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March 29, 2010 |

The Swinging Bunt

And then there were Four.  It seems like you can always go back.  The college basketball world will once again have its attention fixated on Indianapolis, IN, the site for next weekend’s Final Four.  The whole thing started 15 days ago in Indy at NCAA Headquarters when Dan Guerrero, Chair of the NCAA Men’s NCAA Tournament Committee, announced the names of 65 schools to compete for this year’s national championship.  This morning only four coaches woke up with a trip to Indianapolis with their teams on their agendas for later this week.  One is Tom Izzo.  Izzo will go back to the Final Four for his second appearance in as many years, and for his 6th time in 12 seasons as coach at Michigan State.  Another is Bob Huggins.  This will be Huggy-Bear’s first time back on his profession’s grandest stage since taking Cincinnati in 1993; this time he’ll bring his alma mater, West Virginia.  Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, he’s a Final Four regular; 2010 will mark his astounding 11th trip.  However, to me, it’s Brad Steven’s trip that’s the most impressive full-circle story of them all.  Stevens and his Butler Bulldogs returned to Indianapolis from Salt Lake City early Sunday morning as West Region Champions and with an opportunity to potentially claim the school’s first national championship next Monday night less than 10 miles from their beds.  Butler has won 16 home games this season inside historic Hinkle Fieldhouse located on-campus at 510 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN.  If Brad Stevens and his team can register two more victories just down the road at Lucas Oil Stadium, than the other three coaches will be booking themselves very disappointing return flights back to wherever they call home.

Scanning the Blogosphere

WNST.net: Drew Forrester reports and comments, “The Steelers invade Harford County… and evidently it’s OK.” Yikes.  I don’t like that, not one iota.

WNST.net: Rex Snider gives his account of, “A Rednecks Wrestlemania Report.”

MLB.com: Orioles Beat Writer Britt Ghiroli reports, “Matusz sails through his intrasquad outing.”

TheBigLead: “Final Four Storylines: Tom Izzo is the Best, Coach K’s Surprising Run, Bob Huggins’ Tracksuits, and Hoosiers.”

BaltimoreRavens.com: John Eisenberg calls the Ravens, “Still a Run-Oriented Offense.”

ESPN.com/Deadspin: Same story, two distinct headlines, ESPN: “Holmes on lawsuit: ‘I didn’t do anything.” Deadspin: “Santonio Holmes shows Steeler solidarity, gets sued by woman he met in nightclub.”

ESPN.com: “Real life Chiefs leaving Johnstown.” Whaaaaat!  Subtitle: ‘Life imitates movie: Town that inspired ‘Slap Shot’ losing team inspired by film.’

ESPN.com: Jayson Stark examines what winning MLB managers and players are made of in, “Ingredients for winning require rare mix.”

SportsByBrooks:  “Urban Meyer apologizes to reporter for outburst.”

Deadspin: “Augusta’s Chauvinism enabled Tiger, says Masters Rabble Rouser.” Jeez.  Martha Burke, blast from the not-too-distant past.

SportsByBrooks: “Tiger TV to be delayed, but Masters site now live.”

FanHouse: Tim Povtak says Baltimore’s Carmelo Anthony, “Puts team, two-seed on his shoulders.”

Video of the Day

“Jim Playfair just broke a stick over the ice – he has lost his mind!  Jim Playfair is throwing the stick on the ice, Unbelievable, he has thrown his jacket off.  Jim Playfair is going nuts on Jaime Koharsky (son of Don Koharsky) right now!  … Jim Playfair has absolutely lost it with this referree!” — Ya think?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrkR7ih6f3M[/youtube]

Tweets of the Day

Ravens OT, Jared Gaither – jaredgaither

good workout just got to the crib glad to be back in the house wit the ravens

ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter

Interesting point by ESPN draft guru Todd McShay: The difference between QB Sam Bradford going No. 1 or No. 4 is roughly $15 million.

CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops

Watched second half of Duke-Baylor this morning. Smith was the leading scorer, but Lance Thomas was MVP. His off rebs made the difference.

CBS College Basketball Insider, Gary Parrish – GaryParrishCBS

Credit Brian Zoubek for being honest. Here’s how he described the charge he drew on Quincy Acy: “That was a lucky blow of the whistle.”

ESPN College Basketball Insider, Andy Katz – ESPNAndyKatz

Don’t get: Schools/media report MSU’s Tom Izzo as a candidate. He’s an icon at MSU, 6 Final Fours. He’s going to go to Oregon? Please.

CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops

For the record I still think Tubby will be Oregon’s next head coach. Then again, I went oh-for-4 in regional final picks this weekend.

The Sporting News College Basketball Insider, Mike DeCourcey – tsnmike

AP voters making DeMarcus Cousins first team A-A got it wrong. Marvelous talent, great player. Can’t be first-team in 23.5 minutes per game.

WNST Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: Presumably, #Iowa hiring Fran #McCaffery is good news for #Loyola and the rest of the #MAAC. Presumably.

WNST Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST

GMC: Greivis #Vasquez named #AP 2nd-team All-American. Wall, Turner, Cousins, Wes Johnson, Scottie Reynolds on 1st team. #Terps

SI NFL Columnist, Peter King – SI_PeterKing

Hard to believe it’ll be the top of the fourth at Fenway, Yanks-Sox, exactly a week from now.

Comcast Morning Show Host, Drew Forrester – WNST

Drew: This is hilarious. People are e-mailing me yelling at ME for writing an anti-Steelers blog in Baltimore! WTF is going on here?

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