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The year is over; all the brackets are done. The big question is, "How did you do?" In a contest of 68 people I finished 58th. Last year I picked Virginia, one year too early. This year I picked Gonzaga. I thought that I was going to do well, but I lost to people who pick by the team's mascots. Thinking back, after all these years, I cannot remember ever winning one of the bracket contests. But I still believe that I will win next year. The final games were excellent. Many of them came down to one last shot, one last foul, one last miss. A radio host last week was lamenting how bad NCAA basketball has become; impossible to watch. Well, the last games put that to rest. You could make a good case for so many teams to win: Auburn, Texas Tech, Belmont, Wofford, and other teams who have never won, a category that includes Virginia. Virginia’s coach, Tony Bennett, is outstanding and they deserved to win. He is 49 and looks 25. I followed his dad when he won titles at University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin. Makes me feel old, because when I played against Green Bay, they were a two year extension school of the UW. While at UWGB, Tony set a record for 3 point shooting, 49.7% and won the Naismith Award for Best Player under 6 foot. He played a few years in the NBA and then around the world. He followed his dad as coach at Washington State and then he went on to Virginia. This could be the first of many championships as he coaches tough defense. His defense is called, pack the line and it was designed by his father. You force the ball into the middle of the floor which helps close passing lanes and there is more weak side help. One expert said that it is like a boa constrictor choking out an opponent. In a few years we will be hoping that someone beats UVA because they will be winning many times. Bennett has already won the Hank Iba coaching award (three times), the only other person who has done that was John Wooden. Can you imagine what these two years of winning will do to UVA recruiting? Great story about Tony’s life in Wikipedia. Worth a read. See you next year for another MM.

MARCH MADNESS

The Big Question, “How Did You Do? The year is over; all the brackets are done. In a contest of 68 people I finished 58th. Last year I picked Virginia, one year too early. This year I picked Gonzaga. I thought that I was going to do well, but I lost to people who pick […]

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Round-Ball Rant Of The Day

In The NBA Finals: #1- If Someone Is Being Paid $13,760,000.00 Per Year You would think that they would know the score in a close game in the last five seconds. #2- If Someone Is Being Paid $20,000,000.00 Per Year You would think that they could make two free throws in a row when it is […]

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Requiem For Pac 12 Basketball

Catholics And Episcopalians Understand The Meaning Of Requiem It is basically known as a “mass for the repose of the souls of the dead”. If there is something that ever looked dead, it is Pac 12 Basketball. We (Pac10ers and now Pac12ers) have long complained about East Coast Bias and late scheduling of our conference […]

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Laker Basketball

Some Things That I Just Do Not Understand Brook Lopez, 7 feet tall, earns $22,640,000.00 this year. He averages 3.8 rebounds a game; that is $276,097.00 per game or $72,657.25 per rebound. Lonzo Ball, a guard, averages 7.1 rebounds a game. Does that make sense. He is 7 feet tall. Also, the Lakers pay Luol […]

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My John Wooden Story

The Success of John Wooden John Wooden retired from coaching in 1975 at what most folks considered was an early age (65). He authored several books and did some keynote speeches around the US of A. In Southern California, Coach lectured at many Real Estate Meetings, and I was fortunate to hear him many times. […]

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