I finally broke down and bought a new TV. The 210-pound relic that joined our family when we lived in Iowa has been retired. But I’m not sure I like the picture on this sleek 60-inch unit. I am sure of this: Indiana and Wisconsin fans were throwing things at their televisions Saturday as the Memphis-Southern Miss game approached the 3-hour mark.
Combining Selection Sunday with St. Patrick’s Day could be interesting. If Minnesota is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest we’ll know that the NCAA tournament selection committee opted for kegs and eggs for breakfast. I’m confident the committee will show some discipline, though, which is more than I can say for myself when I fill out my bracket.
I traditionally pick way too many upsets and put Louisville in the finals, every year. Don’t know why; I don’t even like Rick Pitino, although his white suits are good for a laugh. So there you have it: Louisville over Gonzaga in the championship game.
Congrats to the Anna girls basketball team on its second Division III state title in three years. I watched the second half of the Rockets’ decisive victory over Africentric and found the first player for my All-March Tournament Team: Erica Huber. What a tough kid; she must have hit the floor 15 times. They probably had to pack her in ice for the bus ride home.
Three guys who used our town as a launching pad to bigger paychecks had tough basketball seasons. Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory (16-15), Clemson’s Brad Brownell (13-18) and DePaul’s Oliver Purnell (11-21) went a combined 40-54 overall and a brutal 13-41 in conference play.
I admire Butler coach Brad Stevens, but he’s a candidate for a drug test after this assessment of UD prior to the Atlantic 10 tourney: “I can’t imagine there’s a better 12 seed in any tournament’s history than Dayton.” The Bulldogs, favored by 3 1/2 points, eliminated Dayton 73-67.
Baseball is America’s pastime, but after watching some of the World Baseball Classic it’s obvious that the sport is the Dominican Republic’s passion. … Here’s hoping the UD women’s basketball team gets sent to Columbus for the NCAA tourney. Wouldn’t mind checking out the games, which will be played at St. John Arena. … I’m a graduate of Valparaiso University. The day after the Crusaders defeated Wright State in the Horizon League final, I received an email asking for a donation in honor of the team. Very tacky.
Knucklehead of the Week
It’s been a rough year for Notre Dame football (Alabama, Manti Te’o). The latest blow came last week when former Irish and Bears defensive tackle Chris Zorich admitted in federal court that he failed to pay taxes on $1 million of income. Some of that money came from his charity, which has come under scrutiny. Zorich agreed to pay $71,000 in back taxes. He’ll be sentenced this summer.