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Connecticut's Shabazz Napier revealed after the title game that he sometimes went to bed "starving."

NCAA: The Hunger Games edition

Come on, Blobophiles, admit it. Already you're feeling nostalgic for the pasta police.

This after the NCAA magnanimously approved a measure that would allow its athletes/unpaid help unlimited food and snacks, a move that might or might not have anything to do with common sense.

Me, I vote for Door No. 2.

I suspect the NCAA took this action because it was first embarrassed by revelations that Oklahoma, fearing NCAA reprisals, punished some of its football players for eating too much pasta at a banquet. Then it was embarrassed again when Shabazz Napier -- the star of the NCAA Tournament, the organization's yearly cash cow -- revealed after the title game that he sometimes went to bed "starving."

Never mind that this seemed like a bit of theater on Napier's part. It got the NCAA to OK something that should have been a "Well, duh" to begin with.

Which is a sea change of significance, frankly. It suggests that the NCAA has been made more than skittish by the growing restiveness of its field hands. Unionization may or may not be an answer to the inequities of what is clearly just an immensely profitable business venture, but the prospect of it just as clearly has the people running that business venture on their heels.

The NCAA in cringe mode. Who thought we'd ever see that?

Ben Smith's blog.