First Ever Loose Gravel Sports Interview
After a 30+ year hiatus, this year Portland is playing host to the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament for the next few days, and the teams are in town right now.
The only reason the NCAA is here in Oregon at all is because Oregon Legislature voted a couple years ago to terminate their Sports Action game, which allowed folks to bet on the NFL games. They were suckers bets--parlays--but that one program alone raked in over 2 million dollars in state revenue annually (Oregon Lottery pulls in over a billion for the State annually). I could never understand why the NCAA cared who bet on the NFL and how that affected the basketball tournament, but that is the stance they maintained.
So I've been grumpy about this Sports Action trade for NCAA tournament because, well, it's fun to make small wagers on football and the NCAA is just a fundamentally ridiculous body of geezers enforcing 1950's sensibilities. But you know what? If the NCAA wasn't so stupid with their rules, I would have never scored my first Loose Gravel sports interview today.
As I was walking back to work downtown today I spotted a few members of the Illinois "Fighting Illini". I stopped and chatted with Mike Davis for a few minutes. Here is his card:
Gavin: Hey, is it true that Missouri ran a full-court press the entire game when you played them earlier this season?
Mike: Yeah, man.
Gavin: That's crazy. The whole game. Wow.
Mike and the other guys had to go at that point. Thanks for your time, Mike. And hopefully this is just the first of many Loose Gravel sports interviews.