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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.

Star map

While Kentucky was busy winning a national championship, the world kept turning.

And the planet Mars has come for a visit.

In fact, last night around 8:30pm ET, the moon, Mars, and the bright star Regulus formed a ‘cosmic triangle’ in the night sky.

Isosceles, from the look of it.

This is the closest Mars has been to the Earth in a month, and when it returns next month, it will only appear half as bright (something to do with its current retrograde motion, blah blah).  So this is a good time to take a look-see.

In the triangle , Mars is the reddish object, Regulus the blue.  And the moon…well, I think you can figure that one out for yourself.

Hmmm.  Red and blue ‘stars’ appear in the sky…right after the NCAA Finals?  I’m sure astronomers will simply point to the celestial calendar.  But I think this is proof positive:

There are college basketball fans on other planets.

G8ness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Kentucky Wildcats
National Champions

2012
1998
1996
1978
1958
1951
1949
1948

A grateful Big Blue Nation salutes you.

You were the best last night. The best this year. Simply the best college basketball team of all time.

Thank you, Coach Cal!

Thank you, Cats!

CAAAAAAAAAAATS!!!



ONE. MORE. GAME.

Kentucky vs. Kansas
The Championship

We began our season together in November at Madison Square Garden.
How fitting we meet again in the finals Monday night.

Oh, how I love the month of March!

 

For love of the game

NBA?  We don’t need no stinkin’ NBA.

The UK Wildcats and KU Jayhawks are playing in the Garden!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Champions Classic tips off at Madison Square Garden tonight, bringing the best of college basketball — the only basketball that counts IMHO — to the Big Apple.

(Don’t ask if I was able to get a ticket. I wasn’t; I’m bitter.)

The tourney begins with Duke (hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhcckk-ptooo) taking on Michigan State.  Who cares?  It’s the opener.  Whatever.  Take your seats, folks; nothing to see here.

The big game is between my alma mater (and pre-season #2-ranked) University of Kentucky Wildcats and #12-ranked KU.

Suffice it to say the two teams have a history.  Both have beat each other soundly on their home courts.  (You don’t forget that kinda thing.)  I lived in Kansas City when UK won NCAA Championships in 1996 and 1998 and was the runner-up in 1997.

I don’t think my friends have forgotten that, either.

In fact, I have a little wager with my friend Dan on tonight’s game.  Not for money, mind you; we don’t bet cash on our teams.  But believe you me — after the game has been decided, you’ll all be able to tell what we did wager.

May the best team win!