For the 2nd year in a row, the entire sports staff at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is going to host a day long event on the day following Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. This year, that falls on March 12th. The event will once again be hosted by the Oxmoor Center on Shelbyville Road, and will encompass a total of 6 hosts and 13 hours of sports programming. Plus, we will host a BRACKET CHALLENGE with a chance to win a super-nice Gorilla Basketball Goal, courtesy of Steepleton's. Below is the entire rundown of events, so feel free to head out to Oxmoor any time in the day and you will get your sports fix headed into tournament time:
7-10AM: The EarlyBirds w/ Drew Deener
10-12PM: KentuckySportsRadio w/Matt Jones
12-1PM: Lachlan Mclean on WKRD
1-2PM: Drew Deener on WKRD
2-3PM: Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM: The Afternoon Underdogs w/Tony and Dave
530-6PM: Terry Meiners
7-9PM: Occupy Lachlan (the entire cast of hosts together on stage at the same time)
WHERE TO LISTEN ON THE AIR
Early Birds with Jody Demling
7-10AM (790AM WKRD)
The Tom Leach Show
9-10AM (1080AM WKJK)
KentuckySportsRadio with Matt Jones
10AM-12PM (1080AM WKJK)
Joe B. and Denny Show
10AM-12PM (790AM WKRD)
The Afternoon Underdogs with Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM (790AM WKRD)
Sportstalk84 with Lachlan McLean
7-9PM (840AM WHAS)
-by Shawn Teer
Florida Gulf Coast University, LaSalle University, and Wichita State University. These teams are the ones that have gone to the NCAA tournament and were supposed to be out of the tournament already, but the problem is that they bucked the system. No one in a million years would have picked FGCU to beat Georgetown, but they did anyways. So I have to ask one question. Does this mean that the selection system is flawed in some way? Think about it.
The way these things are determined is so incredibly complicated it is ridiculous. Sure, it makes for an exciting tournament, but is it fair to these teams who are lesser known the world over unlike a University of Kentucky or Indiana University? Is there a bit of bias on this as well in that the lesser known schools get kind of written off as a first round beat down and nothing else? I think this needs to be looked at it and something needs to be done to fix this problem. This is one of those situations where it is not straight to the point, and I get that, but shouldn’t there be an easier way to give everyone a chance to get better seeds and improve their rankings in the tournament?
I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know that I feel that there should be something to help these lesser known teams. I am not saying the Cinderella story does not need to be told, in fact I think it is great and inspiring but I feel that they need some help and I don’t think that they have been given a fair ranking in the tournament. I wonder what would happen if they gave a fair shake to the so called “underdogs” in the tournament. I wonder what would have happened if the selection committee decided solely on whether or not they liked the team and did away with the selection process all together.
Would Kentucky have made it this year? Would FGCU even be considered? I think that this needs to be really thought out all the way around and we should go to social media to get these answers. The U.S.A. is a democracy, so why not put this power in the hands of the people? How about we let the actual media take a crack at it like they select professional players into the hall of fame? Let’s get journalists from radio, television, and newspapers to vote and tally up the votes and the highest vote is the number one seed and so on and so forth. I don’t know, maybe I am far off the mark, but I think this should be looked at. I’m just looking out for the little guy here…the David instead of always the Goliath.