By JOHN P. WISE
One Great Season
It's kind of weird how Dick Vitale seldom speaks critically of players or coaches, rarely voices a strong opinion during his excessive ESPN air time for four months, then always comes on the tube every Selection Sunday and drops the hammer on the NCAA Selection Committee. You can count on it every March, like St. Patrick's Day.
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But even in that criticism his logic is rooted in weak rah-rah fandom. To Vitale, it's all about how sad the kids from two or three wrongfully left-out teams must feel. Aw, poor kids.
The Selection Committee's job isn't to appease 20-year-old boys; it's about choosing the best 37 at-large teams and arranging the full 68-team field in such a way that teams deserving of rewards get those rewards. I expect the Committee to pull a surprise or two every year, and sometimes those decisions are justified a few days later. I don't really care about the poor kids.