We win AGAIN!
Super Bowls, College Football Title games, World Series, All-Star Games, and now a Final Four in our little slice of heaven.
To me the NCAA Basketball tournament IS the best of the mega-sporting events to attend. I’ve been as a fan and a journalist. I will do some of both this weekend.
Gonzaga, Oregon, and South Carolina fans have no idea what type of ride they are in for between now and Monday night. They’ve never been this close to a college basketball championship. So the fandom is going to be off the charts.The energy and enthusiasm will be unlike anyone of the previous mega events that we’ve hosted.
You’ve got to win TWO games in 48 hours while in Phoenix to take home the title. In my mind that’s part of the charm of the Final Four. Sure, the national and world-wide attention won’t be on the Valley for this group of teams. This won’t rate as high as a Super Bowl(nothing else does).
Let’s face it, outside of the powder blue North Carolina uniforms, the rest of the field is basically unknown to the person who doesn’t watch much college basketball. Mass appeal, this is not.
There won’t be household names this weekend, but that doesn’t matter to me. I’ve seen enough of Dillon Brooks at Oregon to know he’s one of the best players in the game. I’ve admired Nigel-Williams Goss running the show for Gonzaga. Justin Jackson has been a beast for North Carolina over the last three weeks. South Carolina has a head coach that couldn’t win at Kansas State, but has captured the hearts and minds of a school better known for football than basketball at South Carolina.