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3/23/2008 01:56:00 PM
Day 12: Easter In Litte Rock
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Under different circumstances I'd be depressed if my Easter brunch consisted of fruit and yogurt in the Memphis airport. But this is the reality of life on the road during the NCAA tournament: If you want to try to catch two games on Sunday in Little Rock after covering two on Saturday in Omaha, you're going to have to sacrifice a few luxuries. I made it to Alltel Arena with about an hour and a half to spare before the tip of Texas-Miami -- more than enough time to take pictures of the gym, a program vendor, and a guy in a cowboy hat ... as well as check on the status of the Tourney Blog Pool.
• On the pool front, heading into Sunday we had a six-way tie for first (at 42 points) between readers Mick Crum, Sam Cichanowicz, Jeff Coverdale, Jay Tatum, Michael Edwards and Kellen Freeman all have a pool-leading 42 points. More importantly, my mother (who entered the pool without even letting me know) is tied for 17th out of 5,490 brackets. Which means I can now insult 5,455 of the bracketeers by saying that my mom knows more about basketball than they do. (Your blogger, meanwhile, is tied for a semi-respectable 213th.)
• The Tourney Playlist (curated by the folks at Gorilla vs. Bear) rolls on, one free mp3 at a time: Day 12's track is Panda Bear's Comfy in Nautica, an indie hymn apropos of the holiday.
I was at the games as well. I was really looking forward to the Memphis - Mississippi St game. It didn't disappoint. I suspect there were more blocked shots than in any NCAA game in history. I was a little disappointed in the Friday matchups but was a great time overall (except for the 1 hour wait for a hot dog and bottle of water).