Moving on to the "Four Real" ...

(In my Jim Nantz voice) Hello friends, welcome to the Four Real.

The bracket and polls have been updated. Now it is time to keep voting and spreading the word about this poll - we want as much participation as possible

Let's just hope these games are a little bit closer than last night's....

Like before, this bracket has been condensed to fit the blog. Please click on the image to enlarge.


(8) Coach Roy Williams (Kansas, 2003)

Recap: After Kansas lost in the 2003 national championship, CBS Reporter Bonnie Bernstein caught up with Roy outside the KU lockerroom. After a couple questions, she asked Roy about his level of interest in the North Carolina job because Matt Dougherty had just been fired. Roy's respone: "I could give a shit about North Carolina right now."

Real Reason: Our motto has always been "Squeeze first, ask questions last". Well, not only did Roy squeeze first, he didn't even ask questions. Also real for then taking the job and screwing Kansas in the process.


5) Chris Webber (Michigan, 1992)

Recap: We all remember this one: Trailing to North Carolina, 73-71, in the national championship game, Webber called a timeout the Wolverines didn't have with 11 seconds remaining (let's not forget his blatant travel coming down the court, either). He received a technical, and the Tar Heels won the national title.

Webber was scarred forever, always shying away from the game's biggest moment in the NBA. I wonder: was this the worst moment of his life, or hearing that he was being tried for perjury? I'd go with this.

Real Reason: Like Al Skinner, another example of how stupidity can be brilliance.

Good thing this never really happened...

2) 1990 UNLV team

Recap: A lot of people credit the Fab Five with thugging-out basketball, but the UNLV Rebels were definitely the originators. With a bunch of future NBA Players (Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony, Stacey Augmom), the Rebels pounded Duke, 103-73, in the most-lopsided championship game ever.

And they talked a whole lot of shit too.

LJ's pre-game quote: "If we win, I think Coach ought to take the trophy and put it right in the middle of his desk. Then, if the NCAA guys come after him like everybody says, they'll have to look right at it."

LJ's postgame quote: "You can call us bad guys if you want to. And you can call us thugs. But at the end of it all, you can call us, 'national champions.' We'd appreciate that."

Real Reason: This photo says it all: three teammates in a hot tub, sharing beers with a known sports fixer. On a side note, too bad this picture cost "Tark the Shark" his job...

We'll let you guys figure out which one wasn't a Runnin' Rebel....


3) Coach Steve Merfeld (Hampton, 2001)

Recap: A No. 15 seed looking to knock off a No. 2 for the fourth time ever, Hampton led Iowa State by one with 6.9 seconds left (haha, 6.9...). After cruising into the lane, ISU's Jamaal Tinsley missed a game-winning layup: Hampton won 58-57.

This set off the wildest coach celebration in history. Merfeld skipped around the coach and, after being picked up by a player, kicked his arms and legs like a third-grade queer.

Real Reason: Even we have never lost our minds like this.

Preparing for takeoff....

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