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Ooh, this looks like fun. A bench!

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The Rock Chalkboard

'Unique Brissett II' used social media accounts to catfish the college football recruiting world - SBNation.com
The mystery takes us across social media platforms and fake highlight tapes.

Baylor must end its football team and put morality over money, goodness over glory - CBSSports.com
Baylor should value faith over football and do what's right in the wake of seven Title IX lawsuits.

Defensive tweaks starting to pay dividends for 23rd-ranked Jayhawks | KUsports.com
While it’s unlikely that the 23rd-ranked Kansas men’s basketball team will hold No. 15 Texas Tech to 40 points or fewer on Saturday in a clash of Top 25 teams at Allen Fieldhouse, the recent trend surrounding the Jayhawks says it’s possible.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says KU has discussed adding a game during upcoming off week | KUsports.com
“We’ve talked about it,” Self said of adding a game. “I don't know if I got a great answer, (but) we actually have some opponents that (we) possibly could play.”

Bits o Chalk

NBA All-Star Game starting lineups announced
“Short offseason for myself and my teammates, 71 days,” James said in early February, according to ESPN. “And then coming into this season, we were told that we were not having an All-Star Game, so we’d have a nice little break. …And then they throw an All-Star Game on us like this and just breaks that all the way up. So, um, pretty much kind of a slap in the face.”

Vincent Jackson's brain donated to Boston University's CTE Center; new details in death emerge
Former NFL receiver Vincent Jackson might have died in his Florida hotel room up to three days before being pronounced dead there, according to new information released by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner on Thursday.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant named NBA All-Star Game captains
The players joining them in the frontcourt from both conferences went as expected, with Durant being joined by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid in the starting pool for the East, while James was joined by LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic in the West.

Alabama men's basketball coach Nate Oats rewarded with extension through 2026-27 season
"We feel like we have a lot of positive momentum going with our team and have the program headed in the right direction," Oats said. "Our administration is making a major statement with this extension as we all work on building a successful program for the long term. I know the winning history we've had with Alabama basketball, and I feel like we can add to that and accomplish great things here.

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis out 4 weeks as team plays it 'conservative' with his injuries
Sources had told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski earlier this week that Davis would be reevaluated in two to three weeks after suffering a calf strain and aggravating the Achilles tendinosis in his right leg Sunday and would be unlikely to return to the lineup before the NBA's March 5-10 All-Star break

Eraser Dust

Travis' Fran Healy: "It was funny when I made Liam Gallagher cry"
Travis supported Oasis on their 1997 ‘Be Here Now’ tour. Any memorable Gallagher stories?

“They’re the funniest fuckers you’ll ever meet. Noel is the raconteur – the Peter Cook to Liam’s Dudley Moore. It was funny when I made Liam cry [by playing him the travis song ‘Luv’], but I remember once we were all sitting in a bar on a night off. This was when Oasis were at the height of their fame and like iconic religious figures – 100 times bigger than Harry Styles is now. So I’m sitting with Liam, who practically has a halo around his head, dressed in his Mani hat and round shades, looking cool. And Dougie says: ‘Actually, Franny does a really good impression of you!’ (Laughs) I was horror-stricken!”

“So Liam takes his hat and glasses off and puts them on me and says: [adopts a stern tone) ‘Do me’. I’m like ‘Er…’ and an ominous silence descends, but Liam’s insisting, ‘Do me’. It suddenly became like that scene from Goodfellas, where [gangster] Tommy DeVito is saying: ’ I’m funny how? I mean funny, like I’m a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh? I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you? Whattya you mean funny? Funny how?’ It’s like the spotlight is on me and I suddenly launch into this impersonation – and I realise it sounds more like Jimmy Savile.

“Liam’s face is just emotionless as I’m as I’m going: ‘Ere’ fuckin’ ‘avin it!’ It was almost like the light dimmed and my band started receding. There was about a minute of silence and Liam just said, [deadpan] ‘That’s not me’, and took his glasses and hat back.”

Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran and Elton John slam Brexit deal shunning visa-free travel for musicians
The letter, which has also been backed by the likes of Queen‘s Brian May and Roger Waters, calls on the government to “urgently do what it said it would do and negotiate paperwork-free travel in Europe for British artists and their equipment”.

Bookies share fresh odds on Oasis reuniting after Liam Gallagher tweet - Radio X
Following a tweet made by the former Oasis frontman, Paddy Power have rated the chances of a reunion happening this month at a lengthy 50/1, while giving odds of 10/1 for the band to get back together before the end of the year.

Ted Cruz’s Cancún Trip: Family Texts Detail His Political Blunder - The New York Times
Text messages sent from Ms. Cruz to friends and Houston neighbors on Wednesday revealed a hastily planned trip. Their house was “FREEZING,” as Ms. Cruz put it — and she proposed a getaway until Sunday. Ms. Cruz invited others to join them at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancún, where they had stayed “many times,” noting the room price this week ($309 per night) and its good security. The text messages were provided to The New York Times and confirmed by a second person on the thread, who declined to be identified because of the private nature of the texts.

Texas storm: Nearly half of Texans remain under boil-water advisories as water scarcity and freezing temps continue - CNN
Leaks caused by frozen pipes have pushed the water supply to the brink. About 13 million Texans, nearly half the state's population, remained under a boil-water advisory Thursday, according to Executive Director for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Toby Baker. More than 700 water supply systems are impacted.

Sen. John Thune says Trump's GOP allies are engaging in 'cancel culture'
Sen. John Thune is criticizing Republican activists and party leaders for engaging in “cancel culture” by rushing to censure GOP senators who found former President Donald Trump guilty of inciting an insurrection.

'This is a disaster': Texas faces dwindling food supplies amid Arctic conditions | Texas | The Guardian
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Food banks in Texas have gone into disaster mode as they ramp up operations to tackle a surge in hunger after unprecedented freezing conditions disrupted almost every part of the food supply chain in the state.

Song of the Day

Forgot to add this but happy 25th birthday to one of the greatest songs of the 90s