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Why Eagles signed Tim Tebow?: Tim Tebow Eagles

Why Eagles signed Tim Tebow?: Tim Tebow Eagles, Bryant, who has yet to sign his $12.823 million franchise tag as the two sides work on a long-term deal, showed up for OTAs on Thursday and participated in individual drills, according to Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram. Bryant can’t do much right now without his name on a contract, so he didn’t go through team drills. When training camp rolls around, he can sign a waiver to participate, but both he and the Cowboys are surely looking to get a deal done before then.

Here’s some of the other news from OTAs around the league Thursday:

Tebow is still a quarterback
Tim Tebow remains a popular topic as he tries to launch a comeback as quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Although Chip Kelly intends for Sam Bradford to be the full-time starter once healthy, he’s been limited in practices, which is giving Mark Sanchez and Tebow plenty of looks. Sanchez took all of the first-team snaps on offense on Thursday, but Tebow, making his first public appearance as an Eagles quarterback, got in some work with the third team.

How did Tebow look? Not great, according to Jeff McLane of Philly.com. While some have suggested that Tebow’s throwing motion is much improved, McLane claimed that “there didn’t appear to be much difference than how he looked two years ago.” Regardless, Kelly noted that the Eagles aren’t considering moving him to another position, saying that Tebow has improved as a passer and has “spent a lot of time in the last few years in terms of working on his game,” as posted by NFL.com.

Rookies miss practice due to orientation
Multiple rookies around the league missed practice on Thursday to attend the NFL Players Association’s Rookie Premiere, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round pick Jameis Winston. The team is clearly resting most of its hopes of competing on Winston, so it’s probably good news that the Buccaneers have nothing but good things to say about him at this stage. Head coach Lovie Smith said the Buccaneers “like where he is right now,” according to ESPN.

The Rookie Premiere is an annual orientation hosted by the NFLPA featuring seminars on financial planning and brand building for rookies coming into the league. Many of the league’s business partners — potential sponsors for individual players — also attend the premiere. Other big-name players like Ameer Abdullah, Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon were among those in attendance. A full list of players who attended can be found here.

Jairus Byrd is “full go”
Despite the restrictions of OTAs, there are still injuries to note, from Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert. One player trying to work his way back from injury is New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd. A massive free agency pickup a season ago, Byrd tore his MCL during practice last October and sat out most of the season. This was after signing a six-year deal worth $54 million.

But Byrd was a full participant in practice on Thursday, as reported by Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com. Byrd is one of the most talented safeties in the league and his loss was a big reason the Saints regressed a season ago. If he can go full speed now, he’ll be even better in training camp and should be all systems go when the regular season rolls around. A healthy Byrd alongside Kenny Vaccaro makes one of the top safety tandems in the NFL, alongside the pairing of Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in Seattle and Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea in San Francisco.

Dhoni ODI Retirement

Dhoni ODI Retirement, Important to do something special all the time: India might have crashed out of the World Cup but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a stellar knock. The Indian skipper held fort and kept the hopes alive for the Indian fans till he was run-out by an excellent piece of fielding by Glenn Maxwell.

When asked about his future plans, Dhoni chose to stay clear of a concrete answer and poked fun at the media by asking them to keep up their “research” and speculations.

“What’s important for me is to do something special all the time to contribute to a win”, said Dhoni, “The day I pack my bags, I will pack it and I will be happy.” Dhoni surprised many when he quit Test cricket during the recent series in Australia. Â

However, he was much serious when answering about the chase.

“Our batting can chase 300 plus scores, we have done it a number of times. Today it didn’t go according to plan.”

Dhoni, however, in his own way reminded that his team doesn’t really possess a strong lower-order.

“Our lower order have not been able to contribute”, Dhoni said, “if it was not for Rahane and me, we could have folded for much less.”

He also didn’t forget to remind everyone that India were not a fancied side while coming into the World Cup. Dhoni said that it was the fun dressing room atmosphere that kept the spirits up.

“The tour was a tough one for us. Tests didn’t go our way, ODIs didn’t go our way. It was important to have a good dressing room atmosphere. If you have that it is slightly easy to come back into form.”

The Indian skipper, as usual, was supportive of his mates and said that it was important that he pushed himself back.

“I had to push myself back so that Virat, Rohit and Ajinkya could bat at the top. Health of the batting order is good if Jinx is batting at four and me at five”, concluded the Indian captain.

Twitter ShameonTimesNow

Twitter ShameonTimesNow, Team India lost to Australia by 95 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on Thursday.

The defeat did not trigger much anger among cricket lovers, but the channel started posting humiliating messages about the team’s performance on Twitter. Goswami also discussed India’s loss in the series on the channel’s debate programme late in the evening.

Debating tonight on @thenewshour: Surrender without a fight! A total washout in #Sydney: Can we be in denial?

– TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 26, 2015

Some of tweets posted by Times Now include comments from a senior sports journalist Kishore Bhimani, former Indian test cricketer Atul Wasan and others who found India’s performance on Thursday inefficient.

We feel humiliated that we went down without a fight: Kishore Bhimani, Senior Sports Journalist

We are angry that there was no leadership in today’s game against Australia: Kishore Bhimani, Senior Sports Journalist

There was no planning & body language was terrible in today’s match. Kohli came to bowl instead of Ashwin:Kishore Bhimani, Sports Journalist

We lost because we were not good enough like Australia: Atul Wasan, Former Indian Test Cricketer

We had no logic & no dedication in this game. They played the game as if they were not answerable to anyone: Saad Bin Jung, Fmr Ranji Player

Despite immense effort, the channel failed to sell out their strategy of shaming team India, and instead brought shame upon themselves.

Instead of falling for the channel’s theories, cricket fans expressed their support to team India and its captain MS Dhoni.

Champion u were..champion u r…champion u WL alwyz b…thanks 4 giving so many proud moments !!!#DareToBeDhoni: Rekha Jain ?

They lashed out at the channel for the debate hosted by Goswami, calling it unprofessional journalism.

keep an entrance level test for TV Journalist as there are fools like #Arnab with loud vocal who call them self Journalist #ShameonTimesNow – Nishant.Patel (@Nishant_M_Patel) March 27, 2015

#ShameOnTimesNow expect an apology from arnab. Cheap journalism

– Gaurav Kumar Patil (@drgauravpatil) March 27, 2015

#ShameOnTimesNow the debate was uncalled for…you guys will get the result for this nonsense. – Ramprasad Panigrahy (@rinku84) March 27, 2015

#ShameOnTimesNow Mr Goswami,now this twitter handle is called being LOUD & clear.Get it? Shouting & screaming in your own studio isn’t so.

– Richa Sinha (@RichaSinha) March 27, 2015

Love that #ShameOnTimesNow , its about time that we actually stood up for our team! And honestly, Sad to see that journalism has sunk so low

– Tarini (@tarinivifisingh) March 27, 2015

who is in for a legal action against @TimesNow ??? let’s make a petition against them.. let’s show them their aukat. #ShameOnTimesNow

– Tinu Nebhani (@dhoni_srk28) March 27, 2015

The least our media can do is respect Dhonii for winning a T-20 World Cup, 50 Overs World Cup, a ChampionsTrophy etc #DareToBeDhoni

– Vikram#HDL (@VikramSanghi11) March 27, 2015

On the other hand, national broadcasting channel Doordarshan took the opportunity to shine out as several appreciated it for supporting team India and talking positively about it.

DD tweeted saying, “Team India – we’re always with you – through good times and bad Tough luck after an impeccable CWC so far…”

To which Twitterati called DD “the best news channel”.

@DDNational this is the right way!: Ushy Mohan Das

@DDNational u r the best news channel: कविराज Vishnu

@DDNational this is quality journalism @TimesNow should learn from u guys to respect nations sentiment over trp #ShameOnTimesNow: Jemimal

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs Wichita State Shockers

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs Wichita State Shockers, Notre Dame dispatched Northeastern 69-65 in the second round thanks to a 25-point performance from Zach Auguste. The forward played 27 minutes and sank 10 of his 14 shot attempts from the field.

Jerian Grant also had a good game with 17 points, five assists and two steals as he played throughout the contest.

The Fighting Irish withstood 18 points from Scott Eatherton and held the Huskies to 27% shooting from beyond the arc to come out victorious in the close battle.

Next was a meeting with the Butler Bulldogs and Notre Dame advanced after a grueling 67-64 win which went to overtime.

Grant came up big again for Notre Dame, coming up with big baskets during the extended period to lift his team to the next round. He finished with 16 points, while guard Steve Vasturia played great throughout with 20 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals.

Wichita State opened their tournament with a 81-76 victory over Indiana. The Hoosiers led at the half but Wichita found their way back behind Fred VanVleet’s career performance.

The guard shot 50% from the field to finish with 27 points on the night. He also went 9-of-10 from the free throw line to help complete the comeback.

Ron Baker also went 90% from the stripe as he finished with 15 points and five rebounds.

In the third round, the Shockers stayed true to their name as they upset the heavily favoured Kansas Jayhawks 78-65.

Displaying excellent shooting, Wichita State finished the game shooting 49% from the field and an impressive 50% from beyond the arc.

All of the starters finished with double figures in scoring, led by 19 from Tekele Cotton and 17 from VanVleet.

They also restricted the Jayhawks to just 35% shooting from the field and 29% from beyond the arc.

Kentucky Wildcats Vs West Virginia Mountaineers

Kentucky Wildcats Vs West Virginia Mountaineers, It’s time for the Sweet Sixteen, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, the game we have waited all week on. Tonight, the West Virginia Mountaineers and Kentucky Wildcats meet in what seems, by the media focus, to be a titanic matchup. I suppose if you consider only the coaches, they are right – Bob Huggins and John Calipari are two of the game’s greats, and any matchup between them has got to be worth watching.

These two teams could not be more different. Kentucky is a team full of high-school superstars, taller than almost any team in America including the NBA, and full of future professional basketball players. West Virginia is a team of blue-collar tough-guys, overachievers who refuse to let their lack of size and comparative lesser talent matter to their objectives of basketball success. As a Kentucky fan, they remind me very much of Rick Pitino’s early Kentucky teams before Jamal Mashburn came along. This team has been dangerous all season, and are no less dangerous against the Wildcats tonight.

General
Game Particulars

Date: Thursday, March 26th
Time 9:45 PM EDT
Place: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
TV: CBS
Radio: UK Sports Network
Live Video: NCAA March Madness
Live Audio: Westwood One
Live Stats: Stats

Season so far for West Virginia
West Virginia started the season on a 14-1 run, losing only to LSU at home, which makes the Bayou Bengal’s early flameout all the more perplexing, as winning in the Mountain State is was surpassingly difficult this season with only 3 total teams accomplishing that feat.

WVU’s best victories have been against Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, who was #25 in Kenpom.com’s rankings at the time. They also beat fellow Sweet Sixteen member North Carolina State, but overall, their pre-conference schedule was pretty weak.

To get tho this point, they beat the Buffalo Bulls (you remember them, right?) by 6 and cruised to victory over the Maryland Terrapins after their star point guard was forced to leave the game with injuries.

Series history
West Virginia and Kentucky have a fairly long history of 19 total contests. For two teams who have never been in the same conference or really any kind of rival, that’s a good number. Five of those meetings took place in the UKIT (now defunct), three in the NCAA Tournament, three in pre-season tournaments and one in the NIT. The others were just regular-season games, and the Wildcats are 14-5 all time in the 19 meetings between the schools.

In the John Calipari era, this will be the third meeting in six seasons for the ‘Cats and the ‘Eers, the first famously being the defeat of #2 ranked Kentucky in the famous 1-3-1 game. The second meeting was a rematch the following year which Kentucky won. The rubber match will take place tonight.

Stats
Roster
No. Name Status Pos. Ht. Wt. Class GP GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
5 Devin Williams S** F 6-9 255 So. 33 33 25.0 11.6 8.2 1.3 0.8 0.2
1 Jonathan Holton S+ F 6-7 220 Jr. 34 34 21.4 7.6 5.7 1.2 1.1 0.9
3 Juwan Staten S** G 6-1 190 Sr. 29 29 31.2 14.2 2.8 4.8 1.1 0.0
4 Daxter Miles Jr. S G 6-3 185 Fr. 34 34 20.6 7.5 2.3 1.0 1.1 0.1
14 Gary Browne S* G 6-1 195 Sr. 31 21 20.2 7.2 1.9 1.5 1.3 0.0
2 Jevon Carter MR G 6-2 185 Fr. 34 4 23.8 8.2 2.4 1.8 2.0 0.1
11 Nathan Adrian MR* F 6-9 235 So. 34 4 15.4 2.9 2.5 1.0 0.8 0.4
0 Jaysean Paige MR+ G 6-2 200 Jr. 33 10 13.5 5.8 1.9 0.7 1.1 0.2
12 Tarik Phillip MR+ G 6-3 185 So. 33 0 12.9 4.1 1.5 0.8 1.2 0.0
45 Elijah Macon MR+ F 6-9 240 r-Fr. 32 0 12.9 4.4 2.6 0.8 0.3 0.5
21 BillyDee Williams R+ F 6-6 215 Jr. 17 0 7.5 1.3 1.6 0.4 0.2 0.1
20 Brandon Watkins R* F 6-9 245 So. 22 0 7.0 2.0 1.5 0.2 0.2 0.6
10 Chase Connor R@* G 6-1 190 So. 23 0 5.3 2.1 0.2 0.1 0.5 0.0
13 James Long R@+ G 5-11 190 So. 10 0 2.1 0.7 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
23 Tyrone Hughes R@* G 6-0 185 Jr. 7 0 2.0 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.0
30 Richard Romeo R@* G 6-0 190 Jr. 7 0 1.7 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0
34 Kevin Noreen R&* F 6-10 245 Sr.

Legend
S Starter
MR Major reserve
R Reserve
* Returning player
** Returning starter
+ Eligible transfer/red shirt
– Ineligible
@ Walk on
& Injured, not available

Team comparison
Rank and Records WVU UK
RPI #23 #1
Strength of Schedule #36 #45
Overall 25-9 36-0
Conference 11-7 18-0
Home 12-3 19-0
Away 5-5 10-0
Top 25 3-7 5-0
RPI Top 50 7-8 12-0
Kenpom.com #26 #1

Four Factors
Offensive

Defensive

West Virginia Team Notes
West Virginia

West Virginia Player notes
Senior guard Juwon Staten is the star of the team, and its point guard. He attacks the rim with abandon, draws a lot of fouls, and shoots a good percentage from three (.352). He is also a good but not great defender, and much of that is predicated upon needing to keep him in the game. Andrew Harrison, in particular, should attack him off the dribble. WVU loses a lug nut if he has to sit.

Sophomore Devin Williams represents the beef of this team, and is the leading scorer and rebounder. He has good size at 6’9″/255#, and is one of the best rebounders in America. He draws a lot of fouls, also. Karl-Anthony Towns and Dakari Johnson will likely be his man, and both those guys are bigger and longer than he is.

Daxter Miles Jr., the trash-talking freshman who contended that Kentucky didn’t play hard, is a 6’3″ guard who shoots the three reasonably well but also goes hard to the hole. He is a poor free throw shooter and a good defender, although likely most of his steals come as result of the press. Most likely, Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker will be checking Miles. Both those guys are much bigger and longer than Miles is, but Miles may have a quickness advantage on them.

Jonathan Holton is a 6’7″ undersized power forward who is a terrific offensive rebounder and good shot blocker. He rarely will launch a three, and prefers to do his damage inside the arc, where he shoots the best percentage on the team (.552). Willie Cauley-Stein will likely be his opposite number, and that’s a tough matchup on both ends for him.

Jevon Carter is a 6’2″ guard who is mostly a steals specialist, ranking #8 in the nation in thefts. Carter is a below-average 3-point shooter and shoots mostly jumpshots, judging by his numbers. He also has a low turnover and high assist rate, which makes him the likely back up for Staten. I imagine everyone will guard him at some point, but Trey Lyles will probably start out checking him. No idea how a guy that small guards Lyles in the half court.

Elijah Macon and Brandon Watkins are the size off the bench, both checking in at 6’9″/240# or so. Macon gets more minutes and is a good shot blocker. Watkins is the better rebounder. Both are foul-prone in a big way, averaging 6+ fouls per 40 minutes.

Gary Browne is another 6’1″ senior guard who comes off the bench, along with junior Jaysean Paige. Both shoot the three well at 38.5%. Browne is a very good defender, and Paige is the most foul-prone guard on the team at 6.6 fouls/40 minues.

Analysis
Make no mistake, West Virginia deserves to be here. They play very hard, and despite having some major personnel challenges by Division I basketball standards, they have found a way to be the third best team in the rugged Big 12, and that is no mean feat. The Mountaineers have a well-deserved reputation for creating havoc on the basketball floor, much like some Kentucky teams we may remember from back in the glorious mid-1990’s. Just as underestimating those teams was a fool’s errand, underestimating this undersized but big-hearted West Virginia team would be folly.

But no matter how highly you regard their fight, WVU faces titanic challenges in this game. Kentucky is bigger, stronger, and more skilled at virtually every position, and Kentucky, unlike every other opponent they have faced, is just as deep as the Mountaineers. Any strategy by WVU that includes wearing Kentucky down will likely fail, and in fact, it’s usually Kentucky who wears other teams down.

Also unlike the Mountaineers’ previous foes, Kentucky has scoring weapons at every single position, and size mismatches to go along with them. Already a very poor half-court defensive team, it is hard to see how the Mountaineers slow down the Wildcats in the half court. If form holds, it is likely to be a parade to the free throw line for the Wildcats tonight. How well they succeed making unguarded 15-footers will go a long way to inform the outcome of this.

West Virgina will press, of course, and that pressure will generate some turnovers. Kentucky must keep turnovers under 20% to be virtually assured of victory, but UK has many paths to victory that don’t require very low turnovers. West Virginia, statistically, cannot win unless they generate at least 20% turnovers, they shoot the ball too poorly and are significantly undersized.

I suppose I should mention at this point that West Virginia is going up against the #1 defensive efficiency team in the country in the Kentucky Wildcats. Not even the Big 12 can prepare them for that, because Kentucky is nearly 5 points more stingy per 100 possessions than the best DE team (Oklahoma) that WVU has played to date. Not only that, the Mountaineers have not faced a single team with the offensive efficiency of Kentucky, and they have lost to the ones that are close: Iowa St. and Baylor.

If VWU tries to get Kentucky into an up-and-down track meet, they are going to have to perform far above their season averages to win. Kentucky has played at least three games against pressing, up-tempo teams this season: the Eastern Kentucky Colonels once, and the Arkansas Razorbacks twice. None of them were close. Interestingly, Eastern is the team that most resembles the Mountaineers both in size and style, and the Wildcats defenestrated them by 33 points. WVU is more talented than Eastern, though, so that will matter.

Bottom line: West Virginia’s path to victory is a very narrow and treacherous one. They must get all of a group of things to have a chance: high turnovers, low opponent shooting percentage, and high offensive rebounding. In addition, they must get a couple of: Kentucky foul trouble, poor free throw shooting, overconfidence from Kentucky, a favorable whistle and a good night shooting the ball, particularly from three. In other words, it’s a very heavy lift for a brave, but overachieving WVU squad.

Wisconsin Badgers Vs North Carolina Tar Heels

Wisconsin Badgers Vs North Carolina Tar Heels, The motto Bo Ryan’s players chose before the first game of the season was brief but telling:

“Make ‘em believe.”

The top-seeded Badgers likely picked up a few believers Thursday after they rallied from seven down in the second half for a 79-72 victory over fourth-seeded North Carolina at the Staples Center.

“We don’t need to talk to each other too much,” said senior guard Josh Gasser, who fashioned a spectacular all-around game. “You’ve just got to go out there and do it.

“We’ve been in positions before when we’ve been down.”

Gasser noted how UW rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to take down Michigan State in overtime in the Big Ten tournament title game, 80-69.

“Just having that confidence that we can turn it on and really put a good run together when we need it,” he said. “That is what it’s all about. We don’t need to yell at each other or get each other psyched up. We understand situations.”

The situation facing UW (34-3), which advanced to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season:

A victory over second-seeded Arizona (34-3) at 5:09 p.m. Saturday will send UW back to the Final Four. The Wildcats advanced with a 68-60 victory over Xavier.

UW and Arizona met in the West Region title game last season and the Badgers prevailed, 64-63, in overtime.

North Carolina, which held a 53-46 lead with 11 minutes 11 seconds left, lost to UW for the first time in three tries and finished 26-12.

“This team right here handles adversity as well as any team I’ve coached,” said UW coach Bo Ryan, who is 738-227 in 31 seasons as a head coach.

Sam Dekker was spectacular for UW and finished with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 10 rebounds. His drive through the lane with 1:06 left gave UW a 71-67 lead.

“If I use my athleticism the way I should I tend to be able to get there,” said Dekker, who was 1 of 5 from three-point range. “I just try to stay in attack mode.

“My shot wasn’t falling like I like it to be so I just tried to take it to the lane more and get some easy buckets.”

Frank Kaminsky scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, and Nigel Hayes scored seven of his 12 after halftime. Kaminsky hit a three-pointer with 6:39 left to cut North Carolina’s lead to 60-59.

Kaminsky and Hayes combined to hit 6 of 6 free-throw attempts in the final 23 seconds to help secure the victory. Kaminsky hit 8 of 8 free-throw attempts, and UW finished 20 of 23 (87.0%).

Gasser finished with six points, four rebounds and four assists and played tenacious defense on Marcus Paige.

Paige finished with 12 points – he averaged 17.0 points in the Tar Heels’ first two tournament games – and made just 4 of 11 shots.

Bronson Koenig fouled out with 16.7 seconds left but finished with nine points, four assists and three rebounds. He hit two huge free throws to give UW a 73-70 lead with 42 seconds left – after Paige hit the second of back-to-back three-pointers.

First Openly Gay Player Lands On NBA Team

First Openly Gay Player Lands On NBA Team, Jason Collins, who hasn’t had a job this season, is finalizing details on a 10-day contract., Nets to sign Jason Collins, NBA’s first openly gay player, Jason Collins has reached agreement on a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, clearing the way for the first openly gay athlete in major professional sports history, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Collins will be signed and available to play on Sunday when the Nets meet the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, sources told Yahoo.

After Glen “Big Baby” Davis decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, the Nets moved onto Plan B – bringing Collins back into the NBA, sources said.

After agreeing to a buyout with the Orlando Magic, Davis is expected to clear waivers at 5 p.m. on Sunday and will sign a deal for the rest of the season with his former Celtics coach, Doc Rivers, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Collins revealed his sexuality in the spring, and had gone throughout the NBA preseason and regular season without a job offer. Once the Nets missed out on free agent Davis on Sunday, they moved to complete the process of signing Collins as a backup big man.

Collins, 35, has been out of the NBA since completing the 2012-’13 season with the Washington Wizards.

Collins played parts of seven years with the Nets between 2001-08, and his ex-teammate, Jason Kidd, now the Nets coach, has been advocate of signing him. Collins played with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with the Boston Celtics.

Who Should Carry Canada’s Flag At The Closing Ceremony?

Who Should Carry Canada’s Flag At The Closing Ceremony?, Hayley Wickenheiser led Canada into Sochi and there are plenty of athletes who deserve to be called upon for the closing ceremony.,

Six candidates to carry Canada’s flag at the Olympic Closing Ceremony

The Olympics have given us many intriguing storylines over the past two weeks, and now it’s time to focus on the final one. Who will carry Canada’s flag at the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony? Although some potential candidates Jan Hudec, have already left Sochi, there are still a number of excellent candidates to pick from. As the Games come to a close, let the debate begin.

Alex Bilodeau

He is the only freestyle skier to ever successfully defend an Olympic gold medal. Alex Bilodeau was a top candidate to bear Canada’s flag at the 2010 Closing Ceremony in Vancouver and at this year’s Opening Ceremony in Sochi, but didn’t get the call either time. The king of moguls is now heading into retirement, so this is the last chance for Bilodeau to carry the flag. A freestyle skier has never led Canada into the Closing Ceremony at an Olympics, and the last person to do it at the Opening Ceremony was Jean-Luc Brassard at Nagano in 1998. A Bilodeau selection would also recognize the contributions of French-Canadian athletes, as Quebec has accounted for more medals than any other province at these Games. Although Bilodeau left Sochi earlier this week, he said that he would fly back if chosen as flag bearer.

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

The Canadian Olympic Committee could subtly let everyone know its feelings about the ice dance judging controversy by making Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir co-flag bearers. (Though speaking out about the judging could damage relations with certain skating federations, as well as the IOC.) The decision would also be a tip of the cap to the team that won two silver medals in Sochi, in what is probably their last Olympics. The sweethearts of ice dance would be Canada’s first co-flag bearers since Jamie Sale and David Pelletier at Salt Lake City 2002. Of course, that duo was also rocked by a judging controversy.

Who Should Carry Canada's Flag At The Closing Ceremony?