Call For the College Basketball Upset: Cinderella Comes Before My Bracket

Joe HuberCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 27:  Earl Clark #5 of the Louisville Cardinals drives for a shot attempt against Jordan Hill #43 of the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

I'm the one cheering when everyone else is groaning.

I'm the one screaming "No!" while the rest of the country is rejoicing.

I'm the one cheering for 16 seeds to upset the No. 1's.

While there are probably a lot of people out there that want to see Cinderella dance, I want to see the upsets even if it comes at the expense of my bracket.

I have Connecticut going all the way, but if they had lost in round 1 to UT-Chattanooga, I would have been thrilled.  I had Wake Forest in the final four, and when they lost to Cleveland State, I was hoping to see shades of a George Mason run.

But alas, there will be no pumpkin coaches in the Final Four.  Only giants and power houses are in the elite eight, and with only one, two, and three seeds left in the tournament, it's certainly not a let down.  I just feel a little empty...  

After No. 12 Arizona's clock struck the proverbial midnight, there were no Cinderella teams left.  Even Arizona was a stretch as a "Cinderella."  Though they carried the burden of a 12 seed, they deserved a much better position than that.  But I digress...

I guess it never made sense to me, why you would consistently root for the Duke's and UConn's of the world (unless you went to Duke or UConn).  It's the parity of Men's Basketball that has always been the draw for me. 

Cinderella has always been a boy too, until the Ball State Lady Cardinals knocked off the defending champion Tennessee Volunteers.  Shout out to my Alma mater.

I hear so many people complain about upsets because "it busted my bracket," but isn't that the whole draw to the tournament?

I had Xavier beating Pittsburgh in one bracket, and when it looked like the Muskies were going to upset the Panthers, I was ready to brag.  My family has a long history of XU grads, so it wasn't entirely based on knowledge.

Who wants to watch four No. 1 seeds battle it out for the crown?  That's boring. But that brings me to my point.  What's more important to you: An exciting tourney, or the perfect bracket?

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that if my bracket was perfect I wouldn't be thrilled, but I will say that I'd rather lose every game if it meant a pair of 16's cutting down the nets.