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The magical day has finally arrived. Final 4 Saturday is truly one of, if not the greatest, day in all sports. With a full week of hype, assessments, analysis, interviews, and preparation, we can now sit back and watch one of the best Final 4 pairings of all time. Think about it…Coach K and Tom Izzo. Coach Cal and Bo Ryan. All four of these men are the epitome of being a college coach. All 4 will be Hall of Famers. And all have done it a different way and took a different path to get there. Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. Legendary schools and giants in the world of college sports. Some of you out there hate this scenario – top seeds making it to the end. You were hoping for a Cinderella story and your brackets were filled with early round upsets. Not this year! Others love it! Chalk prevailed (for the most part) for one of the few times even though State wasn’t a top seed.
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 Awesome, Baaby”! No truer words were ever spoken by the great Dickie V when it comes to the month of March.
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 )
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.
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!
UPDATE: ESPN has apologized after Kinky Friedman’s homosexual remarks about Jerry Jones and Chris Christie.
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.
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