The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Saturday, March 27, 2004  

“J., M. & J.”
But Mostly Regarding the Latter “J”

Well, I just lost all interest in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, that when Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., defeated St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, 64-62, to reach the Final Four.

In the past I’ve thrown around a phrase I am both proud and not a little ashamed to say I myself coined: “If you want something done right, do it yourself. If you want something wrong, take it to Philadelphia.”

That aphorism, however, doesn’t apply here.

In fact, the opposite is true, because, really, if you want college basketball done right, you really should take it to Philadelphia, and more specifically, to St. Joe’s. At least that’s where you can see it done right.

What a game. The Hawks almost had it.

What a team. Real athletes, real students, real men.

And one helluva coach.

By the way, aren’t we all just a little sick and tired of Duke and Connecticut and Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State and Kansas? (Well, Kansas is a different case, because they always choke in the tournament.)

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