First off, we’ve got to give a large pat on the back to our Mother Ship. Go ahead, pat ‘em so hard you leave a red mark. ESPN deserves our gratitude for further expanding the coverage of the NCAA tournament this coming weekend.
As you all know by now, the Bristol-based money-printers will be televising all 16 Regional sites and also implementing the Bases Loaded feature, which will have Kyle Peterson in studio directing the conversation on what’s going on and switching between games to catch all the big moments of the day.
I’m in Houston. Made it here fine. Back to my old stomping grounds of Reckling Park where Rice is hosting the Conference USA tournament.
Houston is also famous for the Johnson Space Center, the Astrodome, the Gallery Furniture Dot Com Bowl and of course, that midget Bushwick Bill and his awful 90′s rap group the Geto Boys. Do you remember them? “Gangsta” rap out of Houston.
Before I get to the usual Thursday preview stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention going to see the College of Staten Island and Baruch College of NYC play a second round game at the CUNYAC – the City University of New York Athletic Conference – Tournament which was being held in Coney Island, which was on my way to JFK airport and my flight back to Los Angeles.
Okay guys. Small apology here.
This thing is a little on the late side. But hopefully you’ll dig it either way.
I wrote most of this write up from the Thursday night Florida-LSU game at the stadium after the game. Then I went to my buddies house to finish it before hitting the rack to rest my bones. But lo and behold, there is not a reliable wireless signal there – damn him. Then, this morning I had to haul ass down to New Orleans to catch a flight to New York, so I didn’t get a chance to post this. But now as I post pictures and put the finishing touches on this thing, I’m in the middle of Bryant Park in bustling Manhattan and I’ve finally got an internet signal to finish this column.
It’s just the times we live in.
I think I’ve come to hate that phrase.
It runs the gamut from cell phone texting, to endless lawsuits, to Facebook, to single parent homes, to terrorist bombings. Good or bad, they’re part of the times we live in.
It’s pretty good to be Louisville right now.
Your basketball team just won its third national title. Your women’s team just made it to the national title game. Your football team ran circles around Florida to win the Sugar Bowl to finish 11-2 and will have a preseason top 10 team this coming fall. And now, your softball team is ranked No. 11 and – most importantly – your baseball team is ranked No. 12.