23 January 2007

Save us, left coast

We have entered the doldrums of sport, ladies and gentlemen, the final days of January. The NBA trudges along listlessly, featuring an entire conference incapable of generating any interest, much less a title contender. The NFL awaits a Super Bowl with an obvious outcome, provided Peytona doesn’t pull one of his trademark playoff spin-outs. The NHL’s best player can’t buy booze, and its chances for retaining casual fans shrink as the league’s games are broadcast on the periphery of cable television. Major League Baseball is faced with the prospect of having one of the most high-profile charlatans in sports history own the game’s most sacred record. I ask you, lions of the refinery: have we nothing to cheer for? Have our professional sports leagues watered themselves down to the point where news from the regular season stems only from new and improved uniforms, or a Carmelo sucker-punch?

For the sake of morale, I will not answer this question; rather, I will provide you with a spirit-raising alternative, that of college basketball. Even though most college basketball experts would probably deem this a “down” year for the game, citing a dearth of talented individuals and teams, we do have storylines. Can the Florida Gators, a team few expected to finagle their way to the center of the bracket last Spring, repeat, with all parts returned? Can the talented crop of freshmen, including Texas forward Kevin Durant, and Ohio State center Greg Oden, carry their teams into March before shaking David Stern’s hand at the podium in June? Can Dick Vitale possibly stomach the notion of Duke being a second-tier team? Can the Pac-10 remain the premier conference, much to the chagrin of Eastern Time Zone elitists? Okay, so maybe storylines and All-American lineups have been better in years past. The Gators could not hold a candle to most championship teams of the past decade. Durant does not have a lot around him at Texas, while Oden will probably not be 100 percent healthy the entire year. Dick Vitale will still slurp Duke’s young talent and how Coach K “brings them together,” even if they do teeter-totter through a mediocre ACC. That, my west coast brethren, leaves us with the story of the Pac-10 as top dog. And make no mistake about it, this is the best headline. Not only is the best conference’s best team a title contender, they are also the most entertaining team in the country. And no, I don’t mean UCLA. Stay tuned for more?

5 comments:

Goran Ivanisevic said...

Oregon is not better than UCLA. UCLA might not look too good, but they're 17-1 while looking terrible. They win ugly, because it all starts with coaching and the amazing defensive system Ben Howland has instilled in his players. When they improve, and they most certainly will before March Madness, watch out. I do think Oregon is a great team though, and the Pac10 is without a doubt the strongest conference in the nation.

HAK said...

This is the kind of debate I like! Bullwinkle, this demands a rebuttal, and a post explaining your love for Oregon.

Jonathan said...

Bullwinkle sucks. So do the Cubs.

Fun Sheriff said...

Oregon is strong, but I believe UCLA is better suited for a long tournament run. That being said, Oregon has Bryce Taylor on his side. Always trust BT.

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