University of Iowa lost the final game of the National Invitation Tournament, so The Daily Iowan showed a picture of a bunch of sad basketball players on its front page today. They shouldn’t be sad about losing, though. They should be sad about being in the NIT.
I went down to the bar hoping there might be a decent sporting event on TV. Instead, the NIT championship game was on, Baylor versus Penn State.
I didn’t even know they still played the NIT. What’s the point? I can’t imagine those time outs in the last two minutes had anything to do with game strategy. I still don’t know why Penn State was celebrating when they won. What did they win?
I propose a National Crapitation Tournament. The worst college basketball teams play a month-long, 64-bracket ritual of athletic humiliation. They don’t get to go home until they win a game.
I’ve written before that Iowans are a excessively ga-ga over high school sports. We watched the state girls basketball finals on TV last night. Iowa City High defeated a school from Cedar Rapids. It was an excellent game aggressively played and decided by a last-second lay-up on a long-throw assist. Even I was excited.