When I should have been preoccupied Saving the West or, at least, reviewing The Republic (see above post), I was glued to the TeeVee. Does it count that I was watching history being made?
Congrats to Billy D. and his unselfish Fab Five. Touching after-the-game sights: The loud, fiery Joakim Noah navigating the bleachers to bearhug his mom, and MOP (Most Outstanding Player) Corey Brewer sending love to his father (a farmer who moonlit as a garbage collector). The elder Mr. Brewer couldn't make the tournament due to serious health problems.
IMO, an ethical, smart coach can also do much to renew civilization. (Read above linked-to essay.)
Update: "I've met people like Coach Donovan, who is a Republican and a pretty conservative guy, but he's been like another father figure to me," Noah says. "It just showed me you don't have to have the same political views to get along."
Unfortunately, the celebrated tourney had a tragic sidebar - the death of Jason Ray, the 21-year-old student who played the University of North Carolina mascot. Life is indeed fleeting.