The NCAA does a spectacular job each March of putting on the best and longest lasting athletic event of the year with its basketball championship. A team like Northern Iowa gets a chance to upset a number one team in the country (Kansas). A low-seeded Cornell comes out the victor over higher seeded teams to become a No. 12 seed to continue on in tournament play.

I am sure that I sound like a broken record when it comes to the NCAA Division I football playoff system.

I will make a valiant effort to make this the last time to bring it up (at least until next November).

The NCAA does a spectacular job each March of putting on the best and longest lasting athletic event of the year with its basketball championship. A team like Northern Iowa gets a chance to upset a number one team in the country (Kansas). A low-seeded Cornell comes out the victor over higher seeded teams to become a No. 12 seed to continue on in tournament play.

Game after game is highly competitive with buzzer beaters and overtime periods. Every fan and sports bar has the television sets tuned in 10 hours a day to follow each dribble.

March Madness creates office pots and friendly bets on the brackets.

 On the other hand, football is chalked up to outdated bowl games sponsored by everybody and their brother – games that mean nothing to anyone but the NCAA money makers. The national championship game is determined by computer geeks and media gurus who most likely never even competed in athletics.

The old excuse of missed classroom time and travel is utterly ridiculous. What a cop-out!

Division I football could be just as exciting as basketball but more importantly a “true” champion would have an opportunity to emerge.

I apologize for once again bringing up this hot topic – it’s just such a sharp contrast to the basketball tournament that it’s a good time to drive the point home.

• If MU could get some good scorers on the court, they would be a real threat and great to watch. No one in the country plays as hard as Mizzou.

• Kansas State really may become a real threat to KU’s dominance in the Big 12 Conference. Frank Martin recruits tough kids that relate well to his highly motivational techniques. Only tough kids  are able to play for Coach Martin.

• I will probably take some flack for making the following remark but here it goes anyway – I really didn’t like seeing all of the Kansas players crying and complaining about their loss and comparing the loss to more serious life situations. The players need to follow the example of Coach Self as he handled it all with class in public. The only place to air out the emotions of a big loss is behind closed doors with the coaches and team members.

• April 5 is almost here. I’m always ready for opening day. The Royals have a lot of question marks, but I’ll go to the game anytime Zack Greinke toes the rubber.

• The mock 2010 NFL drafts still have the Chiefs getting a left offensive tackle. I hope they stay the  course.

• My quote of the week is from Jack Nicklaus: “The tougher and closer the competition, the more I enjoy golf. Winning by easy margins may offer other kinds of satisfaction, but it’s not nearly as enjoyable as battling it out shot by shot right down to the wire.”