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The Final Four: Rambling

Posted on: March 29, 2010 7:50 pm
OK, so I finally found a topic that I feel strongly enough about to rise out of my blog dormancy, at least for now:  The Final Four.

Michigan State.  Butler.  West Virginia.  Duke.

Get over it.

This year's Final Four is a lot of things, but one thing it ISN'T is a fluke.  Two 5 seeds, a 2, and a 1.  So?????  Rankings are based on decisions that a committee made.  Maybe the committee made a mistake.  Everyone makes mistakes.  All four of these teams were ranked in the top 25 to begin the season.  Is it really so surprising that they end up on top of the heap?  I don't need to read a hundred online news columns to know that few people picked that Final Four.

Now I'm not some sports columnist or news reporter pretending to be unbiased.  I'm human.  I have opinions, and they get in the way of everything I write, no matter how much I pretend they don't.  I'm a State fan.  I never thought my Spartans would get this far in the 2010 tournament, but they did, and I fully intend to root for them with vigor on Saturday against Butler.  Then, I'll root for West Virginia with equal vigor.  I don't like Duke.  I'm biased against them.  But anyone with a brain knows that they're a helluva basketball team with a helluva coach.  In fact, all four teams are good teams with good coaches.  You want proof?  Did your team get to the NCAA tournament and win four straight games in the last two weeks?  I didn't think so.  It might be tough for many people to accept, but these four teams are the best in college basketball right now.  As for who's THE best, we'll find out on Saturday and Monday.

So here's my point: It's time for everyone to stop analyzing the "unlikely" teams.  It's called March MADNESS for a reason.  The basketball might bounce in a different direction then you expect.  That's life.  My bracket's busted, and yours probably is too.  Let's forget the point spreads, stats, and predictions.  Instead, let's all step back, grab a beer and chips or whatever your preferred beverage and snackage is, and enjoy the games.  Root for whoever you want, because you can bet that I will be.

Go State!


Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 9:48 am

The Final Four: Rambling

Thanks RR and Eladam for your comments.  Yes it was a great game.  I felt like both teams could have played better, but oh well.  Butler won, and it was a good game, just like I predicted.Wink  I am rooting for Butler tonight because, as I stated before, I'm not a Duke fan.  But I'm not going to watch the game - not because I'm still angry about the Spartans or anything, but just because it's kind of late.  I have to get up at 5:45 AM tomorrow, so midnight's a little late to stay up.Undecided  Should be another great game tonight.

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2010 10:10 pm

The Final Four: Rambling

I agee with your blog totally, but i have to say that I am glad your Spartans lost. Butler hasn't ever been to a final four, and i have Duke in a pool at work with 80 dollars on the line. I'm not a major Duke fan, but you better believe i'm pulling for them. Eighty dollars is a pretty good amount of beer. The reason that I'm glad the Spartans lost is because I love underdogs. Butler has never been to a final four, and they have a shot at winning the whole thing. Although i am for Duke now, i wouldn't mind seeing Butler take it all.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2010 8:36 pm

The Final Four: Rambling

The semi-final game just ended.  Butler advances.  Yeah for our home town team, but at the same time, I hate seeing a big 10 team go down.  It was a great game MM.  Lets see a "mid major" get the big trophy now.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2010 9:55 am

The Final Four: Rambling

Thanks for dropping in ImJustLazy.  I agree entirely.  How could anyone call all that boring?  Haha I can't blame you for rooting for Butler.  If it was anyone else besides my Spartans playing them, I would be rooting for them too.  Good luck to them today.  And Go State!

Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2010 9:15 pm

The Final Four: Rambling

I like the write up MM.  I have recently have gotten back into my blog as well, even changed the name to something a bit more... Lazy.  What struck me most while reading was that all 4 of these teams were in the Top 25 to start the season.  That right there should have quieted all talk about this being an unlikely or boring Final Four.

I won't ever understand that either.  How could this possibly be boring?  One of the hottest teams down the stretch run of the season (West Virginia), two hall of fame coaches (Izzo for MSU, and K for Duke), and the home town team (Butler).  I didn't know you needed more storylines then that...

By the way, good luck to State, but I will be rooting for Butler.  I was down in Detroit for the Final Four last year wearing something green (I don't have any State stuff), and rooting my butt off for MSU (the beer helped).  I can't do it two years in a row - too jealous that y'all have Izzo and yearly success.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2010 1:17 pm

The Final Four: Rambling

I agree entirely.  Thanks for your comments D2.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2010 6:39 am

The Final Four: Rambling

Great comments everyone.  I'll agree with Vitale as well.  The one and done is simply an awful way of having to recruit for major talent.  go to school for at least three years and at least get enough credits to be a Junior.  Staying all four years didn't seem to hurt Tim Duncan and many others.  I don't think many realize how freakin' valuable that full ride for up to five years actually is.  Careers gat cut short in the NBA all the time.  A diploma is forever.

As for this years tournamant, sure brackets got busted.   That's the fun.  If picking was easy, there would be absolutely no fun in filling out those multiple brackets every spring.  I have no complaints about the teams left in the finals. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2010 2:00 pm

The Final Four: Rambling

That's true Buc.  You have a good point.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:44 pm

The Final Four: Rambling

As for the NBA matching the NFL thing, Dick Vitale brought up this point in a game I was watching last season, and I whole heartily agree.  He also said that if a kid goes to college, he should be required to stay 3 years, but that a kid out of high school should have a chance to be drafted.  He said the one and done is horrible.  Plus, he said do we honestly believe that the Greg Odens and Kevin Durants (or lets say the John Walls and Cousinses) are really putting an effort into their classes knowing they'll be gone?

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2010 5:39 pm

The Final Four: Rambling

That would be GREAT.

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