Choices, Choices

I just got my NCAA bracket sheet to fill out.  Personally, I don’t think there is any team close to being a take-it-to-the-bank lock. 

When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, there won’t be a lot of easy choices.  And to think that there’s a movement to expand the field to 96 teams (which, not-so-coincidentally, has the widespread support of coaches).

Hey, why stop at 96?  Check out this video from the incredibly funny people at The Onion.
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And here’s a bonus!  U.S. News and World Report broke down the field academically.  After all, as the NCAA mandates, the announcers will be referring to the participants as “student-athletes”.   Ad nauseum (for the Latin scholars).


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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5 Responses to Choices, Choices

  1. Bill from Billings says:

    I remember the old N.H.L. days when 16 of 21 made the play-offs(1979-1980). Cancel the regular season….expand
    the post-season!!

  2. When we were students and hoop fans at UMass in the 70s, about 40 teams were invited to The Big Dance. If your team made it, it was truly an elite crew. Now? And next year maybe?

    Once elite teams are lite teams.

    You’re spot on. It’s all about TV and money.

    Guys who sell trophies must be cleaning up these days.

    • Gerry says:

      As I recall, a trip to the NIT at Madison Sq. Garden was a huge deal. Stayed at a hotel called the McAlpin. Why I remember that, I don’t know, because I don’t remember much else.

  3. Bill says:

    Student athletes? How about this…..

    “Maryland is in the tournament with a zero black graduation rate and 8 percent overall. It has been at zero for black men the last three seasons. Over the rest of the last decade, it has been at 11 percent four times and never cracked 25 percent.

    Kentucky’s graduation rate scorecard for its black players for the last six years reads like this: 18, 17, 9, 17, 17, zero. Over the last 10 years, its black player graduation rate has never risen above 29 percent. Its overall graduation rate passed 50 percent only once, in 2001.

    Yet, who do we see hawking March Madness on Direct TV? Why none other than Kentucky’s $32 million coach, John Calipari. He remains one of the faces of college basketball despite Final Four appearances at UMass and Memphis that were struck from the record books for violations that damaged the reputations of the schools and its players, but somehow, not him.”

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