Sunday, March 26, 2006

Ding Dong, the Bitch is Dead.

The "Bitch" being Jim Calhoun

Me suck at coaching? That's unpossible!

So, I'll ask, how the hell was George Mason an 11 seed to begin with?

Also, Coach Calhoun, nobody could guard Rudy Gay, so why not, you know, try to get him the ball sometime in OT? Or you could have the game decided by Josh Boone shooting free throws...This game single handedly justified the entire tournament.


Icepick said...

So's the Big East. And the ACC. All hail the SEC, the best basketball conference in the nation!

Mr Furious said...

I grew up in Connecticut. My sister went to UConn. I can remember going to games with my dad when no one gave a shit about UConn basketball (Earl Kelley/Phil Gamble-era).

I remember old-school Big East (Ewing, Mullin, Pinkney, etc. Carnesecca and Thompson and the dueling sweaters)

UConn was a long time coming. I remember the State of Connecticut erecting a big ass sign on the highway to commemorate the Uconn NIT Championship in the late 80s. The NIT!

Good, underdog teams with kids actually from Connecticut on the squad. Scott Burrell, Tate George, John Gwynn. Nadav Henefeld... Bumping up against the Laettner Dukies. Once upon a time UConn was GMU (sort of).

Then they started drawing good players from around the country. Ray Allen, Travis Knight(!), Donyell, El Amin, Rip. These were top-shelf players, but they were still infectious to watch and easy to root for. Great role players like Ricky Moore, Doron Sheffer.

A few years back it started to change. Every once in a while I would stop and realize how weird it was to have the University of Connecticut be a basketball powerhouse. The team had become what I always hated about Duke. But worse. Because the players on the team started being assholes. Problems. Punks. Players that underachieved. Didn't live up to hype. Taliek Brown... Did Josh Boone actually do anything wrong? Not that I can put my finger on, but I could just never really like him. And Rudy Gay. Ugh. the last guy I could really say I liked was Okafor.

No, I'm not glad UConn lost. But I stopped caring if they won this year. So much so, that I didn't even watch the game today. A good thing too, because if I did, I would have been pulling for George Mason.

It's not as much fun being Goliath. That much I know.