I am getting (as Cheech Marin used to say) a little sick up and fed with the dominant story of mighty Duke versus tiny Butler.
...on the verge of another improbable David-vs.-Goliath story, with tiny Butler in the NCAA national championship game against mighty Duke, you have to understand that the impact of this historic confrontation can't be contained within Indiana's boundaries.
It's so much bigger than that. Butler's presence in the national championship game is a true American sports success story.
"This," said Butler guard Ronald Nored, "could never happen in major-college football."
Sure, Butler has 4,500 students.
But Duke has only 6,250 undergrad students.
Michigan State, by contrast, has 47,000 students. West Virginia U has 30,000. U of NC, Duke's arch-rival (and my own favorite team) has 25,000 students.
Duke is also "tiny." But Duke kicked WVU's ass, and nobody talked about "David" winning that game. Duke beat UNC like a drum this year, and nobody raved about the tiny school winning.
The reason that Butler is not favored to win tonight is NOT that they are tiny. The reason is that Butler is not very good.
The real story (and frequent readers here know I am no Duke fan) is that Duke, in spite of being 1/4 the size of its most frequent rivals, consistently wins, doesn't cheat, and graduates all of its players with actual college degrees in actual college subjects. Why isn't THAT the story here:
Duke University provides education to students who otherwise could never afford it, and manages to win while doing it!