Live from my hotel room: The NCAA tournament commences!

My view of the proceedings. Note the abundance of foot hygiene. (Photo by M. Bradley)

My view of the proceedings. Please note the abundance of foot hygiene. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Milwaukee — OK, here’s the plan. We’re going to tip off our NCAA tournament coverage with a live chat off the afternoon games, same as we did a year. As some of you might recall, last year’s chatting was done from my house.

Some might also recall the action photo of my propped-up feet. (For reasons unclear, y’all found this the height of hilarity.) Far be it from me to flout tradition, so I offer another action shot of MB’s tootsies, only this time the venue has changed. I’m ensconced in my plushly appointed hotel across the street from the arena where Georgia Tech will hold an open practice later today.

Because I need to wander over for that — you never know when the coach might say something nice about the media — we won’t make this an all-day affair. We’ll start around 12:15 p.m. EDT — I’m on CDT, FYI — and we’ll go until the opening games of the day are done.

We can talk about the ongoing games, if you’d like, but we can also broaden our horizons. You can ask me about Tech, about Tech’s coach, about Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco (nee Final Four Fiasco). Heck, you can ask me about Dunta Robinson or Josh Smith or Jason Heyward. I’m in an expansive mood, and I’ll be happy to converse for the next 3 1/2 hours. Join me, won’t you?

But give me a few minutes first. I have an appointment for a pedicure.

Here's my new location: Major Goolsby, a sports bar across the street. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Here's my new location: Major Goolsby, a sports bar across the street. (Photo by M. Bradley)

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B

March 18th, 2010
11:16 am

B

March 18th, 2010
11:18 am

What, no kudos, Marky?

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 18th, 2010
11:23 am

I am thinking of quickly changing my bracket not to confident of tech making it to next weekend anymore.
as for robinson do you see him having a large impact or just being a slight upgrade over last year. I ask because i haven’t done any research on him you know with work and all I get my info here ( i know thats dangerous )

juvenal

March 18th, 2010
11:24 am

what hotel is GT at?

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 18th, 2010
11:24 am

and 3rd I am getting closer to the gold.

TomB

March 18th, 2010
11:26 am

Mark, coach is going to say nice things about you today…I can just feel it. Just please don’t call this team talented. And, remember this is a young inexperienced team even though they Bell and Peacock are seniors and Lawal and Miller are juniors. AND, PLEASE NEVER BRING UP MONEY OR SAY CONTRACT. I can feel it though anyway.

TomB

March 18th, 2010
11:29 am

Mark, coach is going to say nice things about you today…I can just feel it. Just please don’t call this team talented. And, remember this is a young inexperienced team even though Bell and Peacock are seniors and Lawal and Miller are juniors. AND, PLEASE NEVER BRING UP MONEY OR SAY CONTRACT. I can feel it though anyway.

Innocent Bystander

March 18th, 2010
11:31 am

Too bad Tech didn’t end up heading to, say, Jacksonville, eh Mark?

harold

March 18th, 2010
11:37 am

ONE THING IS FOR CERTAIN…..GEORGIA BASKETBALL JUST SUCKS. WHY WOULD A PLAYER GO TO GEORGIA WHEN HE LOOKS AT BRUCE PEARL AND THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA(TBA),OR KENTUCKY OR FLORIDA. THEY ARE COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL AT THESE SCHOOLS. GEORGIA IS NOT!

juvenal

March 18th, 2010
11:42 am

forecast is crummy for this weekend,we lose to the ‘pokes i’m going to the airport & changing my ticket-also, have 7pm flight on Sunday, ANY idea when we might play Sunday?

GTsupporter

March 18th, 2010
11:43 am

BADBADBADBADBADBADBADBADBADBAD COACHING PAUL HEWITT!!!

Your telling me these guys have been playing all year together and now at Tourney time there feeling like a team!!! Then georgia tech rewards this guy with an extension!!! The first sign of a bad coach is not building TEAM UNITY…..!!!! The best coaches set precedent by this rule..That explains team’s selfishness at times…that explains the negative body language and tension. That explains why Hewitt is a great NBA Type recruit and not a winning college coach!!! It seems he has allowed the culture of self to takeover….This explains wasted talent….and yes Tech plays selfish b.ball especially on the offensive end. He cant win because he cant build teams thus explains his low winning percentage. Its official GT is now a football school…R.I.P GT BASKETBALL.

GT better win Friday…If not I hope the kids embelish in the moment because after Favors and Lawal leave GT will defeinetly not see the ncaa tourney next year..unless they expand the tourney!! And they might not make it then!!! Damn I cant believe GT is rewarding this guy!!!

BuckCommander

March 18th, 2010
11:47 am

I wish that I was a highly paid sports columnist also, then I could afford to go to those fancy salons and get a pedicure.

Billy

March 18th, 2010
11:49 am

Maybe Tech will lose tomorrow and Hewitt will take the Seton Hall job…

Herschel Talker

March 18th, 2010
11:50 am

Oklahoma State > Georgia Tech

Mark Fox > Paul Hewitt

Mark Richt Terence Moore

Tim Tebow’s football throwing motion < Lamar Lattrell's javelin throwing motion

Feel free to discuss any or all of the aforementioned amongst yourselves.

C. Tampa Ironworse

March 18th, 2010
11:54 am

Thank you MB. A whole Madness article without mentioning Obama and his bracket. You’re a better man then Schultz…Here’s what I blogged about Schultz’s article. I’m sorry…but this whole Obama and who he’s picking is driving me crazy!!!
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PS: Jeff…we read the sports page so that maybe SOMEWHERE we don’t get Obama and how great he is shoved into our faces. Please leave him out. I’m just suprised Obama did say that some schools have an unfair advantage and we need to “redistribute” the players so everyone could be a winner…oh, wait…winners aren’t allowed anymore, I forgot. Participation Trophies for EVERYONE!!! No winners, no losers. Competition and excellence based on performance is something Obama and Dems are totally against…so why does his bracket even matter?
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Russ4Heisman.net

March 18th, 2010
12:01 pm

JD

March 18th, 2010
12:02 pm

Say hello to Paul Hewitt. LOL. He may take a swing at you.

matt r

March 18th, 2010
12:04 pm

Had to go to Milwaukee to get an HDTV!

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:06 pm

“And children by the million wait for Alex Chilton … “

matt r

March 18th, 2010
12:07 pm

We are starting with BYU-Florida… but maybe you will be getting a heavy dose of Notre Dame-Old Dominion up there?

gross...

March 18th, 2010
12:08 pm

I sure hope you are wearing shorts because that photo implies otherwise…

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:09 pm

All right, I lied. I didn’t have a pedicure. I went down to the workout room. (No Mike Gminski this week.) But now I’m back. I should probably wash my feet, though.

gross...

March 18th, 2010
12:10 pm

and put on some pants chicken legs…

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:10 pm

Could be, matt r. I’ll keep you updated on Mike Brey’s team. (And did you know Mike Brey was offered the Georgia job before Jim Harrick took it?)

DaWg

March 18th, 2010
12:12 pm

Why no link to the original picture?

BuddahChris

March 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

Mark…Old domin or ND?

Speaking of Jim Harrick...

March 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

What rock is he living under nowa days?

JoeV

March 18th, 2010
12:21 pm

Couldn’t they send Schultz out there? Ugh.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:22 pm

I picked ODU, BuddahChris.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:23 pm

Why no link to the original picture? Be careful what you wish for, Dawg. Because here it is.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:24 pm

Esteemed former colleague Mark Schlabach told me that Sally Harrick, Jim’s wife, died not long ago. Very sad.

JoeV

March 18th, 2010
12:26 pm

At least you are watching a respectable TV this year.

Innocent Bystander

March 18th, 2010
12:26 pm

I picked BYU to reach the Elite Eight. Bad call?

Speaking of Jim Harrick...

March 18th, 2010
12:28 pm

Well I meant professionally, never would wish that on anyone.

BYU out in the 1st round today ladies and gents, stay tuned

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:29 pm

Good call, Innocent Bystander. I picked BYU to win twice, if I’m not mistaken.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:33 pm

We are getting ND-ODU here. Although we’re getting nothing at the moment. First of 93 thousand ads.

Reid Adair

March 18th, 2010
12:33 pm

Come on, Mark. Paul Hewitt say something nice about the media? Are you serious?!?!?!??

dpj98

March 18th, 2010
12:34 pm

Anybody read that article on ESPN about Hewitt and his contract? He sounded pretty annoyed (to put it mildly). Is anyone offering him a job now?

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:35 pm

I read the article, dpg98.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:35 pm

Topic for conversation: Billy Donovan — worst coach ever to win two NCAA titles?

juvenal

March 18th, 2010
12:36 pm

Sclabach/Rogers cell phone posts very similar?

Cody A.

March 18th, 2010
12:41 pm

About not seeing the ND-ODU, I remember last year it seemed there was about 10 different CBS channels broadcasting different games..any info on what happened to that MB??

StingerSplash

March 18th, 2010
12:41 pm

Mark,

You channeling DOB with The Replacements reference?
Hope you got the Do Not Disturb on the door for housekeeping.
And Milwaukee ain’t a bad town at all. Lots of fun to be had at Miller Brewery tour. Lots of fun. Still don’t know why they’ve never produced a DVD with all the old Miller Lite commercials.

Innocent Bystander

March 18th, 2010
12:42 pm

I was REALLY tempted to pick BYU over Syracuse to make it to the Final Four, especially seeing as how a potential BYU/’Cuse matchup would take place in Salt Lake City, a mere 45 minutes from Provo.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:45 pm

I saw the Replacements, StingerSplash – twice.

By the way, Old Dominion is showing me nothing.

Mark Bradley

March 18th, 2010
12:46 pm

I see Brigham Young is down five. I’m already behind in two games.

Whoops, make that all three. Robert Morris leads Nova.

StingerSplash

March 18th, 2010
12:47 pm

Mark,

Day-yum. Saw em twice. Good on you. And I is jealous.
And is Brey catching as much heat from Irish fans as Hewitt is from Tech fans? His record of NCAA tournament appearances is pretty spotty as well.
Just as you say ODU is showing you nothing … they go on a 7-0 run.

Greg

March 18th, 2010
12:49 pm

Mark, since you mention Dunte Robinson…at least a couple guys on the NFL network, including former GM Michael Lombardi, say the Falcons way over-paid for him. He had a horrible ACL injury in 2008, and last year was only an average CB, so, as they put it, he hasn’t yet proved he’s going to return to being a real good corner. Got an opinion on this?

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 18th, 2010
12:49 pm

Hewitt or Felton could have won a couple of national championships with the teams donovan had ! even willie martinez could have won 1 with that group ( willie might be better in basketball who knows )

StingerSplash

March 18th, 2010
12:52 pm

South Ga Dawg Fan,
Hewitt had a team with that much talent. And they lost to UConn in the finals. Maybe not the size presence in the post as those Gators team but they could run and jump and they had enough deep shooting (thank you Marvin Lewis) and a helluva point guard. Plus, they had depth and grit.