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March Madness minus the magic

A blowout in the championship game capped off what was a forgettable NCAA Tournament.

Updated: April 7, 2004, 4:14 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2 columnist

The NCAA Tournament is the sacred cow of American sports, free of skepticism and immune from criticism. It's perceived as being so great, so wonderful and so pure that it can't be questioned. This is mainly because a nation of middle-aged sports fans -- many pining for the freedom and innocence of college days -- looks at the competition and sees something unique: participants who, believe it or not, seem to care as much as they do.

But this year? Sorry. We all tried. We filled out our ...

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