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March Madness...ugh

Wouldn't it be great if tomorrow's game between Georgia and Xavier 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 signified 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 have 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 their players' names duke it out in the only game that has any bearing on who wins 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 aforementioned title game?

Wouldn't it have been great if George Mason had played one game against Murray State two years ago 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 UCLA was ranked second and Kansas was ranked fourth in the preseason poll? Wouldn't it be great if the Bruins were chosen to play for the national championship over the Jayhawks primarily for that reason?

Don't you hate having multiple games to choose from at all hours for four days straight? I mean enough is enough, right?

Did you watch that amazing two-point Texas win over UCLA on Dec. 2? Wouldn't it have been sweet if the Bruins had been forced to play for the next three and-a-half months with the knowledge that their chances of winning national title No. 12 had already been crushed?

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

Is Memphis one of the two best teams in the country even though they play in a weak conference? There's only one way to find out: a single game against another team that also may or may not be one of the two best in the country.

Shouldn't Davidson 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 Fiesta Bowl game a couple of Januarys ago? Aren't you glad that they didn't get to play another, more important game afterwards?

Seven-word message to college basketball: 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 set foot on that Albuquerque floor 25 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.