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Raheel Ramzanali: Random thoughts 1.0

The Rockets alternate jersey? Meh. Courtesy photo

This is the best time of the year for sports fans because of the NBA, March Madness, MLB right around the corner, and NFL free agency so instead of focusing on one topic, here are a few things that have me pondering:

  • If you have a team falling in the second round of the playoff, why not just pick the upset in the first round? At the end of the day, this is just a numbers game and if you don’t pick at least 3 out of 4 in the Final Four AND the champion, you’re more than likely out. Won’t it be way more fun when you get to brag to your group that you picked South Dakota State over Ohio State?

  • The Rockets win streak is over, but my biggest takeaway from that game was how dope the Raptors OVO City Edition jerseys looked. I know I’m nitpicking and it isn’t my money, but the Rockets Chinese City Edition jerseys are such a meh. I wish we had some dope ass unique jerseys like the rest of the NBA, but I guess paying LeBron won’t be cheap so gotta get that money!

  • I finally stopped being cheap a bought a decent surround sound system for my sports viewing pleasure and I asked this question on Twitter: What’s the first song you would play on your new system? My pick is Mountains from the Interstellar soundtrack. What is yours? Add to the tweets.

  • Hey everyone, just a reminder, TruTV is on DirecTV channel 246, Dish 242, Xfinity 1430, and ATT U-verse 1164. You’re welcome.

  • $10 billion. Can you guess why this number is important? No, this isn’t the total amount of Bitcoin bought (or lost) in recent months. This is instead the total dollar amount people will wage, put in a pool, or bet otherwise during March Madness! Oh by the way, only 3% of that will be waged legally. *Insert debate about making sports betting legal*

  • My biggest issue with Odell Beckham Jr.’s video was that he ordered a crappy hotel pizza and not something from Uber Eats or DoorDash.

  • Please stop sharing that Kanye West song bracket because it doesn’t even have Lost in the World as one of his best songs.  Bye.

  • Shout out to all the companies that will let employees watch the NCAA games and work. I’ll never take for granted the opportunity to work in an industry that encourages us to watch basketball during work hours. This really is my favorite time of the year.

  • Be sure to follow me on Twitter for my brackets: The Raheel and Del listener bracket, Baby Trixster Picks The Games bracket, and my official bracket!

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