By Max Herman
This morning marked the triumphant return of Boomer and Carton after a week off. They opened up Monday morning’s show live from the AOL Time Warner Center Bracket Lounge. Yes, the NCAA Tournament field of 68 is all set with Selection Sunday in the rear-view mirror. Craig makes sure to mention right off the top that the Mets are having injury issues (surprise, surprise) and the Knicks were lousy against the Pacers last night in their return to the Garden. But the topic of the day is March Madness. Boomer loves what UConn has in Kemba Walker and goes as far as to say that the Huskies deserve a trophy simply for the run they made in the Big East Tournament. Craig uses the Big 10 Tourney Final as the perfect example for why gambling on these games can give you quite the rush, but be very foolish.
College basketball analyst for Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports, Seth Davis calls in to break down the NCAA Tournament field. Seth gives his insight into which team has a legitimate beef with the selection committee, how good the chances of advancing are for St. John’s, and he also gives us his Final Four and National Champion picks.
Assistant coach at Wagner College and former Duke Blue Devil, Bobby Hurley joins Boomer and Craig to talk some more about the NCAA Tournament. After the guys are able to put aside their beef with Hurley that stems back to his playing days, Boomer asks him what makes Coach K such a great leader. Hurley also goes on to discuss why people should be picking UConn to go continue their run into March Madness, why St. John’s could have trouble winning more than one game, and even tells us the story about the car accident that nearly claimed his life back in 1994.
The guys then took a break from talking college hoops and spent a few minutes on their beloved Knicks. Craig wonders why on earth the Knicks would want to sour the fact that the team is finally relevant again by implementing an enormous ticket price increase. Boomer tries to explain that they have to pay for the renovations to the Garden somehow. But one thing I think we can all agree on: at least it’s not a PSL situation…
Former NBA player and current TNT analyst, Kenny Smith joins the guys live from the AOL Time Warner Center Bracket Lounge. Kenny admits it’s taking some time for him to adjust to working 12-hour days now that he is a part of the broadcast team for the NCAA Tournament. In addition to giving us an idea of what the viewing experience will be like for the fans, Smith also spends some time talking about North Carolina (his alma mater), Kemba Walker’s UConn Huskies, and what it was like working at a Baskin Robbins on Queens Boulevard when he was a kid.
The New York Mets’ manager, Terry Collins calls in to update us on what’s going on down in Port St. Lucie. First and foremost, Boomer and Craig want to get clarification from the skipper on the health status of Johan Santana. One report claimed that he would miss the entire season. Collins refutes that claim. He also addresses everything else from the Oliver Perez situation to the battle for the starting job at 2nd base to the outlook for Jose Reyes, and also how the starting rotation is shaping up.
Boomer and Craig then get a visit from Sir Charles. Charles Barkley joins the program to talk about his role in the NCAA Tournament TV broadcast team. Much like his colleague Kenny Smith, Charles is relying on energy drinks to get him through the 12-hour shifts. Craig suggests that the longer the week wears on, the more ornery Barkley is likely to get. Charles also talks to the guys about his beef with Billy Packer, his memories of playing in the NCAA Tournament, his appreciation of Derrick Rose and the Bulls, and the fact that Mike D’Antoni really ought to teach his team some defense.
The college basketball analysts keep on rolling in. This time it’s Greg Anthony, studio analyst for CBS Sports and former NBA star. After the guys ask Greg about his memories from the UNLV team he played on in college, the conversation shifts to this year’s tournament. He addresses everything from UConn to UCLA to Notre Dame to the New York Knicks. But the interview wouldn’t be complete if Craig and Greg didn’t give Boomer a little bit of grief for Maryland not making it into any tournament.
***Now we get to one the Blog’s most popular features, the daily ‘Attention Grabber’. We have teamed up with the folks over at Maxim.com and today’s girl is Katie Chonacas from Detroit, Michigan…Hellooooo Katie…
See you all bright and early tomorrow when we’ll do it all over again, from 6am-10am Monday thru Friday, on Sports Radio 66 WFAN, in New York. Until then I bid you all a fond farewell…
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