March Madness 2006: With Every Close Finish the Legend Grows
I can’t take much more of this. After George Mason beat UConn, the Florida-Villanova match-up seems like pointless overkill. Of course, the way this tournament is going, I’ll probably miss out on one of the great games of all time, but I think I’m heading for a nap.
What George Mason has done makes Hoosiers look like a lock. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Billy Packer and Jim Nance were questioning the school’s inclusion in the tournament. Now George Mason is becoming the story.
Check that. The story is also LSU and the irrepressible Glen “Big Baby” Davis. The 310-pounder has proven to be as good with a quote as he is with his nimble footwork. Commenting on his improbable 3-point shot that was the turning point against Texas, Big Baby said, “"I call it thinking without thinking.” After the game, he also wanted it made known that they weren’t content yet: "We're still not satisfied. We have tapeworms in our bellies. We still want to eat." When a 310-pounder says he’s still hungry, watch out.
This propelled LSU into the lead in this year's all-tournament great quotes department. Of course, the George Mason team is – even as I write this – being interviewed about their ridiculously magical win over a gigantic, deep UConn team. They’re probably dropping some great lines right now themselves. We’ll probably head into the Final Four all tied up, and hoping for an appropriate finish for one of the best March Madness runs in history. I can see the movie title already: "Hoosiers, Part 2: A Tapeworm in My Belly".