How about a March Haplessness Tournament for Schools that Have Never Won an NCAA Ring?
D1 needs an anti-tournament for those that have never won a ring.
Call it “The March Haplessness.”
Make it compulsory for all teams not in the Madness and that have never won a ring.
The winner gets to never HAVE to play in the March Haplessness again for five years, unless it wins a ring during the next five years, in which case, it never has to return to the March Haplessness.
The public gets to vote on the worst announcers and those getting the most votes have to broadcast the March Haplessness.
The public gets to vote on the worst sports network and that network has to broadcast March Haplessness. It has to give all proceeds to charity.
Big gaming and referees and coaches and players and alumni are encouraged to cheat. Real conspiracies are allowed.
Every year the tournament is held in the city with the highest number of police murders of citizens/1,000 residents the previous calendar year.
The March Haplessness–The Fight to Escape the Bottom–the Real Tournament for the 99 Percent!
Each tournament ends with a montage of the worst moments of the tourney. It’s called: “One Hapless Moment.”
(Note: all fiction. No malice.)
@jaybate-1.0 Can we exile Vitale to only cover hapless games? Then I might never have to suffer him again
I would predict that MU still could not make a final 4.
@Fightsongwriter MU couldn’t make the final four if all but 3 teams were facing sanctions.
@kjayhawks good one!
@jaybate-1.0 looooool. This is fantastic. Well done man.
U r 2 kind.
If you go back 50 years, only 20 teams have won the NCAA and even if you go to the very beginning of the NCAA tournament, only 37 teams have done it, so the tournament would have about 330 eligible teams if you go back 50 years or 313 if yo go back to the beginning. A little unpractical one would think.
Perhaps it should be limited to teams that have never made it to the tournament itself then the number might be more manageable.
Now that Northwestern has made a tournament, I think every power 5 school has been to the Dance. For the non-Power 5 schools, making it to the tournament is a bit of a challenge because it means winning their conference tournament. If winning the conference (or post-season tournament) were a requirement for every NCAA participant, there would likely be lots of teams with no appearances on their resume.
Mid and low major schools do deserve a platform where they can get a chance to dance.
I would propose a different tournament. Rather than doing a “first four” set of games, the final 4 at large spots are decided in two day mini tournaments. Basically, you have to win your tournament to get to the NCAA’s. There are 4 of these going on the week before the regular NCAA tourney starts (Friday and Saturday, with Selection Sunday the next day).
Conference tourneys move up a week to shake all of that out, then the last 16 bubble squads are grouped in “regions” with geography being a factor and they play for the right to advance. You have to win twice to go to the dance, so there’s no crying if your team wasn’t in the field - they couldn’t even make the Big Bubble tournament, or they didn’t win their Big Bubble Bracket. No whining about being left out because your squad went 19-14.
It also gives some of the stronger mid majors a chance to put themselves on the map with a win or two against some of the Power 5 bubble teams. We constantly hear that the second place finisher in the Sun Belt would get beaten by the 9th place finisher in the ACC, so that’s why that team gets to dance. Well, Georgia Tech (or NC State, or Clemson, or whoever) time to put up or shut up because you’re on the floor with them now. There’s no hiding behind your quality losses because Duke beat you by 16 in mid February. You have to do it on the floor.
In a perfect world…
Maybe for all teams who have never won a tourney game?