Have you noticed some of the also ran college hoops tourneys this weekend? There are very few people in the stands. Can't imagine why. The Arizona State vs. Wake Forest match up last night in the Orlando tournament had me trembling with anticipation. Fairfield played somebody the other day. Wake played Dayton. At Madison Square Garden, a bunch of other also ran teams are playing in some no name tournament. Empty seats in the stands are everywhere.
Why so little interest in these kick-off tournaments? Because nothing about the opening weeks or regular season amounts to much. The only thing in college hoops that matters is March Madness. Tune in February and you'll get a sense of who is a lock to make the tourney, who is the on the bubble (no doubt Va. Tech again).
In fact, this season it may be wise to just skip the whole season and watch hockey or go to the library and read some classic literature such as A Tale of Two Cities. Carolina will roll into the Final Four and probably win it all if Duke doesn't. I can't think of an ending to the college basketball season that would bore and annoy me more. We've all seen this movie before.
I long for the days of hot shooting Jimmer Fredette, bombing away for BYU last season en route to National Player of the Year. There is no one on the horizon this season who will electrify America like he did. No "Teach Me How to Jimmer" videos to watch as the Madness nears. And we can wish for Butler to go to the final game this season and actually win it. But, seriously, they won't make it there three years in a row.
All this almost has me wishing for the NBA lock-out to end. Wouldn't it be cool to watch Dirk Nowitski facejob the Heat in the Finals once again? That was the best sports story of the year.