Wednesday, April 09, 2008 - 02:16 PM
Every wins comes with a price. And every winners makes someone else a loser. That's just the way it is. And even when the best and closest comes last, there's still a loser at the Dance. Cuz only one team in tournament nation can win their final game. And this year, to the sighs of poolers everywhere and great rejoicing in the streets, that winner is Kansas....and that loser is Memphis.
And then there was light.
Sunday, April 06, 2008 - 05:36 AM
I'll tell you what, I don't even know where to begin. In the Year of the Blowout, nothing but the aforementioned should surprise us, right? But truth be told, a week of trying to separate myself from the misery of my picks, a desire to distance myself from the distinct disdain I have for the first real NBA team Memphis has ever had, a realization that only a dismantling of the Tigers would toss Seuss from his shot at the top, and a little bit of travel must have forced a bit of Who-ism amnesia upon me. For it wasn't until the waining moments of the UCLA blowout that it all came crashing up on me. And I know now what I must do. If can't beat them, join them. And it is apparent that no one can. But it won't be easy, because I FUKCING hate Memphis.
Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 09:45 PM
And now I know how you feel. It was simply a matter of time before I got shed from the Top Ten...since sometime in the second round when Georgetown got bounced by Davidson. It was a wild ride for the 'Cats, upsetting the Bulldogs, the Hoyas, and the Badgers before their tilt with Kansas to close Round IV. And they became an unlikely team to hinge your hopes on. But as irony would have it, the lowest rated team in the Elite Eight put feline fear in the heart of Jayhawks faithful everywhere. In the process, they gave us the closest game we've had in what seems like weeks.
Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 01:03 AM
What started out as a terrible round, ended with the weekend's most exciting game. Until about five minute mark of the second half anyway. And I guess, like so many displays in sport, you need to gain the experience little by little before you get it all. Like Davidson for example. They make the tourney last year, they make a run this year. So in that regard, it makes sense that in order for us to have full, 40 minute games of competition, we had to grow from 10 to 20 to 30 minutes. So here's to hoping we've paid our dues and Sunday's games give us some competition. Cuz outside of the first 35 of UCLA-Louisville, we haven't seen a real hoops game since now eliminated Xavier eeked past West Virgina, light years ago.
Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 03:25 PM
After a week of lock down on hoops....spending time with the family, playing house with your wife...it was time for basketball in Round III. Nothing offered greater promise that this sight of a bracket with 8 teams still playing and a Michigan State game amongst them. Life was good. And after Thursday rolled past, we were all ready for some quality hoops action...close games, tip-ins and buzzer beaters....and Sparty Domination!!
Friday, March 28, 2008 - 06:07 AM
On a night like Thursday, there are really only two games that matter. Unless a big dog went down, the UCLA and UNC games were bound to be more like area84's x-girlfriends because they were boring, than because they provided any sort of separation. And so it turned out to be that both 1-seed tilts tuned more into a showcase of sleepiness than anything else, Western Kentucky's late game push not withstanding. Cuz in the end, this games proved nothing except that survive and advance it all that matters, especially if you've got some flavor of baby blue playing next weekend.
Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 09:59 PM
Hold onto it for as long as you can. Cling to it when nothing else tells you you should. Let go of it, and it's over. Just like the heat seeker that brought donneitzel crashing back to reality, Sunday brought for a new day. A day full of promise and upside...and eight games on the docket. Rising fast in the night were three poolers with their eyes on the prizes and their sights on destiny. Just as SteveOh continued his history of first round sandbagging and late round numbers, Bracketboy posted an Oh-tying mark for most points in the second round heading into Sunday. And while both Steve and bb finished Sunday at the top of that column, it was the newbie who joined them that was making all the headlines...
Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 03:48 PM
Round II opened significance with West Virginia outting Duke. With that victory in the books, the leader board starting turning over like Eric Gordon in the second half. Ever so silently, FiL slipped into the top spot, where for now (please God make it just for now), he's still the clubhouse leader. But before West Virginia went all Mountaineery on Duke, the leader board shook deeply, for no apparent reason. But oh, there was reason aplenty...
Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 07:05 AM
Something dark veiled the direction this thing was going, llike deep midnight fog, shouldering the mast of a listing, distant bouy. Out like a lamb, up like a lion they say...or something like that. Thursday's density gave way to heavy weather by gametime on Friday and it sank upon the favorites like a weight of steel, pressing them down...dragging them down, submersing them. Or so it seemed, as Drake, UConn and Gonzaga capsizings brought forth opportunity for 19 UDogs. And that was all before dinner! KABOOM. There's something in the salt on the gulfside. Two thirteen seeds prevailed on the same day for the first time ever, and they happened at the same site. Two twelves go down and they're there, too. It happened. Tampa happened.
Friday, March 21, 2008 - 10:03 AM
After hours of toiling with the duct tape and chicken wire, I finally gave up in the wee hours of the am...falling victim to this damn thing called the Internet...filing my thoughts into a slumber of soft, sleepy snores. I knew, though the masses were disconnected, that my evening went the way of the tourney on Thursday, fairly sleepy. The bracket and water, the same. I wondered aloud (much to the dismay of Comet Girl) as to whether the disconnect was an indicator of things to come. And as I finally fell off to sleep, the moments that consumed Day I started to fade into oblivion, marching toward their eventual place alongside things like L'hopital Rule, a listing of the complete works of Saul Bellow and capitol of Botswana: things I used to know but now need to look up. And to me, it's only fitting they fall there, for as snoozy as Thursday may have been, we're all looking up...at two flyers after Day One...
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