Thursday, March 18, 2010

Let the Madness Begin

I hate to bump down another terrific podcast, but it's the first day of the Dance, and you all need to be excited. I believe Mark has a post on the way, but just in case he doesn't, why don't you watch these tourney buzzer beaters and get fired up:

133 comments:

TJ said...

Looks like Whit is taking the name change thing seriously:
http://bit.ly/c8kDve

TJ said...

OK, we start the day with Florida/BYU, Robert Morris/Villanova and ODU/Notre Dame.

The Teej likes ODU, Nova and, sorry Mark, BYU. Rooting for a white gunner like Jimmer Fredette, with such a goofy name and upstate NY bloodlines, is just too much fun.

Dan said...

irish by 12

mayhugh said...

Somebody had damn well better be live blogging the crap out of these things, 'cause I'm not catching the first 2 slates of games today.

TJ said...

Is that the line? Or your expert opinion?

mayhugh said...

I think it's a closer game, ODU matches up well inside, but Irish win because ODU can't shoot free throws.

TJ said...

WUSA9 giving us the ODU game. Fantastic.

TJ said...

And the first basket of BYU/Florida.

Mark said...

I don't like Florida against Team LDS today either. BYU's guards are really, really good.

cgormley said...

Nova 9 Some other team 5 15 minutes left in half.

cgormley said...

Rob Morr 15
Nova 11

10 minutes left in 1st Half

FLA 28
BYU 29
4 minutes left 1st

ODU 17
ND 23
5 min left 1st

Mark said...

So, some guard off BYU's bench who only averages 4 pts/game already has 10 (on 4-4 shooting)? Great, just fucking great.

TJ said...

ODU needs to keep this in single digits before the half.

TJ said...

someone call Shlara...Jay Wright needs a boost.

Geoff said...

Yeah, I have Villanofun in the final four in a couple brackets. Going out in the first round would be tits.

Geoff said...

I'm not gonna lie...I find Ben Hansbrough's jumper mildly arousing.

Greg said...

And Jimmer has an older brother named....you guessed it, TJ.

TJ said...

Rocco Dillon?

Geoff said...

In the back room of which Italian restaurant did Old Dominion find their coach?

mayhugh said...

I think the ODU coach was an extra in Enemy of the State.

TJ said...

The ODU coach is the doppleganger of a VP down at the Cracker Factory...it makes me laugh a lot.

Geoff said...

Yep. He sat poolside with Tom Sizemore and had a profanity laced discussion about union pension insolvency.

Greg said...

No TeeJay, it's TJ. Jimmer's brother is named TJ.

Geoff said...

Boom. Monarchs up 3 with 2 mins left.

cgormley said...

Wow. Rob Morris is up after a big three and the foul. Could be up by 8 with 11 to go.

Mark said...

Not a bad start to this weekend's festivities. Not a bad start at all.

Also, I want to dislike Jimmer. I really do. I just can't.

TJ said...

Hey Dan, enjoy Vegas...dick.

Jerry said...

ODU on all 3 brackets. I'm sensing a high water mark.

TJ said...

The Teej knows his CAA.

Apparently, his Big East 'Nova love might f him tho.

TJ said...

Hey Villanova, seriously, I've got Larry Eustachy and Marcus Fizer on Line 1...

Shlara said...

Maybe now the CAA can get some more respect

Geoff said...

Greatest first day noon games ever? Greatest first day noon games ever.

TJ said...

Jimmer!!!!

TJ said...

This is how you fucking start a NCAA tourney...

Mark said...

Fizer wasn't on that team Teej. Just Tinsley.

I had ODU on 2 of 3 brackets only because you assholes talk about the CAA so much.

This Florida game is going to fucking kill me.

zoltan said...

Never enter a pool with a bunch of lawyers. They're too risk-averse to pick anything other than the better seed in each game.

Mark said...

Yeah...I don't like Jimmer anymore.

zoltan said...

"anything other" is terrible sentence structure in this context. Your only options are the better seed or the worse seed.

TJ said...

Yep, was pissed after I hit send. Knew it was Tinsley.

No-Fun might pull this out.

Dan said...

layover in houston
nice odu pick. nd craps the bed it seems in every tourney
may the gators go down to ease the pain - i'm sure they won't now.
how 'bout a little robbie morris

TJ said...

Dan's ranson note comments feel more appropriate during tourney time.

Dan said...
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TJ said...

Well done dan.

Now does that "." Come just once a month?

Mark said...

I'd like to state for the record that I picked BYU in every bracket and fully expected Florida to lose. However, the Gators sucked me in (again). Now I'm pissed and whatmighthavebeening. Fuck.

Even with that, this might be the greatest set of first round games ever. Regardless of day or time.

Mark said...

And fuck Nova...let them die.

TJ said...

Some whorebag law school girls just tried to mock my enthusiasm for day 1 of the tourney...let's just say it went about as well as Dice Man's SNL appearance. For them.

Whitney said...

I like ODU coach Blaine Taylor getting some love from the G:TBers. He's been sporting the "DeNiro in CopLand" look for quite a few years now.

Whitney said...

Bobby Mo losing his mo against Nova. Dammit, that would set some people (not just Geoff) back.

TJ said...

Um, Robert Morris!

Mark said...

This is awesome.

TJ said...

First games of the day couldn't have been more awesome...

KQ said...

That Robert Morris coach has creepy bug eyes.

KQ said...

this game is unbelieveable.

TJ said...

He will make a three here.

He will.

TJ said...

Did Al Skinner draw that play up?

TJ said...

Anyone care to hear who the Teej has in these games? I was 3-0 afterall in early ones...

Whitney said...

I will say this: based on a certain esteemed college basketball analyst who spoke on the G:TB podcast the other night, I changed my pick in the Vandy/Murray St game.

It wasn't Teej. No offense.

TJ said...

Yeah, that guy is a dumbass.

Jerry said...

I see one of TJ's entries tied for 43rd place. And the other on tied for 1st...along with 28 other people. Bravo.

TJ said...

Kansas
Kentucky
Syracuse

Git ir done

TJ said...

LaceDarius...not even remotely a name. Unless he makes the Sweet 16.

Jerry said...

I've got a guy on the inside who tells me LeBron James is going to win the MVP. It's not Ted.

TJ said...

It's late now, but Murray St is very much a Siena. Experienced tournament seniors, used to winning games, not phased by "tourney" experience.

Whitney said...

Sam Houston State: the Bearkats. With a "k." They aren't allowed to advance for that alone, right? I mean, why not just make it "Bearkatz" and write it in glitter?

I expected Sam Houston State (from Huntsville, TX) to be the Gunslingers, or the Magnum .357's, or the Shootin' Hestons. Bearkatz was a big letdown.

Mark said...

I don't understand why Whitney thinks Sam Houston State's mascot should be a condom.

TJ said...

Raftery enjoying himself during Richmond/St Marys

zoltan said...

I went to high school with David Bear-Katz. His father was Jewish, his mother was a large woodland mammal.

TJ said...

Al Gore's Manbearpig?

rob said...

just got to utah. did i miss anything?

Mark said...

A Baylor loss would be very, very bad for my bracket(s).

Mark said...

Murray St and Vandy trading shots down the stretch. This day keeps getting better.

rob said...

ogilvie's homage to nic cage in raising arizona is impressive

TJ said...

You know what this first round needs more of?

NIT nut punches.

rob said...

onions!

Mark said...

Murray State, Murray State, Murray State!

/pats self on back

TJ said...

Murray st

The teej is on fiiiiire

Boo yah

rob said...

richmond's killing the tribe's rpi.

Whitney said...

That's just how the Spiders roll. They'd lose just to spite us.

zoltan said...

The Spiders are good at two things: math and fuckin' up the Tribe's RPI.

TJ said...

Kudos to the kennedy plan...

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Murray State coach Billy Kennedy went with his gut and drew up a play his team had never run before, with Isacc Miles the go-to guy at the end.

Mark said...

Enberg: "Kentucky's flexing its talented muscles." Thats funny, I just finished flexing my talented muscles...

TJ said...

...and a Pope was elected...

TJ said...

It's 7:50 east coast time. I've yet to see lowercase punctuation-less rants....

Has dan landed?

Mark said...

Even I'm rooting for Ohio...and I hate the entire state of Ohio.

Shlara said...

Gtown. Wow. Good start to the evening set of games.

TR said...

Just settling in for games now. Been up with kids ALL DAY. They are locked in their rooms now. Brutal day, and I have 3 more identical ones ahead of me.

I'm surprised nobody has mentoned Greg Gumbel's burgeoning afro. If he thinks it makes him look less fat, well, he's wrong.

Mark said...

Ohio's following up strips at halfcourt with no-look alley oops. Who the hell are these guys?

Mark said...

I got so hammered yesterday that today's been one of those "constantly hungry" kind of days. This looming Herb Pope election isn't going to help...

TR said...

"Constantly hungry" describes every day of my adult life.

Ohio-GTown such a blowout I got pushed to N Iowa-UNLV.

KQ said...

um, did someone forget to tell georgetown they had a game tonight? this would be my first loss of the day and, quite frankly, i'm enjoying my perfect bracket status. JT3, how about shoving a foot up someone's ass?

TJ said...

Four
Dead
In
O
Hi
O

Mark said...

Farokmanesh. Clearly Iranian (or something) for ONIONS!

Shlara said...

Richmong, UNLV and the Hoyas...thank you for messing up my brackets today.

Whitney said...

TR, congrats on the impending triplets. At leat that's what I took from your post.

And one of the things I relish most about this tournament every year is that first moment when you reach a point in a game where you say, "Fuck it, I know I didn't pick them, but dammit, I want these underdogs to win."

Jerry said...

Which one of you geniuses had Ohio? Seriously, did anybody anywhere mention Ohio as an upset possibility? I say no.

zoltan said...

I have Washington in the sweet 16. So they'll lose this game.

Whitney said...

Robot Jerry, I'm sure you could do the math and tell us what the percentages were. Embracing the emotion of such an upset, however . . . "DOES NOT COMPUTE"

Mark said...

In no way did I even consider Ohio. I had Gheorghetown going out to Tennessee in Round 2.

And, I never root for my bracket over an upset. Give me upsets all day long.

Jerry said...

You're not watching Magic-Heat? The Florida Derby?

Mark said...

I am. Was TV2. Now TV1. Heat give the Magic a lot of trouble. And I can't really figure out why.

zoltan said...

Sticktoitiveness.

zoltan said...

Sticktoitiveness.

Mark said...

Oh Quincy!

Jerry said...

We're AT&T...and we'd love to get our hands on as much of that $350 billion in taxpayer's money as possible...

Jerry said...

Surprising because Orlando has been red hot and Miami kind of sucks. Maybe it's the El Heat jerseys.

Looking forward to Los Nuggets tonight. Mexican poop.

TJ said...

I'm looking for Ray Finkle...

...and the Georgetown team that plays on Saturdays.

Jerry said...

I think JT3 has got to take a ton of blame for that game. GTown looked ridiculously rattled as soon as the lead hit double digits. He's gotta take control there and calm his guys down. They got it figured out offensively after a while, but it took way too long.

Jerry said...

If anybody wants to watch me and Ted play soccer at 11...good seats are still available.

Mark said...

What is with the late night soccer games you play in? Do you play in an inner city outreach sort of league?

Bobby Maze wants to be Allen Iverson so badly it looks like it hurts.

TJ said...

So Montana has to be the late night Cinderella?

Shlara said...

I missed almost all of the games today due to circumstances beyond my control. I feel so disconnected.

Will be ducking out of work early tomorrow to watch games at a bar...there better be some good upsets tomorrow. I love an upset in March.

rob said...

post-rehearsal dinner, in the midst of a discussion about beef jerky, my father asks, 'you can jerk just about any kind of meat, can't you?'. the reactions from the younger generation, as you might imagine, were less than muted.

Mark said...

AHL.

zoltan said...

AHL indeed. And how did you get on the topic of jerking in the first place?

rob said...

my sister's boyfriend bought several bags of elk and buffalo jerky this afternoon.

Mark said...

Has anybody ever figured out why the National Association of Realtors always advertises during the NCAA Tournament?

Is this TJ's doing?

zoltan said...

I had elk jerky once. It's really good. It's my favorite jerked meat.

Mark said...

I'll say it. I'm not a big jerky fan.

TJ said...

I do not like the jerky, nor want to snap into a slim jim

TJ said...

I have no clue how it's working around the rest of the country, but that Georgetown loss just opened up that bracket quite a bit in the Greater DC area.

TJ said...

This Texas/Wake game is quite good...

TJ said...

Who loves Texas?

Teej loves Texas.

Shlara said...

I love Raftery

rob said...

sweet jesus. barnburners abound. greg gumbel with the hosting acrobatics.

Mark said...

Its really tough to overstate how great today has been.

TJ said...

TN vs the Bobcats of Ohio.

Weird. March. Madness.

Mark said...

Avery Bradley is a monster on defense.

Sisler said...

Teej, I've been waiting for the Gumbel 2 Gumbel reference...

rob said...

you think lacedarius makes fun of j'covan?

Shlara said...

wow. wake

Mark said...

How to blow a game in 3 easy steps by Rick Barnes.

rob said...

holy ish

rob said...

holy ish