Monday, March 08, 2010

NCAA Tournament Expansion: Bigger is Always Better

(It all makes sense now)

Last week I was listening to Colin Cowherd spew on about how terrible the idea of expanding the tournament is. Not once did he provide any evidence that the expansion would be for the worst, but he was damn sure it would be the death of college hoops. My favorite part is when he allows a bunch of tards to call in and state the first half of their argument, and then cuts them off and completely rips half of their idea to shreds without even considering the conclusion to the callers argument. It is riveting radio. I actually like The Herd, only for its entertainment value. Cowherd is a total blowhard that has minimal sports knowledge, other than USC fucking rocks!, but he knows he's a blowhard and that's what the people want. I'm not going to hold that against him. However, I am going to hold his ill-informed diatribes against him and explain to all you Money Shot Maniacs why expanding the tournament is not a bad thing. Change we can believe in.

I will agree that there is nothing wrong with the current set up, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved. There was nothing wrong with the NFL when they decided to add replay. There was nothing wrong with college football when they changed the overtime period and brought in replay. There was nothing wrong with baseball before the rosters became full of roided up juiceheads--don't kid yourself, the juice made baseball better. I don't see anyway that the NCAA tournament adding 31 teams to the mix can hurt college hoops.

I heard Cowherd say, at least 20 times, "Lets just add a bunch of 16 seeds to the tournament, THAT will make it better." Look at the 13, 14, 15, and 16 seeds from last year. Every single one of those teams was an automatic conference champion bid. When we are talking about adding 31 more teams, we aren't talking about adding a few more American's and Morehead State's, these will be legitimate teams that can win games in the Tourney. If your problem with expanding the tournament is the addition of more bad to mediocre teams, then your problem should be with the 17 teams that get in for winning their shitty conference, not the extra at large bids coming from expansion. When I look at the NIT field from last year I see a lot of teams that I would have liked to see play in the tourney.
  • St. Mary's. Didn't you want to see Patty Mills step into the tournament and try to take down a Goliath? Of course you did, that's what the NCAA Tournament is all about. Okay, Mills wasn't actually available for the tournament which is probably why they didn't get in. But that's hurts my argument, so lets assume he was available and St. Mary's would have won at least their first round game. G Money's fascination with that kid is creepy.
  • Penn State. This is the team that would eventually win the NIT. They also had one of the best sophomore's in the country in Talor Battle. They ran through George Mason(OT), Rhode Island, Florida, Notre Dame, and Baylor to win the NIT. Are you telling me this team couldn't win some games in the tourney? Of course you aren't, that would not be intelligent.
  • Baylor. Yes, the same Baylor team that is in the top 20 this year. Even without Ekpe Udoh last year--fuck you Ekpe Udoh--they still made it to the NIT final.
  • New Mexico. Yes, the same New Mexico team that is in the top 10 this year.
  • San Diego St. Is this team ever not on the bubble? If a team can consistently be that close to busting into the tournament every year don't they eventually deserve a shot? They are right there this year again. It will be a shame if they don't get in this year either.
  • Davidson. I don't care about their RPI rank. I want Steph fucking Curry in my tourney!
  • And there are several more; Georgetown, UNLV, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Creighton, and Notre Dame...Oh who am I kidding, nobody wants to see Harenchoady.
Would you really be against adding these teams to the NCAA tournament?

And no, this will not make the regular season irrelevant. The regular season is already irrelevant in college hoops. Unless you're Jay Bilas beating off to the great fundamentals of the honkies at Duke, you don't give a shit about games played before March. I have not watched a college hoops game in its entirety all season, and I am probably a bigger fan of college hoops than 90% of the people who will watch the NCAA tournament. Nobody gave a shit about the regular season in the first place, the expansion has no affect.

The expansion is going to happen people and you should be thrilled. I don't see how this could negatively impact the tournament. More competition, more game, more Mid-Majors, and more upsets, these all sound like exactly what I want from the NCAA tournament. So suck on that Cowherd, and you too, old and angry ass hole who thinks the tourney should still only have 32 teams. What kind of fucktard still thinks the tourney should be 32 teams?

Oh yeah, that guy.

(Site Note: I will be back tomorrow talking about NFL free agency. G Money is attending to the situation he mentioned on Friday and will probably be back Wednesday. I will not be around to moderate the comments today and I don't know if G Money will either, so play nice.)

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did anybody read Tressel's interview with a Homo magizine in CBUS. I knew he was a closest fag like the rest of his team.You can read it at rivals.

Naptown Wolverine

Anonymous said...

I have some miss spelled words ut you get what I am saying.

Anonymous said...

I am retarded today

Grumpy said...

Mr. Ace makes an intelligent post I can agree with. Should be a National Holiday.

Upstate Underdog said...

What the fuck G$, you left URI of that list from last years NIT teams.

Anonymous said...

Why are you putting Kansas State in with a bunch of bubble teams, asking if we want to see them in the tournament? They are going to get at worst a two seed. Maybe you should watch a full game a college hoops sometime so you dont look like such an idiot when you try and write about it on here.

Seal

GMoney said...

Yes, I will be back on Wednesday. And I disagree with this entire post.

Upstate Underdog said...

soory, make that, what the fuck Mr. Ace?

Anonymous said...

G$, please dont let this idiot write about college basketball anymore. It is incredibly frustrating...

Seal

Anonymous said...

G$ - Please dont allow this idiot to write about college hoops anymore. It is incredibly frustrating...

Anonymous said...

Not sure why that posted twice in a row. go ahead and remove

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the worst argument that I've ever seen:

"There was nothing wrong with the NFL but they still added replay"

Are you serious? Wasn't replay added to eliminate bad calls, which was a serious problem?

What is the point of the regular season if you add 30 more teams? If you don't win a shitty conference or come in the top 5 of a power conference, why should anyone feel sorry for you for missing the tournament? Adding 30 teams will just add a whole lot of shitty basketball that I don't care to watch.

Collin>you

Dut

Anonymous said...

Naptown wolverine- how embarassing is it to get your ass kicked by a bunch of fags every year?

Dut

Mr. Ace said...

In my list I'm referring to last years NIT field...obviously I'm not talking about this years. Ratards.

Dut. The point was everybody still loved the NFL before replay, but I can't expect u to follow a logical argument.

Seal, one post from you drops the IQ here 20 points, we certainly don't need you posting three times.

Tony B. said...

I see what you're saying Ace, but in the end, it is ridiculous that the NCAA wants to expand the tourney just to get more middle of the road big conference teams. Could Penn State have won a game in the tournament last year? Sure. Did it matter that they weren't in the tourney? Not at all.

The Thursday/Friday first round games are among the games in sports today- why mess with that?

Anonymous said...

Your argument isn't completely accurate either. There was a special with asshole Joe Linardi on gameday this past weekend talking about it and while obviously it would be letting in more of the average teams from the powerhouse conferences, it would also be letting in terrible mid-major teams. For example, teams like Akron and Kent State being number one and two in the MAC would be in along with the winner of the conference. That is terrible. Obviously most of us are MAC school grads and fans, and that would be cool to see them get it, but it takes so much away from the excitement of actually earning your way in. Schools wont find it nearly as awarding to get in, when it seems that everyone is being let in.

Seal

SSReporters said...

No way. I'm not interested in adding 31 mediocre teams even if it means more Gus Johnson.

Don't mess with this format because it's the only way Arizona can finally miss the tournament.

Anonymous said...

When the NFL brought in replay, it was brought in to make sure the that the right call was made in a game, a rule change. Allowing more teams into the NCAA tourney is nowhere close to the same thing. It would completely chage the landscape of college basketball. I am not sure how anyone can make the connection between those two things. But, I guess that's what makes you Mr. Ace.

Bottom line, it makes an already very meaningless regular season even more meaningless. It would destroy one of the great sporting events as it is today. Who wants to see an opening round matchup between NC State and Penn St?

-Damman

Mr. Ace said...

Where you guys are seeing meaningless games I am seeing opportunity. Could Penn State have won a game last year? Sure. Could they have went along and upset a top seed? Probably, but possibly. Bring in more at large teams creates more opportunity for upsets, and potentially completely changing the outcome of the tournament. That sounds awesome to me.

Tony B. said...

George Mason getting to the Final Four = Awesome upsets.

Valpo in '98 = awesome upset.

Penn State beating a hypothetical #2 seed = just not that fucking cool.

If an upset comes from an average major conference team, it doesn't have the impact of a true Cinderella.