Thursday, April 3, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
By Claude Vinson
Memphis looking good
If you have noticed, there has been a TV commercial running here of late which makes much use of the power of “h.” Well, the basketball fans in this area could probably go the commercial people one better with the power of “M.”
March Madness. March Mania. March Melee. March Mercilessness.
Memphis Madness. Memphis Mania. Memphis Melee. Memphis Mercilessness.
And in the second line of M’s you have to inject the word “Tiger” in at every point.
And isn’t it the perfect irony that the two teams which coach John Calipari has taken to the Final Four just happen to be U of M’s?
If you had to make an assessment of which coaches had the greater knack of using player talent, you would have to put Rick Pitino of Louisville and John Calipari on a shelf by themselves. The manner in which Pitino used Padgett and Calipari’s usage of Taggart were just plain brilliant throughout the playoffs.
No need to remind yours truly that another “pick” was lost when Louisville bowed out. But, hey, I am not mad at ’em. They gave the number one seed in their region a good game. And this old hack still has two picks left at the end (UCLA and Memphis).
And I will readily apologize for intimating awhile back that the Tigers probably had an Achilles’ heel at the charity stripe. They came up on both heels in the game with the Longhorns. It was perhaps foolhardy of the Spartans and the Longhorns to believe for one minute that they could run with the Tigers. There is a rumor that the team is going to start practicing in the off season by running with the bulls of Pamploma.
In the Final Four game on Saturday next, when for the first time in NCAA history all the number ones made it to center stage, I can just offer two words to the Tigers’ opponents – talent pool. Make that three words; reserve talent pool.
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