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Mike Harris was a reporter for The Washington Times.

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The Harvard team huddles following practice for a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Harvard is scheduled to play New Mexico Thursday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

HARRIS: The first weekend is the best weekend of the NCAA tournament

This is the best weekend of the best event. It started Thursday and goes through Sunday. There's basketball on all day and all night. This is a working weekend and my office number for the next three days is 1-800-LEAVEMEALONE. I'll be working. By working, I mean watching basketball. Lots and lots of basketball. Published March 21, 2013

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon calls to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke at the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

HARRIS: NIT has value for Terps, Cavaliers — for now

For both programs, it's not a terrible situation. Not this year at least. It does bring up the question as to when too much NIT is too much? At what point does the heat get turned up? Published March 19, 2013

Louisville coach Rick Pitino gestures to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame at the Big East Conference tournament Friday, March 15, 2013, in New York. Louisville won 69-57. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

HARRIS: In NCAA office pools, upsets are fun but tradition wins big

There's a good bit of luck involved with office pools. Going in, you need to accept the fact that the guy next to you who knows nothing about basketball, who picks his teams based on which coaches wear glasses or which school is closer to his Mom's house, has a solid chance of finishing higher than you. Published March 18, 2013

**FILE** Kentucky head coach John Calipari cuts down the net after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kansas Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans. Kentucky won 67-59. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HARRIS: Before the Madness: A peek at NCAA tourney selection process

The Magic Sports Genie has landed in your lap and says your sporting wish is about to come true. I'd want to be a fly on the wall as the NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament committee met for three days to select and seed the field. Published March 14, 2013

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) is congratulated by defensive back Jordan Pugh (32) after stopping Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant in the third quarter at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Dec. 30, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

HARRIS: Love him or hate him, DeAngelo Hall not done in NFL

By the time the NFL season starts in September, DeAngelo Hall is likely to be a distant memory. It isn't like the Redskins released a future member of the Ring of Honor when they parted ways with Hall in a salary-cap move. Published March 12, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks to Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HARRIS: RG3, Redskins can’t afford to rush QB’s recovery

I finally saw that ad so many people are talking about, the one where things blow up and RG3 works hard and talks about being all in for Game 1. As I watched it, I couldn't help but think, "Please, please, please don't let them mess this one up." Published March 5, 2013

Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span (2) stands as the star spangled banner is played before the Washington Nationals play the Florida Marlins during spring training at Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla., Wednesday, February 27, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Denard Span more aware after concussion scare

Two years ago, Span was an on-the-rise member of the Minnesota Twins. He gave a lot of thought to his body and taking care of it. He never gave much thought to his head. His life changed on June 3, 2011. Published February 28, 2013

Alexander Semin attempted nine shots and got four on goal in his return to Washington with the Hurricanes on Tuesday night. (Associated Press)

HARRIS: Alexander Semin is gone, and probably best forgotten

The mercurial Russian was booed pretty much every time he touched the puck. He got four shots on net. He didn't play badly. He didn't play great. He was just kind of there. In short, he was more of a factor before the game than he was during the game. Published February 26, 2013

Washington Capitals hats, and others, are cleaned off the ice after left wing Alex Ovechkin's third goal of the game during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Washington. The Capitals won 5-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HARRIS: Capitals need '8' to continue to be great

The NHL season is one-third over already. Through the first portion of the schedule, the Capitals built up some pretty convincing evidence that they were not a good team. In fact, most signs pointed to them being a bad team. Published February 23, 2013

**FILE** In this Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starter Dan Haren pitches to the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Dan Haren brings reliability, control to young Nationals rotation

Haren, 32, says he isn't coming in with the intent of being anyone's mentor. But that figures to happen anyway, even if he never says a word. With as much experience as the others combined, he can likely help the Nats as much off the mound as he can on it. Published February 20, 2013

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) talk during a timeout in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 in Washington. The Wizards won 98-90. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

HARRIS: Give Wizards props for rebound toward respectability

The Wizards' record, ugly though it may be, is nowhere near as miserable as it was when they were 4-28. They started the season without injured John Wall and Nene, their two best players. Since Wall returned, Washington is 8-7 and has won seven of its past eight home games. Published February 7, 2013