The Greatest Day Ever

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Today marks the real beginning of the NCAA Tournament and one of my favorite days all year. The upsets, the overtimes, the buzzer-beaters, the Cinderellas… It all starts today.

Here what I’ll be watching:

6 Murray St. vs. 11 Colorado St.
Are the Racers for real or have they been the benefactors of a dreadful schedule? Has Colorado State been “tested” against a tough MWC schedule or are they as mediocre as their record would indicate? We’ll get the answers today and hopefully see Isaiah Cannon put on a show.

Early Exit Artists
Will the Louisville Cardinals and Vanderbilt Commodores continue their trend of high seeds and early exits? Logic tells you that with Louisville being the Big East tournament champs and Vanderbilt taking the SEC tournament title over #1 Kentucky this should be a no-brainer. My gut still tells me to trust neither win as a given against tough first round opponents.

Is Kentucky Still Kentucky?
After steam-rolling through the regular season, the Wildcats looked anything but dominant in the SEC tournament. Was that a result of a lack of motivation or a sign of regression? We might not get a full answer against an over-matched WKU squad, but it will be interesting to see if the Cats start strong.

There’s just no equivalent to the excitement of knowing you’re going to see so many games that mean so much for each team’s players, coaches, and fans. It’s the NFL playoffs turned up to 11. It’s the NBA playoffs, if the players cared. It’s March Madness and it knows no peer.

Luke Warm Linkage

Maybe you should make a bigger pile?

Bringing March Madness to Soccer?

Gus Johnson is widely regarded as one of the best announcers in television. And when he’s paired with the incomparable Bill Raftery, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament becomes a little more special.

Thanks to YouTube user pbombz24, we can now know how Johnson and Raftery would sound calling the beautiful game. For instance, if the U.S. needed a last minute goal to advance from the group stage…

I still get chill-bumps watching that goal. The sound of Johnson and Raftery just make it even better. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!

College Basketball Final 2010 Top 25

The EJSIC Top 25: NCAA Basketball
April 7th, 2010
Pre-season poll, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13, Week 14, Week 15, Week 16, Week 17

The season is over and Duke stands alone on top of the giant pile of crap that was the 2010 College Basketball season. What you and I really care about, though, is how all the teams stacked up when the season is measured on the whole. Well, the Jerks have spoken and the results are below:

1. Duke 35-5 (16-3) (94 – 2)
…..National Champion
1. Kentucky 35-3 (17-2) (94-1)
…..NCAA Elite 8
3. Kansas 33-3 (18-1) (93-1)
…..NCAA Second Round
4. Syracuse 30-5 (15-4) (89)
…..NCAA Sweet 16
5. West Virginia 31-7 (16-5) (86)
…..NCAA Final Four

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Luke Warm Linkage

How about another one, Lord.  Just for old-times sake?

Ben Folds takes a shot at this Chatroulette thing.

The Apocalypse is Nigh, Tennessee in the Elite 8

Wayne Chism and his logic defying headband will be performing in the Elite 8 for the first time ever.

As a friend of mine suggested, the time has come to stock up on canned food, bottled water, and firearms. The end is obviously near.

The Tennessee Volunteers have made the Elite 8 for the first time in their program’s history. Alan Houston, Ernie & Bernie, Ron “Probably Gay” Slay… None of them accomplished what this year’s Vols have managed.

In doing so, the Volunteers have proven the “addition by subtraction” theory with the absence of All-SEC performer Tyler Smith. As you might expect, having a gun toting drug dealer on your roster is never helpful, no matter how talented he might be. The team field trips to the corner to settle up with Pookie were obviously distracting the Vols from their true potential.

Sure, Tennessee caught a break when Georgetown crapped the bed against Ohio, but the Vols of years past would have figured out a way to screw that up too. Not this year’s Volunteers, though.

Despite having a 4/5 who thinks he’s a 2 and a 2 who thinks he’s already a year late for the league, the Vols have managed to play and win as a team. Believe it or not, they’ve also decided to play a little defense as well. Crazy, I know.

So, here’s a toast to the Mighty Balls. You’ve waited a long time for this. Here’s hoping all the three chucking, pot smoking, gun toting, and chest painting anticipation was worth it.