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The GameDay Thread.

In Game Posts on March 21, 2013 at 11:12 am


If you are anything like us, you need to talk about this game.  Well, here is your chance to say everything on your mind without losing twitter followers.  Comment below for the Game Day Thread!


Byrd Droppings With Mort & Hugs, Episode 4: SHOWTIME

In Game Posts on March 21, 2013 at 8:00 am


Editor’s Note:  Since it’s Tournament week and loads of new people from all over the world have found The Byrd Cage – let me explain what is about to happen to you. First let me say that we like to laugh around here and we hope you do too. As such, we’re happy to feature the next installment Mort & Hugs – our two in-house professional gripers/comedians who’ve never met a D1 athlete they weren’t scurd to anonymously mock on the internet. Mort & Hugs are here to bring some comic relief to – and/or at the expense of – our tiny basketball world in Nashville.

If you’re just joining us and are a ‘Belmont fan’, shame on you! Where have you been all year? If you’re an Arizona fan and don’t understand why Mort & Hugs are still making fun of some guy named Jordan Burgason: good. Now, go away. Finally, if you’re just ‘a guy’ with a bracket and you don’t know how you ended up here, who Jordan Burgason is or why the heck Mort & Hugs are talking about bunnies . . . ok fine, you my friend, can stay. Just…um…figure it out.

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Inside the Emails: Breaking Down the ‘Cats

In Game Posts on March 20, 2013 at 10:39 am


What better way to break down the Bruin’s first (second) round matchup than some emails. The Broadhead brothers opened up their inboxes and this is what we found. Read the rest of this entry »

Official Byrd Cage Penny Pick Em Bracket Challenge

In Game Posts on March 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

Do you have what it takes to go head to head with a dog’s bracket? Most would think so, but every year there are a few of you who lose to Hugs’ basketball minded canine, Penny.  It’s really simple. We set up each match-up on the ground, have Penny sit and stay, and then she goes to the team she thinks will win.  We want you to join and see if you can beat her!  You’ll also be competing against other Belmont fans.  Here’s how to do it:

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Adult Steve Talks NCAA Tournament

In Game Posts on March 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm


Editor’s note: Stats used in this article are from and include all games played during the season.

As The Mont makes their sixth tournament appearance, the school’s faithful fans have by now grown accustomed to the one-and-done Bruins. Perhaps, we are all just guarding our hearts – but the sentiment after the emotional OVC Championship game as well as Belmont drawing an 11 seed on Selection Sunday, seems to be that, ‘we’ve done enough’. I beg to differ.

4 Things to Watch for Thursday’s game:

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Sleeping With The Enemy – Wildcat Edition

In Game Posts on March 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

Our longtime readers (do we have those?) will remember one of the Byrd Cage’s all-time greatest posts: ‘Speaking Sleeping With The Enemy’ a collaborative episode of tom-foolery with Georgetown University’s SBnation Blog – The Casual Hoya. This was a two-part post where each blog asked the other blog questions about their respective teams. Both blogs responded and posted their opponents answers.

This year we wanted to keep the brilliance rolling so we’ve teamed up with University of Arizona’s very own SBnation blog: Arizona Desert Swarm (our name is better) to get you the scoop.

What’s that you say? Yes. Yes, we are ripping off nearly everything about this Casual Hoya tradition – but hey, after the two merciless trouncings they administered to us in the tournament, the least we could do was wantonly steal from them on the internet, right? Right. But enough about those turds. We’ve got a new enemy to sleep with. Wait, what?

Kevin and his amigos at Arizona Desert Swarm graciously agreed to answer some questions for us. Some were legitimate questions some are completely asinine – as is our custom. Hopefully, you’ll laugh. Hopefully, you’ll learn something about the Wildcats. Hopefully, you are not neglecting work to read this.

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Belmont (11) vs University of Arizona (6)

In Game Posts on March 18, 2013 at 10:27 am


(Wilbur and Wilma . . .)

Well party people – we’re going to Salt Lake City!

…And by ‘we’ I mean next-to-no-one from Nashville – save of course those fortunate enough to have Bobby Fisher foot the bill. But no matter! We shall cut out of work and mercilessly yell at television screens across this great southern city of ours!

Was anyone at the Selection Sunday party? Joel was, check out his photos here. How about that Sodexho BBQ? How’s everyone’s gut feeling? It’s always fun to be in a big loud crowd when our name is announced. It’s also fun to see The Bruin ‘faithful’ cheer for literally ANY team we draw.

Anyway, we at the Byrd Cage are working on teaming up with the folks at ‘Arizona Desert Swarm’ like we did last year with those punks at The Casual Hoya. If they cooperate, it will be hilarious and informative, two of our favorite things.

In the meantime, we wanted to set up a place where we can keep the conversation going and to share what the talking heads are saying about The Bruins. So here it goes: Read the rest of this entry »

Belmont: Previewing the 10-12 Seeding

In Game Posts on March 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm


Earlier, we posted previews of Belmont as an 8 or a 9 seed.  While that makes me happy to actually type – this year, the assertion could be reasonably considered absurd. That being said, let’s preview our most likely seeding below, a 10-12 seed.

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What if Belmont Was an 8 or 9 Seed?

In Game Posts on March 15, 2013 at 10:01 am


If there has ever been a season where the seeding was unsure for BU – it is this year.  I don’t know about you but I’ve seen projections of Belmont from a 7 seed  (Yes.  SEVEN SEED.) to a 12.  It really is insane.  For now, we realize there are a TON of variables to consider – from the makeup of the Selection Sunday Staff to the very timing of this article. While us Byrd Cagers are the top experts in this field, we simply cannot guarantee what seed The Mont will draw.  So let’s look at what could happen. This post covers projections of Belmont as an 8 or 9 seed. Later, we’ll talk about 10, 11, and 12 seeds. Here we go. Read the rest of this entry »

Byrd Brains – An Interview Series With The Belmont Bruins – The Ian Clark Interview

In Game Posts on March 14, 2013 at 10:25 am

Courtesy of Ben McKeown

(photo: Ben McKeown)

Byrd Cage = BC
Ian Clark = Ian

Author’s Note: Honestly, I’ve wanted to interview Ian for a while now. Unfortunately, I can be a sort of superstitious guy.  Ian was so EN FUEGO the majority of the season that I was legitimately worried I would throw him off by interviewing him. So I didn’t until yesterday when I knew the OVC Championship Trophy was resting safely on the Blvd.  The Byrd Cage is really going to miss watching this guy ball, so I tried to cover most of the bases. Enjoy.

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