Part of the fun of March Madness is obsessively guessing who'll fall on either side of the bubble, but a model known as the "dance card"—which has predicted 73 out of 74 at-large bids over the last two seasons—might be spoiling the surprise.
There is no more compelling broadcast in sports than the unveiling of a bracket. We see it with the quadrennial World Cup draw, and this Sunday is the single most anticipated and controversial day of the college basketball season: Selection Sunday, when 68 teams find out where they're going and who they're playing.
The NCAA Tournament Committee
is announcing has announced the field for the Men's Basketball Tournament. It's shocking! It's disappointing! It's pleasantly surprising! It's horrifying! It's whatever you want it to be!
I hate how CBS does this. You've got teams sweating it out, nervous wrecks waiting to see if they'll get in... and the show opens with Greg Gumbel explaining how a single-elimination tournament works. Then we spend about three more minutes with Gumbel spouting off as many words as he possibly can about each #1 seed,…