The road to Houston

Houston, we have a problem.

Seems obvious to the observer that the school down I-64 is headed for another championship.

Virginia Commonwealth, Butler and UConn are deserving teams, having patched together some amazing runs at tournament time. But the magic, the momentum, or whatever it is that propels these runs, has a way of dissipating the closer one gets to the moment of truth.

Las Vegas has established 8-to-5 odds on the crown going to Kentucky, which appears to be in a groove after sneaking past Princeton in the first game.

Been down this road a few times. Be prepared to congratulate your friends who happen to be UK fans, and try to tolerate the others.

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If the inconceivable were to happen and VCU somehow won the championship with its original bet as a field choice, Las Vegas might be next in line for a federal bailout, according to SI.com:

A title for the 11th-seeded Rams of VCU would be troubling for several casinos given some big bets on the long shots, said Colbert and Jay Kornegay, executive director of the race and sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton.

“There’s a bomb waiting for us, believe me, at the end of this story,” Kornegay said.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

5 thoughts on “The road to Houston

  • March 28, 2011 at 9:50 am
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    We can always look forward to the day four or five years from now when the UK championship will be vacated.

  • March 28, 2011 at 10:35 am
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    Charlie, this might not be the best place or time to start this but it is eating at me. It turns my stomach to see “them” go to the final four. That is not the problem, however. I know I’m not the only one who is growing impatient, yes I am grateful for the overachivng season and 1 ff in 05. However, we are due. “He” has been there 2 years, our coach has been here 10. Two consecutive first round outs. A top recruiting class coming in is great, but what if they underachieve for a couple of years, then what. Start over, another bridge year?? I don’t suggest I have the answer but I sure hope Rick and Tom do.

    • March 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm
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      One answer would be to finally have a team that can make free throws at crunch time!

  • March 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm
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    Let’s save the trial until we see the evidence…
    In the meantime, we can share in the inspirational success of that other Commonwealth team. Bellarmine, of course! (Class of ’74 and ’77)

    • March 29, 2011 at 8:05 am
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      And Pikeville in the NAIA.

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