Monday, March 24, 2008
The Horror... The Horror...
Not to go too old school on you, but there is a 1979 Vietnam war movie called “Apocalypse Now” starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, and also features Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, and Scott Glenn. Anyway, one of Marlon Brando’s famous quotes from this movie is “The horror… the horror…”
Basketball will never be compared with war, but on its’ own level of cultural significance, yesterday’s North Carolina – Arkansas game was pure horror if you were Arkansas (Colonel Kurtz) or an Arkansas fan. The only good thing that came along with yesterday’s utter destruction was the fact that at least we weren’t subject to a heart-wrenching buzzer beater or a game that had us up 17 points in the second half only to choke it away down the stretch (see: Georgetown v. Davidson)
Some general thoughts on the game: Basketball is a game of runs usually where one team will get hot and go on a 8-0 run or a 15-2 run and the other team (if they are any good at all) will have their share of runs as well.
Yesterday in the first half, Arkansas never scored more than 3 points in a row without UNC answering with some points of their own.
In the second half, the Razorbacks never scored more than 6 points before UNC answered, and that was at the end of the game when we closed the gap from 105-71 to 105-77 before losing 108-77.
Couple of things about the broadcast itself: 1)Could Billy Packer have been any more pro-North Carolina and 2) when Roy Williams was out at half-court pointing to the NCAA logo that was causing players to slip and talking to the broadcast crew, he looked stupid. Memo to Roy: take it up with the tournament organizers and host school. Don’t go out to mid-court during a timeout and make a spectacle of yourself. It looked ridiculous. What did he think Billy Packer and Jim Nantz were going to do right at that moment? Packer had already mentioned it several times throughout the two day broadcast.
Sonny Weems finished up fairly strong with 19 points on 8-20 shooting. But, according to Billy Packer, Weems landed on one foot too much on his jump shots causing him to miss much more. I guess Billy hasn’t watched too much Arkansas basketball this season. Probably been too busy drooling over Tyler Handsoffbrough.
Farewell to the Arkansas six seniors. I feel like I hardly knew you at all.
Posted by KK at 12:48 PM