I'm obviously a happy camper tonight. No, it doesn't make a bit of difference in my life, but it's fun to watch them play. This game wasn't nearly as exhausting to watch as the game against North Carolina on Sunday night, but it was great to see how each woman contributed their own gifts and talents to the team.
On the other hand, how is it that Mike Patrick still has a job? I've been trying to figure out how long he's been with ESPN and how long he's been a commentator for the women's tournament and I can't find any concrete information. Anyway, I can't remember a championship game when I haven't heard him totally blow it. For several years when Tennessee and Connecticut met in the championship game he consistently called players by the wrong names and even got the teams and coaches mixed up. It's almost like he can manage his job for about 20 minutes and then he gets so flustered and flummoxed that he can't keep anything straight.
Tonight he announced that Brittany Ray was coming in for a Tennessee player that was benched. I sat straight up. "Who?" I don't study UT's roster but I was pretty sure I'd never heard that name before. Know why? Because she plays for Rutgers. The two women don't even share the same number. To his credit(?) his blunders weren't as bad as I've heard in the past, but why not get somebody who can concentrate on the game and get information correct? Grrrr.
But what a game!