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V for Villanova, and Goose for the win!


First of all, I’d like to thank Goose for taking some of the drama out of tonight, because I don’t think I could have handled much more.  Kris Jenkins with a 3 for the ages at the buzzer, and the Villanova Wildcats take the title for the first time since that magical run in 1985. The Main Line is going crazy tonight!  Don’t know that I’ve ever seen a better championship game, or a better finish. The ’83 NC State Wolfpack win was close, but in the moment, I have to go with this one.

Just an unbelievable game, and you really couldn’t ask for much more for the cherry on top of our delicious March Madness sundae.  Villanova had a 10-point lead midway through the second half, but a Carolina run (you knew that was coming, didn’t you?) closed it to 3 before an unbelievable, off-balanced, adjusting-in-midair-to-avoid-the-defender 3-pointer from Marcus Paige tied the game. That’s Marcus Paige, who took a tremendous amount of grief this season for, you guessed it, his inconsistent outside shooting. Kind of a shame how good that shot was, in the circumstances, but it was soon to become a footnote. There were 4.7 seconds left when he hit it, so Villanova had time to get down the floor, Arch to Jenkins, and boom, nothing but net. National title.  One shining moment, the whole shebang.  Left me breathless.

Again, thanks to Goose, there was ZERO drama in Jabin’s March Madness Charity Pool, as he had the pool wrapped up despite having Carolina as his national champion.  As it is, he wins with 82 points (his total after the semifinals), followed by Young Griff and Megless at 80 points (both had Villanova as national champion), Chuck and Dakin Bacon at 79 points, and Lucy R., Colin White, and Aidan K. at 77 points.

I’ll be back to you in a few days with Goose’s charity pick, but until then, here are the final standings for the 2016 edition of Jabin’s March Madness Charity Pool.  Thank you all very much for participating, for your donations, and for the banter.  It was fun!