Saturday, January 31, 2009

Open Letter #004

Dear NCAA Tournament Selection Committee,

As a long-time watcher of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, I am well aware that the name on the front of the jersey is supposed to trump the name on the back of the jersey. Indeed, there are still a handful of schools whose jerseys are blank on the back.

That said, we all know that individual performances are what transform the annual rite of March Madness into the must-see spectacle your advertisers so desperately crave and fans of the game all pray for.

To that end, I would like to propose that you somehow conspire to give us any or all of the following match-ups during one of the last two weekends in March or the first weekend in April:

Davidson v. Texas
On paper, Texas has entirely too much size for Davidson. Games aren't played on paper, though. They're played inside DVRs. And inside my DVR, Stephen Curry and AJ Abrams have been the two sweetest shooting little men this season. It could be the most memorable duel since Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton.

Oklahoma v. Pitt
Five words: Blake Griffin versus Dajuan Blair.

Georgetown v. Wake Forest
The two most tantalizing NBA prospects in this year's freshman class are Greg Monroe and Al-Farouq Aminu. They may or may not get matched up against each other if their teams were to face off. But, damn. All that length and athleticism? Also, Jeff Teague would be on the court.

VCU v. Gonzaga
As enigmatic point guards go, could you have a better battle than Eric Maynor v. Jeremy Pargo? Both could be in the same class as Teague. But, somehow, they're not. I see each developing into a Derek Fisher-calibre NBA player. Before they do, I would like to see them check each other this spring.

Kentucky v. Louisville
The names on the front of the jerseys should actually sell this one. But...can you imagine the shoot-out that could take place between Jodie Meeks and Terrence Williams? There's Burr v. Hamilton. There's Curry v. James. And then there'd be that. Just wet. Fiercely wet. Everywhere.

Those are the five match-ups I think all of America deserves to witness. Personally, I would also like to see Duke v. Notre Dame (Singler v. Harangody). But I don't know if the new digital broadcasting system is ready for such a profound lack of pigment.

If you could arrange for the five games I have proposed to take place, you would most assuredly be doing your patriotic duty in the highest sense. I encourage you to make them happen.

Very sincerely,


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