That time of the year is here again when every Collage Sports Fan Goes Nuts! When filling your bracket takes president over your family and your job, just ask the current President of these United States of America. When all the Talking-Heads and so-called experts predict who will wear that golden slipper this year and which teams will be in the Sweet 16 and Final Four and finally the National Champion. And for once we will listen to all of them just because we think we need all the help we can get to win that “Stupid Office Pool” when, we all know any novice can fill out a bracket and have just as good as a chance to win as all you’re debating over that twelve seed beat that five seed.
To be honest I too have to throw myself under the bus for studying the bracket and flip flopping over a nine seed beating an eight seed than doing my daily job. But, and this is a BIG BUT, NCAA Division I Men’s College Basketball has not been the same since all the High School Seniors getting drafted into the NBA. I truly believe this has made both sports weaker than they have been in years. And now the One and Done rule was a weak attempt by the NBA to remedy the problem. There has been only a few High School Seniors that has been ready to play in the NBA. It is hard for a child to play with men. Be honest just think back to your High School graduation, again be honest, in your mind you where thinking I’m an adult now and I’m ready for the adult world, but in truly you where a child getting ready to be an adult. Honestly only a very, very few young adults fresh out of High School are ready for the adult world and playing sports with grown men there are even fewer.
NCAA College Basketball was once, ONCE, was my favorite sport. Watching all the rivalries played each other twice a year and if lucky maybe three times a year like; Duke vs. North Carolina, Michigan vs. Michigan State, Georgetown vs. Syracuse, Missouri vs. Kansas, Louisville vs. Kentucky and so on….and so on… and so on. But the good High School players went to the money and the NBA and now are One & Done. Again if I had that chance to make that kind of cash for playing a sport I would have took the pay check too. But this isn’t about the money it’s about being ready to play with men and a High School Senior is not ready.
If the NBA Owners and the NBA Players Association was smart they would come to an agreement to not to draft any player until after his junior year in college, just like the NFL. This would allow the older NBA players to keep their jobs longer and improve the product coming into the NBA and if there was that case of a hard luck player that needed the money to support his family then allow him to be drafted but could start or play in the NBA until after what would have been his junior year, the team’s options could be allowing him to play in the NBA “D” League or play the NBA Team’s Practice squad. This example would also allow College Basketball to get back to what it once was, the strong programs being dominated over the mid-majors not the majority of the mid-majors winning over the One & Done.
And NOW, the NCAA has put the final nail in the coffin by allowing all the Conference Realignment due to the money in College Football it has killed College Basketball for me. The multiple rivalry games have been reduced. The Conference games are getting to the point to mean nothing to me and I haven’t watched any of the 2012-2013 season. So, filling my bracket this year will be like most novices, use a dart board, favorite teams colors (Sorry Notre Dame, just pitiful), favorite team mascot, or just go chalk.
The only thing I look forward for now it College Basketball is the Bracket Challenge and the Tournament so, PLEASE, NCAA don’t screw this up too and add even more teams. No one cares about the play in games or what the NCAA Calls it “Round 1”. It is still a “Play in Game!”
So, have add it Talking Heads who will be this year’s Cinderella? And who will be your bracket buster?
Good Luck to ALL,
Just one more thing…….