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The Round Mound of Rebound… Sir Charles… Chuck… No matter the nickname you prefer, Charles Barkley’s playing and television career has spawned dozens of great quotes, commentary, and hilarious moments. To honor one of the greatest power forwards of all-time and look forward to his coverage of March Madness, we will pay homage to several of his best catch phrases in this weekly installment reviewing some of the top anecdotes and stories from around the game of college basketball, What Would Charles Say?
Let Me Tell You Something… Everyone loves March Madness, and with good reason. Nowhere else do you find such consistently compelling storylines in sports year after year after year. Whether it’s David over Goliath — Lehigh, really? — or a proud program finding its way after a long drought — welcome back, Indiana — the NCAA Tournament’s first weekend provides something for everyone. As Charles Barkley noted in our interview with him last week, the best team doesn’t always win the Tournament. But most years, frankly, it’s rather tough to figure who the “best” team is anyway — right now, among a group of UNC, Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, Kansas, and Syracuse, you might get six different opinions as to which team is the best one. The one thing that can without question be stated, though, is that whoever is left standing after six increasingly tougher games in March and early April has more than earned the national championship. The college football folks can have their polls and computer ratings to determine who their “best” teams are; we’ll take our head-to-head matchups every single time instead. (more…)