The NCAA f@#$s up March Madness

Old journalism joke …

An editor and a writer are wandering through the Sahara. Days and days of nothing but sand. Finally, they see a lake in the distance. They run toward it, faster, faster. They get to the shore, and the lake is real. Beautiful blue water. Clear as glass. The writer kneels down to take a drink, cups his hands. The editor says, “No! Wait!”

He pulls down his pants, removes his penis and pisses in the lake.

“Now,” he says, “it’s perfect.”

The NCAA is the editor. It really is. I am shocked, baffled and dismayed by the bullshit they’ve attached to March Madness. Here it was, the absolute perfect product—64 teams, pools nationwide, drama, intrigue, suspense, millions upon millions of dollars.

And they piss in it.

Tell me if you disagree, but this 68-team thing is crap. If anyone cares, it’s only the students from the schools. The NCAA is calling it the first round, but we all know tomorrow is the first round, just as we know the football subdivision is I-AA. The whole thing is about making more money; about squeezing extra dollars out of, well, whoever can be squeezed. The result is a diminished product. Not terribly diminished, but diminished enough that the last two days have felt cheep and sort of pathetic.

I can’t say this for sure, but I’m willing to bet members of the teams involved in these first two days would prefer the 64 (or 65) model, too. I mean, why pretend this new first round is anything but a farce?

Because that’s what it is—a 100% farce.

6 thoughts on “The NCAA f@#$s up March Madness”

  1. Agreed….basketball junkie that I am, I watched but it was uninspired hoop for the most part. The NIT games were actually more interesting (and in a lot of ways/games, better basketball). Hopefully tomorrow will be better….

  2. agree but not as passionately as you. Arguing about bubble teams that didn’t make it to the 63rd or 64th spots was a great part of the past. Imagine what that would be like in the ncaa football tourney, arguing about the 7th and 8th spots and how teams just missed getting in and a chance…

  3. I have to agree, no one cares about the games before today other than the schools that played. The tourney starts today in my mind. This is just another example of great sports traditions being jettisoned in favor of more corporate sponsorship dollars.

  4. One of the more ridiculous parts of this terrible idea is the insistence of CBS et al. calling that the “first round.” When I first saw that I was concerned that they were actually running the real first round tues/wed, with the 2nd round thurs/fri and regional semis sat/sun. So, CBS, if Tues/Wed really was the “first round” that means 60 teams received a first round bye! Unreal.

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