MURPHY’S LAW: Fans Show Up Strong, Barnes Crestfallen.

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Nice showing out of Des Moines in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. No regional had more fans. That’s how you keep the events coming…

It was great to see thousands of people walking around downtown Saturday. Jenny and I saw a backed-up line at Zombie Burger and a 2 hour wait for a table at Buzzard Billy’s (both combine great food with a cool atmosphere. Funny how that works). The East Village was overrun with Kansas and Tennessee fans, and a few from Baylor and Georgia Tech. Good for Des Moines…

Brittney Griner’s dunk put the buzz in Buzzard Billy’s. I know I’m in the minority, but I really don’t care, and I’m not that impressed. Griner is a great player, and I am impressed with her game, but she’s 6’8″ with the wing span of a small airplane. If she can’t dunk, that would be bad…

We should see a big crowd Monday night for #1 Baylor vs #2 Tennessee. The Lady Bears are undefeated, and the legendary Pat Summitt, with a loss, could be coaching her final game. No decision has been announced, but Summitt has early onset dementia, and she was not made available to the media all weekend. Summitt is one of the greatest coaches in history. Period…

Kentucky knocked out Baylor, which means we won’t have to see those awful uniforms for at least six months. The uneys look like highlighters when they’re the higher seed, and laser tag rejects when they’re the lower seed…

Kentucky’s runaway was good news for NBC’s coverage of Tiger Woods first win in nearly 1,000 days. You could hear channel’s changing. I’m sure it helped NASCAR on Fox too (Tony Stewart winning didn’t hurt either)…

I thought with Kendall Marshall out, Harrison Barnes would step up and deliver for North Carolina. Barnes hasn’t really had a signature moment this season, and I thought it would happen against Kansas. It didn’t. Barnes shooting woes continued. Harrison had a rough weekend. He’ll be fine. He’s still an NBA lottery pick, if he wants. But right now, he’s despondent over not rising to the moment, like his hero, Michael Jordan. There will be other chances. Meantime, this picture is worth a thousand words: