By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
PSDC Funnyman And Brad Pitt Doppelgänger
I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.
OK, OK, so maybe my pick of the Dayton Flyers to win the National Championship was derailed, but I still say if they hadn’t missed 14 dunks and layups … and if my Midwest Bracket didn’t look like Dresden in March 1945, I’d look like a GENIUS today! That all being said, what an incredible weekend of March Madness, eh?
See, Here’s The Thing; I’m going on record as saying this weekend’s opening two rounds are the greatest opening weekend to the tournament ever. Now, keep in mind when I say that, that I have wasted a TON of my life watching sports. I’m talking decades. Whenever there’s a flashback highlight or game shown on TV, I end up saying “Hey, I remember watching that,” to the point where I follow it up by saying “Man, I need to get a life.” Back to my point. I cannot recall an opening tournament weekend with more upsets, buzzer beaters, ridiculous finishes, and downright fascinating storylines than the four days we just witnessed. From Thomas Walkup to Middle Tennessee State to more blown double digit leads than I’ve ever seen to the emotionally debilitating Half Court Buzzer Beater to Worst Final Minute Collapse In College Basketball History run of Northern Iowa, any real fan has to be sitting at work right now just absolutely drained of emotion. I’m not saying any one of these is the greatest tournament moment of all time, I’m saying taken as an aggregate, only regular devotees of Grateful Dead concerts have seen anything crazier. Here’s all you need to know about this weekend: Notre Dame came from five points down in the final two minutes and beat Stephen F Austin on a last second tip-in by a guy who hadn’t scored a point in two weeks, and that was only the THIRD most exciting finish of the day. Wisconsin is still playing despite shooting like me, all four #1 seeds are still around, people still have the Dukies to hate, thanks to Gonzaga and Syracuse we are guaranteed at least one dougle-digit seed will be in the Elite Eight, and let’s face it, what Texas A&M did simply couldn’t be done. I feel like I just got off of a roller coaster, except without the potential hurling on strangers.
Look, is it the greatest tournament weekend of all time? I say yes. Now if you’ll excuse me, ESPN Classic is showing the Villanova run from 1985. Hey, I remember watching that.