Lost Letterman makes the case today that RTCing is college basketball’s “worst tradition.”
They’re wrong, of course. When executed in the right situation (e.g., Indiana beating Kentucky at the buzzer), it’s the best tradition. Students celebrating in a massive, dripping, exuberant throng of jubilation along with the players is one of the best parts of our game.
But, as we’ve prattled on about extensively before, the problem is that many of today’s college students tend to not know (or don’t care to know) when to properly perform an RTC. OverRTCing dilutes its specialness, and lord knows there’s been too much of that.
But abolish it? Meh. It’s a unique tradition in college hoops — you don’t see it anywhere else in sports, although CFB appropriates it from time to time, and when executed in the right spots, it remains as compelling a scene as it gets. Instead of getting rid of it, how about we educate the fame-seeking attention whores that the game really isn’t about them?