On this Palm Sunday, let’s keep this short and sweet and to the point: Butler 63, Kansas State 56. Butler, in the Final Four in Indy, its hometown. Butler! There IS a basketball God; but then, we knew that. It’s six miles from Butler’s campus to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Bulldogs — America’s Bulldogs — will play in the Final Four semifinals Saturday. Al McGuire would’ve absolutely loved this. But somewhere, Al’s smiling. Still talking to us, too…

“For those who get to the Final Four, it’s like automatically winning a championship. It’s getting there that’s important. If you get to the Final Four, it brings you to the next strata for recruiting. It puts you in a Technicolor visibility avalanche.”

“I’m an Einstein of the streets and an Oxford scholar of common sense.”

“Keep in mind that winning is only important in major surgery and all-out war, and you’ll have a leg up on staying loose and winning ballgames.”

“You can always tell the Catholic schools by the length of the cheerleaders’ skirts.”

Update: And with Michigan State and Duke now having advanced to the Final Four, setting up the semifinal matchups of Butler-Michigan State and West Virginia-Duke, well, here’s Al again on the greatest event in sports. The Final Four:

“It’s a calliope, cotton candy, the guy with the hook who wants to see the girls with the big breasts, to show you the power.”

Note: This article is the fourth 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.