Monday, March 17, 2008
ESPN Analysts, About as Exciting as a Can of Campbell's Soup
As most of you probably have heard, yesterday was Selection Sunday, which means for the next three days we will be hearing all about people's picks for the tournament.
With that, ESPN's college basketball crew picked who they thought would win and man was it exciting.
Digger Phelps picked all one seeds as did Jay Bilas, the equivalent of going to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner and ordering a side salad. The most amazing part of it all is there have never been all top seeds make it to the Final Four as will be the case this year.
In the huge world of mainstream media, this is the time I hang my head the lowest. Nothing is more boring and more of a pathetic "expert" pick than taking all the top teams to win the tournament. It is almost as insulting as Digger calling Arizona's Jerry (pronounced Jared) Bayless "Gerald" when talking about the Wildcats. (This isn't to mention the fact that he called the Wildcats "consistent," maybe the last word anyone would use to describe this 2008 season.)
No "expert" thinks UCONN has a chance of upsetting UCLA in the Sweet 16? Is North Carolina really so good that they could roll through Indiana, Notre Dame, and Tennessee to get to the Final Four after almost losing to Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament? Did UCLA use all their luck before the tournament? If Memphis plays Texas in Houston, you honestly think Vegas is going to have Memphis favored by more than two points?
See, this is the stuff I want from my experts. I don't want to hear that Kansas will play North Carolina and UCLA will take on Memphis. That is the most vanilla analyzing you could possibly do. I at least applaud Bobby Knight for picking Pittsburgh out of that South bracket, but I'm still convinced Bobby Knight has absolutely no idea where he is during any of these shows and is about two more "this is what a Zone looks like" jokes away from smashing a teleprompter over Digger's head (which I would be fine with).