Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Sp0rts Bl0g - Issue 4

The sport's nation is so hyped about college football. Especially, around Lee, all I ever hear about is UT and Florida, Alabama and Auburn, LSU and Georgia and their chances this weekend. College football has truly swept the nation but it seems it's so much more popular in the "SEC Region"... as I like to call it. However, let me tell you why the OTHER college sport that just started this past weekend, college BASKETBALL, is the better sport for a fan and simply a better sport in general.

Now, any of you who have read any of my previous issues know I've already had my rant about how College football fails to qualify as a "fair" and "credible" sport... so I don't want to repeat that issue. But, I can't help but make it known that it's playoff system is completely flawed and it's disrespect to the smaller schools in the smaller conferences ruins the game must be mentioned once again. Let's move on to the sport that gets it right...

College Basketball. The same packed-house college atmosphere. The same community spirit feeling. The same crazy student section screaming their heads off during games. It's still college sports... the enthusiasm for basketball is just as great if not greater than the support for the football side of things. The thing that truly separates it from College football, and every other sport for that matter, is the field of 64 teams at the end of the year that get to duke it out for a chance at a championship. Yes, 64 teams get a chance at a championship... not 2... 64! Sounds much better doesn't it? Well, if you don't already know... it is.

The qualifications for the tournament are complicated and I don't want to bore you with it's statistics, but the point is... it's FAIR. Now, if you're asking me if teams are never disappointed or feel cheated when they don't get into the field of 64... that happens almost every year. There's always a handful of teams "on the bubble" that are either extremely happy or extremely sad depending on the Selection Committee's decision (once again, if you don't know the rules of the tournament, I encourage you to Google it). But the tournament of 64 teams brings on a sporting event unlike any other; MARCH MADNESS.

That's all I really have to say folks. March Madness... it's unlike any other. If you're not familiar with it, do yourself a favor and go check it out. Search YouTube videos of March Madness games... it'll blow you away. Some of the best basketball games you'll ever see. And that's the sports blog for ya...

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