March Madness: You Already Know!
My buddy Paul and I were talking last week about America’s fascination with college sports. Other countries don’t have the college sports experience we have here in the States. They generally only care about futbol, cricket, and techno music. College football might draw the biggest crowds, but the men’s college basketball tournament is hands down the greatest sporting event in the country. Argue all you want, but nothing compares to the excitement and energy of March Madness.
This year’s tournament is shaping up nicely. The Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked #6 in the country and have a chance to grab a #1 tourney seed if they win the Big Ten Tournament next week. Led by Big Ten player of the Year and National Player of the Year candidate Evan Turner (pictured above; missed 6 games with a BROKEN BACK), The Bucks hope to make a deep run in the tournament. Coach Thad Matta took The Bucks to the National Championship game in 2007, but lost to Florida 84-75. Hopefully this year they can come back to Columbus with a national title.
Another star for the Buckeyes is senior bench-warmer Mark Titus. He runs a blog called Club Trillion which gives his “life views from the end of the bench.” The blog was featured on Bill Simmons’ podcast and blew up over night with over 2.5 million hits in 18 months. Titus continues to gain more readers with his comedy and unique perspective. Club Trillion teamed up with Homage Clothing to produce the famous Club Trill shirts that over 2,000 students wore at last week’s senior game. Here is a video Mark made to quiet all the bench-warming haters.
The Bucks will have to get through some tough competition if they want the Championship. Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas are the teams to beat. Syracuse is playing extremely well and Duke is loaded just like they have been for the past 10 years. Kansas, led by senior guard Sherron Collins, will almost definitely make a Final Four run.
Kentucky’s star freshman John Wall is probably the biggest name in college basketball. If the NBA didn’t require players to spend a year playing college ball, Wall would have been a first round draft pick out of high school. Kentucky lost a few games but they are poised to make a deep tournament run. John Wall is probably the most athletic guard in the country and his highlight mix explains why.
I’m taking off the entire month of March and setting up a blogging compound for the tourney.