Daily Buzz: Roddy White offered season tickets if Mercer beat Duke. Uh...
MAR 21, 2014 6:02p ET
A Duke loss in the NCAA Tournament could be the single most unifying (almost) annual event in American culture. Unlike the Yankees or Notre Dame or the Cowboys, the Duke basketball team always participates in a postseason event everyone watches. And when Duke loses, there is an eruption of national joy. All upsets are fun, of course, but it seems people experience a particular schadenfreude for Duke's pain.
In most cases, this is fleeting and petty, and usually counterproductive, as most of the people celebrating Duke's failure are also people who had Duke winning in their brackets.
But Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is not such a person. He picked Duke to beat Mercer and, indeed, to win the whole thing. His heart was in it, see, and this is what got him into trouble.
Two days ago, a guy named Dylan Hoyt popped off to White on Twitter.
White was feeling confident, spry, competitive. He offered Hoyt completely one-sided bet.
And by now you know what happened. Mercer stunned Duke on Friday, and White started getting it from all those people who love watching Duke lose so much, including teammate Harry Douglas.
My big brah @roddywhiteTV keeps sending me to the voicemail when I call him bcuz of DUKE— Harry Douglas (@HDouglas83) March 21, 2014
"Great teams play on Friday in the NCAA tourney" is what @roddywhiteTV said to me when LOUISVILLE played yesterday— Harry Douglas (@HDouglas83) March 21, 2014
This left the matter of the unsettled "bet" (is it still a bet if only one side put anything up?). White isn't going to honor his word to the letter, but I'm guessing Hoyt isn't upset with the compromise.
I lost a bet and I will give him tickets to the bears game since he is a bears fan done with this bet— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 21, 2014
Now, for some links:
• Gerald Green scored 41 and Suns.com turned it into NBA Jam:
• Obama likes UConn on the women's side.
• Arian Foster and Johnny Manziel went to a Rockets game:
• Stuff from the Pontiac Silverdome is being auctioned off.
• Nebraska coach Tim Miles tweeted at halftime, got ejected.
• Greg McElroy, 25, says he's retiring.
• The Dallas Morning News looks back on 25 years of Jerry Jones.
• The Indy Star has a story on the Milan Miracles, 60 years later.
• Charles Barkley zings Ohio State.
• Behold, the dancing Mercer dude:
• And the other dancing Mercer dude:
• Presented without comment: