Hoop Dreams.

Each March, the world's most powerful country roots for its underdogs

It's hard for Americans to feel like underdogs these days. We seem normal size in our own skins, but to the rest of the world, we've become a nation of supersizing, regime-changing, SUV-driving Goliaths. This may be why the NCAA men's basketball tournament—where little mutts like geographically confused Cleveland State and it-can't-possibly-have-a-team Oral Roberts run with purebreds Duke and UCLA—grows in meaning every year. It may also be the gambling, the guilt-free jalapeño-popper binges or the camaraderie born when three-quarters of the workforce enters a two-hour conspiracy to disappear.

But back to the Goliath thing. The Sunday before the tournament begins,...

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