Monday, April 03, 2006

Holy Shit...

The University of Florida will be tipping off against UCLA for the National Championship in less than 8 hours. This is not news. There will be nothing here today that could be construed as "news". In fact, there's going to be precious little here today at all. It's not that I'm too busy to put something together. It's more of a combination of my extreme fatigue from a hellacious weekend of drinking (Is it possible to have a 72 hour hangover?) and my ridiculously childish superstitions. To put it simply, I'm afraid that any sort analysis that I write here will result in the exact opposite occuring this evening in the RCA Dome. For example, I have an irrational fear that a sentence like "Ryan Hollins is an awful free throw shooter" will backfire as Hollins goes 10-10 from the line tonight including sinking the clinching free throws with less than a seconds left in the game (by the way, you're the best at everything Ryan).

All of this may sound ridiculous to you, but it makes perfect sense in my strange, alcohol soaked brain. For these reasons (and many others) you'll receive no thoughts from me on tonight's matchup. If you think this ritual is pathetic and sad (it is), then you should see me during fall Saturdays. I promise that it gets much, much worse than this. Anyway, if this leaves you unsatisfied and you want to read hackneyed analysis of tonight's game, then make your way over to the Worldwide Leader's website and read the worthless trash that Pat Forde and Gene Wojciechowski knocked out in approximatley fifteen minutes (total, for the both of them) this morning.

I'll be back tomorrow (win or lose) with some thoughts on tonight's game. God, can't I take the rest of today off?


oldgator said...

So was Andrew DeClerq in Indianapolis to watch? I'm older than you and I remember his tremendous passion. I loved watching him play for the Gators. You have more trivia than anyone, so how about it. . . was he there?

Mark said...

I don't know. I'll have to check it out. I haven't seen any pics of former Gators in any AP Photos or on Gatorcountry. Kind of suprising whe you consider how many shots of Walton and Kareem (among others) that we've seen over the last couple of days. Declerq's passion and intensity was the only thing that kept him in the league all those years.

CFunk28 said...

Ryan Hollins maybe the softest 7-footer in basketball history. Shawn Bradley included.

Andrew DeClerq + Flat top=Awesome.

Greg said...

Softer than Loren "Soft as an Earlobe" Woods?

D.M., M.D. said...

Thought this was interesting, from the Tallahassee paper before the game:

"Hoops crisis: An asterisk now has been attached to Florida's national-championship aspirations.

When the contract was signed that gave the NCAA ownership of the National Invitation Tournament, a concession was made that potentially could transform March Madness into April Anarchy. Section VII, Article 50.5a of the NCAA/NIT Merger agreement states: “Co-champions of college basketball will be recognized whenever the NIT winner holds an edge over the champion of the NCAA tournament in head-to-head meetings during the season, and when at least one victory occurs within sixty (60) days of the date of the national championship game.”

NIT champion South Carolina swept two games from Florida this season, including a 71-67 win in Gainesville on Feb. 8. Although the Gators defeated the Gamecocks 49-47 in the SEC title game, the hoops loophole still would be triggered Monday if Florida wins the NCAA championship."

Co-champs, anyone?

D.M., M.D. said...

Also, in case you were wondering, that was just a joke by the paper. We all know the Gamecocks can't be champions of anything, other than deflating hopes and crushing dreams.

Mark said...

You can also be champs of the NIT. If you win it one more time then they might as well name it after USC, or maybe Dave Odom insce he's won it three times now.

By the way, I am revoking my previously stated hatred for South Carolina. I can't hate anyboyd right now. Well, that's not true but you get the picture.

You'd better get ready. Three weeks and counting Van Vleet.

Mark said...

I especially enjoyed when Hollins was flailing around and crying about the no-call (which was correct)on Noah's last block. When the showed the replay, it couldn't have been cleaner, in fact Hollins kind of blocked himself with his off hand.

Lorenzo Mata= Ugliest man alive.