Flack Friday: Madness or Sadness, Houston Has a Solution and Cowboys Wrestling Continues Battling

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I’m sure that most of you reading this have already filled out some kind of March Madness bracket for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. This year I skipped out on the festivities for a couple of different reasons.

At the beginning of the season I wrote in one of my columns that Duke was taking home the championship trophy. I’m far from being a Duke fan so please don’t stop reading here for those who prefer a different shade of blue.

I believe that this year’s tournament won’t be about the madness, but the rather the sadness. There more than likely will be a handful of upsets like there typically are every year. But Zion Williamson and the Blue Devils will outweigh this year’s madness in the tournament with the sadness experienced by their unfortunate opponents.

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Williamson is a transcendent talent. We have seen his impact on the team throughout the season. As long as he’s healthy, I’m taking the Blue Devils to hoist the trophy.

All I know is that I’ll be avoiding this:

Who did you pick to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament? I’d love to hear! Feel free to email brayden@sweetwaternow.com with your picks for this year’s tournament.

Houston, We Have a Solution

I fell in love with the Indianapolis Colts near the halfway mark of last year’s NFL season. For whatever reason, nobody is talking about the Colts and I believe that next year they are going to surprise a lot of people.

Yesterday, the Colts made one of the best signings they could’ve made this offseason: Justin Houston.

Not only did the Colts get Houston for a great price at probably the second most important position in football, but they filled one of the major holes they needed to address.

If you’ll recall the old Super Bowl worthy Colts from nearly a decade ago, you’ll also remember their pass rush was an important part of that team’s success. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis led that defense that year in the loss to the Saints in the Super Bowl. Bringing in Houston helps tremendously with the Colts’ defense — specifically with getting to the opposing quarterback.

Indianapolis is building something special and it’s going to be a blast to see where they end up within the next few years. Hop on the train now before it leaves town.

Cole and the Rest of the Gang

The Wyoming Cowboys wrestling team kept all seven wrestlers alive through Thursday’s opening rounds of the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Cowboys are currently ranked 20 in the tournament with 8.5 points as a team.

Cole Verner, who has captured most of the eyes here in Sweetwater County, was knocked out of the championship bracket in his first match in a very close 4-3 loss in the final seconds. Verner did bounce back in the first round of the consolation earning a 4-2 victory over Missouri’s Dack Punke. The victory pushed him through to Friday’s consolation rounds.

You can catch Verner and the rest of the team on ESPNU beginning at 9 a.m. today and on ESPN later tonight at 6 p.m.


Brayden is a sports and community reporter for SweetwaterNOW. His column, Flack Friday, will be posted every Friday. You can submit comments, questions or ideas regarding the column to brayden@sweetwaternow.com.