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Updated Mar 25, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Yes, Sun Devils, it's a better tournament if the Wildcats make a run

There are certain things that just make everything...better.

Bacon on your food. Gene Hackman in your movie. And the University of Arizona basketball team in your tournament.

We've all got our brackets and our office pools. Everybody watches March Madness with the dreams of winning some money or at least the hopes of witnessing a fleeting moment of history through a 15 seed like Florida Gulf Coast University winning or a top seed like Gonzaga losing.

But when the Wildcats make a run our tournament watching habits evolve into something else. We become more emotionally invested. If you went to U of A you love them. If you went to ASU, you love to hate them. If you went to neither, you now have a rooting interest in the closest thing we have to a "local" team. It makes it a far more personal experience.

The tournament is just better -- I can't really think of another word for it -- with U of A making a run.

Even if you went to ASU.

About the Author

School: Got my degree from NAU. Spent a year at U of A and a summer at ASU. I root for no one/everyone.
When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: August of 1998
Favorite sports memory: co-hosting the post game show for Game 7 of the 2001 World Series until five in the morning with Brad Cesmat and Craig Grialou. Close second: on the field at the end of ASU 19 Nebraska 0.
Favorite all-time athlete: Randy Johnson. No one in any other sport was better.
Favorite sports movies: Sports: Field of Dreams, The Natural, Moneyball. Non-Sports: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Silence of the Lambs


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