March Badness

Categories: March Madness

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I'll admit it, my NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket sucks. Got off to a horrid start with Louisville losing to Morehead State and got progressively worse as the weekend wore on.

The Sour 16 carnage: I've lost three of my Final Four teams including my projected champion Pittsburgh.

In other words, I can't wait for Opening Day.

Doesn't make me feel much better, but apparently I have company. After yesterday's wacky results that saw Notre Dame, Syracuse and Purdue each upset, we awoke this morning to a Sweet 16 that no one saw coming.

No, seriously, I mean no one.

In ESPN.com's bracket challenge there are 5.9 million entries. Exactly none of them picked all 16 teams correctly. Only one bracket had 15 of the 16. Some of us stooges are left with only eight of the 16.

Picking Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida State in the Southwest just didn't make any pre-tournament sense. Likewise, the officiating in the tournament has been, well, curious?

While Louisville and Pitt (and almost Duke) lost games because their guards couldn't make clutch free throws and while the Big East lost nine of its record 11 teams in the first weekend, the refs have dominated the headlines, and that's never good.

In the Butler-Pitt game Saturday afternoon there were two controversial foul calls in the final two seconds, including one on the Panthers at the buzzer 90 feet from the basket of a tie game. And yesterday Texas had the lead and the ball with 14 seconds remaining against Arizona when a referee called a rare 5-second violation on an attempted inbound pass. Just watched a replay and the ref clearly only counts to four before the Longhorns tried to call time out. Also yesterday Washington's final possession against North Carolina should've come with 1.4 seconds not 0.5, but refs didn't take the time to review a deflected pass and check when exactly the ball went out of bounds.

The officials, of course, are standing by their "call the game" mantra, no matter the situation or score. A foul is a foul and a violation is a violation, regardless. But if that's so, how has palming or carrying the ball become such an accepted part of college basketball?

I remember when Allen Iverson debuted his nasty crossover and it was as sweet as it was legal. But in this tournament you'll see a guard in every game pause the ball in mid-air, mid-dribble and take two steps. To me and everybody else this side of And1 fans, that's traveling.

But of course, so is the new "move" of hopping before taking a jumper. You can't catch the ball, establish a pivot foot and then move both feet (tiny as a "hop" may be) before launching a shot. Tra-vuh-leeng.

Of couse if my bracket wasn't busted, I'd likely be hailing this as the greatest played and officiated March in the history of Madness. So there.

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Kergos Real Ass
Kergos Real Ass

For the love of god, like i didn't already feel like a douche for picking Tx and Pitt into the championship game..Now I have to go through life knowing that I picked the same lame ass to win the Tourney that Fucky Whitt did...Guess I need to turn in my gay card...Right Kerg's??

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I didn't see the first "controversial" foul in the Butler game, but I did see the last one. It was an obvious foul. A foul is a foul and I don't care how much time is in the game, score, etc. That's just me though and from what I've seen on twitter and message boards, I'm in the minority.

I couldn't find the Texas game on the television anywhere. What channel was it on?

Mishon
Mishon

Why does the Final Four Logo look so fucking retarded and childish every year?

Richie's cowardice
Richie's cowardice

Still no comments from Richie?What happened to that olive branch?

Gary
Gary

Each bad call by a ref is preceded by a knucklehead moment by a player. Honestly, there is a higher basketball IQ in the state playoffs. The Pitt game had a bit of irony. The brutally stupid foul by Butler to give Pitt the free throws right at the end. Coach Jamie Dixon must've had memory flashes to when he himself fouled ND's David Rivers in a similar fashion, costing TCU a win when Rivers actually made the free throws.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Close games are decided by the officials in this tournament, which shouldn't be happening. The official in the Texas game should never call another tournament game in his life.

kergo
kergo

First, motherbitches!

More baseball! More fake names from me! More me clicking "like" on my own posts!

Less Rooster, a man whose idiocy knows no bounds.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

TNT, but I thought you were busy skinning racoons

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

it is kind of rare that noone rips on RW in one of his posts. I think part of the reason is that he only asked two questions in his post and they were both valid compared to his usual rhetorical or wouldja questions.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

as unfortunate as it was that the call was made, it should have never gotten to that point. If the idiot doesnt call a timeout after the rebound, he's sitting at the free throw line with a chance to ice the game. So the real question is, which longhorn was on the take?

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I died a couple of weeks ago. Just kinda floating around in limbo hitting up the sports bars here along the River Walk.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

They threw a couple of passes away in the first half that if they would have converted those possessions, they might not have been in that position. Scott, regardless of the play that happened before, the player called timeout before the 5th wave started.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

no matter what they did earlier, there was no excuse for calling the T.O. its Webberish, panic, the team played dumb, much like they did the last month of the season.

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