Now that the first two rounds of the 2009 NCAA tournament are finished, and the Sweet 16 is set, let’s hand out some awards:
The “Thanks for effing my bracket” award to the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest.Â You may have 3 top 20 NBA talent players on your team, but you decided to mail in the first round game to Cleveland St.Â May you enjoy a long year of high ankle sprains, Jeff Teague.
The “How the hell did you punch a ticket to the Big Dance” award to Minnesota.Â Nothing against the Gophers, i actually like Tubby Smith as a coach, but Minnesota is just not good and because they got into the tournament we do not get to enjoy Steph Curry or Patty Mills carry their teams.Â Davidson lost all 7 of their games to teams with 20 plus wins.Â 3 of St Mary’s 6 losses were to a very good Gonzaga team.
As a side note, a great game between those two talented players will be on ESPN 2 tonight, i highly suggested you check it out.
The “Most overrated Conference for Sports” award goes to the Big Ten.Â That conference is more overrated than Tyler Hansbrough and Eli Manning combined.Â It is bad enough we have to endure the Big Ten sending 2 teams to the BCS bowl games year after year (because they are too chicken shit to have a year end tournament) and we get to watch those over-matched teams get beaten like a rented mule.Â Now, we have to watch 7 teams from a mediocre conference in the NCAA tournament? Give me a break.Â Big Ten basketball is about as exciting as watching paint dry.Â A typical conference game looks like ten, 8year old kids who ride the short bus trying to hump each others leg.
The “Bob Huggins” award formerly the “Lute Olson” award goes to West Virginia for losing in the first round to a double digit seed.Â The Wildcats of Arizona were known for their early exits in the tournament, until
finally Lute got over the hump and won the big dance in 1997.Â Since then he has passed the torch to Mr. Huggins.Â Looks like a change in scenery from Cincinnati to West Virginia has not helped Bob’s tournament coaching record.
The “Walter Sobchak This Isn’t Nam There Are Rules Here” award to Lazar Haywood for stepping over the inbounds line against Missouri.Â I feel bad for the kid, i really do, because the odds of Marquette inbounding and scoring with only 5 seconds left against a tough full court defense was pretty difficult.Â But, you can move side to side all you want, just cannot cross that line, and that is the difference between going back to class or possibly moving on to the Sweet 16.