The Electric Commentary

Friday, March 25, 2005

Snake! Snake! Oh, it's a snake!

Well, I'm out of my pool. I had Oklahoma State winning it all, but Salim Stoudamire sent them home with a very difficult fadeaway jumper with 2.8 seconds remaining. Alas.

UWM put up a better fight than I thought they would, and if Ed McCants could have made any shots at all they might have stolen this game, but Ed was ineffective largely because of the Illini defense (which is also why Joah Tucker was able to get free so often).

Tonight the Badgers take on Julius Hodge and the N.C. State Wolfpack. It should be a tough game, but really, if you are the Badgers, you have to take advantage of not playing a single-digit seed in the tournament to this point. The Badgers should be able to pull this one out, although it will be a tough, grind-it-out style game.

I also look for Tom Izzo to lose to Duke yet again, Villanova, missing Curtis Sumpter, to go down to North Carolina, and Kentucky to blow out Utah.

Finally, I'm now officially sick of the Bruce Pearl thing (you would be too if you lived here), but I'd like to offer up one last point:

Getting angry at Bruce Pearl for the sanctions leveled against Illinois is just like a Bears fan getting angry at Don Majkowski for the "over-the-line" touchdown. Maybe Don was in front of the line of scrimmage when he threw the ball, and maybe he was not, (Note: He was, of course, not in front of it), but even assuming that he was in front of it, how is it his fault that the refs screwed it up? Bears fans should be angry with the replay official and the refs, but Majkowski had no influence on the ruling. It is not Majkowski's fault that the Bears "were screwed" and it's not Pearl's fault that the Illini were screwed.

Now, let's all watch the Badger cartoon. It is, after all, Badger Day.


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