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Oh the madness

March 15, 2010 - Steve Murch

So the brackets are drawn and the pairings are announced. As the brackets were revealed, my worst nightmare began to appear — again. Michigan State was in the Friday-Sunday part of the draw. It seems every year the Spartans have the last game on Friday night, meaning we don't get out of the newsroom until going on 1 a.m., which makes for a very long day when you consider I'm here by about 1 p.m.

Selection Sunday can be a bit tiresome after a while. The same talking heads making the same points over and over and over and over and ... You get the point. If you aren't a big basketball fan, think politics constant chat about the same two talk points ad nauseam.

There's Dick Vitale with his tiresome rant about an ACC team getting short-changed; coaches complaining about their draw. If not for my interest in watching “Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks” 30 in 30 film I'd have turned off the TV in the office.

The one thing that bothered me most last night was a comment by Illinois coach Bruce Weber, whose team was snubbed by the selection committee. It was understandable how he was disappointed and he made a great point for why his team should have been included. Then he went too far. He said the people who are hurt by not being chosen are the selection committee are the student athletes.

Whoa, coach hang on. The people most hurt in this instance are YOUR student athletes. If your team was chosen and, say UTEP wasn't, are you saying all is right with the world and no one is hurt? Someone always, always, always is left out of the field. Don't cast stones where none need to be. Some coach always has to face his players and tell them they were left out. Unless you want everyone in, then we have to have teams left out who could play in the tournament. No system is perfect, and the biggest imperfection would be to allow everyone in just so no one is slighted.

That being said, have you filled out your brackets? I did, and I'm gutsy (and crazy) enough to post it. I may change it up until tipoff, but it's there for all the world to see. I have two sleepers in the Elite Eight, and two No. 1s in the Final Four.

No surprise, I have Kansas winning it all. Let the madness begin.  


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