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Sweet Sixteen Ruminations

Well, after last week, we sorta kinda needed this.

Anybody else find it slightly ironic that had Fran Dunphy not taken the coaching position at Temple, Penn might not have experienced its fall from grace, and Cornell would never have made it to the tournament?

Speaking of Penn (and Princeton), their fans must be experiencing a certain level of consternation right now. Sure, an NCAA win was great for the Big Red. But two? Both those schools have been trying for thirty years to get back to the Sweet Sixteen. It would be akin to Yale winning the Frozen Four.

And speaking of hockey, how about the ladies? And the men too. And the precociousness of freshmen National Champion Kyle Dake? Wow.

If you're honestly using this site for sports news, you probably came to the wrong place. Go here. Or here. And I would still absolutely love to know the brains behind the Cornell Basketball Blog. The most I know so far is that he graduated in the 1990s and has way too much time on his hands.

I wonder who Biddy Martin was rooting for on Saturday. She never struck me as the biggest fan of athletics, so hopefully she was supporting the true scholar-athletes. Maybe not ostensibly, but deep down in her heart.

How great is the match-up against Kentucky? An absolutely epic storyline, a team of amateurs against a couple of future pros who happen to play together, Mark Coury transferring from Kentucky to Cornell for academic reasons because he saw Cornell play in the same game in which his teammates made fun of the Big Red.

It's all tailor-made for stories like this one in the USA Today:

As of 2009, 13 former Kentucky Wildcats owned NBA championship rings,

As of 2009, three Cornell alums owned professional sports franchises.

Perhaps the NC$$ purposely underseeded Cornell and gave the team two winnable games against Temple and Wisconsin just to get more media attention. Nah. They wouldn't be that smart.

If Cornell was smart, they would do everything humanely possible to keep Donahue in Ithaca.

You know who else is smart? Eitan Cherminski:

At the bar on Sunday a bunch of stood up and sang the Alma Mater and Davey. The 'regulars' looked at us queerly. We didn't care.

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on March 22, 2010 (#)

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