By Andy Gray Archive
Something About Mary
Mary Riley :: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images
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Since my boss has imposed a three-week ban on the term "Cinderella," this year's tournament can best be described as the year of the Hickory, as in Gene Hackman's fictional Hickory High squad that won the 1951 Indiana state championship in Hoosiers. Few expected Cornell, Northern Iowa, Washington and Xavier or a Robbie Hummel-less Purdue to make it this far, but we have reached the Sweet 16 and they are still alive while Kansas, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Villanova are sitting at home. If you want a five-minute, catch-up on the tournament, I suggest SI.com's Seth Davis, who declares St. Mary's Omar Samhan the tournament MVP so far. Samhan's also a pretty funny dude. The one team that's captured my interest is St. Mary's, so much so that it inspired me to find a Mary to lead today's Hot Clicks. I considered Mary Louise Parker, Mary Kate Olson, Mary McCormack and even Mary Lou Retton but none of them really had that pick-me-up I know the Hot Clicks audience needs on a Monday morning. Then I came across model Mary Riley and my search stopped. If she doesn't inspire you to get over your busted bracket and move on with your life, I don't know what to tell you.
Some More Tourney LinksPayscale.com has an interesting look at how much money alumni from all 64 tournament can expect to earn after graduation, and the results will give you another reason (actually 104,000 reasons) to hate Duke. BroBible looks at 11 coaches who look like 1980s movie and TV characters including the great Captain Harris (G. W. Bailey) from the Police Academy films looking an awfully lot like Maryland coach Gary Williams. Meanwhile, Manofest has the 10 all-time best buzzer beaters.
Then There's TigerTiger Woods' oddly timed interview got somewhat buried amongst all the college hoops, but I was happy to see that CBS rejected the same type of five-minute chat broadcast by ESPN and The Golf Channel because they didn't want any time restrictions. My biggest takeaway was that he's now wearing a Buddhist bracelet to remind him of his roots. Maybe it'll prevent him from reactions like this and this and this (warning: bad language involved).
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Vault Photos of the DayWhen not filling in for Jimmy, I run the SI Vault and its awesome Twitter feed, which I update all day with old and embarrassing photos of athletes. So enjoy these shots of Dick Vermeil yelling at Ron Jaworski, Phil Jackson looking like the least intimidating NBA player of all time and John Elway at bat when he played for the Oneonta Yankees.
One Shining Moment - 1996Any team with Tony Delk, Antoine Walker, Walter McCarty, Derek Anderson, Ron Mercer, Nazr Mohammed and Wayne Turner should win a title. And this Kentucky squad did just that.
Retro Commercial Video of the DayI mentioned Pete Rose is hosting Monday Night Raw tonight. Wonder if he'll wear Aqua Velva.
Hoosiers Video of the DayI mentioned Hoosiers at the start of Hot Clicks and I should mention the movie is based on the true story of the 1954 Milan High School team that won the 1954 state championship in Indiana. This is one of the best scenes from the movie. Bonus points to Eddie Harris (aka - Chelcie Ross), the crafty veteran from Major League for looking like such a jerk in this scene. Up your butt, Jobu!