Eric Schaeffer
Theater director

Eric Schaeffer

Co-founder and artistic director for Signature Theatre in Arlington, which won the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award for sustained artistic excellence.

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Hoosiers, Part II

Q: Butler University's basketball team, which was fifth-seeded in its region in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, will play Duke for the championship Monday night. In fact, two of the Final Four teams -- Butler and Michigan State, whose coaches are pictured -- were fifth-seeded in their region. Does a low ranking serve to motivate or deflate? Does having less status than a competitor affect performance?

America loves success stories, and there is nothing more successful than having an underdog team make it to the NCAA finals.

What it has done has made the tournament, which has been full of upsets, more exciting. There's nothing better than having a fifth-seeded team make to the finish line and win the race!

I think that while the tournament is called March Madness, this year there was some madness to it. One of two things will happen: Butler will rise to the occasion to play an amazing game, or will crash under pressure.

The great thing about it all is that it proves anything can happen. When a team plays well, not matter what its seed, it's good to see them rewarded. It's made the entire tournament full of surprises -- which is living the American dream. Anything can happen and let's see if they make it all the way!

By Eric Schaeffer  |  April 5, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Underdogs Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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