I picked exactly one team of March Madness' Elite Eight and I long ago lost all of my Final Four (Pittsburgh, Louisville, San Diego State and Washington). But after a weekend of shocking upsets don't tell me your bracket isn't likewise busted.
CBS cherishes a Cinderella and Americans love the underdog, but consider me underwhelmed by this year's NCAA Final Four. Kentucky? Sure. Connecticut? I can see that. Butler? Again? Virginia Commonwealth? What the what?!
Maybe you think parity is good for sports and for college basketball, but I miss the days when there were defined, definite best teams, not just a good team who happens to win a tournament. You could replay this tournament in April and get a totally different Final Four. For me and guys named Barack Obama (who picked all four No. 1 seeds through to Reliant Stadium) it's temporarily entertaining yet wholly disturbing.
Butler and VCU are not -- I repeat, are not -- among the four best teams in college basketball.
But they're playing each other Saturday in Houston. It's a record underdog circle jerk with their seeds -- 11 and 8 -- combining for 19, by far the highest number in Final Four history.
Kentucky-UConn might be a classic. Future NBA stars and Hall of Fame coaches on both sides. But Butler-VCU. I wouldn't watch if they played in January and I'm not sure I'll watch Saturday.
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Why? To me it's like the Jacksonville Jaguars playing the Detroit Lions in the Super Bowl. The Clippers and Wizards facing off in the NBA Finals. Or the Rangers actually playing in a World Series. Wait...
I miss watching the dynasties. When a championship was a coronation of a truly great team. Not just an exclamation point after an exciting but inconsequential hiccup of an aberration.
Butler is gutsy and VCU coach Shaka Smart is charismatic. But I don't think parity is good for sports. And I know it's not for March Madness.
And, no, I'm not a Kansas fan.