While this whole NYT piece is a marvel to behold, this paragraph is the most awesome of all:
Andy Glockner of SI.com and Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports are not fans of what Glockner terms the “small conference entertainment complex.” They argue that sending a team that wins a tournament rather than an entire regular season isn’t necessarily fair and that a worse team is more likely to emerge from a tournament rather than a regular season. [Emphasis added.]
Well, yeah. But brackets are fun!
Honestly, I don’t know how these people keep their stories straight.