Random Thoughts On College Hoops
Things I've wondered through the past few days watching college basketball in no particular order whatsoever (hey, the title said "random"...you've been warned!):
Which is more impressive? Davidson taking most of the student body to Detroit for last year's NCAA regional? Or Penn State piling 30 buses full for an NIT game? Explain.
Paraphrasing the tree/forest query: If Stanford's Jayne Appel scores 46 points in an NCAA tournament game, but it's a women's game, does anyone notice? I mean, really. The all-time record is 50, the stage couldn't be bigger (regional final), and Appel singlehandedly wins the game that sends her team to the Final Four. In the OTHER NCAA tournament, she'd already be booked on Leno or Letterman, would have an ESPNews interview looping every 15 minutes, and who knows what else. In THIS NCAA tournament...well, be honest? How many of you had never heard of Jayne Appel until this article? Exactly.
What's the over/under on how many times a player participating in the Final Four will update his/her Twitter status this weekend? (I'm guessing Hasheem Thabeet will find time...he of the infamous "failed a drug test" April Fool's tweet this week...)
How does dunking over Jalen Rose in a dunk contest last night only win second place? Give me a break...
Has Tim Floyd managed to alienate two Pac-10 schools at the same time? He'll be a Benedict Arnold in Arizona for spurning one of the nation's elite programs at the altar...and the folks in La-La land can't really be happy that he was willing to even consider an intra-conference move. Mark your calendars for Trojans/Cats in 09-10—should be a doozy.
Which storyline will get more mentions this weekend? Michigan State's home-court advantage, Ty Lawson's toe, Big East supremacy, 30th anniversary of Bird/Magic, or Courtney Paris's $64,000 guarantee? Vote now.
Will this year's Final Four provide the worst paid-attendance sight lines in sporting event history? Let's just say I'm confident I'll be happier at home with 60 inches of high-def than I would be in nosebleed seat No. 70,998.
Who really helped their team more to victory? Bob Stoops (Oklahoma women) or Joe Paterno (Penn State men)? Discuss. (Personally, JoePa's age and fire would give him the nod in my book—but discussion is still welcome.)
Can UConn pull off a double title again? Will it save Jim Calhoun's job if they do?
Does hosting a Final Four really make things better for thousands of jobless people in Detroit? I'm not sure I buy the Katrina/Saints comparisons...especially if they're Wolverines fans....but that's just me.
Enjoy the games...
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