Last year’s tournament was probably my fifth favorite Final Four of all-time because my wife went to Auburn, and my dad and I spent a New Years’ Eve in a sports bar in Lubbock called Rick’s Sports Bar.
That was the year OU played Boise in the Fiesta Bowl. Tech came back against Minnesota trailing 35-0 to win the game with Mike Leach as their coach before he went on to gain national fame for locking Adam James inside an equipment shed.
Suffice it to say I wasn’t a fan of Adam James. Leach got fired or quit or whatever. Then he got out of coaching for awhile, then he did a national radio sports show, then he wrote a national bestseller titled ‘Swing Your Sword’ which was about as funny as anything Dan Jenkins wrote back in the day.
Leach will be in the SEC this season I think at Miss State as OU’s only real hope is that Leach can totally screw up every SEC defense like he did to the other Big 12 teams during his stay at Tech.
The SEC West should be a gas this season. I still can’t believe Boren didn’t put OU in the SEC. Tragic, major miscalculation as to what OU truly is…that being, a nationally elite football program which just happens to have a school as well built around the football stadium. Truth hurts. OU’s culture is a picture perfect fit for the SEC even if some OU fans won’t admit it.
My other four favorite Final Fours were in ’88 when Billy and the Sooners made it to the Finals in Kemper versus Kansas. Then I’d have Eddie’s team with Big Country and Randy Rutherford. Fourth would be Kelvin’s team with Hollis Price and Quannas White. The last would be Eddie’s team with John Lucas Jr. and the Graham Brothers.
Anyway…I loved last year’s tournament with both Auburn and Texas Tech advancing to the Final Four.
If Auburn had advanced to Monday night against Tech I’m not really sure who I would have been rooting for…probably Auburn though because of the story of that team’s incredible run even after their best player got hurt.
But I love Chris Shaw as a coach so I would have been somewhat rooting for both teams.
It was a great Final Four with Michigan State and Virginia filling out the four.
Wife will be back at the Seminole ranch for her now week-end jaunts which gives me and the diva lab more space within the marriage. That was humor if you ever read the blog, Mindy. Of course, Pauli and I will be on the sofa with a couple of Cubans watching last year’s glorious Final Four.