Monday's A.M. Hot Clicks
They're organized by seed, beginning with No. 1 seeds Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, and Virginia. Start your March Madness analysis there.
Bubble teams had to wait on edge last night to find out if their number would get called for an at-large bid. My favorite "WE'RE GOING DANCING!!!" reaction comes from 11-seed Nebraska, where the entire gym erupted when the Huskers got word. Runner-up for best reaction belongs to 12-seed NC State. The best non-reaction moment from Selection Sunday was Dick Vitale's story about Toni Bennett; that's spelled correctly -- Vitale's talking about a stripper, not the coach or singer.
Get your printable bracket here then hide from your boss on the porcelain throne. Snubs, yeah, we've got a few, namely NIT-bound SMU. Pete Thamel and Brian Hamilton unpack the bracket for you here. And be sure to check out Richard Deitsch's viewing guide with information on TV pairings, the March Madness Live app, and more.
For a shot at $1 million, get your prognostication on at Sports Illustrated's Bracket Challenge.
For absolutely no chance at $1 billion, put together a perfect bracket in the Billion Dollar Bracket contest backed by Warren Buffett. You have a better shot of winning the Kentucky Derby on a coin-operated horse (if the rules permitted). Aside: Fox Sports Live is broadcasting from inside the LVH SuperBook all week; here's a sample. I haven't been a fan of Live's roundtable segments but this is a home run.
That dapper youngster in the long blue tie was the St. Joseph's coach's own blood. That boy's parents have to be real proud of the professional troll job on Grandpa.
Update: Reader Conor R. in San Francisco told me that Comcast SportsNet Bay Area has been running the "Authentic Fan" promo for about a couple years, passing out signs at various area games. Conor added: "It is horrible, but hopefully if you grill them enough they will stop." So, here we are.
The complete one-word transcript to Kevin McHale's pregame interview ... Some people who really enjoy St. Patrick's Day ... Jim Irsay arrested on DUI, possession charges ... "We're Indiana. We don't play in the CBI," said IU athletic director Fred Glass about why Indiana (not even in the NIT) is taking its balling and going home ... Guess which National League outfielder said it after a day at the zoo: “Giraffes are so legit!” ... Top 15 dunks on Kris Humphries ... But it's not all bad for Humphries ... Olli Jokinen dekes Tim Thomas out of the game.
The mood for buzzer beaters. Not trying to talk dirty. [TBL]