The Bridge Ep. 60: Troy Machir, college basketball aficionado, joins the show to discuss his blogging days and creating hashtags before breaking down the NCAA Tournament

March Madness has arrived, and brackets have been busted. Would we have it any other way when it comes to the NCAA Tournament?

Before we get into Episode 60, as a reminder, The Bridge is now broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET on Sports Radio America. Once the dust settles from that live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and on this website on Friday nights. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app.

  • “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of “Jerseygate“ and the discovery of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl 51 jersey (2:15).
  • The Bridge Question of the Week is: Who will win this year’s (men’s) NCAA Tournament and why? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
  • This week’s guest was Troy Machir, a senior digital editor for CSN Mid-Atlantic who also knows a thing or two about college basketball. Troy was one of the founders of the Ballin’ Is a Habit blog and the mastermind behind the nickname Dougie McBuckets for Creighton’s Doug McDermott and the nickname “Dunk City” for Florida Gulf Coast in the 2013 tourney. He also had the idea to buy the domain at the height of the Crying Jordan meme, which he still owns today. We’ll talk about all that before breaking down the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament and previewing the rest of the way.
  • You can follow him on Twitter @TroyMachir. The interview starts at the 9:30 mark.

– In the interview, we discuss:

What paved the way to landing at CSN-Mid Atlantic (10:03), the inspiration for creating the Ballin’ is a Habit blog and its eventual end (12:59), if it will ever make a return (17:12), coming up with the nickname Dougie McBuckets for Doug McDermott (18:48), coming up with the hashtag #DunkCity for Florida Gulf Coast (19:49), turning down trademarking it (21:03), buying the domain at the height of the Crying Jordan meme (23:05), how his bracket is doing (25:55), thoughts on the tournament after the opening weekend (27:27), if upsets are good for the tournament (29:27), what conference we should keep an eye on moving forward (32:37), the biggest disappointment or surprise in the tournament so far (34:27), if it’s better to have an experienced team or a team with stars (36:04), if there’s a player that can carry a team to the Final Four (38:11), who to like from the left side of the bracket (39:49), predictions for the Final Four (42:16), who he’s rooting for to win as a fan (43:49), if the current state of the NCAA Tournament in picking teams and watching games is a good thing (45:49) and if he’ll be able to stay up for the late games on the East Coast (48:08).

  • “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Kyle Cicilioni previews the film Logan, the final movie starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (49:35). You can follow Kyle on Twitter and Periscope and find some of his work at

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