in The second biggest sporting spectacle behind the Superbowl in termsof itsaudience asaviewedevent.Themen’s NCAA Basketballtournamenthasitsfansaswellasitsdetractors.Forthewivesandgirlfriendswhoserespective partnerswillbecomeglued totheirtelevisionsetsorsome othermeansinorder toembracetheevent.I takethisopportunitytowishyouwellover thecomingweeks.For myselfI’venosuchqualms.My girlfriendisadriftinherownseaoffulfillment .
And as alluded to earlier in this piece the event itself is prehaps outside of the Superbowl the most popular sporting event in country. That being said one the reasons behind that may well be the amount of money that’s wagered on the NCAA tournament itself. Conservative estimates would put it in the region of in between $850m and $1.3bn over the course of the event. And that’s what they believe to be the legal gambling alone. It’s obvious that were illegal betting taken into account . Then that figure would be immeasurably larger by at least three of four fold the estimates given. Less we forget what would the tournament be without all of the bracketologists out there ? This is where the event itself becomes the water cooler topic of discussion amongst a great many people across the country and in particular in the work place. Friendships are either cemented or they become frayed or fractured over the ensuing weeks. The point is while much of this is actually going on the only ones who are making money in the midst of this all will be the guys in Vegas. And the few of us lucky enought to have actually picked the winner . I think it goes without saying that they if anyone will win more than they’ll lose once the event is over. The oddsmakers in Vegas will be reaping the benefits of this all !
Muchhasbeenmadeas towhichteams willdowell andwhichwillfalteratsome pointduringthetournament. The fact ofthematterisnoonecanreallysaywithacertaintywhowillultimatelydowellandwhowon’t .Theanalystsontelevisionsaywhatthey’lldeem tobetheright thing.Buttakingtheirwordfor it at presentis tantamounttotakingastockpickfrom thelikes ofCNBCs’ Jim Cramer.AndlastIlookedhisimploringhisaudience to investtheirmoneyinAIG ,was aboutasworthwhileaslightingamatchandholdingit againstastickofdynamitethinking thatnothingwouldhappen.Let’sjustsaythatat thisjunctureJimCramerhasaboutasmuchcredibilityformerTreasurySecretaryHankPaulson.AnotherwhoimploredtheCongress thatspending$700 billion ofpublicmoneywouldstave offtheuncertainty withinthemarkets.
Isay ifwe’regoingtomaligntheseguysaswellas thesport’sanalystson television.Thenweought todoitwithagreatdealofvoracity.I’msurethatthesoundbytescomingfromtheCBScommentaryteamwillbevaried, at timesinsightful , selfopinionated ,extremeandor attimes downright ridiculous.Butfor thedie-hardfansoutthereaboveallitwillbeabouttheexcitementandcheeringontheirteamorteamsas thecasemay be.
What Caliparihasachievedwithhisteamthisseasonshouldmakehimacandidate asCoachof the Year. Whetherornot thatwillbecometofruition,we canonlybutwaittoseewhattheadjudicatorswillthink.ButfornowtheTigers dohavesomefarmorepressingissuesahead.Theirroster isprimarilymadeupoffreshmenandjuniors.AndtheirtandemofTyrekeEvans andRobertDozierhaveledtheway.But to saythatthesetwoplayersalonearethesolereasonfortheteam’ssuccesswouldbetodenyotherswho’vemadealargecontributiontotheteam’soverallsuccessthisseason.TheirvictoryoverTulsaintheirconferencetournamentwas about asemphaticawinasonecouldever wishtowitness.Andthescoreitself64-39 does reflecthowlopsideditall was.Tosay thegamewaswonwitheasewouldbeanunderstatementintheveryleast.
NowcomesthetrickypartforMemphis.If they’retojustifytheirseedingasa #2 seedintheWestof thefirstroundofthetournament.Theycanillaffordaslipupat thisjuncture.Nothereandmostcertainlynotnow!Theirfirstroundopponentin thetournamentwillbeCalState Northridge of whose pedigree shall we say won’t come into question should they fall at the hands of Memphis ? However should the unthinkable happen then there may well be a great deal of joy on the campus of the Matdors, as well as across the state. As to the Tigers , failure here and let’s just say what’d been viewed as a promising season all of a sudden just went up in flames. After last season’s heroics , a chance to acquit one’s self the following year doesn’t often come around this quickly.
Say what you will about Memphis it will be now or never at this juncture for the team. All the hype and hooplah concerning their successful season thus far. In the end it will be all for nothing if they’re unable to acquit themselves in the tournament. As good as they’ve been they’re going to have to perform a great deal better if they’re to win it all. So let the games begin and let the chips fall where they may. Memphis it’s now up to you take on and defeat whoever stands in your way.