their prior agreement. Legal teams are now reportedly involved.
While there is a never -- and I mean, never -- a good time for a story like this to come out, this is a particularly bad time with the Masters set to get underway in about 48 hours.
As always, stay tuned here for all the smut and salaciousness you can possibly handle.
The Condom and the Hanging Man
OK. Let me make sure I understand this.
Because this sounded weird when I first heard about it last night.
And now that I've had some time to take it all in (yeah, I went there, pun intended), it still seems particularly creepy.
Imagine uncoiling a condom and stuffing it up one side of your nose, then plugging the other nostril and inhaling until the long piece of latex slides into your throat. Then what? You reach back and pull it from your mouth.
Why would someone do that?
Apparently for the same reason young people have dared each other to pour salt in their hands and hold ice until it burns, douse themselves in rubbing alcohol and set themselves on fire, or bite into colorful liquid laundry detergent packets.
According to an article in this morning's Washington Post, It’s a game called the “condom-snorting challenge” and, not unlike other dangerous dares that have swept social media, teenagers have been doing it — for years now.
The idea of threading a condom through your nose and pulling it from your mouth is not new.
The condom-snorting challenge, which dates to at least 2007, gained increased attention in 2013 when a YouTube video circulated online showing a young woman sucking a condom up her nose to Taylor Swift’s “22,” ABC News reported at the time. The video has since been removed, but there are still dozens of others showing teenagers accepting the challenge.
Now I've heard some about some pretty odd behavior from kids in my lifetime.
There's the "Blue Whale" challenge, which is bizarre and twisted and has resulted in more than a few deaths. There's the story from last year of a kid pouring boiling water onto the sleeping body of another kid.
But the condom challenge thing? Are we really there now?
I don't want to go to the obvious retort of "these damn kids today", but I guess that's the only logical place to go.
As a teenager, myself and a neighbor friend at the time decided to play a practical joke on a girl with whom we both went to high school. Her name was Liz, and she was nice enough I suppose, but she was a bit aloof. It can be said that her attitude was almost to the point of obnoxiously snooty, so myself and my friend William thought it was time to knock her down a peg or two.
Not physically of course (we're not tyrants for crying out loud), but just to the point of being emotionally scarring, if only for a moment.
It was the night before Halloween, and William and I decided to take empty milk cartons and materials to build a makeshift mannequin, with ketchup-stained old clothes and a papier-mâché skull for a head. We then hung a rope around its neck and placed it face down outside her family's garage door. The following morning, when Liz and her mother were getting ready to head off for the day, the garage door opens and.... PRESTO!! The mannequin appears to be hanging itself outside their home.
Instant giggles and cackles for everyone!! Aren't we clever???
There was nothing defamatory scrawled onto the mannequin, and we didn't do it to send any sort of threatening message or proclamation of intent to cause harm to the girl or her family, but I can see now -- having just typed all of this in some pretty graphic detail -- how it might have caused some undue stress and panic.
For the record, Liz and I went out on a couple dates several months after the "incident". Apparently, my sick sense of humor had a somewhat better impact than originally intended (full disclosure, the mannequin had a far better personality).
If that was what passed for entertainment in 1985, and now we've come to the days of kids snorting some sort of latex sheath, then I'm fairly certain whatever mental stress I caused on poor Liza has long since been forgotten.