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My Crappy NCAA Tournament Picks: Day 1

Here are what my crappy NCAA picks look like after the first day of play

A quick review: If my brackets are getting busted, it’s worth it to have Duke lose in the 1st round!  Luckily I had them losing in the Sweet 16 to UCLA anyways.  And what the fuck was I thinking take Stanfraud lol!  I must have gotten carried away thinking about their inside game.  Then again, I should’ve known better — never take a team whose center is named Robin.  What the hell kind of guys name is Robin?!?  And oh yeah, you like that purdy green East bracket baby!

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March Madness Memory No. 2

In the spirit of March Madness…I will be counting down my Top 5 favorite moments of the tournament all week long…the shot that made him great…or so we thought

God I love that play. I can watch it again and again, year after year, and never get sick of it.

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3. Bryce Drew 3ptr puts Valpo on the map

4. Northwestern St. 3ptr beats Iowa at the buzzer

5. Chris Webber’s timeout

My Crappy NCAA Men’s Tournament Picks

You already know how I feel about picking brackets and March Madness in general…so let me forewarn you: Pray you don’t have anything that resembles the following:

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FINAL FOUR

GO BRUINS!!!

March Madness Memory No. 3

In the spirit of March Madness…I will be counting down my Top 5 favorite moments of the tournament all week long…#3, it’s all about the Drews…coach Homer Drew’s son Bryce…the shot that makes you remember the name Valparaiso

I’ll never forget that one.

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4. Northwestern St. 3ptr beats Iowa at the buzzer

5. Chris Webber’s timeout

Oregon AD Pat Kilkenny Rules

There aren’t many occassions when I hear or read of an event that makes me say, damn, that was cool. But reading about what Oregon’s Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny did on Tuesday, I have to say “Damn, that was cool.”

55 members of Oregon’s student spirit group, the Pit Crew, camped out all night to get NCAA tournament tickets to watch their Oregon Ducks play in Spokane. Much to their delight, AD Pat Kilkenny showed up with his wife and treated the students to coffee and muffins. The couple had a much better surprise in store for the students:

Then came the announcement that the tickets ($56 per ticket, per game) were taken care of. Same goes for the bus, an idea [Pit Crew President Robert] Griesinger said he’d been pushing various people to consider for some time. Kilkenny, he said, called him one up one day and said he’d make it happen — and he did. [Kilkenny said] “If they’re anything like I was when I was in college, they’re broke.”

What an awesome thing to do. Who actually follows up on a lofty promise like that? I was never one of the fans that camped out for tickets — probably because I had a media pass to most games, but I couldn’t even imagine what sort of treat that must’ve been.

Pat Kilkenny, I will never forget you and your generous action. Congratulations on stepping up and delivering.

March Madness Memory No. 4

In the spirit of March Madness…I will be counting down my Top 5 favorite moments of the tournament all week long…#4 Northwestern St. who? A 14 seed? Beating a 3 seed? Surely you caunt be serious?

Just when you thought their dreams were crushed, Northwestern St. got the ball back and knocked down the game winner. Poor Iowa.

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5. Chris Webber’s timeout

ESPN Crashes the Tourney Party

ESPN’s choice of interviews following CBS’s selection show on Sunday was quite interesting. While CBS had television feeds piped into teams celebrating because they had just been selected to play in the big dance, ESPN took the counter-view.

One by one they filed in for interviews. Head coaches for three of the eight teams appearing on ESPN’s list of biggest at-large snubs were interviewed. If you were watching, you saw Bob Huggins of Kansas St., Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, and Bruiser Flint of Drexel all state their case as to why they got robbed of a bid.

Considering the fact that CBS holds the television rights to the tournament, it’s not a huge surprise that ESPN initially took a counter-approach. I do have to give kudos to ESPN for their post-tournament selection coverage. I thought it was great TV; I’d much rather hear an interview with a pissed off coach of a team that feels it got jobbed than an interview with a coach excited that his program will be making a first round exit.

Once they got done with the snub interviews, they moved on with true tournament analysis — it was an excellent hour of tournament programming.