"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Once more unto the breach, dear friends....
Not only keeping with the front page style, but I feel that way. I'm pretty live and let live on threads. But I might have fought someone for this one tonight. I'm taking no chances. I even had subs tonight. Because I bet it's going to get crazy. Liveblog is up on the front page, so if there are zero posts in this thread, that's fine. It exist. (Oh, and you can check out the Gameday open thread till this game really gets started).
It's funny how 2 and a half hours, plus commercials, can bring such misery or joy, over how a ball bounces. Both teams here have accomplished a lot. But only one gets to go home happy. For every person who loves this team and thinks "we're due" there's a Louisville fan thinking the same. Programs, recently overshadowed by their in-state rival, trying to win their first national championship since the late 80's, with a coach trying to set a historic personal milestone and prove their ranking among the elite. And someone is going to end very unhappy. So it's time to seize the day. Better them than us.
Because one of these opportunities may not come along for awhile. It doesn't have to be 20 years of darkness to not get back to this point; it's really hard, and you can be good for a good long while and not have the perfect mesh of players who come together in the right year, the right amount of chemistry and luck in big Tournament games, and things belong your control like some opposing team who is just better than you that year.
Is Louisville that team? We'll know before the night is done. But we should try and enjoy every player and play tonight, because we have no idea how many of these guys will be back. And while I expect we'll always be good under John Beilein, there's no guarantee we get back this far, even fielding good team after good team. If you had told a young me that after going 3 out of 5 years and back to back that we wouldn't be back till I was 20 years older, I don't know that I'd have believed it. We were Michigan. And we will be; a new generation will get to experience that from this day forward. I just hope they also don't have to experience the agony of losing one of these things. There's not much in sports worse. But only with great risk can come great reward.......
We are here. Louisville may be the better team, but we have the better players; and while Pitino does a great job when you consider recruiting and everything, I think we have the better X&O coach. One day to prepare. Time for them to shine in the short turnaround. Play for 40 minutes, leave it all on the court, and have no regrets. And bring home the ring and the banner, and fire up the pep rally and parade. I want to watch One Shining Moment and be happy. 5 down, only 1 to go. Let's do this. Go Blue!
live from Atlanta
With less than 3 hours to go until tip-off, can anyone give me rock-solid information on how to be able to listen to Matt Shepherd doing the National Championship Game PBP instead of the CBS national radio feed? I want to be prepared well in advance of tonight's game.
I've spent the last hour on these internets searching for KNOWLEDGE on how to insure being able to listen to Shepherd, and now am at the mercy of those here who are in the know about such vital information.
I was able to find out that the game will be broadcast in my area locally by WSJM 1400-AM out of the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area, but 2 nights ago (when I tired of Jim Nance) and clicked on to their "Listen Live" icon, they instead had some syndicated political talk show on. Found out later they were not permitted to stream the game live, but I was given no actual reason (BTW, WSJM is a local-only AM station that is required to cut way back the wattage of their signal at sundown. I know this from the frustration of losing night-game radio broadcasts of Tiger Baseball).
What, if any, are my best options for being able to listen to Shepherd do the broadcast tonight?
Grantland Rice should only be brought out under special circumstances, and by God, this is a special circumstance. Go Blue!
I remember the stand at Thermopylae
Great article by SBNation on McGary's rise through March Madness and why he is awesome. One of my favorite lines in the article "Note: We would not be writing this article if Mitch McGary played for Duke, because Duke would have ruined everything that is great about Mitch McGary."
Only 4 more hours!!
If you could talk to the team before the game tonight, what would you say?