As I sit and enjoy the Big South Championship game that looks like it is being played in a local YMCA, some thoughts:
--- Whether you care about Championship Week or not, you cant help but enjoy stories like the one with Coastal Carolina today. First of all, they play in a gym that holds less than 1,000 people. My high school gym held more than that and we were terrible and in an economically depressed area. Coastal Carolina has no such excuse but still insists on having a facility that holds primarily friends and familes. Then, they are coached by Cliff Ellis, who used to be the coach at Clemson and Auburn and is seeking to take his 4th team to the NCAA Tournament, something only six other coaches have other done. Then you have the fact that the team's nickname is the "Chanticleers", a reference to a character in Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." For real. Small gym, vagabond coach and literary mascot...my kind of team.
--- Louisville beat Syracuse, thanks to the play of an unknown hotshot named "Kyle Kuric." Before today, Kuric could have walked into a Kuric family reunion and gone unnoticed...now he will have the pick of the coeds of UL. Life can change in a blink of an eye. Big win for the Cards and proof that Syracuse can be beaten if you gameplan correctly.
--- West Virginia took a big one at Villanova in a game that gave Gus Johnson the practice he needed to go crazy in two weeks during his NCAA coverage. For Villanova, the seeding keeps getting worse and any dream they had of a #1 seed is now over.
--- South Carolina won at Vanderbilt, proving that (a) Devan Downey isnt human and (b) the SEC is really down outside of Kentucky. Vandy is the consensus second best team in the league, and if that is your role, you cant lose to a non-NCAA Tournament team at home on Senior Day. That is just the rule.
--- Idaho suspended their second leading scorer for comments he made about the coach on Twitter. The kid later went back on Twitter and wondered what all the fuss was about but when you claim that no team can win with your current coach at the helm...well you gotta think some kind of punishment is on your way.
--- ESPN has a redheaded announcer who looks like the guy from "The Incredibles." If he werent calling the Big South Championship, this would be a major national story.
Back to the games...if you arent watching whatever is on CBS (which I am sure is wonderful), turn it over to ESPN2 for the three Championship games going on today and tonight. And no matter what is going on in your life, take solace in one thing. Ben Roethlisberger is not in your town.