March 26, 2004
St. Joe's students:
Always appreciate a quality chant: Credit for Thursday's simple "Bil!-ly!-Pack!-er!" (and for NO including banal sentiments, like "sucks").
 
 
 
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
CINDERELLA.  STORIES.

Let's just rename UAB the University of Alabama-Bandwagon.

If they don't win tonight, it's the Tournament's -- and the fans' -- loss.

There's no better potential matchup than 9-seed UAB vs. 10-seed Nevada for the right to advance to the Final Four from the Midwest. It's the ultimate Cinderella scenario.

Oh, sure, there's St. Joe's, but with every win, their likeability has decreased with the increase to the size of the chip on their shoulder.

Oklahoma State? They're the best team that fans couldn't care less about. UConn? We yawn. Alabama? Not even the most exciting team in its own state.

And who can we look forward to coming out of Friday's games? Texas? More Big 12 hoops that resembles football. Kansas? Bill Self has to realize that KU annually folds right around now. Duke? Two words: Duck. Fuke.

Root like (40 Minutes of) Hell for UAB, Nevada and Xavier. Scenarios with the other teams lack the same excitement.

More on Friday
Don't mean to overlook Xavier, playing more like a top seed than a No. 7 right now. Since no one else will do it, can I spark a good nickname for the X-Men's star: Lionel "Superintendent" Chalmers (31 pts, 11/13 FG vs. Miss St).

Illinois' sick backcourt will give Duke fits, but if you'll allow a small conspiracy theory, the NCAA "needs" the star wattage that Duke will bring to the Final Four. All you Laker-haters out there know what I'm talking about ...

CHECK OUT THE QUICKIE EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING!
WHO'S GOT THE MOMENTUM ...
Midtown NYC real estate: $1.4 bil for new Jets stadium?
Josh Beckett: Marlins Opening Day starter (a no-brainer)
David Beckham, movie starlet: Cameo role in "Pink Panther"
... AND WHO'S GOT NO MO'
Tiger Woods: 10 back at TPC. Sawgrass ain't being too kind
Tom Cruise/Penelope Cruz: Super-celeb couple confirm split
Chris Webber: Career 49% shooter just 41.3% since return
 
East, West Finals
East: (1) Joe's vs. (2) OK St
SJ winning over the skeptics,
but OK St is best they've seen.
Final Four-bound: Oklahoma St

West: (2) UConn vs. (8) Bama
UConn just steamrolled Vandy;
frontcourt wall a Tide-breaker.
Final Four-bound: UConn

IOC in Athens
And taking the "gold medal" for panicked expressions: The IOC delegation as it tours around Athens and realizes what a cluster---- the Olympic preparations are.

NBA Minimum Age
Age ain't nothing but a number: NBA wants minimum age of 20. Ludicrous x 3:

*Will never hold up in court
*Age is completely arbitrary
*Two words: LeBron. Carmelo.

'Dream Job' Finale
Three best reasons to watch:

1) Winner gets chance to answer sports-trivia questions for higher salary (but missed questions drop salary!)

2) Star judge Al Jaffe, ESPN's top talent exec, who is the real breakout hit of the show.

3) Fans have complete control over who wins.

The Pick: It's Zach Selwyn's "Job" to lose. (Sunday, 9-11 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Colorado:
Another allegation of rape by a recruit (for those trying to keep count, that's EIGHT); hope the numbers aren't numbing the outrage.
 
 
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Ranking regional semifinal matchups
Duke/Illinois
Duke's toughest game yet
 
Kansas/UAB
Does ANYONE want KU to win?
 
GTech/Nevada
Nev. an OK Cindy, too
 
Texas/Xavier
Horns deep; X-Men hot
 
Cruise/Cruz
Tom still rules; Penelope a fad
 

There's no more of a "Hunh?!" coaching rumor (but one with legs, no less) than Purdue lifer Gene Keady going to U. of San Fran ...

Despite being outplayed by Jameer Nelson, Wake frosh PG Chris Paul will rebound as the national player of the year next year ...

I appreciate Kobe's accuser wanting a trial ASAP, but -- like it or not -- the defendant's rights should be paramount ...

Signing Pudge Rodriguez was a good step by the Tigers; signing Ugueth Urbina, not so much ...

Given Denver's track record, watch Mr. Comeback Garrison Hearst do just fine ...

P Juan Cruz struggled with the Cubs, but could be All-Star-quality with Braves? ...



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