A collection of my tweets from Monday night’s championship game… Enjoy!
6:01 – How the hell did Diddy get this intro? And are there any actual lyrics in this song? All I hear is “let’s work.”
5:58 – All the experts are picking Duke. I’m gonna say it right now, Butler is winning this thing.
6:07 – Anyone else realize what BS that NCAA “Where does the money go” commercials is? Short answer: into the pockets of our executives.
6:08 – I’m sorry, the money is not going to the kids. It’s just not. And anyone who believes otherwise is delusional.
6:11 – Over/under on how many coaches Tracy Wolfson has slept with: five. I would bet every dollar I have that she’s done Nick Saban.
6:21 – As much as I hate bandwagon Duke fans, the Duke student section is the best in college sports. The Cameron Crazies have no equal.
6:22 – Side note – Did you know Duke only has 6,000 undergrads. Seriously. (http://tinyurl.com/y8cc5f2) Makes the Cameron Crazies that much more impressive.
6:37 – I think Don “Moose” Lewis (http://tinyurl.com/ya33ltr) would love how this game is going right now. Very fundamental.
6:39 – I don’t know if there’s a single first-rd draft pick on either of these teams. I think Singler and Zoubek could make a roster, but that’s it.
6:48 – Butler is making ALL the hustle plays. And Duke just got its second traveling call in two minutes. Seriously…
7:03 – “Veasley’s gotta think about pulling that out, giving up so much size inside, after whipping it out.” – Clark Kellogg
7:08 – Jukes missed the dunk. The only black player on the court just blew a dunk. SMH.
7:12 – The first commercial for the Apple Maxipad. Am I the only person that realizes this thing is just a laptop without a keyboard?
7:19 – They’re replaying the Da’Sean Butler–Bob Huggins makeout. Priceless.
7:24 – I love Evan Turner, I think he’s one of four players this year who will make it in the NBA. POY he is not.
7:25 – Ask yourself this question: If you were making a college basketball team, who would your first pick be?
7:25 – If you said anyone other than John Wall, you’re either an idiot or just lying to yourself.
7:28 – Greg Gumbel’s perm still bothers me.
7:36 – I just looked up Greg Gumbel on Wikipedia and he’s 63-years-old. He’s 63! That’s incredible. This makes his perm even more offensive.
7:38 – I just realized how much Zoubek looks like Zangief from Street Fighter down there on the block.
7:45 – When did Kyle Singler become the white LeBron James?
7:47 – Seriously. Who is this kid in the Kyle Singler jersey? Because it can’t be Kyle Singler. I refuse to believe it.
7:51 – I’m going to start calling Zoubek “Zangief.” It’s official.
7:52 – Big basket by Zangief.
7:53 – Zangief gets his fourth foul. Damn it! I’ve been entertaining myself by imagining him cursing at the referees in broken Russian.
7:54 – Side note: I live in a house with two other supposed-heterosexual males and I am on the couch watching this game alone.
8:11 – Zangief puts too much mustard on the ball and throws it into the backcourt. I’m imagining him cursing in Russian again.
8:17 – There’s a little less than five minutes left and one of two things is going to happen: Singler is going to become a Duke legend or he’s going to lose them the game.
8:18 – Singler has absolutely taken over this game. He’s been the best player on the floor, by a mile, all night. This is officially his game.
8:24 – Duke finally makes a “we want it more” play to force a jump ball. That was big.
8:26 – Singler travels. I think the pressure might be getting to him.
8:28 – Holy shit! Howard just nailed the layup in Zangief’s grill. I imagine Zangief screaming, “Idi na xuy husesos! Mne pohui!”
8:28 – I google’d Russian swear words.
8:29 – Duke up one, 49 seconds left. Duke ball. It’s gotta go to Singler. It’s just gotta. Coach K must know this.
8:30 – Singler bricks off the front of the rim. Yup, pressure got to him.
8:30 – Great rebound by Zangief, by the way. Too bad he lost it off his foot.
8:33 – And we’re back. Butler down one, 13.6 seconds left. Butler ball. Just realized Butler has no go-to guy.
8:34 – Zangief is guarding the inbound pass. He forces Butler to use its last time out. “Na kaleni, suka!”
8:35 – Hayward on the fadeaway jumper?! WHAT?! You have got to be kidding me.
8:35 – Great play by Zangief. He’s been great .
8:37 – The heave…oh…wow. That was close. If you didn’t like that game, you hate America.
8:38 – Zangief runs down the court screaming, “Pokazhi pizdu detka! Pokazhi pizdu detka! Pokazhi pizdu detka!”
The first two rounds of the 2010 NCAA Tournament have been overrun with upsets. And though my brackets are officially busted (I bet youre pretty much in the same boat), I have enjoyed the drama.
So at this point I say keep it coming. Lets see Cornell or Northern Iowa in the Final Four. Heck, for that matter, lets see one of them in the title game! Now that would be exciting.
Fill out up to five different brackets, and the winner will get something really cool, like a T-Shirt or something. Hope to see you all there!
If you know anything about sports, you know that in single-elimination tournaments the best team isn’t always the one that walks away with the championship. Everyone is making arguments for who the best team in the nation is right now, but that’s not what really matters. What matters is which team can pull a win out of nowhere when it counts.
These are the five teams that, no matter where they’re seeded or who they’re playing, I wouldn’t put my money against.
Two words: Greivis Vasquez. The Terps play pathetic defense, they lost to William & Mary (ALWAYS an indicator to lower expectations) and the ACC is the weakest it’s been in my lifetime. But despite all this, that fiery Venezuelan has a win-at-all-costs cockiness that makes great players into legends.
I personally believe the Orange are the best team in the tournament this year. They’re very well coached, they’re poised and they’ve got great size. Syracuse is dangerous because they’re hungry. Coach Boeheim hasn’t won a title in seven years and I think he’s the kind of coach that takes it personally. Also, the Big East so much better than every other conference in college basketball it’s almost pathetic.
The Hoyas are the best team in the country when they want to be. When they don’t want to be, they’re almost painful to watch. Watching them beat Villanova and then annihilate Duke, I really thought they were going to make a run at a number one seed. But when they fell to USF, Rutgers and Notre Dame, I let go of that thought real quick. Still, when they’re good, they’re very, very good.
The Vols have beaten everyone worth beating this year and they’ve done it every way you can possibly imagine. They’ve won short-handed, they’ve won as the favorite, they’ve won on the road, they’ve won by beating the other team inside and by killing teams with the three. This team is short on talent, but big on heart and they’re very well coached. Most importantly, they play with the confidence that they can beat anyone.
This is hands-down the most athletic team in the nation. If they didn’t all play together, I think the combination of Wall-Cousins-Patterson could legitimately go 1-2-3 in the NBA draft. They’re that good. The most dangerous thing about Kentucky is that they haven’t put together a full game yet. Every competitive game they’ve been in this year, they played down to the competition until crunch time, then turned it on. In terms of sheer athleticism, no one can touch this team. It’s just a matter of whether they’ll be able to turn it on when it counts.