The Swinging Bunt
The Final 4 is set! Congratulations to Michigan State, UConn, Villanova and North Carolina you’re going to the Final 4… even though no one at WNST really thought you would. In our friendly 9 person office pool only Nestor had 2 of 4, while Bob and Ray failed to pick any of the National Semifinalists. Out of everyone, Drew with UConn is the only participant with his champ still alive. Personally, my bracket was… not my best effort, though I was the only person to have Villanova this far. However, unfortunately my pick to win it all, Louisville, as well as Memphis and Syracuse did not pull through for me. Oh well.
Joe? … Fred? All right, now that the rain delay is over, we’re going to throw it back live to Joe Angel and Fred Manfra from Fort Lauderdale for all the rest of the exciting action between your Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets… take it away Joe… Joe? Fred? Anyone? Helllloooo? Is anyone there?
Scanning the Blogosphere
Camden Chat apparently likes Lou Montanez as the title of their most recent piece is, “I like Lou Montanez now.”
Dempsey’s Army looks at who SHOULD be in the Orioles rotation when the team comes north, not necessarily who WILL be.
B-More Birds’ Nest asks the million dollar question… “Who is going to pitch for this team?!”
Sports by Brooks knows by this ESPN game graphic that Villanova and Pitt were really, really, really close throughout the entire second half.
Baltimore Beat Down identifies some prospects who might still be around when the Ravens draft in the 2nd round.
Truth and Rumors wonders whether Scott Boras will be looking for a $50M deal for the next potential MLB #1 overall draft pick, Stephen Strasburg, a fireballing right handed pitcher from San Diego State.
CMS Video of the Day
While only Villanova-Pitt gave us entertaining basketball over Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the commercial breaks gave fans something to look forward to. My two favorites:
Look at Coach K’s face in this still-frame… it’s hysterical!
The Morning’s Final Thought
Here’s a really interesting list provided by The Big Lead of the “Top 10 College Hoops Programs in the Last Decade.”
1. Michigan State – 10-10 tourney trips, 6 Sweet 16s, 4 Final Fours, 1 title
2. Kansas – 10-10 tourney trips, 7 Sweet 16s, 3 Final Fours, 1 title
3. North Carolina – 8-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 4 Final Fours, 1 title
4. Connecticut – 8-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, 1 title,
5. Florida – 8-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 3 Final Fours, 2 titles
6. Duke – 10-10 tourney trips, 7 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, 1 title
7. UCLA – 8-10 tourney trips, 6 Sweet 16s, 3 Final Fours, 0 titles
8. Arizona – 10-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
9. Texas – 10-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
10. Maryland – 7-10 tourney trips, 3 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, 1 title
And a lost of some Honorably Mentioned schools:
Pittsburgh 8-10 tourney trips, 5 Sweet 16s, 0 Final Fours, 0 titles
Illinois 9-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Ohio State 6-10 tourney trips, 1 Sweet 16, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Louisville 7-10 tourney trips, 3 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Oklahoma 8-10 tourney trips, 3 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Kentucky 9-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 0 Final Fours, 0 titles
Memphis 6-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 0 titles
Syracuse 7-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, 1 title
Gonzaga 10-10 tourney trips, 4 Sweet 16s, 0 Final Fours, 0 titles