It’s been a few weeks since we’ve talked about some of the Virginia-based* teams that have broken the laws of probability in the men’s NCAA tournament during the past two weekends. While Richmond’s bid ended last Friday, Virginia Commonwealth has continued its impressive run of being the first team to have to play – and win – five games just to make the Final Four thanks to the additional First Four round. Forgive Rams’ fans for being just a bit excited. The NCAA tournament may take out some of the value of the regular season, but what it also does in its one-and-done model is add in a layer of chance that someone like VCU can rise up to be the unlikely semifinalist that it became this year.
I have to say, I’m blown away by the support VCU is getting even up here in the District. Interestingly, in the lull before baseball and NHL playoffs, it’s become Dan Steinberg’s most interesting beat ever since Georgetown bowed out to its regional competitor back on the 18th. The best part of this: he’s pulling up some great stories, including what has now made me a VCU fan against Butler come Saturday. Down at Richmond’s The National, not only is there a chance to join others to watch the game - but also to rock out to the premier Rush cover band in the country after all is said and done.
Rush! They’re like the Canadian Journey.
The rest of the ticker after the jump and disclaimer.
*Yes, this blog is called We Love DC. As long as New York media outlets cover teams that play in New Jersey as “New York teams,” and as long as there are a significant amounts of alums from these schools who live or grew up here – and there are – please go ahead and keep your “Why are you covering Virginia things?!?!?!11″ comments.
Ticker: Utah Jazz announcer on the Wizards’ John Wall: “Houdini lives, and he wears No. 2 for Washington.” No word yet if that 2 also was intentionally supposed to symbolize the number of road wins in the rookie’s first year in the club…a new mascot for the Preakness: Kegasus…OPENING DAY IS TOMORROW (if it doesn’t rain and/or snow out)…Nyjer Morgan will no longer be subject to any more of your memes from centerfield of Nationals Park, considering he was shipped off to Milwaukee over the weekend for a mid-level prospect and cash…the Caps really performed well on their recent six-game road trip, bringing back 8 of 12 points; with just five games to go, the Caps control their own destiny to win the Southeast Division for another year – earning six of the remaining 10 points will ensure the Caps do no worse than tie the Lightning, and that’s assuming Tampa picks up a win in each of its last six.
Closing Number: 3, the number of goals that Charlie Davies has scored for United in just 83 minutes of field time during the team’s first two matches. Two have been penalties.