NCAA tourney is like a pre-draft tryout

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NCAA tourney is like a pre-draft tryout

The NCAA tournament will begin and it comes with sadness. Sadness because whatever are the results of the tournament, it won’t be for the school (although the school will be affiliated). It will be for the coach and the player of the tournament and other players on the winning team. Fast forward about twelve seconds from the buzzer and the sideline reporter will congratulate the player, then ask him if he will be returning next year. The player will respond that he’s not ready to answer, he will enjoy this moment and meet with family, friends and his coach to discuss the road ahead. The qualities that made the tournament such an event, for anyone, was the schools, the mascots, the teams and the massive amount of games.

Now its a wall poster in a sports bar. Now, the players are the stories. Analysts rate if the player is having a good tournament or a bad tournament–then they will see how it affects his draft rating. Which player will be the first to enter the draft based on his performance. Using the example of the ‘Fab Five’ at Michigan in the 90′s, fans got to see the players grow each year. They got blown out by Duke in 92, then went to the finals again in ’93 only to fall short with the Chris Webber timeout. The players stayed together. The teams had student athletes with recognizable faces that didn’t need to be highlighted overwhelmingly by the producers of the tournament.

The athletes stayed at the schools and either carried their teams to the tournament or were a part of a greater team. ‘This Year! This Year!’, ‘we can win it’. Would say any fan who followed there college team. Now in a non-chalant deference, a fan will show how x-teams best player will get them to the Final Four and after he’s going to sign a such and such deal with Nike. Then talk with his friends about the vast guaranteed money…then move on. The young players today have to realize their market is ‘saturated’. Its best to stay in school and develop their skills, enjoy their own tournament history.

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