Local fans react to wacky NCAA Tournament


The Loyola Ramblers have become the Cinderella story of the NCAA Tournament, but that’s only one aspect of what has been one of the most unpredictable tournaments in year.

 So I decided to stop by Murphy’s Pub and Grill here in Rockford to see if I can get any answers from any local sports fans. A sports  bar the best place to find very opinionated fans.

Rockford resident Jeff Nicholls had this reaction to the tournament.
“Unbelieveable! Anybody can win at any ime.

There was no shortage of upsets in the opening two rounds. Two one-seeds, two two-seeds, two three-seeds, and three four-seeds were all sent packing after the first weekend.

11-seed Loyola-Chicago has become the tournament darling thanks to wins over Miami and Tennessee and of course the Ramblers have the cutest 98 year-old nun in college basketball.

Drake Zimmerman and his dad were cheering on the Ramblers in their first sweet 16 appearance since 1985 something that caught  Drake Zimmerman by surprise.

“I couldn’t of imagnined that. That end of the game was insane, and my drop dropped. Fingers are crossed that they’re going to pull this one off. We need the W.”

“I’ve noticed a lot more people are into it this year than last year,” says Murphy’s Pub Manager Justin Hieser. “You know we’ve seen business pick up a lot lately.”

While businesses like Murphy’s profit from the big dance, a lot of fans’ wallets have been hit hard courtesy of all the upsets.

“I was in Vegas last week, this past weekend, the first weekend and just seeing grown men cry. A lot of men lost some money,” says Rockford resident Kareem Simon with a laugh.

At this point my bracket is beyond repair, so the only way I can chase these sorrows away is with a good ole line dance.

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