I'm going to be at the Qwest Center so much this week, I might as well bring a toothbrush and stay there. Tuesday I was at Creighton's NIT game against Rhode Island. Gilby Clarke and I had to make do without beers, though, because the NIT is an NCAA-sanctioned event and as such, cannot serve beer. Its alright, though, because for once I was able to tell if what I perceive to be a horrible cal was ACTUALLY horrible, or whether its just the beer goggles...
And then Thursday, I'll be there all day for the NCAA Tournament. Four games, baby. At 11:15 #1 Kansas takes on the Washington Generals, er, #16 seed Portland State Vikings in a game that will be decided by 35-40 points. At 1:45, the UNLV Runnin' Rebels take on the Kent State Golden Flashes in a game that would be much more exciting if Larry Johnson still patrolled the paint and Jerry Tarkanian was chewing on towels on the UNLV sideline...also, it would be better if Kent State fans wore those still-ahead-of-their-time Flower Planter Hats that Devo made famous. The members of Devo went to Kent State. Shut up, its funny, trust me. Just laugh already and we'll move on.
Then the evening session features two more games. First is the best game of the day, anywhere in the country, and its in Omaha. USC vs Kansas State, or as it should really be billed, OJ Mayo vs Michael Beasley. The two biggest freshmen recruits, and the likely #1/#2 NBA draft picks in June, the two will battle each other on the court in Omaha. Seriously, the hair is standing up on my arms just thinking about this one. In five years when these two are among the greatest in the NBA, I'll look back and say "I was there in person when they played in the NCAA Tourney." You bet.
The last game is the Wisconsin Badgers against Cal-State Fullerton, in a game that may well induce the crowd into a coma. There is no more boring team than Wisconsin, a team that reminds you of a slow, plodding, 40-year old YMCA rec league team. This game will end with a 50-48 score, and the Big Ten will rejoice at the beauteous wonderment that is basketball. Then they'll remember the USC-KState game from earlier that night, and they'll go drink heavily to forget such things exist.
Saturday, the winners play each other. Two more games, two more chances for Awesome. You bet.