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Public Over Private
Although I would never consider myself a fan of the Kansas Jayhawks or the Florida State Seminoles or the Kentucky Wildcats, I'll usually root for a public school over a private one. The only exceptions are A) when the Pac-10's reputation and/or ranking is at stake and I'm forced to root for Stanford or USC; B) when I'm pulling for Syracuse or the Big East more generally on my father's behalf; or C) when I'm cheering for a representative of an underdog conference like Gonzaga or St. Joseph's or Bucknell. And that's one reason why I was so pleased to see North Carolina defeat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Another is that certain groups of players appeal to me and this very young Carolina squad is shaping up to be one of them.

But the biggest reason by far is deeply personal and even more deeply absurd. It's one of those "degrees of separation" deals. You see, my Cal Bears defeated USC today. USC defeated North Carolina earlier in the year. And that means, via the faultiest of fan logic, that Cal thereby demonstrated the capacity to beat the Blue Devils. Not that it would ever happen -- I can replay that NCAA tournament victory from 1993 to my heart's content if I want to relive the joy of that improbable outcome-- but it still makes me happy to imagine that it could. Can you tell that I have basketball on the brain? Oh, and my order of Thin Mints arrived today. All I need now are a few Cadbury Creme Eggs and the onset of March Madness will be complete.

Mode: hoop-hoppy
Muse: a memory of the Pink Mountaintops overlaying a memory of Art Brut

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From: batdina Date: March 5th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
you know, until I went to Rabbinical School, I'd never spent five minutes at a private school. All three degrees from public institutions. All of which is to say that I so get what you're saying.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 5th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know. For all of the difficulty that comes with working at an underfunded state institution, I'm so glad to be where I am instead of a private school. I mean, I'd take a job at the latter if I needed to. But I still believe in the public ideal.
pissang From: pissang Date: March 5th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I feel the same way. But as much as I hate Duke (and I really hate Duke)at least it has its elitism. The schools that gall me the most are the academically mediocre private schools with wealthy and successful athletic teams i.e. Miami, maybe even USC.

Cal probably could have beaten UNC when USC did.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 5th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know. No one in the Pac-10 is capable of beating the Tarheels if they play like they did yesterday. UCLA and Washington are good, but lack an interior game. Cal has an interior game, but not enough quality guard play. Arizona already showed us what Arizona can do against Carolina.

And you're totally right about those mediocre private schools, though USC is getting better and better. Syracuse sort of falls into that category too. But my dad went there, so I can't root against them unless they play Cal.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: March 6th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
All I need now are a few Cadbury Creme Eggs and the onset of March Madness will be complete.

Oh yes! Cadbury Creme Eggs and beer and then *I* am good to go.

Don't forget to plan to come over some time to spend a day watching games with us, if you want. Unless we are in Vegas (which we will not be this year) we get this whole set up going on with the big screen going and other little tv's and it's like being in a sportsbook. :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 6th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My parents are here for the first week, but I'd love to come over there for the second. It sounds amazing!

I got the eggs, BTW. Kim bought me some at Wal-Mart, of all places. I guess she does read my LJ after all. . . :-)
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