Thursday, March 16, 2006

32 Cheerleading Squads in 12 Hours


Reactions to Day 1 of the Madness:

Why is it in college that you can find the occasional hot female athlete or a cute female science whiz, but you will never, NEVER find a hot band chick? Is there something in the metal of a flute that causes untreatable acne and random, long hairs to grow out of the face? Can't one of the hot science whizzes get a grant to research this phenomenon?

It finally happened...with every member of the media stroking Gerry McNamara's "ego" all week long, he was bound to strain his groin. Running around the court with all the intensity of Randy Moss in the 4th quarter of a blowout, McNamara was useless to his team. But I really thought that the rest of Syracuse would be able to rally around him. It's not like their head coach said something like his team couldn't win 10 bleepin' games in a season without him. Oops...

Here's how CBS announcer Kevin Harlan reacted to Tennessee's Chris Lofton's game-winning buzzer-beating shot against Winthrop: "Where did he get the courage to take that shot?" Well Kevin, I'm just spit-balling here, but I'm going to guess that the clock ticking down to zero, and everyone screaming "SHOOT" empowered him just a little bit...

If a player was dribbling in the middle of the court and suddenly grabbed the ball and fired it into the chest or face of a defender right in front of him, it's a pretty safe bet that he'd be T'd up for that move. And yet, if a player is falling out of bounds and does the exact same thing, it's smart basketball. Makes no sense to me at all; but neither does granting a timeout to a player who's flying out of bounds...

For any of the UCLA hopeful out there, Darren Collison looked a lot like a young Tyus Edney in sparking the Bruins to a 34 point victory over those other Bruins from Belmont. I'm not saying Collinson's going to lead this team to the national title, but at the very least, there might be a future for him in the Euroleague...

Smart move by Bud Selig to schedule the elimination game for the USA team on opening night of the NCAAs. Since absolutely noone was watching the United States lose to Mexico, did it ever really happen???

The pod system in the first two rounds of the tournament has been a useful way to allow schools to play a little closer to home while still splitting teams from the same conference into different regions. However I'm a little worried as to the impact this is going to have on the education of today's youths. Most high school geography teachers are just wrestling coaches who are trying to stay out of harm's way; and now we've got the NCAA convincing thousands of kids that San Diego is in close proximity to Washington D.C.. That could lead to lower test scores, which are really going to hurt kids' chances of getting into college- well, the ones who can't hit a jump shot at least...

It's going to be a long flight back to San Diego. If you ever wondered what the expression, "finding a way to lose" meant, just watch the highlights of the Aztecs matchup against Indiana. San Diego State absolutely dominated 19 minutes of the 2nd half, but that last minute was one they'd like to forget. The Aztecs turned the ball over on their last two meaningful possessions. First, while having the ball and a one point lead with only a six second differential between the shot clock and game clock, Brandon Heath dribbled the ball off his leg leading to a jump ball with Indiana having the arrow. The Hoosiers made a 3 point shot off of a broken play to take a two point lead, but there was still time on the clock for the Aztecs to run a play. The Aztecs responded by throwing the ball out of bounds on the inbounds play, and just like that, what looked like a historic victory for San Diego State basketball turned into a bitter loss. The only silver lining (other than the fact that I won my wager) is that SDSU is currently on spring break, so most of the student body is probably getting drunk on Rosarito Beach right now. And now the Aztec basketball team will be back in time to watch tomorrow's wet t-shirt contest...So I guess everyone is a winner...

2 Comments:

At Fri Mar 17, 08:07:00 AM PST , Anonymous greg said...

I said exactly the same thing watching the TN game. Courage to shoot? He only had 2 seconds. What else was he going to do?

I also hate the "flying out of bounds timeout call". Especially when I see them do it 2 minutes into a game. Is that possesion with 18:00 on the clock in the first half really that important, enough to burn a TO?

 
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