I know, I know…these are kids….they aren’t pros….they aren’t this…they aren’t that…BUT I do know one thing they are…ENTERTAINING! Every season, the NCAA Tournament is the most exciting, heart wrenching, fantastically awesome singular tournament in sports….PERIOD!
In the NBA Playoffs, 99 times out of 100, the better team wins. Same in the NHL Playoffs (albeit a hot goalie can change that sometimes, just ask my Capitals last year) and in Baseball, the team with the best starting pitching usually wins. What makes the NCAA Tourney so awesome, is that ONE game, that one shining moment, can make or break a game, a title run. Single Elimination at its best. You get teams that perennially disappoint in the tourney like Georgetown and Pittsburgh out of the way, you get great theater while that occurs like VCU’s epic run to the Sweet 16 defeating Georgetown and Purdue in 2 games that werent even close and you get last year’s title game runner-up defeating Pittsburgh, who finds another method to blow the money before the Final Four.
You get great endings like Morehead State’s dagger 3 pointer to defeat Louisville in the 1st rd, Derrick Williams and his clutch And-1 Bucket vs a Texas team who like Pittsburgh always finds a way to lose (HELLO RICK BARNES?!?!!?!), San Diego State vs Temple in a 2 OT battle, Duke almost choking vs Michigan etc. I’ll take these kids and all of their lack of professional skill every day of the week.
We are now into the round of 16….everybody thinks its gonna end up Kansas vs Ohio State…….dont bet your house on it!
As I sit here developing a newfound hatred for my boy Steve Blake as he hits dagger 3’s for the Lake Show, I just watched 2 pretty good basketball games featuring My Wizards and My Kentucky Wildcats.
First, my Wizards pulled out a tough, comeback victory vs the Philly Sixers. At one point they were down by 17, and as you all know, this Wizards team just isnt equipped to make these type of comebacks on a regular basis. BUT for some reason, this team, for all of its obvious flaws, shows resiliency when they bring maximum effort. Javale McGee has played with renewed fervor the past week or so, had 24 pts and a career high 16 rebounds. He now leads the league in blocks…imagine when he learns not to jump for every pump fake…sky’s the limit. John Wall returned from his 1st NBA injury and had 20 pts off the bench and hit 3 crucial free throws with 3 seconds remaining to send the game into OT. Big 3 pt shots in OT from Gilbert Arenas and the actual game winner from Nick Young gave the fans at Verizon Center a reason to go home with a smile on their faces.
Secondly, this was my 1st opportunity to watch my Kentucky Wildcats play a legit Final Four contender early in the season in the Washington Huskies. Highly touted freshman Terrance Jones had verbally committed to Washington but Coach Calipari used his “mojo” and got Jones to commit to the more awesome school. This game was apart of the Maui classic but it was played with the intensity of a NCAA Tournament game. He already has a pro body, he’s the prototypical Small Forward that NBA scouts will drool over next June. He played a solid game but the star of the game was 2010’s #1 rated Point Guard prospect (also a Wildcat) Brandon Knight who was scintillating and sensational throughout (word to Dick Vitale even though Bill Raftery called the game on ESPN LOL). My Cats are stacked again with 1 and Done freshman, hopefully this year we can hit some jumpshots and free throws when it really matters in March!
I know, I know…I’ve been loafing BIG TIME on this blog…and I do apologize….hell the last post I made was about how much OPTIMISM I had for the upcoming Washington Wizards season….and boy was I wrong in hindsight LOL. Anyhoo, I am back and I want to just mention a couple of bullet points before I start my usual blog postings again.
1. KENTUCKY WILDCATS BABY!!!!
2. Congrats to Grevis Vasquez for winning ACC POY…WELL deserved!
3. Evan Turner…..can flat out do it…and he should be National Player of the Year
4. The Washington Capitals are the best team in Hockey…hope it translates in April/May
5. If the Wizards didnt have bad luck, they wouldnt have none at all….
6. LOVE the new approach the Washington Redskins have taken in this years Free Agency Period.
7. Stephen Strausburg…..nuff said.
I will be back shortly with my College Bball Roundup/Tourney Preview, Capitals Report, 2010 Washington Nationals Season Preview and other topics.
Take care everyone….