NCAA Tournament Friday Open Thread: Window #1

Friday, March 21, 2008


(15) American (21-11) vs (2) Tennessee (29-4) 12:15 PM East (Birmingham): Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
(10) Davidson (26-6) vs (7) Gonzaga (25-7) 12:25 PM Midwest (Raleigh): Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
(10) St. Mary's (CA) (25-6) vs (7) Miami (FL) (22-10) 12:30 PM South (Little Rock): Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
(12) Western Kentucky (27-6) vs (5) Drake (28-4) 12:30 PM West (Tampa): Tim Brando and Mike Gminski

Yet another day of action is upon us and hopefully there will be more drama today. I've got the American-Tenn game to start the day so if anyone else gets Packer and Nantz fill me in on the quotes in the comments.

Cheers everyone!
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"American goes....MANTOMAN!"- Bill Raftery

Camera angles have been odd in Birmingham. Wide angles then zooming in and back out again. Fortunately, the camera hasn't been focused on Stuart Scott. (Via Mal)

The best transcription I can come up with off MMOD, Bill Raftery: "And American goes muhrmhmuh." (Via Thomspson)

Much better.

"Davidson with the longest winning streak in the America."- Jim Nantz

Who is he Ms. South Carolina (and such as)?

Billy Packer might be the Cloverfield monster in HD. (Via Mez)

"Curry took it back door."- Billy Packer

We might need to rid ourselves of that phrase. Also, Nantz is barely even talking in the first few moments of this game.

"That was Frank Gordon with the find."- Verne Lundquist
"To Gilmore."- Bill Raftery
"Yes. Made him happy."- Verne Lundquist
"I've heard you say that on occasion."- Bill Raftery
"Thanks for the setup. Adam Sandler is smiling."- Verne Lundquist
"Who the heck?"- Bill Raftery
"Who the heck is Happy Gilmore?"- Verne Lundquist

Wow...that was an epic exchange.

"The band playing Rocky Top at 7:30 in the morning"- Verne Lundquist
"It's not easy on the road."- Bill Raftery

Ha...that has to suck if you're trying to sleep in.

I'm pretty sure I'm the only man in America watching First Take right now, but I'm 99% sure Ryan Dempster just said "bitchin'." (Via Austin)

That's bitchin' that they let him.

"I've never met anyone who believed in reincarnation that didn't come back as a prince or a king. Nobody came back as a day laborer."- Verne Lundquist

What is he talking about?

"I think it's been like both teams are running around in deep snow."- Jim Spanarkel

AA - Verne and Bill were talking about JP Prince and his basketball family. Which led Verne - somehow - to a reincarnation rant. (Via Mal)

Well that explains everything.

"He traveled on the pass before the pass."- Jim Nantz

"Both teams playing behind the 3-point line."- Mike Gminski
"I know you take that personally."- Tim Brando

"Siakam with the deuce."- Tim Brando

Another term we should think about getting rid of.

OK - have you seen the promo for the new CBS show "Secret Talents of the Stars"? It has George Takei as a country singer. Oh my. (Via Mal)

That's scary.

"I think they got Nichols from the rear."- Bill Ratery

"If American is going to win, they are going to have to get a lot of smooth miles out of this Carr (Garrison Carr)".- Bill Raftery (Via Mal)

Okay, Stephen Curry (40 points?!?!?! and 30 of them in the 2nd Half?!?) is amazing and my brackets are officially cooked. I feel like this guy....



WOW, Adam Morrison lookin good. Now he's too much of an NBA hardass to cry, so at least we don't have to worry about that (who am I kidding, he'll probably start balling). (Via Joe D)

44 Comments:

YO, YO, YO, YOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

IT'S MARCH MADNESS BABY, CAN YOU FEEL IT???????

(No? I can't either after yesterday, especially after 2 of my E8 teams went down, but today will be sweet)

joe d said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:02:00 PM  

Come on, I need 16 more games to have a perfect 32-0 first round record.

ssreporters said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:09:00 PM  

AA-
I have Nantz/Packer, so I'll tll you if they have anything egregious

Sam said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:13:00 PM  

I can switch around, but I'll be on Vols - American game. That's Verne and Rafferty. Dagger! How about a t-shirt with that!

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:15:00 PM  

Camera angles have been odd in Birmingham. Wide angles then zooming in and back out again. Fortunately, the camera hasn't been focused on Stuart Scott.

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:21:00 PM  

The best transcription I can come up with off MMOD, Bill Raftery: "And American goes muhrmhmuh

thompson said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:22:00 PM  

just got switched to Nantz/Packer.

Sam said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:25:00 PM  

NOOOOO not Nantz and Packer!! And Billy Packer might be the Cloverfield monster in HD.

Mez said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:27:00 PM  

Nantz: Richards on the drive, and you see why he's all conference

Because he made a layup?

Sam said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:30:00 PM  

Rafferty: "pass to Gilmore"
Lundquist: "made him Happy"

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:33:00 PM  

My wood for Gus Johnson which along with my schlong was lost once I saw Jay Bilas, has now committed suicide after seeing Billy Packer in HD.

Anonymous said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:33:00 PM  

"Adam Sandler is smiling."

Uhhh.. no. Sandler is probably tanked off his ass, and could not care less whether 2 60 year old men mention one of his old movies

Anonymous said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:38:00 PM  

I just read the Cinderella piece, nicely done. The best part of a Cinderella is it doesn't even even make you feel bad watching your bracket get destroyed by it. I mean, I was cheering for Belmont yesterday because c'mon, besides living in Durham, who doesn't want to see the 15 beat the 2?

Mez said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:38:00 PM  

There's that h ad again. 32 games, 4 commercials.

/fsxnlxf

Mar 21, 2008, 12:49:00 PM  

On top of saying "nice play" already about fifty times in the first 14 minutes of the game, Rafferty is making unintelligible exclamations quite frequently. He just said what sound like "Jijjjee".

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:49:00 PM  

I'm pretty sure I'm the only man in America watching First Take right now, but I'm 99% sure Ryan Dempster just said "bitchin'."

Austin said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:51:00 PM  

@ Austin: Is Dana Jacobsen still standing by her pick to win the tourney of Michigan? Or has she sobered up?

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:53:00 PM  

She's probably not sure where she's at right now.

Austin said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:58:00 PM  

Verne: "I've never talked to anybody who believed in re-incarnation that didn't come back but as a prince or a king. Nobody comes back as a day laborer".

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 12:59:00 PM  

AA - Verne and Bill were talking about JP Prince and his basketball family. Which led Verne - somehow - to a reincarnation rant.

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:04:00 PM  

WKU is getting in foul trouble (4 starters with 2, 4 minutes left in the half). At this rate, Big Red may have to suit up.

SpartanDan said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:11:00 PM  

Free throws: Drake 12/14, WKU 0/0. Good thing the Hilltoppers aren't missing. (Well, good unless you have Drake in the Sweet 16 like I do.)

And why do they keep calling it a "player control foul" instead of an offensive foul? That may be the term from the rulebook, but everyone knows what an offensive foul is.

SpartanDan said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:17:00 PM  

I'm surprised they don't call them "student-athlete control fouls".

Because just all about all of them are going pro in something other than sports.

/jyfscqs

Mar 21, 2008, 1:23:00 PM  

OK - have you seen the promo for the new CBS show "Secret Talents of the Stars"? It has George Takei as a country singer. Oh my.

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:23:00 PM  

@paco - very funny.

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:23:00 PM  

Tennessee is getting dominated on the boards. Might we have another 15/2 go down to the wire?

SpartanDan said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:34:00 PM  

Rafferty: "This kid (Carr) has got range." Releases a 3 attempt, ball in the air and Rafferty says "how 'bout that!". Clanks off the rim.

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:34:00 PM  

Rafferty: "If he knows he's not playing in the first half (UT's Williams) then he'll more at the pre game meal".

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:41:00 PM  

Someone better remind Tennessee that winnign Sportscenter's Top Play doesn't mean you get to move on to Round 2 in the Tournament.

Anonymous said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:43:00 PM  

Rafferty: "If American is going to win, they are going to have to get a lot of smooth miles out of this Carr (Garrison Carr)". I'm getting carpal tunal typing all these goofy quotes from these guys.

Mal said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:46:00 PM  

Ronnie... you dillweed.

Anonymous said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:47:00 PM  

MMOD is like some kind of terrible stop-motion animation, only without the motion portion.

Fred Morlan said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:50:00 PM  

Ian Eagele: "You have the hair of a 3rd term Senator."

Jim Spanarkel: "What's that supposed to mean?"

Wesley said...
Mar 21, 2008, 1:54:00 PM  

Thanks for playing, Drake. Don't forget to take your fans saying, "I love the Drake!" as if they were the only ones who had watched that episode of Seinfeld with you when you leave.

/siazb

Mar 21, 2008, 2:01:00 PM  

Would any call that goes to Tennessee down the stretch be considered Un-American?

Scott said...
Mar 21, 2008, 2:12:00 PM  

WOW, Adam Morrison lookin good. Now he's too much of an NBA hardass to cry, so at least we don't have to worry about that (who am I kidding, he'll probably start balling).

joe d said...
Mar 21, 2008, 2:30:00 PM  

Tim Brando after Josh Young's 3-pointer: "Only the Young survive."

Joe said...
Mar 21, 2008, 2:45:00 PM  

Man. The Drake/WKU announcing team is putting me to sleep. The only thing keeping me going is Gus Johnson screaming in my ear "AND FROM SIIIIIIIX-TEEEEEEN DOWN, DRAKE TIES THE GAME! UNBELIEVABLE!"

If only =[

Anonymous said...
Mar 21, 2008, 2:49:00 PM  

How on earth does a ref make that sketchy charge call at the drake/wku finish.

And where are the announcers to complain about it?

Gibbon Jockey said...
Mar 21, 2008, 2:51:00 PM  

WKU-Drake goes to bonus basketball, partly thanks to a poor call on that offensive foul that took out Slaughter. They've been calling offensive fouls all day in this one, but that was pretty iffy. (And I'm rooting for Drake.)

SpartanDan said...
Mar 21, 2008, 2:51:00 PM  

If Drake wins, please deposit my crow here and I'll come back and get it after the game.

/qyvlemn

Mar 21, 2008, 2:53:00 PM  

Finishing out the Drake-WKU game in thread #2.

Join Me There

Mar 21, 2008, 2:54:00 PM  

hey...western kentucky is up by a lot, no need to pay attention to that. I can go to lunch and be fine....WWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAT

wishmewell said...
Mar 21, 2008, 3:02:00 PM  

Good to see Jesus make an appearance at the Gonzaga game. Always wondered how the Lord spends a bank holiday.

Anonymous said...
Mar 21, 2008, 3:18:00 PM  

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