Photos from Northwestern’s NCAA tournament game vs. Vanderbilt on March 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
If a little snark is good, then more is better:
Being Doug Collins must be exhausting. But it cannot be any more rewarding than Thursday.
And it was all caught in one quick, resounding, terrific TV shot, as his son’s Northwestern Wildcats were about to beat Vanderbilt for the school’s first-ever win in the NCAA tournament.
A TBS camera captured — memorialized, really — the father’s scrunched-up, near-frozen, tear-fighting, joy-propelled face of weapons-grade emotions that symbolized accomplishing the once-impossible.
If you are a parent, then you know we are all Doug Collins’ face.
Chris Collins, your table is ready.
I hope the theater department doesn’t get all bent now that Northwestern is a basketball school.
And so, the Wildcats remain undefeated in the NCAA’s 78-year tournament history.
Wildcats center Dererk Pardon spent all season missing almost half his free throws, and then hit six straight down the stretch. In fact, Pardon did just about everything down the stretch with the six free throws, one basket and three rebounds, two of them on the offensive glass. A certain Northwestern alum might call it “Pardon, The Interruption.’’
Sorry. I’ll show myself out.
Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew called his last timeout with seven minutes to go. He could’ve used one in the dying seconds to remind his players not to foul with a lead. Drew’s players weren’t coached to know that — weren’t coached to win under pressure, I guess. No wonder Drew is a hot rumor for the open Illinois job.
In addition to Matthew Fisher-Davis’ inexplicable foul at the end, Drew’s team failed to drive to the hoop on a couple possessions in the final minute, trying threes when the Commodores only needed two to take the lead. Those are just the kind of end-game screw-ups that scream Illinois front-runner.
With the Hoosiers firing Tom Crean and now looking for a coach, too, Illinois will be the guy behind the ropes while Indiana jumps the line.
Indiana apparently thought it would devalue its program by hosting an NIT game on its home court, and I’m thinking, the Hoosiers beat the NIT to it.
Man, how badly are season-ticket renewals going and/or how angry are season-ticket holders that the Bears had to send them a video of Ryan Pace justifying his free-agent signings, starting with a quarterback who was benched for Josh McCown?
Quarterback-challenged Illinois football coach Lovie Smith believes quarterback Mike Glennon should help bring the Bears back. That’s the same Glennon whom the same Smith demoted in favor of McCown.
Dwyane Wade suffered an elbow injury that will sideline him the rest of the regular season, but the 10th-place Bulls talk like they’re still trying to make the playoffs. Oh, and of course, they’ll also still develop all those many great young players because that’s the cockamamie plan Gar Forman is fobbing off.
Here’s the thing: The Bulls would be best-served missing the playoffs and snagging a lottery pick in a strong draft year. But it would serve the Bulls right to miss a good lottery that could give them a future they currently don’t have because of a plan that can’t possibly work while making the playoffs and possibly playing their two piddly home games in front of some empty seats by because fans can’t possibly buy Forman’s hooey.
Cameron Payne missed Wednesday’s game because of a foot injury. As coaches always say, somebody will have to step up to replace his bad decisions.
If there’s one area in which the Bulls have depth, it’s bad decisions.
From ownership on down, I’m talking.
Interesting that Corey Crawford was said to be under the weather two days after he should’ve been administered the NHL’s concussion protocol but wasn’t.
Scott Darling beat the Senators 2-1, another example of the Blackhawks’ losing the five-on-five puck-possession game badly but scoring just enough to win. Again, it’s a scary way to go about it, but look at that, the Hawks hold a three-point lead on the Wild atop the Western Conference.
Funny thing is, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau usually waits until the playoffs to just stand there without answers as his team death-spirals.
Daytona 500 champ Kurt Busch took batting practice with the Cubs on Tuesday. No reported post-BP fights.
The White Sox offered the City Council free seats, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for the home opener. The city’s Ethics Board chairman said the alderman shouldn’t accept the gift. Well, duh. They should wait until the Sox get good.
Wait, this city has an Ethics Board? Talk about burying the lead. But hey, if the city can claim to have an Ethics Board, then the Bulls can claim they’re trying to contend while developing young players.