Butler-Duke, McNabb, MLB Opening Day

Let’s start with that basic premise: How can you not? If Butler wins the national championship — beating Duke in the process (which isn’t without either its symbolism or its schadenfreude) — it would join Texas Western and Villanova on the very short list of greatest stories in college hoops history.

I would go so far as to call it the most intriguing champion — in any sport — in recent memory. (That we could get the Saints and Butler in the same three-month stretch is incredible.)

But even if Butler loses — and, lamentably, I think they will — I think they come away the winner.