There I was, sitting at what was termed a sports cafe (whatever the hell that is) for my buddy's birthday party and surely an evening of quality college hoops.
I mean, everything to this point outside of Davidson has been downright unbearable and chalky. Something had to give, right?
Wrong. Last night was a continuation of unfathomably bad basketball competition. To be sure, it was thoroughly entertaining (for me, anyway) to watch Memphis decimate UCLA with their superior everything.
But I would have rather had a 75-74 nailbiter.
Kansas looked remarkably impressive -- indomitable, even. But just as much, North Carolina looked like the lost and helpless Washington State Cougars the Tar Heels drilled a week ago.
Something about this particular March Madness isn't adding up.
Memphis astounded while UCLA -- sans help from botched officiating -- bombed.
Kansas really, really astounded while North Carolina -- whose players apparently left their basketball IQs back in their Chapel Hill dorm rooms -- well, bombed.
That's all that happened this tournament: one team plays like one of the best ten teams in the field, while the opposition plays like it should have garnered a CBI invite. And now it's come to the team that played like the best team in the field for two weeks going the way of the turtle and retracting their collective heads inside their shells? I just can't bear to watch anymore. Chalk the '08 tournament up as an aberration amidst a storied history of true greatness.
At least the Jake Taylors live on. Even though Kansas did what they did Saturday night, I don't think they can do the same to Memphis, although I do think it will be a fine matchup.
What in the hell am I talking about?
Somebody will come out and lay an egg.