Note: This post is from the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Follow the link to view the greatest Gus Johnson March Madness moments as well as his 2010 NCAA Tournament opening weekend announcing schedule.
March Madness begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:20 PM when Butler and LSU tip off to begin the first weekend of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. But Gus Madness does not officially begin until 12:30 PM on Friday when Kansas and North Dakota State (upset alert!) take the floor in Minneapolis.
I am, of course, referring to the incomparable Gus Johnson, who is to March Madness announcing what Christmas is to holidays: the best.
Need a reminder?
Gus Johnson Video Classic: UCLA v Gonzaga
As I became awash with March Madness anticipation tonight, one of my first thoughts was: which games are being called by Gus Johnson? Still somewhat brain dead after a long day of work, and not remembering that I looked all of this stuff up this weekend for my NCAA Tournament Bracket and TV Schedule post, I readied myself for a Google search. Then I remembered that I already had this information.
And so, for anyone else like me who cannot wait to be entertained by the exuberant pipes of Gus Johnson, here is his first and second round announcing schedule:
- All games in Minneapolis with Len Elmore
- Fri, 3/20 – 12:30 – #3 Kansas v #14 North Dakota State
- Fri, 3/20 – 3:00 – #6 West Virginia v #11 Dayton
- Fri, 3/20 – 7:20 – #7 Boston College v #10 USC
- Fri, 3/20 – 9:50 – #2 Michigan State v #15 Robert Morris
- Sun, 3/22 – TBA – Kansas/NDSU v WVU/Dayton
- Sun, 3/22 – TBA – BC/USC v MSU/Robert Morris
Earlier this week I picked North Dakota State to pull the upset of the first round with a win over Kansas. And then I had them beating West Virginia as well in the second round. I absolutely did not realize that these were games Gus Johnson was announcing — so it was not just wishful thinking that led me to these predictions. (Actually, it was a flawed, but fun and semi-useful, statistical analysis that led to the picks.)
But how great would that be? Little North Dakota State shocks the defending champions in the first round with Gus Johnson screaming the whole way. Like he does at the end of this one:
Gus Johnson Video Classic: Ohio State v Xavier
Also, in case you haven’t seen, the Big Lead reported earlier tonight that Gus Johnson got into a bit of an altercation at a Memphis restaurant over the weekend. The were no injuries, and it appears that no charges are being filed, but apparently Gus was in a bad, “surly” mood and got into a verbal spat with a restaurant owner. As far as I can tell from the article, it is not going to impact Gus’ ability to call the games this weekend. Honestly, that’s really all I care about. Anyway, time to wrap things up for the night and get a good night’s sleep before four straight days of wall-to-wall basketball begins. Before I sign off, I leave you with one more classic Gus Johnson video to enjoy. We’ll have to get by without him tomorrow, but Gus Madness is only 37 hours away.
Gus Johnson Classic Video: Greatest Hits
Update: I completely forgot to include the following link, a rundown of the Top 10 Gus Johnson calls of all time, sent to me by KVB.Â It’s a great post by David Gladow at the Pass Time blog on Nola.com.