It’s that time of the year. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship runs all day, every weekend and nothing could possibly be more enjoyable.
Then, of course, I have to turn on the TV.
First of all the officiating in the tournament is brutal beyond all description. I am now convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the reason the govening bodies of amateur basketball have put three referees on the floor is to get the total IQ up over 100.
The officiating is so bad that if I were an inveterate Vegas gambler I might be incensed. However, it is so bad in the favour of the big TV teams that it’s easy to figure out which team is going to win — Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, UConn, Kentucky, Florida, BYU — are going to get all the calls, in all the important situations. And they did.
Meanwhile, I’m so sick of the CBS color analysts speaking in absolutes when the game still has 10 minutes left to play, that the only thing good about this tournament is the mute button. And, frankly, I like all the play-by-play guys. However, I’ve reached the point now where I watch the tournament mumbling things like, “that should have been a foul,” or “if that call at the other end was a foul, then that’s a foul,” or “My goodness, that was six steps, why wasn’t that a travel?”
I must admit, I did feel better, when I was watching the TBS panel on Sunday, and Charles Barkley called the officiating “in many games, terrible.” Thanks Charles, I always knew you had it in you.
In the meantime, here is the Sweet Sixteen: in the East, Ohio State will face Kentucky and Marquette will take on North Carolina; in the West Duke will meet Arizona and Connecticut will play San Diego State; in the Southwest Kansas will play Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth will meet Florida State; and in the Southwest, Butler will play Wisconsin and Brigham Young will meet Florida.
I believe that Ohio State, North Carolina, Arizona, San Diego State, Kansas, Florida State, Wisconsin and Florida are the best teams. I don’t believe they will win. The officials will screw half of them