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This weekend, WrestleMania 25 will be held in Houston, and it promises to be one of the biggest shows of the year. It’s a culmination of the past year’s feuds decided inside the squared circle. Vince McMahon created this event and Hulk Hogan put it on the map, but the rabid fans have turned WrestleMania into wrestling’s own Super Bowl. Their support has transformed the WWE into the most successful pro wrestling promotion in entertainment sports today. And for that, they should be applauded!

All times ET…

NBA
Friday, 8 PM: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic (ESPN)
Friday, 10:30 PM: Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN)
Saturday, 3 PM: Detroit Pistons @ Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN)
Saturday, 7 PM: Miami Heat @ Washington Wizards (NBA TV)
Sunday, 1 PM: San Antonio Spurs @ Cleveland Cavaliers (ABC)
Sunday, 3:30 PM: Phoenix Suns @ Dallas Mavericks (ABC)
Sunday, 7 PM: Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets (NBA TV)

NHL
Saturday, 7 PM: Philadelphia Flyers @ Ottawa Senators (CBC)
Saturday, 10 PM: Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers (CBC)
Sunday, 12:30 PM: Minnesota Wild @ Detroit Red Wings (NBC)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
Saturday, 6:07 PM: (2) Michigan State vs. (1) Connecticut (CBS)
Saturday, 8:47 PM: (3) Villanova vs. (1) North Carolina (CBS)

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament
Sunday, 7 PM: (3) Louisville vs. (1) Oklahoma (ESPN)
Sunday, 9 PM: (2) Stanford vs. (1) Connecticut (ESPN)

MLB
Sunday, 8 PM: Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies (ESPN)

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Blogging the Bloggers: Monday

BUSTED COVERAGE informs us that Erin Andrews has a sister, Kendra, who is apparently a professional dancer. Dan Patrick hung with both at the BCS title game. That’s Kendra on the right.

SPORTSbyBROOKS has the transcript of Vince McMahon’s closed door testimony to Congress. The back-and-forth gets pretty contentious and it’s a funny (but long) read.

MLIVE says that Antonio McDyess passed on a lot of money — like, $8 million — to re-sign with the Pistons.

DEADSPIN announces its 2008 Sports Human of the Year, complete with a video recap of 2008.

BLACK SPORTS ONLINE has some pictures and video of Serena Williams posing in skimpy attire.

– Sure, Cardinals fans were just as shocked as we were that the team will be hosting the NFC Championship game, but that didn’t stop it from selling out in six minutes, according to THE BIZ OF FOOTBALL.

McMahon wants fake wrestling to look less fake

Vince McMahon apparently wants wrestling to look be more real.

Vince McMahonVince McMahon is said to want wrestling to become more real. Former WCW superstar Norman Smiley was hired as a trainer for WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling because of his background experience in realistic Japanese wrestling.

Officials would like wrestlers to make their punches appear that it’s connecting to the opponent and to perform moves that are more realistic. McMahon would like the wrestlers to put their hands up in defense when receiving a punch. Management have debated for more than a year on to use a knockout finish, which was recently done with the Undertaker and Big Show match at No Mercy. When WWE went into HD programming earlier this year the wrestlers were told to work closer to not reveal the unrealistic moves.

I think it’s fair to say at this point that the people who watch wrestling know it’s fake and only watch it for it’s storylines. Although give credit to McMahon for making his crap entertainment less crappier.

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