Press Break The Post's Rundown of Local and National College Basketball
Bracketized - December 3, 2008

Each week in this space, Press Break will run a bracket-style tournament with user voting determining who advances and ultimately "wins."

Well, we never said this was scientific. Based on the huge numbers of votes in the Gary Williams-Steve Howes matchup (with 87 percent choosing Howes), we have to think there was some ballot-stuffing going on.

But frankly, we're not discouraging this. If you want to organize a ballot-stuffing campaign for one of your favorites in Bracketized, please feel free.

Anyway, here's the featured quarterfinal; the rest are on the jump. And the question remains: Which area team has the best head coach?

By Jon DeNunzio  |  December 3, 2008; 8:52 AM ET
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Ballot-stuffing? Not necessary! Sadly the media doesn't seem to think that anything other than a Division I program is newsworthy-shame on you! To paraphrase former Catholic University Athletic Director Bob Talbot-there is nothing more pure than a Division III student athlete-they play simply for the love of the game and nothing more! Kudos to Steve Howes, Dave Dunn and the countless D-3 coaches who give their all to their players and their programs. Maybe some day the coaches and players of these programs will get the respect they deserve. But, if not, they'll continue to do what they do for the love of the game!

Posted by: Diane102360 | December 3, 2008 2:08 PM

Diane is right on the mark! I would add that more than 40 percent of Catholic University’s alums live in DC, Maryland or Virginia. That’s a constituency of tens of thousands that the Post’s Sports editors ignore while the paper’s readership numbers continue to go down. Go figure.

Posted by: nakas | December 3, 2008 2:32 PM

Amen to those above. It's laughable what the Washington Post considers local sports while it ignores those actually *in* Washington.

Posted by: backinloco | December 3, 2008 4:06 PM

I'm not one of the 40% still residing within the Beltway, but I'm glad to support CUA however I can, even from a distance and even by ballot-stuffing. It's a great school that doesn't get enough attention-- athletically or academically. Go Cardinals!

Posted by: CFPG | December 3, 2008 4:39 PM

if this "ballot stuffing" conspiracy theory teaches us anything, it's that catholic fans are MORE than eager to support of their school. one would think post editors would consider such things when assigning which stories to cover, eh? and yet -- not so much.

after all, what good ever came out of a d3 basketball program, right? hang on a sec -- anyone care to tell us the name of that humble little dc university where loyola's coach patsos earned his college degree? thought so. ;-)

Posted by: meethinks | December 3, 2008 6:10 PM

Howes, Lonergan, Cashman have all done things the right way....Jimmy P also bringing Loyola back(though the Davidson move was a bit bizarre)All CUA and all act with class, which is more that can be said for many of the high profile athletes/grads the post covers on a daily basis.

Posted by: CUA88 | December 3, 2008 8:32 PM

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