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Fairfield holds ‘Newtown Day’ in game against Niagara

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There really isn’t enough that the world can do to help heal the damage left from the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. But on Sunday afternoon, Fairfield did their best to help.

The Stags invited around 300 kids and their parents from Sandy Hook Elementary and surrounding schools to watch their game against Niagara. The event was dubbed “Newtown Day” by the program. The school is about 25 miles south of the city.

The students and parents attended the game, in which which the Purple Eagles won, 67-64.

The kids all received gift bags full of Pez dispensers, a coupon for free admission to the Pez Visitor Center and other items. The students also got to take part in the pregame entrance and in skill games during game breaks.

It’s a small token of healing from a school who is helping, along with millions of others, to take the kids minds off what happened at their school.

Kudos to the entire program.

David Harten is the editor and founder of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

NEW PODCAST: Pac-12 hoops, Purdue and Kansas wins, Denzel vs. Buddy … and beer!

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for me to be joined by a guest on the podcast and today, it was Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports.

Jeff is a west coast guy, so we spent some time talking about Pac-12 hoops and USC vs. Oregon. We also got into Kansas-West Virginia, Purdue’s win over Michigan State and Denzel Valentine vs. Buddy Hield.

And like me, Jeff is a bit of a beer snob, so we did have a chance to chat about some of our favorites early on. At this point, I should be sponsored by Bell’s.

Anyway, you can listen to the podcast by clicking “play” on the Soundcloud player embedded below. Or you can do so through either iTunes or Stitcher if you so choose. Thanks for listening!

VIDEO: Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has scary fall while carrying girl

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Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.

Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.

As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.

Here’s another angle of the fall:

It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.