So I said I would talk about my personal experience of the NCAA tournament, but first I must speak my mind on the all-star game today. A couple of my teammates got snubbed for the game.
I will make the case for Drew first. Drew is first in blocks, 5th in rebounding, and 5th in evaluation in the ENTIRE LEAGUE. Not only did Drew not get picked the first time, they did not choose him the second time when Prokom’s Woods and Burke decided not to play. Now correct me if I am wrong, but we finished tied for second in the league and won the POLISH CUP. We still only get 2 players on the team, while prokom had 5 selected, and Turow had 4, and Anwil had 3. I mean that is ridiculous. The other guy who got snubbed was Skip. He is the leading scorer for again the Polish Cup champs. He was also the MVP of the cup or should have been hands down. Now I’m not going to pick people and say who should not be there because those guys put in the same hard work on the court as us. However I do think there should be a limit of games you have to play before you can be picked as an All-Star. That number should be a lot higher then just 6 games. I would not be surprised if somehow money was involved in the decisions and that would def. leave us off!! Again this won’t change anything, but I defiantly feel these guys deserved to be on the team.
The final four for the national championship in college basketball will be determined today. Drew’s old college team (Michigan State) has a chance to be one of the four. I only participated in this tournament one time, but it was by far the best time. The tournament touches so many people. It makes people who aren’t fans of basketball care about it for one month. Everybody feels out the brackets of who they think will advance to play for the championship. The tournament is set up where 65 teams play in a single elimination tournament. 35 teams are automatically in the tournament by winning there conference championship. Then the other 34 teams are picked by a committee, because of there wins during the regular season. The tournament itself is so organized.
The year we went, we were a 5 seed (the seeds range from 1-16). We started off the first round playing in Buffalo, New York. The NCAA chartered us in by plane. The first round is played in 4 days. So we played Thursday and then Saturday. We played old dominion and Maryland. We were considered the underdog against Maryland. We pulled off a big win by 3, and I actually was named player of the game. The unique thing about the games is they are played in huge arenas all around the states. These arenas can hold 50,000 people, and are often sold out. The media that surrounds the games is also very unique. During the practices you have all types of photographers and news men. After the practices you have to wait around for an hour for interviews. Some players have to do sit downs for the television while others meet in a press room to answer questions. Once we returned to campus after winning the first two games, there were even more press. We were one of the 16 teams left in the nation. We had to play the defending national champs that had 5 NBA players on the team.
The game was in St. Louis in the professional football arena. We played a great game and actually gave Florida there toughest game as they marched to the title. I fouled out on a bad call by the ref on a charge, and they hit all there free throws at the end. Like I said earlier the experience of playing in this was just fantastic. We had so many fans that traveled to the games to cheer us on and would wait in the hotels for us, and waited back home when we arrived to greet us. This tournament is followed by almost everyone in the States. I received a ton of cards and good luck notes along with congratulations. A really cool card I got was from my 7 year old cousin of mine in California. She had made a card and sent it to me for playing in the games. I mean that just shows how far the tournament reaches. It is hard to explain the excitement and the overall thrill of being there in words. It is def. something you have to experience for yourself before you completely understand the CRAZYNESS of March Madness.
We had a couple events this past week after winning the cup. The first was a dinner at “Lida” hotel. It was a brand new hotel that was not actually open to the public yet. The restaurant was very nice and the food was outstanding. We had some vegetable soup, a veal salad, a steak fillet (cooked rare, YESS) and some cake at the end. Management from the team, the town mayor, and of course the team were the ones at the dinner.
Then the very next day we celebrated with the fans. They introduced us one by one in this conference room. The fans were cheering like crazy and chanting everyone’s name. We took pictures with the trophy, received a cake, and also were given shirts that they had made for us. After that we stuck around and signed autographs and took some more pictures. It was a good day and thanks to the fans that came out!!
Until next time
This is BC gone for now