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3/13/2008 10:07:00 AM
Day 2: Celebrating Long Days, And The Launch Of The Blog Pool
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- In his 1998 book March to Madness, John Feinstein wrote that "there is no day in college basketball longer than Friday at the ACC tournament" -- mainly because it sells out every year, and 95 percent of the fans stay for all four games, rather than just the one in which their team plays. Big East tournament ticket holders, judging from the scene yesterday at Madison Square Garden, are not nearly as hardy. The lure of the endless number of bad, Irish-themed watering holes within walking distance of the Garden is too strong for them, and thus they leave large portions of the arena vacant at any given time.
Today has a chance to be different. Whereas the ACC tournament's quarterfinals were once regarded as a holy holiday in college hoops, the conference is so top-loaded this year that everything before Sunday's final is somewhat insignificant. Which begs the question: Has Thursday at the Big East become the new Friday at the ACC? The stunning depth of the 16-team mega-league has created a quadruple-header in which every matchup is compelling: Georgetown-Villanova at noon, UConn-West Virginia at 2 p.m., Louisville-Pitt at 7 p.m. and Notre Dame-Marquette at 9 p.m.
I'm going to be at the Garden for 13 hours today, after spending 12 hours there yesterday. This will not be a problem.
• BIG NEWS ON THE POOL FRONT: We're taking the leap to Facebook for the Tourney Blog Pool this year. Here's how to get started:
• If you're already on Facebook, or have already added the SI Bracket Challenge Application, just follow this link to join our group, or merely accept the invitation that's on the front page of the Bracket Challenge.
• This is easier than it sounds, I promise. If you're old, and worried what your friends will think when they find out you're on Facebook, stop worrying. It's not just for college kids anymore. I signed up at the age of 27.
• OUR TOURNEY PLAYLIST, curated by the folks at Gorilla vs. Bear (who are still knee-deep in South by Southwest), rolls on: Day 2's track is the Black Lips' Not a Problem. They are children of Atlanta, the host of last year's Final Four -- but there is really no sense in trying to tie all of this in to basketball. It's just a nice track from a genre that David at GvB tells me must be referred to as "flower punk." Enjoy.