Sorry, but college basketball teams can't cure economic woes

Yes, Michigan State got destroyed. But the truth is, win or lose, the Spartans couldn't save the state of Michigan. Tim Keown

Originally Published: April 7, 2009
By Tim Keown | Page 2

North Carolina dismantled Michigan State in the NCAA championship game Monday night. The disparity in talent -- roughly varsity verus JV -- made the outcome academic and the game one of the worst and least competitive championship games in recent memory, in any sport.

But it's not about basketball. As we repeatedly were told throughout Michigan State's run, this is about something bigger than basketball. This is about the power of sports to transform and divert, to uplift and embolden. ...

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