Playoff balancing act

Updated: May 9, 2006, 9:46 AM ET
By Jim O'Brien
I spent the weekend in Louisville at the Kentucky Derby. A friend asked me if there was anything in sport that compared to the Derby and all the pageantry that is part of this great weekend. I told him being on the bench at the tip-off in the national championship game was as close as I have ever come to this type of thrill.

It would be a similar feeling, I am sure, to be involved with an NBA championship on the line.