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NCAA Names All-Time March Madness Moments

Believe it or not, the NCAA Tournament has been around for a long time - longer than the NBA, longer than the Super Bowl, longer than flat-screen TVs and office pools and bracket mania and presidents giving their picks. This March marks the 75th anniversary of the NCAA Tournament, better known as March Madness, which started as an eight-team pool and has exploded in a 68-team, single elimination, upset-filled spectacle that captures national attention every year.

From the first winner (Oregon, in their only NCAA win) to the most recent (Kentucky, who captured their eighth national title), March Madness has been full of action, suspense, and memorable moments. The NCAA released a press statement today, detailing how the fans will be able to select their 15 favorite NCAA tournament moments.

"Starting in early January at NCAA.com/MarchMadness, fans will vote to help
determine the Top 15 All-Time March Madness Players, the single best All-Time
March Madness Team, and the single best All-Time March Madness Moment
in NCAA tournament history. These honorees will be introduced at this year’s
2013 Men’s Final Four in Atlanta. Status on the voting throughout the year will be
available on NCAA’s March Madness Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag
#MM75."

To see a full list of memorable moments, players, and memories, head to the NCAA's website.

The list is chock full of some of the greatest players of all time: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, and Bill Walton are just some of the greats who made March Madness particularly memorable. There are great moments: Christian Laettner's miracle shot to beat Kentucky, Cinderella runs by George Mason, Butler and VCU, and Villanova's upset over Georgetown.

And there are some very notable misses: for instance, the Fab Five of Michigan is no where to be found, thanks to NCAA sanctions that effectively wiped that team from memory. Too bad, given how influential they were to the modern game.

Overall, the most interesting category may be Best All-Time team. How can you compare, say, John Calipari's Kentucky team that featured a slew of one-and-done freshmen sensations, to a Florida team that won back-to-back titles, to the dominant UCLA teams of John Wooden and the undefeated 1955-56 San Francisco team that featured Bill Russell?

Make sure to go and vote on the NCAA's website, and maybe if you brush up on your NCAA history, you'll finally win your office pool this year.

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10 Year Old Commits Suicide After Being Bullied For Colostomy Bag

A 10-year-old Kentucky boy committed suicide after being bullied incessantly by classmates, who reportedly picked on for using a colostomy bag.

Seven Bridges' mother found him dead in the closet on Saturday (Jan. 19). Tami Charles was reportedly out grocery shopping, and the boy's father Donnie was at a church choir practice. Charles called Seven, her only child, a miracle baby, as she was told that she wouldn't be able to have children.

"Seven had a tough start. He was born with a condition that required a colostomy bag. Even after several surgeries, he would still have problems with leaks. Charles said it became a reason for kids to make fun of him," reports WHAS11 in Kentucky. According to Charles, her son underwent 26 surgeries from the time he was born.

"WHAS11 talked to Charles and Seven in September after an alleged bullying incident on his bus ride home from Kerrick Elementary School," the site continues. This is unfortunately not the first time bullying has severely affected Seven and his family. "He said he was called the N-word by a student. His friend told him to beat-up that student, and when Seven refused, he said the bus buddy started choking him." This incident was detailed on Tami's Facebook page.

Seven, who was planning on going to another school to start sixth grade, was told by his mother than the bullying would end when he changed schools.

“The balls that were dropped,” Tami said of the flawed system that couldn't protect bullying victims at the school. “It wasn't that [Jefferson County Public Schools] didn't have these tools, they just weren't at our school. It wasn't that they didn't have these tools to help the victims of bullying, they just weren't there, they weren't used."

Due to the manner of the boy's death, insurance will not cover the costs of his funeral. If you'd like to help the family, please click here.

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Michael B. Jordan To Star In 'gen:LOCK' Anime Series

Michael B. Jordan will be lending his lady-loved voice to a new anime series,"gen:LOCK," for Rooster Teeth.

In the new series, Jordan will be playing Julian Chase. The show is described as "50 years in the future, where an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. So a daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of weaponized neuroscience that powers devastating mecha. However, this team must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world," according to Shadow and Act.

“He is willing to lay his life on the line for the greater good. He had a lot of heroic qualities to him that made it easy for me to be like ‘cool, I want to voice this guy,’” Jordan told SyfyWire about his reason for picking the role.

Way too excited to show you guys the final trailer for #genLock all my real followers/fans know how much I’m an Anime fan and this show fulfilled one of my life-long dreams of voicing a character on an animated show. Jan 26th it’s going to get crazy on @roosterteeth

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The first two episodes of gen:LOCK will premiere on Jan. 26 on Rooster Teeth, which is available on iOS, Andriod, Xbox One, and Apple TV. (RoosterTeeth.com's memberships start at $4.99 a month.) Watch the trailer for the series up top.

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Kerry Washington To Star In And Produce 'American Son' Netflix Adaptation

Kerry Washington's Broadway banger, American Son, will be making its on-screen debut with Netflix.

Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Eugene Lee (A Soldier’s Play) and Washington will be reprising their groundbreaking roles from the thought-provoking Broadway production. Kenny Leon, who served as the play's original director, will be directing the picture and producing the film alongside the former Scandal actress.

The 41-year-old made the announcement on Monday night (Jan. 21) while appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where she gushed over her role as Kendra and the play's exploration into an interracial families search for their missing son in a Florida police station.

I love you @jimmyfallon 😍 thanks for letting me come on @FallonTonight and share this thrilling news about #AmericanSonPlay 😍😍😍😍 https://t.co/5sk97I4Co6

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 22, 2019

Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland said in a statement, “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, [director] Kenny Leon, [writer] Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”

The American Son production will come to a close this Sunday (Jan. 27) after a two month running at the Booth Theatre beginning in Nov. 2018. Watch Kerry Washington gush over American Son below.

 

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