March 21, 1992
The only thing larger in college basketball than March Madness is Dick Vitale's ego. BRAD BARNETT Culver City
March 18, 2013 |
With the March Madness college basketball tournament getting underway Tuesday, Sin City is a slam-dunk for hoops fans who can't afford costly courtside seats. Throughout the tournament, Vegas resorts are offering special enticements for a fraction of the cost of a trip to Atlanta for the Final Four action. At the Cosmopolitan , the fun gets underway during the second- and third-round games March 21-24, when the hotel's Brera Ballroom takes on the look and feel of a live sporting event.
March 27, 1993
Talk about being caught up in March Madness. Gene Wojciechowski was able to write the story about defending champion Duke's NCAA playoff defeat without mentioning that starting center Cherokee Parks sat out most of the game with an injury. It had a major effect on Duke's play and the outcome of the game, but apparently wasn't important enough for the story. JOHN PALMINTERI Carpinteria
March 27, 2013 |
The saddest part of the Ben Howland saga at UCLA is not that a decent guy and good coach got fired. He's a big boy. He'll be fine. Give it a couple of years and he'll have another team in Pauley Pavilion, rendering UCLA black-and-not-so-Bruins-blue. No, the saddest part is that college athletics slipped further away from its mission. It was never supposed to be win at all costs. It was never supposed to be seasons that demanded ultimate victories, that made success in conference tournaments and the NCAA life and death.
March 22, 2003
March Madness is about unpredictability, and the first round of the 2003 NCAA tournament produced the following upsets: *--* GAME REGION COMMENT No. 13 Tulsa 84, Midwest Atlantic 10's case to be a three-bid No. 4 Dayton 71 conference takes major blow No. 12 Butler 47, East No. 12s have won six of last 12 No. 5 Mississippi first-round games State 46 No. 11 Cent. West Bluejays have fared better as mid-major Michigan 79, No. 6 underdogs Creighton 73 No. 10 Arizona West Freshman domination?
April 9, 2005
It turned out that TV managed to ruin college basketball. With all the expert analysis over the last few weeks, I noticed none of the experts managed to point out how the rules of the game had been unofficially changed. It used to be that teams like John Wooden's used their quickness and superior conditioning, combined with the coach calling very few timeouts, to wear down opponents that were often bigger and stronger. Illinois would have won the NCAA title if its quickness and conditioning had been allowed to work in its favor, but with all the commercial timeouts, players like Sean May, who were tired after running down the court twice, got to rest for five minutes at a time without being taken out of the game.
March 11, 2011 |
With airline fares and gas prices on the rise, a quick escape that's close to home may be in order. The Canary Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara has lowered room rates for the rest of March that could be an incentive. The drawing card here is the rooftop pool with sweeping views of the ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. The deal: Spring Getaway rates start at $229 a night at this hotel, which has less than 100 rooms. The hotel, whose vibe is meant to mimic the laid-back Canary Islands, is a sister hotel to Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica.
March 11, 2010 |
Selection Sunday is a sports fan's television bonanza as the nation's college basketball teams learn who's in, who's not and who goes where for March Madness. Well, unless you live on the West Coast and know that there is no mystery involved this year. Our teams are so bad that either they will get an automatic bid by winning their conference tournaments or they will hear what so many "Project Runway" contestants dread to hear from judge Heidi Klum — "You … are … out!"
March 17, 1999 |
It's America's World Cup, a basketball tournament so important that it stops work. Yes, in America, it stops work, which isn't easy, what with all there is to do these days. "Miami of Ohio!" someone yells. "Who would've picked Miami of Ohio?" And always, somebody has picked Miami of Ohio. "I liked their back court," he will explain, and everybody else will shake their heads and wonder how they could've missed picking Miami of Ohio.