The sports writers are loving the underdog story that is the Butler Bulldogs.
And why not? Basketball fans love a good Cinderella team.
But supporting Butler tonight in their quest to win the NCAA Championship is more than cheering for the little guys against Duke’s established, winning, monied program.
It’s choosing good over evil.
It’s rewarding hard work over entitlement.
It’s sending a message to the NCAA Selection Committee: we choose the team that fought every step of the way to get to that final game…not the team that was oh so carefully ranked and placed in the brackets to ensure their final spot.
Most people agree that Syracuse deserved the #1 spot that Duke occupied in the South, where the #2, 3, and 4 seeds were decidedly weaker. If their positions had been switched, who knows the outcome? But, as always, Duke got the weaker bracket, the easier road.
This is not the Road to Entitlement.
This is the Road to the Final Four.
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It’s called the Sweet Sixteen with good reason.
Making the Elite Eight and Final Four is, of course, the raison detre, but surviving that first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is oh, so sweet.
Your expectations beyond that point — well, that pretty much depends on who you are.
For the Cinderella teams like Northern Iowa, Cornell and St. Mary’s, any other wins they amass at this point — as my friend Jason so aptly put it this morning — are gravy.
But for a seeded team for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse or even Ohio State, any loss is a huge disappointment to both the team and its fan base. They are expected to win from here on out.
No exceptions. No excuses.
If only the seeded teams could look at each win going forward as ‘gravy.’
Would that make the final victory even sweeter?
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