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Friday, March 19, 2010

Tournament Time

With the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament now in full swing (leading up to the inevitable victory of the Kansas Jayhawks on April 5th), I renew my call to the media to show restraint in anointing teams as "Cinderella". From this post in 2006, I repeat my two rules that should be followed before bestowing this title on any team:
1) They must have beaten at least two higher-seeded teams in the tournament.

2) The only exception to Rule 1) is if a 16 seed ever beats a 1 seed.
As you see, unless Duke or Syracuse gets beat tonight, the first time a "Cinderella" could potentially be named would be on Saturday. Even then, I would hesitate to name Washington as a Cinderella if they beat New Mexico, since I think that beating a team from the Mountain West Conference shouldn't really count.

How 'bout that Big East? Isn't it cute when people think that conference is supposedly the best in basketball? They're so funny...

Update 1327 20 March: OK, so St. Mary's now qualifies as a "Cinderella", but let's face it -- it appears that beating a "Big Least" team this year isn't really that much of a surprise...

28 Comments:

Blogger ret.cob said...

I watch for the Marine Corps commercials...

3/19/2010 6:09 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont know much about basketball but I favor the underdogs whoever that is when the dust settles.

Kirk

3/19/2010 6:16 PM

 
Blogger Srvd_SSN_CO said...

I love your definition of cinderella: Viva la Underdog!!

3/19/2010 7:25 PM

 
Anonymous whoamI? said...

I've rooted against Kansas since the days of Danny Manning. I thought he was over rated.

I think I am just jealous because my school doesn't really shine on the national sports scene and we didn't get to say rock chalk Jayhawk all the time. The only one more irritating than that one is War Eagle. just my opinion.

3/19/2010 8:43 PM

 
Anonymous commish said...

Regarding the Big Least-let's see who's still standing in the Elite Eight before we get too funny!

3/20/2010 5:52 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big East = Big Bust. Go ACC!

3/20/2010 8:16 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoami?:

What makes War Eagle annoying to you?

3/20/2010 9:56 AM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

@whoami? - I graduated from Kansas in 1988, the year Manning led KU to the National Championship. Having watched basically all his games, I can assure you that, despite all the hype, he was not at all overrated. I saw him make passes that would have been on the Top Ten Assists of all time list had his teammates had been heads up enough to expect them. He was truly an outstanding college basketball player.

3/20/2010 11:42 AM

 
Blogger goodman.dl said...

Seconding ret.cob.

Danny Manning was a fantastic player. If not for those knee injuries, the pro career he would have had...

3/20/2010 2:42 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make that two Cinderella teams...

3/20/2010 5:55 PM

 
Anonymous Bracket is still perfect said...

So much for the Kansas national championship. You know as much about basketball as you do everything else. Zip point shit.

3/20/2010 6:02 PM

 
Blogger goodman.dl said...

Ouch. Well, there goes President Obama's bracket...

3/20/2010 6:22 PM

 
Blogger DDM said...

Joel,

My condolences.

Go Big Blue!

3/21/2010 5:20 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least someone at Cornell U. knows how to handle their balls.

All the static about the big dog teams sort of reminds me of a story about Buella the Rock Locker, aka, lithium bromide units...

3/21/2010 5:47 AM

 
Blogger ret.cob said...

I'm just sayin', Michigan State has some shooters! I happened to notice in between the USMC commercials...

from MI

3/21/2010 2:50 PM

 
Anonymous Commish said...

Go Big Red!!! And even with all the comments associated with CDR Cima, the B'ball team is off to the Sweet Sixteen...and I do believe based on your criteria that this qualifies as Cinderella-but Jay Bilas is on to something!!

3/21/2010 3:06 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Purdue squeaks by to play another one.

Cornell has a tough match with Kentucky but maybe they will put up a good game. Still, it is refreshing that the basketball team can effectively use their balls properly. Maybe they can teach others at Cornell just how that works.

3/21/2010 6:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome USMC commercials.

3/22/2010 5:39 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Kansas? This must be rigged, lol. Is that NBA ref who was gambling and fixing games now working for the NCAA? Probably not.

3/22/2010 11:14 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kansas and Arkansas, maybe there could be a substitute? Pretty close in letters, lol.

3/22/2010 5:52 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some kid with a track record of picking wins. He picked Cornell getting to the Kentucky game and his overall prediction is PURDUE.

He has been accurate for his last 48 picks if the news is accurate.

He has Autism but is some kind of a math genuis.

Purdue, who would of thunk they would even be this far?

3/25/2010 5:30 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For you math whizs, what are the odds that this kid successfuly picked the first 48 games of the 2010 NCAA Championships? Are these astronomical or what?

He picked Purdue as the one?

3/25/2010 12:29 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Butler hanging in there.

3/25/2010 8:18 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cornell tried valiantly but the Wildcats brought their game faces.

Kansas State and Butler marching onward.

Purdue in the wings.

3/26/2010 4:39 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duke hands Purdue their lunch. Until next season for the Boilermakers.

3/27/2010 9:59 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Butler sings, "How do you like me now...."

3/28/2010 6:23 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cinderella Butler and East Coast Duke. It looks like the naysayers get to eat some crow and see some decent ball after all.

4/04/2010 5:47 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those silly teams from the East, it is like they are champions or something like that...

4/06/2010 1:31 PM

 

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