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