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Final Bore
Why the Final Four is Anti-Climactic
jrh286@cornell.edu
| April 2, 2009
Iím a huge college basketball fan, so I should be pumped right now. In the next few days, the sportís four best teams will decide this yearís national champion. But quite frankly, Iím less excited about college hoops than I was last week, when I was less excited than I was two weeks ago. The NCAA Tournament is the one playoff in sports that gets less exciting as the rounds advance. This is because the NCAA Tournament is the one sports playoff with the bracket. Fans may root for their own teams, but we could care less about the zillions of other teams. The bracket makes the tournament fun because it gives us a reason to care about Western Kentucky and Morgan State. The first weekend of the tournament is so captivating because there are so many games that we have a stake in. But once the Final Four comes around, most peopleís brackets have been shredded, so thereís no reason to care anymore, unless youíre a UNC, UConn, Michigan State, or Villanova fan. The bracket is what makes the tournament captivating. After all, these teams are not amazing. The vast majority of the players playing this weekend will never sniff the NBA. The reason to watch is to see if your picks are correct. But if youíre a normal person, youíve been wrong about too many games at this point for your bracket to be relevant anymore. Monday will be Major League Baseballís Opening Day. Thatís a reason to be excited on Monday.
Originally Aired: Thursday, April 2, 2009. This is a part of the 93-Second Sports Shot series. 93-Second Sports Shots air weekday evenings at 6pm.
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Jay Sage from WVBR | April 2, 2009, 6:48pm
I think that Villanova is still worth rooting for. They're a Big East school with a mid-major feel and they just play basketball the right way; physically, and without fear. The same probably goes for Michigan State, but I just can't make myself root for the Spartans in any sport.
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