On With The Show

What a week. 0 for 2. First the St Louis Cardinals get swept in the World Series and then the Democrats basically get swept in the election. At least my boy Obama won, but when you're running against Alan Keyes, it's really hard not to win. Honestly, nobody likes that guy.

Anyway, it's no longer time to look back in sorrow. It's time to look forward into November. Look forward to that sweet little piece of Americana known as NCAA Men's Basketball. Yes, it's that time of year already. Time to dust off those shooting jackets, pump up those old Reeboks, and start remembering when it's appropriate to start the "Warm Up The Bus!" chant (um, if you're drunk...it's always appropriate! Ha!)

On Sunday I'll bring you a focus feature on my homies up the road in Champaign...YOUR 2005 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS...THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS...FIGHTING ILLINI!!! (My God, that's got a ring to it, doesn't it?) But until then, here are five teams which really fascinate the hell out of me:

1) Kansas University Jayhawks

Things are looking good in Lawrence, Kansas. Seniors Wayne Simien, Keith Langford, Aaron Miles, and Michael Lee all return to the fold. Those four have all played in two Final Fours together. If you want a group of experienced players, you could not ask for anything more.

They can score. They can play D. Their coach is a sharp dressed man.

Their coach is also an oppurtunistic egomaniac who over coaches come crunch time and will not let the spotlight fall on the players....it only falls on himself. Because of that, I don't see this team making it past the Elite Eight come March. That's right, because of you Bill Self. You can go to hell. Straight to hell. (There's no bitterness here. Never has been. Never will be. Bill Self is going to hell, thats all.)

2) University of North Carolina Tar Heels

UNC will make the Final Four.


Four Final Reasons That UNC Will Make The Final Four:

1) Raymond Felton: 11.5 ppg, 7.1 ast, 4.0 reb, 2.1 stl
2) Sean May: 15.2 ppg, 9.8 reb, 1.4 stl, 1.3 blk
3) Rashad McCants: 20.0 ppg, 4.6 reb, 2.2 ast, 1.8 stl
4) Roy Williams: On a mission from god (Dean Smith). Also, everyone named "Roy Williams" seems to be having a stellar year.

3) University of Maryland Terrapins

My lord were they young last year. Gary Williams looked like a pre-school teacher for the first half of the season, but he got his kids in order, finished 7-9 in the ACC, 20-12 overall and had one hell of an ACC Tourney run.

Everyone is back. Everyone is experienced. Everyone is about to kick some ass.

P.S. Don't be surprised if Steve Blake tries to comes back and play for the Terps. Things aren't going so well in the pros and he still looks 20, so why not let him play? If Serge Zwicker got eight years of eligibility at UNC...let Blake back in!

4) University of Texas Longhorns

Te-Has might have the longest string of disapointing seasons this side of Illinois.

Will this be the year they break through? They are extremely young, but their upperclassmen are all steady contributers (not studs though.) Their freshman class is loaded with young, athletic bodies (isn't Texas' preview starting to sound like an add for a late-night Cinemax movie?)

Freshman Aldridge, Atchley, and Williams will all have to contribute if this years Longhorns team is going to make "The Leap."

But chances are, come March, they'll just ruin my bracket like they've been doing the last three years.

5) University of Louisville Cardinals

It's put-up-or-shut-up time for "The Ric-tator." Pitino is a great college coach. We know that. And The UL-KU reborn rivalry is great for a state that, let's face it, has Nappy Roots, a Meth addiction, and good college basketball.

This year's Redbird squad is going to boil down to one thing. What can Francisco Garcia do? College Basketball's Curt Schilling, F-Gar was a trooper last year, putting the Redbirds on his back for win after emotional win.

Can he do it again?

Will Pitino still be worried about Larry Bird walking through his door?

Only time will tell.

That is all for now...enjoy your weekends and check in Sunday for a glimpse at YOUR 2005 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS...THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS...FIGHTING ILLINI!!!

Unless of course you don't like College Basketball, in which case; enjoy Canada, you Un-American weirdo!


Came across your blog today. Good stuff. Love the Ric-tator reference. Though I think he might (finally) have a Top 10 squad on his hands.

Hoping you could add a link to my College Basketball Blog, http://collegeball.blogspot.com. I'd greatly appreciate a link on your site.

And would gladly return the favor, adding a link on my blogroll to your site.


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