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Who are you wearing?

The 2015 NCAA Final Four doesn’t start for three hours, but TBS’s coverage has already begun.

march madnessThat’s right — they’re going to spend the next three hours talking about the two games yet to come.

And I’m cool with that.

It’s a bit like the red carpet that precedes all the major awards shows.

But based on what I’ve seen so far, this show won’t be as pretty.  I mean…

Dennis Miller is the host.

Regionalisms

I had seen images online of the April 6th issue of Sports Illustrated, so I couldn’t wait to get mine in the mail.

Just look at that angle of Karl-Anthony Towns in action:

SI April 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But then I got my issue today. And it looked like this:


April 6th SI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because apparently there are no college basketball fans in the Northeast.

I mean, how could there be?  No teams from this area made the Final Four.  And there couldn’t possibly be fans of Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State or Duke outside their state lines, right?

(Well, probably not Duke.)

Don’t worry.  I’ve already contacted SI and requested a copy of the Kentucky cover issue.  And written a letter to the editor.

March Madness only comes once a year.

Spider bite

While we were all busy preparing for this weekend’s exciting Final Four college basketball tourney, Mazda issued a recall on the 2010-2012 model Mazda 6 sedans…

Because of spiders in the gas tank.

I know this sounds like a headline from The Onion, but it’s actually the second time Mazda has recalled the 6 sedan because spiders “may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line.” Apparently a spider web could create pressure and even a potential crack in the fuel tank.

Wait a minute — is this really a recall?  Or reverse movie product placement?

mazda tank
(You gotta admit, it would be ‘amazing.’)

More than a game

In Fever Pitch, the under-appreciated love letter to the Boston Red Sox, super fan Ben (Jimmy Fallon) tries to explain his single-minded devotion to the team to his workaholic girlfriend Sarah (Drew Barrymore):

fever pitch“Clearly, it’s not just a game! If it was, then obviously I wouldn’t care about it this much.

Twenty-three years.

Do you still care about anything you cared about years ago? How about–how about five? Name me a single thing that you’ve cared about for five years.”

That scene always spoke to me.  Even though Ben was talking baseball — a sport I personally never bonded with — I had that passion.  But mine was for…

KENTUCKY WILDCATS BASKETBALL

Harrison shotI’m a proud UK alum.  Years ago, I camped out for those hard-to-come-by tickets at Rupp Arena.

Now in New York City, I  watch very game that the networks allow, and have suffered every negative comment slung at the team this season by the media, haters and ‘fans’ alike.

And I never stopped believing.

The 2014 NCAA tourney has been an incredible, heart-stopping, unbelievable ride.  Kudos to our young team for putting their heads down, playing their hearts out and showing what they are made off when it mattered the most.

Now, let’s all enjoy our FINAL FOUR experience!!

 

 

This probably comes as no great surprise…

Who am I cheering for on this, the opening day of the Men’s NCAA Final Four?

Simply read the signs.

hand signals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take those birds in hand, Wichita State!

Go Cinderella go!

Blowing bubbles and picking fights

Have you ever heard of Jeff Goodman?

Me either…until about 15 minutes ago.

march madnessDuring March Madness — the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ — I look forward to all the new names and faces and stories of teams going above-and-beyond what even they thought they could do on the road to the Final Four.

It’s the spirit of college sports.

Sure, we start with a Number 1 seed for the tournament, and Number 1 seeds for each of the regions.   But the games that truly inspire us — that have made this championship the tradition it is today — are those David-and-Goliath victories.

The Cinderella teams.  The lower-seed overachievers.  The bubble teams who prove they belong.

Which brings me back to Jeff Goodman, a CBS sportswriter based in Boston who seems to have forgotten all that.  If it is that difficult for you to watch, Mr. Goodman, simply look the other way.

The rest of us enjoy the view.

Going green

Last Saturday night, when college basketball fans like me were knee-deep in the Final Four, a host of Hollywood celebs were collecting more hardware at the Kids’ Choice Awards.

It takes all kinds, I suppose.

Now, this is one of the few awards show I don’t frequent (since I don’t have a kid).  But I do so enjoy perusing photos and video clips from the broadcast because of one wonderful tradition:

SLIME

You know…the green stuff?

Presenters and winners alike are always at risk of being slimed — and they never know when and where it will be coming.  Here we see Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt on Glee, getting a surprise shot in the chin while announcing an award.

And poor Halle Berry wasn’t even safe in the audience.  Some guy poured a bucket ‘o the green stuff over her unsuspecting head.

It’s a good thing she dressed down for the festivities.  Try explaining green goo when you return your just-out-on-loan gown to the designer.

Awkward.

The slime hasn’t changed my viewing plans for next year’s awards…but it does make we wonder:

Wouldn’t tonight’s NCAA Championship Finals be even more fun with a bit of surprise slime for the winners?

If March is mad…

So, I’ve been sequestered inside a conference room all day, and what do I discover when I am finally released into the world?

  • The voice of “Charlie’s Angels,” John Forsythe, has died.
  • Olivia Newton-John’s long-lost-at-sea boyfriend is alive.
  • “Two and a Half Men” is losing star Charlie Sheen.
  • Dayton won the NIT, defeating North Carolina.

I guess that’s what I get for working on Good Friday.

With all this wackiness happening today, it makes me wonder what the holiday weekend has in store.

Saturday has the Final Four (Go Butler!), and Sunday the Easter Bunny (Go candy!).

Let’s see what leftover March Madness spills over into this first weekend of April.

Respect

Now that the field of 64 teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is down to the Elite Eight, I thought it might be fun to see how the different conferences have fared over the past two weeks.

The tourney committee had definite feelings about the comparative strength of the conferences, and gave slots to the teams according.  Let’s review how many:

Big East:  8
Big 12:  7
ACC:  6
Big Ten:  5
SEC:  4
Mt West:  4
Horizon:  1

(A lot of other conferences got one slot, too.)  And now, let’s review how many remain:

Big East:  1
Big 12:  2
ACC:  1
Big Ten:  1
SEC:  2
Mt West:  1
Horizon:  1

So, what’s my point?

Historically, the Big Eight, Big Ten, and ACC get the most at-large berths to the NCAA tourney.  Since its inception, the Big 12 has been added to that list.

This year, only the Big 12 has lived up to their billing, with two of their seven teams in the Elite Eight.   The Big East and ACC were big disappointments — and not for the first time.  When will the committee learn?

But with both Kentucky and Tennessee still in the hunt, the SEC boasts a 50 percent showing, since tourney officials only saw fit to send four teams to the big dance.

Kentucky plays West Virginia tonight for the East Regional Championship and a berth in the Final Four.  Tomorrow, Tennessee plays Michigan State for the Midwest Regional Championship.

I hope the tourney selection committee will be watching.

Guys?  That’s the SEC in action.

Tasty goodness

It’s called the Sweet Sixteen with good reason.

Making the Elite Eight and Final Four is, of course, the raison detre, but surviving that first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is oh, so sweet.

Your expectations beyond that point — well, that pretty much depends on who you are.

For the Cinderella teams like Northern Iowa, Cornell and St. Mary’s, any other wins they amass at this point — as my friend Jason so aptly put it this morning — are gravy.

But for a seeded team for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse or even Ohio State, any loss is a huge disappointment to both the team and its fan base. They are expected to win from here on out.

No exceptions.  No excuses.

If only the seeded teams could look at each win going forward as ‘gravy.’

Would that make the final victory even sweeter?