Let’s Dance …….

Let’s Dance ………………..

Well now that we know the ‘Final Four’ to perhaps one of the most exciting Men’s NCAA basketball tournament in recent years. It’s time to survey the devastation that took place. We’re now left with the four best teams in the tournament and no it’s not aberration that the lightly regarded Butler is one of the quartet of teams remaining.

St. Louis , Bobby Maze (3) of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to shoot the ball against Mike Kebler (20) and Draymond Green (23) both of the Michigan State Spartans during the midwest regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Edward Jones Dome on March 28, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. Michigan State beat Tennessee 70-69. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Dilip Vishwanat ...
St. Louis , Bobby Maze (3) of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to shoot the ball against Mike Kebler (20) and Draymond Green (23) both of the Michigan State Spartans during the midwest regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Edward Jones Dome on March 28, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. Michigan State beat Tennessee 70-69. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Dilip Vishwanat ...

Butler along with Duke (Blue Devils) , Michigan State (Spartans) and West Virginia (Mountaineers) round out the Final Four . And is there a clear cut favorite amongst the four ? Who can say but there’s no denying that a number of people if not a large part of the nation are perhaps rooting for the underdogs , in Butler. And the fact that the Final Four and championship game will be played in their home state of Indiana at the Lucas Oil Stadium , makes this even more of a fairy tale for the team and their coach Brad Stevens . This will Stevens’ first appearance in the Final Four as a coach. He joins Mike Krzyzewski , Bob Huggins and Tom Izzo as the coaches of the respective teams remaining in the tournament. And of those four, Huggins and Stevens are the only coaches not to have cut down the nets as a winning coach of the national championship in men’s basketball.

Now don’t get me wrong I’ve been avowed Blue Devils’ fan for eons and I do believe that Mike Krzyzewski one of the all-time great coaches in collegiate athletics. Love him or hate him , you’ve got the admire what he’s done in building this program into a perennial powerhouse within college basketball. His record as a coach speaks for itself and the respect that he has amongst his peers throughout collegiate athletics let’s you know how much he’s revered. That asides , were the Blue Devils not to end up as champions , I wouldn’t at all be overly disappointed. For me, the NCAA tournament has always been about seeing the minnows in the game take on the might within college basketball. There’s nothing like seeing a ‘David slay Goliath’ and turn the whole men’s college basketball world upside down. And that’s been what we’ve seen throughout this year’s tournament right from the very start. Needless to say , many of the prognosticators’ brackets have been shot to hell. Hey, President Obama , how’s that pick of Kansas of yours now looking ? If it’s anything like the passage of the healthcare reform bill , that thing also will soon be in tatters. Do you honestly believe that the Republicans will let it remain in its present format whatever it now allegedly is purported to be ? Even your most ardent supporters are unsure as to what form it will take . In many it ways it’s the same way , that this tournament itself has unfurled. Surprise after surprise, with a great deal of animosity up and down the country.

The Duke Blue Devils hold up the trophy after a 78-71 win over the Baylor Bears in the south regional final of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Sunday. photo appears  courtesy of  Getty  Images/  Ronald  Martinez  ...
The Duke Blue Devils hold up the trophy after a 78-71 win over the Baylor Bears in the south regional final of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Sunday. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Ronald Martinez ...

Sunday’s games and the results that came about were as surprising as the games themselves were enthralling. And the same could be said of Saturday’s results also. Who could’ve foreseen Duke’s 78-71 defeat of Baylor ? Or even Michigan State eking out a one point, 70-69 of Bruce Pearl’s Tennessee Volunteers ?

Butler's Nick Rodgers hold up the West Regional trophy as the team returned home to Indianapolis amid a throng of fans after earning a spot in the Final Four with a victory over Kansas State Saturday.
Butler's Nick Rodgers hold up the West Regional trophy as the team returned home to Indianapolis amid a throng of fans after earning a spot in the Final Four with a victory over Kansas State Saturday. photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ A J Mast ...........

Now with the Final Four match-ups all set , it will be very interesting to see how these games are approached by the respective coaches and their teams. For Butler and their inexperienced coach Brad Stevens , they’ve nothing to lose as they face off against Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans. While Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils will take on Bob Huggins’ West Virginia Mountaineers. And it’s take a serious gambler to against the rising wave of support of the Butler Bulldogs. I’m no longer a betting man and I’m not going to make a call on either match-ups at all. I’ve seen my brackets seemingly go up in smoke much the same way that Vanilla Ice’s and MC Hammer’s careers did. Where are they now ?

West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler and Joe Mazzulla hug after the game. Butler scored 18 points and Mazulla pitched in a career-high 17 to help West Virginia hold off the Wildcats.
West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler and Joe Mazzulla hug after the game. Butler scored 18 points and Mazulla pitched in a career-high 17 to help West Virginia hold off the Wildcats. The Mountaineers would defeat the Kentucky Wildcats 73-66 to make their way the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Jim McIsaac ..........

The Final Four and the championship game itself will be something special to watch and I for one can vouch that I find this tournament far more exciting and exhilarating that the BCS national title game in football. Here you actually have a champion of merit while with college football it’s the premise that we’re witnessing a champion. Yeah, big deal when the none BCS conferences barely get the chance to put on their dancing shoes and strut their stuff against the ‘big boys’ . At least in the NCAA basketball tournament you’re invited to the dance and everyone is on an even footing. So let’s dance ?

Alan Parkins aka tophatal ……………..

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David Bowie …………“Let’s Dance”

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12 thoughts on “Let’s Dance …….

    1. al clements

      I think that the Mountaineers will have their work cut out for them against Duke !

      I’m looking for man who’ll let me slide up and down his pole ? Would she want it any other way ?
      Pam Anderson

      I thought you were all for having a ‘Red’ in your bed rather than on the dance floor ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!! Ah well , you win some you lose some ! I get the impression that you’re a DWTS devotee ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      Alan Parkins

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  1. I wish Butler and Michigan State were in different games, because I would’ve liked them to meet up in the championship game! Oh well, I’ll be rooting for Michigan State the rest of the way!

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      Everyone was so in awe of the Kentucky’s and Kansas’s of the college basketball world that they forgot about teams like Butler and W. Virginia . You know what , you snooze you lose ?

      This ‘Final Four’ will be as enthralling as it will be exhilarating and then some !

      Brittney Griner of Baylor

      Is it me or is Baylors’ Brittney Griner the ‘talk of the town’ or what in women’s basketball at present ? She can flat out play and hell of a lot better than some of her male counterparts !

      Alan Parkins

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  2. I now realize why I’ve never before filled out a bracket. It’s just one more thing that I’m no good at. I knew I should have picked Butler:)

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    1. aero

      Brackets ? We don’t need no stinkin’ brackets ! We just watch the games to see who’s the best of the best. And it ain’t Kentucky or Kansas by their showing in the NCAA’s that’s for sure !

      Now here’s a bracket or should I say package that I wouldn’t mind looking into further !
      Read ’em and weep brother or should I say admire and weep ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      Alan Parkins

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  3. Been one heckuva tournament this year… find myself rooting for Butler to win it all because that would be a pretty great story.

    However, getting frustrated by the talk about them extending the tournament to 96 teams… this is going to kill it in my mind. Why break something that doesn’t need to be fixed? Frustrating!

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    1. KP

      It has been a tremendous NCAA tournament not just on the men’s side but also the women’s for that matter. And both ‘Final Fours’ will be great spectacles to watch.

      I’m rooting for Duke as I’ve always been a Blue Devils’ fans as well as a fan of Mike Krzyzewski !

      Either way win or lose I’ve enjoyed the tournament throughout from start to finish. And with regard to the increase of the participants. It all comes down to money and bigger share for the NCAA to divvy up amongst the schools and conferences at the end of the day. It’s a win win for everyone including whoever broadcasts the tournament.

      Alan Parkins

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