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N.I.T. (Organizations, Companies, and Products)

"He found the bloody clothes, then he found the ring...Tom's N.I.T. championship ring."
"You took the N.I.T. ring off your dad's finger?"

For those schools who think the whole "March Madness" business is a little too glamorous, there is the National Invitation Tournament (N.I.T.). Although it pre-dates the traditional NCAA Division I Championship by a year, the N.I.T. is thought to be a poor man's substitute, even referred to as the "Not Invited Tournament" in some circles. Winning the N.I.T. is sort of like taking home the championship trophy in Arena Football...sure, it's a victory, but not exactly the Super Bowl, right? While the tourney's stigma doesn't stop Coach Barry from being proud of his Hearst team, it does guarantee that his championship ring won't be stolen off his cold, dead hand.

3.13 "Postgame Mortem"

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