Greetings from East Rutherford, where I am joined by not one, not two, but THREE fabulous Washington Post columnists: Mike Wise, Sally Jenkins and John Feinstein.
Today's blog plan was to write about Martin Bahar*, Georgetown's charming graduate manager. He is a local guy (Bullis), a 2006 graduate of Vanderbilt (double major in communications and Spanish), and a former basketball manager for the Commodores! It was going to be a lovely posting about the angst that Martin is feeling this week, as he watches two sets of friends battle, and about whether or not he is secretly feeding information to one team or the other.
[*EDIT: This is what happens when you spend all your time inside arenas eating popcorn. Your brain turns to mush and you mistakenly refer to Martin Bahar as Martin Bashir, and then you realize your horrible mistake when you check back later to read the comments. A thousand apologies to Martin, Martin Bahar, who will never let me hear the end of this.]
Alas, I am not allowed to actually interview Martin. Coach John Thompson III generally does not allow his assistant coaches to speak with the media, and that goes for graduate managers as well.
So I asked Vanderbilt's Shan Foster, and Georgetown's Jessie Sapp and Jonathan Wallace about Martin. Foster said that he sometimes communicates with Martin through Facebook. Sapp said that Martin isn't as nervous as he was when the Hoyas actually played at Vanderbilt, back in November. And when I asked Wallace where Martin's loyalties rest this week, he laughed.
"He better be going with Georgetown," Wallace said. "Otherwise he's not getting on the bus to go back home."