As it turns out, the NIT is apparently not a sucky tournament at all. South Carolina, winners of last year’s NIT, decided to use their game against Tennessee to come out of their shell and beat the crap out of an SEC opponent. South Carolina held on to the ball, only giving up 5 turnovers for the majority of the game (the last couple don’t really count, since they were playing people out of the crowd). Tennessee couldn’t get the temp where they wanted it, and couldn’t get the basketball in the metal thing that has the nylon netting below it (from what I understand, that is a fundamental part of this sport).
The level of apathy towards scoring was second only to Ryan Seacrest’s attempts at the Playboy Mansion. Zing! A Ryan Seacrest joke. All part of the service we like to provide here at Fulmer’s Belly.
Chris Lofton couldn’t really get in a rhythm, although Bert Bertlekamp, along with his infinitely insightful commentary (which consists of one word… MONEY!) caused me to stick glass in my ears, limiting my ability to catch most of the second half. As the game started getting out of control, maniacal laughter was heard emanating from the rafters of the arena. When people looked up to spot the source of the mysterious sound, all they could see was the flip of a cape and the faint outline of a visor. And a golf club. And a sunglass/redneck tan.
Next up: Alabama for the annual T&A game.
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