The NCAA tournament kicked out all the Big Ten teams and honestly it’s gatekeeping

I was watching the NCAA non-women’s tournament and I noticed they literally kept making the Big Ten teams leave? Like it didn’t matter who they were playing, no matter how Oral the Roberts or how Sister the Jean, they wouldn’t let the Big Ten team stay and play.

We MUST name this behavior: it’s gatekeeping, and it’s toxic.

To all the Big Ten teams who have been sent home I just want to say that I see you. You are valued. You have worth. Except for Ohio State, obviously.

There are so many reasons that this isn’t very sicko mode of the NCAA, but let’s just say that it’s literally super problematic and if they don’t drop the notes app apology soon we literally might cancel this much-beloved institution. It is sad and wrong that a Big Ten team hasn’t been allowed to shatter the glass backboard in over 20 years. 

Honestly? I haven’t seen this much cultural control to prevent Midwesterners from dancing since Footloose. What do we have instead? Coastal elitism that only provides Sweet 16 access to the Pac 12. It’s truly a shame that an egalitarian organization like the NCAA would instead take it upon itself to decide who from the corn belt can or cannot contend for a spot in the Final Four.

Call me crazy, but the only “madness” this March is limiting college basketball’s most promising conference to 7–8 in tournament play. It’s time for the NCAA to stop limiting which teams can contend for a men’s college basketball championship. 

So let’s check the gatekeeping receipts. And let’s end the cultural gatekeeping that has oppressed the Big Ten for far too long. 

The 10 Best College Football Games of the Decade

As the decade and the planet come to a close, it’s time to look back on the top 10 college football games of the 2010s. And yes, 70% of these involve Alabama or Auburn. Or both. I’m sorry. I hate the SEC too.

  1. The Kick Six: #4 Auburn 34 – #1 Alabama 28 (November 30, 2013)
  2. Clemson-Bama II: #2 Clemson 35 – #1 Alabama 31 (January 9, 2017)
  3. The Tua Game: #4 Alabama 26 – #3 Georgia 23, OT (January 8, 2018)
  4. Famous Jameis: #1 Florida State 34 – #2 Auburn 31 (January 6, 2014)
  5. The Granddaddy: #9 USC 52 – #5 Penn State 49 (January 2, 2017)
  6. The Prayer at Jordan-Hare: #7 Auburn 43 – #25 Georgia 38 (November 16, 2013)
  7. The Comeback: #5 Baylor 61 – #9 TCU 58 (October 11, 2014)
  8. Meet Johnny Football: #15 Texas A&M 29 – #1 Alabama 24 (November 11, 2012)
  9. The Spot: #2 Ohio State 30 – #3 Michigan 27, 2OT (November 26, 2016)
  10. The Camback: #2 Auburn 28 – #11 Alabama 27 (November 27, 2010)

Honorable mention#3 Georgia 54 – #2 Oklahoma 51 2OT (January 2, 2017), #1 Auburn 22 – #2 Oregon (January 11, 2011)

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