The dominoes were lined up, but a Texas-sized piece refused to go down. And so what promised to be the greatest conflagration in amateur American athletics since MacArthur stepped in and doused the NCAA-vs.-AAU inferno came to a smoldering halt after a roaring start.
If we didn’t know it before — and we can’t be that naive, can we? — we know it now. Money is the best fire retardant.