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The Best and Worst of the Madness across the country

I find it hard to believe that anyone does Madness like Kentucky does Madness, but across the country, hundreds of other schools kicked off their 2012-2013 season with similar events. Some were good, some were bad. And some involved tutus.


The Good:

-Tom Izzo’s Iron Man entrance: Points for style, though I’m 99% sure he had a stunt double.

(h/t @thathatfield)
– Wagner forward Josh Thompson leaps over his Mom and Dad for a dunk


– UNC players and dance team doing a “Gangnam Style” routine. You knew someone was going to do it…


– Baylor’s dunk fest… men’s AND women’s… One thing is for sure, Kentucky’s teams will be facing extremely athletic Baylor teams this season.

The Bad:

– A stabbing took place at the Syracuse Orange Madness event…

According to multiple reports, the stabbing took place in the concourse area during the event last night. Police also said that several fights broke out in the concession stand area around the same time. That had to be unsettling for the parents of any recruits on campus for the event…


– Bill Self speaking on the national championship at Kansas’ Madness event: “They didn’t beat us. We ran out of time.” You know what else they call that, Bill? Losing.

The Ugly:

– The UNC tutus… there’s really no logical explanation for this…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

31 Comments for The Best and Worst of the Madness across the country

  1. SonsOfAnarchy
    10:52 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Mr Self would you like them to add ten more minutes to championship games. What a sore loser. Now we know where Thomas Robinson gets his prick attitude from

    11:00 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah we will face an athletic Baylor team this year … but we did last year … and took them to town. GO CATS

  3. catcrawler
    11:07 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    The day I get dunked on by a chick is the day I call it quits playing ball.
    By the way, since she can’t t-bag me, what’s that called? (if it were to happen)

  4. Ares
    11:10 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t part of madness celebrating basketball and a part showing potential recruits how cool it is to come to your school. The UNC tutus could not do anything to help recruiting. As a matter of fact I would show tis clip if I was recruiting against them. I don’t recall UK ever intentionally embarrassing a players. And Syracuse? Stabbing? Come on you are all fans of the same team.

  5. Brad in Portland
    11:12 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    The tutus were super lame. I saw what Self said on Sportscenter this morning; what a baby. If there was more time, we would have beaten them by more. Duh.

  6. nybrasky
    11:15 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    I’d call NC State having to stop their madness earlier because a player’s grandfather collapsed, bad. Hope he’s ok.

  7. johnblinkybolton
    11:16 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    It might have been to make them look less pretentious

  8. SteveM
    11:17 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Why do we give a s*&t about other Midnight Madness events??? We are UK….

  9. Mkgistebow
    11:18 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    He was just tryin to inspire the fan base. Truth was we played not to lose that entire 2nd half & about gave the game away. If you disagree you’re delusional. I know every single 1 of u were wondering wtf cal was doin;) on another note-Carolina tutus were a disgrace to college basketball. My respect for ole Roy diminishes by the day.

  10. Hahahahaha
    11:18 am October 13, 2012 Permalink


    Really Self?!

    Omg. That may be the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard come out of a coach’s mouth!!!!

    What an f’ing baby
    You lost move on

    Lol Kansas

  11. Uh
    11:22 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #9 take bill self’s schlong out of your mouth

    Yeah they we playing to hold and you know what,…… We still beat your pathetic Kansas team so what’s that say about self’s team….. They sucked

  12. Blackhawk
    11:22 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    We won #9…..that’s all that matters. We played the game to win and did…suck it Bill Self.

  13. Ares
    11:29 am October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Someone needs to tell Self if the game was one minute shorter he would be 0-2 against Cal in championships. 40 minutes! I wonder how often that has been used as an excuse? A better one would have been if I had Anthony Davis I would have won.

  14. pokgibong
    12:04 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Any updates on campus visitors yet? Marcus Lee?

  15. SECOnNotice
    12:10 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. Every year we managed to outdo the previous year’s madness and make it better than the last. Somehow, UNC manages to make theirs more embarrassing year after year….

  16. Rixter
    12:27 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Where’s the report on Louisville’s Madness?

  17. UK Alum
    12:42 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    There is video evidence of the UNC players doing their ballet routine…

  18. Louisville Fan
    12:46 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Big Blue Nation, that’s a lot of celebration for a team who won’t even be the best in the state. Enjoy the “defending” moniker now because the trophy will reside in the state’s best city when it’s all over. Cards got this wrapped up, playing the season is only a formality at this point.

  19. schwing
    12:56 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    takes a while to come back from 16 down. right, bill?

  20. Nines dumb
    1:00 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    9… That’s not true at all. We actually dominated the entire 2nd half until about 5 minutes to go. You’re delusional

  21. Rae
    1:01 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    18. Point blank period, right?

  22. bluefan
    1:01 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, can’t get past the tutus!

    #18, you just keep telling yourself that. You guys don’t even bother celebrating the start of the season. Sux to be you.

  23. Nines dumb
    1:05 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville fan… You talk because you’re scared shitless. Scared that if UL doesn’t beat the Cats at home this year (which they won’t), then UL will never beat UK again… As long as cal’s there

  24. Louisville Fan
    1:15 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    How many times did UK beat the Cards last season? Oh, that’s right not once when the NCAA vacates the season when it comes out that PayPal Cal was paying them players.

  25. Rae
    2:35 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    24. Neither UMass nor Memphis got in trouble for paying players. At UK, he doesn’t need to. They know a better payday is coming in a year. But, if it helps you sleep at night, keep telling yourself that. I bet you are still waiting for the 2011 Final Four to be vacated too. If you have proof, by all means share it.

    And for the record, the answer is still 2.

  26. kingrex
    3:16 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Well what else do we expect from Bill Self? He helped create the psychotic and pathetic Billy G.

  27. CATS
    3:34 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    And Syracuse fans wonder why James Young didn’t choose them…

  28. CalsBallWashers
    4:53 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah Self what a jerk, he should bow down to us. Doesnt he know we are the only team to ever win a championship, no wonder Thomas Robinson is like that. Cousins hardly acts that way and when he does he didnt learn it from Cal. KU is so delusional dont they know how many minutes are in a game? You will never here hyperbole from Cals mouth, never.

  29. J
    5:02 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    I sat there and watched the entire ESPN coverage last night…What a damn suck fest it was…NO ONE came close to what UK was putting on, the rest were extremely lame “UNC and ballet, really..idiots”…Most places were close to empty and the ones that were full of people were dead in every clip they showed. Everyone likes to talk about KU @ the Fieldhouse but I didn’t see anything that impressed me compared to UK. With Cal @ UK we own this shit…No one comes close.

  30. Roy Williams
    6:48 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hey lay off my players for wearing Tutu’s they each received 3 credit hours from the dance departmentfor that.

  31. Dave Ball
    10:46 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    yes…and his name is Roy Williams