In her new book, Going Rogue, Sarah Palin dips into the college hoops world for wisdom, using a quote from legendary UCLA coach JohnWooden:
"Our land is everything to us ... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember our grandfathers paid for it -- with their lives."
If that sounds un-Wooden-like, it's because it's one of the most hilarious cases of misattribution in literary history. It's actually a line written in a 1960 essay by Native American activist John Wooden Legs.
I couldn't find any Wooden Legs quotes applicable to the first 2009-10 edition of the Power Rankings, so I'm resorting to authentic Wooden instead. If you're a player or fan reading these, either taking pleasure in the fact that your team made this most prestigious top 16, or fretting that you've been omitted, heed the Wizard's advice: "You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
Kansas, my No. 1 since the summer, will have to stay strong in the face of this praise:
NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
The next 16: 17. Ohio State, 18. Connecticut, 19. Miami, 20. Ole Miss, 21. Georgetown, 22. Michigan State, 23. New Mexico, 24. Northwestern, 25. Cincinnati, 26. Memphis, 27. Florida State, 28. Marquette, 29. Richmond, 30. Vanderbilt, 31. Louisville, 32. Missouri State
(If you'd like to send the Power Rankings a note, I'm here.)