Zach’s a good guesser


If you’re going to lose your NCAA bracket pool, you might as well lose it to a guy who gets paid to write about college basketball. Going into the final I was up on the big guy by a few points, and had OSU over Florida, while Zach had Florida over OSU. It all came down to the last game, winner take all, and… well we all know what happened there. So congratulations Zach, you’re a damn good guesser, and your brother ain’t bad either. Adam snuck in to the No. 2 spot by guessing the winner, even though he had Texas in the final. Good thing we didn’t have any money on this thing. So once again, good work Zach, and happy Passover.

We’re 65, Bitch

We’ve never bought that saying, “We’re 65!” for a motherfucking second.

The NIT winner could probably beat over half of the NCAA Tournament field and Wisconsin on a yearly basis. So when West Fuckin Virgina puts the hammer down and prevents a team from the Confederate Flag-flying state of South Carolina from winning its third-straight NIT championship (South Carolina had won two straight titles), we don’t want to here, “We’re 65!”

Instead, the NIT reveals something much greater. The winner is one of very few teams to win its last game of the season. You have the NCAA champ, the NIT champ, and maybe a few teams so bad they didn’t make their conference tourney, but somehow won their last regular-season game.

So this brings up an interesting question: What would you rather have your favorite team (let’s say the Washington Huskies, because really, who’s favorite team isn’t the Huskies?) do: win the NIT or go out in, say, the second round of the Dance?

We’d probably go with NIT champ, in all honesty. Winning a game in the Tourney is great, but winning the last game of the season is a unique feeling that not too many teams can experience. And getting to hang a championship banner ain’t half bad either.

So West Fuckin Virginia, we’re envious. Cherish being the NIT champs. Because you’re a whole lot better than No. 65, no matter what those douchebags at UVA tell you.

And for five credits you can bang a disease-free prostitute

News coming out of South Florida in the last 24 hours is not about the Florida basketball team. (Though we’re not sure Gainesville is in South Florida anyway, and frankly we don’t give a fuck; Florida is one, big, happy, hot-ass babe, sunshine-y state as far as we’re concerned).

Lynn University, in Boca Raton, is giving students in its Sports Management program three credits to go to the Final Four, a Georgia Tech baseball game and a Thrashers hockey game.

They also have to do actual work that consists of whatever it is that they do for work at Lynn U, which we can’t imagine is much.

We’d also like to think that a few of the kids will get laid from that slutty girl who sits in the back row in the five-star hotel they’re probably staying in, and that the Emilio Estevez character will take a few lines of pure, uncut cocaine.

Still. Pretty cool. We once dropped a deuce in a pretty dirty bathroom at U-Dub. The brevity aside, we thought it was at least worth a credit.

Fuck a bracket: Ohio State can suck it

This time of year — time of year being a.) Spring, b.) March, c.) March fucking Madness, d.) when all the sorority girls come out of the fucking woods wearing outfits that beg you to ask, “How much” — people tend to have skewed rooting interests.

For example, we have money, pride and a night with our girl wrapped up in theOhio State. So naturally we were rooting for them. But should we have?

C’mon. The Buckeyes fucking stole those two games. Xavier had ’em. Tennessee really had ’em.

Said Vols coach Bruce Pearl after the game, “THE BEARS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!!”

Fuck are the Bears, Bruce?

It’s not that we dislike OSU — Oden is a gigantic G and Ron Lewis’ G status is rapidly ascending — but the Buckeyes probably didn’t deserve to win either of those games. Seems the other teams more lost them than Ohio State won them. Either way, doesn’t really matter.

But today when rooting for your team(s), just think for a second who your team really is. The one you have money on or the one you’d ordinarily want to win? With that, go Butler!

Oh, and Bruce Pearl probably ate his team in the locker room after the game. Brutal loss. Just brutal.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL!!!! CBS SPORTS!!! THIS IS MARCH MADNESS!!!!!!!

You were watching the Madness Saturday, right? For 10 hours? Forming a definte ass groove? Good. So were we.

And how could those eight games — perhaps the best all-around day of NCAA Tourney action in a while — gotten even better? Only if Gus Johnson called all eight of them! (He called the Ohio State/Xavier thriller with video below, and the solid game between A&M and The ‘Ville).

We’ve always found that a good broadcaster can make a dull game exciting and a bad play-by-play guy can ruin the greatest of games.

Johnson made good games that much better Saturday.

One of the open threads over at Deadspin Saturday became the Gus Johnson thread. Some of the better comments:

-From Phony Gwnn: “WOW. Gus Johnson is going to spontaneously combust.”
-From Carmen McFanzone: “Gus is now at Defcon 5.”

You get the point. Johnson gets waaay excited and puts an exclamation point after pretty much everything he says. IT’S SATURDAY!!! I HAVE TO GO THE BATHROOM!!!!!!! I’LL HAVE THE TUNA MELT!!!11!!!1!!

Brilliant.

Simultaneously, NFL pregame host James Brown has gotten out of the studio and has been calling college basketball games for the first time in about 10 years. And as The Big Lead points out, yeah, perhaps Brown would be better off in the studio.

“And plus there’s no Gus Johnson, so that stinks. On the plus side, we won’t have to suffer through the awfulness that is James Brown. He’s great in the studio when NFL is your sport; he may be the worst play-by-play guy in college hoops.”

Indeed.

Turns out though, that CBS brass has about zero idea what people actually want, and Johnson’s duties will be “curtailed,” as Brown will take over Johnson’s duties calling the Regional Semis and Finals.

Remember how we said above that a bad announcer can dull even the best of games? Yeah, Brown might just do that when it really matters. At least Gus went out on a high note.

Oh, and CUBDUMB has a great post with some of Johnson’s greatest hits. A must read/watch.

THIS IS MARCH MADNESS!!!!!!!

[Update: The Hog Blogger has nice best of Gus, and my boy Mr. Irrelevant has a nice take on this too.]

Your home for March Madness…

…Is certainly not here.

But we’ll tell you where to go.

*Our homeboys at WBRS Sports Blog will be live-blogging the shit out of the Tourney today.

*Same goes for Awful Announcing. Always doing stellar work, AA will be assisted by Run up the Score, Extrapolater and One More Dying Quail tomorrow over at Awful Annoucning. Stop on by.

*Oh. Deadspin too. Our boy Dan Shanoff will be live-blogging there, as well as the omnipresent Mighty MJD.

Between those three sites (if there are others, email us or drop a comment and we’ll update the post) you practically won’t have to watch the games. But you’re skipping work, right? Right?

My Boys are Getting Hated On

As a Virginia Alum I’m always intrigued when a major sports media outlet features my team, seeing as we’re not exactly a major sports powerhouse. So naturally I was interested in this article by Doug Gottlieb over on ESPN.com. Now you can only read the whole thing if you’re an Insider (thanks ESPN) so I’ll sum it up for you. It says the Wahoos have no business being a 4 seed considering they played a pretty easy schedule (except ya know, the ACC season), and only won one meaningful game on the road (at Maryland). It also compares UVA to Texas, also a 4 seed, and a team that looks to be quite a bit stronger. His beef isn’t so much that we got the 4 seed, it’s that there shouldn’t be such a discrepancy in the quality of the equal seeds in different regions.

Now it’s no surprise that UVA didn’t win away from the brand spankin’ new John Paul Jones arena, because our football and basketball teams have NEVER won anything away from home (road or neutral) since I’ve been a Virginia fan. Now our soccer and lacrosse teams, that’s a different story. The one thing I think he misses is that we came one win away from winning the ACC regular season title, and instead shared it with UNC. This is from a team picked to finish 8th in the conference. That’s a big accomplishment and I like that it was rewarded with a good seed.

My point is, I’m happy to see my boys in the tournament for the first time since, what 2001? 2002? I’m too lazy to find out. My sophomore year of college – does that work for you? That being said, I pretty much agree with ol’ Doug and I think we bow out early. I have us going down to the creamsicle boys (that would be Tennessee) in the 2nd round, while I have Texas making the Final Four. So the guy is right, we shouldn’t be a 4 seed. Or Texas shouldn’t. Or both. What do I know? There’s a reason Zach writes this blog full time and I only chip in now and then.

GO WAHOOS!!

-Jameson Costello