Maybe it's my love of words and concern that they be used correctly, but I strongly object to the phrase "stealing a bid" always popular this time of year among college basketball writers and commentators, specifically in reference to Cleveland State's winning the Horizon League championship on Tuesday night. The Vikings most emphatically did not steal a bid; they earned their conference's automatic bid. Creighton and St. Mary's, among others, had the chance to earn their conference's automatic bid and didn't do so; I'm sure by Sunday the same will said of the big conference 'bubble' teams.
Stealing? I Don't Think So
Posted on: March 12, 2009 7:31 am