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Why We Keep Watching
I just finished watching West Virginia defeat heavily favored Wake Forest in double overtime. The Bean watched the last minute at my side, asking questions and basking in the aura of excitement. The last five minutes of regulation were incredible, with the Mountaineers finally overcoming what was once a double-digit deficit with great play after great play, only to see their short-lived lead evaporate on a three-pointer. The overtimes were even better. I was sure that the Demon Deacons would pull away once they had had a chance to regroup, but West Virginia kept executing their offense to perfection. By the second overtime the spectacle of key players fouling out had added so much extra drama to every whistle that I kept forgetting to breathe.

The most improbable statistic of all the improbable statistics for me -- who ever would have imagined West Virginia scoring 111 points? -- was the line for Mountaineers forward Mike Gansey, playing in his hometown of Cleveland, who scored almost 2/3 of his points in the two overtimes. His aggressive drive to the basket in the second overtime was the key play in a panoply of key plays because it fouled out Wake Forest's star point guard Chris Paul. Watching West Virginia tonight, it's hard to believe they almost didn't make the tournament. Then again, people have been saying all year that the Demon Deacons' defense would prove to be their undoing. I can't imagine Duke giving up that many points, no matter how many overtimes are played. We have another day of basketball ahead of us tomorrow, but I'm certain that this one will be considered the game of the first weekend.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Wake Forest's loss further confirms the abject failure of my bracket. At least I was right on Utah. Of course, I don't imagine that there were too many people who picked the Mountaineers for the Sweet 16.

Mode: elated
Muse: Kim watching The Ring in the other room

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commonalgebra From: commonalgebra Date: March 20th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I watched this game peripherally...then closely at the end and during the two overtimes. West Virginia played so consistently and solidly. I mean, I'm no expert...but they worked for their lead and didn't stop working until the end. I have witnessed many a team manage to get a lead...and then crap out. It was truly exciting.

Okay, two really amusing things to me--I actually recognized a foul!!! (an offensive foul--a charge?) I saw it, I called it with the ref, I knew the name and everything!!! Weeee.

Second amusing thing: the names of the players. Pittsnogle? What a Dahlesque name!!! Sally? Feather? So many names like this together lent a certain amount of surrealism to the game for me.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 20th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If there were ever a game to sell the unconvinced on the possibilities for excitement in college basketball. The back-and-forth scoring, the pace of the action, the fact that it's easier to see what's going on when watching on television than hockey, soccer, football and even baseball, and most of all the potential for upsets -- when it's good it's very, very good.

I bet you spotted that Chris Paul offensive foul, the one that gave him four. That was crucial.

The names were truly awesome. There are always good names in March Madness, but West Virginia has a surfeit. They've got D'or Fischer too and a German whose name gets pronounced "air bear." Glad to know you shared my joyful viewing.
commonalgebra From: commonalgebra Date: March 20th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
While I try (in vain) to do my horribly life-sucking education homework, Kiyomi is watching the U of A women's team play Oklahoma. I just discovered that one of the women (Arizona) is named "Oh."

Oh. It's Oh.

Okay, O for Oh...

uh Oh...

it just gets worse and worse.

Oh, (HA!) Lisa Leslie is lending her expertise to the commentators. My feelings for Lisa Leslie might be somewhat akin to yours for Kobe...though, my thoughts on her ARE at least untinged by rape accusations...

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 20th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I should tune in. I've been running errands this morning. I'm all about the Pac-10.

"Oh" IS an unfortunate name.
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