As is the case in almost everything in 2013, the shelf life for enjoyment of the 2013 NCAA men's championship game (a thrilling 82-76 Louisville win over Michigan) was a total of about five minutes before we started looking ahead to 2013-2014.
Almost immediately after the game was over, already odd ... More >>
So, here we are. Championship Monday. A lot of you had Louisville in the finals, almost none of you had Michigan in the finals, and you sure as shit didn't have then knocking off Wichita State (barely) and Syracuse (barely, again), respectively, to get there.
So let's establish that right out of th ... More >>
Sitting and watching Jim Calhoun's retirement press conference as I type this post, and I got to thinking....it's nice to build something.
In 1986, Jim Calhoun inherited a UConn men's basketball program that was 12-16 the year before and to that point had won just four NCAA tournament games in its ... More >>
Pick two came and went. Then pick five. Then seven and eight and it began to dawn on Rockets fans: For all the talk of trades for Dwight Howard and moving up into the top ten of the draft, Houston, a team mired in mediocrity, would stand pat and roll the dice with picks 12, 16 and 18. In fact, there ... More >>
Last year, the Final Four made its way to Houston and in a turn of events entirely emblematic of the type of sports year Houston sustained in 2011, we wound up with arguably the most underwhelming collection of four teams ever assembled at college basketball's marquee event.
The highest seeded team ... More >>
Just admit it: You won't have a clue about how to talk about the 2012 NCAA tournament, much less how to fill out the bracket once the teams are selected on March 11.
That's what we're here for.
As March Madness heads toward its March 15 start date (no need to watch the games on March 13 and 14; s ... More >>
Keep coming back for the latestThe overwhelming consensus on the 2011 NBA Draft is that it's, by and large, a pretty underwhelming group of players, and it may quite possibly be completely devoid of future All-Stars. So why am I so excited about tonight's festivities? Because of all the thin ... More >>
John RoyalLeAnn all dressed up for a white wedding.In an attempt to wipe that awful excuse for a basketball game on Monday night from my head, I thought I would purge a few things still running through from my mind about the whole Final Four weekend. So...
1. I like attractive women. And ... More >>
John RoyalAnd so begins one of the worst championship games in NCAA Tournament history.Houston is the home city of two Conference USA basketball teams. That means that there's been some really bad basketball played in this city the last several years. So perhaps it was the lingering stench ... More >>
Jim Calhoun reboots once againWell, if a Final Four of a three, four, eight and eleven seed wasn't a metaphor for Houston sports in 2011, then Connecticut and Butler establishing a watchability bar that the women's final may actually surpass tonight (ok,ay I am totally joking, but still...) m ... More >>
It ain't Kemba's nightSo we turn to an astrological expert to predict the Final Four winners, and she comes up 50-50. Which, frankly, we could have done.
We suppose she could have gone 0-for-2, so there's that.
In any case, the stars speak again about what will happen tonight. We asked Figg ... More >>
[Jeff Foxworthy voice:] If you're betting on which team hits the first three-pointer, you just might be a degenerate gambler.Of the four schools in this year's NCAA basketball Final Four, the two biggest fan bases at Reliant Stadium on Saturday night (in my purely unscientific opinion) appear ... More >>
John RoyalUConn's Jim Calhoun, the Don Corleone of the Final Four coachesUConn coach Jim Calhoun went the bizarre route on Friday afternoon, comparing him and this group of Final Four coaches to the old 1960s sitcom My Three Sons, with Calhoun of course, assuming the role of Fred MacMurray, t ... More >>
Everything you need to know, almostHouston, you must get wrapped up in the Final Four, simply because it's here.
If, like us, your love of basketball evaporated away awhile back, that means you need to get caught up on the teams playing so you can sound like an expert at your viewing party.
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Brittanie SheyHotel Derek, all gaudied up.Judging by traffic, alumni from the schools playing in this weekend's Final Four are already swarming town, and if you want to get some of the sweet team-pride action, we've compiled a list of the official and unofficial watch parties happening this w ... More >>
UConn's Jim Calhoun out of a job?You probably want to know who's going to win the two semifinal games Saturday, just so you can place a bet or two.
Fortunately, there is a scientifically based, rigorous system of analysis that is foolproof in predicting such things: Astrology. At least that' ... More >>
Dear Ashley, welcome to Houston. I'll be in the press section, come find me.Dear Ms. Ashley Judd:
I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to my hometown of Houston, Texas. Now I know you've visited our fine place before, especially several years ago when you were here with your race ... More >>
By the time you read this space on Monday, we will know which four lucky schools have qualified for the Final Four and are headed to Houston to enjoy our weather, our ladies and our Tex-Mex. (I can now include "ladies" because BYU has been eliminated from the tournament. Houston will remain ... More >>
In my effort to help everyone prepare for March Madness, I bring you the
second installment of the March Madness Preview. (Click here for yesterday's first installment -- you know the part with my picks and
what not.) Today, we look at some of the most historical buzzer beaters in
tournament histo ... More >>
First, I want to thank everyone for their reaction, positive or otherwise, to my post yesterday which chronicled the high points of the era of Tracy McGrady's Expiring Contract I seem to learn something with every new post that I generate here on Hair Balls, and yesterday I learned that there are ... More >>