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"Cinderella Don't Do Tats": Behind the Media's Misread of Memphis

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This is quite simply one of the most insightful articles on the Tigers (and NCAA basketball and the media) ever written. It's by NBCSports.com's John Walters. It begins thusly:

Come clean, America. You did not have the Memphis Tigers winning your office pool and you most certainly did not have them winning your heart. You are wary of their coach, wary of their program and wary of their players.

Cinderella don't do tats.

The Memphis Tigers are about to win their first national championship and there's nothing you yourself can do about it. Only Bill Self can, and even he may feel somewhat overwhelmed this evening, in an arena that commemorates a site that is the living symbol of that sensation.

Should Memphis prevail, they will become the first non-BCS level school to cut down the nets since UNLV did so in 1990. Chances are that you've already drawn other comparisons between the two schools, and their tight-roping-the-rulebook coaches, in your mind.

Unless you attended Memphis or live in Memphis, you're likely not rooting for Memphis. And if that is so, that's not entirely your fault. It's mostly ours ...

Read the rest of Walters' terrific essay here.

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