Wow, how amazing was that Ohio State-Tennessee game? (Well, at a minimum, the best of the Tournament so far, despite the late finish. Yikes: There is no tougher morning than the Friday after the first night of Sweet 16 games and those late-night tip-times.)
I'm not quite sure how
After the way they have gritted through the last two rounds, I think they'll finally find a "we're-on-a-mission" complex and beat
On the one hand,
Ah, why should I hide it? Mainly, I'm just pissed one of my Final Four teams was bounced.
Meanwhile, the real pool-killer for me (and let-down for fans everywhere) was SIU losing to
The other game in the South – UCLA over Pitt – simply showed that Teacher still knows how to kick Student's ass.
The upshot of last night – which I'll post about in more detail later – is that we still have two 1-vs-2 games in the regional finals... which isn't particularly good for the Tournament or compelling for fans. I appreciate that 1-vs-2 is, seeding-wise, the best you could hope for (in theory), but given the history of the Tournament, it's a let-down.
Tournament Challenge: Unsurprisingly (given that I had SIU over
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Day 2 Previews coming shortly.
CBB Coaching Carousel: In the Big Ten, Alford out and Tubby in (albeit at different schools).
CBB Coaching Carousel A: Steve Alford leaving
CBB Coaching Carousel B: Tubby Smith avoids the indignity of being fired by
The far more juicy subplot: Who replaces Tubby at
(I would equate
People are saying Billy Donovan, and – as a
I repeat what I said yesterday: What about Rick Pitino?
NBA Draft: Duke PF Josh McRoberts declares for the draft, probably a year late in a pool stocked with so many better big men. His final college game (that loss to VCU) aside, I have never seen a big man with so much talent do so little to dominate a game. He's the next Vin Baker. (Meaning: Soft, underachieving big man -- not alcoholic NBA washout.) But you don't need an MBA to know that.
Arenas Watch: I know you all think I'm in the bag for Gilbert (and I am), but I recommend you read his latest blog post, which could be unmatched in terms of star athletes speaking frankly. Here's the link.
MLB: Papelbon to close. So, in the end, the Red Sox will stick Jon Papelbon back in his role as closer. (Most intriguing implication: How does this affect his fantasy-draft value?)
NFL: Anyone want to trade for David Carr? You won't find a more experienced backup QB. (But I'm not sure I would give him the starter's keys.)
Vick Watch: Uh, do you believe that the special compartment in his water bottle was for jewelry? (Yeah: If "jewelry" means "pot.")
Women's College Hoops:
Pop Culture: Peyton Manning to host "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, marking the final evolution of him into the NFL's most omnipresent fame whore. He can redeem himself by reprising Joe Montana's role with the classic "I'm going upstairs..." line.
5,000-to-1 odds of me being the next Editor-in-Chief of ESPN.com? I'd think I would at least have a 300-to-1 shot, which is the Nationals' MLB-worst odds of winning the World Series.