Like most of Twitter, it seems, I'm wildly unexcited by tomorrow night's NCAA Men's Championship game. It's not terribly fair to the two teams involved - both UCONN and Kentucky have played exceptionally in this tournament, and deserve to be in the final. Kentucky's run to the title game, in particular, is one of the great sustained pressure performances of all time. It's just that I liked the stories of the two other Final Four teams better, and as most who don't have rooting interests, I pull for novelty over royalty.
Our admiration for Bo Ryan is well-documented. And I really fell hard for this Florida team after reading several profiles about its senior class, particularly this one from Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples.
This picture, taken as the Gators waited for a plane to take them home after their loss to Connecticut, won't help ease Mark's pain, but it will make you like Patric Young and Will Yeguete even more.