You know, I really don’t have any emotional affinity for either KU or MU, even though Patty is an MU grad and got quite giddy during the football season.
But I listened to part of the KU-Stanford game today, watched the bitter end on TV and rooted for KU, mainly because they’re supposed to win games like that and they’re supposed to compete for the national title just about every year.
But I came away convinced that KU basketball is overrated, overhyped and even something of a con game.
I mean, people pay tens of thousands of dollars — sometimes hundreds, I guess — into the Williams Fund for the right to buy expensive seats to regular season games, where the gym is so loud you can’t hear a thing except the ringing in your ears.
And what does it get a KU fan — all that yelling and screaming and frothing at the mouth and rockin’ and chalkin’ and Jayhawkin’?
One NCAA tournament win, followed shortly by situational depression.
And what about the ballyhooed freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid?
Hardly got to know ’em, and now they’re “one and done” and headed to big signing bonuses in the NBA, I guess.
What a sham!
It seems to me that neither guy has really done much to prove his pro potential. Wiggins laid a big egg today and was hardly noticeable — except for his four turnovers — and Embiid has a broken back, which should give NBA owners pause.
…And people ask me why I’m crazy about women’s basketball.
Well, here are my reasons:
** The ladies play all four years, so it’s easy to become familiar with them and watch them develop as players.
** You can see outstanding basketball for $5 to $10 during the regular season and no more than about $50 at NCAA tournament games.
** You can sit just about anywhere you want. (I like to sit right behind one of the players’ benches.)
** You don’t have to worry about hearing loss (further, in my case).
** Many of those women are beautiful; you just have to sit close enough so you can study their faces and get past the baggy pants.
** And, finally, very few of the ladies have those ridiculous tattoos.
So, next week, I’ll probably be headed to either South Bend or Lincoln for some quarter-final games, and the weekend after that I’ll probably be in Nashville for the Final Four.
So, those of you who feel cheated by the KU, Kansas State and Wichita State men’s teams, perk up. Trust me — happy days are here again, just like that. Toss your brackets away and start following the ladies: They’re easier on the heart and eyes.