Same boat...I used to stay up late and watch college basketball until like 2 in the morning when Utah State and South Dakota were playing. I could not get enough of it. Bought all the pre-season mags and subscribed to every sports package I could. I used to win the tournament challenges every year because I had literally seen every team play and knew how they all matched up. Now it's just not the same...I watch Hog games and that's it. Starkville I didn't even know the game started at 6 last night and missed the first half...that would have NEVER happened 12 years ago.
The game is just not the same as it was in the '90's.
The regular season is virtually meaningless in both college and the NBA. Nobody is interested in the game until it reaches the playoffs whereas in college football every single game during the regular season means something. Lose one and you're hurting, lose two and you're done. In college basketball, a loss during the regular season, especially for teams like Kentucky, Missouri, etc. means virtually nothing.
And the officiating in both college and pro basketball is terrible. It is so biased toward the home team in both that unless it's just a tremendous mismatch you know with probably 80% certainty who's going to win. What's so difficult to gamble on is the point spread.
I didn't see much of the Florida game but I heard the officiating in it, while definitely not the reason we lost, was terrible, but the Bama game had to be pretty close. How do they miss the backcourt violation? Did they just let it go because we suck so bad that they were obviously giving us a break? What about the play where Bama got the steal, Steele was going downcourt with the ball, and B.J. Young backed off of him to make a run at a block? Steele basically just flails his body toward the basket and tosses the ball up while Young has minimal contact with him - below the knee, it looked like - and Steele gets two shots. Of course Dykes talks about what a heady play it was by Steele knowing that he outweighed the guy who was guarding him, blah, blah, blah. Every time Dykes talks it makes me feel a little less proud of my U of A diploma knowing that he got one too.
After avoiding the NBA like the plague for several years after Jordan retired (and not watching except for him after Bird and Magic retired) I got back into it last year because I hated the Heat and was pulling for OKC and Dallas. Then they go and ruin it with the lockout this year. College basketball is getting to be the same way. They've got the regionals so screwed up with the pod system and the screwball TV coverage that the tournament isn't even as fun to watch, which I used to do religiously whether we were in it or not.
It sucks to get old.
In other news, I'm not so sure that our men's team could even beat the women's team right now. I mean, the women's gymnastics