Posts Tagged ‘march madness’

March Madness Baby!

All this talk about the NCAA expanding the national championship field to 95 teams is crazy.

First off, why should teams like North Carolina (16-16), Texas Tech (17-15, sorry Chuck) or Illinois (19-14) be rewarded by an invitation into the most prestigious basketball tournament when their teams this year are average at best? Who wants to watch average basketball? Not me. Teams like Vermont and Richmond are ecstatic to be playing in this tournament. They may be average, but they earned their right to still be playing.

Secondly, at what point do we need to stop treating everyone like we’re in Little League? Expanding into a 95-team tournament is essentially like advertising a job and then feeling bad that you can only hire the right person, so you hire everyone. Sports is about teaching you life’s lessons, not proving everyone’s a winner.