Elite Eight Sunday Open Thread

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Texas vs. Memphis (Houston, 2:20pm)- Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
Kansas vs. Davidson (Detroit, 5:05pm)- Gus Johnson and Len Elmore

Sorry for the delay in getting the post up today, but I'm in for the long haul now. Memphis seems to be well in control of this game and radio play-by-play man Brad Sham seemed none too happy about it. Let me know what I missed.

So apparently Jay Bilas really like Tyler Hansbrough and Dick Enberg said rape at some point. I'm going to have to go back and watch that game again.

I hate this...I had Texas winning it all. (Via SS Reporters)

I had Stanford in the Championship soooooooo. Also, what's with all of the dead air today. Nantz can't seem to come up with anything to talk about.

Nantz: "I think Texas should begin the hacking process." The hacking process for Nantz & Packer starts when they speak. (Via Anon)

"If they were going to go into the hack a Shaq then they would have had to of done it a lot earlier."- Billy Packer

They started with like six minutes left. When would you have like them to start Billy? At the start of the half???

"This is going to be a long three minutes here."- Billy Packer

Tell us about it Billy.

"You don't want to start annoying your own fans."- Billy Packer on Rick Barnes fouling down 16 with 40 seconds left.

Speaking of ESPN, tonight's Sunday Conversation has Rece Davis interviewing Knight, Parcells and LaRussa. Could you all join me in prayer for a well-placed meteor. (Via Mal)

Seriously. I saw the press release last week and didn't even want to bother posting on it. I like how TBL called them "The Grump, The Meanie, and The Drunk".

Okay now the fun starts.....Let's go Cats! And Bill Self is making substitutions two minutes into the game.

"Rush, Rise and Fire."- Gus Johnson

That never gets old.

"The scoreboard has gone blank right now Davidson and Kansas have yet to score a point according to the scoreboard. It's been a slow pace, but not that slow."- Gus Johnson

The under for the first half is a mortal lock. (Via Ed)

Winnah!

"Curry again....RING IT."- Gus Johnson

That drive was ridiculous. The kid has 8 points in a minute.

Did Gus just say, "The white lobster" when that whitey chucked a trey bomb? (Via Brett)

Yeah, it's the kid's nickname for some reason.

"Kansas goes to the zone. Looks like a box and one."- Gus Johnson

See. He doesn't just yell. He's insightful too.

"As Anderson Hunt, Anderson Anderson, Antonio Anderson banks in a three."- Clark Kellogg

Where is Anderson Hunt these days?

*Turns off TV during requisite Hansbrough interview* (Via Anon)

At the beginning of the second half, they put the bracket on screen. Instead of Xavier, it read Xaveir. Nice work CBS. (Via Daniel)

Yep they sure did.....



"White Lobster, because he's from Maine! That's what they call him."- Gus Johnson (Via Anon)

"OH! The White Lobster is cookin'!"- Gus Johnson

83 Comments:

I hate this...I had Texas winning it all.

ssreporters said...
Mar 30, 2008, 3:48:00 PM  

AA, if you want a mini shortcut as far as Enberg and Bilas, here's a little something I wrote last night as I was so fricking fed up.

http://www.armchairgm.com/Lockerroom:In_Which_SSR_and_DRE-LO_Lose_it_With_Dick_Enberg_and_Jay_Bilas

ssreporters said...
Mar 30, 2008, 3:54:00 PM  

Nantz: "I think Texas should begin the hacking process."
The hacking process for Nantz & Packer starts when they speak.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:02:00 PM  

$5 footlong can also be the name of a cheap porno movie.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:08:00 PM  

AA, I think we're ready to declare Cinderella dead forever if Davidson loses.

ssreporters said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:08:00 PM  

Yeah I agree. I'm so bored with Nantz and Packer. I really just tune them out completely.

Mar 30, 2008, 4:13:00 PM  

Gus Johnson in t-minus 49 minutes.

ssreporters said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:16:00 PM  

I just have one question, Is Billy Packer ever wrong?

If you listen to him, he makes you think that he invented basketball, was responsible for the UCLA win streak and for the dream teams success. I hate that he calls the Final 4.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:21:00 PM  

Packer: "This is going to be long three minutes with all these fouls here". First of all - you called for the "hack a Shaq" yourself. Second, it's been a long 40 minutes having to listen to you comment on this game.

Mal said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:24:00 PM  

That combined with the fact that he seems to hate the Sport itself drives me crazy.

Mar 30, 2008, 4:24:00 PM  

Early in the game Nantz was talking about his eye injury and said "Rose hates stiches". Jim, could you identify who thinks they tickle?

Mal said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:27:00 PM  

In other news: ESPNNews looks fabulous! And I have SD, not ESPNNews HD.

ssreporters said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:28:00 PM  

These last few minutes are putting me to sleep. Can we have Davidson-Kansas, please?

Signal to Noise said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:28:00 PM  

Speaking of ESPN, tonight's Sunday Conversation has Rece Davis interviewing Knight, Parcells and LaRussa. Could you all join me in prayer for a well-placed meteor.

Mal said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:31:00 PM  

I can't wait for Gus Johnson. "Rise and fire.... my goodness!!!!!" HA HA!!

ifiok2567 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:44:00 PM  

I'm with you on ESPNews, SS. I will miss the omnipresent "Breaking News Alert" 10 hours after news actually 'broke', though. I'd like to be wrong, but I think we're all being set up for disappointment: Kansas will blow away Davidson by at least 17.

Mar 30, 2008, 4:45:00 PM  

Curry's mom is a beauty.

Mal said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:50:00 PM  

ESPNNews' new look is very nice visually, and it gets away from the reds that dominate ESPN. Separate visual identity is a good thing.

Signal to Noise said...
Mar 30, 2008, 4:53:00 PM  

Its 2 to 2 five minutes in. Are we watching Wisonsin vs. Wash St?

Mal said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

The under for the first half is a mortal lock.

Ed said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:22:00 PM  

One thing I hate is seeing all those empty prime courtside seats. This has occurred at all the sites. If the VIP doesn't show, why not give them to someone in section ZZZ, Row 225?

Ed said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:26:00 PM  

Oh shit....here comes Curry.

Mar 30, 2008, 5:29:00 PM  

NBA rules for Curry

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:30:00 PM  

Somebody call Seth Greenberg and tell him if he'd that at Va Tech he wouldn't had to have whined like at press conferences on selection Sunday about not getting in the tourney.

Mal said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:31:00 PM  

@ myself - man, I butchered the English language in that last comment. I apologize to all US Americans and the Iraq. Such as maps. Such as South Africa. Such as.

Mal said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:37:00 PM  

Did Gus just say, "The white lobster" when that whitey chucked a trey bomb?

Brett said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:40:00 PM  

That is a joke. That was not a charge.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:53:00 PM  

Curry has 15 in the first half so far I think. That's more than his usual 8ish average. Does this mean he'll get 40 against Kansas?

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:55:00 PM  

On Arthur, that was.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 5:57:00 PM  

*turns off TV during requisite Hansbrough interview*

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:10:00 PM  

This is some very lop-sided officiating.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:23:00 PM  

At the beginning of the second half, they put the bracket on screen. Instead of Xavier, it read Xaveir. Nice work CBS.

Daniel said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:23:00 PM  

Go go Curry!

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:24:00 PM  

GuJo has been correctly identifying the KU box-and-one all game. Len still doesn't get it. He keeps saying "well you have to wait for someone to go through."

J.R. said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:30:00 PM  

JR you mean that running an picks won't work against the zone? That is what Len said to do.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:36:00 PM  

These refs are all over the place. How did they get this gig?

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:37:00 PM  

This is horrible officiating. Don't see who hits the ball out on 2 straight shots. Call a ghost foul when the guy is fading back. This is pathetic.

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:43:00 PM  

Serious pv845. Looked like Kansas got fouled on that last 3

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:43:00 PM  

"White Lobster, because he's from Maine! That's what they call him." -Gus

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:43:00 PM  

I miss ONIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

Ed said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:44:00 PM  

Maybe they are rooting for Davidson too. Either way, both teams are still getting crappy calls.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:44:00 PM  

Who knew that Memphis would show up in Davidson unis? (Free throws are atrocious).

Ed said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:46:00 PM  

Ohh! The White Lobster is cookin'!

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:46:00 PM  

How is that now a foul on the three point line when KU has the ball? This is a freaking joke.

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:49:00 PM  
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pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:49:00 PM  

The refs have been brutal. Worse than the Ed Hightower crews.

ifiok2567 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:52:00 PM  

Len Elmore is absolutely killing me. A sea of cliches and over-extrapolations - it's Joe Morgan doing a basketball game.

scott said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:53:00 PM  

Kansas has defended Curry very well in the second half. He's made a couple of contested shots, but he's had someone in his face virtually the entire time.

scott said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:55:00 PM  

I am a KU fan, but how is that not a foul on Curry. This is just horrible all the way around.

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 6:56:00 PM  

They're trying to rely on Curry too much. If they just drive they'll get fouled.

Mar 30, 2008, 6:58:00 PM  

You can't cal timeout there. He didn't have possession. If anything, after the roll it has to be traveling.

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:06:00 PM  

When Curry can't hit a wide open 3, you know it's bad. It's been a good run for Davidson, but looks like we'll have all four #1's in the Final 4.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:06:00 PM  

GuJo was going to explode if Curry hit that three!

Too many inpatient shots from Davidson in the second half, especially Curry..

J.R. said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:06:00 PM  

Curry is shooting too many threes.

ssreporters said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:07:00 PM  

Apologies to all in this thread if this is not "newsworthy" and has already been mentioned elsewhere...and it certainly has nothing to do with our bracket statuses...but let me intercede into this NCAA nail-biter to mention I saw AA get props in the New York Post today in their "Blog Watch" section. "Just in time for baseball season, calling out announcers on their ridiculous calls - complete with video and audio clips." Love the site AA. When you've made the Post, you've pretty much achieved world domination. Outstanding.

Sportsattitude said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:09:00 PM  

That is not a good call by the ref. They have missed the over-the-back call all game. If you don't call the foul it has to be the inside persons ball.

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:09:00 PM  

Yeah, I forgot about that. Congrats AA on your world domination. :D

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:10:00 PM  

Congrats AA!

It is good to see another AA in the NY papers.

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:11:00 PM  

Gus and Len worship Curry when he hits. When 30 forces a few shots, they ignore it. Typical. Work the script - stars! Elmore should also be embarrassed that Johnson can recognize defenses about three weeks quicker than he can.

scott said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:12:00 PM  

Gus is pumped up....great game.

ssreporters said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:13:00 PM  

Many thanks all. I saw it linked earlier today. I'm just glad some new people are getting exposed to the site. Good times.

Here we go....

Mar 30, 2008, 7:13:00 PM  

This has drive and kick out to Curry for the win. I can't see Davidson playing conservative here.

J.R. said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:13:00 PM  

By the way AA did you see Gus Johnson shoutout to you in Slam Mag. Don't know if anyone has mentioned this already. Eric Gordon on the cover of slam check it out

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:14:00 PM  

OMG! My wife fainted and I had a heart attack.

Amazing game!

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:14:00 PM  

Pass the ball, Teen Wolf! What a terrible last possession . . .

scott said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:14:00 PM  

KU held Curry under his average.

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:15:00 PM  

Curry has been so big this whole tourney... but that was one of the worst last possessions I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:16:00 PM  

That was a horrible set of plays Davidson ran at the end. Oh well...bye bye Cinderella and onto Joe Morgan!!

Mar 30, 2008, 7:16:00 PM  

Cinderella is dead.

ssreporters said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:17:00 PM  

Yeah horrible last possession. I hope to goodness that's not what they drew up. LOL, but let's give Kansas some deserved credit for the way they defended in the second half.

J.R. said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:18:00 PM  

Dear Davidson,

Thank you for running that awful play at the end of the game. Even though my team had some chances to put you away, but due to my coaching ineptness the game stayed close. Finally I will no longer be looked at as someone who can't coach in big games (even though this is still true).

Bill Self said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:22:00 PM  

I saw the SLAM mention as well. It was awesome because of the multiple covers. I picked up the Rose and Beasley covers.

Mar 30, 2008, 7:23:00 PM  

Yeah. They held Curry to only 10 points in the second half and played some tight D. Time for the Braves! Go Atlanta!

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:23:00 PM  

It isn't that Bill doesn't coach well in big games. His teams don't play well when the game is not fast paced and the team needs control.

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:24:00 PM  

Gus Johnson FTW. Another classic announcing job.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:24:00 PM  

Can you imagine what Gus' call would have been had that last shot gone in? Too bad

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:27:00 PM  

Well....anyone betting next week's Final 4 will have the lowest ratings in years?

ssreporters said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:32:00 PM  

New blogger here, but I've posted as anon a few times. Was just curious if you were starting a new entry for "Opening" Day in Washington, AA.

Akiyama said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:34:00 PM  

ANother bet: Over/under on Roy and leaving KU references: too many to count.

pv845 said...
Mar 30, 2008, 7:34:00 PM  

Yep....it's coming in about 5 akiyama.

Mar 30, 2008, 7:45:00 PM  

Gotta give KU its props on Davidson's last possession. They had Curry double-team blanketed from the time he crossed midcourt, KU was gonna have another Wildcat beat them. Not Curry. Jayhawks really denied him in the closing seconds.

Too bad DC was on fumes the final nine minutes, but they certainly have nothing to be sorry for. They gave their all. Bill Self was probably intoning a thousand psalms when that final three attempt went up, his prayer of a Final Four berth was finally answered.

Early look at the Final Four, UNC seems poised to reach the final; Hansbrough has elevated his game when it's mattered most. But if Memphis plays like it did in Houston, they could give UCLA a serious battle. That's an intriguing semi.

A picket fence Final Four: 1-1-1-1.

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 8:26:00 PM  

Best of Gus: "I just got to touch it...ahhhhh" (when the ball rolled out of bounds to him)

Anonymous said...
Mar 30, 2008, 9:12:00 PM  

Don't know if anyone was listening to the Westwood One radio broadcast, but John Thompson had a good one when speaking of the Kansas fans only cheering when their team was leading: "These Kansas fans are really frontrunners".

tex said...
Mar 30, 2008, 10:01:00 PM  

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