The Daily Mauling: 3.23.2020

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Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true. Facts schmacts

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Game times announced for four football games
The Big 12 Conference released the early television broadcast assignments for the 2017 college football season, with Kansas being tabbed for live broadcasts in each of its first three games plus its Nov. 11 matchup with Texas.

Bill Self live tweets KU basketball’s 2008 title-game victory
Self: “In normal times we’d be prepping to play in Omaha today. Remember the 2020 studs and the year they had as we watch past [Kansas] legends in a few minutes. … I’ve seen this game 50 times. But not in a decade. Excited to watch.”

Building a Bill Self-era KU basketball dream team
Well, another way to consume sports in this period comes with the hypotheticals of player vs. player debates, and thanks to 610 Sports Radio host Carrington Harrison, with an assist to ace graphic designer Bryce Wood, there’s a pretty fun one that’s out there related to Kansas men’s basketball.

Schools most likely to hit the graduate transfer market
Graduate transfer players have become the free agents of college basketball. Not every school can land elite, immediate impact recruits, and even the programs that can often head into the offseason with a glaring hole or two.

Bits o Chalk

Texas A&M’s AD just put coach Kevin Sumlin square on the hot seat – CBSSports.com
The Aggies’ athletic director did not mince words on a recent television appearance.

Five theories on why Buster Posey avoided the Bryce Harper-Hunter Strickland brawl – CBSSports.com
In situations like this, the catcher usually gets between the hitter and the pitcher, or at the very least is one of the first to arrive to the brawl on the mound. That didn’t happen with Posey.

Canada won’t send athletes to Olympics if they’re held in 2020
Canada won’t send athletes to the Olympics in Tokyo unless the Games are postponed by one year, the country’s Olympic committee announced Sunday night amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The story behind the split of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots
WE LOOKED FOR clues. Tom Brady’s final news conference — was that a clue? We wondered what he would say after the New England Patriots lost to the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the playoffs. More than that, we wondered how he would act.

Blue Jays president says 4 weeks of spring training needed before season
With no sign of when training camps can resume, Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro says he thinks Major League Baseball would need at least a month of workouts and exhibition games before regular-season play can begin.

Source – Patriots bring back Brian Hoyer, add QB to mix
A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Hoyer’s contract with the Patriots is for $1.05 million. He is making $2 million from the Indianapolis Colts, who released him on Saturday, so with offset language, Hoyer will make $2 million in guarantees total this season between the two teams.

Source — Cowboys DE Randy Gregory files for reinstatement
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, suspended indefinitely in February 2019, has officially filed for reinstatement to the NFL, a source told ESPN.

Eraser Dust

Senate Democrats block mammoth coronavirus stimulus package | TheHill
Senators voted 47-47 on advancing a “shell” bill, a placeholder that the text of the stimulus legislation would have been swapped into, falling short of the three-fifths threshold needed to advance the proposal.

Trump outlines National Guard activations for New York, California and Washington – CNNPolitics
“And through (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the federal government will be funding 100% of the cost of deploying national guard units to carry out approved missions to stop the virus while those governors remain in command,” the President said at a White House briefing.

Rand Paul Tests Positive for Coronavirus Days After His Father Dismissed Panic Over the Disease as a Hoax
“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19,” Paul’s office announced on Twitter Sunday. “He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.”

Liam Gallagher Transforms Oasis Hits Into Coronavirus Handwashing Anthems: Watch | Billboard
In the first black-and-white clip, a heavily bearded Gallagher is seen standing in front of a kitchen sink furiously washing his hands while singing the opening verse of “Wonderwall.” Halfway through, he comically changes the lyrics to, “Wash your hands, scrub your toes, scratch your ass, and pick your nose.”

Donald Trump confirms he sent letter to North Korea about cooperation on coronavirus – CNNPolitics
“On North Korea, Iran, and others, we are open for helping other countries. It is a very serious time. North Korea’s going through something, Iran is going through something very, very strong,” Trump said. “Iran is really going through a difficult period with respect to this as you know. I have put the — it’s really a glad hand, to North Korea, to Iran and to many other countries.”

Asian markets fall and Dow futures drop as US Congress fails to move forward on coronavirus bill – CNN
Asian markets and US stock futures fell on Monday as a massive stimulus package to help Americans handle the coronavirus pandemic hit a major stumbling block.

Harvey Weinstein Tests Positive For Coronavirus In NY State Prison; Convicted Producer In Isolation
Just days after being transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility from NYC’s Rikers Island, the Oscar winning producer and convicted rapist is now in medical isolation, an Empire State law enforcement official confirms to Deadline.

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