Fresh off the first atrocious ref job of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, PYB chimes in with some thoughts on the first weekend of March Madness:
--We had our first exciting finish Sunday, which was unfortunately ruined by the referees. It was just a matter of time, as the zebras have been missing every close call for four days. Ohio State benefitted from at least seven bad calls prior to the charge called on Iowa State, which was immediately followed by awarding the ball to the Buckeyes after it went off the fingers of Deshaun Thomas. Aaron Craft subsequently hit a last-second winning shot on a possession that should have never been. Once again, officials inserted themselves as the story and ruined a great game, and only Charles Barkley had the balls to say anything about it. Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith toed the company line...
--Gonzaga, after taking the honor of becoming the worst regular-season number one team in college basketball history, took the honor as worst number one tournament seed of all time. After nearly losing to Southern in the first round, they got pounded by Wichita State. The Zags are taking a page from the Kansas Book of Basketball, by perennially underachieving in March.
--If you needed further proof that college basketball is watered down, Georgetown got dominated by Florida Gulf Coast from opening tip to final buzzer.
--Another nitpick: what the fuck is up with all the late tips in the second round games on Saturday & Sunday? (BTW, we refuse to call it the third round just because eight shitty teams play mid-week in the "First Four." We can accept the games being pushed toward prime time on Saturday, when the public can enjoy them late into the night over a few beers. But Duke and Creighton starting at 9:40 EDT is ridiculous. Don't they know that most of us are so fucking hungover from Saturday and/or depressed about going to our shitty jobs on Monday that we can't stay up that late? This sucks, just like Super Bowl Sunday sucks.
--What do we like about the tournament? Well, gambling on it. Somehow, despite the subpar basketball, we've been solid with our prognostications, racking up a 27-11-3 record against the spread through Sunday's first game.
All we got. Checking in later --- PYB.