NCAA Tournament: So Far, So Good

Brad JamesCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

BOISE, ID - MARCH 22:  Head Coach Mike Anderson of the Missouri Tigers adjusts his team during the game against the Marquette Golden Eagles in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 22, 2009 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

First of all, I'd like to apologize for my long hiatus.

When you have a real job, Bleacher Report tends to go to the backburner, but from afar, I have read the articles of many illustrious writers on this site.

If you crave true journalism, B/R is the place for you.

While we have the Boston Globe seeking to decimate the Denver Broncos' future (sorry haters, the Broncos will get things worked out and the AFC West will have hell to pay) on this site you can find all the good information you could ever hope for from honest, reliable sources.

With that said, I want to address something Pat Forde wrote on Monday.

Forde's take was that the NCAA Tournament was lacking in luster because all the favorites have advanced.

Surely enough, this season commemorates the first time in NCAA Tournament history that the top three seeds in every regional advanced to the Sweet 16.

Thus, Forde argued, the tournament lacks drama because everything has been chalk up to this point.

Naturally, teams from the so-called power conferences have taken 13 of the 16 slots, but the three that have not are what makes this tournament one of the best things in sports.

While Xavier, Memphis, and Gonzaga all have great tradition, with the likes of David West, John Stockton, and Anfernee Hardaway having come from these schools, the fact that they, as so-called "mid-majors" can legitimately contend for a national championship is something we can celebrate.

As many of you know, I deem college football to be akin with WWE or perhaps even papal conclave as the results are fixed.

Apparently, when the false prophet Jim Delany went to commune with his BCS brethren on a seditious version of Mount Sinai, one of the commandments was "Thou shalt not share our revenue with the little guy."

Therefore, despite the likes of Utah and Boise State (who have already decimated the BCS irreparably) getting shunned in football consistently, in any given year, a Xavier or Memphis can silence the skeptics by cutting down the nets on the first Monday evening of April.

John Calipari's Tigers were perilously close to this before Mario Chalmers made himself a legend in the vein of Danny Manning by giving the classy Kansas Jayhawks a much-earned national title last season.

As Bill Raftery mentioned during CBS' broadcast of the Pittsburgh-East Tennessee State game last Friday, if the Buccaneers had made their free throws at the same clip they did during the regular season, we would have seen a No. 16 defeat a No. 1.

Therefore, while the upsets didn't happen with the same regularity as previous seasons, there have still been many excellent games and best of all—we will know the true national champion.

As to who the champion will be, I think Louisville shall prevail, but as the caption of my article, featuring Missouri's Mike Anderson, suggests, your guess is as good as mine.