So here's an underdog story that makes all others look wan and thirsty by comparison. Elon University — which as you know is in North Carolina — is one win from making it to the NCAA Division I Tournament. This despite sporting a 14-18 record, having a student population of just 5,000 students, and boasting former Marlins' manager Jack McKeon as its most famous graduate.

But sadly, I will not be rooting for Elon when they take on No. 25 Davidson in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game tonight at 9 at North Charleston Coliseum. That's because Elon athletics once had one of the greatest nicknames of all time; the Fightin' Christians. But when the school moved up to Div. I competition in 1999, they changed it to the Phoenix.


That's just lame and wrong. By Elon officials caving to political correctness, we are deprived of seeing a pugnacious parson with a pilgrim beard squaring off with the Tar Heel logo in the first round of March Madness. Well anyway, since Elon isn't using the nickname any more, maybe Bob Jones University could pick it up.

Madness! Elon (14-18) One Win From Big Dance [MSNBC]