Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Adding a new twist to march madness

They had a big protest in downtown Washington Wednesday morning.
Somebody was mad about something, mad enough to organize a march that disrupted traffic, which just makes more people mad.

But this is Washington, where somebody’s always mad about something.
It was peaceful Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial, where fans from the various teams in town for the NCAA tournament were sightseeing.

It’s not unusual to see people wearing Duke sweatshirts or Arizona apparel. There’s even a chance you might see someone wearing a Georgia basketball shirt if you attend spring football practice in Athens. The shirt was probably a giveaway, but let’s not be picky.

But when was the last time you saw someone wearing Baylor basketball gear?

Even in Waco?

I saw two people wearing Baylor sweatshirts on the streets of D.C. Wednesday and, as far as I could tell, they meant to have it on.

Good for them.

To say Baylor has a history in the NCAA tournament is to be guilty of exaggeration.

Baylor has a paragraph in the list of scores, but no history. This is the Bears’ first NCAA tournament game since a first-round loss to Memphis State (it has since dropped ‘State’ from its name) in 1988. Before that, the Bears’ last NCAA appearance was in 1950.

In other words, this is a thrill for Baylor.

As it should be for every team, no matter how routine it seems.

--Ron Green Jr.