Contact Us

The 2012 NCAA Tournament Was Mediocre

The NCAA Tournament has crowned its champion.  The sporting event that I so eagerly await has run its course.  Usually for me these 63 games represent the short year’s highlight.  This year?  Meh. @JoeBianchino

In the spirit of openess, I must confess myself a bit bitter.  A 22-10 opening round had my bracket stumbling out of the gate and two rounds later it was lying dead somewhere in the back stretch.  So admittedly, my dissapointment may be clouding any small sense of journalistic integrity that had once existed.  But really, this tournament wasn’t great.

In fact, in all honesty, the tournament’s peak came on its second day, when a pair of 15 seeds took down their second seeded rivals.  And while those were marvelous, the tournament’s intrigue hit zero just as those contest’s game clocks did.

In my opinion, the greatness of the tournament, year after year, are the big shots, the buzzer beaters, the “Onions” moments.  But where was Billy Raftery’s famous line this year?  Stolen from us by a dizzying display of poor shot selection, stupid mistakes and an absurd amount of lane violations that not only had me questioning the mental competencies of players and officials alike, but sent me sifting through the fine print of my rule book.

It always sucks when Vader’s right, but let’s be honest.  He is.  The great match ups we hoped for never really materialized – thanks to eligibility and injury issues – and those games that we did get hyped up for rarely lived up.  There were some good games and a few big moments, but for the most part – and especially when compared to years past – the drama of this tournament was minimal.  Go ahead and think back to its biggest moments.  Would you be surprised to find that they’re lane violations, badly missed threes when a team needed only a two, or costly turnovers – or, If you’re Notre Dame, all three.

Look, it’s still the NCAA Tournament, it was still a fun ride, and a world’s full of congratulations to Kentucky, but for me, this year’s “One Shinning Moment” was a bit dulled.

More from 104.5 The Team

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://1045theteam.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!