Butler, Clear Favorite in the Mythical Final Four Funnies Competition

You have probably read any number of interesting things about the Final Four this week -- and today, you can read them on your brand new iPad! -- so I'll guess you're more or less inured to almost everything.

You're bored by the "Don't hate this Duke team" articles, however well done, and don't care about the "No, really, hate this Duke team" salvos. The praise for intangibles and Draymond Green's possession of such intangibles falls on deaf ears. The compelling story of Bob Huggins would matter to you if you weren't sick of hearing about those track suits. And the entirely overdone "Butler = Hoosiers, duh!" storyline? Puh-leeze.

So let me try to shake your ennui by presenting some quotes from Butler's Bulldogs.

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  • “Slow and not very good. I thought I was O.K. In retrospect, I would never have even sniffed recruiting me. Butler made a great decision.” -- Coach Brad Stevens assessing his own game as a high school player. 
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  • "The worst thing I could say is, 'Don't compare us to Hickory.'" -- Stevens, on the Hoosiers meme. 
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  • "I think you could ask Rautins or Pullen, they would know." -- Matt Howard, on Butler's pesty perimeter players, Willie Veasley and Ronald Nored. 
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  • The things that Butler players do not actually say in this article from The Onion.
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  • Almost everything that's said in this very funny Mayne Event segment.

This certainly seems like a team that can both play basketball well enough to hang with the better-funded folks in the nicer Nike jerseys and hang with anyone in a comedy competition.

If you're still undecided about a rooting interest in tonight's games, and enjoy laughing, you might want to look into Butler.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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