The Story Line...

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Story Line...

...of tonight's NCAA Championship game pitting underdog (7½ points) Michigan State against North Carolina has a great deal to do with the Nation's economy.

The game is in Detroit (which, when I lived there, was in Michigan), a/k/a "Motor City" because of its historical ties with the American automotive industry, under whose tent Presi­dent Barack Obama recently stuck his Admin­istration's nose if not its entire upper torso.

Some will see tonight's contest as a metaphor­ic talisman for the recovery of the stricken car-makers... if the Spartans pull off the upset, the economy, led by Chrysler and General Motors, will turn around. If the Tar Heels prevail as ex­pected, the economic downturn may continue, and since we're talkin' regional industry here, tobacco could make a resurgence.

Silly basis for prognostications?

Probably... but that won't stop the pundits from using it as a "story line," especially if Michigan State wins.

The game is being telecast live from Ford Field on CBS starting a little after 9:00 pm.

Who do I like?

As Damon Runyon noted nearly a century ago:

"The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet."

But since I'm no longer a betting man, I'll take the "dog" just for interest's sake.


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