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Mitch Perry Report for 4.3.15 — Does the Florida House agree there’s too much ‘damn testing’ going on?

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Happy Passover/Good Friday to everyone. I don’t think about it often, but a quasi-holiday like today makes me sympathetic to all those in media land who have to produce a full television or radio broadcast on a day that doesn’t portend to contain a lot of news, at least not domestically. When I was producing an hour-long radio broadcast, this would be a trying time, when you’d load up getting folks who would answer the phone to give commentary on the week’s…

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Bob Buckhorn asks NCAA to move Women’s 2016 Final Four to Tampa

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Tampa is hosting the Women’s Final Four college basketball tournament this weekend, and if Indiana doesn’t get its act together regarding its controversial religious freedom legislation, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is calling on the NCAA to bring the tournament back next year to the Cigar City. “Sports teach us dedication, fair play and teamwork,” Buckhorn wrote in a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert today. “It teaches us that we should judge others for their talents and who they are, instead of where…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.20.15 — March sadness

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It’s the first full weekend of the NCAA Basketball tournament, the time when some writers wax absurd about “brackets” and “the insanity of March Madness.” And yes, there were a couple of thrilling upsets and buzzard-beaters yesterday to begin the first full day of the 68-team championship. As a basketball aficionado, however, I’ve been calling out the college game for several years now as being a severely weakened product, and thankfully, the mainstream media is finally getting the picture. As…

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Science shows March Madness fans cannot resist an underdog

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If you got that warm-‘n-fuzzy feeling the weekend Lehigh beat Duke or the year N.C. State socked Phi Slama Jama or the time Butler almost did it, you are not alone. The science shows, again and again, that we can’t resist pulling for the teams called the Anteaters (that’s UC Irvine). Or for the UABs of the world to upend the UCLAs. For the time-tested crowd pleaser, the No. 12 seed, and for anyone else with the label ‘underdog’ when…

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NCAA hoping new travel policy will help avoid problems

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The NCAA is hoping a new travel policy takes the air out of tournament complaints. One year after dealing with late-night problems, angry coaches and surprised families, most teams in this year’s men’s tourney will be required to stay overnight after their games. Previously, most losing teams flew home the same night, which sometimes led to red-eye flights. Under the new guidelines, any team with a flight and a starting time after 3 p.m. locally must stay in town. Any…

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