It is becoming tradition in Las Vegas. Hank Goldberg at Sunset Station waxing eloquent over March Madness.
“I think they disrespected Louisville ,” the ESPN handicapper and horse racing analyst told a large crowd at Sunset Station last night during the First Four action.
Popular sports radio host Brian Blessing and noted sports book director of operations Chuck Esposito co-hosted the ‘Hammer Time’ and as is his reputation Hank was direct, interesting and against the grain.
“I can see New Mexico going very far in the tournament, perhaps winning the national championship,” he said. “If I told you Michigan State, then I would sound like everyone else.”
Other zingers from Hank:
• Kentucky deserved to be an 8 seed. The SEC wasn’t that good.
• I don’t think they stacked the deck against Wichita State. Why would they?
• Iowa State and San Diego State are sleepers in the tourney. I already mention how much like New Mexico.
• I’m fine with the First Four. I think there are enough teams in the tourney right now. We don’t need more.
Goldberg even offered an early Kentucky Derby selection – Candy Boy, who has stood out on the Florida racing circuit.
If you want to see Hank during the tourney, he will be out at Red Rock Station today in the sports book. You may even see him with a stack of chips at the $25 blackjack table.
“Station Casinos takes good care of me and I really enjoy coming here and associating with them,” said Goldberg, who for years was the color analyst for the Miami Dolphins.
Oh by the way, the Dolphins are not on his radar screen this season.
“They’re not any good,” he said.
Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Reach him at [email protected].