Holy crap it is on! March Madness is in full swing and if you don't think emotions can go from wicked highs to crushing lows in a matter of seconds, you need look no further than the Pitt/Butler game from this past weekend. Pitt, the number 1 seed in that region, went from losing the game, to winning the game, to ultimately losing the game in just the final 2.2 seconds. It was an unbelievable finish....that's what March Madness is all about! If you didn't see it, here's the clip of the final seconds...trust me, take a few minutes to watch it.
Same thing with the Texas/Arizona game. Texas had it all but locked up with less than 15 seconds to go and a couple costly mistakes gave Arizona the win. There were some incredible games in the second round and hopefully your bracket kept up (hopefully you picked VCU to get to the Sweet Sixteen....if so, you should get the pool just based on that pick alone!)
Now, I'm sure you probably know that I'm a big KU fan but I'll absolutely tip my hat to K-State who had a great run in the tournament and almost survived to play another game. Jacob Pullen had a tremendous game matching his career high of 38 AND setting the school record for all-time scoring.....I give him a standing ovation because that kid can play! That said, I now believe that Frank Martin (Head Coach) is a complete douche-nozzle. During the postgame, a reporter asked Pullen to sum up his emotions having set the school record but not able to get the win. Pullen broke down with emotion and Frank berated the reporter asking "Is this what you wanted? To make him cry in front of all these people? Good question." As a matter of fact it was a good question and instead of going after the reporter Frank should have praised and commended his star player for having that kind of passion. Pullen left it all on the floor, there is no doubt about that and my hat is off to him. I have more respect for that kid now than I did before to see him come off of the floor so physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted from putting it all on the line that he couldn't hold back his emotion after the game. I respect Frank and how he has turned that program around but I think he handled the situation very badly......and I'm still giving a standing ovation to Jacob Pullen.
So now it's on to the Sweet Sixteen and the intensity is only going to grow! I look forward to this weekend of more incredible games and more games that come completely down to the wire.....I LOVE March!!