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?)
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.