While I’m not nearly as interested in college basketball as I have been at other points in my life — considering the number of years I spent covering the sport, it pretty much was my life — the Three To Read today is all about the hoops. And it is far more fun than the editing of the annual report (which is going to take up part of my day today).
One: Yes, you really can visit seven of the Sweet 16 campuses in one day.
That’s exactly what Pat Forde from Yahoo did earlier this week. The day started at 7:30 a.m. at Louisville and included stops at Indiana, Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio and Ohio State before finishing up after midnight at a bar near the University of Kentucky campus. It’s a fun read.
Two:No, the combination of Twitter and a key injury doesn’t give you an excuse to act like a jerk
But apparently a number of North Carolina fans think it does. Since Kendall Marshall was injured in the Tar Heels Round of 32 victory over Creighton, a number of Carolina fans have savaged — and I mean savaged — Creighton’s Ethan Wragge (an Eden Prairie kid). Gregg Doyel takes some of them to task at CBSSports.com. It’s worth a read if for no other reason than to see how much of a twisted sense of reality some people have. It isn’t pretty.
Three:You might not know this, but Cincinnati and Columbus are two totally different worlds
You have certainly read or heard by now about how there are four teams from the State of Ohio left in the NCAA Tournament. But Ohio is a strange place and interesting state. It’s part rust belt and almost part Southern. The line I’ve heard about Cincinnati as a town is that it is either the most southern northern city or the most northern southern city. I lived there for two years and there’s a lot of truth to it. Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer addresses why Cincinnati doesn’t root for Ohio State.