The NCAA Tournament does some strange things to us all. The production for companies across the country drops, people start researching about teams they previously did not know existed and grownups start talking about fairy tale characters. That is right, thanks to the NCAA Tournament it is okay for people to start talking about Cinderella again.
For those of you who are somehow unaware of Cinderella or are going through a fit amnesia; Cinderella was some lady who met a prince thanks to a pair of glass slippers. Unfortunately for Cindy, she was given a curfew while allowed to go dancing at this big ball thing at the palace. The future princess had to be home by midnight or something about a pumpkin and eating her soul would happen. Thanks to the slippers, however, the prince was able to find Cinderella and the two finally married and lived happily ever after. Well, that was until the divorce years later that happened due to the prince’s infidelity — something that was left out of the Disney version.
A glass slipper can only take someone so far. After it helps get you to the big dance, it is then up to the person wearing it to capitalize on the situation. Much like Cinderella, the Wichita State Shockers have been wearing a pair of dancing slippers for a few rounds now. Unlike Cinderella, they have to worry about getting the slippers broken over their head rather than meeting prince charming.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are going to be the ones looking to ruin the last remaining Cinderella story. Think of them as the grouch, or whatever evil character it was, that will want to end any form of happy ending the Shockers are after. You see, in real life there is not many endings that fit the fairy tale narrative. Sure, many tournament teams play the role of Cinderella for a few rounds, but midnight usually does not last further than the Elite 8.
I guess what I am trying to say, in a roundabout fashion, is that Ohio State is evil and will be looking to give Cinderella an atomic-legdrop.
Oh March, how you bring out the best in all of us.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone