For the first time ever in men's Division 1 NCAA basketball championships, there are no #1 or #2 seeds remaining in the Final Four. The remaining teams are:
No 3: Connecticut No 4: Kentucky No 8: Butler No 11: VCU
If this was college football, Ohio State would be playing Kansas next Monday for the National Championship. Instead, 68 teams were given the opportunity to play for a chance at the national championship, and rather than allow coaches and sportswriters to determine who should have the honor of playing in the championship games, the players were allowed to determine their fate.
Isn't this what sports are all about? When all is said and done, one of the teams above will become champions. They may not have been the best team throughout the year, but Championships are about performing under pressure when it matters the most -- not the best body of work through the regular season. Just ask the 2007-2008 New England Patriots.
Is there a better analogy for the American Dream than the NCAA Basketball Tournament? The tournament gives 68 teams a chance to compete for the National Championship. You don't have to be a big name university or string together several years of success to establish a legacy -- if you win your conference, you're in. Even the Ivy League is guaranteed at least one spot every year in the tournament. Work hard, persevere, and show success, and anything is possible.
Obviously, history has shown that results like this year don't happen very often -- but even when all four #1 seeds make it to the Final Four -- there's still 4 teams with a legitimate shot at the championship -- rather than just two as in the BCS Football. VCU has shown incredible talent and teamwork this year that only makes NCAA Basketball even better -- perhaps they'll even have a affect on BCS Football.
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