Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I Actually Agree With People Who Say Upsets are Bad for The NCAA Tournament
I know there is a faction of people out there who scoff at those who say upsets are bad for the NCAA Tournament but to those deniers I say (with respect) that you are wrong. Would you rather see Kentucky-Kansas in the National Championship or Cornell-Northern Iowa? I don't think there is any question that a matchup between Bill Self and John Calipari would be far more interesting to those outside of Ithaca, New York and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. If a 12 Seed were to play a five seed in the National Championship the fallout would be catastrophic, so while I root for upsets.. I also root for a competitive final four in which there is actually some interest. I know I sound like a prick or an elitist, but sometimes being an elitist is in the best interest the sport. The 2005 Rose Bowl, which is widely considered to be the Greatest College Football Game ever was a matchup between two perennial powerhouses with big name coaches and two future first round draft picks starting for the opposing teams. How can you top that? The simple answer is, you can't. While Cornell and Northern Iowa have done something awesome this year and I would love to see them keep winning, I cannot say in good faith that it would ultimately be a good thing for the NCAA Tournament in it's current iteration for them to keep winning.