George Mason's run to the Final Four was spectacular04/01/2006 10:44 PM
OK, maybe I didn't believe 100% that
George Mason would make it to the finals, but it was interesting to think
about, and I will miss that in the off-season.
George Mason single-handedly destroyed
my NCAA pool brackets.
They beat Michigan State. I had
MSU in the Elite Eight.
They beat North Carolina, who I had
in the 16.
I didn't care. I would have loved
to see them win. It would have been a small repudiation of the "big
schools win every year" thing. True, now I'm watching the LSU/UCLA
game and have the same feelings -- LSU did, after all, go through the hurricanes
last year and a lot of those guys were from the Gulf Coast -- but even
LSU is a 'big school' in the sense that they have contenders most years,
and have a long history of great college basketball going back to Pete
Maravich back in the 1960s.
Before George Mason University existed.
And don't get me wrong, GMU is a "big
school." The biggest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia,
bigger even than the University of Virginia, of which it used to be a satellite.
29,000 students. But it's not a big sports school, and
that's what I wanted to see in the Final Four.
So, we wait a couple of days, see some
big school win, and it all starts again late this fall.