Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I always thought March Madness was simple and a perfect moniker for the Month long Championship run and the Sweet Sixteen has a nice ring to it as well. Then people started trying to name other things in the same vein....The Frozen Four (okay, i'll let that one slide), the Elite Eight (same), and etc. Naming things like this has kind of jumped the shark if you ask me.
Well ESPN is trying to coin another one like those above......February Frenzy (seriously)....
February Frenzy features a total of 16 teams (11 of which appeared in the 2007 NCAA Tournament), including Kay Yow’s N.C. State squad hosting Boston College during the 4 p.m. block. The eight games will be regionalized throughout the country with frequent switches to and updates from the other games as action dictates. In the16 home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will start and remain with the game of local interest. ESPN360.com, ESPN’s broadband digital sports network, will offer every game in its entirety.Okay, whoever greenlit that needs to be fired. First off, the last thing I think about when I think about Women's Basketball is frenzy....wait come to think of it, with all of the missed shots and scrums on the floor that's actually a perfect name. I take it back.
In addition, ESPN2’s Big Monday telecast on the next day, Monday, Feb. 11, will also serve as a platform to support the initiative. The prime-time game-of-the-week for women’s college basketball will feature a rematch of last year’s National Championship contest, #7 Rutgers at #2 Tennessee at 7 p.m. Mark Jones, Carolyn Peck and Rebecca Lobo will call the game live from Knoxville.
I kid I kid. It's for charity so that can't be a bad thing. Here are the games and announcers if you care about that sort of thing....
Februaray 10th- ESPN2/ESPN360.com
2 p.m.: #21 Georgia at #8 LSU- Mark Jones and Carolyn Peck
East Carolina at UTEP- Lou Canellis and Nancy Lieberman
#16 Oklahoma State at Nebraska- Pam Ward and Brenda VanLengen
#15 Pittsburgh at #17 Notre Dame- Bob Picozzi and Fran Frashcilla
4 p.m.: Boston College at N.C. State- Beth Mowins and Jimmy Dykes
#19 Ohio State at Wisconsin- Dave Barnett and Stephen Bardo
Washington at UCLA- Jon Sciambi and Mary Murphy
Louisville at #25 DePaul- Dave O’Brien and Rebecca Lobo