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NCAA tournament blogging – 3 p.m.

NCAA tournament blogging – 3 p.m.

2:50 p.m. -- BYU's Jimmer Fredette just buried a 3-pointer that pretty much buried Florida in the second overtime. He now has 35 points, and looks kind of like J.J. Redick, except he can actually drive to the basket and go to his left. It's sick. Also, how awesome of a name is "Jimmer?" It's like his parents couldn't decide between naming him after Jimmy Chitwood from Hoosiers and River Phoenix, so they split the difference. In fact, the Orlando Sentinel informs me that one of the reasons Jimmer is such a stud is he hardened his game by planning PRISON BASKETBALL. I'm not kidding. Read about it here. He's like a character from HBO's Oz. But, you know, white and Mormon.

3:00 p.m. --  In case you missed it yesterday, the Maryland basketball team caused some minor controversy when Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Majority Whip, introduced a resolution congratulating the Terps on making the NCAA tournament. It's the kind of pointless resolution that happens all the time in Congress (remember, YOU elect these goofs to waste time with this nonsense!) and usually sails right through. In case you haven't been paying attention, Republicans have pretty much decided they're going to say NO to everything Democrats do, which includes non-binding pointless resolutions, apparently. So they voted in mass against it, then used a story about Maryland's awful graduation rates (8 percent! We're No. 1!) to cause Hoyer some minor embarrassment.

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All of this is more or less a way for me to back my way into a rant about how ridiculous I find the moralizing over collegiate athletics in general. Education secretary Arne Duncan, who I generally think is a pretty brilliant guy (seriously, read the recent New Yorker piece about him) threw out the idea that teams with low graduation rates be banned from the NCAA tournament. Forgive me, Arne, but this is just about the dumbest idea ever. The only reason these kids are even considered "student-athletes" anymore is because we keep repeating the myth to make ourselves feel better. They're employees of the university, and they're not exactly being paid market value considering the billions of dollars the NCAA and CBS are making off them. Plus, the way graduation rates are calculated is just ridiculous. If a guy goes to the NBA after two years, comes back and gets his degree five years after that, you don't get credit for him graduating?

Plus, why the heck does it make sense to punish the current team that qualifies for the NCAA tournament for alleged sins committed by previous players? Should Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez -- both of whom will graduate -- not get to play in the postseason because Nik Caner-Medley and John Gilchrist decided not to graduate? It's stupid. Never mind the NCAA and the NBA helped create this situation with their dumb rule about having to wait a year until you're "mature enough" to be drafted by NBA GMs who can't resist handing them ridiculous contracts. I wish we could blow the whole thing up and start over, or ditch this outdated romantic notion of "amateurism" entirely and accept it for what it is.

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3:15 p.m -- Villanova finally escapes an upset from Robert Morris despite going to overtime. The Wildcats look like one of the weakest No. 2 seeds in years. CBS' Bill Raftery says of Robert Morris, "They only lost on the scoreboard." It's a good thing, too. Because I filled out my bracket based on who wins on the scoreboard, not who wins in my heart.

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