Pretty much sums it up, don't you think?
I'm not trying to rub salt in the wounds of the Memphis faithful, or be overtly nasty -- I was kind of pulling for them just so Tennessee could say they beat the National Champion three years in a row. Be that as it may, the Memphis Tigers lost to Kansas in convincing Memphis style -- a/k/a by being completely unable to hit free-throws down the stretch. So much for Calipari complaining about the media harping on the Tigers for their abysmal free-throw percentages this season. It was only a week or so ago that Calipari said:
It's almost to the point of, "Do you really even know what my team does well or doesn't do well?" Or is it because you don't know. You just say, "It's free-throw shooting. That's all I'm going to talk about"
Well, Coach, we all now know that you can't hit your free-throws in the most important game of the season and if you had, then Beale Street would be happy right now. Why is that?
It's because free-throws matter!
Similarly, the coaching in the last few minutes of regulation was ... well ... I'm not sure there actually was any. Why you don't foul Kansas and give them two (and hope to win by one) as opposed to letting Mario Chalmers launch a three-pointer to send the game into overtime, is beyond me.
In the end, however, the Memphis players are to be saluted for playing with a lot of heart and determination. They gave it their all, and despite some of Calipari's statements to the contrary, they did everything they could to win against the Jayhawks. As Josie over at Only in Memphis pointed out, Calipari "will do anything to win, except coach." I think Josie may be on to something there.
If those Memphis kids could just get them a coach, they could really be something amazing...
And Now for Something Completely Different...
On another note, part of the reason I have been so hit-or-miss this past week in posting has been due to a constant series of problems I have had with my blog posting software -- Windows Live Writer. Needless to say, I have -- at times -- been a bit aghast at the rapid deterioration of an hours worth of writing into little more than a pop-up telling me that an error has occurred...
Thanks for the freakin' news flash!
Not to be deterred, I have, in the meanwhile added a little something to the right sidebar which allows me to have links which are constantly updated on the fly. It's the box called "Links & Lies ... LIVE!" It lives right over there on the side for those of you who have a difficult time with directions (>>>this way >>>).
Anyway, hopefully I will be able to find a decent desktop blog editor which is reasonably portable in the near future. I welcome any suggestions from anyone who knows of a good application to use. Until then, I guess I'll just have to use the native Wordpress version.
... sigh, I so hate being made to adhere to rules.
Enough complaining, damnit! Let's all pull for Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols tonight as they take on the Stanford ... whatever they are calling themselves these days ... in the National Championship game.
You know, if Pat keeps this up, she's eventually going to run out of fingers for rings...
Image Courtesy of: Memphis Commercial Appeal (Mike Brown / Mark Webber)
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