The NCAA Championship is already over
Thursday, May 20, 2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Watching the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA’s Western Conference Finals last night on TV, I thought to myself, “Boy, what a disappointment the NBA playoffs have been.” The Boston Celtics lead Orlando 2-0 and appear to be headed for a sweep. Los Angeles is up 2-0 as well.
And then it dawned on me how similar this year’s NBA conference championship series’ feels to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.
Seriously folks, can another team ever grab the lead late in this championship besides Southern California, Arizona State, UCLA or Duke? That is all we seem to get this time of the year.
For awhile during the second round Alabama teased us with a new storyline at the championship, but it was just temporary. Florida State was the feel-good story early in the opening round, but that’s it. That’s all we ever get. This event, for the most part, is very stale. Maybe the women should do what the men do and try match play. (That is if we want excitement, but I think they still want to crown the best team.)
The leaders tee off here at the Country Club of Landfall in the afternoon wave Thursday. We are only at the halfway point and I know a lot can happen. But USC’s two-shot lead after the opening round was increased to seven shots after two rounds. Why would you think the Trojans will lose grasp of the championship?
I want drama. There is a chance with the par-72, 6,368-yard layout allowing more red ink than most championship venues. But in order for any drama to happen here in the final two rounds, USC will have to back up to the field.
Do we really think that will happen?