APPARENTLY, swimming upstream is only exhausting if you're not making headway. In the Flyers' case, they're moving right along. In fact, the further upstream they travel from playoff irrelevance to the playoff fringes, the stronger they get. If they make it to their goal, they can turn round and use the current to push them through the playoffs.
NEW YORK - It's March, and there's madness, but things don't get really crazy in the NCAA until April. That's when the top college talent begins its annual migration to the NBA, with a fresh crop of unskilled, immature kids further diluting an already watered-down product.
NEW YORK - If this sounds like an obituary for a man who is only in ICU, apologies. The bedside manner might need work, but, frankly, the prognosis for Fran Dunphy is not good.His Temple Owls, a No. 10 seed, on Friday face No. 7 Iowa, a team that was ranked third in the country in January. If the Owls win, they probably will meet Villanova, formerly ranked No. 1 in the country, now a No. 2 seed here in Brooklyn.
Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Daily News and Inquirer. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.