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The Rush: An NFL legend goes marching out; The NCAA tourney comes marching in

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Drew Brees officially called it a career on Sunday, leaving an indelible mark on the NFL and the city of New Orleans. On the hardwood, the NCAA tournament field is set, with Big 10 foes capturing number one seeds and a Big East team looking to bust some brackets. Meanwhile, Duke and Kentucky find themselves on the outside, looking in.

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- After 15 years on the Saints and 20 years in the NFL--

- Our dad--

- Is finally going to retire.

- So he can spend more time with us!

- Yay!


JARED QUAY: One of the GOATs officially took his ball and went home yesterday. Drew Brees retired from the NFL on Sunday, and it's hard to imagine a quarterback who accomplished more than he did. First all-time in passing yards, completions, and completion percentage. And number 2 in passing touchdowns but that's only because the guy who's number 1 plans to play until he gets his first colonoscopy. Brees only won one championship, but he'll forever be a legend in the league and in New Orleans.

Speaking of legends, Taysom Hill has already cemented his legacy as having one of the best agents in sports history. Hill's going to make $12 million next year after throwing for 45 miles less than Drew Brees has. Drew man about that same amount in the two years he was NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Yo, he might have to sell that gold jacket on eBay.

The NCAA tournament brackets are set, and the number 1 seeds are Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, and Michigan. Let's get into some of the most entertaining March Madness match-ups with a little help from Paramount+. the spiciest possible championship match-up between the Wolverines and the Illini. Illinois won the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday with the win over Ohio State, but a different team was crowned the champ first.


Due to COVID, the Wolverines played fewer games than Illinois. But conference rules say the team with the better winning percentage, Michigan, gets the title. With that caused a few Illini players to say--

[MUSIC PLAYING] (SINGING) Hold up, wait a minute--

Let us put my name up in it. Let's just say there's plenty of bulletin board material there, and hopefully we're the beneficiaries come the finals. One of this year's surprise bracket busters could be Georgetown. The Hoyas crushed Creighton in the finals of the Big East Tournament to secure the automatic bid and a first round game against Colorado. Despite having a record of 13 and 12, Patrick Ewing has his alma mater back in the tournament for the first time since 2015.

These teams each have the potential to climb the peak. But first, they've got to get through the round of 64. Illinois has to get past 16th seed Drexel, and the Wolverines will face either Mount St. Mary's or Texas Southern on Saturday. I'm most pumped to see Georgetown played though.

The Hoyas will have to upset the 5 seed Colorado on Friday to keep their title hopes alive. Before you fill out your bracket, don't forget to watch Yahoo experts break it down and make their picks on "Tourney Bracket Now," today at 4:00 PM Eastern, 1:00 PM Pacific.

And two teams there won't be competing in the big dance this year-- Bluebloods Kentucky and Duke. This will be the first time since 1976 that we won't see them in the bracket. Those two teams are combined for nine NCAA championships since then.

But let's be honest. Everybody hates Duke anyway, and Kentucky is always overrated. Remember the year they had seven NBA players and still lost in the second round? Well, actually, that's pretty much every year with them. They didn't even win the title the year they had Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns.