The 2011 NCAA tournament has been similar to others in the recent past. There have been a few major upsets and many games decided in the final seconds. Unpredictable and full of drama.
One thing you can always count on in the tournament is Jim Nantz will eventually script his final call when the winner is determined. He is probably already working on a few.
Since he’s become master of the cheesy NCAA championship pun, I figured I’d help him out in advance. In the past, I’ve seen blogs that have done this sort of thing just prior to the Final Four. Let’s get an earlier start this year, and give Jim a few options for all 16 remaining teams.
I could not find any video of examples of Nantz’s wordsmithery, but here are a few in text form:
“Nothing could be finer…North Carolina is your National Champion.” (as in “nothin fina’ than Carolina” from UNC’s 2009 title)
“Rock Chalk Championship.” (a play on Kansas’ famous slogan, “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” from 2008)
“A milestone victory for Arizona.” (in reference to Arizona’s Miles Simon, from the 1997 championship)
OK, now that we’re up to speed, here are some incredibly corny puns that only Jim Nantz could love. Some of these are stretching it a bit, but hey, that’s what Nantz does anyway.
That’s two, son! (a reference to Arizona winning its second national title and also a play on words with Tucson)
Arizona has risen!
Duke Blue Devils
A Double Dose of Duke. Back-to-back titles!
A devil of a team!
(OK, OK they’ve won it too many times. He wouldn’t have anything original left anyway, hence last year’s “Duke is the king of the dance!”
“They may have Walker, but what a RUN to a championship!”
“UConn call the Huskies the 2011 champions!”
San Diego State Aztecs
“Fisher reels in a championship for San Diego State!”
“Go Diego, Go! The Aztecs are national champions!”
“A championship made to order just above of the border!”
“A night they’ll never Fredette! BYU is the 2011 national champion!”
“Sex and drugs may be out, but a championship is allowed at BYU!”
“This feeling will never get OLD at Brigham YOUNG! The Cougars win the title!”
Gator done! Florida wins the 2011 championship!
Chomping for a championship!
This time, the Butler did it! (way too obvious, of course)
BUT of course! The Bulldogs are the 2011 champions!
Bucky ain’t so sucky! The Badgers are the 2011 national champions!
Nothing cheesy about this night!
Virginia Commonwealth Rams
Virginia is for championships!
Nothing COMMON about winning a title!
VCU is the SMART pick. The Rams have SHAKA the world!
Florida State Seminoles
They are too much to (pan)handle! The Seminoles win the 2011 national championship!
The itsy bitsy championship goes to Richmond!
From rags to Richmond!
She’s a Richmond! You can rely on your old man’s MOONEY!
Kan-sas really be happening?? The Jayhawks are champions!
You couldn’t have asked for anything Morris!
Rock Chalk Cham – oh shit, I used that one already.
Marquette Golden Eagles
Milwaukee’s Best! The Golden Eagles are 2011 champions!
Right on the Marq!
The Golden (Eagles) Rule!
North Carolina Tar Heels
A Tar-iffic season ends with a championship!
What a thrill for Chapel Hill!
Head over Heels for a national title!
Yes, they Ken!
Look what the cats dragged in…a championship!
Ohio State Buckeyes
O what a night!
One of the great nights of Columbus!
It’s not bad being Thad! The Buckeyes are the national champions!
If you stuck with me all the way to this point, you have my extreme gratitude! Enjoy the rest of the tournament.