The 'Bag/Bilastrator Challenge

Updated: January 3, 2007, 9:34 AM ET
My colleague Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated (my idol because he covers hoops and soccer with equal passion, intelligence and fun; G-Dub's college basketball mailbag is a must-read) took a mild swing at the Bilastrator in his column by asking when I had suddenly turned into "Lou Dobbs" on us and gone all "one-note" against the mid-majors.

Of course, I thought it was the line of the year and loved it! I told the 'Bag so, and we discussed a weekly free for all. Our discussion spawned a new idea for 2007, which we're humbly calling the 'Bag-Bilastrator Challenge, notwithstanding the fact that the 'Bag is the literary equivalent of a power-conference major, while the Bilastrator is the tiny, cute mid-major just begging him for a home game. The Bilastrator is just looking for an occasional upset to put in my media guide.

Each week, the 'Bag and the Bilastrator will take one question from the college hoops world and go mano a mano, each man wielding 300 words, max. Please send in your suggestions for future topics, but for now let's dive in: