The pro-versus-college debate is especially heated in basketball, where the college advocates claim purity of intent, and the NBA advocates have superiority of skill. Paul Flannery at SB Nation comes down on the NBA side of that debate. But in an open letter to pro basketball fans, he asks that snobbery be put aside.this month so we can all enjoy March Madness together.
Not every school in the tournament has cheerleaders or a band, and so the NCAA pays students from other teams' squads to support those teams. Not only that, those students are already at the tournament on an all-expenses paid trip to the Big Dance to support their own schools. An anonymous student dishes to Deadspin about the briefly glamorous life of an NCAA Tournament spirit squadder.
It's not just cheerleaders cashing in during the tournament. Teams receive a hefty payout for a tournament appearance, more than $1.5 million just for a single game played. Chris Smith at Forbes details how the dollars flow in as teams progress deeper into the Dance.
Marquette barely stayed alive in the tournament thanks to a clutch shot by Vander Blue.
Gregg Doyel at CBS Sports says this year's Butler isn't looking like another miracle team.
And in San Jose, the tournament got off to a poor-shooting start.
Harvard won its first NCAA Tournament game in the school's fourth-ever appearance:
Also... Martin Brodeur recorded his third career goal on an odd play against Carolina.
Memphis' D.J. Stephens soared to the rim for an impressive alley-oop.
And the Denver Nuggets pushed their streak to 14 games in a row.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. Shane Ryan at Grantland lists ten teams that are toxic to your bracket. (1-3)
2. Eric Angevine at College Basketball Talk marks some high seeds who won't win the NCAA tournament. (1-2)
3. John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader writes that Kentucky's demise has been absolute. (NA-1)