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  • Frank Martin got doused in South Carolina’s celebration after clinching a Final Four berth

    Make a Cinderella run to the Final Four, and you’re going to get wet.

    South Carolina is in the Final Four. This came out of nowhere and has never, ever happened before. The Gamecocks, on one of the coolest Cinderella runs in recent March Madness history, are the talk of the NCAA tournament.

    This calls for a celebration, so the Gamecocks celebrated. Here’s what it looked like when Martin’s players doused him with drinks after a win against Florida on Sunday punched their tickets to Glendale:

    Pretty great! Life’s too short not to have a ball when you pull off incredible, unexpected achievements. That’s what the Cocks have done here.

    South Carolina looks like it’s taking the time to enjoy itself, and that probably starts with Martin. The Gamecocks’ fifth-year head coach has been deeply introspective in his public comments this month, and he was emotional on the court after his team clinched its Final Four spot. An interview with CBS:

    “It’s all these guys.” – Frank Martin #FinalFour #ForeverToThee pic.twitter.com/GIGWxOVGXT

    — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 26, 2017

    That’s a pretty nice garnet suit Martin’s got on. Here’s to hoping it dries out in time for him to wear it for the Cocks’ national semifinal against Gonzaga.

  • Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watch

    The smartwatch era has done nothing so much as renew my interest in real watches, which have their own type of special intelligence, albeit laid out in intricate arrays of gears and springs rather than written in silicon. Few watchmakers express this intelligence site so wonderfully as Nomos Glashütte, the German manufactory that produces exquisite timepieces with house made movements in… Read More

  • Thunder vs. Rockets: Score, Highlights, Reaction from 2017 Regular Season

    Sunday’s matchup between the Houston Rockets (51-22) and Oklahoma City Thunder (41-31) was billed as a showdown between league-leading MVP candidates James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

    However, the focus quickly shifted from a compelling one-on-one clash to a team-wide thrashing as the Rockets cruised to a 137-125 win at Toyota Center.

    The Rockets put on a masterclass in offensive execution all game long, and they collectively shot 63.3 percent from the field and 51.3 percent from three en route to capturing a 3-1 season series victory over the Thunder.

    The Starters’ Tas Melas explained the Rockets’ spread pick-and-roll attack opened up the court in eye-popping ways:

    Harden was his usual, effective self with 22 points (8-of-15 shooting) and 12 assists, and he buried the Thunder for good with a long-distance trey at the third-quarter buzzer:

    The real story, though, was the play of Houston’s bench, as SB Nation’s Mike Prada noted:

    Lou Williams was locked into a special zone all game long, and he poured in a team-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 7-of-8 from three, in 31 minutes off the bench.

    Sam Dekker, meanwhile, chipped in eight points—including a silky spin move through contact as the Rockets created separation during a 79-point first half, as the team’s official Twitter account documented:

    Speaking of which, ESPN Stats & Info noted the Rockets’ scoring explosion over the game’s first 24 minutes was nearly unprecedented:

    Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon added 24 points apiece. Those figures jumped out, considering Oklahoma City’s supporting cast couldn’t offer Westbrook similar reinforcements.

    While Westbrook carded his 36th triple-double—five shy of Oscar Robertson’s single-season recordwith 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, the Thunder had just one other player (Enes Kanter) top 20 points on a night when they were outscored 60-33 from beyond the arc.

    That didn’t cut it against the Rockets’ cadre of scorching shooters.

    If there’s good news for the Thunder, it’s that they’ll be right back at it Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks with a chance to put Sunday’s defensive debacle in the rear-view mirror.

    For the Rockets, Monday will represent a day off as they hunker down and prepare to host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, in what could be a Western Conference Finals preview.

  • 4 Reasons to Rent Instead of Buying

    For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that buying a house makes much better financial sense than renting one. After all, you’ll have to spend a large chunk of your income on housing either way, so doesn’t it make more sense to invest that money in something you’ll eventually own, rather than simply forking cash over to someone else?

    And conventional wisdom may be right about that — in some situations. However, a number of factors can make renting a much wiser financial decision than buying. Here are four good reasons why it may be smarter for you to rent instead of buy.

    The sooner you intend to move, the less sense it makes to buy.

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