CBS loves some Rocky Top. They pay bazillions of dollars every year to show Tennessee football games on their network (sure, some people might say that it’s to showcase the entire league, but everyone knows it’s for Rocky Top, the song, not even the place). Everyone knows the only reason CBS even broadcasts the NCAA tournament is because
Tim Brando, and his ever-mispronouncing-of-Ramar-Smith’s-name ass has to talk about Tennessee every Saturday during football season, and try as he might, finds himself having to talk about them for at least another game.
This is the first Sweet 16 for the BasketVols since Jerry Green did it back in 2000. After the “Buzz Peterson Experiment” where Tennessee decided that going to 4 NCAA Tournaments in a row was too much (watch out Bruce Pearl) and wanted to share the wealth, the Vols have found themselves back in Jail Bait Land. And what a glorious land it is.
Just like it says. Sweet 16, here we come.
The Vols, although getting off to a scintillating start, cooled off quickly, and had to rely on the late field goal shooting of Chris Lofton to make it happen. A couple ticky-tack fouls early on the club got a few players, most notably Wayne Chism into foul trouble and he eventually did foul out of the game. The Cavaliers were able to mount a comeback, taking the lead, but upon the news that their mascot looks like a child-molester version of the Pirates of the Caribbean, folded late, to give the game to the Vols.
Hey kids, I’ve got candy in my pants.
Little bit more after the jump…
The conclusion of the game found a cutaway (here in California, anyway), to the other lover of the state song of Tennessee, Verne Lundquist. I’m only watching to see if there will be a patented “Lundquist Guffaw.” Of course, just as I wrote that, Greg “Super-Chubs” Gumbel cut in to inform me of the um, great news? that they were cutting to the Winthrop-Oregon matchup.
So, my bracket, having long since been raped and pillaged with the noticeable lack of upsets this year, is still looking OK for a possible Florida/Tennessee rematch for the National Championship. Florida, as of this writing looks to be in a bit of trouble, but we’ll see what happens.
So, what’s up next? Greg “90-year-old-freshman” Oden and the Brown Nuts Buckeyes of Ohio State. They’ll try to make their fans proud, by playing hard, and their cheerleaders will try to help out their fans by um… getting them hard? Oh yeah, I went there.
San Antonio, and you’re not-having-a-real-basketball-stadium-despite-having-a-professional-basketball-team ass, here we come.
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