By Richards Burroughs

March 11, 2014, 12:39 pm

 

I’m not the superstitious type, but I am a little hesitant to start trash-talking the winter, cause like a dystopian, weather zombie, it could come back to life to feed on our collective brains.

Still, I haven’t so anxiously bid good riddance to anything since the campus doctor wrote me a ‘script for an oh-so-discreet ailment back in my matriculation years.

The past few months is what I imagine the dreaded winter from the Game Of Thrones would feel like. I have yet to see dragons or get imprisoned by some prick boy king, but I have trucked across more icy terrain than Jon Snow and those miserable dudes that guard the wall.

Granted, the dreaded winter from that HBO show hasn’t actually arrived, though like Omar from The Wire, everybody is scared that it’s a-coming.

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But like the inevitableness of partisan politics in Congress or a cat fight on Love & Hip-Hop, it’s a fortunate fact that, like clock work, winter wanes and makes way for warmer weather. It’s a cornucopia of amazingness that’s ushered in with the warm weather. And though one can wax poetically about the birds, bees and skirts above knees, spring is also the harbinger of another beloved occurrence: March Madness.

March Madness is infectious and builds to a feverish pitch across the land and though this particular madness doesn’t require meds, so much about it is just loco. And these are the four issues that jump out at me:

MONEY

stacks on stacks and not a buck to the ballers

stacks on stacks and not a buck to the ballers

The NCAA tournament is a a pimp. The word pimp might feel a bit strong, so I would ask the definition of an organization that makes money off the efforts of a group of people, but doesn’t give any money to the people that’s putting in the work and earning the money?

The players are the product, yet they don’t receive any payout from the profit. It’s a hot-button topic, but until those kids are getting some bread from the one billion dollars the NCAA makes off the tournament, then what’s the real discussion?

One billion dollars. I don’t even know what that means, but because I’m often on the Internet, I know that it’s approximately one third of Oprah Winfrey’s estimated $2.9 Billion net worth.

NCAA making Oprah money

NCAA making Oprah money

So every year, the NCAA makes one third of the money that took Oprah her entire life to amass… And they ain’t eeeeenn sharing it with the players. I’m not saying it would be easy to figure out a payment system, but the unit system that the NCAA utilizes to pay the conferences and schools for the March Madness tournament isn’t kindergarten math.

They obviously have people that can bang out a mathematical formula for fair payment, so just utilize those same minds, minds that are being paid for their services I might add, and apply it to figuring out how to pay the kids. That’s the only thing that will make their pimp hat disappear.

Folks get their fancy undergarments in a bunch about the slave labor in Asia that’s making iphones and Levis jeans for a few dollars a day, but don’t bat an eye when consuming an entertainment product where the labor is getting NOTHING! That’s because the little girl in Asia can’t grab a rebound, take it the distance of the court and reverse slam it on a fast break.

ROOTING

College sports are very interesting when it comes to rooting and fandom. In professional sports, the primary lineage of sports fans is geographical, i.e., rooting for the home team. It’s not always the case, as I live in Brooklyn, but my favorite football team is the Cowboys. But it’s often the case. College sports is a bit different because it’s initially the students and alumni of a school that are fans of the school’s teams, which creates a far closer and more intimate relationship between team and fan.

People often have an emotional connection to the school they’re attending or previously attended, which is part of the school package. You get a chance to wear the sweatshirts and jackets and act a total fool in support of your team. I get that. What I don’t get is where did this nation of Duke fans come from because all of them could not have went to Duke.

The Cameron Crazies are obviously apart of the student body, but what about all the other fans, like Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, who were recently at the Duke vs North Carolina game wearing Duke blue.

It’s one thing to like a team when the tournament comes around, but it’s another thing to completely ride for that team like you have frat party memories or intramural experiences from campus. Obviously, Duke is like the New York Yankees or Dallas Cowboys of college basketball, where people are fans because of the Blue Devil’s past success, since many folks likes to be associated with winners.

But if that was the case, it should be more UCLA fans, because the Bruins have won the chip eleven times or more Kentucky fans, since the Wildcats have hugged the trophy eight times.

Don't touch me son

Don’t touch me son

My theory on the abundance of Duke fans is for another time, but I don’t think you should be a fan of another college basketball program if the school you went to actually has a division one college basketball program.

If you went to Sarah Lawrence or perhaps Pratt, it’s perfectly fine to ride with Syracuse University when it comes to college basketball, because you guys stink in sports. Smart and creative, yeah, athletic, hell no. But if you actually have a dog, that if not in the race, is at least eligible for the race, then you have to stick with that school.

I remember when I was at Rutgers and one of our friends was a die-hard fan of Michigan. He would wear his Michigan hat and those excellent Russell Athletic sweatshirts with the Wolverines emblazoned across the chest.

Granted, Rutgers was getting smashed by other teams in the Big East, but c’mon son, such a blatant disregard for school spirit? If he was really that big of a fan, he should have ponied up that extra, out-of-state tuition, paid that nut and took his talents to the midwest.

If you’re determined to like another college basketball program and your school already has a D1 situation, at least have that other school be in the same conference of the school that you actually attended. Being a fan is not without structure. It’s rules to this s_ _t, I wrote me a manual.

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It's variations on my name, but it's the same human. I'm Richard Chandler Burroughs, novelist (A Rendezvous With Destiny) and blogger (Uncontrollable Urges). Richard Burroughs as a marketing strategist, where I've serviced clients that include Sam Adams Beer, adidas, Coca-Cola and Moet & Hennesy. I'm Dick At Nite as a DJ, spinning magic from Bed-Stuy Bars to Boutique hotels and as an art curator, with a recently closed show at Rush Corridor Gallery. I'm anything you want to call me as long as you appreciate (and buy!) the work of the artists I present. Follow me on Twitter: @dickburroughs

It's variations on my name, but it's the same human. I'm Richard Chandler Burroughs, novelist (A Rendezvous With Destiny) and blogger (Uncontrollable Urges). Richard Burroughs as a marketing strategist, where I've serviced clients that include Sam Adams Beer, adidas, Coca-Cola and Moet & Hennesy. I'm Dick At Nite as a DJ, spinning magic from Bed-Stuy Bars to Boutique hotels and as an art curator, with a recently closed show at Rush Corridor Gallery. I'm anything you want to call me as long as you appreciate (and buy!) the work of the artists I present. Follow me on Twitter: @dickburroughs

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