"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."
- Isoroku Yamamoto
These were the purported (and prophetic, if true) words of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after his country's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, an event which propelled the United States of America Soaring Bald Eagles of Victory and Justice into WWII probably a year sooner than we otherwise would have.
Arkansas and Mike Anderson Who Is A Dick would have done well to heed Admiral Yamamoto's words before tugging at the tail* of The Undefeatables prior to today's SEC Tournament Championship. Instead of rattling this group of aircraft carriers and fighter jets and heroes, they "fill(ed) them with a terrible resolve," and the Undefeatables proceeded to deal Arkansas a series of soul punches which, frankly, could've been worse.
I will give Arkansas some credit: they tried to back it up. They weren't afraid of the Undefeatables. But then whatever, Japan wasn't afraid of America, and that was fine by the Greatest Generation because we're still here, you know what I mean?
Anyway, I'm not as interested in reliving that game as I am looking forward to the next six. In a few minutes, Bryant Gumbel's brother will announce Kentucky's path to Indy, and I'd just like to go on record right now as predicting the following things to be certain:
1. Kentucky will draw the most difficult second round matchup, probably Ohio St., and third round matchup, probably Iowa St.
2. Louisville will be a 5 seed or lower
3. Wisconsin will be the other 1 seed on Kentucky's side of the bracket
4. Duke will have a laughable path to Indy--and they still wont' make it.
5. If/when the Undefeatables win Nine, it will be against Arizona in the Championship
*Mixing metaphors like Biff Tannen mixes similes