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Rick Ackerman, bachelor at large

I'm back in the basement. Finally had to leave the WiFi-friendly coffee shop before lapsing into a caffeine coma.

I have Internet service at the moment, so I'll make this quick before it goes out again:

For our final post of the week, we check back in with Rich Ackerman of MSG Varsity / WFAN / Sirius, who last month was the subject of a "Bachelor"-style dating adventure on "Live with Regis and Kelly."

(Here is my original story, which appeared a month ago today.)

The audience chose a woman named Rachel for him from among three finalists, and the two had a pleasant evening going to dinner and a Rangers game during a mid-February snowstorm.

One month later, that pairing did not turn out to be a love connection, but fear not:

Ackerman has been dating Samara Churgin - another of the finalists.

Hey, you never know. That's amore.

Actually, Regis Philbin foresaw this possibility when I first spoke to him about setting up Ackerman:

"If it doesn't work out [with Rachel]," he said, "I'm sure Ack Ack has access to all of those other phone numbers. It's up to him."

That's all for now, WatchDog Nation. Enjoy Selection Sunday. I'm OK with a No. 10 seed for Cornell. Just give us a crack at Duke in the second round.


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