Thursday, March 31, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
I am asking that if you don’t have very good recollection then have a graphic imagination. Some years ago, there was a cartoon in the newspaper which depicted a man sitting in a huge arm chair in front of a TV, tightly gripping the arms with his hair standing straight up on his head. The announcer on the tube was saying, “That’s all for the news at 6 folks, see you at 10.”
That’s probably an apt description of yours truly at the end of the first half of the game on Sunday between Kansas and VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University). To put it in the words of veteran commentator, Marv Albert, “Unbelievable!” And from resident predictor suffering from a rare (?) case of “foot-in-the-mouth,” “absolutely shocking!”
All week long I had been telling folks that the Kansas Jayhawks would be the team to take it all – and this with a pair of SEC “dancers” (Kentucky and Florida) still tripping the light fantastic. Of course, the number ones had already started to fall, Pittsburgh in the Southwest by Butler, Duke in the West by Arizona. On Friday the third (and overall number one), Ohio State fell. If you are still recollecting (as my Grandma used to say), the Buckeyes were supposed to go all the way after others fell off of the grid in early season.
VCU, with their electric coach, Shaka Smart (not nick names, folks), jumped on Kansas with the same zeal with which they had dispatched Florida State in overtime. VCU was one of two teams from Richmond, Virginia, (the namesake entry had been eliminated by the Jayhawks on March 25). The Rams had butted their way into the “Sweet 16,” a place they had never been dancing before. Now they have the distinction of being one of only three teams which had been seeded number 11 and made it to a “Final Four”.
I am proud of their dancing talents, however, I don’t appreciate them waltzing all over my predictions.
The field in Houston will have Kentucky and UConn and Butler versus VCU on Saturday. Butler, a repeat from last season, was the first to punch their ticket with an overtime win over the other SEC entry (Florida). The Gators had sent BYU packing in an overtime game. BYU had the highly touted “Trimmer, Rimmer Jimmer” (Fredette), who had put up four games with 40 points.
The Final Four does not include a seed with a higher ranking than three (UConn).
In case some of you are wondering, on the distaff side, Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols are still slaying dragons. They reached the Regional Championship (Monday, 28th), and were to face Notre Dame. The Vols are 34-2 on the season. Other teams and possible foes for the Lady Vols are Baylor (33-2), Green Bay (34-1) and UConn (34-1). Georgia was the other SEC team and faced Texas A&M on Sunday.
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