Meadowlands: Welcome to the Swamps of Jersey

By David Scott - March 23, 2007

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Welcome to the Continental Airlines Arena for tonight's doubleheader that tips off at 7:27 EST with No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 6 seed Vanderbilt. The nightcap will see No. 1 seed North Carolina face No. 5 seed USC about 30 minutes after completion of the first game.

We're positioned, as legednary Boston radio voice Johnny Most used to say, "high above courtside" in the overflow media seating area at midcourt. Joining us for tonight's action is the "Hoops Odyssey" (HO) duo of Jacob Osterhout and Matt Waxman, or as they're better known Billy Packer's best buddies. So far, we've only met Jake and his beard is much fuller in person. We haven't been able to confirm whether the Odysseers are actually on speaking terms this far into their voyage, but it's pretty clear they are independent enough where they don't travel in tandem at ALL times. Matt is believed to be scoping out the Cheerleader Warm-up area (kidding, NCAA people who would frown on such things, kidding).

For those of you keeping score at home, this means that is TRIPLE-STAFFING these games this evening. I'm thinking we should divvy up the teams this way: Jake gets UNC and USC; Matt gets Vandy and GTown; I get the four cheear/dance squads.

Seems fair, right?

. . . We'll be back in a few with some actual game-related info - unless the HO men kidnap us and take us into their secret video-editing lair where the HO groupies feed them grapes and massage their aching feet - after carefully removing the duo's New Balance mudslingers.

Posted by David Scott at 04:59 PM on March 23, 2007

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