Sweet on March Madness
Posted by Amy Wilson on March 19, 2008
I grew up on basketball. My mom went into labor at a University of Minnesota basketball game. I not only attended every Canisius College home game as a kid, I wore blue and gold, I knew what a “Griffin” was and I got autographs from the (very embarrassed) team.
March was always bittersweet. I watched hopefully as Canisius lost in the conference championship or in the play-offs. I watched as other teams in the conference, powerhouses such as Northeastern and Siena, went on to the “big show.” When I was a teenager, I found myself “adopting” other teams – Syracuse, who I saw play Canisius once a year (they were so shiny in their orange brilliance!) and Duke, whose star player was from Buffalo.
By the time I went to Cornell, I had given up on the idea of my team participating in March Madness. Well, the angels are singing! Sure, I might need to adopt Tennessee (because my Grandma used to live there) in a few days … but for now, I’m all about Cornell!
How did Cornell do it? Ivy leagues can’t hire talent (no scholarships) and it certainly didn’t have a legacy program. Well, it appears that they’ve taken Mark’s messages to heart and focused on differentiating themselves on something they could impact – shooting, and particularly shooting 3-pointers. How will this strategy fare against a couple of 7 footers and a legacy program? We’ll be watching …