Alas, only Butler is left. Cornell departed Thursday night; Friday’s casualties were Ali Farokhmanesh and Northern Iowa, and St. Mary’s (don’t ask, don’t tell). Later today, your Butler Bulldogs — hey, they’re not just my Butler Bulldogs, they’re YOUR Butler Bulldogs — face Kansas State in the West Regional final in Salt Lake City. And if there is a basketball God —  and we know there is — Butler will advance to the Final Four. Right in its hometown of Indianapolis.

Think Al McGuire is rooting for Butler? Me, too. That said, here are some more words of wisdom and wit from Al:

“Sports is a coffee break.”

“I only comb my hair if there are four people in the room, and if there are four people, I’m getting paid.”

When Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp called McGuire “son” during the 1969 NCAA tournament, Al replied, “Don’t call me son unless you’re going to include me in your will.”

“You know what pressure is? It’s when the cheerleaders are jumping and you don’t notice their breasts.”

Note: This article is the third in a series.

Jack Wilkinson

Jack Wilkinson

Jack Wilkinson has written about sports professionally for 37 years, but his career began in his hometown of Lynbrook, N.Y., on Long Island. His elementary school paper, the Marion Street Chatterbox, is the coolest-named paper he's ever worked for. Thank you, Mrs. Roseanne Waldstein, the school librarian and Chatterbox advisor. Jack worked at Newsday while a senior at Hofstra University, and later for the Miami News, Chicago Daily News, New York Daily News and, after moving to Atlanta in 1983, the local rag. A three-time Georgia Sportswriter of the Year, he gleefully took a buyout in June, 2007. Jack's written six books. The latest, "Of Mikes and Men -- A Lifetime of Braves Baseball," is the recently-released autobiography of co-author Pete Van Wieren. Published by Triumph Books of Chicago, "Of Mikes and Men" is now available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Manuel's Tavern and other fine book outlets everywhere.