Mike Pesca http://wfpl.org en 5 Points To Help Simplify Sunday's Super Bowl http://wfpl.org/post/5-points-help-simplify-sundays-super-bowl The chatter, hype and jargon in the weeks leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII is more impenetrable than the Seahawk's secondary.<p>Perhaps you've heard the Seattle Seahawks have a running back who enters "Beast Mode." Maybe you've heard that the Denver Broncos' counter to Beast Mode is a defensive lineman <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/from--beast-mode--to--pot-roast--to--pig---a-primer-on-super-bowl-nicknames-011914808.html">nicknamed</a> "Pot Roast."<p>Vociferously debating Beast Mode versus Pot Roast is no longer the exclusive domain of a <a href="http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Su Sun, 02 Feb 2014 13:33:14 +0000 Mike Pesca 8445 at http://wfpl.org 5 Points To Help Simplify Sunday's Super Bowl Always In The Zone, Syracuse Is Hard To Beat http://wfpl.org/post/zone-syracuse-aims-ncaa-title Any recreational league basketball team, any police athletic league squad and every group of 8-year-olds who wear the same uniform are, on the first or second day of practice, introduced to the <a href="http://www.ducksters.com/sports/basketball/team_defense.php">2-3 zone defense</a>.<p>The coach will say, "On defense, you two short guys stay near the foul line, and you three bigger kids, you go down near the basket. Sat, 06 Apr 2013 11:11:44 +0000 Mike Pesca 4866 at http://wfpl.org Always In The Zone, Syracuse Is Hard To Beat Deflections: The Unofficial Stat That Measures Success. Consider the Louisville Cardinals. http://wfpl.org/post/deflections-unofficial-stat-measures-success-consider-louisville-cardinals The Louisville Cardinals are among the teams dominating at this year's men's Division 1 NCAA basketball tournament, which resumes Thursday night. The team credits harassing, active defense for its wins.<p>But there's something else at work, too: deflections. The team puts a lot of stock in them, though deflections aren't an officially tracked statistic.<p>The way Mario Batali thinks about black truffles, the penchant Quentin Tarantino has for quoting Hong Kong martial arts films in his own movies — that's the way University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino talks about deflections. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:46:44 +0000 Mike Pesca 4714 at http://wfpl.org Deflections: The Unofficial Stat That Measures Success. Consider the Louisville Cardinals. Listen | NCAA Tournament Teams Marvel at Kentucky Wildcats' Locker Room http://wfpl.org/post/listen-ncaa-tournament-teams-marvel-kentucky-wildcats-locker-room Transcript <p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: And I'm Mike Pesca in Lexington, Kentucky where Marquette, Louisville, Butler and Colorado State all advanced. That was the big story for sure, but there was something else that had all the players talking. Other than the memories of a lifetime and the chance to keep living their dreams and all that, there was - as Jamil Wilson pointed out to this Marquette teammate Vander Blue - this amazing room they just walked by in the hallway.<p>JAMIL WILSON: It was, like, nuts. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:47:39 +0000 Mike Pesca 4613 at http://wfpl.org Super Bowl Cheat Sheet: Key Phrases To Keep You In The Game http://wfpl.org/post/super-bowl-cheat-sheet-key-phrases-keep-you-game Sure, you can go to a Super Bowl party and be That Guy. The one who gleefully lectures the crowd on the merits of running the inverted veer out of the pistol in order to freeze the weak-side backer.<p>Or you could be That Other Guy, who nervously stabs tuna rolls into a football made of wasabi, and hopes no one asks which Harbaugh is which. Sun, 03 Feb 2013 13:06:17 +0000 Mike Pesca 3783 at http://wfpl.org Super Bowl Cheat Sheet: Key Phrases To Keep You In The Game