I like the fact that even as the NCAA and TV executives prepare to discuss a 96-team field for 2011, some analysts on those very TV networks in effect are undermining the validity of an expanded field.

Jay Bilas, who works for both ESPN and CBS, said it best Sunday:

"This is the weakest at-large field in the history of the tournament."

So what would it have looked like with 31 more teams?

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On an entirely different subject . . . I just watched Tuesday's "HBO Real Sports" segment profiling three transgender sportswriters.

There is nothing to joke about there. Not in light of the tragic tale of my former sports media writer counterpart from the L.A. Times, Christine Daniels.