Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday 03/13 (Very) Quickie

It's Selection Sunday, one of the best days of the sports year, if only for that hour at 6 p.m. ET when the brackets come out -- then the hours of bracket-picking that dominate afterward.

Two big things:

Fire up Quickish at 6 ET -- and check back through the night and tomorrow -- for the latest, fastest, best analysis from everywhere about the bracket.

Join the Quickish "Tournament Challenge" group. It's easy: Just click here, or if you're in other groups, just search groupname "Quickish" and add yourself in.

Should be a great night, a great week and a great rest of the month.

A few notes:

*"COLD! BLOODED!" joins the list of instantly memorable calls from Gus Johnson and moments in March (even if it was "only" the Pac-10 Tournament final). Isaiah Thomas: Wow.

*As noted at Quickish, UConn had the best run in the history of conference tournaments. Add to that: Kemba Walker put on the greatest individual performance in the history of conference tournaments.

*It's hard to feel bad for teams on the Bubble that will get left out. In the softest Bubble year in recent memory, all had their chances earlier this season. (It's also hard to feel good for teams on the Bubble that get in; will you pick any of them to get out of the first Thursday/Friday? Unlikely.) But if you find the Bubble intriguing, Dayton can steal a Bubble spot by winning the Atlantic 10 tourney title this afternoon.

*I keep seeing that the 1-seeds are locked as Kansas, Ohio State, Pitt and Notre Dame. I can't believe that the Duke-UNC winner won't get a 1-seed.

*I am so excited for the bracket to come out. It's been this way since I was a little kid. This year, Quickish coverage will keep me busy, but there's nothing like that initial "gut" pass through the field, followed by all the self-doubt and second-guessing. It's a unique feeling in the sports year.

*It was like Hanukkah on my laptop yesterday afternoon: I was at a bar with my laptop on, updating Quickish and watching the Harvard-Princeton ending on My battery power was down to single-digits and I watched the video feed drain it by the half-minute. With the power down to 1%, there was just enough left to see the Princeton buzzer-beater live, then get a post up about it on Quickish, then... battery out. But what a moment. (I was in a sports bar but the only one actually watching that game online. So my screams and shouts were met with strange stares, until I exclaimed what happened, then the TVs all cut to a clip of the finish.)

*Kobe's ankle sprain: Yikes, that looked ugly. If Kobe himself thought his season was over, you know it was a scary moment.

*NFL Labor: Both sides are hiring very fancy lawyers -- as you would expect them to. The PR effort from both sides is wearying, btw.

Get excited for tonight and the entire week. Hope you'll pop by Quickish.

-- D.S.

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