We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad…You must be, or you wouldn’t have come here.
The Cheshire Cat – Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The Madness descends like the blanket of night in the forest of basketball, haunted by the headless-horseman. You can always count on the bloviating rancor of DickieV chastising the committee for this snub or that snub – it’s buffoonery, a jester’s errand. When will the Emperor Vitale shows us his new clothes and give us a taste of the teams he would select? This is and will always be the problem and proof #1 why college football should never expand the playoff. Who really cares about teams that barely qualified in a field of 68. If you could not separate yourself, or win your conference tournament among the chosen 68 teams, then you have no beef. It mirrors the hall of fame argument – you either are, or you are not – if it has to be debated – you are not a hall of famer.
Of course it’s not like there aren’t some head scratchers. Temple did beat Kansas and has fewer bad losses than darling UCLA, who lost to ‘Bama, CU and Arizona St – and also got brazilian-waxed by OU, UNC, Gonzaga and Kentucky. Temple did play Duke and Villanova, but let’s compare the best win – UCLA beat 5th seed Utah and Temple beat 2nd seed Kansas – by 25! While Vitale is outraged at Murray St he forgets CSU who is a top 30 RPI team – what else did CSU need to do, to prove they are better than “Yook-la.” CSU, could actually be the first team in history to be a top 30 team, have 5 wins against the top 100, and not make the dance – not even the ridiculous play in game. UCLA, clearly is a ratings bump and Vitale will not talk about teams that are in, just who is not – why do they keep giving airtime to this clown.
Another team DickieV should have discussed is Georgetown. How are they a #4?! Is the committee really saying the Hoyas are a top 16 team by seeding? They were swept by Providence and Xavier – then in the Big East tournament they squeeked by last place Creighton, only to be whooped again by the Musketeers. For proof, look at another #4 seed UNC and the run they had – Georgetown is as good as UNC?
…and when are we going to stop playing championship games on Sunday? Everyone should play their championship games on Saturday. It would give the illusion that the committee actually is reviewing, contemplating, and revising their seedings; further guaranteeing all teams to have a certain amount of rest before the dancing starts. I know, it’s not easy – but I’m still waiting for the #16seed upset that statistically happens once every 1,747 yrs or so and the way the committee decides things – it will happen soon, further questioning their integrity by the ghost of Vitale, who will be long gone with his faux outrage.
Are you Shveding me?
well either Alexey Shved is some kind of basketball-savant or he just plays like a seredipitous kid on the court – because – this – just – happened!
…and 1? C’mon man!
Nothing like a little British perspective to quench our thirst….
no time to watch it all – skip to 18:30
Today, we will be working on the bracket-ology and provide you that info later today – so look for it.
here is who we are going with for the play-in games, that no one cares about, outside of these schools’ alumni – the winners are…