Tomorrow I will wear the the blue of Butler with that crazy looking bulldog on it. It doesn't feel like cheating. Let me be clear, if UGA were playing Butler in this game, I'd be in my finest red and black and would openly shun the blue T-shirt wearing loudmouth heifer on my arm. Did I mention she looks awesome in jeans? I would expect her to do the same of the fratastic 40 year old preppie who isn't above sneaking bourbon into the Final Four. That is just the way I roll. I'd share, I swear.
For the first time since UCLA played in the 1972 Final Four is the host team playing in the Final Four. There will be an overload of stories on Hinkle Fieldhouse and Hoosiers this week on CBS. They aren't bringing the floor from Hinkle to Lucas Oil Stadium. It'd be cool if they did, because the floor has as much character as any I have ever stepped on. The building itself is amazing. I have been lucky enough to go into some pretty cool places, including Cole Fieldhouse at Maryland, Carmichael Arena at North Carolina, and Huff Gymnasium at Illinois. None can compare to the feel of the floor and the awesomeness that is standing at mid court in this 12000 seat basketball stadium that feels more like a 2500 seat high school gym once you are inside it.
Finally, I suspect all the world will be Butler fans, with a few notable exceptions. Tom Izzo has led his Michigan State Spartans to 6 of the last 12 Final Fours. On the other side of the bracket, you have the "Oh, God I hate him" game between Huggins and Coach K. It is hard to call a team that beat the Big 10 and Big East Champions this season a Cinderella. They play tough defensive basketball and no team in America hustles on both ends of the court as much as Butler does. If I ever coach basketball, I am going to assign watching Bulter pass the ball as my first offensive drill. It is a thing of beauty. Coach Norman Dale would be proud.
So it is off to Indy for me and the Ms.
Go Dogs, not Dawgs!