Next to Super Bowl Sunday, Selection Sunday may be the second-most celebrated sports-related holiday on the calendar. How many other days have such heavy implications on the gambling community?
It's about time we treated Selection Sunday with the same respect as its big brother. No, you don't have to mix up your finest buffalo dip -- I'm just suggesting that we get the betting started early. After all, it takes only the most novice of a fan to fill out a bracket ... but it takes a true degenerative gambler to wager on the actual announcement. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets ...
There are few things in life -- the phases of the moon, gravity, compasses pointing north, etc. -- more predictable than
Simply put, Vitale is the anti-Packer in more ways than I could possibly explain. This tends to stick out like a sore thumb on Selection Sunday: Dickie V's arguments favor the small, overachieving programs, while Packer seems most content sinking those teams like the Lusitania.
Placing your money on this proposition implies that (1) you recognize
No, all the "experts" don't read from the same fortune cookie before picking mostly the same teams. In reality, the people on television have only a few short minutes to digest the official tournament brackets and make their permanent selections before trotting them out to a worldwide audience. And with guns to their heads, they're usually forced to pick all the teams that should win their respective games, not the ones they think will. So, alas, the same predictions show up over and over, and most boring office pool on earth is born. The only reason we're looking at 10-1 is because CBS and ESPN have a combined 50 analysts (give or take a few dozen), and somebody is bound to go against the two darling teams that everyone seems to love.
(Quick new theory: Since most fans second-guess and revise their predictions a half dozen times after listening to a week's worth of knee-jerk advice from analysts, and since the analysts are rarely right without ample time to dissect each game, wouldn't it be best for society if all the experts announced their picks at 11 a.m. Eastern on Thursday morning? Wouldn't this benefit everyone?)
Knight made his much-anticipated debut on ESPN this week, electing against wearing a suit, refusing to look directly into the camera and seeming genuinely perturbed to be part of any media production. In other words, it was kind of like when he was still a coach, only now he'll have an easier time hunting down
So with Knight's surly demeanor still intact, you'd have to assume it'll eventually manifest itself during a live broadcast. And with a long weekend of hanging out in the studio lurking around the corner, that broadcast could very well happen sometime this Sunday ... and bracketologist
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I don't claim to know the inner-workings of CBS Sports' deal with the NCAA, but I'd imagine that somewhere within the official stipulations, the network is contractually obligated to show a certain number of gratuitous team reactions. You know, to make the committee feel special and all ... as if there'd ever be a team disappointed with making the field.
Just to be clear, you're looking for a very definitive series of events. First,
Perhaps the real question is not whether