National Championship Game Open Thread

Monday, April 06, 2009


Game One: Michigan State vs. North Carolina
Location: Ford Field, Detroit
Start Time: 9:21PM EST (CBS)
Network and Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg
Favorite: UNC (-8)

43 Comments:

Detroit is economically depressed apparently.

....And Jerome Bettis lives there. How fitting that his hometown has yet another point to be drilled into our brains ad naseum.

Steve said...
Apr 6, 2009, 8:16:00 PM  

What's the over/under on shots of Magic Johnson in the crowd? Can it possibly approach Fox's shots of bands during BCS games?

Mal said...
Apr 6, 2009, 8:21:00 PM  

Nice start for Clark: "I didn't think I could get more excited but my am amped up".

Mal said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:04:00 PM  

Clark being amped up could be a good thing or a bad thing.

49er16 said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:07:00 PM  

Roy appeared to be mesmerized by Tracy Wolfson's cleavage in that interview.

Mal said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:10:00 PM  

Clark: "You're in elusive, elite company when you get that 2nd one".

And...our first Magic sighting.

Mal said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:24:00 PM  

This game is ovah.

Mal said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:37:00 PM  

Clark: "Carolina is the epitome of the spurtability team".

Mal said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:38:00 PM  
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Gregg said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:39:00 PM  

Too bad Billy Packer is not here anymore telling us the game is over. Nantz is probably rooting for a Tiger Masters.

Lyle said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:41:00 PM  

we may need more shots of tracy wolfson's cleavage to keep the auidence for this one

chuck said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:50:00 PM  

Cue the Music....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtXnUEW_OXw

Michigan State is the great pretender....

Ben Chew AKA BC said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:50:00 PM  

Clark: "Hansbrough went for a lower body root canal on that foul".

Mal said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:51:00 PM  

Via RJBO:
Clark: "Lower body root canal."
Nantz: "Lower body root canal? I don't want one of those."

JFein said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:52:00 PM  

Worst championship game ever.

Alex said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:54:00 PM  

Anyone else have a huge green line down the right edge of the screen?

Lee said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:54:00 PM  

this may make the duke-unlv title game in 1990 look like a close game.

chuck said...
Apr 6, 2009, 9:59:00 PM  

Via RJBO:
Nantz: "You got to put your hands on the basketball in the Championship game." Got any eligibility, Clark?

JFein said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:01:00 PM  

No huge green line on the screen. Although there is a huge green skidmark posing as a basketball team tonight.

Mal said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:01:00 PM  

Via Mookie:
"Nothing coming up green for Michigan State." - Nantz

JFein said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:16:00 PM  

55 points in the first half? There have been entire Big 10 games where teams haven't hit that as the over.

Mal said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:21:00 PM  

It's only fitting that this tournament produces the largest halftime lead in a championship game.

And while he seems to have helped Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg is not a very good analyst and in my opinion, is not deserving of the lead role. Then again, though, neither was Billy Packer and look at how long he held that position.

JFein said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:23:00 PM  

This game is like last night's Wrestlemania Main Event. Very Anti-climatic.

49er16 said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:42:00 PM  

About the only thing left to wait for is Nantz's scripted winning call. I'm sure he was practicing his delivery for it during halftime

MikeMan said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:45:00 PM  

I just want to fast-forward to Nantz' call and "One Shining Moment". Seriously.

Any thoughts on the final scripted call???

"Carolina has powdered the Green State Blue tonight! Tar Heels win the title in 2009."

Adam said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:48:00 PM  

Nice CSI reference by Nantz...not.

Adam said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:53:00 PM  

I'm probably going to be totally wrong about it, but I think he might make reference to the 1979 title game. Isn't North Carolina's colors the same as Indiana State's?

Or maybe he was going to make a reference to that if Michigan State won.

MikeMan said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:54:00 PM  

Nice segue by Nantz going from his basketball calling voice to getting syrupy to read the Masters promo.

MikeMan said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:57:00 PM  

@mikeman you noticed that too, huh??

Adam said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:58:00 PM  

Via RJBO:
"This has been a case of CSI: Detroit, Lawson trying to steal that trophy." - Nantz

JFein said...
Apr 6, 2009, 10:58:00 PM  

Nantz sounded like he came in his pants when he read the Masters promo.

flandude13 said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:00:00 PM  

O-Face for Amen Corner.

Adam said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:01:00 PM  

Nantz is getting all of his automotive references out of the way before the game ends, while he's in Detroit. In reference to Spartan fans: They're trying to give some fan-injected fuel, but only getting fumes.

MikeMan said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:16:00 PM  
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Alex said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:26:00 PM  

Blogger Lee said...

Anyone else have a huge green line down the right edge of the screen?

I noticed that too. I thought it was my TV. You had it too? D: It happens when I have my Samsung on JustScan ,but if I have it on 16:9, it fixes it.

Alex said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:27:00 PM  

Via RJBO:
Nantz: "Spread some sunshine on the State." Hard to do when 6 inches of snow fell in Detroit today.

JFein said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:39:00 PM  

Via RJBO: Clark: "Sharing the sugar we call it." Who's "we?"

JFein said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:40:00 PM  

Projected, scripted final call from nantz:

Nantz: "March Madness? This. Is. Carolina!!!!!!!"

- would have worked better for an MSU victory, but pretty much interchangeable...

Gibbon Jockey said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:47:00 PM  

Kind of lackluster on Nantz' part. But I guess that's what you get in a crawl of a game like tonight.

Clark Kellogg?? Get him out of that lead analyst seat. Bring in a Bilas or let Raftery do it.

Adam said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:53:00 PM  

Nantz probably realized there wasn't much of an audience left watching to waste a clever scripted line. Or else I wouldn't be surprised he used that line at some point during the game.

MikeMan said...
Apr 6, 2009, 11:58:00 PM  

For all the criticism here I did not read anything particularly witty or creative among any of your posts so I think I will listen to Nantz and Kellogg. It is so much easier to criticize than to do. If they bother you so much turn the sound off/down. Better yet go green and log off your computers since this entire blog is a waste of the electrical grid.

jwonset said...
Apr 7, 2009, 5:59:00 AM  

So Nantz and Kellogg can only be criticized by those in the field? It is a waste of space (and electricity) for the people who Nantz and Kellogg are targetting to criticize their work?

/Realizes that some people just won't understand and wonders why I even bother with said people.

JFein said...
Apr 7, 2009, 1:43:00 PM   Apr 8, 2009, 5:01:00 AM  

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