Romeo Travis never played in the NCAA Tournament, but he sure can fill out a bracket.
He has entered the lead in the AK-Rowdies Bracket Challenge. The former Zips star has made 26 correct picks out of 32. Travis predicted a Sweet Sixteen appearance for Akron. You have to admire that loyalty and trust.
There are five others tied with Travis: Howard Cleveland, Matt Strand, Eric Noland, Matt Kloetzer and (ugh) Kiel Fleming.
Darryl Roberts wrote a diary for the Plain Dealer. That's a fantastic idea by the PD's editors. Roberts talks about the team's mentality, and even mentions Zeke Marshall.
Cleveland State pulled off the shocker of the first round by beating Wake Forest. The shocking part to me is that the Vikings led the whole way. The Demon Deacons couldn't even muster a strong run. Congrats to Gary Waters, who proved again that he is an amazing coach.
I just got back from the French Quarter in New Orleans. You won't see a more morally depraved area than Bourbon Street. It's the modern version of Sodom and Gomorrah. I can't say it wasn't fun to enjoy the jazz, blues, karaoke and lack of open-container laws, though. I really appreciate Dan Kadar and Tom Gaffney stepping in for me this week. They did a great job.
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