by Jeff Fox
It’s finally time to put an end to the Madness, in a ridiculously cold and snowy Detroit. I know what you are thinking - “You’re Canadian - you should be used to this weather”. But it’s April - enough already.
As I mentioned in Saturday’s semi-final blog, most of the Michigan State faithful fled Ford Field before the end of the UNC-Villanova tilt, so by the time I hit the streets later that night the party was in full swing. With all the drunken, swaying green-clad fans in the streets it felt like being in a forest hit by a wind storm. I don’t expect the party to be as rowdy tonight for two reasons - I expect Carolina to win and it’s too damn cold.
There are two main storylines heading into tonight’s game. The first is that Carolina put a 35-point whipping on State in early December in this very same building. The second is that State is lifting the spirits of this depressed city and state. While I feel this second statement is being exagerated a bit, travelling around this city and seing how excited people are - plus reading in Sports Illustrated that the area is expected to earn $45 million from the Final Four - perhaps I’m wrong.
Just leaving for Ford Field now to grab some food (hopefully someone with the NCAA read my Saturday blog and have improved the vegetarian selections) and attend a press conference with a couple of guys named Magic and Bird. I think they used to be players or coaches or something.
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 2 Michigan State