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[ Day One of the NCAA Tournament open thread ]
2007-03-15 02:00
by Bob Timmermann

I consider the Opening Round game between Niagara and Florida A&M to be Day Zero.

You've had enough to read about all the doings today, but I'll just lay out the schedule for today, all teams PT. Why PT? Because that's where I am and I'm off work today and that's when I'm watching. Sadly, I'll be back on the job Friday and Saturday too.

In chronological order:

  • 9:20 am (deadline to enter the contest) - #13 Davidson vs #4 Maryland in the Midwest Region in Buffalo. Both schools are easy to find on a map as Maryland is in Maryland and Davidson is in Davidson.

  • 9:25 am - #10 Texas Tech vs #7 Boston College in the East Region in Winston-Salem. I saw Bob Knight in the airport in Toronto once. I did not see Al Skinner in Toronto.

  • 9:30 am - #11 Stanford vs #6 Lousville in the South Region in Lexington. The Cardinal(s) have a combined three national championships and ten Final Four appearances.

  • 11:30 am - #14 Oral Roberts vs #3 Washington State in the East Region in Sacramento. A rare appearance by the Cougars on the national stage.

  • 11:45 am - #15 Belmont vs #2 Georgetown in the East Region in Winston-Salem. Belmont beat Fordham. Fordham beat St. Louis. St. Louis beat Xavier. Xavier beat Villanova. Villanova beat Georgetown once in three tries. QED.

  • 11:50 am - #14 Pennsylvania vs #3 Texas A&M in the South Region in Lexington - The Quakers are the last Ivy League school to make the Final Four back in 1979. They committed a record 150 fouls in six games. Peace-loving Quakers my ass!

  • 11:50 am - #12 Old Dominion vs #5 Butler in the Midwest Region in Buffalo - Is Old Dominion the only school in the tournament that has the name as the official school nickname?

  • 1:40 pm - #11 George Washington vs #6 Vanderbilt in the East Region in Sacramento - This game will be hard to see as most stations go off the air for local news at this time. You have to go over to Buster Olney's house to watch it. Fans in Nashville must look at their TVs at an oblique angle to get the full effect.

  • 4:10 pm - #11 Virginia Commonwealth vs #6 Duke in the West Region in Buffalo - The weird thing is that there is also a Virginia State University and it's in Petersburg, not that far away from VCU in Richmond. Well not that weird when you consider that whole segregation thing.

  • 4:10 pm - #16 Central Connecticut State vs #1 Ohio State in the South Region in Lexington - The folks in New Britain insist you call it "A Central Connecticut State University." Definite articles were outlawed by a town ordinance back in 1794.

  • 4:15 pm - #9 Marquette vs #8 Michigan State in the East Region in Winston-Salem - The only matchup today of two schools that I have visited in person! I know how to live it up on vacations!

  • 4:25 pm - #15 Weber State vs #2 UCLA in the West Region in Sacramento - Mitch Albom is speaking at Weber State on March 28. That should be incentive enough for the Wildcat players to advance to the Sweet 16 so they won't have to be on campus for that. Morris Peterson says he'll be there.

  • 6:30 pm - #14 Wright State vs #3 Pittsburgh in the West Region in Buffalo - The Wright State website can't display campus events on its website because its server had problems adjusting to the early DST. Orville and Wilbur hang their heads in shame.

  • 6:30 pm - #9 Xavier vs #8 Brigham Young in the South Region in Lexington - BYU is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament and has never made the Final Four. Xavier has made the NCAA tournament 18 times and never made the Final Four.

  • 6:40 pm - #10 Gonzaga vs #7 Indiana in the West Region in Sacramento - By this time, James Brown and Len Elmore will just start making up names of players.

  • 6:40 pm - #16 Eastern Kentucky vs #1 North Carolina in East Region in Winston-Salem - Eastern Kentucky University is in Richmond, Kentucky and tries to trick Virginians into thinking they are in their own state capital. That's always good for some hijinks.

Comments (415)
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2007-03-15 02:45:55
1.   bhsportsguy
Why I am still awake, I have no idea but Bob, I do believe that you are missing two games from the list.

11:30 PDT Washington State v. Oral Roberts @ Sacramento

11:50 PDT Butler v. Old Dominion University @ Buffalo, NY

Not sure if it was an oversight or on purpose but for those wondering, here they are.

2007-03-15 07:12:44
2.   DXMachina
Al Skinner used to live right up the street from me when he coached at URI. Letting Skinner leave was the worst mistake URI has ever made. (True to form, though, they immediately reloaded and shot themselves in the foot again by hiring Jim Harrick to replace Skinner.)

I think it's hilarious that CCSU is still playing while UConn isn't.

2007-03-15 08:08:14
3.   Xeifrank
Do you know of anyone who is running a tournament bracket contest? Those things sure are hard to find! :)
vr, Xei
2007-03-15 08:20:55
4.   D4P
"running" or "pimping"...?
2007-03-15 08:48:21
5.   StolenMonkey86
oh goodie, one of those special regional "all games are on CBS" things. Seems like such a waste; Viacom doesn't have any cable networks that would show the extra games.
2007-03-15 08:49:07
6.   Ali Nagib
Is anyone else going to be watching via March Madness On Demand online? Just curious. When I first logged in there were about 150K people in line, but it's moving pretty well now.
2007-03-15 09:05:07
7.   Bob Timmermann
I had those games in there the first time, I wrote this. They must have gotten deleted when I changed the formatting.
2007-03-15 09:24:06
8.   trainwreck
Alright, a player is already hurt.
2007-03-15 09:27:32
9.   underdog
It's kind of weird to see Darryl Strawberry's son playing in an NCAA tourney game.

Those 8 vs 9 games are the hardest to pick in the pools (not that I'll get any of the other picks right, but the 8/9 games I labor over longer.) BYU vs Xavier is particularly hard to forecast. Good thing I'm doing two pool sheets!

Gosh, Virginia sure is well represented in the tourney.

2007-03-15 09:27:50
10.   Hythloday
8- Is it Ken Griffey Jr.?
2007-03-15 09:27:53
11.   underdog
It's gonna be hard to get much work done today isn't it?
2007-03-15 09:29:43
12.   trainwreck
I personally thought BYU was an easy pick, but after saying that, they will probably lose.
2007-03-15 09:29:59
13.   Bob Timmermann
106 entries in the contest.
2007-03-15 09:30:32
14.   underdog
12 I picked them in one, and leaned toward them in both, but yeah, they'll probably lose because of that.

Well, it's the Cardinal vs. Cardinals battle. I know where Jon Weisman is at this moment.

2007-03-15 09:32:48
15.   trainwreck
Hard to the bucket New York style?
2007-03-15 09:35:07
16.   Vishal
[14] i dislike both the color and the bird. the color more, however.
2007-03-15 09:36:36
17.   underdog
Why do I already have the feeling it's gonna be a long day for the Cardinal (singular)?
2007-03-15 09:36:44
18.   Jon Weisman
14 - It's not like the old days. I have to be at work.
2007-03-15 09:38:29
19.   trainwreck
Way to make me look stupid already Stanford.
2007-03-15 09:41:55
20.   Steve
You picked Stanford?
2007-03-15 09:44:51
21.   trainwreck
Louisville has not been that good this year until later in the season and they are counting on a lot of inconsistent young players. I thought Stanford would utilize the Lopez twins well.

It is looking like I was wrong.

2007-03-15 09:45:50
22.   trainwreck
So far my drunk bracket is looking pretty good.
2007-03-15 09:46:00
23.   Bob Timmermann
You're just a house man for the Pac-10.
2007-03-15 09:50:51
24.   Steve
Stanford hasn't been good at all, ever and it's a road game.
2007-03-15 09:51:19
25.   Bob Timmermann
When your turnovers and points are the same, that can't be good.
2007-03-15 09:51:36
26.   trainwreck
I should have bought some muffins.
2007-03-15 09:52:57
27.   Vishal
maybe i shouldn't have picked the red raiders in the first round.
2007-03-15 09:53:07
28.   trainwreck
I am sad Gus Johnson won't be calling UCLA game.
2007-03-15 09:54:30
29.   Bob Timmermann
James Brown and Len Elmore are working in Sacramento today for CBS.
2007-03-15 09:55:49
30.   trainwreck
I hope Brown will be good at calling basketball games. At least Len was there for the Gonzaga game last year.
2007-03-15 10:02:33
31.   Bob Timmermann
And CBS has already declared Stanford dead and switched to another game.
2007-03-15 10:05:24
32.   trainwreck
I am stuck with this game. Thank you Bay Area.
2007-03-15 10:05:40
33.   Johnson
I'm in the Bay Area, and I get to continue to watch the Stanford meltdown in glorious HD. Will Louisville have Stanford tripled up at the half?
2007-03-15 10:06:19
34.   Steve
You picked them. You live with them.
2007-03-15 10:09:49
35.   Bob Timmermann
Davidson vs. Maryland is now the game being shown in L.A.
2007-03-15 10:10:24
36.   underdog
18 Oops, I just remembered... so do I! ;-) Bye all!
2007-03-15 10:10:38
37.   ToyCannon
How can you have dislike for a bird? Man the DT crowd is tough.

After my 20th iteration I caved in and picked Louisville. I'm sure the other games I changed will even the score.

2007-03-15 10:14:13
38.   bhsportsguy
I know that some commentators thought it was unfair for Louisville to be playing so close to home since they are a 6 seed which will give them a homecourt advantage when they play (already giving them the game) on Saturday against probable No. 3 seed Texas A&M.
2007-03-15 10:15:40
39.   Steve
Louisville could have beaten Stanford in Leland's driveway.
2007-03-15 10:17:06
40.   Bob Timmermann
This is approaching the score of what a Louisville-Stanford football game would have been this year.
2007-03-15 10:17:40
41.   Vishal
the yahoo halftime blurb about the birds and the trees: "6-11 game looks more like 1 vs. 16"
2007-03-15 10:18:36
42.   StolenMonkey86
Davidson is giving Maryland a tough time. I guess fast-paced games aren't good for turtles.
2007-03-15 10:19:08
43.   Jon Weisman
37 - I like to think it's the Griddle crowd :)
2007-03-15 10:19:52
44.   ToyCannon
Still wondering how Stanford even got invited.
2007-03-15 10:20:08
45.   Vishal
[37] well, to be fair, what i really dislike are the schools and not the mascots per se.
2007-03-15 10:20:51
46.   trainwreck
If only I could see Jim Boeheim watching this game.
2007-03-15 10:22:11
47.   Vishal
hahahah no kidding.
2007-03-15 10:25:11
48.   Scott Long
Just an update. At my tourney preview, I was taken to task most for claiming Stanford was the worst 11 seed. Love to tell you I told you so...
2007-03-15 10:25:39
49.   Hythloday
But they had such an inspiring win in the NIT last night. Surely they're content with that.
2007-03-15 10:28:14
50.   Bob Timmermann
There were a fair number of people picking Stanford to go far in my Pac-10 contest. Also a lot of people were picking Washington.
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2007-03-15 10:31:50
51.   D4P
I'm always amazed at how bad most 7-footers are at basketball
2007-03-15 10:32:16
52.   trainwreck
Stanford has decided that defense does not win championships.
2007-03-15 10:33:03
53.   Bob Timmermann
Human beings aren't supposed to be 7 feet tall, so that's a problem.
2007-03-15 10:34:54
54.   Vishal
maryland needs to shut down curry. davidson has made 8 threes.
2007-03-15 10:37:43
55.   trainwreck
Really should have entered my second bracket.
2007-03-15 10:40:03
56.   ToyCannon
My wife taught this kid when he was in 4th grade.
At 9 years old he was just about 6 feet tall. My wife is 5" tall, it was an interesting year for her.
2007-03-15 10:43:04
57.   Bob Timmermann
My girlfriend is 5'11" and she reached that height when she was fairly young, like 11 or 12.

That's not easy on a girl. Two of my nieces have potential to be that tall so fast.

2007-03-15 10:48:57
58.   Ken Arneson
57 My mom was similar: she was 5'6" at 12 years old, and never grew another inch. She's a foot taller than everyone else in her school photos.
2007-03-15 10:51:25
59.   Bob Timmermann
Michelle Wie, who I believe is something like 6'1 or 6'2", would always say in interviews that she didn't want to go out on dates in high school with guys shorter than her.

She probably shouldn't have grown up in Hawai'i then.

2007-03-15 10:53:07
60.   ToyCannon
A good friend of mine's daughter is that big at the same age but they expect her to grow even more. I've heard that at basketball camps she is rated the number one girl basketball player for her age group in California but that could just be Parental bragging. I've seen her play and she could probably be a star in basketball, volleyball, or ditch sports and become a model or do all 3.
2007-03-15 10:54:37
61.   ToyCannon
Another example of us short guys getting shortchanged.
2007-03-15 10:56:36
62.   Vishal
i would so date michelle wie. my wit and charm surely outweigh the 2-3 inches of height deficit, no?
2007-03-15 10:56:49
63.   Jon Weisman
I was 4'8" when I started junior high. Reaching 5'10" might have been the most remarkable achievement of my life. A lot of time on the rack, let me tell ya.
2007-03-15 10:57:03
64.   StolenMonkey86
Why does John Mellencamp have to haunt me during these commercials too?
2007-03-15 10:59:47
65.   StolenMonkey86
When I was in 6th grade I think I grew from something like 4'5" to 4'11", finally breaking 5' in 7th grade. Now I'm about 5'6" ish, and I'm not gonna grow anymore.
2007-03-15 11:01:00
66.   Bob Timmermann
Give Gary Matthews, Jr. a call. He'll fix you up.
2007-03-15 11:03:35
67.   trainwreck
No! My plan to marry Michelle Wie is ruined.
2007-03-15 11:05:06
68.   underdog
51 "I'm always amazed at how bad most 7-footers are at basketball"

Or pitching.

gosh, why did I pick Bobby Knight in the first round?

2007-03-15 11:05:35
69.   trainwreck
Oh man where is Brock? UCLA just got the best CB in CA and another top 100 player.
2007-03-15 11:07:25
70.   Vishal
[68] yeah, i picked him too. :/
2007-03-15 11:07:55
71.   Bob Timmermann
You didn't have a chance. Stanford students have to sign a pact that they won't marry anyone who has attended a UC campus.
2007-03-15 11:09:26
72.   Steve
Gotta pay attention to the rules:

1) Pick against low seeded PAC-10 teams.
2) Pick against Bobby Knight.

These rules are inviolate.

2007-03-15 11:10:27
73.   trainwreck
NM, they messed up and had to change it. Now he just looks like a possible UCLA lean.

Well that was short lived excitement.

2007-03-15 11:10:40
74.   Steve
3) Pick against Notre Dame.
2007-03-15 11:12:06
75.   Bob Timmermann
"A possible lean" is really hedging your bet.
2007-03-15 11:12:16
76.   underdog
72 Well I only inviolated it once, as I picked against Knight on sheet #2.
2007-03-15 11:15:03
77.   trainwreck
They are guessing that is why. He also seems to like Arizona for some reason.
2007-03-15 11:16:10
78.   trainwreck
1-0 so far. My perfect record will not be lasting though.
2007-03-15 11:24:48
79.   Bob Timmermann
Since I picked Maryland to beat Florida, I am breathing a sigh of relief.
2007-03-15 11:27:23
80.   Bob Timmermann
And now back to Lexington for the dramatic conclusion of the Stanford-Louisville game! I'm on the edge of my seat!
2007-03-15 11:29:04
81.   Penarol1916
Fantastic, I'm off to watch Georgetown with the potential second round matchup that I wanted a terrible BC team. I hate that school.
2007-03-15 11:30:50
82.   StolenMonkey86
Well, I'm 2 for 2, 3 for 3 as soon as the Stanford game is over.
2007-03-15 11:32:38
83.   saltcreek
cant find the link to the group on yahoo sports...can someone give me a link. Thanks.
2007-03-15 11:34:32
84.   saltcreek
nvm found it thanks
2007-03-15 11:34:54
85.   Bob Timmermann
There's a link to the contest on the sidebar.

Are you in the group? You can't see the picks unless you're a member.


2007-03-15 11:35:33
86.   Bob Timmermann
I hope someone corrects James Brown on the pronunciation of Rochestie.
2007-03-15 11:37:32
87.   saltcreek
i im..and so far 3 for 3
2007-03-15 11:45:57
88.   Bob Timmermann
2007-03-15 12:01:49
89.   underdog
Oh man, can you say "overlook"?

Can you imagine if Belmont beats Georgetown in the first round? I think my dad and I will each have to throw away one of our tourney pool sheets.

2007-03-15 12:04:08
90.   Humma Kavula
That mascot guy picked Belmont to go to the Final Four.
2007-03-15 12:04:59
91.   Sushirabbit
Yeah, I can't believe I didn't pick Belmont. But I'll take the Belmont win over the bracket win. The ingenuity of company computer users truly shines during March Madness.
2007-03-15 12:10:29
92.   Bob Timmermann
Didn't Belmont have an early lead against UCLA last year?

As I recall, that didn't last.

2007-03-15 12:15:38
93.   Greg Brock
{Bursts through door, panting}

What'd I miss?!

2007-03-15 12:16:38
94.   Scott Long
Well for 35 minutes, my Davidson pick looked good. They must have 1 out of their last 15 3 point shots. Oh well. It's all about keeping your sweet sixteen teams alive, especially your final 4.
2007-03-15 12:16:51
95.   underdog
Yeah, this one sure didn't last either. Belmont has enough gas for a quarter apparently.
2007-03-15 12:17:01
96.   Johnson
Washington State's potential 6 point deficit at the half turned into only 2 points in a real hurry there.
2007-03-15 12:18:42
97.   underdog
Patrick Ewing Jr. doesn't quite dominate the way his dad did, eh?


Stupid Oral Roberts. I just couldn't bring myself to pick them. Something about schools named after televangelists...

2007-03-15 12:23:32
98.   Vishal
the mouth bobs are going down. i'm not worried (yet).
2007-03-15 12:27:11
99.   Bob Timmermann
The national media says that Oral Roberts has enough offense to run Washington State off the court.

And while ORU leads at halfitme, they scored only 28 points.

2007-03-15 12:27:14
100.   Scott Long
For those of you that live in the Bend Oregon area, I will be doing shows there in September. Narrow-casting.
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2007-03-15 12:31:41
101.   Bob Timmermann
"Beautiful aerial shot of the ARCO Arena" says James Brown as the camera looks at a big pit dug across the street.
2007-03-15 12:32:55
102.   D4P
Bob might be in Burns at that time, which isn't too far from Bend...
2007-03-15 12:34:02
103.   Bob Timmermann
Any Oregon trip would likely be in June.

Unless it's for a week. Then it might in the fall.

2007-03-15 12:34:07
104.   underdog
Mouth bobs?
2007-03-15 12:35:36
105.   Bob Timmermann
Think about it....
2007-03-15 12:36:36
106.   Bob Timmermann
If you get down by double digits to Wazzu in the second half, you're in trouble because they can really defend.
2007-03-15 12:40:33
107.   Steve
93 -- Nothing worth seeing.
2007-03-15 12:41:43
108.   El Lay Dave
100 I was in Bend once. Made a left turn.
2007-03-15 12:44:56
109.   Bob Timmermann
Things I remember from my trip to Oregon:

1) visiting the Oregon Caves
2) visiting the Oregon Dunes
3) visiting a lumber mill
4) visiting a cheese factory
5) visiting the Harry and David plant

2007-03-15 12:45:24
110.   Bob Timmermann
ODU and Butler combined to score 39 points in the first half?
2007-03-15 12:46:08
111.   trainwreck
I was really hoping that player's name was King Tutt, not Ken Tutt.
2007-03-15 12:46:42
112.   underdog
Wow, what kind of a run is this for Wash Stat now? 14-2 or something? (Just following it on Yahoo)
2007-03-15 12:47:48
113.   underdog
Wash State, that is.

And yeah, that's quite an offensive display in that ODU/Butler game. Offensive in one sense.

2007-03-15 12:47:51
114.   Bob Timmermann
Since halftime, it's been Wazzu 16-4.
2007-03-15 12:47:55
115.   StolenMonkey86
Leading the Cougars in scoring is Derrick Low.
2007-03-15 12:49:22
116.   ToyCannon
I used to feel Prius superior when I was home watching the games while everyone else was working. Now I'm strapped to a chair forced to watch boxscore updates. AHHHHHHH
2007-03-15 12:51:51
117.   Steve
The stench of Stanford's dead carcass has finally reached the west coast. Stay indoors.
2007-03-15 12:52:42
118.   ToyCannon
2007-03-15 13:04:08
119.   underdog
20-19 at the half? What is this, 1959?
2007-03-15 13:08:08
120.   twerp
9 I don't know what state has the most NCAA teams, but TN--relatively small and not exactly known as a hoops hotbed, tho that may be changing--has 4. Belmont, Memphis, Vandy, UT.

The women one-upped the men....Belmont, Vandy, UT, Middle TN, and Chattanooga.

Some men's national champs have done very well recruiting TN. In recent memory, Kentucky won a title with much help from Ron Mercer and Tony Delk. The current Florida team has Tennesseans Brewer and Humphrey.

No doubt Bruce Pearl is refining his sales pitch to keep more TN prep talent at home.

Thus ends the dispatch from the intrepid--or is that tepid--Griddle TN basketball analyst.

{bows to applause; doesn't quite grasp that the applause is because his dispatch is over}

2007-03-15 13:11:43
121.   StolenMonkey86
119 - Don't be silly. It's football.
2007-03-15 13:12:10
122.   Bob Timmermann
Texas has (or had) five teams - Texas, Texas A&M, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, North Texas, and the late and unlamented Texas Tech.
2007-03-15 13:12:56
123.   saltcreek
Common OR
2007-03-15 13:15:31
124.   saltcreek
if wasu goes far in this tourney im done
2007-03-15 13:15:53
125.   Bob Timmermann
25 people started off 3 for 3.
2007-03-15 13:16:57
126.   Penarol1916
That Butler-ODU games was on most of the TV where I was watching, man that is among the most ugly games of basketball I have ever seen, and I used to watch a lot of Wisconsin games when they were coached by Dick Bennett.
2007-03-15 13:17:05
127.   saltcreek
it might get upsets so far
2007-03-15 13:18:59
128.   ToyCannon
I can take my Cougar friend off suicide watch. With all those pundits taking ORU I was worried for him.
2007-03-15 13:19:13
129.   Bob Timmermann
Congratulations to the Cougars, who hadn't received a lot of respect prior to the start of the tournament. C'mon. Oral Roberts?
2007-03-15 13:19:24
130.   saltcreek
and belmont scared me to death...i have georgetown going far
2007-03-15 13:19:25
131.   saltcreek
and belmont scared me to death...i have georgetown going far
2007-03-15 13:20:44
132.   ToyCannon
The Old Dominion/Butler game should knock a few off the undefeated list. I would expect that was a 50/50 game.
2007-03-15 13:21:48
133.   StolenMonkey86
yeah. I went with ODU on that one.
2007-03-15 13:21:48
134.   saltcreek
129. I meant to say.....come on oral roberts...but oh well they are done.
2007-03-15 13:22:33
135.   saltcreek
133. me to
2007-03-15 13:34:05
136.   Bob Timmermann
The Quakers are making a game of it against the Aggies now.
2007-03-15 13:34:14
137.   ToyCannon
Me to , I guess were all going down on that one.
2007-03-15 13:34:54
138.   Greg Brock
Wow, the Quakers come back on TAMU.
2007-03-15 13:35:16
139.   Greg Brock
136 What he said.
2007-03-15 13:35:30
140.   trainwreck
If Texas A&M loses, I am screwed.
2007-03-15 13:38:01
141.   Bob Timmermann
I guess Sam will be on of the few people who will get to watch the GW-Vandy game. I imagine that CBS will show that in the DC and Nashville markets only.
2007-03-15 13:38:29
142.   Steve
Butler brings Death From Above
2007-03-15 13:40:17
143.   Greg Brock
141 March Madness on Demand...

I can't imagine how much bandwith I'm wasting right now. I'm guessing a lot. God bless planning two weeks of lessons around Thursday and Friday afternoon. Woohoo!

2007-03-15 13:46:30
144.   Greg Brock
And A&M reasserts control.
2007-03-15 13:47:21
145.   Steve
What a control freak
2007-03-15 13:48:48
146.   ToyCannon
2007-03-15 13:50:29
147.   trainwreck
The Bruins are going down...
2007-03-15 13:51:09
148.   trainwreck
And now they are officially done.
2007-03-15 14:00:17
149.   trainwreck
So only people near Vandy or GW get to watch basketball in that time frame?
2007-03-15 14:02:00
150.   Bob Timmermann
That's usually what happens. CBS has to let its affiliates show local news.

The hidden game tomorrow should be the Miami-Oregon game in Spokane.

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2007-03-15 14:05:44
151.   Steve
If Sam took GW, he would have been better off with American.

At least the hidden game is a PAC-10 game.

2007-03-15 14:10:14
152.   Greg Brock
trainwreck, how far do you have the Aggies going in the tourney?
2007-03-15 14:11:13
153.   trainwreck
Former MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn died. That is some Griddle news.
2007-03-15 14:11:24
154.   trainwreck
final 4
2007-03-15 14:12:00
155.   Bob Timmermann
Sam did not pick GW to win.
2007-03-15 14:13:52
156.   Greg Brock
154 Yeah, me too.
2007-03-15 14:17:05
157.   Steve
As do I
2007-03-15 14:19:32
158.   Penarol1916
All those poor GW guys, they were really hoping for a sweet sixteen matchup with Georgetown this year. Poor guys. Last year, in an attempt to draw attention to theri goal of a game against Georgetwon a group of GW students invaded a Georgetown game with painted faces and in their school colors. The sad thing is one girl obviously painted her face in the mirror because she had a big "WG" on her face.
2007-03-15 14:22:47
159.   Bob Timmermann
I picked GW to beat Vandy.

And Wazzu!

2007-03-15 14:23:44
160.   trainwreck
ESPN the Magazine has a story on Jimmy Clausen.

The headline is Jimmy Swagger: Most people think Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen is one cocky freshman. Of course, he didn't pick their school.

2007-03-15 14:24:29
161.   Greg Brock
When I look at Billy Gillespie and that Aggies team I see a lot of last year's Bruins team in them.

Go ahead, Steve.

2007-03-15 14:24:53
162.   Bob Timmermann
I was ahead of the curve on Jimmy Clausen.

I disliked him when he was a ninth grader.

2007-03-15 14:26:17
163.   Greg Brock
Jimmy Clausen:

Likes: Peaches, Frank Robinson, Notre Dame,
Dislikes: Freaks and Geeks, Local Hero, Focaccia bread

2007-03-15 14:26:59
164.   Hythloday
Which leads to the obvious question what is the difference between a Notre Dame quarterback and a philandering televangelist?
2007-03-15 14:27:59
165.   Bob Timmermann
I'm skeptical of a family who has three sons who attend four different high schools that are in entirely different portions of the San Fernando Valley.

And Oaks Christian is really in a different valley, but I'm going by Daily News coverage area.

2007-03-15 14:30:34
166.   trainwreck
Woo hoo! I am getting the GW/Vanderbilt game.
2007-03-15 14:31:09
167.   trainwreck
Great it is Stanford/Louisville II.
2007-03-15 14:31:44
168.   Hythloday
Well Oaks Christian is a stone's throw from my old high school (Westlake) so Conejos Valley it is.
2007-03-15 14:34:06
169.   Bob Timmermann
The other Clausens went to Chatsworth, Alemany (North Hills) and St. Francis (La Canada).

If you're not from Southern California, consult a map and see how far apart all those places are.

2007-03-15 14:38:10
170.   ToyCannon
Why does that bother you?
2007-03-15 14:39:57
171.   trainwreck
Renardo Sidney (possible top bball recruit of 09) and his family were very poor living in Alabama. This year he went to Artesia in CA.
2007-03-15 14:40:25
172.   Greg Brock
I don't like high school shopping...At all.

If you're good enough, scouts find you.

2007-03-15 14:45:16
173.   Bob Timmermann
I concur.

If a guy who was a backup QB his whole career in college can get drafted by one of the NFL's best teams (Matt Cassel by the Patriots), then I think the scouts will indeed find you.

2007-03-15 14:47:29
174.   Hythloday
I liked it better when Westlake sucked at football. Now they are one of those schools that recruits kids like Clausen. Wait, that's not true. I always hated my high school.
2007-03-15 14:48:19
175.   Bob Timmermann
Westlake recruited Rudy Carpenter.

And they've reaped the wind since.

2007-03-15 14:48:26
176.   trainwreck
I cannot remember which it is, but the prep school Taj Gibson graduated from last year is either closed down or the NCAA banned recruits from there.
2007-03-15 14:50:40
177.   Greg Brock
176 There are about twenty of them (superpreps). Amare Stoudamire's high school career is the best. Kid went to like five high schools.

A lot of elite High School Basketball is almost criminal.

2007-03-15 14:57:04
178.   trainwreck
Odom was another one of those kids. Gee, I wonder how Harrick got him to go to Rhode Island.
2007-03-15 14:58:44
179.   Bob Timmermann
If you see New Mexico State play, you can watch Martin Iti play. He grew up in Australia, moved to the US, went to SIX high schools, and is now at his second college.
He's a 24-year old junior.

And he's not on BYU.

2007-03-15 15:04:04
180.   Hythloday
178 - I saw He Got Game so I know all about recruiting. Apparently if you don't the money route you go the Jim Swaggart route.
2007-03-15 15:05:03
181.   Bob Timmermann
11 people are 7 for 7.
2007-03-15 15:08:58
182.   Greg Brock
The early games today were chalk. Later tonight should bring some losses to folks.
2007-03-15 15:09:29
183.   Bob Timmermann
Of those 11, 3 of them are going to be 7 for 8 as they picked GW.
2007-03-15 15:09:39
184.   Humma Kavula
I am 6 for 7... but in just over 13 minutes of basketball time, I will be 6 for 8.
2007-03-15 15:11:54
185.   ToyCannon
Yeah, like if you guys had any talent you wouldn't be maximizing your chance to succeed, you'd just stay with your local HS who might be coached by some History major who played some HS ball twenty years ago.
2007-03-15 15:16:13
186.   Greg Brock
185 I have a couple friends who played MLB, college ball, or made it to the minors. None of them switched schools. Deon Thompson got to North Carolina playing basketball at one of the most non-competitive athletic schools in LA County.

I'm not saying you shouldn't find a good program and go there. It's the three kids at three different schools, or the transferring three times for one kid. It's just really shady. But if you're good, I have no problem with picking a good program and going there.

2007-03-15 15:59:54
187.   Steve
So, I forgot to choose a winner in the championship game.
2007-03-15 16:00:10
188.   Steve
But the score will be 78-70!
2007-03-15 16:01:04
189.   Humma Kavula
187 188 You obviously meant Stanford.
2007-03-15 16:05:43
190.   Bob Timmermann
I'm guessing that you won't win the contest.

Unless you have a 33 point lead over the next best entry coming into the final.

Get cracking!

2007-03-15 16:09:51
191.   Greg Brock
187 If you pick your championship at The Griddle right now, I wouldn't have any problem with adding it in and computing it by hand. It's not like anything has happened to far.

I don't make the rules (obviously), but I would be okay with it.

2007-03-15 16:11:51
192.   trainwreck
Yeah, picking a championship winner gets a free pass.
2007-03-15 16:14:18
193.   Bob Timmermann
I will arbitrarily assign Steve Kansas as his pick since it is the higher seed.

This will only come into play if Steve has a chance to win.

2007-03-15 16:18:19
194.   Bob Timmermann
However, Steve is only eligible for the "name on the sidebar" prize now. The Dodger tickets or book would go to someone who filled in 63 choices.
2007-03-15 16:19:17
195.   underdog
D'oh! I knew I shouldn't have picked Central Connecticut State to go all the way this year.
2007-03-15 16:20:04
196.   Steve
Even after all my UCLA rantings, you guys come through for me. I'm a little humbled by this.

It looks like BYU will have to face Ohio St. after all.

2007-03-15 16:20:20
197.   Greg Brock
Our Bob is an awesome Bob.

A benevolent Bob.

2007-03-15 16:25:59
198.   Bob Timmermann
I'm putting out far less money on this one.
2007-03-15 16:26:26
199.   Greg Brock
It's the reverse book year. St. Louis Cardinals squad is the weakest team it has been in years, and the same with the Colts. Both teams win the Championship. Duke will probably make a run this year.

196 Don't sweat it. I'm just the bigger man, that's all.

I kid, Ninja.

2007-03-15 16:26:43
200.   Steve
But I'm not too worried, because all the guys that picked UCLA are going to be down a ton of points when they get pasted by Weber St.
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2007-03-15 16:26:57
201.   Bob Timmermann
Weber State's uniforms are almost, but not quite, entirely impossible to read.
2007-03-15 16:27:47
202.   Greg Brock
200 No let up, huh?
2007-03-15 16:28:35
203.   trainwreck
Not another three point shooting contest.
2007-03-15 16:32:03
204.   Steve
Admit it, you would be disappointed if there was.

Has anyone else noticed that the CBS technology is "provided by"

2007-03-15 16:32:03
205.   Bob Timmermann
When the Weber State guys go in to the paint, they practically disappear.

Are they the only team that came to play wearing camouflage?

2007-03-15 16:32:28
206.   trainwreck
Keep posting them AA.
2007-03-15 16:39:05
207.   trainwreck
Please attack the zone.
2007-03-15 16:39:57
208.   Humma Kavula
Is there something wrong with my computer, or is the score of the Marquette-Michigan State game really 8-0 more than 8 minutes in?
2007-03-15 16:40:10
209.   trainwreck
It really is.
2007-03-15 16:40:21
210.   Bob Timmermann
Marquette has not scored in the first 8:20 of its game against Michigan State.
2007-03-15 16:40:33
211.   Humma Kavula
2007-03-15 16:40:52
212.   Bob Timmermann
0-6 FG
0-2 FT
2007-03-15 16:41:36
213.   Humma Kavula
What if they held an NCAA tournament game and only one team showed up?
2007-03-15 16:42:06
214.   trainwreck
This can happen when your leading scorer is not playing.
2007-03-15 16:42:25
215.   Jon Weisman
Mark Hendrickson pitching for Michigan State.
2007-03-15 16:42:28
216.   Bob Timmermann
They already did that twice today. Stanford and George Washington apparently missed their flights.
2007-03-15 16:43:48
217.   Steve
BYU isn't the local LA game, is it.
2007-03-15 16:44:25
218.   Humma Kavula
216 But at least they scored points!

...and now Marquette has as well. 14-3.

2007-03-15 16:45:10
219.   Bob Timmermann
Gonzaga-Indiana is supposed to be the next game in L.A.
2007-03-15 16:47:23
220.   trainwreck
An old couple falling in love is a nice story, but shouldn't we get news on the news.
2007-03-15 16:47:31
221.   Bob Timmermann
Tomorrow the LA market is supposed to get:

UNLV vs. Georgia Tech
Tennessee vs. Long Beach State
Arizona vs. Purdue
USC vs. Arkansas

2007-03-15 16:47:57
222.   Steve
[grumble PAC-10 conspiracy grumble]
2007-03-15 16:51:00
223.   Bob Timmermann
If you had DirecTV, you could watch the BYU-Xavier game. Or you can watch on your computer.

Hey, where I have heard that before?

2007-03-15 16:51:38
224.   Humma Kavula
Michigan State lead down to the single-digits!
2007-03-15 16:56:20
225.   Bob Timmermann
8 perfect entries left.

Once the last person gets one wrong, the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers open up a bottle of champagne.

2007-03-15 16:57:22
226.   trainwreck
Keefe, you were a McDonalds All-American.
2007-03-15 16:57:35
227.   Greg Brock
If you're catching the MSU/Marquette game on the computer, then you just saw a disgusting dislocation. A human being's elbow is not supposed to look like that.
2007-03-15 16:58:22
228.   trainwreck
2007-03-15 16:59:37
229.   Greg Brock
I didn't hear the audio...I'll double check. Give me a second or two.
2007-03-15 17:00:16
230.   El Lay Dave
225 Suprisingly, since I've watched zero minutes of college hoops this season, I'm one of the eight, BUT I have Marquette plus two upset predictions (Gonzaga, Xavier - Jesuit thing?) left to go.

If Shimmin entered his pick highest seeds bracket, he'd be 8 for 8 also, right?

2007-03-15 17:02:50
231.   trainwreck
That is the effort I like to see Keefe.
2007-03-15 17:03:27
232.   trainwreck
Yeah, it is chalk so far.
2007-03-15 17:06:01
233.   Bob Timmermann
The entry named "Chalk" just got 6 of 8.
2007-03-15 17:06:16
234.   trainwreck
I actually want you to win this time Duke, what are you doing?
2007-03-15 17:09:27
235.   trainwreck
I hate you CBS!!
2007-03-15 17:10:50
236.   Bob Timmermann
Hey, you got to watch GW vs. Vandy!
2007-03-15 17:14:03
237.   trainwreck
They eventually stopped showing the Vandy game to show the Price is Right. You would think they would stick with the UCLA game since it is in Sacramento and it features a CA school. Plus, they stayed with all the other Sacramento games.
2007-03-15 17:15:38
238.   Bob Timmermann
You didn't miss a lot.
2007-03-15 17:18:49
239.   Bob Timmermann
Weber State was 5 for 19 in the first half from the field.
2007-03-15 17:22:30
240.   El Lay Dave
235, 237 I think it is your local affiliate that you hate.
2007-03-15 17:37:17
241.   trainwreck
So did anyone ever find out who got hurt in the Michigan St/Marquette game?
2007-03-15 17:39:06
242.   Greg Brock
241 Dude, I switched to Duke/VCU on the 'puter. Sorry.
2007-03-15 17:42:03
243.   Bob Timmermann
Idong Ibok of Michigan State was injured.

Interesting that someone named "trainwreck" is so interested in injuries ...

2007-03-15 17:43:20
244.   trainwreck
MMOD will not let me watch UCLA because it is the local game.
2007-03-15 17:44:33
245.   Bob Timmermann
Always getting screwed by the man.

You don't get to see Lorenzo Mata switching jerseys. He is now wearing 21!

2007-03-15 17:47:33
246.   trainwreck
I was just wondering if it was an important player.
2007-03-15 17:48:23
247.   Bob Timmermann
Mata doesn't have a name on the back of his jersey. I hope I can still pick him out on the court.
2007-03-15 17:49:35
248.   Bob Timmermann
Ibok is a reserve on MSU. He was averaging 2 points per game.
2007-03-15 17:50:33
249.   Greg Brock
Well, he leads the team in backwards bending elbows now.
2007-03-15 17:51:56
250.   Bob Timmermann
The arena in Buffalo is the HSBC Arena. Today's question:

What does HSBC stand for?

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2007-03-15 17:53:13
251.   Bob Timmermann
Ahh time for the traditional Ben Howland Timeout Before the TV Timeout!
2007-03-15 17:53:28
252.   Humma Kavula
250 I don't know, but their online savings account pays 5.05%.
2007-03-15 17:54:22
253.   trainwreck
I cheated and looked.
2007-03-15 17:55:11
254.   Bob Timmermann
HSBC had a pretax profit last year of $22 billion. Those Buffalonians must save a lot.
2007-03-15 17:57:21
255.   trainwreck
Paulus trying to start a fight.
2007-03-15 17:57:32
256.   El Lay Dave
254 Can't get to the bank and make withdrawals in the winter.
2007-03-15 17:58:51
257.   trainwreck
They only spend their money on Bills tickets and merchandise.
2007-03-15 18:01:03
258.   El Lay Dave
I managed to predict three # 9 seeds in the first round.

Michigan State was not one of them.

2007-03-15 18:01:18
259.   trainwreck
MSU will finally end this chalk.
2007-03-15 18:03:07
260.   Bob Timmermann
HSBC's worldwide headquarters are in London, but the U.S. headquarters are in Buffalo. That must really encourage people to transfer up the line.
2007-03-15 18:09:32
261.   Greg Brock
There are still some quality upset candidates tonight.

And tomorrow should be brutal.

2007-03-15 18:16:55
262.   bhsportsguy
So what will the Pac-10's record be after tomorrow's games:

2-4 (See Pac-10 was overrated.)
3-3 (See above)
4-2 (Medium strength conference)
5-1 (Stanford did not belong)

My hunch is 4-2 but 3-3 would not surprise me, 2-4 would surprise me. 5-1 is out of the question.

2007-03-15 18:18:21
263.   Bob Timmermann
Len Elmore: Learned man, but unaware of what irony means.
2007-03-15 18:19:12
264.   Bob Timmermann
I picked USC, Oregon, and Arizona to all win tomorrow.
2007-03-15 18:22:32
265.   El Lay Dave
261 I hope so!
2007-03-15 18:23:11
266.   Bob Timmermann
Marquette has made 8 3-pointers tonight.

And just 4 2-pointers.

2007-03-15 18:24:02
267.   El Lay Dave
262, 264 I picked Oregon only for tomorrow, 3-3 overall.
2007-03-15 18:24:58
268.   Greg Brock
I picked both Pacific Ten teams and Arizona to win.
2007-03-15 18:26:18
269.   El Lay Dave
10 for 10, but Marquette is about to give me a black mark.

266 At some point, shouldn't the coach have just had them jack 'em all up from outside?

2007-03-15 18:26:54
270.   Greg Brock
I also want Duke to win tonight and to beat Pitt.

I really want UCLA to defeat the Dookies on national television. I would help recruiting a ton.

2007-03-15 18:27:45
271.   El Lay Dave
On the internet scoreboards, Duke / VCU is tied at 70, inside three minutes.
2007-03-15 18:27:49
272.   Bob Timmermann
Man does not live by 3-pointers alone.


Duke delenda est.

2007-03-15 18:28:29
273.   Uncle Miltie
The Duke/VCU game has been outstanding.
2007-03-15 18:28:40
274.   Bob Timmermann
Duke-VCU should be on CBS everywhere except in Milwaukee and parts of Michigan.
2007-03-15 18:29:08
275.   trainwreck
Totally agree.
2007-03-15 18:29:53
276.   Uncle Miltie
I also want Duke to win tonight
Never, ever cheer for Duke. I'd like nothing more than to see Duke get eliminated early.

Now the refs are getting involved. Duke is starting to get the calls.

2007-03-15 18:29:53
277.   Greg Brock
272 Cato would approve!
2007-03-15 18:31:33
278.   Bob Timmermann
I'm more worried about gpellamjr's approval, since he actually knows Latin.
2007-03-15 18:34:35
279.   Bob Timmermann
Wasn't Christian Laettner from Buffalo?
2007-03-15 18:34:40
280.   trainwreck
Oh no! Xavier has jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
2007-03-15 18:34:45
281.   Uncle Miltie
A BS call to bail out Duke! shocking
2007-03-15 18:36:07
282.   Bob Timmermann
Answering my own question, Laettner was born in Angola, NY which is in Erie County near Buffalo.
2007-03-15 18:37:50
283.   trainwreck
I am in a couple pools and I think I picked Duke to beat Pitt in the Griddle one. Oh well.
2007-03-15 18:37:54
284.   Bob Timmermann
Auggh! I invoked the name of Laettner and there he is on the screen!
2007-03-15 18:38:34
285.   Greg Brock
Gobias Industries is no longer undefeated.
2007-03-15 18:38:44
286.   Uncle Miltie
Duke loses!
2007-03-15 18:39:01
287.   Bob Timmermann
So Duke, where's your Messiah, now? Huh?
2007-03-15 18:39:29
288.   trainwreck
He is still in South Medford, Oregon.
2007-03-15 18:41:46
289.   Greg Brock
288 Singler should help, since Duke is really lacking unathletic white guys who can shoot jump shots and don't lock down on defense.


2007-03-15 18:42:29
290.   trainwreck
I would hardly call Singler unathletic.
2007-03-15 18:42:35
291.   Steve
He was watching the BYU/Xavier game, of course!
2007-03-15 18:42:46
292.   Uncle Miltie
That Duke loss just helped my brackets a bunch. Did anyone else have Duke losing?
2007-03-15 18:44:02
293.   Steve
[raises hand]
2007-03-15 18:44:17
294.   El Lay Dave
I would rather Pitt have been the Duke destroyer, for my bracket's sake. 10 of 12 with the Dukies and Marquette going down.
2007-03-15 18:44:49
295.   Greg Brock
290 I wouldn't call him athletic. He's a good player, but he's not Chase Buddinger or...wait for it...Kevin Love.
2007-03-15 18:47:27
296.   trainwreck
I definitely think he is better than Budinger.
2007-03-15 18:49:14
297.   Greg Brock
Budinger is a an albino monster. The kid can hit jump shots and leap out of the building. And he's translucent, which you just don't find in a lot of players these days.
2007-03-15 18:50:53
298.   Steve
I also want Duke to win tonight


2007-03-15 18:51:06
299.   El Lay Dave
Looks like godvls is still perfect - he had VCU. Several 8 of 8 brackets had MSU, but not VCU.
2007-03-15 18:51:52
300.   Bob Timmermann
Every time Duke loses, God saves a puppy in an animal shelter. If Duke loses in the NCAA tournament, God saves two puppies and three kittens!
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2007-03-15 18:52:40
301.   trainwreck
Yes he is a good shooter and can jump high, but he has bad lateral movement and is an absolute horrid defender. Singler is a better shooter, has better one on one moves, is a better defender, a better rebounder, and has way more intensity and drive. A lot of scouts think Budinger is very soft mentally.
2007-03-15 18:53:33
302.   Steve
God's going to have kittens if BYU doesn't start blocking out.
2007-03-15 18:53:48
303.   Greg Brock
298 Look, pal. Ulterior motives. I wanted UCLA to knock the Devils out on national televison.

Indiana could give the Bruins a lot of problems in the low blocks. Afflalo and Collison would have to dominate the guard play.

2007-03-15 18:53:55
304.   trainwreck
Plus, Budinger looks like Jake Busey and that guy has not been in a good movie for days.
2007-03-15 18:56:01
305.   Steve
"Austin's wife, Crystal, giving birth to Andre, in the stands"
2007-03-15 18:56:37
306.   Greg Brock
302 Singler is going to get eaten up in the ACC. I think he's a really good player, but reports of his greatness have been greatly exaggerated.

Plus, name the last great red-headed basketball player. Bill Walton?

2007-03-15 18:58:48
307.   Steve
Unbelievable. I'm going to watch Gonzaga.
2007-03-15 18:59:06
308.   trainwreck
Duh, Brian Scalabrine. {holds back laughter}

Singler is blonde by the way.

2007-03-15 19:00:34
309.   Greg Brock
Strawberry blonde is red-headed. I'm very firm on this issue.
2007-03-15 19:01:54
310.   Greg Brock
Does this look blonde to you?

2007-03-15 19:04:35
311.   El Lay Dave
C'mon! Danny Ainge!
2007-03-15 19:04:52
312.   Sam DC
I haven't read any of the comments, but I'd like to report myself to finally get in front my tv and find Figure Skating on ESPN and Men's Tennis on ESPN2.
2007-03-15 19:05:02
313.   Uncle Miltie
299- I had both VCU and MSU winning, but I was wrong about Old Dominion and Texas Tech. Go Zags! Not only do I have them advancing in my bracket, but I also want UCLA to beat them again this year.
2007-03-15 19:05:15
314.   trainwreck
When I saw him in SB, he was blonde. Might have been dying it then.
2007-03-15 19:06:21
315.   trainwreck
I am waiting to hear Dickie V slurp Duke even though they lost.
2007-03-15 19:06:58
316.   Bob Timmermann
So you're TV doesn't get CBS, Sam?
2007-03-15 19:07:16
317.   Greg Brock
Red-headed basketball players are like red-headed women. They're all terrible, unless they're perfect. Two true outcomes...

Kate Walsh=Bill Walton

2007-03-15 19:07:51
318.   Sam DC
I am not a TV.

And yes, but is this it -- 16 games on today and I get UNC and that's all? Seems wrong.

2007-03-15 19:09:20
319.   trainwreck
So she used to dye her hair for Drew Carrey show?
2007-03-15 19:10:05
320.   trainwreck
Kind of messed up for a red-head to dye their hair when they are a dying breed.
2007-03-15 19:11:19
321.   Bob Timmermann
Did Danny Ainge go on a mission? Or was his mission a futile attempt to learn to hit the curve ball?

God has many plans for us.

2007-03-15 19:15:53
322.   trainwreck
Coach K looks like he got punched in the face.
2007-03-15 19:17:05
323.   Sam DC
Our local sportsnet has high school basketball on.

I think UNC may get past the Colonels.

2007-03-15 19:19:37
324.   El Lay Dave
Pitt opens with a 13-0 run.

Jesuits and Mormons tied at 32, late in the 1st.

2007-03-15 19:23:40
325.   El Lay Dave
321 Your guess is correct! Career MLB OPS of .533; guess Danny correctly interpreted that sign from God.
2007-03-15 19:23:56
326.   El Lay Dave
322 Doesn't he always?
2007-03-15 19:26:38
327.   Bob Timmermann
Dick Vitale will also have VCU's coach being hired by seven different programs by the end of the evening.

I really should look up the name of VCU's coach.

2007-03-15 19:28:57
328.   Greg Brock
Dick Vitale talked to the VCU coach the other day and could tell how pumped up his kids were for this game. Dick thinks it's a real testament to the job that said coach has done in that random city. Dick thinks that coach has been long overdue for some credit.


2007-03-15 19:34:25
329.   Steve
Mormons employ Death From Above strategy at the end of the half. Now hold on to the ball and block someone out in the Second Half.
2007-03-15 19:35:25
330.   Bob Timmermann
VCU is in Richmond. It's one of nine schools that played today that I've visited the campus of.

The others being: Michigan State, Marquette, Stanford, Georgetown, Penn, Pittsburgh, and, of course, UCLA.

I've only been to five of the schools playing tomorrow: USC, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, and Cal State Long Beach.

Nicest campus of the 14, I visited (but I'll exclude UCLA) was Virginia, followed by Pittsburgh.

Stanford and Notre Dame didn't get full looks since I was just there for football games. It was also 100 degrees when I was at Stanford.

Georgetown has a nice campus too.

The VCU campus is not worth writing home about.

2007-03-15 19:37:05
331.   Sam DC
When Ned Colletti and Jim Bowden get together, bad things happen.

2007-03-15 19:38:26
332.   trainwreck
Why am I not surprised Bob did not give ND a full look.
2007-03-15 19:41:27
333.   Bob Timmermann
There were time constraints keeping me from staying a long time at Notre Dame or getting there early. My brother had to go to his son's soccer game in the morning, so we got there about 2 hours before kickoff. My connection got me a really good parking permit so we were close to the stadium, so we didn't have much to walk. And we wanted to go home right away because:
1) the game had a less-than-optimal ending.
2) my brother and I wanted to get back to watch the first game of the World Series.
2007-03-15 19:42:48
334.   trainwreck
On the radio, Collison complained how much his ankle hurts. Maybe Howland should have sat him more.
2007-03-15 19:42:56
335.   Greg Brock
Virginia is beyond beautiful. I imagine it's just as beautiful as when Jefferson designed it. It's changed (of course), but it has a really special feeling.

It's expanded a ton, but I absolutely love the UVA campus. I almost decided to go there over UCLA.


2007-03-15 19:44:06
336.   El Lay Dave
331 LOL - Baaad error!

Yahoo sports lists him this way:
Dmitri Young DH Washington Nationals

He's not going to have much of a future as an NL DH!

2007-03-15 19:44:59
337.   Uncle Miltie
330- you've been to UVA, but not Maryland? UMD-CP is a really nice school.
2007-03-15 19:45:53
338.   Bob Timmermann
Well, that ship has sailed.

I can picture Greg Brock living in the "Academical Village." The governing body for UVA is the "Board of Visitors."

2007-03-15 19:46:21
339.   El Lay Dave
335 The humidity would have killed you.
2007-03-15 19:46:55
340.   Bob Timmermann
Charlottesville has a lot more to offer for a history buff than College Park.
2007-03-15 19:48:49
341.   Uncle Miltie
Well I'm off to UCSC for a few days to visit some friends. Go all Pac 10 teams except USC!
2007-03-15 19:49:00
342.   Bob Timmermann
Wright State making the VCU equipment manager check to see if they brought white jerseys along.
2007-03-15 19:49:46
343.   Greg Brock
338 You forget I was a military man from 1996-2000. I would have been very comfortable in a suit and tie on campus, and dressed to the nines for football games.

Well, I wouldn't have been comfortable, but I'd have done it...And It would have been a blast. UVA is a special place.

2007-03-15 19:55:39
344.   Bob Timmermann
UVA has a "honor code". There are signs on campus that state "Watch your possessions. People not subject to the honor code have access to this area."

I felt so shameful.

2007-03-15 19:57:37
345.   trainwreck
lol that is pretty funny.
2007-03-15 19:58:38
346.   Steve
Apparently, BYU would like Xavier to just shoot 35 free throws in the second half.
2007-03-15 19:59:20
347.   Bob Timmermann
So, I went and stole a whole bunch of wallets. I ate well that night.

UVA didn't have any security up at its football stadium (Scott Stadium) and I was able to walk all the way down to the 50-yard line.

2007-03-15 20:02:42
348.   Sam DC
Gonazaga and Indiana want to run, but neither team is very good at it.
2007-03-15 20:03:09
349.   Greg Brock
347 You violated the honor code.

I'm e-mailing the prefects as we speak.

2007-03-15 20:03:23
350.   Bob Timmermann
Godvls needs Xavier and Gonzaga to rally to have a perfect day. 9 people have missed one.

I'm tied for last!

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2007-03-15 20:03:39
351.   D4P
UVA is one of our top choices of places to end up someday
2007-03-15 20:04:27
352.   Steve
And a terrible basket interference call should help...
2007-03-15 20:11:18
353.   D4P
BYU is gonna have to draw upon their tough road experience in hostile environments such as Boise St. and Lamar
2007-03-15 20:12:25
354.   Bob Timmermann
BYU has many players who have been on foreign missions. St. Francis Xavier is the patron saint of foreign missions.


I think not.

2007-03-15 20:15:31
355.   Bob Timmermann
BYU also played at Pauley Pavilion before a sitting room only crowd announced at 9792.
2007-03-15 20:16:07
356.   Steve
I thought it was tremendously skillful to draw five handchecking fouls in thirty seconds while winning by nine points. Meanwhile, what's the rebounding spread now, 58-4?
2007-03-15 20:17:28
357.   Steve
And Xavier is in the double bonus, and BYU can only make 2/3 of its free throws.

You do the math.

2007-03-15 20:18:03
358.   Bob Timmermann
28 boards for the Musketeers. 23 for the Cougars.
2007-03-15 20:19:42
359.   Greg Brock
BYU better win. I mean, it would be a real shame if a school from the best, toughest, and most honest conference that the Good Lord ever created lost in the opening round. I mean, if BYU lost, I wouldn't be able to face the day.

You know, being the fierce road warriors and all. GO COUGARS!

2007-03-15 20:22:16
360.   trainwreck
What the hell happened in the UNC game?
2007-03-15 20:22:47
361.   Bob Timmermann
Has anyone else noticed that Eastern Kentucky is just four down against UNC in the second half?
2007-03-15 20:23:20
362.   Bob Timmermann
Apparently someone else has.
2007-03-15 20:26:00
363.   D4P
The UNC game is on TV here. I just turned it out. They're now up 9.
2007-03-15 20:31:20
364.   Bob Timmermann
And a great cheer goes up in Ontario as KCBS switches to XU-BYU.
2007-03-15 20:33:38
365.   El Lay Dave
I don't think Gonzaga is going to pull it out of the fire for me, but go Xavier!
2007-03-15 20:34:23
366.   D4P
I don't think Ontario gets NCAA coverage...
2007-03-15 20:34:40
367.   Greg Brock
I guess BYU's brilliance doesn't extend to clock management or outside shooting.
2007-03-15 20:35:21
368.   El Lay Dave
Drew Lavender! What a name!
2007-03-15 20:35:22
369.   D4P
It's kinda weird to see a non-white player on the floor for BYU...when did that start?
2007-03-15 20:35:46
370.   Bob Timmermann
They're throwing babies from the rafters of Rupp Arena!
2007-03-15 20:36:28
371.   Bob Timmermann
The last 15-20 years I think.
2007-03-15 20:37:05
372.   godvls
Where do I sign up for the women's NCAA Tournament contest? Does Title IX not apply to tournament brackets?
2007-03-15 20:37:46
373.   Bob Timmermann
I think ESPN has a women's contest.
2007-03-15 20:38:55
374.   El Lay Dave
Once I saw that USC was a 5, I had to make them my 12-seed's upset victim, no matter who that 12 was. I'd rather it be a mid-major than a mediocre SEC team, but go Razorbacks - avenge that football loss last season!
2007-03-15 20:39:33
375.   D4P
Steve's pride wenteth before a fall
2007-03-15 20:40:00
376.   Bob Timmermann
The first black players on BYU's basketball team were there in 1977. There weren't very many until the last five years.
2007-03-15 20:40:05
377.   El Lay Dave
And Xavier pulls it out!
2007-03-15 20:40:35
378.   saltcreek
2007-03-15 20:40:57
379.   Greg Brock
I guess the MWC's extensive road experience prepared BYU to take a massive dump in the first round of the tournament.

Nice choke, Cougars.

2007-03-15 20:41:01
380.   saltcreek
darn beat me to it
2007-03-15 20:41:40
381.   El Lay Dave
I guess they're crying in their near-beer and decafs back in Provo.
2007-03-15 20:42:05
382.   Steve
[prepares for thoroughly bad-natured ribbing to commence, but recognizes that he deserves it]
2007-03-15 20:42:21
383.   godvls
373 - Bob, Are you saying the Griddle doesn't support gender equity? When you're an ASU alum, women's hoops is the only sport that matters.
2007-03-15 20:42:51
384.   Greg Brock
I would make fun of BYU, but I really like the Cougs, and I'm really upset that they lost. What's not to like about BYU?


2007-03-15 20:43:23
385.   saltcreek
well there will be no one in our group with a perfect bracket....barring a miracle comeback against indy
2007-03-15 20:44:33
386.   saltcreek
thats means u godvls
2007-03-15 20:44:40
387.   Bob Timmermann
Sit back, Steve, open up an O'Doul's and dream of better times.

At least BYU has retaken the lead from Missouri of most NCAA tournament appearances without making the Final Four.

2007-03-15 20:44:41
388.   Greg Brock
Hey, remember that time that BYU proved who road tested they were and tore through the NCAA tournament?

Me neither.

2007-03-15 20:45:48
389.   saltcreek
386. great picks though
2007-03-15 20:46:39
390.   Bob Timmermann
2007-03-15 20:46:40
391.   El Lay Dave
I'll have 3 losses once Gonzaga goes down officially.

With those beautiful mountains as a backdrop, BYU ought to have a much prettier campus than they do.

And it never pains me to see a guy named "Ainge" on a losing team.

2007-03-15 20:47:53
392.   El Lay Dave
389 Yes, kudos to godvls for the first-day picks.
2007-03-15 20:48:15
393.   godvls
It was nice while it lasted.....
2007-03-15 20:48:23
394.   D4P
*open up an O'Doul's


2007-03-15 20:49:59
395.   Steve
It is appropriate, when ribbing, to close your asterisks to create the bold text.

Thank you,

The Management

2007-03-15 20:50:50
396.   Greg Brock
Man, I really wish UCLA would have played a challenging road schedule. It would have made us much more prepared to lose to Xavier (Wow!) in the first round.

Geez, that Midwestern Whoopiecushion Conference is tough.


2007-03-15 20:52:33
397.   Steve
Actually, UCLA played the perfect schedule to prepare for beating the Big Sky champions on a neutral court. All credit to them.
2007-03-15 20:52:46
398.   Bob Timmermann
UCLA is 1-2 against Indiana in the NCAA tournament.

But 1-0 in NIT play!

Class of '87!

2007-03-15 20:53:57
399.   saltcreek
that butler game killed me. I had the best feeling about dominion.
2007-03-15 20:54:45
400.   Greg Brock
397 Good point.

When I address you, would you prefer I call you FRE (First Round Exit) or MD (Massive Disappointment).

I could also call you the Road Warriors.

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2007-03-15 20:56:47
401.   Steve
That's tough talk from a first baseman who hit .248/.338/.399 for his career.
2007-03-15 20:57:32
402.   Steve
And whose third best comparison of all time is Travis Lee.
2007-03-15 21:01:09
403.   Bob Timmermann
I'm going to go 9-7 on the opening day.

That ain't gonna get it done.

2007-03-15 21:03:20
404.   Steve
As you can see, I don't have much to work with here.
2007-03-15 21:04:23
405.   saltcreek
but none of those 7( minus george washington) are advancing again in ur bracket.
2007-03-15 21:04:41
406.   El Lay Dave
BYU - one, out. Dodger CF, Juan Out. Steve, one name. Coincidence?
2007-03-15 21:09:48
407.   Steve
BYU - one, out. Dodger CF, Juan Out.

This stings. This really hurt. Brock couldn't touch me, but this was like pouring molten steel on my eyeballs and trying to get it out with razor wire.

2007-03-15 21:11:08
408.   Greg Brock
I want to get really snarky, but the better angels of my nature are preventing me from doing so.

I want to give Steve a hard time, but I can't.


2007-03-15 21:11:18
409.   Steve
Perhaps Andy Barker, P.I., can salve my wounded soul.
2007-03-15 21:13:07
410.   Greg Brock
Steve, I'm not giving you a hard time because I realize how much the loss hurts.

Just realize how totally irrelevant your basketball program is, and how much your garbage talk means nothing, and how much you've embarrassed your entire conference, and I'll be happy.


2007-03-15 21:18:13
411.   Steve
If you want to make God smile, tell him your plans.
2007-03-15 21:21:33
412.   Greg Brock
411 I was just throwing daggers there. Your non-stop UCLA japes made me lash out.

I'm sorry BYU lost. I was really rooting for them.

2007-03-15 21:34:45
413.   El Lay Dave
407 No point in a half-assed attempt.

Begrudgingly, I will admit that you have an ace in the hole that can never be removed; as a UCLA undergrad, that 1981 tournament was like molten steel, etc.

2007-03-15 22:11:12
414.   StolenMonkey86
Bad news: I lost power from 11:00-12:50

Good news: I went 13-3 today.

2007-03-15 22:11:46
415.   StolenMonkey86
(Note: Times referenced in 414 are EDT)

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