10:45 AM, Mar 26, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
According to Art Carden in Forbes:
Florida Gulf Coast University has an economics department that takes free markets seriously. This isn’t a motley collection of ideologues who are indifferent to the suffering of the poor or who naively believe that free markets create nirvana ... The economists at FGCU take one of the central propositions of economics—people respond to incentives—and push it as far as they can take it.
Right. And the example is there, on campus, for all to see. Work hard on fundamentals, including free throw shooting, and you could make millions, marry a Maxim model, and become the head basketball coach who takes some little unknown school at least to the sweet sixteen.
10:15 PM, Mar 23, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
As the men of Harvard exit the NCAA tournament at the hands of the Arizona Wildcats, you'll surely want to wish them a fond and hearty farewell. So sing along with the final verse of "Fair Harvard," written by Reverend Samuel Gilman for the university's 200th anniversary in 1836.
11:26 AM, Mar 23, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Mighty Georgetown, a number two seed, fell to Florida Gulf Coast, a number fifteen seed, last night. Florida Gulf Coast has only been eligible to play in the tournament for two years.
9:15 AM, Mar 22, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On March 21, 2013, history was made. Ivy League champion and 14th seed Harvard men's basketball team busted brackets everywhere as it upset 3rd seed New Mexico, winning its first NCAA playoff game ever and notching its first victory over a top-ten team. Read all about it here and here.
2:37 PM, Mar 20, 2012 • By VICTORINO MATUS
When I studied here in the early to mid 90s, the only American food chain around was McDonald's. This past week I spotted a T.G.I. Friday's, Burger King, and I even drank a few (Austrian) beers at the Champions bar in the Marriott, which horrified my Vienna guide, who asked, "How did you know?"
In sports as in politics, the conventional wisdom is often wrong8:00 AM, Mar 28, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
President Obama picked the four #1's to go to the NCAA Final Four. In this, he was in accord with conventional wisdom, which had the #1 seeds likely to be even more dominant than usual. So we have a Final Four with a #3, #4, #8, and #11.
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