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Issue # 23 Thursday, April 9, 1998

About the Author:

Charles Loyd McIntosh

In 1997 Charles Loyd McIntosh was a news writer for the Talledega Daily Home (www.dailyhome.com). He was a former reporter for The Western Star in Bessemer (a small city west of Birmingham), Alabama, and a former Sports Editor for the Clanton Advertiser. At the time he was writing for the Sideroad, Loyd was pursuing a Masters in English degree at the University of Montevallo, Alabama. An avid sports fan, soccer is Loyd's sport of choice, one he has been known to coach in the recent past.



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The Grass is Always Greener in the Other Game



Well, all of us college basketball fans out there sure got a nice treat with this year's NCAA championships. Chances are, even if your favorite team didn't make it very far, you found yourself cheering on someone like they were your hometown team.

As for myself, I was cheering for teams like South Alabama (lost in the first round) because my best friend went there for college, and North Carolina Charlotte (lost to North Carolina in the third round). Unfortunately, none of the teams I wanted to win won when I wanted them to win.

I'm being sarcastic of course, but it did seem that whenever I really got interested in a game, the team I was cheering for was about to go down. I never did see some games with some of teams that I was interested in. And therein lies a big problem.

With only one network covering the tournament, you miss a lot of games. In fact, it always seems like you miss the games that come down to the last second, while the networks make you sit through Duke throttling Northwestern Toenail State (enrollment; 93 students).

I wish the NCAA would split up its first and second round coverage, awarding contracts to two networks. That way you could change to another game if the one you're watching gets too lopsided.

As it is, you get this "bonus coverage" crap. That's where Greg Gumbell teases you with five minutes of a really good game before returning you to the snoozefest you were watching. Hey CBS, how about giving the viewers some credit? We know a bad game when we see one.

Once the final game came around, I have to admit I was pulling for Utah, even though I live in SEC country. But then I've always liked Rick Majerus. There was a rumor floating before the tournament started that Rick may take the head coaching job at the Los Angeles Lakers. Somehow, the image of the plaid wearing, bald, jolly old coach doesn't seem to be a good match with the flashy, fast-paced Hollywood hills.

Can you imagine a guy like Majerus trying to handle the egos of Shacquille O'neal and Kobe Bryant? I can't.

Now don't get me wrong, Majerus is a great coach. He's perfect for taking the young Mormon missionaries of Utah and turning them into good basketball players. But I don't think Majerus' personality would work well in the age of $53 million salaries. And, in the end, he turned down a lot more money to go to Arizona State, choosing loyalty over status.

I wish there were more like him.






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