Despite not being a committed basketball fan, I have gotten in to this years tournament more than ever. I have watched several games of the 2009 "Big Dance" and even went to the opening round games in the Sprint Center (Kansas City). I watched three full first round games and part of a fourth. Since then I have watched several more games including the KU-Michigan State "Sweet 16" game yesterday, the Mizzou-UConn "Elite Eight" game earlier today, and the Villanova-Pitt game earlier this evening. I even have a little passion about hoping Blake Griffin throws Tyler Hansbrough around like a rag doll in tomorrow's Oklahoma-UNC match up. What can I say? I'm a sports fan.
I knew this years tournament would be the best ever about 3 minutes in to the first game of the opening round between Memphis and Northland. How could I make such an assessment so soon? Easy. Take a look at the big man below. It's Pierre Henderson-Niles, the 300-pound forward for Memphis. As soon as he subbed in, I knew this would be a tournament for the ages.
Take a closer look. See what's on his chin? You got it- a chin beard. Then I looked around at other players on both teams. Chin beards everywhere. The phenomenon has been consistent across the conferences among all the teams. I suspect this years tournament has the most chin beards ever.
I don't know who will win the tournament, but it's already the best one ever in my book...by a (chin) hair.