Well it’s Monday and that means getting ready for the final and the stage is set for a great one. You have 2 teams that seem to have a destiny in winning the National Championship. My day started by reading all the coaches and players comments. Lots of reading but, tons of fun getting their perspective. Today I am writing newspaper bullets or notes for EL VOCERO in Puerto Rico for everyone to keep up with the atmosphere. I will be a guest on a radio sports talk show later today and I am really looking forward to letting everyone know what it is like here in Dallas.
I want to get to the stadium early so I can get into the interview rooms and look for opportunities to talk with people. Big buzz today is Rex Chapman a radio announcer and former Kentucky player twitted that Cal was going to the Lakers win or lose tonight. Sounds like Cal hyping his pay check.
Everyone here is expecting a great game tonight and Jim Calhoun the former UConn coach is everywhere. Maybe he is looking for a job… just kidding all the players are his recruits.
Game time and lots of celebrities around, Ray Allen, Caron Butler, former President Clinton and Bush which brings excitement to the building. The game was a good one. It began close but UConn went on a run and with 6 minutes to go in the half they got a 30-15 lead. Coach Calipari went into a Zone and brought it down to four as the half ended.
In the second half Kentucky drew first blood by scoring a three to bring the score within one 35-34. UConn went on another run Napier hits a jumper with 11:01 to go and puts the Huskies by 9 48-39. Kentucky down the stretch came within two points with 6:36 in the game but that is as close as they would get. The Final: UConn 60 Kentucky 54.
After the game, went down to the press conferences and here are a couple of interesting post game comments. Coach Cal denied reports that he is going to the Lakers and was real —-off over a question about the similarities between the 2008 Memphis team and what happened to Kentucky at the line. He refused to answer and that’s not like Cal.
The place was crazy between fans, former players and the Secret Service it’s hard to move around. Got some good interviews. Hey what do you think about Napier’s comments after the game when he took the mic from Jim Nantz and called the team the Hungry Huskies and told the NCAA that’s what happens when they got banned for a year.
Overall great Final Four for basketball fans. Other than the distance to the venue, the rain, the cold the games were great like always the Final 4 is special. If you are interested I will share with you the post-game interviews some are really interesting and tells a lot about the coach and his team.
See you at school…