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TWIT: The Week in Tweets, March 30

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Friday 

I should open a second, anonymous, Twitter account and call it: Stuff I’d Get Crucified For If I Ever Tweeted It. 

For instance: Wouldn’t it be funny if Verne Lundquist said, “The cheerleaders for tonight’s game have been approved by …” oh, never mind.

FYI, Joba Chamberlain: If you or a loved one has been injured on a trampoline, call us now at 1-877-853-7466 for your free consultation. #MLB

Hidden Stats: In 5 of his 27 outings for the #Yankees in 2011, Joba Chamberlain’s strike % was lower than Wilt Chamberlain’s FT % (.540).

In the movie that’s sure to be made of Tiger Woods’ life, I’m betting his Achilles is played by Brad Pitt. #PGATour

“The treadmill was invented as a way to punish prisoners in Victorian England. It was banned in 1902 for cruelty.” (From the April #Esquire)

Saturday

I coached a youth basketball team once. The guys weren’t too devoted to defense. I used to say our motto was: 40 Minutes of Mild Discomfort.

Only 9 #NCAA champs since ‘60 have won all their tournament games by 10+ pts. (#Kentucky is trying to do it this year.) How many can u name?

Answers: #OhioState ‘60 (19, 17, 22, 20), #UCLA ‘67 (49, 16, 15, 15), UCLA ‘70 (23, 23, 16, 11), UCLA ‘73 (17, 15, 11, 21), … #NCAA

#MichiganState ‘79 (31, 16, 12, 34, 11), #Indiana ‘81 (35, 15, 32, 18, 13), Michigan State ‘00 (27, 12, 17, 11, 12, 13), … #NCAA

#Duke ‘01 (43, 13, 13, 10, 11, 10) and #UNC ‘09 (43, 14, 21, 12, 14, 17). Obviously, it’s harder to do it for 5 or 6 games. #NCAATournament

Some of the stars of the aforementioned teams: #OhioState ‘60 (Lucas, Havlicek, Siegfried), #UCLA ‘67 (Kareem), UCLA ‘70 (Wicks), … #NCAA

#UCLA ‘73 (Walton), #MichiganState ‘79 (Magic), #Indiana ‘81 (Isiah), Michigan State ‘00 (Cleaves), #Duke ‘01 (Battier & Co.), … #NCAA

#UNC ‘09 (Hansbrough, Lawson). #NCAATournament

Highest average margin of victory among that group: #UCLA ‘67 (23.8), #Indiana ‘81 (22.6), #MichiganState ‘79 (20.8), #UNC ‘09 (20.2). #NCAA

#Kentucky has won its 3 games so far by 15, 16 and 12 points. Average margin: 14.3. #NCAATournament

I’m not saying #Kentucky and #UNC are going to win Sunday, but … if you drove from Columbus to #Louisville to Lexington … #Buckeyes

… to Chapel Hill, your total mileage would be 748.5. Have the Final Four schools ever been closer? #Buckeyes #Louisville #Kentucky#UNC

Remember in ‘85, when #StJohns#Villanova#Georgetown — 3 #BigEast teams — and #Memphis were in the Final Four? Well, … #NCAA

… if you drove from NYC to Philly to DC to Memphis, your total mileage would be 1,110.4. #Buckeyes #Louisville #Kentucky #UNC

… And that, folks, is my Rand McNally #NCAATournament Factoid of the Day. #Buckeyes #Louisville #Kentucky #UNC

If #Kentucky joined #Louisville in the #FinalFour, it would be the 8th time two schools from same state made it to the semis. #NCAATourney

The list: #LaSalle/#PennState ‘54, #OhioState/#Cincinnati ‘60-62, #Kentucky/#Louisville ‘75, #UNC/#Charlotte ‘77, #Duke/#UNC ‘91 #NCAATourney

It’s 74.9 miles, btw, from #Louisville to Lexington. Pretty close, but not as close as the 11.1 miles from Durham to Chapel Hill. #UNC#Duke

Had #Louisville + #Kentucky met in the final this year, it would have been closest geographical pairing in title game history. #NCAATourney

Other close ones: #Cincinnati vs. #OhioState ‘61-62 (106.7 mi.), #Villanova vs. #Georgetown ‘85 (136.9). #Louisville #Kentucky#NCAATourney

OK, I’m done being obsessive-compulsive tonight about the #NCAATournament. But only for the time being. #Louisville#Kentucky #UNC #Buckeyes

Sunday

The #Redskins are filing a grievance vs. the #NFL? Hey, this might be the first time Dan Snyder has picked on somebody bigger than himself.

According to the NYT, one wealthy family sought a nanny who could “drive a Zamboni to clean a private ice rink.” http://nyti.ms/H4y55G#Caps

#Tiger up 4 over McDowell. Only six more holes and he can be a no-show at next year’s Tournament of Champions. #ArnoldPalmerInvitational

#Tiger just made another great par-saving putt on the back nine, the kind he’d stopped making the past few years. Scary prospect. #PGATour

Too bad basketball players can’t refer to yardage books like golfers when they get ready to launch 3/4-court shots. #PGATour#NCAATourney

Kind of a vintage #Tiger scoreboard on the day he finally wins again. 5 up on 2nd-place guy, 7 up on 3rd-place guy. #PGATour#ArnoldPalmer

Just two players broke 70 at #BayHill today. They were the only ones who shot better than #Tiger#PGATour#ArnoldPalmerInvitational

Here’s what’s amazing: #Tiger basically disappeared for 2 1/2 years, yet now he’s barely behind #Lefty in the world rankings. #PGATour

Tuesday

Stat of the Day: 60.1. (Average temperature at kickoff for #Broncos‘ 519 home games. They used it to woo Peyton.) http://bit.ly/GY3utv#NFL

Week 1 Weds. nite opener between #Giants + #Cowboys is yet another reminder that no #NFL team lives off its past more than Dallas.#Redskins

#Cowboys haven’t played in conf. title game — never mind Super Bowl — since ‘95. Only 8 teams have had as long a drought. #NFL#Redskins

The other 8 who haven’t made #NFL’s Final Four since at least ‘95 are Lions, #Redskins, Bengals, Bills, Browns, Chiefs, Dolphins and Texans.

Muffet McGraw, ND’s women’s hoops coach, was born in Pottsville, Pa. How many of you knew Pottsville had an #NFL team in the 1920s? #Terps

Well, #UConn and #NotreDame made Kentucky and Maryland look like a couple of mid-majors tonight. Boy, the #BigEast is good. #Terps

Most rebounds per game, first 4 #NBA seasons (since ‘90): Shaq 12.5, Dikembe 12.4, Howard 12.2, Robinson 12.2, Love 12.1, Duncan 12.0.

Wednesday

It’s funny. Magic owns the #Dodgers now, but they were the team of Kareem’s youth. Rejoiced as a kid when Podres beat the #Yanks in ‘55 WS.

I’m all for Magic Johnson owning the #Dodgers, by the way, especially if he puts pitchers and batters on a 24-second clock. #MLB #Lakers

Thursday

If Mark Rypien, who was sacked 7 times in the ‘91 Super Bowl season, has concussion issues, nobody’s safe. #Redskins #NFL#Browns

Rypien started for the #Redskins from ‘88-93. No QB in that period with 1,500+ attempts was sacked less than him. http://bit.ly/H3kSgG#NFL

Least-sacked QBs since ‘69 (2,500+ att.): P. Manning (once every 31.2 att.), Marino (31.0), Doug Williams (29.8), Ryp (26.9). #Redskins#NFL

Compare Rypien’s sack rate to poor David Carr’s (2,264 attempts/266 sacks/one sack every 8.5 attempts). 3X as often. #Redskins #NFL #Texans

First Russell Wilson, now Danny O’Brien. Are they running a university out there in Wisconsin or a Holiday Inn Express? #Terps

Going to Ryan Tannehill’s workout must feel like going to a Ralph Nader rally. #Redskins #RG3 #AndrewLuck #NFL

The #NFL is going to review all turnovers? I’m pretty sure Albert Haynesworth was already doing that. And the danishes, too. #Redskins

So which hockey team will we see tonight, folks, the Washington Jekylls or the D.C. Hydes? #Caps #NHL #Bruins

The last Kentucky team that could have beaten the #Wizards is the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA (Artis Gilmore, Dan Issel + the gang). #NBA

Here’s the Kentucky team that won the ‘74-75 ABA title. It even had a guy named Bird on it — Bird Averitt. http://bit.ly/H1fLNs #Wizards

Is it just me, or have all these pro days for #NFL prospects become like debutante balls?

By the way, if I ever went to one, you’d have no trouble spotting me. I’d be the guy with opera glasses. #NFL

0-0 early in the third in Boston. The #Caps must be dedicating this game to DC United. #NHL #Bruins

Overtime hockey (regular season): The #NHL’s version of a 7-on-7 passing scrimmage. #Caps #Bruins

Laich scores to win the shootout. Shucks, Tim Thomas will never come to the White House now. #Caps #Bruins #NHL

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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