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March Madness Open Chat
2005-03-17
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Slate magazine and Bob Timmermann both hate Stanford. What's a poor guy to do?

Comments
2005-03-17 09:49:30
1.   Linkmeister
Go 'Zona!
2005-03-17 12:45:51
2.   Bob Timmermann
With Stanford, it's not business, it's personal.

But Jon got a small measure of revenge as Stanford's nemesis from last year, Alabama, was bounced out early by Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I have actually visited that campus. Bought a t-shirt and got a bite to eat.

Golda Meir went to Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Around 9 pm, I will likely be muttering under my breath in disgust or pretending that I think that UCLA has a realistic chance of beating Gonzaga.

2005-03-17 14:39:27
3.   Jeromy
I'm with you, Jon. I'm proud to be a Stanford graduate, and it is exciting to follow them each year in the tournament. What's their run at? I believe 11 straight years in the field of 64. My prediction is, however, that the Stanford women will advance much further this year than the men.

By the way, as of right this minute, I'm 8 for 8 on my bracket picks! Anyone else have UW-Milwaukee upsetting Alabama?

2005-03-17 15:34:16
4.   Bob Timmermann
But Stanford did have a bit of a drought when it came to NCAA appearances from 1942 until the mid 1980s.

I'm surprised Eric Enders hasn't dropped by yet to complain about UTEP's loss today.

Washington-UOP should be an interesting second round game. People who consider Washington overrated do so at their own peril.

2005-03-17 16:53:38
5.   Jon Weisman
I'm already hoping for the Washington-Gonzaga grudge match - although mighty Winthrop has something different to say about that!

Yes, it was quite a drought, Bob. Without all that Red Sox/Cubs angst, but still a drought. All hail Todd Lichti and Howard Wright!

I'm happy to say I covered Stanford's first tournament game in 47 years - although the result was crushing. It took 24 hours, because of a canceled flight, to get to Greensboro, N.C. Five hours later, we had lost to No. 14 seed Siena, and I was heading home.

2005-03-17 16:54:50
6.   Jon Weisman
Got to love a 9, two 14s and a 15 being in the lead right now, though.
2005-03-17 18:36:03
7.   Bob Timmermann
Fortuantely, my pick to win it all, Arizona, prevailed in the end.

I don't know if Gonzaga's win shows that they are overrated or whether or not they were just rusty from a long layoff.

If UCLA hadn't made the NCAA tournament this year, it would have been the first time the Bruins missed out 3 years in a row since 1984-86. Those were my first three years at UCLA. But we did win the NIT one year! The next year we lost to UC Irvine in the first round of the NIT.

It was the heyday of Reggie Miller and Pooh Richardson when I was there.

2005-03-17 21:38:35
8.   Linkmeister
Bob, are you stalking my teams? First you tell me you watch Hawai'i football, and now you tell me you like my semi-alma mater Arizona? What's going on here?

(I should add that we lived in Westwood while Mom got her MLS from UCLA.)

2005-03-17 21:48:28
9.   Bob Timmermann
This Arizona team reminds me of the championship team. I think Illinois showed that they are somewhat vulnerable tonight.

Biggest margin of victory today turned out to be the team that a lot of people thought was primed for a fall, Boston College. The Eagles won by 20.

UCLA's swarming lockdown defense kept Texas Tech to just 62% shooting tonight.

Oh well, I don't have a dog in this hunt anymore. Now I just root for Stanford to lose.

Actually I first root for Kentucky to lose. Then Duke. Then Stanford.

2005-03-18 09:52:42
10.   molokai
Go Zag's. They gave me a scare but survived. Very worried about Texas Tech. Several years ago Gonzaga had to face Arizona. It was a great game and Arizona won. It was a nightmare for me as that year they were my two favorite teams. At least this year I didn't have to worry about Gonzaga playing the Bruins.
Picked Duke in my pool for the whole enchilada.
2005-03-18 18:20:48
11.   molokai
Probably just talking to myself but that is why I love March Madness. Vermont pulls the upset and what a great game to watch.
2005-03-18 21:27:04
12.   Bob Timmermann
My alma mater didn't lose by as much as Jon's alma mater.

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