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What We Learned This Weekend…

The first weekend of the NCAA has come and gone…68 teams are now down to the Sweet 16.  My team (NC State) has disappointed me again.  My bracket is busted.  I did better in my picks the 2nd day, but when you lose your “Champion,” you really have nothing else to play for.  So what do I do now that my team is out, my bracket is busted, and my joy and happiness are gone?  Well naturally I root against UNC.  And that is almost, and it’s really close, but almost as good as pulling for an NC State win.  So UNC lost, and I was happy.  OK I was practically doing backflips. But does that mean that’s the end of the tourney for me? Nah, now I can pull against Duke and every other high seed.  Underdogs son.  For the upcoming UNC fans that keep saying “well at least we got further than State did,” I thought you guys weren’t our rival, why the hell are you still talking about us?  And with that, here is what I/we learned this weekend:

  1. Florida Gulf Coast is the 2nd best team in the state of Florida right now to the Miami Heat.  They have WHITE boys dunking the ball with ridiculous athleticism.  Their point guard (also white) is tossing over the shoulder lobs in crunch time.  Their best rebounder is a 6 foot 4 GUARD.  They are how we wish all the teams played in the big dance.  I hope they keep their run goin.
  2. The officials are ruining the tournament.  Seriously NCAA, let’s do something about this.  The amount of missed calls, make up calls, and ticky tack calls are ruining the flow of the games.  It’s all about being fun for the student-athletes and for the fans.
  3. UNC lost, and everybody loves that shit.  You still didn’t beat a single good team this year (here comes the we beat State crowd, so does that mean you’re calling State good?).
  4. Gonzaga should not have been a number 1 seed.  No way in hell.
  5. The Big 10 and Big East have good teams, but damn if 90% of the teams play the ugliest style of basketball ever.
  6. Georgetown out early again.
  7. UCLA fired their coach.  In 10 years, he took them to 3 Final Fours, and he WON the conference in the regular season and got to the championship game in the tournament.  His second best player got hurt the day before the championship game.  Now he’s fired.  Talk about ridiculous expectations.
  8. All those mid-majors and nobody schools did not deserve that many bids.
  9. The idiots who seeded this tournament ruined what could have been a great tourney based on parity.  Who is in that Ohio State bracket?  Look at Louisville (Duke, Mich St.) and Kansas (Michigan, Florida) and Indiana (Syracuse, Miami).. Yeh real fair.  The selection committee wanted to give Gonzaga the best chance to get to the Final Four, too bad they sucked.
  10. Where were the damn Overtime games???
  11. Ole Miss, why the hell were you playing a zone defense with a tie game and knowing that the teams were gonna run weaves and go to the hoop???
  12. The chicken dance by the Florida Gulf Coast team and the “milking the cow” by San Diego State fall short only to Jim Laranaga’s (yes I know I’m missing a tilda, but I still can’t remember how to do that) dance after the Miami game.

Yep, that block was nasty…but seriously, this kid looks funny

Look at the guy in the background on the rim. He’s WHITE… HOLY CRAP HE’S WHITE!!

 

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Tourney Day 1 Recap: Bracket Busted

Quick Recap of Day 1 – I got 9 out of 16 games right, that’s 56.25% for you math majors.  Or as those in my office and friend pools can see, close enough to last place that apparently the girls picking teams based on the sexiness of mascot have a better win percentage than me.  On the bright side of things I’ve ONLY lost 2 sweet 16 teams, and no team that goes deeper than that (yet anyway).  My awesomeness shows more at the end than at the beginning folks!

So let’s get down to teams that disappointed the ever living shit out of me out of my 7 wrong picks.

7. Davidson – I had this upset, and with a minute to go, I HAD THIS UPSET!  Then you blew it, throwing the ball away with under 10 seconds to go and letting them get a layup to go up 1!  Come one son!  I’m sad for you, but I’m a lil more mad at ya.

6. Saint Mary’s – Down 5, 10 seconds to go.  I was like dang it I shouldn’t have picked y’all.  Miracle banked 3 pointer and an in-bounds pass off of dudes face and uh oh we got ourselves a game! But alas the Dellavedova 3 at the buzzer was too long and your attempt at a Disney princess run ended.

5. Missouri – You guys suck. Your coach is cheater.  2 years in a row you should be better than you are but you aren’t.  I hate you.

4. Pittsburgh – I knew I shouldn’t have picked you.  I swear I knew it, but you’re from the Big East (this year anyway), so I thought you’d be better. Nope, you suck.  Jerks.

3. UNLV – California tried everything to give you that game.  Flagrant foul, missed free throws.  But you bested them, 11 minute scoring drought, missed layups, missed jumpers, a billion missed shots in a row.  Oh and not to mention you let that goofy ass white dude dunk the ball on 4 straight possesions.

2. New Mexico – All that hype, high seed, bounced by a bunch of nerds from Harvard.  Really?!? I had you jerks in the Sweet 16.  Thank God that’s all I had you going to.

1. Oklahoma State – Granted Oregon should not have been a 12 seed but shit man, you guys didn’t really show up.  Smartacus, where the hell were you, PG without passing and taking bad shots.  This team couldn’t hit a shot.  Or guard the Oregon guards for that matter, that little dude was running circles around you, literally.  Sweet 16 pick wasted.

Am I bitter? A little bit. Honestly though, none of these games matter to me as long as NC State wins.  Am I a homer when it comes to my team? Yes, absolutely yes!  Let’s Go Pack! Beat the stupid Owls.  And let’s hope I get some more picks right today.  Day 2 show me some love….

Sorry officer, I thought I was going the speed limit….

 

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Let the Madness Begin!

“The ball is tipped, and there you are, you’re running for your life, you’re a shooting star…”

Today is the best day of the year.  Better than your birthday, better than Christmas, and yes better than Flag Day. Today marks the REAL start of March Madness (sorry play in games).  The beginning of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  64 teams enter, 1 team leaves alive.  The Big Dance.  The party of all parties.  The prom invitation you wanted and if you didn’t get it you’re on the outside looking in.  And when you fall, you go stand at the wall and keep watching the beauty that is college basketball.  Today millions of people will fall ill with a mysterious disease that will cause them to miss the next 2 days of work.  They will be SO sick in fact that they can’t even go to their doctor.  Instead they will sit at home and watch TV to get them through their tough times.  Bracket in hand, every game lifting their spirits or pushing them into a more “ill” state.  And for those of us with the beginings of the sniffles who can not leave work, well TNT, TBS, TruTV, and CBS have us covered, and yep that includes internet streaming.  Productivity will fall today folks, it might as well be a national holiday to be sick these next 2 days.  Cinderellas will be born, Goliaths will dominate, and teams that you have doubted all year will either continue or all of a sudden turn into a cohesive unit and become a juggernaut (please NC State do the latter of this).

Last year I gave you guys the laws of the tourney.  A few rules that happen in this first weekend.  I’ll repeat it for you this year with a few more twists to it.  Enjoy:

  1. There will be a buzzer beater in the first weekend.
  2. There will be an overtime game.
  3. A lower seed will knock off a higher seed.  Some big name school will be out to a college located inside a college (think about it).  Pray to God it’s not your team.
  4. Officiating will affect the outcome of one game majorly, usually in the favor of a higher seed (Most likely UNC, Indiana, Duke)
  5. Announcers (sadly not Gus Johnson this year :(, damn you Fox for taking him) yelling out the phrase “can you believe it?” (Obviously we can, it just happened in front of our faces)
  6. Many of your brackets will be shattered, as your National Champ exits as quickly as the tourney starts (Gonzaga and Indiana, not happenin’).
  7. Some small player will constantly be showered with the praise of “he’s got a lot of heart.” (Is that an insult on his skill?)
  8. A big time school will be shown to be overrated (ahem, Duke, Indiana, UNC).
  9. I will continuously sing “One Shining Moment” in my head (and sometimes out loud) during every game, even though it’s the song reserved for the Champion at the END of the tournament.
  10. ‘NC State Shit’ (coined after my awesome University, look it up on Urban Dictionary) will happen to a majority of the teams.  Could be in the form of a 6 minute 38 seconds scoring drought, or your best player fouling out in the first half, or your best shooter missing all his shots, or blowing a 20 point lead in the second half….really the list goes on.  If your team experiences this, there really isn’t anything you can do except go sit in your room alone and in the dark crying (been there, done that, it’s not fun).  Avoid all sharp objects if any of this happens, just sayin’.
  11. One “Major” conference will be shown to be fraudulent.
  12. The ACC referees specifically will screw one team because they are the worst officials on the planet. (ahem Karl Hess, Teddy Valentine)
  13. New dances will be born and I will love each and every one of them (and I will try to do them at home/work when no one is watching).
  14. I will have a perfect bracket and win a bajillion dollars (that’s the number when a billion and a zillion get together and make babies).

“I’m so excited! I’m so excited. I’m so scared…” If you didn’t get that, then I am sorry you had a horrible childhood.  This is the year for me.  The year for my team. I can feel it through my body (or maybe that’s diarrhea).  Either way, thank you God for this time of year.  Let the Madness begin.  Go State, Go Wolfpack, Go to Hell Carolina!

My Perfect Bracket....I Done Said It!

My Perfect Bracket….I Done Said It!

(Damn where’s Kentucky now? Bob Morris anyone?)

 

 

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Weekend Recap: Tourney Edition

68 teams entered, 16 teams remain.  After a crazy weekend filled with controversial calls, early upsets (still singing “One Shining Moment”), and no buzzer beaters,  the Sweet 16 is upon us.  Today I’ll honor (most like hate on) the teams that remain by giving  a profile of how each team got there and what to expect of them here on out.  The conference count left so far, 2 SEC, 2 ACC, 4 Big 10, 4 Big East, 2 Big 12, 1 A-10, and 1 MAC. Let the ‘madness’ continue!

South:

1. Kentucky – Defeated 16 seed Western Kentucky (nothing to see here).  Defeated 8 seed Iowa State.  At one point the game was tied at 42, then Kentucky decided to play.  Next up Indiana (who beat UK on a buzzer beater earlier in the year), look for the Wildcats to be gunning for revenge.  Talent wise, this is the best team in the tournament, the whole team is probably going to be in the NBA within the next 2 years.  I can see them advancing to the Final Four and maybe even the championship, but I don’t think the ‘Cats will win it all.  Calipari sold his soul to the devil to have great teams, but the deal was that he can NEVER win a championship. Plus if he did win, the university would have to vacate it in the next 4 to 5 years for some form of cheating that Coach Cal is known for.

4. Indiana – Defeated 13 seed New Mexico State (simple task). Defeated 12 seed Virginia Commonwealth University in a game that came down to the wire.  They were outplayed by VCU, but somehow had the will to advance.  Next up, top seed Kentucky, who they defeated earlier in the year.  Can’t see them winning again.  I see them out the very next game.

3. Baylor – Squeaked by 14 seed South Dakota State.  Beat 11 seed Colorado only because one of their guys hit 9 3-point shots (this kid was 9 for 12 jeezus!).  Team loaded with talent (and by talent I mean idiots).  They could be a title contender except they play to the level of their competition or they don’t play for half of the game. Seem destined to face Kentucky in the Elite 8, but again Kentucky has the edge.

10. Xavier – Upset 7 seed Notre Dame (on a bullshit lane violation call). Outplayed an upstart 15 seed Lehigh (who took it to Duke, they were absolute Le-High on life after that, get it? Man I’m so damn clever).  Despite excellent guard play so far, I see them being bounced in the next game.

West:

1. Michigan State – Walked all over 16 seed LIU Brooklyn.  Had to hold on to beat 9 seed Saint Louis.  MSU has the coach to win it all in Coach Izzo (to me the best tournament coach in college basketball).  The team will go as far as the outside shooting will take them.  When they struggle from the perimeter, they are beatable.  I see them getting to the Final Four to face Kentucky.

4. Louisville – Held on to beat 13 seed Davidson, then held on again to defeat 5 seed New Mexico.  Kudos to the Big East champs for getting this far.  The only kudos you’ll be getting from here on are in the form of those yummy chocolate granola bar.  Bounced by Michigan St. in the next game.

3. Marquette – Thumped 14 seed BYU. Survived 6 seed Murray State in what was probably the most entertaining basketball game of the tournament.  Both teams seemed to employ ‘street ball’ rules and just kept running up and down the court.  In the end Marquette prevailed.  Their game with Florida in the Sweet 16 is a toss up (or maybe a Paper, Rock, Scissors up?)

7. Florida – Absolutely demolished 10 seed Virginia and 15 seed Norfolk State (who played lights out against 2 seed Missouri). They have a great coach (2 national championships) and have shooters and athletes.  Dangerous team to keep an eye on.

East:

1. Syracuse – Referees gave them a win against 16 seed UNC- Asheville (the only time I will ever pull for anything with a UNC in it).  Then pulled away in the second half to beat 8 seed Kansas State.  Before the Fab Melo ineligibility I had thought they’d win it all, and right now they still have the talent to do it.  They will go as far as Boeheim’s 2-3 zone will take them.

4. Wisconsin – Demolished 13 seed Montana.  Squeaked by 5 seed Vanderbilt.  Team is really boring to watch.  Seriously. I don’t think they can beat ‘Cuse, but then again I had them losing to Montana in my bracket.

6. Cincinnati – Had to hold on to beat 11 seed Texas after building a huge lead.  Rallied at the end to beat the ACC champs 3 seed Florida State.  They’ve come a long way since the December brawl with Xavier, but facing another Ohio team in Ohio State means they’ll be heading home with quickness.

2. Ohio State – Beat 15 seed Loyola.  Came out the victor in a dogfight with 7 seed Gonzaga.  They have the talent to win it all so long as Sullinger can stay out of foul trouble.  The Final Four goes through either them or Syracuse for this region.

Midwest –

1. UNC – Beat 16 seed Vermont and 8 seed Creighton pretty ‘hand’ily (hand being the key word now with regards to Henson and Marshall). I hate this team with all my heart.  If they were playing against the Devil himself, I would be cheering for the Devil. The most annoying fan base in all of college basketball.  With Marshall, they are a contender, without him, they are not.  I hope they lose their next game.  What every UNC fan is afraid of at this point is a rematch with conference foe NC State (4th times the charm? Go Wolfpack). Again I can’t say enough how much I want this team to lose.  UNC sucks at life (that’s right the entire establishment).

13. Ohio – Upset 4 seed Michigan and then survived 12 seed USF.  Let’s hope they can upset UNC (forreallsss).

11. NC State – Upset both 6 seed San Diego State and 3 seed Georgetown.  My boys look like they are on a mission to face UNC again (and hopefully win this time).  Talented players with what seems to be low basketball IQ.  They have solid low post weapons, a good 3 point shooter, and a steady point guard.  The problem is getting them all to click at the same time, which still hasn’t happened yet this year.  I pray that ‘one shining moment’ where they all play together is coming up.  Gonna be tough to beat Kansas, but I have faith in my Wolfpack.

2. Kansas – Handled 15 seed Detroit.  Rallied to beat 10 seed Purdue.  Athletes all over the place here.  They present matchup problems for anyone they play. Quickness at the guards, length with the wing players, and solid post play.  I really hope they suck it up in their next game.

(Note to all sports fans, there hasn’t been a buzzer beater yet, so this coming weekend should be incredible.  Until then enjoy a collection “One Shining Moment”)

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Let’s Dance!

Today marks the ‘real’ beginning of the “Big Dance.” The first round ‘First Four’ games are done and we can start with the real party.  The NCAA tournament is probably the greatest month for sports fans.  You get upsets, buzzer beaters, and David beating Goliath.  Each year, there are constants that will occur on the first weekend of the tournament.  These moments are what make the first weekend memorable and give the tourney it’s glory for years to come.  Who doesn’t remember Valpo, Richard Hamilton, or Lorenzo Charles at the buzzer? What about Michael Jordan’s corner jumper, George Mason to the Final 4, or the Fab 5? All of these moments are etched in our proverbial skulls. Every year we get a new champion, but we also get new, fresh memories and moments to be remembered and told to our kids and grand-kids. Just like the laws of physics, the NCAA tourney has it’s own laws, MUSTS for the first weekend, with that being said, here we go:

  1. There will be a buzzer beater in the first weekend.
  2. There will be an overtime game.
  3. A lower seed will knock off a higher seed.  Some big name school will be out to a college located inside a college (think about it).  Pray to God it’s not your team.
  4. Officiating will affect the outcome of one game majorly, usually in the favor of a higher seed (Most likely UNC, Kentucky, Duke)
  5. Announcers yelling out the phrase “can you believe it?” (Obviously we can, it just happened in front of our faces)
  6. Many of your brackets will be shattered, as your National Champ exits as quickly as the tourney starts (Georgetown and Louisville, not happenin’).
  7. Some small player will constantly be showered with the praise of “he’s got a lot of heart.” (Is that an insult on his skill?)
  8. A big time school will be shown to be overrated (ahem, Duke, Kansas).
  9. I will continuously sing “One Shining Moment” in my head (and sometimes out loud) during every game, even though it’s the song reserved for the Champion at the END of the tournament.
  10. ‘NC State Shit’ (coined after my awesome University, look it up on Urban Dictionary) will happen to a majority of the teams.  Could be in the form of a 6 minute 38 seconds scoring drought, or your best player fouling out in the first half, or your best shooter missing all his shots, or blowing a 20 point lead in the second half….really the list goes on.  If your team experiences this, there really isn’t anything you can do except go sit in your room alone and in the dark crying (been there, done that, it’s not fun).  Avoid all sharp objects if any of this happens, just sayin’.
  11. One “Major” conference will be shown to be fraudulent.  I’m looking at you Big East (more like Big Least).

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ (much better fit for this than winter time no?), so make sure you fill out your brackets, show them proudly before the games start, because once the ‘Madness’ begins, some of your picks won’t be dancing no mo.

I could have ended this with so many different songs regarding dancing, but instead I chose one of the greatest “dance” songs of all time. RIP Whitney Houston and Go WOLPACK!!

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