And Then There Were Eight

The NCAA March Madness Tournament is down to eight teams.  Two games are played tonight, and the remaining two will be played tomorrow night.  CBS has teamed with TBS, TNT, and TruTV to broadcast the games throughout the tournament.  They’ve also made it possible to stream the games online live. This technology has made watching this year’s tournament a lot more enjoyable for many users. I really liked when there were 16 games being played during one day. It kept me busy, but made me procrastinate my school work.

Number 8 Dayton play the number 1 seed Florida tonight. Florida is a 10 point favorite. Dayton is reaching the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984. Florida has made it there for the 4th time in a row. What’s a Flyer anyways. A gator is more intimidating. But I’d love to see an upset.
The Number 1 seed in the West, Arizona plays the number 2 seed Wisconsin tonight at 8:49. I’m pulling for the Badgers to beat the Wildcats. A badger is a short-legged omnivore who are very strong. A wildcat is a cat, and the only cat I see being dominant is the Lion. Therefore, I think Wisconsin might pull this win out.
Tomorrow, number 7 UConn takes on number 4 Michigan St. Husky vs. Spartan on this mascot battle. I feel as if the Spartan is a human, they should be able to dominate a husky. Husky dogs are friendly, but not a husky found in the wilderness. I think Michigan St. will beat the surging UConn Huskies.
Following that game, number 8 Kentucky plays against the number 2 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan might be playing the best ball of the tournament, but the wildcats are coming off huge wins against the undefeated-no-more Shockers and the rivaled Louisville Cardinal.

If i had to choose a team to win, I’d have to go with Michigan and Florida to be in the Championship. I’m a Michigan fan now, just hoping they’d win. If I can’t catch any game on TV, I’ll be able to stream the games online to my laptop. Thanks CBS!

-RV

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Court Storming No More?

A postgame brawl broke out last night after Utah Valley State beat New Mexico State in a late game last night. The question of court storming is brought up again after this incident last night. But should there really be a ban on such a long-lived tradition? I don’t think so.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was when K.C. Ross-Miller of New Mexico State threw the ball at Utah Valley’s Holton Hunsaker. The fans were already storming the court, but at that time, tempers flared, and all hell broke lose. I would say this wasn’t as bad as the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004. But in a way, it relates because fans are involved with the athletes. Just two weeks ago, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart pushed a fan in the middle of the game. Violence in sports should stick to wrestling, not basketball.

In a podcast by Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg, they discussed exactly what happened, and what can be done about court storming. They talk about how people have no fear in the world. A student from the fans even threw a punch at a player. This is scary. What if one of them had a knife? But I don’t care, a court storming is supposed to be a celebration of a win! Not a fight.

In relation to last weeks blogs, this video has gone viral. It’s all over ESPN and the internet. It’s mainly because this really is a big deal. Andy Katz said in his podcast, that the student who threw the punch should get suspended from the University. He could be charged with a misdemeanor or even a felony. The fact that this happened at a smaller, WAC conference school, and it’s getting this much publicity, is crazy. But right. Brawls aren’t acceptable anywhere.
Five years after Ron Artest’s brawl incident, he said in an interview, “If anybody can take the heat, let it be me, ’cause I’m strong enough to take heat like that.” He pretty much just said that he took responsibility for his actions, actions he shouldn’t have done.

-RV