Thursday, March 09, 2006

S'Cuse Me While I Kiss this Guy

As March Madness approaches -- and consumes me like a hot fire -- I'll be posting thoughts and observations about the games and probably making snide comments about the announcers. If you hate sports and/or just don't care feel free to skip these.

While today's Syracuse/UConn Big East tournament matchup didn't provide the outcome I really wanted (ie, the arena floor opening up and swallowing both teams whole) it did provide an early dose of March Madness on a Thursday afternoon.

I stepped away from the TV at the end of regulation, assuming that UConn would seal the deal after taking the lead with less than 20 seconds to go. But no, Gerry McNamara (looking like a castaway from a House of Pain video) sank a desperation heave to send the game into OT where the Orangemen tried their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It again looked like UConn would get away with a win after McNamara's doppelganger -- Eric Devendorf -- stole the ball and with Boheim's lousy coaching rearing its ugly head at the worst possible time tried an out-of-control layup rather than kill some clock and make the Huskies foul with less than 20 seconds to go and a two point lead.

What does this all add up to? Probably not a whole hell of a lot. Syracuse was likely in the tournament anyway and UConn's still a one seed, but it just shows to go you how hard it is to beat anybody three times in one season and that even the best team in the country can go home a loser.

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