ESPN’s bubble popped, but that doesn’t mean college basketball should give up on regular season

It would be nice if the three busiest words in sports in 2020 were a familiar announcer’s play call, such as Mike Breen’s “Puts it in!” from NBA games or Tim Brando’s “Iron is unkind” on college hoops. It might even be tolerable if we heard too much about the “New England Patriots.”

Instead, the three words that have been worn out are these: Shut it down.

That has been the too-common response to every obstacle faced by those in charge of visible sporting entities in the year of COVID-19. And we’re hearing it again, in an amended fashion, now that a significant number of college basketball games have been scuttled by ESPN’s decision not to stage the multi-team tournaments it owns.

Now it’s “conference-only games.”

Different verbiage. Same attitude.

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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ crew getting familiar with Minneapolis

Rece Davis was apologetic, but Minnesotans certainly can understand why he cut his video conference a bit short.

“I’ve got to run downstairs and get my Juicy Lucy,” the host of ESPN’s “College GameDay” said Friday. “The DoorDash guy just left it; somebody might steal it,”

When asked if the cheese-in-the-middle burger was from Matt’s Bar, Davis quickly acknowledged his faux pas of not choosing the Minneapolis institution. “No … I probably messed up,” he said.

No worries, though. Davis and his crew are getting to know Minneapolis even better. On Saturday morning from 8 to 11, ESPN’s “College GameDay” visits TCF Bank Stadium to preview that night’s football game between the No. 21-ranked Gophers and No. 18 Michigan. It will be the second consecutive Gophers home game for the popular pregame show, which made its initial stop last Nov. 30 for the regular-season finale against Wisconsin.

That appearance was

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Derrick Henry makes picks with ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ as Lee Corso climbs elephant

Derrick Henry might have been video bombed while making his Alabama-Georgia pick Saturday during ESPN’s “College GameDay,” the but the Tennessee Titans running back overcame it like a would-be tackler.

graphical user interface: Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry was video bombed on Saturday, Oct. 17, when he was making his college picks on ESPN's "College GameDay."

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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry was video bombed on Saturday, Oct. 17, when he was making his college picks on ESPN’s “College GameDay.”

The former Alabama running back was the guest picker and didn’t disappoint.

“Of course, we know the passing ability,” Henry explained about Alabama’s offense. “We can go over the top on anybody. I think Najee Harris’ receiving skills will come in heavy emphasis today. I’m going with Bama all the day. Roll Tide, baby.”

Perhaps even more entertaining was Lee Corso, who continues to do the show from remote.

“For years, I wanted to be on a big elephant when I picked Alabama,” he said. “They never let me do it.

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