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March Madness, Ugh

Wouldn't it be great if tomorrow's game between Stanford and Louisville didn't mark the beginning of a month long tournament that captivates the nation each year, but was rather simply a meeting of two above average teams at a neutral location that marked the end of the season for both the winner and the loser?

And wouldn't it be great if there were like 30 more of these games?

Wouldn't you love to wait around for another three weeks to watch a pair of teams that haven't played in so long that you've forgotten most of the players' names duke it out in the only game that has any bearing on the national championship?

And you know all those computers out there that are predicting the winners for each game in the Big Dance? Wouldn't it be great if those same computers actually had a major impact on which two teams were selected to play in the previously mentioned title game?  

Wouldn't it have been great if George Mason had played one game against Murray State last year instead of five against Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State, Connecticut and Florida?

Don't you just love not really knowing who the national champion is at the end of the season, or the fact that even if you think you do someone can make a legitimate case for another team and you can't really say anything other than "my team would have beaten your team?"

Remember how Kansas was ranked third and Ohio State was ranked fourth in the preseason poll? Wouldn't it be great if the Jayhawks were chosen to play for a national championship over the Buckeyes primarily for that reason?

Don't you hate all these games on all day long for four days at a time, I mean enough is enough, am I right?

Did you watch that amazing two-point overtime game between Kansas and Florida in November? Wouldn't it have been sweet if the Gators had played for the next three and a half months knowing that their shot at becoming the first repeat national champion in 14 years was already crushed?

Don't you love the laid back postseason atmosphere of a three quarters empty stadium in mid-to-late December?

Shouldn't Southern Illinois have to go through more to win a national championship than teams like Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky simply because those three schools have won more championships and made more money for the NCAA in the past?

Didn't you hate that Boise State game on New Year's Day? Aren't you glad that they didn't get to play another, more important game afterwards?

Message to college basketball, seven words: sponsors in the name of every game.

Can't we all agree that Louisville was a better team than NC State in 1983, and that the sports world would be a much better place had Lorenzo Charles never stepped foot on that Albuquerque floor 24 years ago?

Don't you love arguing over which conference is the strongest and then never really getting the chance to have your position backed up because of unbalanced postseason ties?

Don't you just hate March?

Wake me when it's time for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.