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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.

Entries in March Madness (5)

Saturday
Mar242018

Kindle Book Pick of the Week: Getting to Us: How Great Coaches Make Great Teams

What makes a coach great? How do great coaches turn a collection of individuals into a coherent “us”?
 
Seth Davis, one of the keenest minds in sports journalism, has been thinking about that question for twenty-five years. It’s one of the things that drove him to write the definitive biography of college basketball’s greatest coach, John Wooden, Wooden: A Coach’s Life. But John Wooden coached a long time ago. The world has changed, and coaching has too, tremendously. Seth Davis decided to embark on a proper investigation to get to the root of the matter.

In Getting to Us, Davis probes and prods the best of the best from the landscape of active coaches of football and basketball, college and pro—from Urban Meyer, Dabo Swinney, and Jim Harbaugh to Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo, Jim Boeheim, Brad Stevens, Geno Auriemma, and Doc Rivers—to get at the fundamental ingredients of greatness in the coaching sphere.

Player and coaches have unique relationships and this book takes us behind the scenes of some of the men we call, coach."

In the 204 pages of this book, Getting to Us, we come to feel a deep connection with the most successful and iconic coaches in all of sports—big winners and big characters, whose stories offer much of enduring interest and value.

With Elite 8 games on this weekend, this book is even more relevant.

Tuesday
Mar202018

Sweet 16 Surprises

A look at this year's Sweet 16.

Monday
Mar192018

March Madness Good for CBS

CBS dominated Friday with the second night of NCAA hoops tournament play; 3-hour coverage scored a 1.2 demo rating and 4.46 million viewers. Early morning stats showed a 10% drop from 8-11 PM in metered market household ratings compared to year ago, but those very early stats are subject to significant adjustments later in day.

The shocking game that did not air on CBS didn’t help the numbers, as TNT showed 16th-seeded University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s win over top-seeded Virginia.

Upsets may be good for the moment, but can hurt ratings in the next rounds when the Blue Bloods are eliminated.

Wednesday
Mar142018

Social Media Takes Flight During March Madness

NCAA pre-tournament social media analytics from leading international social intelligence firm Talkwalker.


March Madness Buzzing with More Than a Half Million Social Media Mentions

Kansas, North Carolina and Virginia are Social Media’s Favorite


#1  KANSAS

#2  NORTH CAROLINA

#3  VIRGINIA

#4  OKLAHOMA

#5  SYRACUSE

#6  UCLA

#7  VILLANOVA

#8  XAVIER

#9  DUKE

#10  CINICINNATI

March Madness is just underway with the First Four games in Dayton, but social media has been in a tournament frenzy since Sunday when the brackets were revealed.  More than 557,000 mentions of March Madness, NCAA Tournament or related terms have been recorded across all social media in the past week, according to international social media analytics firm Talkwalker.

Mentions of March Madness have spiked up nearly 300% over the last 48 hours as the tournament teams were finalized on Selection Sunday. The biggest peak came between 6-7pm ET during the CBS live selection show with more than 73,000 social posts in that one hour referencing the tournamen.

The hashtag #MarchMadness has already been used more than 183K times over the last 7 days. The other major hashtag being used in the buildup was #SelectionSunday which has been used nearly 96K times over the last 7 days. This Bleacher Report Instagram post is the tops among all mentions of March Madness, revealing the four top seeds and garnering nearly 200,000 likes. https://www.instagram.com/p/BgMy9ZLAeS/

This top-trending Tweet from BarStool Sports broadcaster Dan Katz summed up many fans’ feelings about the way the bracket was revealed – in alphabetical order instead of by region and seed.  https://twitter.com/BarstoolBigCat/status/972957624957317122

But who is going to win? Only two of the four top seeds are among social media posters favorites to win the tournament.  According to Talkwalker, the early leaders out of the gate for most mentions are: One-seed Kansas with 20.1K mentions since Sunday, Two-seed North Carolina with 17.5K and One-seed Virginia with 16.8K.

Oklahoma is the fourth most mentioned team with 16.1K posts, but not for a reason that Sooners fans would like – most mentions are because of the feeling that OU maybe should have been left out of the tournament this year.  Syracuse also garnered many mentions (11.8K) for the same reason as did UCLA (12.2K).

The other two top seeds the tournament came in fifth (Villanova with 14.9K) and 11th (Xavier with 11.3K).  Among the other second-seeded teams, Duke was sixth overall in mentions with 14.3K, while Cincinnati with 11.2K and Purdue with 6.1K finished out of the top 10.

Among brands trending is perennial March Madness sponsor Pizza Hut, with this Instagram post featuring its “Pie Tops” which attracted 6,400 likes.  https://www.instagram.com/p/BgEsChNg1kK/

Have fun this March Madness.

Monday
Mar132017

March Madness Buzzer Beaters

Ready for some "Buzzer Beaters?" 

Here are some of the best of all-time.