Bill Murray’s Team Knocked Out of March Madness, NCAA Uses ‘Caddyshack’ to Rub It In

“License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill you must know your enemy, and in this case, my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will not quit, ever.” ~ Carl Spackler – Caddyshack (1980)

The Madness is over. At least it is for sports super fan Bill Murray. The Academy Award nominee was in the stands with his brother Brian Doyle-Murray in Des Moines, Iowa for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first round match up between the #7 seed Louisville Cardinals versus the #10 seed Minnesota Golden Gophers. There was more to the Murray brothers being there for the start of March Madness than just being big college basketball fans. Bill Murray had a stake in the game. His son, Luke Murray is an assistant coach for Louisville and Bill had hopes that this #7 team could make a run deep into the tournament. After all, Louisville is known for its strong college basketball tradition.

That’s why it had to sting all the more when after Bill Murray’s son’s team Louisville was upset in Round 1 with the Gophers beating the Cardinals 86 to 76, the NCAA decided to use Bill Murray’s own body of work to announce it on Twitter. The official NCAA March Madness Twitter account used a gif from Bill Murray’s 1980 cult classic comedy “Caddyshack” featuring the film’s iconic dancing gopher to announce Minnesota’s victory and added “#Gophers dig deep to Round 2!”

Bill Murray’s “Caddyshack” character golf course groundskeeper Carl Spackler went on a movie-long crusade to kill all the gophers that had infested the greens at Bushwood Country Club and Golf Course. In the comedy movie, the pesky and resilient gopher survives Spackler’s onslaught which leaves the golf course destroyed by plastic explosives and the enemy gopher victoriously dancing to the film’s signature song, Kenny Login’s “I’m Alright.”

The NCAA obviously couldn’t resist capitalizing on the moment by using the gif to point out that once again, Bill Murray had been thwarted by the “varmint” that “will not quit, ever!” Sure, the NCAA “had to laugh” by the irony. But the joke is on them because unfortunately the NCAA is now missing out on America’s funnest and funniest fan being on hand for the rest of the tournament.



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