There has been a lot of griping about last night's U-Conn/Butler clank-fest. Butler managed to stay in the game for a good 30-35 minutes while shooting 18% from the field. But was it the worst Championship game ever?
I don't think so - Although it wasn't aesthetically pleasing, I'll take a close game over a blowout every time.
Here are a ten(+) Championship games that I would say were much worse:
2009 NCAA Men's Basketball - UNC 89 - MSU 72 (final score not as indicative of how bad it was)
1990 NCAA Men's Basketball - UNLV 103 - Duke 73
Super Bowl XXII - Redskins 42 Broncos 10
SB XXIV - 49ers 55 - Broncos 10
SB XXVII - Cowboys 52 - Bills 17
SB XXIX - 49ers 49 - Chargers 26
2001 Orange Bowl (BCS) - Oklahoma 13 - Florida St 2
2008 BCS - Florida 41 - OSU 14
2005 Orange Bowl (BCS) USC 55 - Oklahoma 19
All three Bowl Alliance Championship games (1996-1998) Nebraska 62 - Florida 24; Florida 52 -FSU 20; Nebraska 42 - Tennessee 17
People on twitter were actually suggesting that a BCS like Kansas - OSU game would have been better. U-Conn won 11 straight games (over 10 tournament teams) to win the championship. Butler had won 14 straight before losing last night.
These were very good teams that had a bad night. Lets not scrap the system that game us a 41 point TOTAL difference between the champs and runners-up in the decade of the 1980s