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The Great Escape 2015…March Madness Style!

The greatest 3 weeks in all of sports took it up another notch last night when the Kentucky Wildcats ripped the hearts out of the Notre Dame faithful and finally prevailed, 68-66. We affectionately call this March Madness and what a day it was for college basketball last night. The evening tipped off with Wisconsin vs. Arizona in an Elite 8 re-match from last year in which Wisconsin won 64-63 in OT. Once again, Wisconsin took down the Wildcats 85-78. Dekker and Kaminsky were just too much for Coach Miller and the ‘Cats setting up their re-match in nest week’s Final Four with another bunch of Wildcats.

But what a night it was for college basketball! Kentucky, on the verge of hoops immortality, needed every ounce of energy they could muster to pull out this one. ND, undersized, out manned, challenged UK from the opening tip. They never waivered or backed down from Coach Brey’s game plan. Attack, shoot the 3, follow missed shots, and pressure the perimeter. After beating Duke and North Carolina to win the ACC Championship, this was a confident group from South Bend and they were not going to back down from anyone. With ‘Bron in the stands, DAVID went toe to toe with GOLIATH. Pat Connaughton, a 6’5″ wing player played like Larry Bird. Point Guard Jerian Grant looked like Magic Johnson out there. And forward Zach Auguste was the reincarnation of Patrick Ewing. How the hell does a 6’5″ wingman get 7 rebounds in the first half versus all of those trees? Guts, heart, and determination! That’s what the Irish played with all night but in the end, what woulda, coulda, shoulda happened, ended with an…6 ticks remaining on the clock…one last shot…were we in for another Duke-Kentucky finish?…5 ticks…Was this going to be another fairy book story like Duke over UNLV?…4 ticks, Villanova over Georgetown?…3 ticks, ND ending UCLA’s 88 game winning streak in ’74?…2 ticks, after 20 lead changes and 12 ties, 1 tick…AIR BALL!!! The 37-0 Wildcats improved to 38-0. They are seeking to become the first undefeated champion in 39 years. Not since Bobby Knights 1976 Indiana Hoosiers have we had an undefeated champion and Big Blue is now just 2 wins away from immortality.

It’s March and it’s MADDENING…Already!!

“It’s Awesome, Baaby”! No truer words were ever spoken by the great Dickie V when it comes to the month of March MadnessMarch.

Conference championships on the line, conference tournaments to be played, and the dream of going to the “Big Dance” is one deflected ball away. This is what we basketball junkies live for…the one and done mentality. Win and move on. Lose and go home. Teams, players, and coaches you may not of ever heard about can be immortalized with one miracle shot that cuts the heart out of the heavy favorite. Upsets, teams playing NOT to lose, and Bracket Busters are all what makes March Madness the greatest month in all of sports! ( So what if it now bleeds into April )

Busted…Brackets and Dreams

The brackets aren’t even out yet ( next Sunday night at 6:00 PM on CBS ) and the insanity has already started. Dartmouth’s miracle win last night, Wichita State being shocked yesterday, Kentucky gunning for a perfect season, and the stunning announcement in Syracuse on Friday are events leading us up to the main event – March Madness.

Jerry Jones and Chris Christies Hug in the Sky Box

Who the What happens when a country star takes a cheap shot at a NFL team owner at a US Politician on ESPN  CONTROVERSY!

Christie’s embrace of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Sunday evening set off a torrent of online mocking of the Garden State governor who roots not for the Giants, Jets or Eagles, but the Cowboys.

For those of you who missed it…Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones shared a victory hug with New Jersey governor  Chris Christie who was a guest in the team owners sky box during last weeks playoffs between the Cowboys and the Lions.

When the Cowboys made their last big play to “seal the deal” to take on the Green Bay Packers in the conference semi finals…there was a totally innocent exchange of hugs between Jones, his son, Christie as well as several others who were also watching the game from the box.

For some reason,  ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”  host  Bob Ley was interviewing country singer, wannabe politician Kinky Friedman when the subject of “the male embrace” came up….It was then that Friedman suggested there were shenanigans in the owner’s box.  WHOOPS!

Watch Video Here

 UPDATE: ESPN has apologized after Kinky Friedman’s homosexual remarks about Jerry Jones and Chris Christie.

ESPN Sports Anchor Stuart Scott Dies as 49

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has died at the age of 49.  In 2007, Scott was diagnosed with cancer. After going into remission, he was again diagnosed with cancer on January 14, 2013.

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Scott, who joined ESPN in 1993 was the host of the networks segment “SportsNight.”  In July, he was awarded the Jimmy V Perservance ESPY Award which is an accolade presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony.

It was then that he shared about he was battling cancer  again and that he had four surgeries in seven days in the week prior to his appearance, when he was suffering from liver complications and kidney failure.  Stuart Scott told the audience: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

Scott was considered to be  a staple on “SportsCenter.” His knowledge, generosity and spirit made him a favorite of  sports fans and colleagues.  He became a national superstar using catchphrases like “Boo-yah,” “Call him butter, he’s on a roll” and “Cooler than the other side of the pillow.”  More about Stuart Scott here

Stuart Scott Catch Phrases Continued

 

ABK…Anybody But Kentucky!!

The Final 4 is now set for Saturday, April 5 with Florida playing UConn and Kentucky battling Wisconsin. Show of hands. How many of you had these pairings? A 1 seed, a 2 seed, a 7 seed, and an 8 seed – not quite what the committee had in mind when the brackets came out on Selection Sunday! Of this group, you could see Florida making it and with a few breaks, maybe Wisconsin. But no one in their right mind would have picked UConn and only the diehard fanatics from the Bluegrass State remotely gave the Wildcats the slimmest of chances.

Speaking of Kentucky, I am pulling for Wisconsin to take them out. Listen, I used to be a Kentucky fan. The tradition, the legendary coaches, the flow of All Americans. You mention college basketball and the first program that comes to your mind is Kentucky. But Kentucky today represents everything that is wrong with college basketball. They have a slick Used Car Salesman running the asylum, no one ever graduates from there anymore, and the one and done player is rushed to the NBA – usually too soon and they fall flat on their face. I get it. It is a different era today but the university is doing nothing to prepare the kids for the future. And guess what? Nothing is going to change anytime soon. Coach Cal will get the 1 year players and their fan base will go crazy over some 18 year old that gets in school, never goes to class, and drops out of school on April 8 to pursue his life long dream of playing in the NBA. By the way, as much as I despise Coach Cal and the program now, he has done his best coaching job ever this year with this group. If Kentucky beats Wisconsin, I will be rooting for the winner of Florida and UConn to take down the Wildcats for the title!

Throughout all of the Madness, there truly have been some great games. Last night’s game between Arizona and Wisconsin was one for the ages. If you look at Michigan State’s performance today, you would have to say that their titanic clash with UVA on Friday took their legs away. I had that game circled on my bracket as maybe the best game of the tournament and it lived up to the hype. Dayton’s run was magical, Harvard, Mercer, and North Dakota State gave the “mid majors” continued notoriety. With a blink of an eye, perennial powerhouses like Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas were bounced out early. All of the ESPN Talking Heads has Michigan State cutting down the nets in the end.

Something has got to change with the replay system. Five minutes to get it right?? How come Little League Baseball gets it right in 15 seconds. When you watch the Little League World Series and there is a controversial call, they go to the camera and 15 seconds later we have the call…the correct call. These yahoos referring the college game meet before they go to the monitor, look at 6 camera angles, come to mid court to talk about it, go back to the camera, talk about it some more, let the coaches know of their decision and 3 beers later, make the call. This needs to get fixed NOW!

Now for my picks. I like Florida over UConn and Wisconsin beating Kentucky. Florida vs. Wisconsin would be a great pairing for the championship. Billy the Kid has won 2 NCAA Championships and the Grizzly coaching vet Bo Ryan is looking for his first. Wait a minute…I just thought of something! Let’s have Florida play Kentucky. An SEC match up for the championship?? NOOOOO!!! YESSSSSS!!! SEC!SEC!SEC! I love the way that sounds…another SEC national champion.

 

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