Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday 03/24 A.M. Quickie:
Bracket, Schilling, WBC, Lions, Lance, More

Someone I have known for a long time and whose opinion I respect greatly said this was the best line I have written in a long, long time -- from a Twitter tweet yesterday:

"When the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is winning the office pool because the seedings hold up through the Sweet 16, that's a problem."

That sort of sums up how I feel about the homogeneous 1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-4-4-5-12 Sweet 16. (BTW: Is that a good thing or a bad thing that it was "the best line in a long long time?")

But I have other things on my mind in today's SN column. Actually, I channel my inner Rachel Maddow and get all policy wonky on you:

How many other sports opiners out there will compare their bracket to the "toxic assets" pulling down our economic system -- and use a busted bracket to explain the government's bail-out plan.

I'm sorry that that probably reads like weird boasting; I just get oddly excited when I am able to connect sports and topical government policy.

The column, meanwhile, is loaded:

WBC: Who cares? (You do? Really?)
Lance: Yikes.
Lions: Drafting an OT No. 1?
NFL: 18-game season in '11?
Gilbert Arenas: He's back!
Xavier: New Gonzaga?
Gonzaga: Old UNC-slayer?
Patty Mills: New Stephen Curry?
Josh McDaniels: Spin-master.
Anthony Grant: Bama bound?
Jonny Flynn: 2010 NCAA POY?

Complete SN column here

-- D.S.


R.A. Porter said...

I love upsets as much as the next guy, but I think in some ways it's *great* when the committee is winning the pool.

Year in and year out we bitch because the committee is out of touch, or doesn't respect the mid-majors, or overvalues measurement X/undervalues metric Y. Clearly, they're getting *much* better at it. Isn't this what we want from them? A well-seeded tournament that includes the right teams and excludes the pretenders?

Maybe it's boring, but we've been implicitly demanding it for years.

John said...

Can't believe the new Steph Curry (his brother Seth Curry) is transferring. We'll finally get to see a Curry in a major conference.