John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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A pet peeve addressed

Attention Washington Post sportswriters:

I notced this morning that your list of local teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament included both the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. This demonstrates a rather fundamental misunderstanding of the meaning of the word "local." UVa is 115 miles away from Washington, DC; Tech, 268 miles. By those standards, your list of local colleges in the NCAA tournament might reasonably include Penn (136 miles), Pitt (245 miles), and even Duke (257 miles).

It's possible, I suppose, that you listed UVa and Tech as local schools not because they themselves are close to Washington, DC, but because they are in Virginia, the nothern portion of which is indisputably part of the DC area. I could accept that argument, if you had also listed Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University, both of which are in Virginia, as local schools. But you didn't, so that argument doesn't hold water.

For the record, there are three local teams in the tournament: University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and the George Washington University. Please make a note of it.

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