Monday, March 14, 2005

Not awesome with a capital 'A'

In case you needed yet another reason to mute your television whenever ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale opens his mouth, I found it.

After Sunday's NCAA basketball tournament selection show, Vitale lamented loudly about how the selection committee jobbed out Notre Dame (17-11), which finished 9-7 in the Big East but stumbled repeatedly at the end of the season, by excluding it from the Big Dance. He also criticized the committee for handing an at-large berth to UAB (21-10), which went 10-6 in Conference USA and beat a good DePaul team twice in the last couple of weeks.

I disagree with Vitale's logic, but I at least could respect it if he were consistent. Which he isn't. A few hours before the committee unveiled the brackets, Vitale had UAB in the tournament and Notre Dame out. So in addition to being unable to contribute much to a basketball telecast other than gutteral sounds and catchphrases that were outdated 10 years ago, Vitale apparently can't even hold a consistent opinion for half a day.

How does this guy still have microphone privileges?


Blogger Nick Beadle said...

Believe it or not, he actually didn't complement the venue for the ACC championship Sunday.

And while I guess I now know how other conferences feel when people are talking about the SEC during football season, I'd like to take the time out and say that the ACC is an overrated conference and that North Carolina will not win the national championship.

They're inconsistent and not so hard to beat in tournament play.

Oh, and Wake Forest sucks.

11:55 PM  
Blogger Nick Beadle said...

That's right. Suck it Deacons.

11:56 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Well, I guess even the master of sports hyperbole can't always stay on message. I think he made up for that omission during the Clemson-North Carolina game Friday, when he said a victory by Clemson (which has a winning record and is playing in the National Invitation Tournament) would be like the Washington Generals beating the Harlem Globetrotters. Um, sure.

You're right; the ACC is overrated this year. It has three good teams (UNC, Duke, Wake), two teams that could be good if they ever actually tried (Georgia Tech and Maryland), and six teams that mostly are just along for the ride. The Big East clearly was the most consistent and best basketball conference this year, though I submit that it'll be mighty tough for any of that league's teams -- or anyone else, for that matter -- to knock off Illinois.

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NCAA tourney selection falters the same way the Bowl Championship Series does: There always seems to be a reason to put this team in over that team. Even in the field of 65, that happens, but it's not as easy to pity #66 than it is to pity the #3 that was arguably good enough to be #2 or #1 in any other year.

Though the bigger conferences tend to get the better talent, I think the level of competition in each conference is the same. The best teams in the small conferences may be beating teams with little talent, but they're winning the conferences with only a tad bit more talent. So even if they win in a weak conference, they're winning with relatively weak players (assuming the big names go to the big name schools). That's still got to mean something.

And yes, the old man on the picture box is getting a bit senile.

1:43 AM  

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