How did I not know that John Stockton’s kid played for Gonzaga?
As I said, not really going to be able to wrap this up like I want to, but just had the urge to mention one thing. As fun as the tournament is, there is one thing about it I can’t stand. It’s that inevitable feeling of the loss coming on. With 63 games it is bound to happen to everyone a few times, but that doesn’t make it any less painful.
I’m not talking about just losing a game. I’m talking about a couple of minutes into the first half and you already know you are doomed. I’m talking about the rare basketball game where there is no run. You had talked yourself into some strategy, some upset, some player and they come out like garbage. It’s often a team you haven’t seen. I imagine some people had the feeling today with Belmont. You get fired up for them, pick them, and then you start to watch. That’s Belmont?
I want a time machine when this happens. Just let me go back and change this one pick. After that I feel like a moron and berate myself. I swear off the NCAA and then try to talk myself into thinking that everyone else tanked the same game I did. Obviously, for me, the game today was St. John’s. Hurt the old bracket, and the ‘Zags of all teams. Those mutts.
It wasn’t all bad news, though. We had Penn State, UConn, UCLA and Wisconsin cover. That’s 4-1. I would have been dancing in the streets if I’d pulled that during the NFL season. Law of averages says that 4-1 is bad news for ‘Nova tomorrow.
Checked the standings of the 3-Putt Territory Pool a few times. I think Horseface was out front the last I saw–never good to be leading the first day, but we’re generally nice and bunched up. Which is to be expected. This thing is going to completely blow up and if you can call the final that might be about all it takes to win this or any pool.
Anyway, here’s to a good Friday’s worth of games. Gotta say on the whole the first day provided plenty of great finishes.