Dave Kindred, a longtime sports columnist, is a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement in sports journalism.
Finally, March Madness is here. Get the office pools ready. Channel your inner bracketologist. We’re about to have three weeks of serious basketball fun.
And hooray for that, because the college game this season has been a long, fitful snooze.
The Sporting News player of the year is Victor Oladipo, prompting the question, Victor Oladipo? The latest No. 1-ranked team is Gonzaga, and if you know a single Gonzaga player, you are one ahead of everyone else. Extra credit if you can name Gonzaga’s home town. We do not accept Somewhere Out There.
Instead of names we’ve never heard and places we can’t find on the map, men’s college basketball once gave us familiar, comforting stories. Duke and North Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana, Georgetown and Syracuse brought us seasons that came with a novel’s richness.