Thursday, March 20, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
If some of you didn’t have a chance to watch the presentation of this year’s slate of 65 on Sunday afternoon late, well, I am here to fill you in.
All of these announcement shows follow pretty much the same format. And I would be the first to admit that if you are expecting a hair-raising thrill ride, then you would probably be better off prepping for “Deal or no Deal.”
Of course, sports journalists perhaps view it in a different light. Most of us have pre-conceived notions of who is in and who is out. And then there is always the chance, a completely outside one, mind you, that a portion of us will never totally agree with the NCAA selection committee’s body of work. Don’t think for one minute that favorites don’t enter the picture.
If by chance we don’t get our special team(s) in the field of 65, then we go for the next best thing, our special conference. The SEC has been fortunate here of late. Last season we had four teams to pass the NCAA selection committee’s muster. This season we have six – Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky and Georgia. The G-Dawgs actually helped their own process by winning three games in four days.
The conference having the most entries this season is the Big East. They have eight. Like the SEC, the Big 12 and the Big 10 also have six each.
Unlike last season, we didn’t get any number one seeds in the first round; however, you have my permission to lay claim to the University of Memphis Tigers. They are the number one seed in the South Regional and number two overall. The other number ones are UCLA, North Carolina and Kansas.
Would you believe someone has already asked me who will be the final four? Not being one who can easily let a challenge pass or one who has learned his lesson from the old proverb of not letting an alligator mouth overload a hummingbird, well, you know, I had to bite. Memphis, Louisville, UCLA and Georgetown will be in San Antonio (I had to replace Ohio State and Florida with somebody).
The big show actually started on Tuesday with the “play-in game” of Mount St. Mary’s and Coppin State – the winner of which gets the Tarheels of North Carolina. What a reward!
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome a new subscriber, Mrs. Florida Bailey of Madison, Georgia. Mrs. Bailey, just remember that you always read the sports section first. Hope you enjoy your paper.
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