AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
A faculty member reflects on a feverish
By Jim Bettinger
between the end of February and the
Ides of March, despite a commitment to intellectual rigor, empirical
evidence and objective analysis, I gave in to a Stanford strain of March
Madness. It was delicious.
For a few days the most exquisite week in Farm basketball
history, when both the womens and mens teams had reached the third
round of the NCAA championship tournaments all things were
possible. Impassioned debates explored the chances for dual national
championships. (The women were a sure thing; the men had a slightly
rougher road.) Sure, the odds were against it. Of course it had never
been done. But if not Stanford, then who? If not this year, then when?
In the aftermath of this fevered hyperventilation, a cooling postmortem
is in order. How did we get so bewitched?
Most of us come at this as observers, not as participants. We attend
some Stanford games, watch more on television, or listen on radio. Like
others, Ive had a handful of athletes in classes I teach, but I cant
say we talked much about the role of sports in society, or even the role
of sports at