Yes, whatever I can call it – the NCAA BB tourney (men’s and women’s [Go Green Bay Phoenix and Notre Dame!]) is in full swing. I tried to get Liberty the win but they fell short last evening.
I found a great show that features two of my favorite sportswriters: Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon – Pardon The Interruption (I also like the clever logo using the letters PTI from the word “Interruption”) that is on ESPN at 630pm weekdays. PTI covers leading topics in sports in short bursts, usually about a minute and a half. I have followed Kornheiser for years when he was on the radio in DC, he also is a clever columnist about modern life in the spirit and style of the late humorist Art Buchwald. One of my lesser dreams is that Kornheiser and Wilbon will give a minute and a half to my ideas about sports imperialism! Kornheiser and Wilbon act like they hate each other but they really have great respect for each other and their opinions. I recommend PTI!
On Monday’s edition of PTI, Kornheiser was asked by Wilbon about the brackets – don’t you think some of the major teams got hosed. Kornheiser sort of agreed but felt in sum the bracket was good. Now, my thoughts (If Kornheiser and Wilbon need to get ahold of me – it’s ssanders [at] varight.com!) on the bracket:
Kansas got royally hosed in this bracket. They get probably North Carolina in the second round and potentially VCU later? If Gonzaga is the worst number one seed, why not place the Tarheels in their bracket? Or a 7 or 10 seed instead?
I like the choices favoring mid-major schools over major college retreads: I liked Middle Tennessee State, St Mary’s, Boise State, La Salle among others for the last at larges. I do recognize that all 68 teams must be credibly able to be the national champ if the situation arises (can’t you imagine me saying that on PTI, say filling in for Wilbon, for a week or so…) but the NCAA Tournament is the truly national sports event. Tony Kornheiser referred to the NCAA Tourney as the opposite of the BCS. Exactly right!
I think that Kentucky for example did not deserve (sorry Senator Paul!) to be in the NCAAs – Exhibit A – Robert Morris 59, Kentucky 57! The real Robert Morris did the revolutionary trifecta! He was a signer of the Declaration, the Articles of Confederation AND the Constitution!) It’s more exciting to see the midsized schools in the NCAAs.
Who do you like, Sandy? I am a good Nazarene and do not gamble nor encourage others to do so. But the big game is tonight: In the CBI touranment: Wright State v. Tulsa. The winner might play the Richmond Spiders! I’ve already warned the bride of mine that if the Raiders play in Richmond against the Spiders, I’m there!