Big Dance . . . Little Work . . . Random Thoughts

Posted on March 18, 2010. Filed under: Basketball, Life, NCAA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I know everyone is reading this because YOU ARE NOT WORKING. 

Don’t try to pretend like you are.  March Madness costs employers $1.8 BILLION in productivity during the first week of the tournament alone . . .  

So why swim upstream?  Everyone is doing it.  We might as well jump off the bridge too.  Here’s a few early thoughts:

‘OY WILLIAMS:  Just taking a moment to fathom how far the Tar Heels have fallen.  From National Champions of last year’s NCAA Tournament to almost getting ousted in the first round of the NIT by William & Mary.  OY.  Okay.  That’s it.  Moment’s over . . .

“Coach Dixon, how can I stop Villanova?”

ROBERT MORRIS SCARES THE WILDCAT CRAP OUT OF VILLANOVA:

Ya think Pittsburgh Panthers head coach, Jamie Dixon, gave his former assistant, now Robert Morris skipper, Mike Rice, some defensive pointers to use against Big East rival Villanova in the 2 vs. 15 seed match up this afternoon?  I do . . . 
Alas, the Colonials couldn’t hold on.  Even though they led almost the entire game during regulation, the tournament tested Villanova Wildcats hung around, and showed big time sticktoitiveness (I love that word) to win by three points in OT.  And according to my husband, it’s my fault.  Why?  I merely stated the truth.  When Villanova tied it up as the second half was winding down, I said it’s over.  If Robert Morris were to pull the upset they had to do it in regulation.  He said I jinxed them.  I said no, I’m just always right . . .  

THE LUCK ‘O THE IRISH RUNS OUT:  Notre Dame’s winning ways came to an abrupt end as Old Dominion bounced the Irish in the first round by hanging on in the waning seconds to pull the one point upset win.  That’s gotta be tough.  Mike Brey’s squad had to win their way into the big dance and barely made the cut, just to lose in an excrutiating fashion. 

The Monarchs held the second leading scorer in Notre Dame history, Luke Harangody, to just two points in his 23 minutes on the floor.  Notre Dame hardly sniffed a free throw, getting to the line only three times, and they shot a puny 23% from downtown.  When you shoot too many threes, you aren’t driving to the tin, and you’re not getting fouled.  You live by the three and die by the three.  Notre Dame just shot themselves dead . . .

More upsets and exciting finishes are happening right now!  Don’t get back to work!

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Whoa Was I . . .

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

WRONG . . .  

I admit it.  When I am right I say so, so I have to fess up when I am not.  And it didn’t take long to figure it out, did it?  I knew at the opening tip when Tyler Hansbrough was not going to give up on that first possession and wrestled Michigan State’s Travis Walton for the ball.  That fire led to a jump ball between the two, which the much taller Hansbrough easily won.  I thought right there that State was in for a familiar experience against this team – domination.   

The senior who came back for one reason only, to win North Carolina’s fifth National Champinship, was focused.  WATCH OUT!  Although the man they call “Psycho T” always looks focused, doesn’t he?  Almost like his eyes are going to pop out of his head . . .

Tyler Hansbrough and Beaker . . . Seperated at Birth?

Tyler Hansbrough and Beaker . . . Seperated at Birth?

TALK ABOUT A CLINIC . . . North Carolina’s first half performance was nothing short of a statement in CAPS and looked like the best half of basketball that I have ever personally laid eyes on.  The much maligned defense – that has been anything but during the tournament – forced 13 Spartan turnovers which led to 17 points.  The Tar Heels led by three touchdowns at the half, which broke a title-game record for largest margin and with 55 points, they set another record for most first half points.

But they weren’t done yet . . .

Ty Lawson induced 8 steals – a record breaking number of thefts – with 7 in the first half, and led all scorers with 21 points.    North Carolina totaled only 7 turnovers the entire game and forced Michigan State into 21 gimmes.  Can’t beat a killer transition team by giving them fast break opportunities and extra possessions . . . Just not going to happen.  

When asked how he felt about the choice he made to come back for his senior year, Hansbrough said, “Sounds like I made a pretty good decision, nothing beats this feeling right here.” 

Congratulations to Michigan State for an inspired run in the tournament and to the North Carolina Tar Heels for fulfilling preseason expectations to take it all the way, bringing the title back to Chapel Hill for the fifth time. 

And for proving me wrong . . .

Just for fun, Hansbrough’s look-a-like has a song that might give One Shining Moment a run for its money . . .

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