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3/22/2006 02:00:00 AM
Spreading Out The Jinx
SI decided to go with six regional covers this week: Boston College, Florida, Gonzaga ... and Sweet 16 surprises Bradley, George Mason and Wichita State. I assure you I'm not posting these in an attempt to be a corporate schill -- I'm just genuinely excited to see the little guys getting major recognition.
One can only imagine how big a deal this will be in Peoria, Ill., Fairfax, Va., and Wichita, Kan. The last college-hoops-playing Bradley on an SI cover was UNC's Dudley, on March 12, 1979; and before that, Princeton's Bill on Dec. 7, 1964. Nary an NCAA Mason has made it; the last Mason in any sport was the L.A. Rams' Tommyon Sept. 18, 1967. And Wichita? Well, Wichita's been shut out, only famous in this Blogger's world as a White Stripes lyric and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's record label -- until now. Enjoy the cover, Shockers. And kudos to writer Grant Wahland editor Aimee Crawford for making it happen.
It's about time SI recognized that Wichita State's accomplishments this season are something amazing... In all the talk of upsets, the fact that we've gone from a preseason 5th in the MVC to the sweet 16 (with a fighting chance at the Elite Eight, no less!) is nothing short of phenomenal. Thanks, coach Turgeon! with BTK, the aircraft downturns, city scandals and controversy over the arena, losing some major employers... it's been a tough millenium so far for the city... it's awesome to see everyone here finally have something great to rally around!
wow, i think this is a set-up in a major way for the "sports illustrated jinx" dreamed up by the si marketing department just to get the si name out there. most likely, each and everyone team shown will not win another game...what a week for the "si jinx"
I'm not so sure about this "great celebration" my hometown of Fairfax is having. Yeah, the media has taken to Mason, but at my high school, we're much more interested in whether Duke wins. We really don't care what Mason does.