NCAA Championship Game Open Thread

Monday, April 07, 2008


Kansas vs. Memphis
9:21 PM ET, April 7, 2008
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX (CBS)
Announcers: Jim Nantz and Bill Packer
Spread: Memphis -2, O/U 148

The Championship is finally upon us after a month of madness, and this matchup should be great one. Both teams love to run and this game could ultimately get up into the 80s if each team's stars are on their game tonight. Should be fun. I'll see you around 9pm tonight for the open thread. Feel free to leave your predictions and thoughts in the comments below.

AA's Picks- Memphis -2, MVP: CDR, Final Score: Memphis 78-Kansas 72
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While you're waiting for the game to start feel free to create a caption for the Photo of the Day......


Picks via Anon....

John Clayton-Memphis
John Kruk-Memphis
J.A. Adande-Kansas
Buster Olney-Memphis
Hubert Davis-Kansas
Dick Vitale-Memphis
Bob Knight-Memphis
Digger Phelps-Memphis
Jay Bilas-Kansas

Strange exchange on the ESPN pregame show. They're talking about defense, so Knight starts waxing poetic about defending the Alamo, and he wraps up by saying, "They played 13 days of defense; they only need 40 minutes." (Via WM)

Thank god Larry Brown is there. We needed another Coach to talk about....well coaching.

"I've written all kinds of stuff that I posted in the locker room."- Bob Knight

Hahaha....that's too funny.

"Can I play for you?"- Dick Vitale
"No."- Bob Knight

"Can we get back in this century please?!"- Jay Bilas

"I think will decide it is what you have on card number 732 here, and that's protecting the ball."- Jay Bilas

Man he is testy today.

"My game changer is going to be defense."- Bob Knight

Ummm....it was supposed to be a person, but okay. Wow and Shelley Smith just completely botched that live piece. Hilarious.

"A confluence of dreams and hopes and ultimately a Championship!"- Jim Nantz

Yeah that wasn't prepared at all. Hello friends!

At least they played the National Anthem...20 minutes before tip-off and during Two And A Half Men. (Via Anon)

Gotta love it and the CBS Studio Team is still in NYC. Good move CBS.

"They've been salivating all Tournament long and Pavlov just rang the bell again."- Greg Gumbel on Davis and Kellogg

Sam Ryan is just downright gorgeous. So the WKU buzzer beater was the Pontiac game changing performance and it got them a $100K contract. Being a Pontiac owner I can safely say that they could have afforded more.

Oooh I like the signatures during the player introductions. Nice touch CBS.


Here we go.....Memphis gets the tip and Dorsey hits the first shot of the game and then Rush gets blasted by Anderson. Good foul though as Rush hits one out of two.

Having Nantz announce the lineups is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever seen. It all but kills any excitement for the game. (Via Anon)

Agreed. It would probably be cool with any other announcer though. Well besides Joe Buck. Rose....and one. 9-3 Memphis early. Hi Shelley Smith! Are you ready for your spotlight???



And that's our first TV Timeout. Pretty crazy pace in the early going. Memphis with the "Dolly Parton" early. Shaka Kaun....Shaka Kaun, Shaka Kaun, Shaka Kaun....on the oop.

Why in the holy hell is Ed Hightower officiating the national title game? (Via Matt)

That's a good question. I think the NCAAs have a system where the top rated officials in each round go on to the next. I could be wrong though. CDR hits a circus shot and Memphis is back up by two. Taggart picks up two quick fouls and he's heading back to the bench. We're tied again at the under 12.

"Memphis, with the big lead of 6, but we're tied."- Jim Nantz (Via Andrew)

"He gave him a little lingo."- Billy Packer after Dorsey's dunk

Dozier hits a three after another Kansas run and the KU lead is 3 at the under eight TV timeout. Intense game.

"They said it was impossible for all four number one seeds to make the Final Four but they also said it was impossible to get real Coke taste and zero calories."- Jim Nantz

Roy Williams is a traitor (Traitor! Traitor!) and wearing a KU button. And CDR hits a three to give Memphis the lead again after an amazing Dorsey block. Collins hits a tough floater and we're tied again. Dorsey is arguing a call and just gave up on defense there. Not a heady play. 5 minutes left.

CDR again! He's got thirteen and we're tied....again.

Roy Williams is like the guy who gets married but keeps showing up at his ex-girlfriend's workplace. (Via Thermocaster)

"Where is Derek Rose?"- Jim Nantz

Good point. He hasn't taken a shot in forever and has about four turnovers at this point. 3 point Kansas lead with 1:43 to go. Really bad offensive set by Memphis at the end of the half and they're down 5 at the half.

33-28. So much for the high scoring affair that I predicted.

And we're baaaaack! Band shot....drink. Memphis gets the ball to start the 2nd half. And just like that we're tied.

"He's like the quiet assassin."- Billy Packer

As opposed to the loud one? Also, can someone explain to me what Joey Dorsey is doing? He's playing like an idiot right now. Kansas by one at the under 16 TV timeout. Crazy start to the half.

You know, for everything else wrong about him, Billy Packer really does do a great job of quickly getting away from the different promos that Nantz reads, which all too often Nantz seems to be too excited about. (Via Willmott)

I agree but he's also not calling out Joey Dorsey for acting like a g'damn idiot this game. Everyone can see he's loafing and pouting every play and they haven't mentioned it once.

"I'm going to start giving some credit to the Kansas defenders."- Billy Packer

Yeah they're holding Rose to nothing....you think you should? Rush looks good and should probably be getting more touches. Kansas breaks out the Box and 1 and Packer is all over it.....about three trips down the floor too late.

"Both coaches met their wives in, of all places, Lawrence, Kansas."- Jim Nantz (Via Mal)

Wow. Way to just insult every Kansan in one comment. Also, here's your turning point. Kansas decides to switch to the box and one with 8 minutes left, leaving Memphis with the open threes they haven't seen all game. Tigers up two.

Rose is heating up....forget that. He's heated. 12, 5, and 7 right now.

Kansas is shooting 3's tonight about as good as Chuck shoots tiny hoops. Chuck - he's such an idiot. (Via Mal)

Hahahaha....now that's funny.

"He's so much more effective with no screens."- Billy Packer as Rose bricks a shot

Okay, Billy I take it back. In the open court Rose drives and gets the and one on a circus shot. The kid is taking over.

Memphis really does have the ugliest band in America. I need some eye bleach and a picture of the UCLA cheerleaders after seeing that group. (Via Thermocaster)

I know and they only show them. Is Kansas' band not there? Hack a Memphis is in play with Kansas down seven with 2 minutes left. Dozier to the line.

"Bangs them both. Nine point bulge now."- Jim Nantz

"That's the worst shot you can take in Basketball at this time. One foot out and you've got a three."- Billy Packer

Okaaaaay. There's two minutes left and you're putting arugably the worst free throw shooting team in America on the line. Now Billy is asking for a three down six with 1:30 left. I would hate for him to be the coach of my team.

Kansas fouling technique works and after a CDR miss they cut it to two. Here we go. No fouling now.

Wow....wow. That should/could have been a technical. I never knew that it mattered who you were mad at when spiking the ball Billy Packer.

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! OT! Super Nintendo Chalmers!!!!

Kansas is up two early on a B Rush layup and Arthur throws an oop down. They do that play about 10 times a game. An Anderson missed three and KU has this in control with 3 left.

I can't even keep up and enjoy the game so everyone just watch and we'll sort this out afterwards with videos and comments. Amazing.

"ROCK CHALK CHAMPIONSHIP!"- Jim Nantz

Dammit....can't believe I didn't think of that one!!!! Chalmers is your MOP and I'll start getting the videos up soon. Awesome end of the game.

"Rock, Chalk, Championship Jayhawks!" (Via SS Reporters)

WINNAH!

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 8:08 PM

121 Comments:

And remember, the number for the Jimmy V foundation is.....

Kansas 80 Memphis 76 (OT)

MVP: Mario Chalmers

ssreporters said...
Apr 7, 2008, 5:32:00 PM  

did anyone catch the opening of PTI? They opened with some quote saying shopping was better than having sex. To which Kornheiser pretended to call his wife becasue she thought she was out shopping. Then I think wilbon said Kornhieser's wife might be cheating on him.

Sometimes i think ESPN doesnt even try.

Marc said...
Apr 7, 2008, 5:33:00 PM  

I can't believe they pulled the Hooters ad.

michael said...
Apr 7, 2008, 5:38:00 PM  

"I can't believe Coach K would just take me home and then not call...again....sob"

Jeff V said...
Apr 7, 2008, 6:05:00 PM  

"Sauce in your mouth is better than sauce on your chin."

odessasteps said...
Apr 7, 2008, 6:21:00 PM  

"LEAVE BOB KNIGHT ALONE!!! YOU ARE LUCKY HE EVEN CAME ON ESPN FOR YOU BASTARDS!!!"

Juby said...
Apr 7, 2008, 6:44:00 PM  

You like me. You really like me, baby!

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 6:54:00 PM  

Pre-game question: If Packer, in all his arrogance and BS, calls the game over mid way through the first half tonight, will Nantz do his cheesy, pre-fabbed caption right then? And will One Shining Moment play on that cue?

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 6:58:00 PM  

Good write up on "when a game is over". Warning: it involves math, so bring your abacus.

http://czabe.com/daily/archives/2008/04/over_did_somebo.html

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 7:00:00 PM  

John Clayton-Memphis
John Kruk-Memphis
J.A. Adande-Kansas
Buster Olney-Memphis
Hubert Davis-Kansas
Dick Vitale-Memphis
Bob Knight-Memphis
Digger Phelps-Memphis
Jay Bilas-Kansas

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 7:22:00 PM  

it's....awesome..*sniff* baby!

Evan said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:47:00 PM  

I haven't crapped in days thanks to all that DiGiorno!

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:51:00 PM  

I swear I didn't touch anywhere Knight didn't want it!

On another note Shelley Smith Just F'ed up on live TV!!!!!!

mike from chicago said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:52:00 PM  

someone didnt cue that tape up right.

That's why when i screw up doing a standup i just stop and start again and not make any funny sounds or funny faces.

Jameson said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:53:00 PM  

@mike. She probably filmed that about five minutes previously for that reason and someone in the booth didnt cue it up right.

Jameson said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:54:00 PM  

Yeah. Shelly Smith just died on live TV. Somebody get her a donut!!!

RDM said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:56:00 PM  

ok got ya guys, but still awkward and it's probably because she didn't get her pregame double chez burger

mike from chicago said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:57:00 PM  

asfsafrdsartse

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 8:57:00 PM  

Steve Lavin-Memphis
Bob Knight-changed his pick to N/A

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:01:00 PM  

At least they played the National Anthem...20 minutes before tip-off and before Two And A Half Men was still on.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:01:00 PM  

*while, not before

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:02:00 PM  

CBS just lost almost all of my respect. They kept their guys in the studio again!

ssreporters said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:08:00 PM  

why are they in new york, kills the ambiance of the whole event - mike

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:11:00 PM  

Normally CBS does a good job, but I think this year they did a downright horrible job of covering the tournament, especially from the Sweet 16 and on.

ssreporters said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:12:00 PM  

Agreed, ssreporters. What was that Kathleen Sullivan reference again?

Oh yeah, "CBS. The Cheap Broadcasting System."

JamesCraven said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:15:00 PM  

Having Nantz announce the lineups is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever seen. It all but kills any excitement for the game.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:24:00 PM  

Two things:

(1) - I agree that the lineups should be announced by Gene Honda, who is the PA announcer and does a MUCH better job.

(2) - Why in the holy hell is Ed Hightower officiating the national title game?

Matt said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:30:00 PM  

Ed Hightower.

Next time, let's see if we can bring in someone more competent, say Mike Brown?

Helluva job, NCAA.

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:41:00 PM  

Jim Nantz- you are awful. "Memphis, with the big lead of 6, but we're tied." Phenomenal call Jimmy boy.

Andrew said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:49:00 PM  

Roy Williams is like the guy who gets married but keeps showing up at his ex-girlfriend's workplace.

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:55:00 PM  

I don't have the exact quote, but Billy Packer mentioned something about how Memphis was ranked 347th in the nation in free-throw shooting at one point. There's only 341 teams.

Willmott said...
Apr 7, 2008, 9:56:00 PM  

completely off topic but after ESPN aired the mic'ed up ump last night i had to bring it up, i switched over to MASN for the Nats-Marlins and in the bottom of the 7th Aaron boone was up with the bases loaded, 2 outs, he flies out to center and you hear him drop two straight f-bombs, then they cut the audio but also cut to him and you see him mouth another f-bomb, everybody's flaunting FCC regulations!

the great bambi said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:01:00 PM  

KILL THE UPS WHITEBOARD GUY!

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:09:00 PM  

I can't wait until "One Shining Moment." The greatest basketball song ever.

ifiok2567 said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:09:00 PM  

This game will come down to fouls fellas...KU will be getting the calls...they've gotten these calls all year. They will outphysical you on defense and get away with reaches as guys drive to the bucket. They strip more than Paris Hilton at a LA party. You can hear the skin getting slapped and no whistles...Memphis will have to play above that.
Rose needs to show up. Maybe he's saving himself for the second half. That's what I believe he's doing.

rdmblog said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:10:00 PM  

Rose begged off interviews yesterday citing "fatigue." He might be sick, as in ill.

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:18:00 PM  

@ed:

CDR had said that Rose eats nothing but Twizzlers, honey buns & gummy bears all the time and in the pregame interview, Calipari said he eat a box of Frosted Flakes with no milk. Is Rose the #1 pick or Yogi Bear?

Apr 7, 2008, 10:20:00 PM  

@thermocaster:

I'd drop a nuclear bomb on the Coke Zero lawsuit guys first.

Apr 7, 2008, 10:21:00 PM  

I look forward with great pleasure and anticipation to the day that Tyler Hansbrough leaves college basketball.

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:27:00 PM  

@rick james:

I hear you're from Canada. We're having you deported.

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:28:00 PM  

Derrick Rose is definitely ready for the pros...he's already mastered the art of disappearing in championship games.

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:41:00 PM  

Hahaha...that's the comment of the night so far Thermo. The guy just looks scared and/or like he has to take a dump.

Apr 7, 2008, 10:43:00 PM  

You know, for everything else wrong about him, Billy Packer really does do a great job of quickly getting away from the different promos that Nantz reads, which all too often Nantz seems to be too excited about.

Willmott said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:47:00 PM  

Packer mentioned Dorsey not getting back on defense in the first half when he was looking for a foul...then he brought it up again about a minute later.

Jim said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

But I do go to Hooters just for the wings, why doesn't anyone believe me?

funkdoctor29 said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

Of all the potential title game matchups, this is the last one that I expected would turn into a shot clock game.

Both of these teams look exhausted.

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:55:00 PM  

Nantz: "Both coaches met their wives in, of all places, Lawrence, Kansas". Way to crack on Kansas women, Jim.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

Maybe CBS axed "One Shining Moment" as part of its budget cuts, too - can't afford to pay the royalties to the Luther Vandross Estate any longer. To save even more money, perhaps they'll cue up their incessant Masters "cocktails on the 18th green" theme music in its place.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

At least Nantz didn't discuss how he and his Houston classmates dated Cougars all the time.

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

Kansas is shooting 3's tonight about as good as Chuck shoots tiny hoops. Chuck - he's such an idiot.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:02:00 PM  

Derrick Rose is now morphing into Keith Smart before our very eyes.

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

Hey Anon, they better not cut One Shining Moment. Also, Nantz is way too excited during these promos. Especially "The Tradition Unlike Any Other: The Masters on CBS".

ifiok2567 said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

Famous women from Kansas: Amelia Earhart, Vivian Vance and Kirstie Alley. Nantz may have a point.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

Help me out guys...I'm live blogging this game. I need some of this feedback to shut these KU fans up...

rdmblog said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

Memphis really does have the ugliest band in America. I need some eye bleach and a picture of the UCLA cheerleaders after seeing that group.

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

Watch Rose'e left foot on that miracle three. It wasn't a three.

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

@thermocaster: What you need is a REAL band. What you need is Bonerama!

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

KU will lose this game. Rose and the "miracles". He baited KU like "Kristen" baited Spitzer. Mark my words...Bill Self's real estate agent is already weed eating around his lawn right now. He's on his way to Stillwater.

rdmblog said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

Yeah Billy. You were courtside and I was 1,500 miles away. Who got it right?

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

anyone else catch B-Pack completely ignore the congratulations Nantz gave him for being inducted into the hall?

Marc said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

Yeah I did. I don't know how he didn't notice that Jimmy congratulated him.

ifiok2567 said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:18:00 PM  

Enterprise Rent-A-Car = worst commercials ever. If you disagree, you're a terrible person.

Willmott said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:20:00 PM  

Why is Packer insisting that KU rush every shot and that all shots be 3's? They don't need to run the clock, but they don't need to hurry up a bad shot either.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:22:00 PM  

Alright, after seeing the coaches wives, Nantz was definitely right.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:26:00 PM  

How is that not a technical foul?

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

So its ok to pound the ball down if you're mad at yourself? Cool! Thanks Billy Packer!

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:29:00 PM  

was it just me, or does anyone else think Calipari's wife looks like Kurt Warner's wife with jet black hair?

Marc said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:29:00 PM  

CDR is an idiot.

Fortunately for CDR, Ed Hightower is a bigger one.

steve said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:29:00 PM  

Clank.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

post # 1.... MVP Mario Chalmers

well done sir... well done

Marc said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:31:00 PM  

unbelievable.

RDM said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

If your the ref you can't call that techinical, swallow the whistle and talk to the KID. It is the first great non0call of Hightowers career (this coming from a big ten student)

mike from chicago said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:33:00 PM  

Since it worked so well, why shouldn't KU just continue hack-a-tiger defense?

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:34:00 PM  

wow first OT in the title game since 1997 too. Has it been 11 years? Time flys by. I'm happy though that this is a good game since the tourney other than Davidson this year has been dissapointing

Mark B said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:34:00 PM  

ssreporters said...
And remember, the number for the Jimmy V foundation is.....

Kansas 80 Memphis 76 (OT)

MVP: Mario Chalmers


looking good, mookies

Sam said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:35:00 PM  

have there been any " Rush " the band references tonight? i would pay real money to hear Nantz say something like " And here's Rush for 3... YES!! He's a Far Cry from disliking the Limelight! Hes got the Spirit of the Radio inside of him tonight "

Marc said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:35:00 PM  

Oh, this just in, Hightower was the official who looked right at Rose's foot inside the line and awarded Memphis three points anyway.

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:36:00 PM  

TERRIBLE OFFICIATING BY HIGHTOWER! How do you not call a T on CDR, I am irate about this. I could care less who wins, all I want to see is Hightower blow out another knee like he did early in the season.

Brett said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:37:00 PM  

@ Marc: "Rush drives and scores with half his brain tied behind his back".

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:37:00 PM  

Um, yeah Billy. I think the Jayhawks players really remember the intensity of that 1957 OT championship game. Do you even think before you speak?

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:37:00 PM  

"Kansas has been in overtime games before. The 1957 championship against UNC." Well, thank you Billy for that nugget. These boys weren't even a twinkle in their daddy's eye.

Andrew said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:38:00 PM  

Dorsey out opens up the inside for KU.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:38:00 PM  

They can't be serious. Paraphrased: "Memphis has been here before--the triple overtime championship game in 1957."

Hell, some of the players' parents weren't alive in 1957.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:38:00 PM  

Caption contest

Dick Vitale, when reminded of his time as head coach of the Detroit Pistons.


BTW - nice choke job Memphis.

Apr 7, 2008, 11:38:00 PM  

Way to jinx myself out of $100.

Kevin Mathers said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

Yeah, Nantz, no Memphis FG for 5 minutes. How many times were they hacked in the back and mid-court before getting into an offense? Douche.

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

The blonde in the DiGiorno's commercials needs to dump that deadbeat and come make me some pizza.

For her, I'd deliver.

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

For the love of Keith Lee! Way to get back on D Memphis.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:42:00 PM  

I just want to hear Calipari drop F-bombs at the sideline reporter as he walks off the court after she asks about the free throws.

Taylor said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:45:00 PM  

Once again to all, let the players decide the game, not the referees. It was heat of the moment and it would have been a shame to see this game decided by a T. You just can't make that call at that moment of the game.

mike from chicago said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:46:00 PM  

Did Steve Lavin's hair drip on the floor and make him slip?

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:47:00 PM  

Whoever is running the clock in this game has no idea what they are doing. Good thing Captain Obvious on the call is paying attention.

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:49:00 PM  

I love when arrogant assholes like John Calipari blow a game and lose.

First question in the post game press conference should be, "Do you think free throw shooting was important in this game? And how did you think your team performed on the line down the stretch?"

I do feel sorry for the Memphis kids though, they gave it there all.

Brett said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:49:00 PM  

"Rock Chalk Championship"? Really?

Willmott said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:50:00 PM  

Does no one see the clock when it goes 7 seconds after a foul? Good to see you're on the ball tonight Nantz/Packer

Andrew said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:50:00 PM  

In the immortal and snarkiest words of Tim Brando, "THAT'S why your Memphis."

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:50:00 PM  

Nantz: "Rock Chalk Championship." That's the best you can do, Jim? Hope you've got something better for the 18th green on Sunday.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:50:00 PM  

Rock Freaking Chalk!!

Suck it Billy Packer!

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:50:00 PM  

Whats next Nantz? Tiger on the 18th green about to win and after his put you let out a " He's GRRRRRREat!! "?

i nominate " Rock Chalk Championship " as his worst championship call ever.

Marc said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:53:00 PM  

Considering Memphis' collective sphincter factor, it should have been, "Rock, CHOKE, Jayhawks."

Ed said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:53:00 PM  

How glad is CBS that Joakim Noah isn't part of these post-game interviews?

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:57:00 PM  

SS was on fire tonight; I guess Joe D was wrong (from previous NCAA open threads).

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:58:00 PM  

FT% - KU @ 93% and Memphis @ 62%. So much for making them when they count.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:58:00 PM  

Okay, I'm disappointed. I wanted to hear Bill Self say "I don't give a shit about the Oklahoma State job."

Thermocaster said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:59:00 PM  

@thermocaster - hilarious.

Mal said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:59:00 PM  

Anyone have the incredibly bland Kevin Kugler's call on Westwood One Radio?

Anonymous said...
Apr 7, 2008, 11:59:00 PM  

This has always bothered me - who the heck drags their tv out into the middle of the backyard to watch a game?

Mal said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:01:00 AM  

I truly appreciate Packer pointing out it was 2 possession game when down 5 points. That's the kind of insight I'm looking for from an analyst.

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:02:00 AM  

Not only did I call OT, I get the call correct punks!

ssreporters said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:03:00 AM  

SSR is a witch.
He's not a witch.
Burn him anyway!

Mal said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:04:00 AM  

Joe D is somewhere cowering in his hole underneath some bridge, SS.

/kidding

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:05:00 AM  

Does the NCAA have a policy against those preprinted newspaper fronts proclaiming "CHAMPIONS" on them?

I'm watching the online feed and they didn't go to commercial after Nantz and Packers did the interviews. They showed the Kansas players getting on the stage and one of them had a newspaper and was waving it around.

Suddenly some big bald man in a suit hurried up to him, ripped it out of his hands and crumpled it up. This man then went over to the side of the stage and crumpled up another newspaper that was sitting there.

Very random but I found it hilarious there was a man going around crumpling up newspapers out of the players' hands.

J.R. said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:10:00 AM  

Those newspapers must have said been from the Memphis Commercial Appeal, because there are usually mock-ups for championship occasions already made before the final whistle.

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:12:00 AM  

Sideline reporters are useless, CBS, only until Championship time? Cheap bastards.

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:15:00 AM  

CBS really whiffed in the Calipari post-game interview. Mentioned the free throw misses, but doesn't ask him about it.

Mal said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:18:00 AM  

"If Chalmers' shot rims out, it's John Calipari cutting down the nets" - another brilliant observation from Master of the Obvious, "Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated."

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:19:00 AM  

loved the montage, stay classy CBS

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:24:00 AM  

ESPN.com ripped off Yahoo Sports' headline (Mario & the Miracle) and SI.com used that Rock Chalk Championship for their headline. Real creative, folks.

Anonymous said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:27:00 AM  

"If Chalmers' shot rims out, it's John Calipari cutting down the nets" - another brilliant observation from Master of the Obvious, "Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated."

Surprised he didn't add "If that 3-pointer wasn't reversed, Calipari is also cutting down the nets."

J.R. said...
Apr 8, 2008, 12:29:00 AM  

you guys would probably get a kick out of this, but CBS has their College Sports TV channel studio crew on site at the Alamodome, even though their A team CBS Network studio show gets stuck in NY.....something's wrong with that picture

Mark B said...
Apr 8, 2008, 1:01:00 AM  

Yes, mark b...there is something rotten in Berwyn.

JamesCraven said...
Apr 8, 2008, 3:17:00 PM  

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