By the time we reach the NCAA men’s basketball championship game, I don’t always care who wins. Most of the time I just want to see a good game.
Tonight, however, is different. Tonight, I’m all about Butler. I’m all about Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Hickory Huskers and the underdog.
But it is more than that.
When Butler plays Connecticut it is the little guy against a power conference school. It is also good versus evil.
Not to put any pressure on the unflappable Brad Stevens, but a Butler victory will only restore my faith in college sports.
The college football bowl season saw Ohio State and Auburn hog the headlines for skirting rules and it hasn’t stopped since then.
In late February, UConn and Huskies coach Jim Calhoun were hit with sanctions for major NCAA rules violations. On the eve of the Final Four, more info came out.
Auburn and Cam Newton won a football title that may or may not be tainted. I don’t want this to be the year in which only cheaters win.
If you don’t believe me, read Steve Politi from the Newark Star-Ledger or Pat Forde from espn.com
And one more thing: Go Bulldogs.
Put an asterisk on UConn’s national championship. This is a program that should be stripped of playing in the postseason not being rewarded. If Butler or the University of Minnesota did what UConn did, either or those programs would have been dealt the death penalty, but since it’s UConn, they can play with a different set of rules. It’s why the NCAA is a fraud. It’s fitting UConn does well in this system. Both UConn and NCAA are bunch of crooks. It wasn’t surprising that Jim Calhoun acted smug this run. He knows he can get away with it.