The NCAA basketball tourney wrapped up yesterday in grand 1946 fashion as the Huskies of Connecticut defeated the Bulldogs of Butler University by a count of 12-9.* With the tourney over, it officially brings an end to the first Thirsty Beagle Bracket Challenge!
Congrats go to Clayton Howell of Edmond for picking the winning bracket! Howell’s Final Four picks of Kansas, Florida, North Carolina and Connecticut only hit on one out of four, but that was more than just about everyone else. So well done, Mr. Howell. Your prize will be in the mail shortly.
Meanwhile, been thinking about some different sports things lately…
-While the NCAA tournament was decent — the first couple days as usual were fun — the final game was pretty indicative of college basketball in general. Not a ton of great players. Not a ton of great games. It doesn’t help that OSU and OU have become relatively irrelevant over the past couple years. And it certainly doesn’t help in this area that the Thunder have soared to pretty astounding levels of popularity. Just seems like people don’t care as much about college basketball anymore, and then when you do care, you get a clunker like last night.
-Speaking of the Thunder, is it just me, or does this team need to run more than just one or two plays each game? I know when you have Durant and Westbrook, sometimes the best play is to have Durant or Westbrook shoot. But man, when those two aren’t hitting shots, the offense looks terrible. Granted, the team has won like 15 of the past 20 games, so all is obviously not lost.
-Thank god for baseball season. Had to throw that out there. Especially as a Toronto fan. With both the Leafs and Raptors almost guaranteed to miss the playoffs AGAIN, I don’t have much to cheer about these days. With the Jays kicking things off this past weekend, things are really looking up. Until June. When the Jays drop a 12-game losing streak and fall into AL East irrelevance again. Good times.
-Spring football practice is great, but is there any way we can institute some kind of spring league with real games we can go to? I’m needing a college football fix, and September is too long to wait, I’m afraid.
*Not actual score.