Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Coming off a solid home win in selecting Pope Francis to lead the world’s Catholics, The College of Cardinals are poised to make history in the NCAA Basketball Championship. Through a last-minute regional qualifier, the Cardinals (who have no association with number one seed Louisville) enter the tournament as a 16 seed but have high hopes.
“We plan to be the first Number 16 to make it past the first round,” said Cardinal Augusto Berlusconi, the Vatican team’s point guard. “And from there we plan to knock off one team at a time to the Final Four, God willing.”
While much Catholic support has always gone to Notre Dame and Villanova, many expect the papal representatives to draw even more. “Whether as a Cinderella, underdog story, or as the ‘Chosen Team of Destiny’ we expect the Cardinals to really raise the public’s interest in this year’s March Madness,” said Tournament organizer Skip Peterson.
Many basketball purists may dismiss the elderly clerics as a first-round cassock-wearing side-show but there is no denying the already raised interest the first game on Thursday has. “We only expect it to build from there,” said Peterson.
Asked Berlusconi, “With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our one and only cheerleader, how can we lose?”
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