Well, this is my first post and I really couldn't have picked a better time to start this thing than right now. So much happening in the sports world. Baseball spring training is about over and the new season is as fresh as a bottle of Febreez and my Cubs are looking GREAT... too bad it's still spring training. The NBA playoffs are right around the corner. Will Kobe and the Lakers bring another title back to the West coast? Or will the upstart Chicago Bulls and D-Rose win it for the Windy City? The NFL still cannot make up its mind... if nothing gets done we'll still have Arena Football League. I know....I can hear your screams of excitement blasting out of my computer. But it is March, and the that can only mean one thing...Well, two if you count constant sneezing and dry eyes due to allergies from clouds of pollen.. But I'm talking about March Madness, the greatest post-season in all of sports..68 teams all have a shot at a title. Big teams proving how BIG they really are and scrappy mid majors proving they can play with the big boys. Buzzer beaters and upsets galore. My favorite time of the year is when I can smell the ink from the freshly printed off blank brackets. Like everyone else in this great nation, I too filled one out, and the first weekend went fairly well with surprises from Louisvile and Vanderbilt, but for the most part, still well intact. Third Round- I start taking some big blows.. Notre Dame got speared by the Seminoles of Florida State and Syracuse got downed by Marquette. Not to mention Pittsburgh is our first number 1 seed to fall to those darlings of the dance, yes they're back, The Butler Bulldogs. Now we're down to the sweet 16, where it starts to mean something. Schools hang Banners in your honor for making it this far. North Carolina is a team that nobody has been talking about and after the beatdown they put on Marquette, they should be on everyones radar.. two more number ones go down with the Dukies getting beatin single handedly by Derrick Williams of Arizona in a blow out. John Calipari's young Wildcats won an all out brawl against Ohio State (in my opinion the best game so far in the tournament). Now we're getting serious, Elite Eight. One win and you're there. The Final Four! The promise land for college basketball. I'm writing this on a Saturday night, so we're in between days. Two games were played today and two great games they were.
Game 1: 2 seed Florida Gators Vs. 8 seed Butler Bulldogs.. This game showed me why Butler must be feared when they get to March. They have no quit. I'ts not in their vocabulary. They could be down 20 and play like they're down 2. Florida had this game in hand with 25 points from big center Vernon Macklin, but just like a Bulldog, they dug down and got dirty. Butler took this game to overtime and with poor clock managment by the Gators, the Bulldogs are going back to the Final Four.
Game 2: 3 seed UCONN Huskies vs. 5 seed Arizona Wildcats...this game was a great matchup of 2 super stars..Derrick Williams of Arizona and Kemba Walker of Uconn.. and again it was Kemba being Kemba. With nasty crossovers and pure step-back jump shots, he led his Huskies back to the Final Four. ON SUNDAY: two more games on Sunday which will fill out the rest of the Four..
Game 3: 2 seed North Carolina Vs. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats. Prediction...No more Ohio State. North Carolina will seize the opportunity against a young Kentucky team 73-65.
Game 4: 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks Vs. 11 seed VCU Rams.Prediction....WONDER TWIN POWERS ACTIVATE!!!!! Kansas way to much.80-70..
Well, this is it for my first post. I would love comments. Too long? Too short? Not enough info? All comments are encouraged..and I hope your bracket isn't as busted as mine.. By the way, I had Uconn and Florida in the Finals.. atleast one made it through.. ;)
and in the words of the great Harry Carey.. "live it up, the meter's running."