Ed Barkowitz: For Valentine's, just think outside the candy box

Posted: February 10, 2013

Q: Sir Charles, got any ideas what to get my husband for Valentine's Day?

- Out of Ideas in Pennsauken

A: Sweetie, if you have to ask a complete stranger what to get your man, you have some serious problems. Guys are easy. You can get us anything, except maybe flowers. Aside from the obvious choices like candy or liquor or one master remote control that can do everything, maybe you should consider something sentimental. Like, where did you go on your first date?

Maybe you can take him back there if possible. Or give him a stack of custom "IOU" certificates - like I owe you your favorite home-cooked meal, or I owe you your favorite dessert. I'm sure your guy will be happy to cash in, especially if you offer him something creative. You get the idea.

Q: The NCAA Tournament added a couple teams a year or two ago to its 64-team field. Some people think they should just let every Division I team in the tournament? I think that is a joke of an idea. How about you?

- Manayunk Mad Man

A: Dude, there are something like 32 Division I conferences with 350 schools having basketball teams. If you let them all play in the tournament, it wouldn't be March Madness. You'd have to play a tourney game almost every day of the year. I don't believe in letting just everybody in because that waters down the level of competition as well as the importance and tradition of the NCAA Tournament. A few years ago I got blasted because I said the Big East didn't deserve 11 slots in the seedings because they didn't have 11 worthy teams. But my opinion won't change, bro. Sometimes less is more.

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