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One of my Twitter followers is Jason Weingarten, one of the founders of Spreadapedia, a muy bueno website that helps out people looking to place sports bet. He's also a writer, and early last year, he pitched me a story on UC Irvine men's basketball phenom Mamadou Ndiaye, a 7'6" badass. I rejected the story, though, because Ndiaye's story has been covered ad naseum in the local press--hell, I still remember the first pieces on him when he had just entered Brethren Christian High in Huntington Beach.
Weingarten didn't take it too kindly, saying that Ndiaye would take the Anteaters to their first-ever NCAA men's basketball tournament, and that the Weekly should be ahead of the curve and cover the team. I said that would not happen that year, just like it had never happened--hell, I remember the days of Rod Baker, and how it seemed every year UCI was going to make it...and didn't.More »