NCAA Tournament 2012: Grading the Day 1 Games

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Grading the Day 1 Games
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Millions of bracket watchers, amateur and professional alike, already can relate to the Excedrin headache that appears to be plaguing Colorado coach Tad Boyle in the above photo.

The lack of buzzer-beating shots and earth-shaking upsets led some to answer DirectTV's ad featuring Greg Anthony asking "Is it March Monotony?" in the affirmative.

In the end, Boyle was one of the fortunate ones whose teams got to advance and play another day. No matter how those games may have looked aesthetically, the winners will mark Day 1 as a great one.

The vanquished, meanwhile, will be reaching for something to ease the pain...like Vanquish. (Great stuff, if you've never tried it. Where's my check?)

I refer to my radio show 4 Quarters as a "high-level course in sports philosophy" in which I am the professor. As many of you have endured, one thing that professors do is deliver grades. Let's look back on the first day of March Madness and give the games the marks they deserve.

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