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I believe that Dick Vitale should be forced to deliver a two-minute apology, or defense, of the Drexel Dragons on tonight's SportsCenter.

Rarely have I had to listen to any analyst on any subject whine for so long about a mediocre team (Sagarin power rating #74!) not getting into the Dance... when:

just two days later
against a team that has now played 5 games in 6 days!

... Drexel loses by 7 in the first round of the NIT.

Dickie V (whom I otherwise like) owes an apology to tortured ESPN viewers like me who should never have had their College Gamenight bracket breakdown shows so plagued and overburdened by a plea so off-base and overwrought.

It was put up or shut up time tonight for the #74 Dragons and Dick "Dragon" Vitale.

Playing at home against an exhausted team with a tired-out point guard and an ankle-sprained Brandon Costner who could muster only 9 points in this, their fifth game in six nights -- did I mention this game was a road game for NC State... in Philadelphia? -- it was lights-out.

"It's tough the way it ended," co-whiner-in-crime Coach Flint said. "I feel sorry for my guys. It was a tough two or three days." Maybe he shouldn't feel so sorry for his guys since they shot 7-for-16 from the line? Maybe he's actually still whining in his quote, implying that the "tough two or three days" possibly detracted from their effort?

And maybe Drexel in future should finish higher than fourth place in the Colonial Athletic Association before they lay down so much hot air and ink over top of sports nation?

Don't let the NIT first-round exit door hit you on the way out, guys.

... who had nothing against Drexel until he flipped on ESPN the past 48 hours
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