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SIOC's Ultimate Road Trip: Day 23

The vibe in St. Louis and on the Illinois campus

Posted: Tuesday April 5, 2005 4:25PM; Updated: Tuesday April 5, 2005 4:25PM

By Adam Duerson and Matt Waxman

Adam Duerson, Jay-Z
SIOC's Adam Duerson visits with Jay-Z and the rapper's bodyguard.
From New York to St. Louis, SI On Campus' three-week tour of the NCAA tournament

What happens in St. Louis stays in St. Louis? Hardly. The road trip crew took in the men's championship game in some unused Michigan State players' seats (thanks, Goran Suton) directly in front of Jay-Z and his bored boo, Beyonce. Before peacing out to the women's final in Indy, we did some informal polling, so without further adieu, we present you with The Best of St. Louis and Indianapolis.

Best (unintentional) joke overheard at the men's championship: North Carolina senator and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards, when asked before the men's championship if he'd rather have a UNC win or the vice presidency: "For the sake of the country I'd take the win in November, but this (game against Illinois) is very important."

Best dressed: Tennessee freshman Candace Parker. The injured 6-foot-3 stunner rode the Volunteer bench for the majority of a semifinal loss to Michigan State, unseating herself just long enough to show off some precisely-painted-on hot pants and the tallest heels this side of Chapel Hill.

Runner-up: Bruce Weber. The only way Roy Williams was going to out-dress Weber and his bright orange sport coat was if he showed up in a baby-blue ruffled tux.

Best sign: "Geno's watching Desperate Housewives." (Flashed by a Tennessee fan before its semifinals loss to Michigan State)

Best chance at defending North Carolina's Sean May: Burly Michigan State center Kelly Roehrig. Even against a wild crocodile, our money goes on Roerig.

Best commentary on the state of women's basketball: After Michigan State rallied from16 down in the second half to beat the Lady Vols, ESPN rushed for a post-game interview with Eagles wide receiver and Tennessee native Terrell Owens.

Best -- and most prevalent -- T-shirt: "I Love Head" (As in Illinois forward Luther Head)

Most threatening comment: "Tell your friend [SIOC reporter Adam Duerson] I'll punch him in the head if he takes a picture of Beyonce." 
-- Jay-Z's bodyguard and self-professed "federal agent."