I began this contest with the idea of handing out an annual tongue-in-cheek award to the website which comes up with the worst pre-season top-25 college basketball poll. We can all take ourselves a little too seriously sometimes, so I figured I would call the award the Vitale Cup, named after one of my favorite announcers and a man who definitely doesn't have a problem taking life too serioulsy.
Unfortunately my colleagues didn't necessarily feel the same way, and butt-hurt abounded with the initial release.
This caused me to have three reactions: initially I thought it was funny that people would take this seriously. I mean, we have a panel of 15 "experts" and no one had Kentucky ranked lower than 4th, and no one had Oklahoma State, Butler, Colorado State, or Oregon ranked at all. But then it began to get under my skin a bit, and I felt that if you didn't want someone to quantify your predictions alongside of several other people who made similar predictions, then don't release a top 25. Finally, as my competitive streak took hold, I just shook my head and said "what the hell, let's do this thing."no comments