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Writer: Arash Markazi
Game: Marquette vs. Kentucky
Post time: 2:18 p.m.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- "Where else would you rather be than right here, right now?"
Former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy made that phrase famous by screaming it to his team before every game he coached, and as the tip for the Kentucky-Marquette game draws near here at the Honda Center, I can't help but think my response would be something along the lines of, "Um, any place with a TV."
There are no televisions here on press row and the "Jumbotron" is playing a loop of the NCAA tournament logo in between commercials. Even the oversized media room only has a couple of regular-sized TVs showing a grainy picture of the local CBS affiliate.
It got me to thinking ... If your team wasn't playing in the tournament, would you rather go to an NCAA first round session or be at a sports bar that showed every game in HD?
Don't get me wrong, I agree with Stew, there's nothing quite like the NCAA tournament, especially if you're at one of those amazing games or upsets that will be replayed for years to come, but during the first round, when 32 games will be played across the country over the next 48 hours, would you rather be sitting in front of one court or a dozen televisions?