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And The 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Winner is…

MyersThe Connecticut Huskies are champions of the NCAA men’s basketball world, and the TVNewser bracket challenge trophy goes to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Myers squeaked out the championship victory, beating Fox News’ copy editor Martin Hill, 77 to 76.

“I’m speechless,” Myers tells TVNewser about his first bracket challenge title. “This is the proudest moment in my weather career. 43 correct and 20 wrong. That’s some kind of forecasting record. Going to Zabar’s for a bagel!”

NBC’s Bill Karins, NBC’s Betsy Fischer, and CNBC’s Todd Bonin rounded out the top five. Fox News’ Steve Doocy, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, and CNN’s Rob Kirkpatrick ranked at the bottom of the standings. Our challenge featured 42 of TV news’ biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names.

The final standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Championship Update

championshipWe’re down to two, as the Kentucky Wildcats face the Connecticut Huskies tonight with the NCAA men’s basketball championship on the line.

The TVNewser bracket challenge title is also up for grabs. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in the lead with 77 points. But Fox News copy editor Martin Hill is hot on his heels, sitting one point behind with 76 points.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer, NBC’s Bill Karins, and CNBC’s Brian Steel round out the top five.

The full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’ Preview

Final FourThe NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s “Final Four” will be played tomorrow in Texas, as the one-seeded Florida Gators take on the seven-seeded Connecticut Huskies, while the two-seeded Wisconsin Badgers square off against the eight-seeded Kentucky Wildcats.

Meanwhile, the 2014 TVNewser bracket challenge is razor thin atop the leaderboard. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in first place in our challenge consisting of 43 on-air and behind-the-scenes TV news pros, with Florida as his predicted winner.

“Being from Nebraska, I’m sure that I have never before cheered for any Florida team,” Myers tells TVNewser. “But, GO GATORS! It would be ‘Awesome baby,’” stealing a phrase from legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale.

Fox News copy editor Martin Hill trails Myers by one point. Hill tells TVNewser Myers has an unfair advantage.

“Since he has led the NCAA pool all the way, and he is a professional weather forecaster, I think it’s obvious Chad has some sort of psychic connection to the future. Is that really fair?”

We’ll update you on which TV newser is atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s action. A reminder of the current standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’

Final FourThe NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is down to four teams.

Yesterday’s conclusion to the “Elite 8″ was not the best for the state of Michigan, with both of its teams being knocked out of the tournament.  Connecticut took down Michigan St. while Kentucky defeated Michigan. The day before, Dayton’s upset streak ran out, losing to Florida, while Wisconsin beat Arizona.

As Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin square off in Texas this weekend to decide who advances to the championship game, the 2014 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge remains close. Just six points separate the current first place TV new pro, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, from the fifth place competitor, currently a tie between two CNBCers, Brian Steel and Todd Bonin.

Take a look at the full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Elite 8′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Elite 8,” as the “Sweet 16″ concluded last night with Michigan St. squeaking out a victory against Virginia and Kentucky beating Louisville.

Dayton continued its upset streak the day before, this time beating Stanford.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Unlike last round, the standings are beginning to separate after the current first and second place leaders, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers and Fox News copy editor Martin Hill.

“I feel like the smartest guy in the room…but the weather office is a very small room,” Myers tells TVNewser about his current place atop the leaderboard.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Who’s Leading Now?

NCAA march madnessHalfway through the Sweet 16, we wanted to update you on the leaderboard for TVNewser’s 2014 March Madness bracket challenge.

With four more games tonight, standings atop our rankings are tight. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is hanging on to a one-point lead over Fox News’s senior copy editor Martin Hill.

“I feel like the smartest guy in the room…but the weather office is a very small room,” Myers tells TVNewser about his current place atop the leaderboard.

Rounding out the top five are CNBC Public Relations SVP Brian Steel, ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez, and PBS program executive Ty West, with only four points currently separating the top five competitors.

And how the TV-news mighty have fallen: last year’s champion, CBS News VP and “CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht, finds himself in a three-way tie for 28th place. Don’t worry Chris—your humble TVNewser editor is not faring much better, currently in a five-way tie for 31st place.

Look out for the full standings heading into the “Elite 8″ tomorrow.

Maryland Football Unveils New Turtle-Themed Helmets

Before you go knocking the turtle-shell designs on one of Maryland’s new football helmets, a nod to the school’s Terrapin mascot, consider first the iconic winged helmet design of the University of Michigan, which looks less like wings and more like the deformed horns of a ram. People are so used to it by now that the look doesn’t give them pause. That’ll eventually be the case with the University of Maryland’s new look(s).

Maybe.

Or maybe they’ll simply become the next Oregon, who change outfits as often as an extra on Saturday Night Live.

Yeah, it might have been cool if this turtle-design helmet were the only new aspect to the Terrapins’ uniform. But the football program (via Under Armour, which is based in Baltimore) will now have 16 different combinations of jerseys and pants in red, black, white and gold – to go along with two different helmet variations.

“I know this: the kids are very, very proud of those uniforms,” said new Terps coach Randy Edsall. “I told the captains, you’re the guys that are going to have to decide what we’re wearing because there are too many options for me.”

“I’m not looking forward to it all,” linebacker Kenny Tate told the Washington Times. “With all these combinations, I don’t know. We could be sitting there arguing. We can come out every week and have something new just looking good and trying to come out and perform very well. We’ll consult with the team, see what we want to wear, make a decision and go play football.”

Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh To Make SVU Cameo

NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh will make cameo appearances on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

According to the episode description, Dan Lauria plays a youth basketball coach suspected of being a sexual predator. Mehcad Brooks and Heavy D also star in the episode. Anthony and Bosh will appear in the opening scene and episode climax.

The SVU episode will air on Sept. 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

 

The Bleacher Report Five Discuss Their New Gigs

The five new hires of Bleacher Report all wrote introductions for their new sports home. Below are excerpts:

Bethlehem Shoals, NBA Lead Writer – Sometimes I wonder how many critics bagging on Bleacher Report’s approach or content actually ever look at the site – or their own. Slideshows are everywhere now; maybe a lot of writers here are still learning their craft, but there are plenty of name bloggers and columnists who could stand to go back to school. What’s more, this place knows it has to get better. They brought in King Kaufman to help their writers; when Harvard’s Nieman Lab does a story on the program, you know it’s being taken seriously. I regularly get emails asking for career advice, tips on how to break into the business. They could do far worse than to start out at a place that can guarantee them eyeballs; get input from King that will help them as writers; and learn about what people really want to read in a way that doesn’t limit their options. Oh, and start to get paid while they’re figuring it out. Read more

Chinese Media Quash Story of Georgetown-China Basketball Melee

Reports of the fight that broke out between Georgetown and a team in China were widespread in the United States, but were quashed in China by government censors. Washington Post reporter Gene Wang, who was present at the game, writes, “Xinhua News Agency, China’s official news service, did not have an immediate account of the game, and although other prominent Chinese Web sites such as 163.com and sina.com posted stories, government censors shortly thereafter took them down.”

Here’s to the First Amendment in our country.

(H/T to GameOn)

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