Five Questions Episode 22: The DEFINITIVE 2017 NCAA Tournament Preview

After a quick conversation with New York journalist and Northwestern alum Tim Puko about his school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, Shawn Hardie (Syracuse), Option A or B host Chris Canada (Florida State) and Dr. Mike Williams (Villanova) preview the NCAA tournament. After the predictions, they discuss the case for and against Syracuse’s omission from the field of 68 (1:04:40 mark).

First Round: 12:10 mark
Second Round: 25:45 mark
Sweet Sixteen: 38:20 mark
Elite Eight: 47:00 mark
Final Four: 54:00 mark

This Is It | S7 E23: The DEFINITIVE 2016 NCAA Tournament Preview

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Regular podcast contributor Chris Canada (Florida State) takes over hosting duties this week for brand new dad William H. Strafe (Syracuse) to conduct the annual NCAA tournament preview show with Ali (Lehman College) and Landon Dais (Morehouse). We didn’t listen to the show before editing, so if they said something you don’t like… c’est la vie.

This It Is: The DEFINITIVE 2015 NCAA Tournament Preview


William H. Strafe (Syracuse), Seahawks fan and regular contributor Chris Canada (Florida State) and Ali McFly (Lehman) preview the 2015 NCAA Tournament, discuss who has the best chance to beat Kentucky and why the hell Oklahoma State is in the tournament.

If you want to skip ahead to each round…
First Round: 12:05 mark
Second Round: 56:36 mark
Sweet 16: 1:10:40 mark
Elite Eight: 1:17:07 mark
Final Four: 1:23:00 mark

Enter The 4th Annual seveneighteen Bracket Challenge, presented by (sponsor vacated by NCAA)

2011 -- Presidential Bracket

Once again, seveneighteen is running a NCAA Tournament bracket contest. Like last year, it’s FREE to enter. Like last year, the winner gets a $50 Visa gift card. Again, like last year, it’s FREE to enter. But unlike last year, instead of using ESPN or Yahoo!, we’re hosting the contest here at Here’s how to enter:

  1. Register where it says “Have an account?” in the upper right.
  2. You’ll get an e-mail with the subject: [seveneighteen] Your username and password. This email is from us, trust us. (If you don’t get an e-mail, check your spam folder.)
  3. Go back to & log in with your username and new password (copy & paste the password from the e-mail).
    • To change your password after logging in, click on Profile to change your password.
  4. Once logged in, click on My Brackets, then click on Edit to make your selections. Be sure to hit SAVE after each region to lock in your selections.

The brackets will lock on Thursday, March 19 at noon EDT (ignore that 4 pm deadline you may see, the bracket server is on stupid Greenwich Mean Time), so be sure everything is entered and saved before then.

Any questions? E-mail

Good luck!

This Is It: The DEFINITIVE seveneighteen NCAA Tournament Preview 2014



William H. Strafe (Syracuse), Bob Canada (Florida State), Midtown Mo (Drexel) and Landon Dais (Morehouse) preview the entire NCAA Tournament, go through all 63 games and pick a national champion.

For the video version, click here.

If you’d like to skip ahead to a particular region during the preview:

First Four: 2:00
East: 5:40
Midwest: 20:00
West: 27:20
South: 38:15
Final Four: 1:12:14

And if you can’t possibly bother listening to our witty banter, you can check out our completed bracket here.

The 10 Best Finishes To A Sporting Event In My Lifetime


In honor of the wild and crazy finish to last Saturday’s Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn (on Bo Jackson’s birthday, no less), and because we love lists, we put together the 10 best finishes to a sporting event in my lifetime.

The rules are pretty simple:

  1. It had to be within my lifetime (1981-present), so plays like the Shot Heard ‘Round The World (aka “The Giants win the pennant!”) or the Immaculate Reception don’t count.
  2. The game had to be decided on the last play of the game. If the play after the crazy play that was a mere formality (i.e. a kneel down, an inbounds pass to run out the clock, etc.), it doesn’t count. That eliminates Larry Johnson’s 4-point play, the Helmet Catch or Ray Allen’s championship-saving 3-pointer.

With that said, here’s the list (in chronological order).

1. Cal vs. Stanford: The Play, 1982
Even the most casual football fan knows about the time the band was out on the field. Little-known fact: The Cal win prevented Stanford QB John Elway (yes, that John Elway) from ever playing in a bowl game.

2. Hail Flutie (Boston College vs. Miami, 1984)
You ever wonder why now every middle-tier school in America wants to play Division I football? The Flutie Effect

3. Bill Buckner (Red Sox vs. Mets, 1986 World Series, Game 6)
The loss wasn’t entirely Buckner’s fault, as the game was already tied thanks to a passed ball two pitches before, but everyone remembers the slow roller up the line.

4. Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run (Athletics vs. Dodgers, 1988 World Series, Game 1)
Kirk Gibson, with two injured legs and fighting a stomach virus, comes to bat against Dennis Eckersley in the bottom on the ninth, down a run. Jack Buck still hasn’t believed what he just saw.

5. The Shot (Duke vs. Kentucky, 1992 NCAA East Regional Final)
Grant Hill’s perfect pass sets up Christian Laettner’s shot that sends Duke to the Final Four. Moral of the story? ALWAYS guard the guy inbounding the ball.

6. Joe Carter’s walk-off home run (Phillies vs. Blue Jays, 1992 World Series, Game 6)
There have been 113 World Series played. Two have ended on home runs. Nuff said. Touch ’em all, Joe.

7. One Yard Short (Rams vs. Titans, Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000)
After pulling off the Music City Miracle in the Wild Card round, the Titans believed they were a team of destiny. Mike Jones (WHO!) had other ideas.

8. Big Shot Bob (Kings vs. Lakers, 2002 Western Conference Finals, Game 5)
He had hit big shots before, but Robert Horry earned the nickname with this shot. What if Vlade Divac doesn’t tap the ball toward halfcourt? BTW, the Kings haven’t been heard from since.

9. The Fish Swish aka 0.4 (Lakers vs. Spurs, 2004 NBA Western Conference Semifinals, Game 6)
After Tim Duncan hits a fadeaway at the top of the key to give the Spurs a one-point lead, Derek Fisher’s shot gives the Lakers the win. They go on to win the series in six and march to the conference finals.

10. Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers, 2012
Manchester City, needing a win to secure the Barclays Premier League title (and preventing their hated rivals Manchester United from winning it all), are down a goal with four minutes left. Sergio Aguero will never have to buy a drink in the blue half of Manchester ever again.

Honorable Mention
Blackhawks vs, Flyers, 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6
Patrick Kane scores the Cup winner and UOENO.

Aaron F—— Boone, 2003 ALCS Game 7
Down to their last five outs, the Yankees tie it in the 8th and win it in the 11th.

NC State vs. Houston, 1983 NCAA National Championship
Jimmy V is still looking for someone to hug.

Boise State vs. Oklahoma, 2007 Fiesta Bowl
This game gives the Iron Bowl a run for its money in great college football games

Valparaiso vs Ole Miss, 1998 NCAA East Region 1st Round
Bryce Drew’s shot gives #13 seed Valpo the win over #4 Ole Miss in a play that surprisingly, I’ve never seen run since

Did I forget one? Let us know!

This Is It | 6.27.13: The DEFINITIVE 2013 NBA Draft Preview

nba-draft-2013-052213Young Ness, SBM’s Joe Sargent and McFly discuss the NBA Draft, including…

  • Why this may be the worst draft since 2000 (1:00)
  • Three of us being really high on Trey Burke (3:18)
  • Top 10 guys that will be a bust… Alex Len, anyone?(11:00)
  • If Victor Oladipo will be a star… I like him, Ness doesn’t (18:00)
  • What the hell to do with Otto Porter (aka Tayshaun Prince Jr.) (23:15)
  • First-round sleepers and second-round guys who will still be in the league in five years (27:57)

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This Is It | 4.2.13: Sweet 16, Elite 8 & Kevin Ware



Strafe, Midtown Mo, Dr. J & Streetz discuss…

  • The second weekend of NCAA Tournament & the Final Four, including Kansas choking again and the end of Florida Gulf Coast
  • Kevin Ware’s horrific injury & the worst sports injuries we’ve ever seen
  • Why Jackson loves Michael Carter-Williams
  • Skylar Diggins vs. Britney Griner
  • Heat lose = the end of interest in the NBA regular season

and a lot more.

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