When a Tournament is Not a Tournament

Not wanting to jinx the chance for a Baltimore-Washington World Series, I pass by that subject without comment…

What really interests me: The finalization of the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball schedule!

I take great delight in the Hoyas desire to connect with their number-one fan. By playing multiple teams from southwest Virginia.

A game against Longwood College (ahem, Longwood University)? I could not make that up. And a game against Liberty University? Get outta here! But it’s true.

The Hoyas have scheduled contests with Farmville and Lynchburg, Virginia, opponents. These towns are beautiful satellites of my personal obscure Piedmont world. A scheduling miracle worked in my honor? Thank you.

But, I have a serious, a major, a huge beef with this schedule:

Also exciting in non-conference action: The prospect of the Hoyas competing in the Legends Classic “Tournament,” the finals of which will be played in the shiny brand-new Brooklyn Barclays Center!

NOT a tournament
But, wait. What’s this? Not really a tournament at all? The headline teams will play in the semifinals in Brooklyn even if they lose their regional games?

Yes. You read that correctly. Even if Liberty manages to beat Georgetown, no one from Lynchburg will go to Brooklyn. The Hoyas will play in the semifinals anyway. Why? Because, otherwise, the t.v. ratings will plummet, supposedly.

You know what, college basketball? You are beginning to suck eggs. You already suck in March. But I used to believe in you from November to February. Now you suck in November, too.