DAMN IT! Everyone has already written this column today! Damn me and my stinking profession! So, just read these summaries of what to expect:
- Marty Gallagher at Scout.com (and you have no idea how much it pains me to link to one of those yay-whos over at Scout.com)
- The aforementioned statistical analysis at The Hair Gel.
Instead, let's discuss this Bill Simmons-inspired, Chicken Little, "Big Ten sucks at basketball" bullshit...DAMN IT! On his way out the door, Big Ten Wonk beat me to that one, too. Two things here:
- Why is it that, at the end of every season, I (or someone similarly inclined who beats me to the punch) has to come out here and debunk these myths about Big Ten postseason play? Perhaps you all recall the Destruction of a Stupid Statement post from January, with regards to Big Ten bowl games? Now we need it again for basketball? Can't we all just agree it's an idiot-ass way of measuring conferences and that the people who trot it out every year are uninformed morons? It seems especially true this time, when the main antagonist is a self-aggrandizing, smug, obnoxious NBA fan who admits to disliking college hoops and only examines college players with an eye on who can best not care about an 82-game season next year. And yes, Bill, I'm looking directly at you (and J-Bug, if he's in the room). Since nobody can get in a word edgewise in your mailbags without you turning their argument into a stick man before returning to Durant-worship, we'll throw stones from our poorly-read blogs, instead.
- Props to Big Ten Wonk for biting the hand that feeds him with this one, too. "The Big Ten is Better Than People Who Link To Me Say It Is" might win title of the year.