I’m probably the only blogger here who doesn’t care all that much about college basketball (as my bracket attests), and to me, this month is largely about drinking margaritas and discussing feminism once a week to celebrate Women’s History Month. But when March madness comes along, I usually throw my allegiances toward Western, my alma mater (go Topps!) and UofL, my adopted home team. My general disinterest in the sport has not stopped several people from sending me this Howard Fineman piece on the intrastate rivalry, however, so I thought I’d share. Frankly, I will be relieved when this is all over, so we can focus on the things that are really important, like political politics and baseball.
(edit: decent WSJ coverage as well)
Giving me something to look forward to until opening day, the U of L women’s basketball team is headed to the Final Four. Go Cards!
Minnesota is a lucky, lucky school to have a coach as good as Mr. Smith.
The Gophers are now 10-0, btw…
In his own form of shameless pandering, John McCain told a Pittsburgh news reporter:
“The Steelers really made a huge impression on me — particularly in their early years…When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the physical pressures that were on me, I named the starting lineup — defensive line — of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron-mates!”
Funny, because the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the worst NFL teams in 1967, going 4-9-1. More importantly, though, McCain’s autobiography says that he instead named the starting lineup of the Green Bay Packers, who were fresh off winning the first two Super Bowls. Despite a spokesperson, saying it was a ‘memory lapse’, you have to believe that this is the worst form of pandering – you aren’t even lying about policy, you’re lying about sports!
Perhaps when McCain decides to actually come to Kentucky for a fancy fundraiser, we can ask him if he knows the starting lineup from the 1966 Kentucky basketball team, or maybe if he knows who the Unforgettables are? He may be too old to remember who they are, but I bet he named them as his squadron mates in a prison camp.