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Theres a funny thing about parity...

Posted on: January 30, 2009 11:29 am
Edited on: January 30, 2009 11:34 am
 

With the loss of yet another number 1 team in college basketball the onther night (The Duke Blue Devils) along with the loss of the number three Pittsburgh Panthers I think it's time to say that there is no team safe this year. What I'm saying is usually every year there is a team that is untouchable. Everyone thought that would be the Tar Heels this year but what have they done? Even with their immense talent they lost twice. Once to a team who lost to HARVARD and St. Louis. Does that make them a bad team? Does it make Pittsburgh a bad team for losing a couple as well? What about Duke or Wake Forest who have lost games as the number 1 seed? The answer is NO! It doesn't. Does it even mean that their team talent is down from years past? Again, no it doesn't.

 

What I'm getting at is that every team has gotten better. It seems that most teams have a star or two on their roster that on any given night can light up even the best of defenses, outscore the best of offenses, or even just get lucky and win at the buzzer. It makes the game a lot more interesting. Sure, the fans of the big name schools probably get a little frustrated when they lose because they aren't used to it as much but it makes every single game of the year watchable. ESPN has shown games for a couple weeks in a row now where the number one team has toppled (Duke lost this week to Wake, Wake lost to the Hokies, and Pittsburgh lost against Louisville).

 

Not only is this parity great for the college basketball regular season, but it will be great in the Tournament this year too. We saw glimpses of it last year with a whole bunch of first round upsets mostly happening in Tampa at the St. Pete Times Forum which I was there for. It could be great. Imagine your team, a team who usually doesn't make or do much in the NCAA tourney. Going all the way and winning as a 10 seed. Sound ridiculous? Not really, it could happen. That's the beauty of a tournament and not the BCS.

 

In conclusion, I will be watching a lot of NCAA hoops this year and I hope you all do the same. Good luck to all your teams.

Comments

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2009 4:58 pm
 

Theres a funny thing about parity...

So was that part about the advantage of the NCAAB Tournament in comparison to the way the BCS does it in NCAAF... a message that the BCS needs to agree with Barack Obama and switch over to a Tourney format?

Other than that question, I'd have to agree with the whole parity idea being good for sports every couple of years. After a certain point where a specific sport becomes dominated by the same old team(s), it's always a great thing to have a season that contrasts with it completely. A season where teams, that previously would falter under the immense power that these top teams displayed, could finally stand up against these giants of their own sports. Take a look at all these following examples of recent teams overcoming their sport's top teams.

  • The New York Giants beating the 2007-2008 season New England Patriots who seemed destined to become the second "truly" undefeated team in NFL history.
  • The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees losing the title of AL East Champions to the uprising that was the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays MLB season.
  • The Orlando Magic are finally the #1 team at the halfway point in this season's NBA rankings, beating out constant top level teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and even the San Antonio Spurs.
  • College Football's 2008 season showcased these previously lesser teams in their top 25 rankings at the end of the season:
    • Utah
    • Ball State
    • Cincinatti
    • Northwestern
    • Penn State
  • And like you've mentioned, College Basketball this season has been a rollercoaster ride when it's come down to usual top teams being defeated by teams that you wouldn't feel confident betting for to beat those top teams.


Parity is one of the main reasons why sports is such an amazing thing to experience... and it's also interesting to see a certain team dominate sometimes... unless it's the New York Yankees, that is.




Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2009 12:46 pm
 

Theres a funny thing about parity...

is this ur attempt to try and say that my tarheels arnt good. you sure do say that a lot to me in real life. just didnt expect it on here haaha




Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2009 11:50 am
 

Theres a funny thing about parity...

My thoughts exactly. Soon it won't be so freakin embarassing to be us! And maybe we can actually win a national championship again sometime in my life time :)




Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2009 11:38 am
 

Theres a funny thing about parity...

Very true, too bad our team just sucks big time this year. Maybe next year for the sad Maryland Terrapins. With the parity you spoke of it shouldn't be too long.



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