Some irreverent thoughts before March Madness begins.
First, if you don't know a lick about college basketball but want to sound informed, you could do worse than follow this list of clichés that Quinn the Brain and I wrote last year. All of them still apply, except the one about Texas having the best starting five in the nation. (I guess that would be Florida now.)
Second, even if you don't follow college basketball, I implore you to try it today and Friday. There's something indescribable (and unmatched elsewhere in sports and life) watching last-second dramas taking place in four different locales within minutes of each other. Ideally, you should be somewhere that has multiple TVs, but the action in the next 36 hours is so guaranteed and foolproof that even CBS can't mess it up.
Third, and finally, the All-Simpsons Team:
Andy "C. Montgomery" Burns, Virginia
Mario "Superintendent" Chalmers, Kansas
Roy "Dr. Julius" Hibbert, Georgetown
Adam "Lenny" Leonard, Eastern Kentucky
David "Troy" McClure, Duke
Michael "Martin" Prince, Texas Tech
Matt "Sideshow Bob" Terwilliger, Ohio State
Coach: Al "Principal" Skinner, Boston College
Thanks to Quinn for reminding me of Chalmers. Ironically, not a single Simpson made the tournament. And I should have done this last year, when Jon "Kent" Brockman of Washington was in the field.