Over 5,000 people turned out overnight to welcome home Virginia Commonwealth’s Rams, who, you may have heard, advanced to what may be the loopiest Final Four ever with an epic upset of the Kansas Jayhawks.
Among other things, the crowd inside the Siegel Center sang, “Happy Birthday” to Brandon Rozell and was briefly addressed by Rams Coaching Darling Shaka Smart shortly after 1 a.m.
“Kansas had more [fans], but ours were louder and better,” Smart told the crowd; perhaps he should have told the Kansas City Star as well.
“We shut the Kansas fans up real quickly, didn't we?”
After ticking off the teams the Rams had beaten in going from the First Four to the Final Four, he said, “We ain't done yet!”
Not bad for a bunch of guys who didn’t even watch the Selection Sunday show two weeks ago.
Bradford Burgess: “I was just getting back to my room from Five Guys.”
Ed Nixon: “I was in my room watching Cartoon Network.’
Rozell: “I was doing homework.”
Jamie Skeen: “I was eating alone [and didn’t answer his incessantly ringing phone]. I had buffalo sauce on my hands. I have an expensive phone and I didn't want to ruin it.”
(Thanks to Rich Tandler on KC item.)