If you’ve been watching college basketball the past three days, you probably noticed that, among the other teams on upset runs (Temple, Syracuse, enter your own favorite here), Baylor is getting some notice. The Bears are on a tear, and they’re one win away from a Big XII title and return berth in the NCAA tournament after upsets of both Kansas and Texas. The state of Kansas didn’t exactly take the news all that well: According to THE GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION, Kansas state senator David Wysong sponsored and pushed through a resolution that says Kansas no longer has to play teams whose name starts with the letter “B” in March.
(What you didn’t know is that the expletive started with the letter “B”.)
If it makes Kansas feel any better, this Baylor upset thing is happening to other teams, too. Unless Missouri wins the conference title, the Bears will pull off three-straight big upsets. So, why are Wysong and his colleagues stoking up so much attention? Well, maybe they have other matchups in mind. Think about it: This resolution also gives the Jayhawks an out if they have to play Butler, Boston College, Boston University, Bowling Green … the list goes on and on. And there’s precedent for this “KU being upset in March by a team starting in ‘B’” thing. Remember Bucknell and Bradley? Clearly, Wysong never saw those teams coming.
First off, Wysong and Kansas should just brush it off. They’re still likely to land as a 3 seed, at worst, and are poised for yet another tournament run. The Baylor loss will all be forgotten in less than a week.
Instead, becuase of this resolution, we’re talking about a a crazy politician instead of celebrating the great names of Baylor’s current squad (LaceDaruis Dunn? Quincy Acy?). You know what? That’s not as bad a thing as you think. There’s a good chance we’ll have at least another week or two to talk about Baylor, but when else are we going to talk about this Wysong guy? Unless he burns down a building in Manhattan, Kan. or Columbia, Mo. In fact, given this resolution, that might not be so far off. Someone should put a car trailing this guy.