It was interesting, the empty seats at Time Warner Cable Arena and the empty seats at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.
North Carolina and Duke played in downtown Charlotte and still fans refused to fill it up. Lower level seats were at a premium but many fans had little interest in paying to sit upstairs.
The spring race at Bristol is supposed to be a big deal, a big-time race at a track as intimate as a high school football field. But thousands of fans found it easy not to blame tickets.
Apologists blame the ecomony. NASCAR did that in 2010. The economy doe snot affect TV ratings. The economy did not affect the NFL. Maybe fans of both sports have finally decided that its easier to stay home and watch on TV. Maybe the phrase, "There is no next best thing to being there" no longer applies.
I split my time between the arena and my TV. I didn't watch the race. But I found the basketball compelling.
The bloated Big East is down to two teams, same as the Big Ten, same as the SEC, same as the Mountain West, and one fewer than the ACC.
The ACC was not strong this season. Let's not revise history. But the ascent of Florida State in the tournament, handing Texas A&M and crushing Notre Dame, is impressive. North Carolina and Duke were as good as they had to be.
The East Regional clearly has the glamour: Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Marquette. But all four regions are mesermizing.
If you're college football, aren't you embarrassed?
Nobody ends a season as well as college basketball does.
Nobody ends a season as poorly as college football does.