Welcome to “Selection Sunday,” American sports’ most famous, anticipated, talked-about Sunday not involving Roman numerals.
This is the day the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament field is set, launching untold millions of brackets and office pools for March Madness, the annual phenomenon that got so big it burst clean out of March into April.
What a day for hoops junkies in general.
The top-ranked Florida Gators try to hone their national-title cred in the Southeastern Conference championship game at 3 p.m.
The NBA champion Miami Heat plays host to the Houston Rockets at 3:30.
Then the NCAA men’s selection show airs at 6, followed by the NIT selection show, which puts on a brave face while pathetically waiting for the crumbs that fall to it.
It could be a bleak time of snubbing, not selection, locally. The UM Hurricanes men, just one year after being in the top 10, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference and advancing to the Sweet 16, will be staying home this postseason, and the Canes women’s best hope is an NIT bid.
Personally, I’ve won already because I invested heavily in lame media references to “Cinderella.” This year’s lovable long-shots via automatic bids include schools such as Mercer, Coastal Carolina, American, Manhattan and Wofford. Oh, and another possibility is St. Joseph’s, which until this week I thought was a brand of baby aspirin.
This year, philanthropist Warren Buffett is offering $1 billion for the perfect bracket. Cannot confirm Jimmy Buffett is offering a free margarita.Harvey Greene