Saturday, March 28, 2009

What an Elite Eight

It seems like NCAA basketball has gotten a lot less exciting these last couple of years. I used to wait for March with anticipation and then stay up until all hours of the night watching all the games I could. Monitoring the scores in the top corner while my heart raced over how terrible my bracket was soon to look. Those were the good old days: Cinderellas screwing up my picks, unexpected heroes like Gonzaga going deep into the tournament.

But all that seems a distant memory. It is so bad that I haven't really watched much of the games at all this year. I didn't approach the tournament with excitement and it can no longer be called March Madness because it doesn't even finish in March! I scan the Elite Eight and we have all 1, 2, and 3 seeds. How boring. Last year all the Final Four teams were #1 seeds. In the last three of four tournaments the championship game was two #1 seeds. This year is the first time ever that all 12 of the 1, 2, and 3 seeds made it to the Sweet Sixteen. George Mason's run and a No-#1 Final Four in 2006 seems to be the outlier in recent NCAA history. I'm not sure what the reason for this thinning of the heard is, but whatever it is it's a shame. March Madness is just the March Mundane these days.

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