Ug. I was all excited to watch today’s games, and ready to root for Alabama. Your wonderful essay reminds me of just how much I hate the NCAA. Now, I’m not sure what I’ll do. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll watch both games, get excited by the football, make cynical comments, and feel mildly depressed afterwards regardless of the outcome… but that was going to happen anyway. Someone once said that rooting for the Yankees was like rooting for U.S. Steel. Your article has made clear that rooting for Alabama is like rooting for Amazon or Wal-Mart. When any of them “delivers” we win, but somehow we lose at the same time.