What if I invited everyone I knew to a big birthday party I was throwing for myself and only my neighbor came?
What if I offered to show off my cooking skills for free to my town and only my mom showed up?
What if I set-up a study group session when I promised to do all the work and the only classmate who showed up was smartest kid in the class who didn’t need your work but felt sorry for you and showed up any way?
I’d probably feel pretty bad, don’t you think?
Well what if the rest of my life and all my dreams depended on what I was setting up and who showed up? I’d be pretty screwed don’t you think? Welcome to Nate Davis’s world. The Ball State quarterback who came out a year early for the NFL draft held his pro-day and the only team to show up was the Colts. Ouch. Just thought I would share that with everyone because it’s kind of funny. Poor Nate.
As for the basketball tournament, I don’t got much to say on it. Thursday’s game were relatively boring but luckily 11 hours of drinking made it much more enjoyable. We had to wait until late Friday to see close games. Cleveland State, well done. Ohio State, who didn’t see that coming. The last wave of games on Sunday were also the best games of the second round. Arizona is the highest-seeded (or is it lowest seeded) team left. And they aren’t even a shock because even I had them in Sweet 16. Pat Forde had a column about it on ESPN.com today, but with very little upsets, and top teams always winning on, is the tournament different now? Last year it was all four number-ones advancing to the Final Four for the first time and this year it’s all the top 12 teams advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time. I wouldn’t say we won’t see upsets anymore; after all it was just three years when George Mason went to the Final Four, but I think we’ll see less and less double-digit seeds making runs like that. One reason may be a lot of the “mid-majors” are getting better and gaining better seeds. But that’s why there will always be upsets too. Those smaller schools get guys to come in and stay for four years and sometimes that experience can be the difference in March. Either way, upsets or no upsets, the tournament is always going to be exciting and captivate our attention and be the Thursday I look forward to more than any other day of the year.