Saturday, March 19, 2011

Awful Ending, Gus the Gangsta, Goodbye "Red"

The NCAA Tournament is back on track. Just about every game came down to the wire, Saturday. As I began to type this paragraph, I just witnessed the worst ending to a tourney game in memory. Butler deserved to beat Pitt, but not like that. I'm of the belief that a foul one minute into the game isn't nessessarily a foul with one second left in a game. Players should decide the final moments of a tight game, not the officials. That being said, the two players that commited the fouls should've never put the refs in that position. It's a shame.

I can't stand the fact that every NCAA Tournament court looks the exact same. I miss the days when you knew where the heck the game was taking place. Pretty soon they're going to stop letting teams wear its own uniforms, so that all teams have to wear black and white.

Gus Johnson...please go away. I used to like listening to him about 10 years ago. He was fresh. Now, he seems be suffering from 'Chris Berman Syndrome' --- he's too caught up in his own shtick to actually announce a game. I hate him even more now that I know he's a 43-year-old dressing like a 17-year-old.

I had a chance to meet George "Red" Frye, this year, in Albia. He gave me a signed picture of him that I have hanging on my fridge. I had no idea who he was before I met him, but I knew all about the "Ironmen" team of 1939. The guy not only played with Nile Kinnick, he was one of the reason's Kinnick won the Heisman Trophy. As a center on the offensive line, you'll see Red in a few pictures, and and a huge sculpture. Red is seen as the lead blocker for Kinnick in the famous relief sculpture on the south side of Kinnick Stadium.

I started to come to grips with just how important Red was to his hometown of Albia when I heard the voice of one of his friends on the phone. He was an important player, but an even more important man. The funeral is on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church in Albia. Visitation is open to the public, on Monday at 1 p.m. Red's family will be present from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sinnott Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Albia.

How many people knew the UNI women had a basketball program? Be honest...

That didn't take long. Less than two years after bolting Ames in favor of State College (and a lot more $$$), Cael Sanderson is once again a national champion. When you consider the fact that most thought Iowa would struggle to crack the top 5, before the season started, they placed pretty well too.

Is it just me, or does it seem like commercials just keep getting worse every year? It would seem that the philosophy behind most marketing campaigns is to annoy the crap out of everyone, to the point where they're going to run out and grab your product to shut you up.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Agree with the Gus Johnson analysis...almost as bad as Dick Vitale. Hey guys, there's a microphone there the whole time you don't have to yell into it.