Thursday, April 10, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
After Saturday evening, I can only surmise that everyone is either completely satiated or thoroughly dissatisfied with the games in the semi-finals of the NCAA. And if you didn’t have a particular favorite, then you have to admit, without guile, that this was NCAA basketball at its best.
First all the brides wore blue. The school colors of all the number one seeds just happened to be blue. No matter if it were azure, royal, navy, or just plain ole blue, all the fans were decked in some form of it.
There is so much which could be said, or written, about any one of the Final Four, which would help give them the recognition which they deserve. I can’t speak for the rank and file, but personally, there is not a Final Four in memory which has pleased yours truly as much.
And yes, we are mainly talking about the Memphis Tigers here. Some have referred to the team as a “Cinderella” entry the entire season. I didn’t see any “Cinderellas” in this one. Not even Davidson.
During the course of the playoffs, I counted the usage of the word scintillating. It was spoken eight times by various commentators covering the games. Six of those had reference to one player – Derrick Rose, the phenomenal freshman star of the Memphis Tigers. This guy could teach the “Eveready Bunny” something. He plays at a high level of super intensity from start to finish. It would be easy to devote this entire to his exploits alone, but it wouldn’t be entirely fair.
It takes five players to field a team. And the supporting cast at Memphis does more than that. They could field two teams. You Have Shawn Taggart, Antonio Anderson, Joey Dorsey and Mr. All-American, Chris Douglas Roberts. And there are five others on the oak who are almost just as capable.
In my last column, I warned Tiger opponents to beware of the reserve talent pool. Some just didn’t get the message.
On Monday (after this writing) they would face the biggest test of all. They don’t have to validate their season. They just have to add another slice of delicious history to their portfolio.
Personally, and with plenty of bias, I don’t think the Rockchaw Jayhawks, or any other kind of Jayhawk, is ready for this running band of Tigers.
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