Duke Schadenfreude, Apologies to Sir Chaz & Other Tourney Notes

I love those cable TV shows, usually called something like “How It’s Made.” They go through, step by step, and show how, say, a Swiss Army Knife is made. Or airplane tires. Or a whistle.

Well, watching Arizona eviscerate Duke last night was like watching one of those shows explain how hamburger is made. From trucking the cattle to the stockyard, to stun gunning them into submission to all the steps on the killing floor. Then off to the factory where the beef is ground and stamped into the patties we favor at the Golden Arches.

As my grandma would say, “Arizona turned Duke into hockfleisch.”

One thing about last night’s smackdown. It was way more fun to watch than those other TV shows I mentioned.

Seeing Coach K’s lip quiver. Watching him take out his frustration by trying to intimidate the refs. Regaling in the looks on Blue Devils fans’ faces when they realized defeat was inevitable, that the Blue Devils weren’t anointed.

I decry that such misery for Duke makes me smile. But it does.

I know I’m far from alone.

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After the game, all his cohorts were apologizing to Chuck Barkley. He’d assured all at the half that Arizona was a lock. And right he was, they apparently were.

Greg Anthony mentioned as how he’d never seen a Duke team fall apart in the tournament like last night. Had he asked, “Can I get a witness?,” I’d have raised my hand.

Also props to Sir Chaz, who actually seemed a bit more prepared and presentable last evening. When he’s on, he’s a joy to watch and listen to. Especially when he’s right about Duke spitting out the bit.

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As suspected, CBS and Turner made a mistake adding Reggie Miller to the Gus Johnson/ Len Elmore announcing crew. Not that they were bad. They weren’t at all, but Elmore kinda faded into the background at times.

It’s just that Miller would be better working alongside Bill Raftery or Bob Wenzel. Or even more so, along with Nantz and Kellogg. But dissing that underwhelming combo is beating a dead horse.

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Using the current vernacular in favor, I have this advice to Wisconsin’s Badgers: “Score the ball.” At one point, in the second half last night, they were 1/18 from the field. Makes winning awfully difficult.

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Florida vs. Butler.

UConn vs. Arizona.

Everybody with those two regional final matchups on their bracket, stand up and take a bow.

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I’m not by any stretch of the imagination meaning to imply that Bellarmine could perform with any of these Division I powers when I say this. But, I still haven’t seen a team that runs its offense as consistently and relentlessly and with such precision as the Knights.

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Is it my imagination, or have I observed Rick Pitino spending the last week, auditioning for a TV gig?

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I’ve just had this feeling all day that UK is going to make tonight’s battle with Ohio State a lot more interesting than we expect.

– Seedy K


  1. Big Smooth
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Don’t really get the Gus Johnson adoration…. he asked Reggie if BYU should foul in the waning seconds of regulation with the score tied…..Reggie clearly had to restrain his response instead of saying “WTF you talkin about”

  2. Wildcat
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    My heart breaks to think how Ol’ Ratface is suffering right now. Gosh, to be humiliated like that on national TV after the Committee made sure he could play all of his games close to home in front of those adorable Dukie fans. Gosh, it was just awful witnessing the devastation…Oh, the humanity……

  3. Ernie Muppet
    Posted March 26, 2011 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Well, Bellarmine did beat Xavier, a #6 seed. Just sayin’.

    Their biggest game ever today. Go Knights!

  4. cbcard
    Posted March 26, 2011 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Saw AZ play twice while I was in Tucson (USC, UCLA). A very good team with a superstar in D-Will. And they are lightening quick at all five starting positions with a couple more rabbits on the bench.

    The PAC-10 style is a little different from what we see here so I had a hard time judging their defense skills. I guess Duke did too.

    Bye, bye Nolan. Traitor.

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