My beautiful girlfriend isn’t here to listen to me yell at the television, not that she would understand anyway, so I have decided to live blog tonight’s National Championship game. I will share my thoughts, observations, and probably do a fair amount of bitching.
As always, comments are welcome and strongly appreciated, even if the comments highlight my dumbassness.
Here we go…Sit back, and strap it down.
8:15 CST: MSU is already on the floor, and clearly has about 60,000 fans at the game. Noise will be a factor. As UNC takes the court, Seth Davis says is comes down to three d’s: Defense, Depth, and Destiny. We shall see.
8:17: I’m attacking this Smirnoff Mango cooler and ready for the game to begin. I always get goosebumps before the start of big games, until I hear Jim Nantz start with the lineups.
8:20: That intro is stupid, too over the top. I’m no longer excited. Michigan State being introduced.
8:21: I think Travis Walton just said “kick these ni****.” Thanks to TiVo, I can check…Yes, he did. Nice job CBS.
8:22: Danny Green is only 6’6″? I thought he was taller.
8:23: This will be Tyler Hansbrough’s final college game. Can the same be said for Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington?
8:24: I need a report from Tracy Wolfson. She looks like a doll tonight.
8:24: Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg will take it from here – let the awkwardness begin.
8:24: Larry Bird and Magic present the game ball. Both teams take the court.
8:25: The flash bulbs pop, jump ball off the jump ball. Off to a bad start.
8:26: UNC wins the tip, Kalin Lucas guards Ty Lawson.
8:26: UNC takes a 2-0 lead. It’s so over.
8:27: Goran Suton cashes a three with Hansbrough in his face.
8:28: Danny Green shoots weird, but answers with a three of his own.
8:28: With 18 minutes remaining in the first half, Izzo substitutes Durrell Summers for Raymar Morgan – Summers is way better.
8:29: Izzo substituting liberally early.
8:29: Tyler Hansbrough takes off too far away trying to dunk, but draws a foul.
8:29: Near air-ball by Travis Walton. Every shot he takes looks like it will be an air-ball, but he has been shooting well in the tourney.
8:30: Goran Suton with an air ball.
8:30: UNC leads 10-5, MSU with three turnovers.
8:30: Both teams substitute, UNC leads by seven.
8:32: 17-7 UNC, Suton travels, the first of many media timeouts. UNC looks real sharp early.
8:33: GM commercial designed to boost consumer confidence comes on. My confidence is not boosted. My girlfriend almost took a job with GM in Detroit…I’m glad she didn’t. But I guess I could have gone to the game tonight! Or not.
8:35: The Mentalist looks like it sucks, I would rather watch Numb3rs.
8:36: Play resumes, foul on Chris Allen. Bobby Frasor in for UNC.
8:37: Kalin Lucas drives and has shot blocked…the action is picking up.
8:38: Suddenly, it’s 21-7 UNC. My head is spinning.
8:38: MSU has five turnovers already, UNC is not rattled by the crowd, which is depressed again.
8:39: Goran Suton goes to the bench, looks winded.
8:40: Ford Field is full and looks really cool. Someday, I want to go to a Final Four.
8:40: Two fouls on Danny Green. No big deal. UNC leads 22-7, Durrell Summers misses first free throw.
8:41: D. Thompson scores, already has six points for UNC.
8:41: MSU looks rattled. The Spartans are a very young team, which hasn’t been mentioned much by “experts.”
8:42: Larry Drew in for UNC, promptly commits a turnover.
8:42: Korie Lucious is in for MSU. He is jittery and makes me nervous. Nearly throws the ball out of bounds.
8:42: Lucky basket by Suton, another foul on UNC. Fouls could be an issue, Green & Frasor have two apiece.
8:44: MSU can’t get to the basket. Timeout, 24-11 UNC with 11:41 remaining.
8:45: Howie Long makes me not want to by a GM product – ever.
8:45: I hate this iPhone commercial. I don’t want an “app” for anything. Living in Silicon Valley, I have to deal with Apple people everyday. It’s not that fun.
8:46: I want the Budweiser Frogs back…
8:47: Back at Ford Field, I didn’t realize MSU would have to defeat three #1 seeds to win it all. That would be impressive.
8:48: 26-11 after Lawson free throws, Kalin Lucas palms the ball, and it gets called.
8:49: Dion Thompson scores, CBS replays the play and replays the audio. Come on now.
8:49: Two fouls on Suton, MSU trails 29-11.
8:49: Marquise Gray into the game for MSU. He is good at dunking, not good at much else though.
8:50: Hansbrough throws it in, 31-11 UNC with 10:14 remaining.
8:50: “Hansbrough with a beautiful job of boxing out,” says Nantz. He promptly gets called for a loose ball foul. Kellogg explains Hansbrough committed a “lower body route canal.” Yikes.
8:50: Ed Davis makes a free throw. He tries to hide his skinniness with a t-shirt. I’m not fooled.
8:50: I haven’t seen Chris Allen make a shot since MSU played Iowa a long time ago.
8:50: I don’t think Kalin Lucas has scored yet. Raymar Morgan looks sad.
8:51: Lucas scores. I think Tom Izzo should have used some timeouts earlier, but now its too late.
8:54: Summers makes a three, Hansbrough does a tip-dunk, offensive interference, basket no good.
8:55: 36-16 UNC with 8:22 remaining.
8:55: Where is Raymar Morgan? I think MSU will make a run at some point…maybe.
8:56: UNC is killing MSU on the boards.
8:57: 38-18 UNC at the under eight timeout.
8:59: You know what MSU needs? A comeback. It’s time to put on your rally cap and dig in, IZZO!
9:00: UNC throws the ball away following the timeout. Is UNC really that much bigger than MSU? I think Kellogg is overdoing that thought.
9:01: Wayne Ellington is smooth like Boone’s Farm. Someone in my apartment complex is playing loud Indian techno music. Typical.
9:02: Raymar Morgan gets hit in the noise by Danny Green…foul on Green. Morgan’s noise is broken, that has to hurt.
9:02: Chris Allen brought in to shoot the free throw for Morgan, for some reason. He misses.
9:03: Timeout MSU after Ellington 3-pointer; 43-20 UNC.
9:06: Back from timeout; North Carolina is dominating this game, obviously.
9:07: Chris Allen should not be in the game if Izzo wants to dig in and rally.
9:08: 11 turnovers by MSU, another timeout. This is more like it. False alarm, no timeout.
9:08: Too much talk about UNC-LSU game…we all know what happened. Ellington for three, 46-22 as Chris Allen dribbles.
9:09: Korie Lucious is fearless.
9:10: Timeout, 48-25 with 3:48 remaining.
9:14: Korie Lucious hits another three, Magic Johnson looks angry.
9:15: Is this the mini-run MSU needs? Maybe. Durrell Summers misses a three, that would have been big.
9:16: Luke Zellar looks absurd. He will be the next annoying white dude on North Carolina.
9:16: Jim Nantz uses a pun: “A charge on Green, and nothing’s Green right now for Michigan State.” That’s weak sauce son.
9:17: Ty Lawson gets poked in the eye, Nantz says “oh oh.” It’s no big deal.
9:19: Lawson makes two free throws, UNC leads 51-30 with 1:30 left.
9:20: Hansbrough draws another foul.
9:20: Does anyone know what the MSU students are chanting when Hansbrough shoots free throws?
9:21: Wayne Ellington gives UNC 55-32 lead, giving the Tar Heels the most points ever scored in the first half of the championship game.
9:22: 55-34 at the half, please go to Tracy Wolfson…Please!
9:28: Halftime show begins on CBS. How’s that prediction Seth?
9:29: Apparently, destiny ran into a buzz saw. That explains it.
9:29: Greg Anthony says he is sad for MSU. That’s interesting.
9:33: Blake Griffin is shown receiving the Naismith Award. Oh look, there are his parents.
9:34: Magic joins the halftime show on CBS, says MSU looks nervous.
9:34: Greg Anthony informs me that Magic and Larry Bird came out tonight. I had no idea, that is very interesting.
9:35: Oh sweet relief, Tracy Wolfson.
9:36: More talk about the 1979 National Championship game. Tracy is too short, I can’t see her.
9:43: Second half about ready to start. No wonder Michigan State is struggling, cause apparently it is carrying a whole state on its back…I didn’t know Ann Arbor was so desperate.
9:44: Kellogg and Nantz are so bad together; second half begins. Suton scores early.
9:46: Walton misses an easy shot, UNC leads 57-36. North Carolina doesn’t look as intense early in the second half.
9:47: Tyler Hansbrough scores, he has 13 points. His time is running out…the NBA is just around the corner.
9:48: Will Tracy Wolfson handle the interviews after the game? She might be too short.
9:48: This game could get boring. I wonder what else is on TV? I think EVD is live-blogging Man vs. Wild as we speak.
9:49: Durrell Summers will be dominant next year.
9:50: Another MSU turnover as Lucas throws the ball five feet over Summers’ head on the break.
9:51: Suton makes a three, Ty Lawson has his eighth steal of the game, which as Nantz has repeated at least 25 times, is a championship game record.
9:52: Ed Davis and 1, timeout.
9:55: Delvon Roe with an and 1, I bet he will miss free throw. He did…
9:56: Jim Nantz needs to get off the Ty Lawson steals train. Most of his steals are due to terrible passes by Michigan State. It’s impressive, but give it a rest Jimmy.
9:56: Shot of Tammy Hansbrough after a Tyler free throw. Her last name may no longer be Hansbrough, as she is divorced from Tyler’s dad. She is Tyler’s mom though, that’s for sure.
9:58: Jud Heathcote shot. He looks stoic and like he would love a cold beer. That makes two of us.
9:59: Bobby Frasor crashing the boards!
10:00: Summers scores, here comes the crowd. 62-46 UNC. Michigan State can’t get a rebound following a Thompson miss.
10:01: Danny Green for three. That was big.
10:02: Chris Allen really cannot shoot anymore. Timeout, 65-47 with 11:47 remaining.
10:05: Back from the timeout. Michigan State has a slim chance, but North Carolina will start hitting shots again soon.
10:06: Kalin Lucas dribbles the ball out of bounds. That was weird. 19 turnovers for Michigan State.
10:07: Jim Nantz needs to shut up. It would be awkward, but I think Kellogg could handle play-by-play. CBS once again replays a play while replaying the audio of the play and talking over it live. Wow.
10:07: Nantz says there is too much pressure on MSU. Ironically, the media put most of that pressure on the Spartans.
10:09: Lucas scores, UNC still leads 68-52. Draymond (yeah, that’s his name) Green is playing well in the second half.
10:10: Raymar Morgan?
10:11: MSU is out of time. Chris Allen misses again.
10:12: Kalin Lucas air-bank, Chris Allen misses again.
10:13: Why do announcers in college games always make excuses for the losing team? There is no need for it.
10:14: Under eight timeout, UNC by 19.
10:15: Live blogging is both emotionally and physically draining. I can’t wait for my girlfriend to get home, I’m getting really hungry.
10:16: Buffalo Wild Wings commercial comes on; I love Gary Thorne, but I hate B Dub’s. The food is bad and the service is worse, mainly because guys like me work there.
10:17: Back from timeout. North Carolina is 7:33 from the title game.
10:18: Hasheem Thabeet is at the game wearing some chillin’ shades next to a honey. Vince Carter and Antwan Jamison in attendance. Vince looks happy, probably because the NBA season is almost over.
10:19: Another timeout. Remember when beer commercials used to be funny?
10:22: Back from the timeout and the bathroom. Hansbrough scores, UNC leads 74-56 with 6:15 left.
10:22: Suton hits a three, timeout Michigan State.
10:22: While I was in the kitchen fetching a drink, I heard Kellogg analyze the Midwest’s weather in April. I guess he wants to show his broadcast utility.
10:23: Only six more minutes of shameless Hansbrough promotions…Nice.
10:24: Lawson scores, he hasn’t shot well but he has dominated the game. Did I mention he has eight steals?
10:25: CBS promos: NCIS. Never seen it, don’t want to. Give me Law & Order with Jerry Orbach any day. Or, I’ll take the First 48 on A&E.
10:26: Izzo inserts a white dude into the lineup (not including Suton). I don’t know this guys name.
10:26: MSU now in the double bonus, silly foul by Hansbrough. Really bad foul.
10:27: Nantz says something stupid again, repeating Kalin Lucas’ motto. Before Kalin will be Ty Lawson, he needs to play under control and work on his jumper. How’s that?
10:27: 76-63 UNC with 4:57 remaining. Korie Lucious into the game, laying on the ground, wounded.
10:29: Michigan State looks out of gas, but Kellogg says they are doing exactly what they need to do. I disagree.
10:30: 78-65, UNC is making it interesting and the crowd loves it. Just not enough time though.
10:31: Ty Lawson works his way to the basket. Kalin Lucas commits a charge, pushing off on Hansbrough.
10:31: Angry white people music takes us to commercial; timeout.
10:35: 3:46 remaining…the end is near.
10:35: That CBS show Harper’s Island looks interesting. Kind of like a souped-up Clue.
10:37: Now the North Carolina fans are making noise. Kalin Lucas has had a terrible game, but he’ll be back.
10:38: Less talking from Clark Kellogg would be a good thing at this point. Raymar Morgan fouls out, I think he only had four points.
10:38: Don’t even thinking about leaving for the NBA Raymar.
10:38: Curtain-call for Goran Suton. He had a nice career, a solid player who always tried hard.
10:39: Bobby Frasor with a breakaway…layup. I’m sure he can dunk. Seriously, he can dunk.
10:41: Clip of Obama playing hoops with UNC is shown…ballin’ in pants, I love it.
10:42: Another timeout. I don’t know what the score is.
10:43: Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson proved to be the difference tonight, much like I suspected would happen. I bet they both leave for the NBA.
10:44: 85-68 UNC lead with 1:41. Danny Green’s career is over. He had a really nice career, and apparently he is the winningest player in the history of North Carolina basketball.
10:45: Tom Izzo emptying the bench, Ibok is in the game. He played quite a bit in the last two seasons, but not much this year. Ty Lawson is still in the game and still making free throws.
10:46: With 1:22 left, it’s time for Roy Williams to clear his bench. He isn’t doing it though.
10:47: North Carolina is your National Champion. Now, it’s over.
10:48: No more Hansbrough, it will be strange to watch Carolina without Hansbrough.
10:49: Stay classy North Carolina!!!