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One More Weekend

The Cinderella Story is bullshit. It’s just an excuse to laugh and point at the misery of teams and fans with deservedly high expectations. We’re Yankee fans, we should get that.

“Who do you want to win the Series, man on the street?”

“Anyone but the Yankees.”

“Thanks, man on the street. You’re an asshat.”

Whatever. The Yanks are the bullies and the badasses and the rich kids and the guys who get the girls. If anyone deserves that treatment, it’s the Yankees. But the celebration of generic upsets that is March Madness is just cynicism thinly veiled with smile and fist pump.

“Yes, I am really happy really just happy that Bumblefuck U and their 15 fans have won a game and not at all reveling in the tears of that number one or two seed that is obviously a way better team.”

“Man, are you the same asshat that we met on the street earlier?”

The NCAA tournament is one of the great sinkholes. Fall in on a Thursday, emerge on Sunday night. Three days to recharge and reenter on the second Thursday. By the time you climb back out on that second Sunday night, will your job and family still be waiting? Saints, all of them, if they are.

But if your team gets upset on opening night, you’re ripped from the cocoon. Even worse, you’re out, everyone else is in, and you can’t escape the proceedings. You just have to hang at the back of the dance hall, moping, and wait for someone else to join you.

My team has been ousted on opening weekend by lower seeds in its last three appearances and I’m pretty sick of it. One of the matchups featured a good old fashioned soul fucking by the referees and a future NBA star auditioning his supernova in the second half (Davidson and Steph Curry). The other two losses were to teams sprinkled with magical pixie dust – one fast acting (Ohio), the other long lasting (VCU).

Just get to that second weekend. Extend our stay down in the hole. Please. We’ve only got so many more of these tournaments before the NCAA’s blatant corruption and exploitation collapse the enitre eco-system.

This year, the most popular upset pick is Belmont. They didn’t even have to win a game to become this tournament’s darlings. In the past, at least the media would save its slobber for an actual winner. Great for Belmont and all the bullshit offensive fouls they will draw on Friday.

Perhaps it will be mentioned that Ken Pomeroy ranks them as the 23rd best team in the country, and thus likely the best 14th seed in the history of the tournament? Suddenly an upset would not seem so staggering nor suggestive of all that’s right with America. Simply calling it “a fairly likely outcome” wouldn’t even put in dent in Jim Nantz’s hair. But I hope someone at least tells the refs they can call it straight.

I wonder what it does for a big team to be counted out before they even take the floor? What happens when you tell the bad guys the fairy tell ending in advance? I don’t know what follows, but my team copes well with paranoia. So go ahead Belmont. Chuck your threes and and let’s see what happens.


1 rbj   ~  Mar 16, 2012 8:31 am

"The Yanks are the bullies and the badasses and the rich kids and the guys who get the girls. If anyone deserves that treatment, it’s the Yankees."

I remember one letter to the editor (can't recall if it was the Times or Daily News) during the 1980s where a Red Sox fan wrote in to say he felt sympathy for the Yankees for being so bad. Worst thing I read, baseball-wise. I don't mind being yelled at, accused of buying championships or whatever. But for a Boston fan to hold my hand and say "there, there, things will get better," there's not a worse insult. Better to be hated than pitied.

2 Capital Yank   ~  Mar 16, 2012 8:39 am

No worries, Jon. There's a good feeling down here in DC about JT3 and the youngins this year. Go Hoyas!

3 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 16, 2012 8:58 am

1) So true.

Psyched that the tourney is on.

4 Ben   ~  Mar 16, 2012 10:15 am

Who wrote this piece????

Godamn! J. De Tabula Rosa has fire and desire from the laptop today.

Awesome piece.

5 Ben   ~  Mar 16, 2012 10:15 am

Typing and hyping from the keyboard.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 16, 2012 10:19 am

Keyin' an believin'

7 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Mar 16, 2012 6:20 pm

[0] Agree completely. I fail to see the excitement about BumbleFuck U (great line!) winning by 1 point and celebrating like TEAM USA beating the evil Russians. March Madness is a bore..bring on baseball!!

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